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Nine Favorite Things.

Nine Favorite Things | halfbakedharvest.com

Welcome to 2022!! This is the first post of the New Year! I hope you all had an awesome New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day. We don’t usually do anything that unique for NYE, just hang out and have a nice dinner in. It was dumping snow, so we built a fire and hung out outside for a bit before dinner. It was nice that New Year’s Day fell on a Saturday this year. This gave everyone one more day before heading back to reality after the holidays!

So, I feel like I should recap on Christmas a bit since we really haven’t chatted in a while. Everything feels like such a blur, the holidays go so fast! Let’s see, Christmas Eve, I think I cooked myself to death. But we had an awesome dinner (thank you Five Mary’s for the incredible steaks) on a snowy night. Christmas Eve is always so special.

It was so nice to have everyone all together. My cousin Maggie and her husband Tom arehere with their new little one, Walker. This was (mostly) everyone’s first time meeting the little guy, he’s such a little peanut. I remember when Oslo was first born, he was obviously small, but nothing like little Walker. My mom said Oslo was 6 pounds on the nose when they brought him home. I just don’t remember him being that small, they grow SO fast. Anyway, Walker is the sweetest little guy.

Christmas Day was a nice, slow, easy going day. We always do gifts in the morning with cinnamon rolls (or mom’s monkey bread) and dinner. Nothing fancy, but it’s always special. I loved the gifts I gave and received. My favorite was a necklace that Asher got me with a picture of the two of us inside. She really put some thought and effort into it, and I loved it.

I kind of spoiled her in gifts. She’s just my favorite and I can’t help myself. I got her this North Face coat and it looks so cute on her. Sharing lots of photos from the last two weeks below!

Most of the holidays were spent just hanging out at home and enjoying each other’s company. Everyone did a family snowmobile day and a day or two over at Copper Mountain. I attempted to get a heard start on all the January recipes (new recipes tomorrow!).

Entering January can be a bit of a let down in comparison to December. But we’ve been getting tons of snow, so that’s fun and cozy. And there’s also a month of fresh new Healthy January recipes to loook forward to. I’m also excited for my sister-in-law’s baby shower on the 10th. And then there’s also preparations for the new cookbook tour in February!

Lastly, this past week I shared the 25 most popular recipes of 2021 – as picked by all of you. I also shared my Favorite Healthier Recipes in prep for this week…lots and lots of recipe inspo for you guys!

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

loving…my iPhone 12 Silicon Case. I have the black but it comes in so many colors and does a really nice job protecting your phone without being bulky (which I hate).

watching…14 Peaks on Netflix. The clips from this are stunning.

loving…this Holden Cashmere beanie (mine is brown). Never thought I needed a cashmere hat, but man it sure is warm and cozy (and cute).

listening to…Lisa Moskovitz on Intuitive Eating, Why Most Diets Fails, & How To Develop a Healthy Relationship with Food. Such a great podcast to start off the new year.

dreaming of going…St. Barts. Not just yet, but would love a winter trip to paradise. Also, any of these waterfront retreats would work wonderfully too.

reading…Atomic Habits – by James Clear. I forget who recommend this, but a great book for starting the new year.

loving…Moncler Down Hooded Jacket. The price is craziness, but it’s cute.

ordered…new Golden Coil Notebooks for the New Year. These are my favorite notebooks for daily planning and list making.

traveling…to NYC in February for the books release and would love to stay are the new The Fifth Hotel. It’s not going to be open yet, but it looks like it will be cute.

following…Melissa Wood Health’s January Plan. Not exactly, but I wanted to share in case you need a good January workout schedule.

loving…Olive & June press on nails. For anyone who can’t do their nails (hello – me), these are awesome. Asher’s playing around with them and loves them.

drinking…smoothies with fruit, spinach, ginger and spirulina. New year, you know?

watching…Emily in Pairs. They released their new season and even the though it’s not “the best” show, it’s cute and easy to watch.

cooking…Soft Pretzels, White Chili, and Penne. This was NYE dinner.

