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Nine Favorite Things

Wednesday marks the official start of autumn! I’m sad to say goodbye to summer and the warm, long days, but looking forward to all that autumn has to offer. How about all of you? Yes, summer is warm, relaxing, and fun – but on to cozy season! Apples, pumpkins, mums, brilliantly colored leaves, fall hikes, hayrides…these are the things that get me excited for fall!

You know my stance, but I’m curious on your take. I’ve already been ordering up Halloween decor. And Asher and I have been chatting about all the Halloween movies we just have to watch this season (I’ll share more next week). I love so much that she has excitement for Halloween like I do. We’re the only ones in our big family that care about Halloween…and we really care! It’s always such a fun holiday. 

Anyway, happy Sunday! It’s been such a fun week. Well, it had a few hiccups, but ended on all good notes, so that’s always great! I celebrated my birthday on Wednesday, which I hesitate to mention because I truly despise my birthday. I know that seems really weird, but it’s always such a hard day for me. No matter what, it’s just never good. I don’t know what it is, but I’m not a person that loves to celebrate my birthday. So there was that. But other than that, and a few recipe fails (which happens), it was a good week!

Thursday I moderated a virtual cookbook signing for Antoni Porowski who you all know from Queer Eye. His second cookbook Let’s Do Dinner was released on Tuesday. And if you’re not familiar, you definitely need to order a copy. We had a lot of fun together! His recipes are very similar to mine in that their simple, everyday dishes you really want to make and eat. It was such a fun event! I’m hopeful these events will be in person soon!

I ended the week with a much-needed walk around the neighborhood to see the leaves in that glowy golden hour light. As I mentioned last week, the leaves are starting to turn those gorgeous shades of yellow and orange. It’s such a pretty time of year!

Oh! I will say, one major upside to a birthday week is flowers. Everyone who really knows me knows the only thing they could ever gift to me…that I would actually be excited about…are flowers (or candles). There were dahlias from both Terrain and Machete (thank you!!), a stunning bouquet from Staub, flowers from my mom…times like 3 (she got so many), and then the absolute prettiest roses from Grace Rose Farm. Nothing is better than fresh flowers everywhere. 

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(roses from Grace Rose Farm)

What else, my brothers made it over to Europe where it looks chilly but beautiful. Asher is really trying to get me to head to Aspen soon to see the fall leaves, stay at The Little Nell, and do a little shopping. She is so cute and sweet, she wants me to go so bad! We’ll see, time is a little tight, but she’s really pushing it! And Oslo is cute as can be, we’re obsessed with him. 

And lastly, I’m feeling inspired to add touches of fall all around the house/studio. I love decorating for the season. I’ve already been shopping around on Terrain and Pottery Barn. Let me know of any stores you love to shop for fall decor! 

question: what’s your favorite place (or places) to shop for decor?

Coming up this week on HBH… The first slow cooker recipe, a new harvest salad, delicious bread, and one of my favorite desserts I’ve created recently. 

1. Things i’m loving, wanting, and excited to try…

watching…Kendall Jenner During a Busy Day at New York Fashion Week. I love a behind-the-scenes video.

listening to…Maria Menounos on Pushing Through Life’s Challenges on The Skinny Confidential. An uplifting conversation about taking charge of your health and staying on top of things. 

dreaming of going to…Taylor River Lodge in Almont, Colorado. So pretty – and I would imagine even prettier this time of year. 

reading…Apples Never Fall by Liane Moriarty. A spooky one for the spooky season. 

ordered….all my favorite Tatcha products. Everything is 20% off using the code FF2021.

following…Dani Michelle on both Instagram and Pinterest. Her style is so good. 

can’t wait to burn…the Otherland Homestead Collection…just order every scent. 

drinking…The Black Widow Smash, always a favorite every autumn season. 

thinking about…the Ugg Tazz Mule. Is it a slipper, a shoe, or both? 

baking…pumpkin bread. It’s a new recipe, should I share it? Or no, not that exciting? 

thinking about ordering…the Philips SmartSleep Wake-up Light. The mornings are already too dark, does anyone use this and love it? 

