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Nine Favorite Things

Happy autumn…and happy last Sunday of September!!

Next week October will hit, and man, things will really start to pick up then. It’s crazy because I love this time of year so much, but it’s always so busy and goes so fast. I am really, really thankful we haven’t had any snow yet this season. I know it will come in October, but thus far, September really has been perfect. The weekends have been beautiful and our leaves are just at their peak. A little later than last year, which is so nice!

Other than that, pretty basic week around here. Tying up loose ends on something coming next year. Lots of fall and Halloween themed cooking. I’ve also been online shopping for some new fall clothes. I’m so into the fall styles this year, all the cozy things…and boots!

There’s no easy way to transition into this, but in some more sobering news, my Mimi passed away this week. Mimi was my Dad’s mom. She lived a pretty great, long life, as she was almost 89 years old, which is pretty incredible. She was a tough, tough woman to say the least. We’re heading back to Cleveland on Tuesday for the funeral. This wasn’t a sudden a passing, so we’ve all been prepared. I know she really is in a better place and finally reunited with my Papa after too many years apart. This is comforting for me to think about.

That being said, death if of course, never an easy thing. I’ve said this before, but one of my biggest fears is losing someone close to me. My Mimi’s passing brought up some memories from when my Nonnie passed. And before that my Aunt Katie (this is why my cousins are like siblings). It’s never an easy thing, so I just want to say to anyone who’s ever lost someone close, I hope you’re doing ok. Hang in there and remember to do your best to enjoy the life you have!

And lastly, I sure hope I have some of Mimi’s genes because 89 years feels like a long, well-lived life!

Alrighty, what else? My mom and I did a quick Q&A zoom together for a conference for the National Council For Adoption. Adoption is, of course, near and dear to our hearts. Oslo’s first birthday is coming up on October 11. I think my mom is planning a little get-together while everyone is in Cleveland. So crazy that he’ll be a year old in just a few short weeks. He is such a little boy these days!

Asher has been doing some serious fall shopping and helping me come up with Halloween props for drinks and desserts. And finally, the boys (Kai and Red) are now in Switzerland, which looks so beautiful. I’m a little jealous!

Coming up this week on HBH, we have more autumn recipes! We’ll be starting the week off with something Italian – but made with a fall twist. We’ll then move on to the perfect sweet autumn breakfast. Then a Sunday night dinner to pair with these rolls. And on Friday we’ll finish the week up with our first Halloween recipe of the season. Delicious things coming your way soon!

PS. in case you missed it, I shared my yearly roundup of all the most popular Fall Recipes.

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

loving…my new KitchenAid Light and Shadow Mixer. It’s the designer handbag of kitchen appliances.

loving…Aritzia fall collection. Everything currently in my shopping cart: this one shoulder tank in brown (so cute), these vegan leather pants (love…and affordable), this sweatshirt and joggers in copper (cozy for at home), and then this button up (for casual Friday).

listening to… Kristin Cavallari on personal skincare and health routine. A good listen for anyone who loves a little personal care.

dreaming of going..to Paris, because Paris in the fall looks magical. The Hôtel Plaza Athénée looks picture perfect. Asher and I will get there soon.

loving…this Mila Mirror from Anthropologie. Love the vintage feel. I want it.

ordered…these Skull Double Old Fashioned glasses, so cute for Halloween.

burning…so many new candles. My current favorite is this pumpkin clove candle and fall feels candle. I mentioned this last week, but the Otherland Homestead Collection arrived and it’s so good.

loving….the Tata Harper restorative eye crème. My obsession is anti-aging everything. 

wanting to try…the ZIIP Beauty Nano Current Device. I keep hearing about this tool and how incredible it is on the skin, especially for anti-aging prevention. Very much want to try it. 

drinking…everything on my 20 Most Popular Fall Drinks post. So happy cocktail season is here.

cooking…my everything ranch cheese and pretzel snack mix for today’s game.

listening to…Amanda Knox on Joe Rogan. If you love true crime I feel like this is a must-listen to.

