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Welcome to this week’s Nine Favorite Things.

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Happy Sunday…what’s everyone up to? Around here I’m surrounding myself with as many flowers as possible. Even though it’s spring, the weather here in Colorado just didn’t get the memo. It’s been pretty cold and snowy all week, which isn’t the most ideal. I think we can all agree that we’re ready for the warmer, sunnier spring days, so snow days in mid-April are just that much more brutal.

On the bright side, it’s cozy, and it’s made me even more grateful for the flowers I’m able to source through Terrain (and my local Whole Foods and Kroger grocery store too). As cheesy as it is, they really do brighten my mood. If you’re feeling down or in need of an energy boost, buy yourself some flowers!

Question: I am not the biggest fan of house plants, but I know so many people LOVE them. What are your favorites? I’m thinking about getting a fig tree!

Speaking of the spring snow, it’s made me really start to consider spending the later winter and spring months (say March through June or July) in a warmer climate. My brothers live in southern, CA so a place near them would be ideal and probably most convenient. But really, I can go anywhere I’d like. I’ve considered looking into the southern states like Charleston, SC because their spring looks absolutely beautiful with all the blooming flowers. I might be in the dreaming stages at the moment, but this is really something I’m thinking about for next year and maybe even for a few months over the summer.

I’m lucky in the way that I really have nothing stopping me from picking up and taking off for a few months at a time. I can really work anywhere with a decent kitchen and internet. I’m thinking I should take advantage of this time while I can, I know it won’t always be this way. Again, at this point, I’m only at the dreaming stage. It would be tricky because I’d have to pack up and take a lot of my photography props with me. And I’d need to find some new help in the kitchen (my dad is my right hand and always has been). But I’m reasoning that these are all things that could be worked out!

Question: within the US what’s your favorite place to be in the spring and summer?

Moving along, this week was busy with non-stop back-to-back cooking, photographing, and filming. Between testing and filming recipes for the blog, and working on an upcoming project, there was lots of cooking. The darker afternoons have been tricky for photographing and filming, but I’m trying to make them work! I shared a few recipes this week that ended up being some of my favorites for spring. I always find that it’s when I’m the busiest that I create my favorite recipes. They’re normally easy as can be, but yet fun and flavorful. My favorites of the week were Tuesday’s Magic Cookies, Thursday’s Honey Garlic Chicken, Monday’s Lemon Chicken Skewers, and then Friday’s Key Lime Pie Bars too! And honestly, I really LOVE that One Pot Penne Alfredo I shared as well. It was just a really good week of food!

Our brand marketing manager, Margaret was here for a couple of days, so that was fun! We have a very exciting launch coming up soon that she and my mom have really been working hard on for the last year. We spent time going over everything while she was here and I can’t wait for you guys to see it!

Let’s see, what else?! Hmm, my parents are heading to Scottsdale, Arizona on Tuesday for Asher’s Spring break. They just booked their hotel and the weather forecast looks perfect…so I am only just a little bit jealous. Once I wrap up this project we’re working on at the end of the month, maybe I can convince everyone to go somewhere warm for a weekend. I miss Florida!

Ok, and lastly, I just have a question. Does anyone else spend time late at night online shopping? Adding things to a cart, and then not checking out? I’ve been doing that so much lately and have really been loving some of the spring fashions. But I keep adding things to my cart and then they sell out before I pull the trigger…and then I want them even more!

Is anyone else crazy like me? I shared a few of the items I had in my cart below. Both the pricy and then the affordable pieces to match!

Coming up this week on HBH, I’m excited to be sharing a few Mexican-inspired recipes with Cinco de Mayo being May 5th. A new, fresh homemade take on a childhood classic. And we’ll be ending the week with a simple sweet cake that’s not like any other cake I’ve shared before.  I can’t wait to share them all! PS. if you’re looking for any fun Mexican recipes for Cinco de Mayo, we grouped them all together here for easy access!