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(dahlias from Terrain)

2. Favorite game day recipes. 

Pumpkin Beer Pretzels with Chipotle Queso | halfbakedharvest.com @hbharvest

Pumpkin Beer Pretzels with Chipotle Queso

Honey Whipped Feta with Garlic Herb Roasted Olives | halfbakedharvest.com

Honey Whipped Feta with Garlic Herb Roasted Olives

Homemade Cheesy Pizza Rolls | halfbakedharvest.com

Homemade Cheesy Pizza Rolls

Everything Ranch Cheese and Pretzel Snack Mix | halfbakedharvest.com

Everything Ranch Cheese and Pretzel Snack Mix

Baked Buffalo Chicken Egg Rolls with Cilantro Lime Ranch | halfbakedharvest.com

Baked Buffalo Chicken Egg Rolls with Cilantro Lime Ranch

Baked Sweet Potato Parmesan Tater Tots | halfbakedharvest.com #sweetpotatoes #healthy #easyrecipes #gameday #tatertots

Baked Sweet Potato Parmesan Tater Tots

Oven Toasted Garlic Herb Cheese Ravioli | halfbakedharvest.com

Oven Toasted Garlic Herb Cheese Ravioli

Black Pepper Rub Chicken Fingers with Greek Yogurt Ranch | halfbakedharvest.com

Black Pepper Rub Chicken Fingers with Greek Yogurt Ranch

Hard Cider Pretzels with Creamy Honey Mustard | halfbakedharvest.com

Hard Cider Pretzels with Creamy Honey Mustard

3. Transitioning the Home for Cozy Season…

some warming finds to update the home for the season

 

4. Favorite questions of the week.

q: do you think you’ll redo any of your 2013 blog recipes?
a: Haha. I wasn’t planning on it, but should I? Retro HBH recipes revamped?

q: How do you keep your cast iron pans clean? Tips?
a: I get this question all the time. I honestly do nothing to them. All the Staub skillets are enamel-coated and so easy to clean. I normally just rinse them with water, sometimes using a scrunch pad to wipe out anything stuck to the bottom. Then I put the pan back on the burner over medium heat to quickly dry it

q: what would you consider your home design style to be?
a: Cozy, minimal with a slight vintage feel. Mostly cozy though. I love a cozy, clean space

q: you and your siblings have a lot of success. What are some of the things your parents did and didn’t do?
a: here’s the thing, and my parents would say the same thing. My parents started really early and had no clue what they were doing. They just raised us the very best they could. For them, that meant teaching us to to be respectful of others. To always be looking at ways to give back. And most importantly, to treat everyone the way you’d want to be treated (or better). Oh, and that you’ve got to work hard, nothing in life comes easy, it’s the result of hard work.

They’ve always encouraged us to do what we love. They’ve never forced us down traditional paths or pushed us in a direction we weren’t excited to pursue. They are pretty “think outside the box” people.

q: are you worried about mountain lions on your morning hikes?
a: Yes, but I try not to think about it.

q: any advice on dealing with sibling spats?
a: this is definitely hard, but you’ve gotta try to work through it. For me, family is everything. If you don’t have your siblings, you’ll feel so lost. I think it’s important to try and look at the other person’s viewpoint and put yourself in their shoes. At the end of the day, if you just can’t agree, try to be the bigger person. Remember, they’re family and they’ll hopefully be there for you through thick and thin. So you have to just forgive and move on. Don’t hold grudges or you’ll feel so unhappy.

I know this isn’t always possible but that’s the best advice I have for you. Work it out, you need your fam!

q: do you have a big group of friends?
a: nope, not at all, just a few really good people and then my family. And even though I’m the complete opposite of every single person in my fam…and they drive me crazy…I still love to hang with them.

q: do any of your siblings have kids? 
a: my brother Brendan and sister-in-law, Lyndsie, have a little dude on the way and we are all so excited. I finally get to be an aunt 🙂

q: how did you deal with school anxiety? I was like that in middle and high school. Sometimes I get it in college.
a: It was really hard for me. I struggled a lot throughout middle school and high school. Cooking was actually a huge help for me. It was something I could easily control and put my energy into when I felt like everything else in my life was so out of my control. I dove into cooking and spent a lot of time re-arranging my room (I loved/love interior design). Doing anything creative always helps me.