2. Slow cooker and instant pot fall dinners.

Slow Cooker Cheesy Garlic Herb Mashed Potatoes | halfbakedharvest.com

Slow Cooker Cheesy Garlic Herb Mashed Potatoes

Slow Cooker Chipotle Chicken Tortilla Soup with Salty Lime Chips | halfbakedharvest.com

Crockpot Chipotle Chicken Tortilla Soup with Salty Lime Chips

Slow Cooker Saucy Sunday Bolognese Pasta | halfbakedharvest.com

Saucy Slow Cooker Sunday Bolognese Pasta

Healthier Slow Cooker Creamy Tortellini Vegetable Soup | halfbakedharvest.com

Healthier Slow Cooker Creamy Tortellini Vegetable Soup

Instant Pot Pesto Zuppa Toscana | halfbakedharvest.com #instantpot #soup #slowcooker #winter

Instant Pot Pesto Zuppa Toscana

Healthier Instant Pot Coq au Vin | halfbakedharvest.com #instantpot #slowcooker #quick #easy #healthy #fallrecipes #sundaydinner

Healthier Instant Pot Coq au Vin

Slow Cooker Red Wine Sunday Ragu Pasta | halfbakedharvest.com #pasta #ragu #Italian #slowcooker #crockpot #instantpot

Slow Cooker Red Wine Sunday Ragù Pasta

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

Slow Cooker French Wine and Mustard Chicken

Healthy Slow Cooker Turkey and White Bean Chili | halfbakedharvest.com #slowcooker #chili #healthyrecipes #turkey

Healthy Slow Cooker Turkey and White Bean Chili

Creamy Wild Rice Chicken Soup with Roasted Mushrooms | halfbakedharvest.com #slowcooker #crockpot #instantpot #soup #wildrice

Creamy Wild Rice Chicken Soup with Roasted Mushrooms

Red Wine Cranberry Braised Short Ribs | halfbakedharvest.com #slowcooker #easy #dinner #familyrecipes #holidayrecipes

Red Wine Cranberry Braised Short Ribs

Coconut Sweet Potato Lentil Soup with Rice | halfbakedharvest.com #soup #healthy #dinner #autumnrecipes #vegan

Coconut Sweet Potato Lentil Soup with Rice

3. Spooky Halloween Decor.

4. favorite questions of the week.

q: How do you make your income since you don’t do many Instagram ads?
a: I’m super picky about the brands I work with and don’t do a lot of sponsored content, but that is an income source for us. Another is the ads you see on HBH. They do really well for us and are a big source of income. My mom (who’s my business partner), has managed the ads on HBH since day one and she’s a pro. Other income sources are cookbook sales and product sales. There are partnerships in the works, but that’s more behind the scenes…at least right now  🙂

q: What leggings were in the fall APL photos?
a: They’re the Alo Lounge Legging. I live in them.

q: Did you make all the floral arrangements in your last Instagram story?
a: I did! But I really don’t know what I’m doing, I just know what I like.

q: Is this a job you want to do for the rest of your life?
a: 100% I’m so excited for the things I have in mind for HBH. There’s so much more to explore and do. I can’t wait to do it with you guys!!

q: do you tend to favor spicy foods?
a: Yes! We love spicy, which is why there are chili flakes in almost every single recipe I share. The spicer the better.

q: What is your favorite fall flower?
a: Dahlias, they’re my favorite late summer/fall flower

q: what is your favorite holiday and family tradition?
a: Christmas with my family, but Halloween and Thanksgiving are runner-ups. I love them all.

