The Perfect Easy Valentine’s Day Dinner.
Thanks for joining me for another Nine Favorite Things post.
Welcome to the very last day of January! I can’t say that I am particularly excited to say goodbye to yet another month. But then I am so excited for the months ahead. It was a good first month of the year, but it also came with its own set of struggles. Every day I pull open Instagram and I immediately see what appears to be everyone’s perfect ways of living, especially this past month. I’m just going to say it point blank, it can sometimes be annoying. I found myself unfollowing people who were only showing solely the “pretty things” in life.
January is supposed to be all about keeping up with those New Year’s resolutions, organizing every last corner of your house, eating all your greens, and working out daily. There is so much pressure to be your “perfect” self in January. But I’m going to be the first to tell you, my January wasn’t perfect, and I wasn’t able to do ALL the things I’d hoped. Yes, my pantry still could use some serious organization after the holidays. I have a huge deadline looming. And at the moment, I’m not feeling the most confident. We can all talk the talk about being confident, practicing self-care, and doing all the “right” things.
The truth is, I have good and bad days, good and bad weeks, and I’m nowhere near perfect. I definitely don’t sleep nearly enough. I easily fall into the comparison trap. And some days I could probably manage my time much better. But guys, I’m only human, and not every day can be perfect and super productive. I mean, right?
It’s OK to not be on your game 24/7, and it’s OK to just have an off day. One of my favorite things my dad is always saying to me is, “if we didn’t have bad days, we wouldn’t appreciate the good”. This is something he’s been telling me for years. Every bad day I have, I always think back to his words. They make me appreciate those difficult days. Because without them, I wouldn’t love my good days as much as I do.
This is probably more of a pep talk for myself, but I guess my point is that if you’ve had a hard week, or you find that you’re comparing yourself to others on social, or you’re feeling like you’re just not good enough, remember that what you see on the screen is someone’s highlight reel. It’s not always their everyday reality. My biggest tip is to unfollow anyone who’s not serving you in a positive way. Instead, find a few people that really inspire you. And then definitely limit the time on social. I always find it so helpful to only open up my phone once or twice a day, and I almost never scroll through IG. I use it more as a tool to connect with you guys.
And that’s my little end of the month public service announcement. Sorry for going on, but I just wanted to put it out there for any of you that might be feeling down on yourself. Just know that I get it too.
Anyway, aside from all of that, this month was overall pretty great! We celebrated my mom’s birthday, got to spend extra time with family after the holidays, and cooked up a lot of delicious, but healthy recipes.
I might be a little overly enthusiastic, but I really feel like the months ahead are going to be good and bring with them brighter days. Literally…anyone else SO thankful for the longer days? The fact that it stays light out till 5 pm here excites me greatly!
In other news, we said goodbye to two of my brothers this week, Kai and Red. They went off to Aspen for X-Games where they had to be in a “bubble” the entire time. I’m writing this before Red has competed, but I’ll update you next week! My family was hoping to be able to go and watch, but there are no spectators allowed, and there were just too many restrictions. So we’ll be watching on the TV like the rest of the winter sports fans out there!
And in other news, Asher had her first day at the middle school this week. They are only going into school two days and doing zoom another two days, but she’s officially entered middle school. I really wish she would just stop growing up. With things the way they are, school looks very, very different, and she’s not loving it. As someone who struggled my entire life with going to school, I feel her pain. Asher is super lucky since both of my parents are able to work from home. Therefore, they are considering allowing her to home school for the remainder of the year. Curious about you guys with kids, are they back in school full-time, part-time?