2. The most popular recipes of December.

Christmas Monster Cookies | halfbakedharvest.com

Most popular: Christmas Monster Cookies

Spicy Sesame Chicken and Ginger Rice | halfbakedharvest.com

Runner-up: Spicy Sesame Chicken and Ginger Rice

Creamy White Chicken Chili | halfbakedharvest.com

Also have to mention: Creamy White Chicken Chili

Crispy Chipotle Sweet Potato Tacos with Lime Crema | halfbakedharvest.com

My personal favorite: Crispy Chipotle Sweet Potato Tacos with Lime Crema

My Family’s Favorite Pesto Pasta Bolognese | halfbakedharvest.com

Ok, last one: My Family’s Favorite Pesto Pasta Bolognese

3. All my 2022 skincare favorites…

4. Favorite questions of the week.

q: how is it that your entire family members are foodies?
a: actually only a handful are really into GOOD food and trying different dishes. They’re getting a lot better though, especially my brothers! They used to be so picky and now they eat pretty much whatever I make 🙂 

q: Do you like your hair best straight or curled?
a: I love it with a wavy but it’s naturally very straight.

q: do you ever finish cooking and drop the final product before taking photos?
a: I don’t think I’ve ever done this…but this is 100% something I would do.

My brother, Brendan, kindly pointed out the time I made a jumbo size lasagna for like 10 people, some of them huge eaters. I was pulling the pan out of the oven when my dad walked around the corner and bumped me. I dropped the entire extra large Pyrex pan and it shattered everywhere 😆. We ordered pizza…it was so sad

q: recently you had someone ask you about lip filler, I know I am extremely sensitive, are you?
a: I can be, but this didn’t bother me, mostly because I thought it was just so silly. I mean, who says that to someone they’ve never even met 😂😆? Plus I have so many other insecurities, my lips have just never been on of them. Sure they’re small, but that doesn’t really bother me. Again embrace what makes you different and unique. Being and looking like everyone else is boring…be you!

q: When you meet someone for the 1st time, how do you describe your career to them?
a: I am the worst at this. It’s different every time and never good. I feel like it depends who it is. Sometimes I just say photographer so I don’t have to keep going into detail.

q: pavlova recipe please?
a: Everyone always ask if there’s a recipe that I just can’t get right. Well pavlova is one of those recipes I just can’t get right! Sorry, I don’t know if I can ever create a good pavlova recipe.

q: which came first? the recipes or the photography?
a: The recipes!! I definitely started with the cooking and then grew into the styling. Now I’m able to be even more creative because I use my styling ideas as inspiration for recipes. Sometimes I’ll start with how I want a dish to look and then work backwards from there.

q: best chocolate for dipping things?
a: A chocolate bar, not chocolate chips. I using Loco Love Chocolate, Choco Love, and Hu Chocolate.

q: if you could cook for anyone in the world, living or dead, who would it be?
a: my grandma! I miss her so much. She taught me a lot about entertaining and being a good host! 

q: what’s the longest time you’ve ever gone without having a new blog post?
a: Over Christmas! I don’t usually post Christmas Eve or Christmas Day.

q: how are you able to cook something and film it at the same time? Does someone help?
a: I’m making the recipe more than once, so I photograph and film separately for the most part.

q: how do you have time for everything? Do you wish you could focus on one part only?
a: haha, trust me, I don’t have time for everything 😆. But thankfully we’ve slowly started to build out a team. It’s been the best thing (shout-out to Margaret, Taylor, McKenzie, Maggie…and my family too). I’m able to focus less on the stuff I’m not good at, and more on the stuff I am. There’s still just never enough time!! But also, know that I do have help!

5. New year, new intentions.

I don’t love new year resolutions mostly because I think we set way too ambitious resolutions and then end up breaking them and being disappointed a month later. Instead, I like to set loose goals, some do-able, and then something ambitious that could take a year or even longer to achieve.

Marianne Hewitt talks a lot about goal setting and how to create a vision board on her podcast. If you’re looking for tips on creating achievable goals and how to create a vision board checkout her site. You can even get her free printable goal setting chart.