My favorite tradition is Christmas Eve with everyone. You never know what’s in store with my family, but I love that ALL of us are together no matter what. We do a big dinner and end with Christmas movies.

q: Cheap, easy dinner for a broke college student?
a: fancy (but not really) ramen. Trust me make this recipe.

q: What’s your favorite part about living in the country?
a: the amount of space, the quietness, the animals, and the fresh air. It’s nothing like the city but it’s magical in its own way (especially this time of year)!

q: You and your sibling’s names are so unique. What was the inspiration?
a: They’re not ALL super unique (Creighton, Trevor, Brendan, Tieghan, Malachi (we call him Kai too), Redmond (we call him Red), Asher, and Oslo. My mom just loves different names (can you guess the one name my dad chose?). I just called her to ask the inspo and she said they all have different stories…there’s 8 of us so I’m not going to go into details because, holy shit 🙄😬

q: do you ever feel pressure coming from your parents as business partners?
a: No never. I give myself all the pressure I need. I’m a real pro at that 😩 but they’re the most supportive, and always encourage all my crazy ideas. I bounce everything off them too so they’re pretty darn great.

q: What Is Clinical products do you recommend?
a: the cleansing complex is my all-time favorite. As is their pro healing serum advance+ which has vitamin C (so I use it in the morning). I also love their hydra-cool serum at night.

q: How about an introduction for those of us who are just now following you?
a: hi! hi!!! I’m Tieghan and I created HBH just after turning 19 and have been working on growing it 24/7 ever since. I cook almost every day. I photograph and video every dish I make. And I LOVE sharing my life with you guys. I live for flowers and candles. Love clothes a little too much…and interior design too (anything I can style and make pretty I love). I live in the mountains in Colorado and my family is big! 6 brothers, 1 little sister, 2 parents + cousin-sibs 🙂

5. Everything I want to decorate, wear, and do this fall…

1. Find an apple orchid nearby (here are some in Colorado) and pick all the apples. Then bake these apple doughnuts.

2. Make the home cozy…with so many pumpkins (I have these and they’re really pretty). Loving these cozy throws (this looks like the coziest blanket), pillows, cute wreaths (my favorite and then more affordable), and of course candles.

3. Recreate this front door situation. It’s magical, moody, and festive.

4. Watch all the best Halloween movies…Hocus PocusHalloweentown, and do a Harry Potter movie marathon – I’ll share a list next week. What’s your favorite Halloween movie?

5. Go to a pumpkin patch and pick out all my favorite odd-looking pumpkins. Then do some carving and roast their seeds. Here’s a list of 40 of the best pumpkin farms.

6. Homemade apple ciderapple butter, and apple cider doughnuts. And let’s throw in some pumpkin butter too.

7. Send out a few fall-themed gifts to friends. Love the idea of shipping out a “fall cozy box” with candles, a cute mug (or this one), cookies, and fuzzy socks.

8. Have fall nails for at least a week. Heading to LA soon, and that’s my time.

9. Go for a hike and take in all the fall foliage. Our trees are so pretty right now, I think we have about 1 week left of nice weather.

10. Mixing up spooky cocktails is a must and it’s already happening over here.

11. Fall shopping! Loving this sweater, this cozy coat, and I actually just ordered this plaid shirt.

12. And on that note, splurge on a new pair of fall boots. Or these.

13. Watch reruns of all the autumn Gilmore Girls episodes. Stars Hallow in the fall was my dream place.

14. Watch Freeform’s “31 Nights Of Halloween”. I used to watch this on ABC family when I was a kid. I love that they’re still doing it. I’d eat chocolate chip pancakes by the fire – it was the best.

Questions: What’s on your list for fall. What’s the one thing you want to do most? For me, two things – enjoy this time of year (especially Halloween with Asher). And then (honestly) I want to find some cute fall clothes! 

6. Inspiring Me…fall foliage addition.

So much inspiration on Pinterest. Loved this article on the 21 best places to see fall foliage in the US. My bucket list spots are anywhere in New York, Franklin Tennessee, and then Aspen (it’s stunning right now). 

(photos all found via Pinterest)

Fall at Trader Joe’s! Here Are 34 Items to Snag Before They Sell Out…so many things. What are your favorites? 

100 Kitchen Essentials to Create a Chic But Functional Space….love these finds. 

15 Met Gala Beauty Looks…loved Kaia Gerber and Kendal Jenner’s looks.

7 Volumizing Mascaras for your Biggest Lashes Yet…I love the Ilia mascara.

Our Favorite Fall Accessories For 2021…scarfs and cozy socks.