I’ve also always been active and used to walk every day with my mom. I always feel less anxious after a good walk or hike.

q: what do you wish you had known before starting HBH?
a: nothing! Going into it blindly was the best thing. I think if I would have known really anything more than what I knew, I would have been too scared to start. I had no fears, so I didn’t have that holding me back.

q: what did you think of Gilmore Girls a Year in the Life?
a: I liked it, but I felt like they could have done a little better with the storyline. I was definitely a little disappointed with the ending…we’re never going to know how things ended up!

q: do you ever find recipes to be too time-consuming?
a: Yes! And I don’t usually share them unless they’re really worth the time

5. Oslo’s Favorite Things + Kids Halloween Costumes. 

My mom put together a list of Oslo’s favorite things for anyone out there with little ones at home! 

 

Halloween costumes… 

6. Inspiring Me + Photos From the Week.

(photo from Pinterest)

(found on Pinterest)

The 26 Most Beautiful Towns in America…beyond pretty. 

The Best Trader Joe’s Wines…my Nonnie would buy the Bread&Butter Chardonnay weekly.

13 Scenic Fall Foliage Trips That Aren’t in New England…if you’ve never been, Snowmass (all of Aspen) is beautiful in the fall.

57 Housewarming Gifts Guaranteed to Get You Welcomed Back…great ideas for hostess gifts too. 

Explore the American West in Style at These Rustic-Luxe Dude Ranches…every property looks and sounds so wonderful. 

50+ Items on Etsy to Help You Decorate for Fall & Halloween…ready to decorate.

Spending the Night In? 5 Things You Need To Make It Perfectly Cozy…love a cozy night in. 

10 TikTok Beauty Hacks That Makeup Artists Actually Use…loving TikTok beauty how-tos. 

Our Favorite Mudrooms…I’ve always loved the idea of having a mudroom. 

Inside Justin Timberlake’s Multifaceted Jewel of a Nashville Bar and Restaurant…very pretty and unique. 

10 Event Planner-Approved Tips for Making It Work…entertaining season is upon us. 

10 Cozy Throw Blankets That Have Us Dreaming of Cold Nights…everyone needs a few cozy blankets. 

Wait, We Don’t Need to Clean Our Thanksgiving Turkey…I’ve been saying this all along.

Vincent Van Gogh’s Newly Discovered Work Goes on Display…love this piece.

Tour an Iconic New York City Skyscraper…wow, the views alone – insane. 

Craving Fast Food? Try These 15 Homemade Options Instead…some fun ideas. 

13 Super Effective Serums to Target Fine Lines, Texture, and Tone…testing out a few of these. 

8. Early Fall Finds…

9. This week’s dinners + favorite weekend eats…

Sheet Pan Hot Honey Mustard Chicken and Crispy Brussels Sprouts | halfbakedharvest,com

Monday: Sheet Pan Hot Honey Mustard Chicken and Crispy Brussels Sprouts

Fall Harvest Roasted Butternut Squash and Pomegranate Salad | halfbakedharvest.com #salad #autumnrecipes #easyrecipes #healthy #butternutsquash

Tuesday: Fall Roasted Butternut Squash and Pomegranate Salad

Slow Cooker French Wine and Mustard Chicken | halfbakedharvest.com #slowcooker #crockpot #instantpot #chicken

Wednesday: Slow Cooker French Wine and Mustard Chicken

Healthy Chipotle Chicken Sweet Potato Skins | halfbakedharvest.com #sweetpotatoes #healthyrecipes #chicken

Thursday: Healthy Chipotle Chicken Sweet Potato Skins

Butternut Squash and Cheese Stuffed Pasta Shells | halfbakedharvest.com

Friday: Butternut Squash and Cheese Stuffed Pasta Shells

Vanilla Chai Pumpkin Cream Cold Brew | halfbakedhavrest.com

Saturday: Vanilla Chai Pumpkin Cream Cold Brew

Chewy Brown Sugar Maple Cookies | halfbakedharvest.com

Sunday: Chewy Brown Sugar Maple Cookies

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  2. Really love your picture of your terrain flowers on the table. Might be my new screen saver!