Sharing my intentions for the year below, but would love to hear some of yours in the comments!

personal intentions

– start weight lifting 2-3 days a week

– stay consistent about getting more sleep

– make more time for family + chill time

– complete both studio + home interiors

profession intentions

– create and launch HBH product

– travel more for work

– stay consistent on TikTok

– share more non food content Instagram stories

– always be at least a week head on blog content

dream big

– keeping a little quiet on this one because I want to keep you guys surprised!

inspiring quotes 

6. Photos from Christmas break.

(my favorite little guy on NYE)

(the boys watching the Browns game on Christmas)

(Red and Hailey)

(mom and Oslo)

(little Walker)

(Tom, Maggie and Walker)

(Hailey and Oslo)

(Asher and Walker)

(Dad and Red)

(Abby and Oslo)

(Oslo checking out Walker)

(no idea what’s happening here, but it’s Red)

(Uncle Matt and Walker)

(Red and Asher)

(Abby and Asher)

7. Favorite links i’m loving…

Why 2022 Should Be the Year You Start Weight Lifting

A London-Inspired Victorian Terrace With ‘New Classic’ Charm

Ready Your Reading Nook: These Are the Best New Books of Winter

How to Set Resolutions You’ll Actually Keep

60 New Year’s Resolutions To Set This Year

Supermodel-Favorite Swimwear Line Frankies Bikinis Just Launched Recycled Activewear—Shop It Here

24 of the Best Foundations for Dry Skin to Try This Winter

50 Things You Can Do to Be Healthier and Happier in 2021

5 Things to Keep in Mind When Everyone Around You is Getting Engaged

9 Kitchen Cabinet Color Ideas That Outshine Classic White

Mental Health + Social Media Rollercoaster

Kimchi Products To Stock Up On for Maximum Gut-Healthy Benefits

Scaling Your Business, Podcast & Leaning In To What Makes You Unique

8. Cozy everyday winter style…

9. This week’s dinners + weekend eats…

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

Monday: 30 Minute Creamy Thai Turmeric Chicken and Noodles

Healthier Homemade Crunchwrap Supreme | halfbakedharvest.com

Tuesday: Healthier Homemade Crunchwrap Supreme

Indian Coconut Butter Cauliflower | halfbakedharvest.com #healthyrecipes #Indian #cauliflower #30minutes #easyrecipes

Wednesday: Indian Inspired Coconut Butter Cauliflower

Super Green Sun-Dried Tomato Herb Salad with Crispy Chickpeas | halfbakedharvest.com #healthyrecipes #salad #easyrecipes #chickpeas #feta

Thursday: Super Green Sun-Dried Tomato Herb Salad with Crispy Chickpeas

Crispy Roasted Cauliflower with Creamy Pesto Pasta | halfbakedharvest.com

Friday: Crispy Roasted Cauliflower with Creamy Pesto Pasta

Eggs in Purgatory with Chile Butter and Feta | halfbakedharvest.com #breakfastrecipe #eggs

Saturday: Eggs in Purgatory with Chile Butter and Feta

Baked Hot Chocolate Doughnuts | halfbakedharvest.com

Sunday: Baked Hot Chocolate Doughnuts

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  1. It makes me so happy to hear you talk about your relationship with Asher. My oldest and youngest are 13 years apart. I was so uncertain when we brought her home to three brothers (through adoption with the smallest age gap being 6 years), but all of their relationships are so sweet and I can’t wait to see them all interacting as they get older.

    Love all that you share!

    The boys watching the browns game is my fave pic you’ve shared. Love it!

    1. Hey Shellie,
      Awe thanks so much for sharing your sweet story! I absolutely adore Asher as I am sure your boys do with your youngest. Wishing you a very happy New Year! xTieghan

  2. Tiegan,

    First off, thank you so much for your amazing recipes. They bring my family so much joy and they have made cooking/baking so much fun again. Which leads me to my question, I would love to hear your thoughts on new years resolutions for beginner cooks. Maybe even a monthly series — perfecting pancakes in January, fish tacos in February, etc etc. I work at a Children’s Hospital 70-80 hours per week, so don’t have too much time on my hands, but I think it would bring me a lot of joy (and I’m sure a lot of other people joy!) to learn new skills in this arena!

    Thank you so much!

    P.S. Even my 89 year old grandfather felt like your baked gruyere was better than the baked brie we’ve made for years!

    Sarah

    1. Hey Sarah,
      Thank you so much for your kind message and reaching out. I am so glad you have been enjoying the recipes and truly appreciate you making them. Thanks for sharing your suggestion for beginner cooks, definitely something to consider. Happy New Year! xTieghan

  3. Hi Tiegan,

    Happy New Year! This is a little random, but I just wanted to quickly let you know how grateful I am that you mentioned intuitive eating in this post, and how much I appreciate your overall approach to food. I’m recovered/in recovery from an eating disorder and I can’t tell you how often I avoid certain cookbooks or blogs because of how they talk about dieting, calories, “good/bad foods,” etc.