And lastly, coming up this week I have a mix and match between easy dinners and game day recipes for this Sunday’s Super Bowl.
watching…discovery+. Do you subscribe? They have the new Magnolia network, plus so many other shows. I am doing the free trial and love it so far.
cooking…gumbo. or at least I would like to soon. have you made the gumbo from the HBH Super Simple Cookbook?
loving…our pizza oven. I’ve never used the pizza oven we have in the studio more than I have this year. I’ve been using it to make pizzas, of course. But also lighting it almost every night just for the warmth and the sound of a crackling fire. It’s my favorite thing right now.
reading…Joanna Gaines Takes AD Inside Her TV Kitchen. A short Sunday read, but I just love her stove, island, and all those windows.
listening to…the skinny confidential him and her podcast. Yes, the same podcast as last week, but a new episode. If you need to hear something inspiring and refreshing, listen to this episode, How To Be Productive In 2021 With An Effective Mindset. So on point.
reading…about the enneagram personality test. I’m going to be honest, I’m not a big believer in personality tests, nor have I ever taken one. BUT so many of you guys have asked me in my Q&A’s what my personality number is. Curious if you’ve taken the test and if so, what your thoughts are? If I take the test, what do you think my personality will come up as?
loving…dry brushing. I don’t do this every night, but when I do my skin always feels so fresh and clean.
ordered…flowers. I just ordered a few bouquets and can’t wait for everyone to get them early this week. I LOVE randomly gifting flowers to colleagues, friends, and family.
ordered….face towels. I’ve gotten into the habit of washing my face and removing all my makeup as soon as I walk in the door every night. It feels so good to have clean skin, and almost “wash away” the day. Currently, I just use an everyday washcloth, but I’ve been feeling like I’m almost hurting my skin with my un-gentle towel. I might just be a sucker for pretty things, but I’m excited to get these! I’ll let you know if they are worth it!
loving…these Slip Face Mask. The silk material helps prevent breakouts and I love how soft it feels on my skin.
watched…this video on the benefits of transcendental meditation. I am so interested in learning more on this. Not sure I can do it, but I want to give it a try.
drinking…Vital Proteins Collagen Peptides Powder. I always put either this or the Be Well By Kelly Protein Powder in my coffee every morning. The Be Well By Kelly powder is my favorite and even makes the coffee a little creamy on top. I always get unflavored.
inspired by…the Chanel Spring 2021 Show. The ending of the show really got me. It was beautiful, but I’m a sucker for a classic white horse and stunning flowers.
dreaming…of visiting The Breakers. My grandparents used to spend a lot of time in the West Palm Beach area. My grandma and I would spend a day at The Breakers every summer. Dying to go back. It’s one of my favorite vacation spots and brings back the best memories.
question: where are dreaming of traveling to next?
Most popular: Healthier Homemade Crunchwrap Supreme
Once again, you guys surprised me. Never would have thought this would be so popular, but wow…we’re all really loving the crunchwrap!
Runner-up: 30 Minute Creamy Thai Turmeric Chicken and Noodles
My personal favorite! I love this one. So much color and flavor!
Also have to mention: 5 Minute Chocolate Chunk Banana Bread Mug Cake
SO excited you guys love this recipe! I wasn’t sure if I should share it because of how simple it is, but I’m so happy I did!!
Ok. Last one: Folded Crispy Buffalo Chicken Wraps
q: What are your favorite brands of jeans?
a: I love RE/DONE, Frame, and Slvrlake Denim. And I don’t have them yet, but I’ve got a pair of Agolde sitting in my cart. Anyone else leave their favorite pieces sitting in shopping carts just waiting to buy them until it’s too late and then they’re sold out?? Cause that’s me.
q: Would you ever want to go back to fashion design school?
a: No! I love what I’m doing now more than anything, and we’ve got so many exciting things in the works!! I’m genuinely just so excited to keep growing HBH and doing new things! I’ll always love fashion, but the good news is that I can still have fun with that pretty much every single day 😉
q: What are the best kitchen gifts to give for someone who loves to cook?
a: If they don’t have one, a Staub skillet is a must in any kitchen!! If you’re looking to spoil them, a stand mixer never ever disappoints. For something at a lower price point, an online cooking class goes a long way and there are so many great ones being offered right now.
q: How do you stay so slim cooking all that delicious food?
a: I think it’s super important to remember that everyone’s bodies are different. We’ve all got different genes, so you shouldn’t compare one person to another, you know? That said, I hike every day, then work in the kitchen all day long, so I’m pretty active most of the time. And also, I’m not shoving cookies in my face 24/7 just a taste here and there! Everything in moderation. I try to stick to normal meals.
q: How did you master food photography?
a: If you ask me, I still have not mastered food photography. But with years and years of shooting food at least 5 days a week, I slowly got better. Over time I learned how to shoot certain foods, honed in on my style, and how to best use the natural light (I don’t use any form of lighting, just daylight). Everything gets better/easier with practice, so just keep working at it and you’ll improve!