    I’ve been a regular follower for a couple of years now, would love to see some of your earlier blog recipes – HBH TBT! Xx

  3. Love your Sunday blog, I take the time to make a coffee and sip it from a cup & saucer and relish in all your amazing favourite things and recipes. Just curious…is Oslo your baby brother?

    1. Hey Karen,
      Thanks so much for reading along each Sunday! Yes, Oslo is my little brother, the youngest of the 8! xTieghan

  4. Yes, I absolutely want to see your favorite pumpkin bread/muffin recipes. Besides piles of real pumpkins to look at, pumpkin bread is the only pumpkin treat I enjoy.

  5. Thank you for all you do! Your website is definitely my go to for trying out new recipes. I have made quite a number of them. My kids are older(20 and 23) and whenever they have have liked the meals I prepare I always say “half baked harvest girl recipe”.

    I also enjoy the links, photos and Nine Favorite Things on Sundays. I am in agreement with other reviewers- I love sitting down with hot tea and pouring through your Sunday post.

    1. Hey Karin,
      Thanks so much for reading along and your thoughtful message. Lol so glad your family enjoys the recipe and thanks for making them! I hope you have the best week! xTieghan

  6. Okay I totally understand disliking you’re birthday. I always feel the same. I think it has to do with the fact that there’s pressure to have the best day ever on your birthday. Then when it’s not extraordinary, when it’s just another day, there’s some kind of let down. A lot of times, I actually have the same trouble with holidays. It’s kind of weird. I wish I could just enjoy it. Anyway, I’ve never heard anyone else say that about their birthday. It’s nice to know I’m not the only one out there!

    1. Hey Lauren,
      Thanks so much for reading today and yes, so glad I am not the only one who feels this way about birthdays! Have the best week:) xTieghan

  7. Thank you for beautifully styled delicious food! I’ve made many recipes, including the apple butter…yumm! Best wishes to you for a happy fall!

      1. Oh can I just move in with you for the Fall and you can cook me all these yummy things? What a fab Sunday post! Just a word of caution about the Bumbo seat; I was going to purchase one for my granddaughter when my daughter showed me frightening reviews and videos. And it seems quite detrimental to their physical development, says a Pediatric Physical Therapist. Just FYI to anyone interested.

        1. Hey Patti,
          Thanks so much for your kind message and reading along! Yes, my parents are aware of some of the dangers of using Bumbo. Oslo has actually outgrown it now, but thank you for reaching out! xTieghan

  8. Have been reading for years and love your posts and the energy that always comes through. I would love to see a good meatloaf recipe. Maybe you’ve created one and I’ve missed it, if so, please point me in the right direction. Great comfy fall dinner.
    Thanks for all that you do – a bright ray of sun and good
    Pj

    1. Hey PJ,
      Thanks so much for reading along each Sunday. LOL my brother has been begging me to do a meatloaf recipe for years, maybe this will be the year I finally do one! Stay tuned:) xTieghan

  9. Happy birthday! 🎈

    I have been following you for 1.5 years now. I look forward to your blog every Sunday while enjoying my morning tea. My family loves your recipes and you have become my go to for planning out my weekly menu. Looking forward to this holiday season with you.

    Also, I have never been big into candles but want to try a really nice fall scent. What would you recommend?

  10. Once again, stunning photos of your part of the country. Thanks for sharing.
    And thank you mom for her suggestions of baby items. I just purchased the little alphabet romper/onesie from Burt’s Bees Babies. They also have a similar item with numbers on it. It is a great place to buy baby things…very reasonable priced and so cute. Most of the pieces have a little bee hidden somewhere on the item. The footed PJ’s have embossed bees on the bottom of the feet.
    Finally, I am totally with you regarding birthdays. I have never liked celebrating mine for no real reason I can think of.

    1. Hey Nancy,
      Thanks so much for your kind message and reading along! Lol aren’t the Burt’s Bees outfits just the cutest?! Glad I’m not the only one who feels this way about birthdays! Have a great week! xTieghan

  11. Hi Tieghan, thank you for putting in so much effort into these great posts. I made your Easiest Apple Cinnamon Tarts from HBH Super Simple yesterday, and they were delicious!

