Nine Favorite Things
Happy Easter Sunday everyone!! To be honest, it just doesn’t feel like Easter at the moment. Our family is kind of scattered all over the place. Red is up in Canada, the remainder of the boys are in southern California, and it’s just myself, Asher, Oslo, mom, and dad here in Colorado. So I guess we’re not all over, but we’re not ALL together. And with all the chilly, windy, snowy weather, it certainly doesn’t feel like spring. More like a normal winter Sunday.
But it’s Easter, and regardless, Asher and I are excited! I might be a very grown adult woman, but my mom goes by the rule that if you’re within driving distance, you still get an Easter basket. No matter your age. You really do have to love my mom. She’s a special one and always goes the extra mile for her kids.
We’ll do Easter baskets and dinner tonight, which sounds perfect after a long busy week. And I’m sure we’ll Facetime with the boys too. How about you guys? What are your plans and what’s on your Easter brunch and or dinner menu? Would love to hear how you all are celebrating!
Aside from that, it was a real “week” after coming home from traveling for 10 days. I still don’t feel totally caught up, but getting there. It’s been nice to be home, but it’s always hard to get back into the groove of things after a long trip. Plus, I have to say, I do miss the excitement of being somewhere new and having days that are totally different. The 10-day trip made me realize I need more days outside the kitchen exploring all the other things I love. It was so nice getting out of my cooking uniform – leggings and a hoodie. I loved wearing cute clothes, that’s always so much fun for me!
Already talking with my mom, who’s the travel queen, about planning some trips. And starting to look at some places in LA to rent for a couple of months. It’s time for some new adventures! Feeling excited about changing things up a little!
Currently, we’re trying to find the perfect spot for our family to vacation this summer. Are there any fun places you’d suggest traveling to in the spring and early summer? Warm destinations only please!
Ok, let’s see, what else to share. Hmm, well aside from that, there isn’t too much happening. Well, a lot of exciting things with the cookbook…sharing more of that below. But it was a pretty normal work week. I’m cooking non-stop to get ahead before I leave for LA at the end of the month. So many new, fresh recipes coming that I’m excited to share. I’m all about spring color too!
Oh, and a little Asher/Oslo update! Both are so good. Asher is a teen now and I just can’t believe it. And Oslo, well, he’s running around just enjoying life. And apparently lots of pasta alla vodka (his new favorite) too.
I think that’s all for today! Hope you guys have a lovely Easter and get to enjoy some sweet chocolate Easter bunnies too (always my favorite).
1. Things i’m loving, wanting, and excited to try.
curious to try…BeautyStat universal C skin refiner. Have read so many good things. I use vitamin C every morning, so I’m very curious to try this.
listening to…My Interview with Kim Kardashian on Not Skinny But Not Fat. I’ve not kept up with the Kardashians, but I have a lot of respect for them and the businesses they’ve built. I love listening to interviews with them, especially Kim. I thought this was really good and goes all over the place with questions. A fun, interesting listen for sure.
dreaming of going to…Cap Juluca, A Belmond Hotel in Anguilla on the Caribbean Sea. My dream destination. Pushing for our family vacation to be here. Or Rosewood Baha Mar in the Bahamas. Either location would put a smile on my face.
loving…beach bags. This basket bag would be fun for a day at the pool. Also, this sweet Loeffler Randall woven tote. And these super cute rattan box bags from Zara.
ordered…Evolve Organic Beauty bio-retinol gold mask. I just read about this mask on Who What Wear and am so excited to try a retinol-based under-eye mask.
burning…Diptyque Feuille de Lavande candle. Well, technically I just order this along with the Tuberose candle and then also Baies /Berries candle (oldie favorite scent) during the Nordstrom sale. I love Diptyque candles, but they burn fast, so when they’re on sale I always order a few. At the moment I’m burning my favorite Snif candle.
ordered…Dry Farm Wines. This is such a perfect Mother’s Day gift. My mom recently got into red wine, so this set is perfect. I love that each wine is organically grown on family farms and sugar-free with no additives.