Question: What’s one thing you guys are either cooking and or baking today? I love when you guys share your Sunday recipes with me on Instagram. I’m excited to see what you make this week!

1. Things I’m Loving, Wanting, and Excited to Try…

watching…the Weight Of Gold on HBO. This follows Olympic athletes after they’ve won gold, so we found it especially interesting.

loving…these fun pieces from Machete. The Chunky Hoops in Gold with Poppy Charm, Kate Hoops in Poppy, Midi Square Hoops in Tortoise Checker, and the Muse Hoops in Canyon Brown. And then this Midi Heirloom Claw in Sea Shell Checker is my favorite.

ordered…this sweatshirt in mauve I love the muted purple color and the button detailing. It’s so comfortable too! Also, just order this sweater, which looks perfect for spring/summer days. Thinking about this pullover from Zara too.

listening to…Carly Stein Of Beekeeper’s Naturals on The Skinny Confidential Him & Her Podcast. I’ve always been such a fan of honey, but now I’m even more so after listening to this. Loved learning more about Beekeeper’s Naturals product and all the benefits.

ordered…this red light therapy mask. I finally added this to my Violet Grey order after so many of you commented on how beneficial you’ve found these masks to be. I cannot wait for it to get here this week. I’ve been reading so much about how incredible red light therapy is not only for the skin but also for helping to calm anxiety. It’s a big investment, so I’ll keep you updated on how I’m liking it.

loving…the Bèis Backpack Diaper Bag. This would make an amazing Mother’s Day gift for any expectant moms. My mom got this bag and she absolutely loves it!

ordered….new spring candles. I’m swapping out my cozier scents for some spring florals. I’m excited about the new purple kush (with notes of violets) and Italian kush (the smells of summer in Italy) from Boy Smells. I love the scents in the new Diptyque Miami candle too…can’t wait for it to arrive. Oh, and the Fleur Fantôme and the Bohemia candles from Byredo are both in my Nordstrom cart. The scents sound especially springy.

loving…this Italian Duotone Retro Goblet from Food 52. They’re kind of expensive, but I love them for summer drinks. Should I order?

2. My favorite 30 Minutes or Less Recipes.

30 Minute Creamy Thai Turmeric Chicken and Noodles | halfbakedharvest.com

30 Minute Creamy Thai Turmeric Chicken and Noodles

20 Minute Florentine Butter Chicken with Burst Cherry Tomatoes | halfbakedharvest.com

20 Minute Florentine Butter Chicken with Burst Cherry Tomatoes

30 Minute Spicy Indian Butter Chicken | halfbakedharvest.com

30 Minute Spicy Indian Butter Chicken

20 Minute Orzo Carbonara with Crispy Prosciutto and Burrata | halfbakedharvest.com

20 Minute Orzo Carbonara

Weeknight Sticky Ginger Sesame Chicken Meatballs | halfbakedharvest.com #easyrecipe #chickenmeatballs #healthy

Weeknight Sticky Ginger Sesame Chicken Meatballs

20 Minute Lemon Butter Pasta with Ricotta and Spicy Breadcrumbs | halfbakedharvest.com

20 Minute Lemon Butter Pasta with Ricotta and Spicy Breadcrumbs

5 Minute Chocolate Cinnamon Sugar Toast | halfbakedharvest.com

5 Minute Chocolate Cinnamon Sugar Toast

3. A Few Of My Mom’s Mother’s Day Picks…

4. Favorite Questions of the Week.

q: do you make your recipes in real time or do you create a bunch then post them one at a time?
a: for the most part everything you see on IG is pretty real-time! I wish I was more organized and planned out, but when I’m excited to share something I want to share it NOW. That said, I do sometimes have recipes I make days in advance too, it just depends on the week! But mostly, they are made in real time.

q: Staub versus Le Creuset skillet? Deciding which one for my registry! 
a: I think we all know I love my Staub Collection. It’s really all I cook with.