    It’s difficult to be in recovery in a world that often has diet culture so thoroughly engrained everywhere. I am so, so grateful for a cooking space that focuses on variety and flavor, with an “all foods fit” approach. Transitioning to intuitive eating and approaching foods neutrally has been so important in my life, as well as the lives of many others.

    I happily use one of your recipes most nights of the week, and I look forward to buying your next cookbook this year!

    1. Hey Savannah,
      Thank you so much for your kind message and reading along! I love to hear that you have been enjoying the recipes, I totally understand where you are coming from with the diet culture in our society today. Wishing you a very happy New Year! xTieghan

  4. I’m not generally a fan of pavlova, but I went and married a Kiwi, so I’ve kind of had to figure it out…Annabel Langbein’s recipe for the pavlova base works great, it’s best made in summer so it can be topped with berries. My go to is pavlova base/lemon curd (made from the leftover egg yolks)/unsweetened vanilla whipped cream/all the berries. Sometimes I’ll swap the lemon curd for lemon ice cream…I’ve also been known to put some gin or elderflower liqueur in the lemon curd. For years I couldn’t make key lime pie…like even a frozen version never set (how?), so I understand the struggle!

  5. Happy New Year!

    Great pictures. So looking forward to book #3! Something to look forward to and brighten up the end of Winter 😊

    Looking forward to another HBH year! 🥂 xx

    1. Hi Kelly-Jane,
      Thanks so much for your kind message! I hope you love the 3rd cookbook, I am very excited for its release. Happy New Year! xTieghan

  6. Hi Tiegan! I so enjoy reading your blog and following you on IG! Your recipes are so so good and the photography is amazing! My daughter gave me your first two cookbooks for Christmas! I am so excited and so is she…she is the official test taster! Looking forward to your new cookbook. Happy New Year to you and your family.

    1. Hi Dawn,
      Thanks so much for reading along and your kind message. I hope you love the cookbooks and everything you make! Happy New Year! xTieghan

  7. Hello Tiegan!
    Happy New Year to you and your family! Just wanted to say how much I enjoy following you on Instagram and your blog. Our family tries A LOT of your recipes and they are always so good! Our family (there’s 17 of us) always gathers here at our house for Christmas week and we cook together, which makes it more fun! Our favorites this year we’re the Christmas Tree Bread, Lasagna Soup, White Chicken Chile and the Mistletoe Margaritas!
    Looking forward to your new cookbook and your book tour…maybe you’ll hit Seattle??!
    All the best to you and continued success with HBH!

    1. Hi Victoria,
      Thanks for much for reading today and Happy New Year! Thank you so much for your kind message and following along! Lol 17? You definitely get the chaos then, but always so much fun! I would love to come to Seattle, will keep you posted on that. Have the best week! xTieghan

  8. Happy New Year! I enjoy your content. I am a mom of a bunch of 20-somethings, and we totally love cooking out of your books and your social media. I am looking forward to the next book. Just wanted to say thank you and I appreciate your content. Best wishes to you and your family in the new year.

    1. Hey Mary,
      Thank you so much for your kind message and reading along! Love to hear that you and your family are enjoying the recipes. Thanks for being here! xTieghan

  9. Happy New Year! Glad you enjoyed a fabulous Christmas break and took time off. Looking forward to another year of amazing recipes, these fav things posts and whatever it is you’re dreaming of.

    1. Hey Cassie,
      Thanks so much for reading:) This past week was really a nice break, I hope you had some time well spent with family too! Happy New Year! xTieghan

  10. I look forward to these posts each week! Thanks for making the pictures of the products larger- I always love scanning the items you recommend, but they’re usually super small. Excited to see that you’re hoping to launch a product this year. Pleaseeee consider making a special candle. Your candle recs are always on point!

