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Nine Favorite Things

Happy daylight savings! How excited are we all to have that extra hour of sunlight? I’ve been loving the brighter mornings. But there’s no doubt that I’m very happy to have another hour of daylight at the end of the day! 

I need that extra hour this week more than ever. As usual, I am behind as I get ready for a lot of travel over the next month-plus. I’ll be heading to LA this week for a fun shoot, which I’m pretty excited about. You guys, I need to get out of this snow!

I’ll be home for a few days before all the cookbook craziness starts up on the 29th (book tour details are below). I can’t believe the book’s release is just 2 weeks out. I’ve been working on this book for almost 3 years now. Due to delays out of my control (hello covid, plus supply chain issues) this book’s release date was pushed back. This book was actually supposed to be released this past October, but we had to push it out until February. Then in January, they pushed it again to March 29th. 

At one point, I was starting to wonder if the book would ever get released. So, this book is a long time coming, and as I said last week, I’m nervous. It’s always scary putting out new work, but this feels even more heightened. I think just because of all the time spent on it and then the anticipation for a new book. I know some of you guys are excited and I just don’t want to disappoint any of you! 

The nerves are high, but so is my excitement. Hopefully, it’s just the book you all are looking for! Plus, I am so excited to get back out into things and meet many of you soon. Lots of fun things ahead!

Aside from all of that, everything is pretty mellow. My mom has really put a focus on planning the family tropical vacation, so I think everyone is excited about that. Not sure they’ve picked a location yet though, any suggestions? 

What’s new with you all? Any vacations in the near future? Anyone have any fun St. Patrick’s day plans? We’ve never done anything for St. Patrick’s Day since leaving Cleveland. But we always used to go to the parade! 

I think that’s all I have in updates for today! Enjoy a very springy favorite’s post! And don’t miss the book tour details below. I’m sharing everything you need to know in #5! 

me outside in the cold

(it’s been cold, -17 on Friday morning)

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

ordered…Bow Glass Works Splash Cup. These are so fun. Make me excited for spring cocktails. 

loving…all things Tatcha. I’ve loved Tatcha for years but recently added back a few of their products and they are so good. The body butter leaves my skin so hydrated. Dewy skin cream feels incredible on my face every day. And Asher loves the water cream

listening to…Maria Shriver & Patrick Schwarzenegger On Keys To Life, Brain Health, & Family Values. So curious to learn more on brain health after listing to this. 

dreaming of going…

reading…Hillary Kerr’s newsletter. I love Hillary’s newsletter and have learned some of the best tips and tricks. Bed styling secrets, new product finds, quotes, highly recommend jeans, beauty product recommendations, and so much more. It’s honestly so good. I look forward to reading it weekly.

loving…comfortable underwear. This is random, but I loved these stretch rib panties from Skims and this cheeky pair from Alo too. Really comfort fit, which I think we can all appreciate 

ordered…La Roche-Posay Cicaplast Balm B5. After watching this Instagram reel, I ordered this immediately. My lips have been better lately, but I’ll do anything to keep them hydrated. Can’t wait to lather this stuff on. Also, this reel is amazing if you’re looking to hydrate your skin. 

wanting to try….BOKA Ela Mint Toothpaste. This “fancy” toothpaste is said to be the gold standard in Japanese dentistry. It’s pricy, so this is fun for travel since it’s travel size. 

following…Charlotte Palermino. For all the best skincare tips/tricks. Her reels are so good (she shared the 2 above). I’ve already learned so much. I’m dying to try the forever eye mask. It’s in my shopping cart. 

following…Gabriel Waller for fashion inspiration. they source high-end fashion finds and the IG account has so many cute pieces. 

2. Springtime artichoke recipes. 

Spinach and Artichoke Pita Grilled Cheese | halfbakedharvest.com

Spinach and Artichoke Pita Grilled Cheese

Spinach and Artichoke Pizza with Cheesy Bread Crust | halfbakedharvest.com

Spinach and Artichoke Pizza with Cheesy Bread Crust

Roasted Lemon Artichoke and Browned Butter Pasta | halfbakedharvest.com #pasta #burrata #easyrecipes #Italian #spring #summer

Roasted Lemon Artichoke and Browned Butter Pasta

One Skillet Creamy Artichoke Chicken Marsala and Orzo | halfbakedharvest.com

One Skillet Creamy Artichoke Chicken Marsala and Orzo

Artichoke Pesto and Burrata Pizza with Lemony Arugula | halfbakedharvest.com #pizza #healthy #burrata #easyrecipes

Artichoke Pesto and Burrata Pizza with Lemony Arugula

3. Favorite spring home ideas. 

 

4. Favorite questions of the week.

q: what are your parents like? Your whole family seems so close and amazing!
a: My parents are both amazing and both in very different ways. My mom is one of the most incredible people. She’s inviting, caring, and the number of things she can get done could earn her an Olympic gold medal. She doesn’t know the word NO (or accept it)…which is incredible and bad (at times). There isn’t anyone like her. She brings people together and is always looking for ways to help others. She’s also been there for every single one of her kids, especially me. If we call, she drops everything for us and the same goes for my 3 cousins who are more like added siblings at this point 🤍

My dad is harder to put into words. He’s the most loving, accepting guy, but by the looks of him, you might not think so. I think you all know how special he is to me. He’s my go-to for everything from dirty dishes, business advice, and anything else life throws at me. My own personal therapist a lot of times too. What’s cool about him is that he really does accept people for who they are and doesn’t try to change them. He treats everyone the same. No 1 person is better than another.