Oh, and Google anything you don’t know, take an online class, or in my case, ask your brother everything because he’s usually got the answers. Thanks for putting up with me Malachi!
Also, I still have days when I don’t like what I have photographed. I think you guys would be really surprised just how often I reshoot recipes before you even see them. Food is a changing subject, most of the time it gets uglier and uglier as it sits, so it’s a hard subject to work with daily!
I’ve been following Colin King for a while, but when I came across the above photo, I stumbled down the rabbit hole of all his work. So inspired by the beautiful spaces he has styled.
(all photos via Colin King)
Augustinus Bader Cleansing Balm – I throw this on my face as soon as I get home to wipe away any makeup. It’s super soothing and gentle.
iS Clinical Cleansing Complex – once my skin is makeup-free, I’ll cleanse with this face wash. It’s a tried and true favorite that I’ve used for well over a year now. I love it.
Biossance Squalane + Elderberry Jelly Cleanser – I like to rotate my cleansers every few days. This is another favorite that is a little more on the affordable side, but just effective.
Vintner’s Daughter Active Botanical Serum – this is a splurge for sure, so I use it minimally, but I swear by it. I’ll throw this on after using their Active Treatment Essence.
Mutha Face Oil – another splurge, but I like to use this as the last part of my routine. It’s meant to lock in moisture.
Biossance Squalane + Vitamin C Rose Oil – my favorite for everyday use. I’ll use this more in the morning since it has vitamin C.
TATCHA Dewy Skin Concentrate – I have other products from TATCHA that I love (their body butter is one of my favorites), but this one is on repeat these days for winter skin.
Biossance Squalane + Omega Repair Cream. I use this almost every single day. It’s another tried and true favorite. I also love their eye cream.
Augustinus Bader Hand Cream – my hands are so dry, but this is helping! I put it on at night before bed to lock in moisture.
Lastly, I’m still using and loving all my Necessaire products daily. Their Body Exfoliant, Body Wash, and Body Lotion are all go-to’s. Necessaire has the best affordable clean beauty products.
Ilia Super Serum Skin Tint – I mix this with this Kosas Tinted Face oil, but also love both on their own. This give a nice matte finish.
Kosas Tinted Face Oil – provides the perfect dewy base and feels good all day long on my skin.
Kosas 10-Second Liquid Eyeshadow – obsessed with this. It creates the perfect, subtle eyelid.
Kosas The Big Clean Mascara – for perfect lashes, try this. I love it!
Charlotte Tilbury Legendary Brows Eyebrow Gel – brows are my pet peeve. I love a thick brow, so excited to try this. I just got it this week, but I’m loving it.
Kosas Moisturizing Baked Bronzer – makes me look alive…honestly, I’m pasty otherwise.
Kosas Brightening Concealer – covers any blemishes perfectly.
Question: What are your favorite skincare and beauty products? Anything I should try?
Kate Hudson’s Latest Product Launch is the Perfect Valentine’s Day Gift…such a cute collab.
The One Step You’re Skipping With Your Candles That Diminishes Indoor Air Quality…already ordered this wick trimmer.
A Daily Stretching Routine That’ll Make You More Flexible in 6 Weeks…Going to try and follow this for the week! Every night, 10 minutes.
The Best Valentine’s Day Flowers (That You Can Order Online)…Valentine or no Valentine, order someone you love some v-day flowers.
The Best Food Gifts for Every Type of Valentine…are you team chocolate or team wine?
How to Have a Romantic Valentine’s Day Meal at Home…such pretty v-day inspiration.
17 Women in Wellness Show You the Inside of Their Fridge…if you love sneaking a peek inside someone else’s fridge, read this.
Unlock the Hidden Potential Underneath Your Stairs…love these “Harry Potter” staircase closet ideas.