q: how do you have such amazing energy? Do you ever hit a wall?
a: yes! The second my head hits my pillow I am out. Or a lot of times when I come home from cooking or working on the computer all day, I’ll be dead tired and crash. But I think my energy drive mainly comes from the excitement of working towards a bigger goal. I love getting to build HBH daily, it’s sooo exciting right now!

q: what’s your zodiac sign? Does it align with your personality? 
a: I’m a Virgo, and yes, I’m a true Virgo to the T.

q: are you serious about moving to California? 
a: lots of questions about moving to CA! I mean, yes and no. It was really just a thought, but I would love to spend more time there in the late winter/spring when the weather here isn’t so nice here…so split time would be ideal!

q: could you please do a risotto recipe?
a: I just shared my no stir risotto the other day on Instagram. It’s such an easy, delicious recipe!

q: what was the scariest part of starting your own business?
a: the fear of failure I’d say, but that also drives me to succeed at the same time. And even when/if I fail, it just makes me work a little harder to get back on track. I always learn the most when something doesn’t go right. In a way, I was lucky when I started HBH because I didn’t realize I was starting a business. At that time, I was fearless and didn’t really have anything to lose, I just started it. I think that’s key, you just have to start, that’s always the hardest part!

q: would you like to marry and have children someday or are you content staying single?
a: married with kids! I’ve always wanted a family (I love my big family), but I’m in no hurry at all. There’s a lot I want to do before!

q: how do you rim a glass when it says to use agave nectar?
a: I wouldn’t use agave! Instead, try just using a lime, it works every time!

q: do you ever get back to Ohio?
a: yes, usually in the summer!

q: do you test your recipe before you film them for IG?
a: I always test before!!! What you see on IG is normally my 3rd or 4th test, sometimes more if it’s a baking recipe

q: do you grow you own herbs?
a: in the summer yes! But right now I get a lot from Gourmet Sweet Botanicals.

q: one kitchen item worth the splurge?
a: a good knife set!! I love my Zwilling Kramer Knives.

5. Surprise…More Baby Goats!

If you read the favorites post from a couple of Sundays ago, then you know all about our surprise baby goat, Wiggle! He’s doing amazing and very lively these days…

But guess what?! We now have two more babies to add to the family. Layla had her babies this past week and delivered the three cutest little kids like a pro. Sadly one of them didn’t make it, which is always hard. But we’re thankful that the other two are doing well!

My dad and Asher are currently bottle-feeding them to make sure they’re getting enough milk, so it’s especially cute to watch. Here are some photos!

Random photos from throughout the week…

6. Inspiring Me on Pinterest…

(Pinterest via Lauren Conrad.com)

7. Favorite Links I’m Loving…

Tour Naomi Campbell’s Sprawling Kenyan Escape…oh how I would love to vacation here, so pretty and relaxing.

The Case Of The Kitchen Island…love these vintage island ideas.

Take a Look at the 7 Biggest Hotel Pools in America…must visit them all. wow.

29 Fun Things to Do With Your Kids When They’re Bored…some fun ideas if you need them!

2021 Guide to Austin’s Best Restaurants…planning a trip to Austin ASAP, these all sound incredible.

20 Movies About Siblings to Watch With Yours…all the feel-good movies and some good throwbacks here!

I Credit This One Product With Helping Me Look Younger…I’ve been using retinol too and love it.

The 5 Coolest Spring Hairstyles on Instagram…very into the braided front pieces and I love that it’s totally something I can achieve!

17 Books To Read if You Loved “Bridgerton”…for all the readers out there.

Spring H&M finds for women…this swimsuit, along with this cotton tee, and these sandals are in my cart.

Everything You Need to Know About Pricing Your Services…if you’re working for yourself, read this.

Inside Pharrell & David Grutman’s Goodtime Hotel In Miami Beach…I linked to this last week, but here’s the video tour, looks amazingly nice!