    1. Thanks so much for your kind message Denise! I am so glad the apple cinnamon tarts were enjoyed, thanks for giving them a try! xTieghan

  12. I always find the best fall and Halloween decor at my local nurseries. They sell great local pottery Jack-o-lanterns (which I collect) that change design every year and other really fun handmade items for indoors and outside.

  13. I love these Sunday posts so much. It is my favorite read with a cup of coffee. And, have also loved all the recipes so far.

  14. What beautiful pictures, the first one looking downhill with the mountain vista is breathtaking.

    Curious how many (on average) trials does it take you to feel like a recipe is ready to publish, especially if it’s brand new or radically changed? Do you end up using the first tries for meals anyway?

    Happy belated birthday!

    1. Hey Deborah,
      Thanks so much for reading along! It really just depends on the recipe, I could test it anywhere between 3-8 times before sharing. Yes, we always end up eating the meals or donating them:) Have the best week, thanks for the birthday wishes! xTieghan

  15. Yes please share the pumpkin bread recipe🙂. Even though you don’t like celebrating your birthday, I’d like to wish you a very happy belated birthday!!!! I love your daily recipe posts as well as the Sunday one! Look forward to this one every week!

    1. Hey Jen,
      Thanks for reading along and the birthday wishes:) Stay tuned for the pumpkin bread recipe!! Have the best week! xTieghan

  16. I love reading your posts. I love reading and making your recipes. I love your pictures of your beautiful land and the mountains. You’re my fav. Happy Birthday, you crazy kid! 😘😘

  17. New reader here. Frankly I can’t imagine anything more lovely than being wrapped up in a fall throw blanket, sipping coffee and going through the links you are loving. Wow. I have my Nest Harvest candle burning (seriously perfect fall scent btw) and I am dipping the gluten-free version of your apple cider browned butter maple coffee glaze donuts into a pile of left over glaze. I might be eating more glaze than actual donut and trying to think of other ways to use the glaze although I have to say just off the spoon works. I served these treats along dulce de leche ice cream for a small bonefire gathering last night. Score! Today I making the whipped honey feta olive dip for “the game” although I won’t be watching. Instead I will be dipping gf crackers into that luscious dip and creating my own menus for dinner this week which will include your sage chicken and mashed cauliflower, sage pork chops and vegetable tortellini soup. The soup is a test run to see if I am going to offer it during my 8 weeks of Soup Night this fall. I have hosted Soup Night for nearly 20 years every fall and am always on the prowl for new soups. Last year I went to Covid safe curbside deliveries and will do the same this year with Delta still raging. Feel free to mention your favorite soups for me to look at. I need a really kick good savory butternut squash in my offerings. Happy Sunday and thanks for the good reads and recpies! P.S. I have the best mudroom ever!

  18. Love your blog and your youthful wisdom. Regarding your birthday, instead of thinking of it as your special day to celebrate you, think of it as a day to celebrate your mom! As a mother, the day of my children’s birth is so special, not only do I want to celebrate them, I also have such a special feeling for that day. You can decide to use your birthday as a day of giving something back to a special organization too. Embrace yourself a little!

    1. Hey Karen,
      Thanks so much for reading today. I love your thoughts on birthdays, next year I will definitely try to remember my mom on that day. Thanks for sharing! xTieghan

  19. Another great Sunday post. Your link for 26 most beautiful towns in America, I have been to Woodstock Vermont. It is a great little town. The buildings, houses and landscape are just wonderful. I was lucky to be there in the fall and the leaves were amazing. It is a very cute town with a great downtown area with shopping and dinning. I have a lot of your recipes on my menu for next week, can’t wait to try. Your recipes are always wonderful and always turn out. I can’t wait to see all the wonderful ideas you come up with over the next few months.

    1. Hey there,
      Thanks for reading along! Thanks for sharing about Woodstock, it sounds like a cute little town for sure! Let me know what you make this week, I hope you have a great Monday! xTieghan