following…Lindye Galloway. For new design ideas. I’m in love with this bathroom. I would love to have this shower someday.
loving…affordable style finds. This fleece hoodie is an everyday staple and these Mango jeans are the cutest (and look super comfy). From Zara, this blazer + pant set is casual and cute. I love this long crochet dress and then this satin effect linen blend dress too.
listening to…Francesca Aiello on How Frankies Bikini landed an 18M from Victoria’s Secret. And she’s only 27! Such an inspiring brand/career to follow.
cooking with…Brightland Vinegars. You know we love a tangy vinegar and Brightland’s have been my favorite recently. I love the classic duo of The Pair, which includes parasol (which is my favorite champagne vinegar) and rapture.
drinking…spicy strawberry basil margaritas from HBH Every Day .
watching…Kacey Musgraves’s Nashville home tour with Architectural Digest. I love how peaceful each room is. I also loved learning that she enjoys making ceramics. See the full tour in photos here.
excited to eat at…Gusto Green in LA. The menu sounds wonderful.
newly discovered…Burlap & Barrel. So many incredible spices. I want to try the cobanero chili flakes and smoked paprika.
loving…Étene. An oldie, but goodie staple. I love their soft basics and really do live in these pieces.
2. It’s 20% off Anthropologie Home.
3. Favorite spring sheet pan dinners.
Quick Chicken Gyros with Feta Tzatziki
Hot Honey Mustard Chicken and Crispy Brussels Sprouts
Jalapeño Pineapple Shrimp Tacos
Easy Greek Chicken and Potatoes
Sticky Ginger Sesame Chicken and Crispy Brussels Sprouts
Easy Sheet Pan Tomato Herb Pizza
Lemon Chicken with Sweet Potatoes and Avocado Goddess Sauce
4. Favorite questions of the week.
q: does the new book have a dairy-free section?
a: No dairy-free section, but if a recipe is dairy-free, it’s labeled that way at the top of the page, so it’s easy to find. We made a symbol system for gluten-free, dairy-free, vegan, etc. so that those recipes are easy for everyone to find.
q: statement, just so happy you do what you do!!
a: You guys are the best ?? when I see messages like this, they make days/nights. Thank you for continuing to follow every day and appreciate what I do!
q: how do you get crispy oven fries?
a: Don’t overcrowd the pan. When baking fries, make sure to give the fries room so that the air can circulate and make the fries crisp. If you have too much on 1 pan everything will just end up steaming.
q: favorite more affordable designer handbag brands?
a: Staud, By Far, Anine Bing, and Acne Studios are all great with slightly lower price points.
q: did you take all the photos for the cookbook too?
a: I did all the food!! Kristen Kilpatrick took all the photos of me (:
q: top 5 all-time favorite clean candles?
a: Snif.co, Boy Smells, Diptyque, Byredo, and Heretic. These are in no order! Always looking for new clean candles. What are your favs?
q: do you ever struggle with imposter syndrome? How do you deal with it?
a: basically every day. I don’t really know how to deal with it to be honest. Just keep going, pushing forward, and working. The thoughts are there but I just try to move past them. I wish I had a better answer for that one. I guess just keep going, don’t stop what you’re doing, and keep proving yourself wrong.
q: do you all actually eat the food you make or does it go to waste?
a: repeatedly get this question. Guys, we eat it! 10 people in my family and we always, always have extra mouths to feed between cousins + friends. Anything we don’t eat goes to our local church or my dad takes it to the gym to give away.
q: new follower, 5 things about you?
1. I’m actually really shy and not the most social in my day-to-day life. I swear I have 2 personalities. I can flip a switch and become social ??♀️ 2 sides to me I guess.
2. My dad says I can throw a ball better than any of his boys… he thinks I missed my calling and would have been his best athlete ?
3. I swear more than you’d ever expect.
4. before HBH I wanted to go into fashion. I always wanted to be a stylist. I still love that side of me and am trying to embrace it a little more.