Where to Road-Trip (and What to Bring)…I guess Arizona is the place to be these days.

Beet and Strawberry Salad with Lemon Poppy Seed Dressing…love this for spring. sounds amazing!

8. My Favorites Picks From Shopbop…

9. This Week’s Dinners + Weekend Eats…

Monday: Lemon Chicken Skewers with Creamy Feta Sauce

Crockpot Carne Asada Tacos with Cilantro Lime Garlic Sauce | halfbakedharvest.com

Tuesday: Crockpot Carne Asada Tacos with Cilantro Lime Garlic Sauce

Artichoke and Broccoli Pesto Brie Panini with Thyme Honey | halfbakedharvest.com

Wednesday: Artichoke and Broccoli Pesto Brie Panini with Thyme Honey

20 Minute Honey Garlic Cashew Chicken and Coconut Noodles | halfbakedharvest.com

Thursday: 20 Minute Honey Garlic Cashew Chicken and Coconut Noodles

One Pot Creamy Penne Alfredo with Spicy Arugula | halfbakedharvest.com

Friday: One Pot Creamy Penne Alfredo with Spicy Arugula

Creamy Coconut Lime Mojito | halfbakedharvest.com

Saturday: Creamy Coconut Lime Mojito

Magic Chocolate Chip Cookies | halfbakedharvest.com

Sunday: Magic Chocolate Chip Cookies

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  1. Greetings! I just bought a very nice fern for my living room. I put it in a cream colored decorative pot-I’m doing my best not to kill it!
    My favorite place to be in the spring is Maui. I play lots of tennis, swim in the beautiful ocean & visit dear friends. Summers are best at home in White Salmon, WA at our “”Hodge-Podge Lodge!”
    You know, I’ve made the magic cookies & the chocolate chip ones from the super simple cookbook. Each time I do-the cookies come out puffy & not flattened. What do you suspect is happening? I’m going to check my oven calibration & review my ingredients. Thanks for your posts & have a great week!

    1. Hey Gena,
      Good luck with that fern, I know how you feel! Oh my, I bet Maui is quite magical! Thanks for trying the cookies, have you tried banging the pan on the counter? That’s what really helps my cookies to flatten. I hope this helps! xTieghan

  2. Spring is beautiful in Northern California! The green hills, wild poppies and lupine, crisp mornings, clear blue sky….its my favorite. Having grown up in southern california, you just dont get the change of seasons like you do in No cal. So, I say find a cute cottage in Carmel or Sana’a Cruz, if you want to be by the sea. Or if you’d rather be inland, Sonoma or Napa area. Great food, organic, fresh off the farm with lots of farmers markets to choose from in all these places and of course there’s the wine. Lots of hikes all around Norcal! And then its just a quick drive down to So Cal to see your brothers!

    1. Hey Tasha,
      Thanks so much for reading and sharing this vivid description of Northern California! I truly appreciate this feedback:) xTieghan

  3. BEST SPRING AND SUMMER PLACES to me are Michigan, especially its west coast and northern parts. And you get Chicago too! But Michigan has questionable springs so probably just summer. California beats everything! Spring is amazing. After a wet year, the green is so green, like Ireland. And the desert wildflowers are like no other! The summer is usually fine especially along the coast. And you can always go to the desert to warm up or the mountains to cool down. You can also roadtrip in Cali for a very long time and see more beautiful things than you can in most countries! And if you have family in Cali (well, family that you like 🤪😍) then what is better than that! Add a sprinkling of tons of creative talent (a reason our son returned here after trying Michigan). And, finally, but most importantly, you have me to proof everything for you and wash your dishes. And my hubby is an expert dishwasher too! He is amazing at cleaning up after us bakers! Sunshine 300 days a year??? Mmmmmm!!

    1. Hey Ruth,
      Thanks so much for reading today and sharing your favorite spring and summer spots! I’ve never been to Michigan, but the lake looks pretty darn awesome! I hope you have a great week! xTieghan

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