More inside Athena Calderone’s Collaboration with Beni Rugs…so may pretty rugs.

Pulling Off TikTok’s Viral Smoky Eye Hack…ok, I want to try this. 

5 Go-To (Easy And Affordable) Fall Decor Items…if you need ideas. 

These Are, Hands Down, the Best Zara Items of Fall 2021…so many cute pieces. 

Your Fall Bucket List Is Here! 15 Fun Things to Do…love a fall bucket list. 

14 Best Eye Creams for Fine Lines…my go-to skincare item right now. 

There’s No Cellophane in the Best Gift Baskets…love these gift baskets. 

If You’re Carving a Pumpkin, You Need to Air Fry the Seeds…might actually break out the air fryer for this. 

8. New Fall Finds…

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

Autumn Harvest Honeycrisp Apple and Feta Salad | halfbakedharvest.com

Monday: Autumn Harvest Honeycrisp Apple and Feta Salad

Sesame Ginger Dumplings in Chili Oil | halfbakedharvest.com

Tuesday: Sesame Ginger Dumplings in Chili Oil

4 Cheese Roasted Garlic Alfredo Stuffed Spaghetti Squash | halffbakedharvest.com

Wednesday: 4 Cheese Roasted Garlic Alfredo Stuffed Spaghetti Squash

20 Minute Thai Peanut Chicken Ramen | halfbakedharvest.com #soup #instantpot #ramen #fallrecipes

Thursday: 30 Minute Thai Peanut Chicken Ramen

Herby Buttered Balsamic Mushroom Ravioli | halfbakedharvest.com #mushrooms #italian #ravioli #easyrecipes

Friday: Herby Buttered Balsamic Mushroom Ravioli

Soft Garlic Herb Cheddar Cheese Bread | halfbakedharvest.com

Saturday: Soft Garlic Herb Cheddar Cheese Bread

Chai Latte Cupcakes with Caramel Brûlée Frosting | halfbakedharvest.com

Sunday: Chai Latte Cupcakes with Caramel Brûlée Frosting

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  1. enjoyed reading the nine things and then you mentioned Franklin, how did you know that it’s a nice place for fall? Im there home for the first time in years, fall is getting here fast, would be nice to chat with someone in CO bc I was thinking of moving to a new city there

  2. YOU are such a doll baby!! Like everyone’s daughter. So crazy proud of you. I’ve been following you for awhile now. Thanksgiving dinner was a hit. The bourbon sweet potato casserole was killer. Keep going honey!

  3. I have to say, I love your blog and have for so many years. Lately it’s been harder and harder to even browse the nine favorite things posts (which I’ve always looked forward to) because so many things that are linked are beyond expensive, like crazy expensive. Just miss being able to have more fun with these.

    1. Hey Cori,
      Thanks so much for sharing your feedback, I always say that these are things that I enjoy looking at, a girl can dream right?! xTieghan

  4. Sorry for your loss, may she rest in peace.

    Thank you for all the info! this has got to be one of my favorite 9 favorite things post!

    Gilmore Girls is one of my favorite shows – been watching it lately; love the boots you are getting/got/want; love all the recipes; and the best pumpkin patch link – needed!

    Have a great week!

    1. Hey Teresa,
      Thanks so much for your kind thoughts and reading along! Love that you enjoy Gilmore Girls as much as I do:) xTieghan

  5. Hi! I’d be interested in purchasing a curated box you put together (providing you ship to Canada!) with your favourite things!

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  7. Lol I love that you mentioned Franklin, TN! I’m from Chattanooga a coupl hours away, and I am a little biased… BUT I think Chattanooga has the BEST fall foliage in TN:)
    We’re in a valley so we have a river and mountains adding to the beauty!