5. I don’t love to drink, but I have a lot of fun making cocktails.
6. No I am not married, I don’t have kids. I live in Colorado, and no, I don’t live with my family, just close by!
q: I remember reading that your grandma was an inspiration in your interest in design?
a: she was! I grew up being best friends with my grandma. We’d shop on the weekends, plan her parties, buy flowers, and do the most random things. She was THE perfect host and her style was perfection. Not like a “grandma”. She loved anything designer and taught me how to put outfits together, how to shop, how to host a party, and how to set a beautiful table. Cooking wise, she was simple, simple, so she taught me that an easy recipe is always the way to go. I could go on but she really is the reason I love to make things beautiful, it’s what she always did ?
q: how long did it take you to choose the cover of HBH Every Day?
a: A long time! I actually reshot the cover 3 times in the end ?
q: have you ever struggled with mental health problems?
a: growing up, definitely. I had pretty bad anxiety (mostly towards school). It’s why I ended up graduating early. I still deal with it a lot today (not for school obviously), but I’ve gotten so much better about managing it.
5. Dealing with negativity + what’s making me happy.
While there’s been so much excitement and kindness around me the last 2 weeks, there has also been a good amount of negativity on social. I hesitated to talk about this because I truly believe you should never acknowledge the “haters”. Don’t engage and give them what they want, you know?
But I just want to say a few words, then leave you with everything that’s inspiring me and making me happiest!
Be kind to people. Don’t comment on their looks, their body, their family, or their work in ways you wouldn’t want to be spoken to. It’s the simplest rule of thumb, treat others the way you’d want to be treated. I think it’s important to remember that no matter how shiny and pretty things may look on the surface, you never know what someone is dealing with behind their screen. And trust me, everyone is dealing with something.
And this is for me to remember, comparison is the thief of joy. Not my quote, but shout out to Tinx reminding us of that daily. Also, T-Swift really does say it best, “hater’s gonna hate”.
7 things making me happy
nightly phone conversations with my mom
Though we live pretty much next door, talking on the phone never gets old. We have a “phone date” almost every night around 8 pm. I’m so grateful and lucky to have her.
Really excited for some new adventures, the Caribbean is calling my name.
springtime flowers + candles
buying them all to help brighten up the seriously dreary weather we’ve had
my love for clothes
I am feeling excited about style again. I always said growing up I wanted to be a fashion stylist. Having cute looks is definitely making me happier and I am glad I am taping back into that side of me.
(Dad and Oslo)
(Bren, Lyns, and baby Bud)
(found on Pinterest)
6. HBH Every Day update + recipes y’all are making.
The most exciting news of the week…
This 3rd cookbook that I was so scared to release. So scared that no one would think was any good. Scared that the recipes were not creative enough, the photos might not be delicious looking, or that you might think the writing was boring. Pretty much every fear one can have, I had. But you all have made me feel so excited and happy!
For two weeks in a row now the book has been on the New York Times Bestseller list!!! Two weeks at #1!!
Just thank you guys. Thank you for buying the book and for sharing your creations on social. Thank you for your kind 5 star Amazon reviews. And really, thank you for making me feel loved and excited about the book I created. Just thank you!!
Below are some of the recipes y’all have been making on social. Scrolling through these photos makes me so happy! What has been your favorite recipe so far? If you have photos, please share! I love to see them (so do my mom and dad!).
HBH family fav recipes
honey roasted carrots
strawberry basil margarita
more honey roasted carrots
uncle joe’s stuffed peppers
easy garlic knots
7. Favorite links i’m loving.
…the wedding everyone is talking about. She looked so pretty.
…very into the lilacs.
…spoil your mom.
…the cutest finds.
…still taking notes.
…loved reading this.
…so many goodies to try.
U.S. Destinations for a Romantic Getaway…these should be on your list.
5 Skills to Grow Your Career This Year…if you’re looking to expand/learn.
…Creighton kind of meals.
…I hate packing, but these tips will help.