    1. Hey Hilary,
      Thanks so much for reading each week! I can’t wait to share what we have in store this year, you know I love my candles:) xTieghan

  11. Happy new year Tieghan! I’ve just recently started following you and I absolutely love your recipes and your motivated passion and drive .. I am one of 7 children , # 6 from southern Calif . and my mom “cooked for an army “ she would say .. she made me stand next to her like an assistant and in turn I was able to cook a meal at the age of 9 or 10 .. I tweaked her recipes to a more healthier way , I still have recipe cards from her and my Grama in their writing and will never get rid of them , food stains and all lol . I am too impatient and hungry to display the dishes so elegant as you though. I’m in south Florida now and a friend gave me a recipe , lemon chicken orzo with artichoke and it ended up being one of yours ! I knew I loved you , I started printing out your recipes , I need them right on my counter getting filthy , over my phone going black and I just received 2 of your cook books which I vowed never do to buy another one , but they are just too stunning not to have in my collection .. please don’t stray to far from your original vision for it in some ways looses the charm of your original gift !! Thank you for your inspiration and I admire you tremendously

    1. Happy New Year to you and your family. I enjoy Sunday mornings reading your posts and trying your recipes. Each one is a hit.
      Looking forward to your new book. (Wishing your brother all the best at the Olympics). Enjoy the season ❄️

      1. Hi Nancy,
        Thanks so much for your kind message and reading along! I cannot wait for the release of the new cookbook, I hope you love it as much as I do. Happy New Year! xTieghan

    2. Hey Sue,
      Thanks so much for reading today and sharing your story about your family and mom. I am so glad you enjoyed the lemon chicken and orzo recipe, what a small world! I hope you love the cookbooks and truly appreciate you being here! Wishing you a very Happy New Year! xTieghan

  12. Happy New Year, Teighan! We made a few old and new HBH recipes over the holidays and the Whipped Goat Cheese is a new favorite! Your recipes are now becoming traditions for me and my kids to make together each year. Thank you! Sending love from Florida ❤️

    1. Hey Mary,
      Happy New Year! Thanks so much for trying the recipe, so glad you enjoyed the whipped goat cheese:) I hope you have a great week! xTieghan

  13. Enjoyed the read! I think I’d cry if I dropped the lasagna but more important, glad you were okay! My goal is to try to lift weights 2-3 days. I run 6 days a week so it’s hard to find time but sleep is also a goal so maybe early to bed early to rise! Happy New Year

    1. Hi Beth,
      Happy New Year and thanks for reading! Lol yeah the lasagna dropping was not fun! So great that you run 6 days a week, hope you can find more time to sleep as well! xTieghan

  14. Happy New Year! Could you tell me about the outdoor set up in the picture with the family watching football? I am looking into getting a projector and wanted to see if you have any recommendations

    1. Hi Toni,
      Thanks so much for reading!! LOL, they just set up a TV with a Roku outside, nothing special or specifically meant for the outdoors. Sorry I couldn’t be of more help in the projector department! xTieghan

  15. Thank you for staying true to who you are! I look forward to reading your nine favorite things and experimenting with your recipes. Any stops in Philly planned for your book tour? Oh and love love love the healthier recipes.

    1. Hey Diane,
      Thanks so much for reading today, I am so glad you enjoy these posts as much as I do. No plans to go to Philly right now, but will definitely keep you posted! xTieghan

  16. Hi Tieghan” It s nice to see that you took the time to enjoy the holidays with the family and a specially with Maggie little bundle of joy. I like the picture of the forest. Wishing a “Happy Healthy and Prosperous New Year 2002 looking forward to your new recipes and also enjoy the book launching in February. New York is a nice place to be/ My son studied in Brooklyn
    New at Long Island Un. for 5 years and when we went to see him I always enjoyed the time we spent there. Being from Montreal it s quite a long drive . It take us 8 hours. it was worth it.

    1. Hi Suzanne,
      Happy New Year! Thanks for reading today. Spending time with family is always the best. I am so excited for the book launch! Have a great week. xTieghan

  17. Thank you Tieghan for gifting us with a fresh new post in 2022. Happy New Year to you and your family! Thank you for sharing part of your life with us and keeping us happy in the kitchen🙂. Oslo and tiny Walker are soooooo cute, what a loving family.
    Browsing through your recipes for this Sunday!

    1. Hi Enelye,
      Thank you so much for reading today, so glad you enjoyed the post and photos of the babies:) I hope you have a very Happy New Year! xTieghan