q: what was it like growing up with so many siblings and specifically being the only girl until Asher came?
a: I think at the time it was hard for me. I was dying for my mom’s 1-on-1 attention, but with 5 brothers that pretty much never happened. But I also loved it and wouldn’t have changed it for the world. Looking back, my brothers gave me a thick skin and today they’re my best friends. I think having a sister would have been so hard for me in middle school. Asher came at the perfect time in my life. I helped take care of her sooooo much and getting to watch her grow up and mature is the weirdest, coolest thing! And I love being a part of a big family. As I said, these guys are my best friends and we’re all looking out for each other.

q: why weren’t you front and center with Creighton in the home coverage for Red? 
a: cause that’s just not me. I stood in the back with my dad and all of Red’s board wax guys (that he freaking loves, they keep that snowboard of his speedy). Usually, I’ll say this little thing over and over in my head when he drops. I just kind of need to be more chill/alone. And we all know Creighton’s the opposite of chill 😆

q: Could you share some of Red and Hailey’s favorite recipes?
I think poke is Red’s favorite, but he loves a crispy cauliflower taco too. Hails likes almost everything. She’s waiting for me to make her a copycat Chick-fil-A chicken sandwich. Oh, and this garlic naan grilled cheese. I don’t know what her favorite is though 🤔

q: Did your parents ever struggle financially having 7 kids?
a: yeah, of course. When my brothers and I were younger there were multiple times I can remember. But both of my parents are very smart with money. We’ve never lived extravagantly/beyond our means (we have 3 trucks that are from 2000 or older). And until more recently, have always been pretty frugal.

q: Is the space we often see your house/studio?
a: yes, you’ve mostly seen the studio. My house is next door and I really haven’t filmed much there (mostly because it’s usually dark when I’m home)

q: Is your hair naturally dark or died? Feel like your family is all blonde/red hair?
a: naturally dark. I’ve never colored it. My dad has black hair, so does Trevor, and Malachi’s is more my color. 

q: What question do you get sick of being asked all the time? 

Who’s Oslo?
my brother 

Is your family Mormon?
no

Are you married? 
no

How many kids do you have?
none 

Do you live with your parents?
no

Is Asher your daughter?
no

Where do you live?
Colorado 

5. HBH Every Day Book Tour Details. 

I have book tour dates and cities for you guys (click on links below to sign up)! This has been a long time coming, so I can’t wait to celebrate with our little HBH family. For the most part, everything I do is behind a screen, but I LOVE being able to actually get out and see all of your faces. Meeting you all fills me with so much happiness, so I can’t wait to talk life, styling, food, and whatever else with some of you soon! You can finally ask me all your questions in person! 

We have a handful of cities on the list. I want to say how sorry I am that I can’t hit every city, I wish I could! Hopefully, there will be more events coming soon! 

Thank you all for your incredible support. We really do have the most loyal and kind community! 

Tour Dates 

Chicago, IL – March 29th in partnership with Crate and Barrel

Washington, DC – March 30th

Short Hills, NJ – March 31st

New York, NY – April 1st in partnership with Crate and Barrel

Atlanta, GA – April 3rd

Dallas, TX – April 4th

Houston, TX – April 5th

Costa Mesa, CA – April 28th

Beverly Hills, CAApril 29th in partnership with Crate and Barrel

6. Hotel recommendations + inspiring me

We all know how much I LOVE a nice hotel. If it could be 6 stars I’m there. Something about a nice hotel makes traveling easier for me. As someone who is a super anxious traveler, I try to do whatever I can to take the stress out of traveling. This is one thing I never had growing up that I tell myself I’ve worked for.

In the past, I’ve literally not gone on trips last minute due to anxiety. Then, I made the decision to always stay in a hotel that feels comforting to me and I haven’t canceled a trip yet. So bottom line, the hotel is very important. I know some don’t care (i.e my mom), but this is just me! 

I would love your recommendations for hotels in Chicago, DC, NYC, Atlanta, Dallas, and Houston! And hey, I feel like I know the best LA hotel (1 Hotel and The Edition), but if you have LA hotels you love, I’d love to learn about those too! 

THANK YOU GUYS!

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8. Favorite shades of spring. 

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

Monday: Lemon Pepper Cajun Chicken Fettuccine Alfredo

Tuesday: Sheet Pan Chipotle Salmon Tacos with Pineapple Jalapeño Salsa

Wednesday: 20 Minute Red Curry Basil Garlic Oil Noodles.

Persian Herb and Chickpea Stew with Rice | halfbakedharvest.com #healthy #soup #easyrecipes #chickpeas

Thursday: Herb and Chickpea Stew with Rice

Sheet Pan 30 Minute Sticky Apricot Chicken | halfbakedharvest.com

Friday: Sheet Pan 30 Minute Sticky Apricot Chicken

overhead photo of cake on sheet pan

Saturday: Swirled Caramel Sheet Cake with Fudgy Chocolate Frosting

Sunday: Baked Cinnamon Crunch French Toast

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  1. Hi.
    Sad that both the Costa Mesa and Beverly Hills book signing are sold out. Happy for you and for all who get to participate!

    If you decide yo want to add a date…. we’d love to host you in Ventura at Lester Family Cellars winery. I have followed you for some time now and thank you for your amazing work. Selfishly, just want to be a part of it and bring it to the Santa Barbara/Montecito area!

    1. Hi Holly,
      So sorry the events sold out so quickly! I will definitely keep you in mind for the Santa Barbara area!! xT

  2. For Houston I’d recommend the Post Oak Hotel, The Houstonian, or Hotel Za Za (a little further from your signing location.) All are great options!