Vanessa Carlton’s Tale of Two Bathrooms…I’m obsessed with pretty bathrooms right now.
5 Ideas to Bookmark Before You Redo Your Bathroom…again with the bathrooms. I just want to create the most relaxing space.
8 Interior Designers Share the #1 Design Book They Always Reference…these would all make great coffee table books.
A Foolproof Guide to the Best Online Consignment Stores…love vintage shopping online.
54 Valentine’s Day BFF Gifts…I love this idea and I love the idea of a candle gift set…of course.
These Are The Top Kitchen Trends For 2021…very into the green cabinets.
A South Africa Bungalow…wow, so unique. I love all the light and the pool that wraps around the house.
19 Slow Cooker And Instant Pot Soups That Basically Cook Themselves…love a good slow cooker dinner.
Owners of #1 Hotel in the Country Have a New Must-Visit Resort…please, please, please, can I go here soon.
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You are the best! One of my “new year’s resolutions” is to try a new recipe each week, and in January we tried at least 8 of your recipes that I can’t wait to cook again and again! We even made your Caesar salad twice!
Thanks so much for reading along! I am so glad you have been enjoying the recipes:) xTieghan
Hang in there Tieghan. We all go through this. I think younger people are putting so much pressure on themselves. I see it in my 20 something children. The pandemic has changed lives so drastically. I hope everyone can focus on what’s important: health, family (or family substitutes), and finding joy in the small things. Being comfortable in one’s skin is so important but hard to achieve. It comes with age (and really sagging skin!!) so be patient with yourself and know that so many of your followers are dazzled daily by your creativity, innovation and dedication even if we are insanely jealous of that kitchen!!
Thanks so much for your kind message! You are so right, thanks for your advice:) xTieghan
Tieghan, thank you so much for sharing about feeling down this time of year. I’m sorry to hear you’ve been feeling this way recently. I think with us all being home all the time, not seeing as many people, we can so easily get sucked in to that comparison game and wondering why our lives aren’t as perfect as anyone else’s “seems” to be! You’re right, it’s okay to have off days and it’s okay to not have a perfectly clean home and it’s okay to not be okay. This time of year can feel so stuck. Thankful for the energy that a new month brings us.
Thanks for all you do to share your amazing recipes. I’ve developed so much in my cooking skills thanks to you. Love these weekly Nine Favorite Things post – in fact, I save them in my inbox as “unread” until I have time to truly savor them.
Appreciate all you do and sending love your way!
Thanks so much for your kind message and reading along and sharing your positive feedback:) I am so glad you have been enjoying the recipes and Sunday posts as much as I do! xTieghan
Trying to talk my mom and dad into the green cabinets for our new kitchen for a cabin we are (re)building after losing it to the Oregon fires. We had it for almost 50 years!
So sorry to hear about your cabin! I hope you get those green cabinets:) xTieghan
Thank you for sharing your great recipes ? For Christmas and New Years we made chicken marsala, so nummy! Last night we made creamy red pepper tortellini, delish!! This weekend I’m making the vanilla tiramisu cake for my birthday ? And your tater tot hotdish is super!! My 84 year old father made chicken marsala for his lady friend❣️ I love seeing what you post!! You are awesome!!
Thanks so much for reading along and trying so many recipes! xTieghan
Tieghan you are a stellar friend to all of us who are like me I bet (fists propping up chin glaring onto screen) hanging on your every raw written word. Thank you for sharing your daily walk through life right now. You are not afraid to leap into new adventures or peek around corners, or just relax and be real. I appreciate that uniqueness you have to communicate fellowship through your blog and recipes. I no longer am on any social platform, but I do follow you here. I have converted as many of your recipes as I possible could for my gluten/dairy/soy intolerances this year. I forage my pantry, fridge and herb garden( ok, it’s a few pots straining for sunlight…but it’s “my garden”) for items to create our meals. My husband has benefited the most! He did a little dance after tasting the sheet pan chicken with citrus avocado salsa last night, it was fantastic! He told me you can make that anytime you want, please. (thank you Tieghan, consider yourself hugged!♥)
I also want to recommend a PRO-salon line for you to look into for your hair…Maria Nila. It’s a Swedish brand and it is 100% vegan and cruelty free. (PETA,leaping bunny,Vegan Society, and all packaging is through Plan Vivo) I use it and don’t have to worry about hair loss, lack luster strand/ scalp health, or our environment. I no longer colour my hair but they do carry multiple products for colour-treated hair too if you need them. It’s true, “Comparison is the thief of joy…..”I wrote that on my mirror in 2013 and it’s still reminding me today.