    1. Hey Steph,
      Thanks so much for reading along, the fall foliage in Franklin looks amazing!! Have a great week:) xTieghan

  8. Please accept my most sincerest condolences on the loss of your Mimi. xo

    The recipes that call for using an insta pot or slow cooker, can I use a dutch oven on the stove instead? Call me old fashioned but that’s what I prefer to cook with, plus I don’t own an insta pot & even though my husband uses them all the time, I prefer not to cook with a crock pot. Your recipes that call for those pots look SO GOOD & I don’t want to miss out. 🙂

    1. Hi Alane,
      Thank you so much for your kind message! Yes, most of the recipes will have instant pot, slow cooker, and stove top instructions listed with them as well. If you ever need the cooking instructions for a specific recipe please feel free to ask! Have a great week! xTieghan

  9. Oh no Tieghan! I’m so sorry for your loss of your Mimi! It’s never easy to loose a loved one even when you know it’s coming in the foreseeable future.

    Olso is such a cutie and growing up fast!

    I’m guessing your Dad picked your name!
    Stay safe!

    1. Hey there,
      Thank you so much for your kind message:) Oslo is literally the cutest! Thanks for reading along:) xTieghan

  10. So sorry for your loss, Tieghan. My condolences to you and the fam. Thinking of Mimi being reunited with Papa makes me happy too.

  11. I’m so sorry to hear about your loss. It’s never easy. Thinking of you and your family.

    I’m guessing your dad chose Redmond?

    Xx

  12. I’m sorry about your grandmother. Making the ramen next week! Enjoy your fall color. And you didn’t tell us which name your dad chose. Trevor? Brendan?

  13. I am so so very sorry about the loss of your “Mimi”. I find comfort in the wisdom of Tsangyang Gyatso, the 6th Dalai Lama:

    “In the short walk of this life
    We have had our share of joy.
    Let us hope to meet again
    In the youth of our next life”

    Not much tempers grief. May her memory be a blessing. Deep breaths, burn your favorite candles and tell the stories of your memories with your family. Godspeed dear.

    1. Hi Cari,
      Thank you so much for your kind words and sharing these words of wisdom:) I hope you have a wonderful week! xTieghan

  14. Hello T! I’m so sorry about the loss of your MIMI. Loss even expected is still difficult but you have your family and they you to be strong with.
    On another note, I wanted you to know that I made the 30 minute Thai Peanut Chicken Ramen this week and my husband asked for a repeat! He is a very picky eater and for him to ask for it to be in our “rotation” of regular favorites was amazing. I did a few adaptations for my “picky” eater. He doesn’t like soups to be too full so I followed the recipe for all of the liquid ingredients and then cut the chicken, mushrooms and pepper by half. That allowed enough broth for us to have ramen a second night.
    I really love your posts, IG’s and cookbooks and have even gotten my mom (who we call MIMI) following. Thanks for your inspiration! Now, I’m on to that Maple Apple Butter today!

    1. Hey Bec,
      Thanks so much for your kind thoughts. I am so glad you and your husband both enjoyed the ramen, it’s a family fave over here as well! Have a wonderful week:) xTieghan

  15. Sorry for the loss of your grandmother. Safe travels. If time allows, come to Medina for our decorated square and Root candles.

  16. Just started following you closely and wow, I’m hooked! Your content is interesting and beautifully styled. Delicious recipes too! Looking forward to learning more from you!

    1. Hi Kamiya,
      That would be Maggie, Abby, and Matthew. Their mom passed away 9 years ago, my parents have really taken them in as their own:) xTieghan

  17. Another great blog and stunning fall photos. I am enjoying watching the leaves on the trees change colour here in the UK, so pretty.
    If you and Asher like Paris, then have you watched a show on Netflix called Emily in Paris? The second season is out soon.
    For October, having already made apple butter and your cider apple doughnuts, I plan to make some pumpkin butter as well as your chai latte cupcakes. It is also slow cooker season so I will be making lots of evening and weekend dinners this way.
    I’m also on the lookout for a new pair of boots and a couple of cozy sweaters and as for fall nails, I am also excited about painting mine in colours of the season.
    Hope you have a great week 🙂

    1. Hey Colleen,
      Thanks so much for reading along, the changing of the trees is the best! I did add Emily in Paris to my list, just need to watch it still:) Thanks for giving so many recipes a try. Have a great week! xTieghan