Thank you so much for your super kind message and reading along! I am so glad your family has been enjoying the recipes and I truly appreciate you making them:) xTieghan
I just have to say, I love how down to earth and humble you are, even though you are so immensely talented and successful.
For years I have been trying to explain to my daughter about the social media “perfect life” that no one is having, but many are portraying.
Aside from loving your recipes, I really enjoy reading about your relationship with Asher; she is so blessed to have a big sister that is so connected to her and such a great example to follow as she grows.
Thanks so much for your super kind message and reading along:) xTieghan
Tieghan! You are such a bright light on the IG landscape. As a Clevelander, I’d follow you no matter what, but your narrative and your links are infinitely entertaining. You’ve authored recipes that have become instant classics in our home. Thank you for being so authentic.
PS I can’t seem to find the lovely mug pictured in your 9 Things post.
Thank you so much for your kind message and reading along:) Here is the link for the mug: https://api.shopstyle.com/action/apiVisitRetailer?id=839501302&pid=uid3696-43323264-41&aid=43237426&utm_content=productwidget%3A60164fe22b88824770029bb0&utm_medium=referral
Let me know if you have any other questions! xTieghan
Asher is adorable! Is that your pup with her? I second the question on food photography. That’s something that I’m working on learning. It’s certainly a hard subject, but you make it look out of this world! What are some of your favorite set up and props to use? Hope your week is off to an amazing start!
Thanks so much for reading along! The dog is my parents:) I get a lot of my props from vintage stores, super unique! xTieghan
My grandparents used to live in WPB and my cousin got married at the Breakers. It’s so nice! I wish I could vacation like that all of the time.
I moved to Australia for a year to escape covid, and I’m hoping to visit EVERY WHERE on the way back! I miss NYC the most.
My kids were doing virtual school but now they get to go to school safely and we are all much happier.
Thanks so much for reading along, thanks for sharing your story of the Breakers:) Wow, what an amazing move, I hope you are loving Australia! xTieghan
LOVE, read and devour your Sunday posts. I look forward to it every week and literally spend at least 2 hours going through it/all the links. Thank you! First time posting but while looking at the inside of refrigerators, i decided it would be cool to see yours. Are you naturally organized with your fridge? Seen the pantry but now we need to see the fridge.
Thanks so much for your kind message and reading along:) LOL no it is not usually super organized:) xTieghan
Your Nine Things posts are a highlight of my Sundays now! Thank you for all you share!
Thanks so much Lauren:) xTieghan
Oh Tieghan! You must’ve been really in a funk when you wrote this. I have never heard you sound so down about things. I never compare or compete with anybody. But, I think that comes with age. As you get older, you will find you won’t care what anyone does, or says or what they have or don’t have. I just love looking at all the different idea’s on IG, Not once have I ever felt that anything anyone posts is actually the way they live. Honestly, I don’t care. I just enjoy it.
Thanks so much for reaching along and your kind message! xTieghan
P.S. loved today’s post. I can benefit from adopting some of those coping skills too. Also I love the comment somebody made that comparison is the thief of joy. That’s a really good one to commit to memory!
Thanks so much!
Wow! I just took that personality test and I wish I didn’t, lol! I’m not sure whether to laugh it off totally or go take a nap and ponder what I am missing out on in life because apparently I’ve been playing things way too safe and I’m a bit dependent? I never thought that about myself! Don’t take it, lol lol lol! ? ? (My score was a 4.8 which doesn’t really mean a lot, it just shows you a pie chart of traits that you may have).
LOL too funny! I wouldn’t take it too seriously:) Have a great week! xTieghan