8. Spring dresses.
9. This week’s dinners + weekend eats.
First, thank you for all your hard work, adore your recipes and photos! Since you love fashion so much, would you consider doing a post similar to Vogue’s 7 Days 7 Looks? It could be a monthly/seasonally thing and would give us a chance to see what outfits you wear for the different events in your life (in the studio, filming something, at the airport etc)!
Have a great week!
Thanks so much for reading and your kind message! Definitely something I could try looking into doing! Have a great week:) xx
Burlap & Barrel is the best! Pretty soon you will be replacing all of your spices with B&B.
Lol that wouldn’t surprise me!!
Hi, I have been a big fan for many years. I noticed in the honey roasted carrots photo a ceramic egg cup. I have 5 of them , each slightly different. I inherited them from my Mom and they have been around forever, at Leat 60 years. Where did you get yours?
Thanks so much for reading along! I found mine at a vintage shop!! Have a great week:) xx
Hi Tieghan ?
I hope you and family that was in CO had a beautiful Easter. ?
Our Easter plans changed at the last minute. Some of our family who was planning to come had to cancel due to bad roads. (Yes. The Spring snowstorms in MT. ?) Our plan B? We had our neighbors over instead. It was still great.
What didn’t change was my menu. It included your –
Chipotle Pineapple Jerk Ham
Cheesy Scalloped Potatoes w/Carmelized Onions
& Asparagus & Brie Puff Pastry w/Thyme Honey
Oh my goodness ! Thank YOU sooo much. Your recipes NEVER disappoint! It was all so lush!
Thank you for ALL you do.
With a grateful heart,
Thanks so much for your kind message, I hope you had a great Easter! Leave it to the snow in April right?! Thanks for making so many recipes, sounds like you had quite the spread! xxT
We really enjoyed the reefs resort in Bermuda!!!
Thanks for the recommendation Sam!!
Check out La Jolla, CA. Incredible beaches, stores and a wonderful farmer’s market!
Thanks Barbara! La Jolla is great, my brothers live in Oceanside:)
Hugs of support! I am sorry there are negative comments. Crazy-making people do crazy-making contagious behaviors. Stay far far away – not your team!
Awe thanks so much Judy:) ??
Happy Easter Tieghan and Gerard Fam!
I made your Lemon Rolls for part of our Easter breakfast (added a smidge of crushed dried earl grey tea) and omigosh were they a hit!!!! Thank you!
Summer vacay- We’re not big ‘beach go-ers’ (we actually love love love to summer vacation in Cuchara, CO!) but did a trip to Massachusetts a couple of summers ago. Rented a house right on the beach and it was amazing!!!! Not too hot but definitely a warmer weather vacation than CO.
Thanks so much for everything you do. Literally was just talking to some family members tonight about your recipes and how much we love how they’re all whole foods, clean, and just delicious.
Hope you have an amazing Easter!
Happy Easter!! Thanks for making the lemon rolls, so glad they were enjoyed! Massachusetts sounds like a fun idea, I’ve never been! Thanks for your kind message, you made my morning!! xTieghan
Friends of mine are part of the family that owns Spannocchia….. in Tuscany.
Great place to go… rent a farm house
Sounds amazing!! Thanks so much for the recommendation Julia!!
Happy Easter!! I am glad to here your book tour trip went well and its nice to get out of the kitchen and go travel. I’m sure you had a great time and it was wonderful to meet your followers who have so much love for all the work you do. Which city was your favorite and why?? When you add more cities to your tour is there one you absolutely would love to visit?? Somewhere you haven’t been to often or would like to visit that you’ve never been?? I am still hoping for an AZ tour fingers crossed. Have you spent much time in the Northwest say like Portland or Seattle?? I know you were from Cleveland just like me. What do you miss most about your time there?? I know you told me before your not that much into sports. That’s so cool that you throw the ball better then all the boys in the family. Did you ever play sports recreationally or otherwise in school?? As far as the people who hate on you just ignore them. Like you said there trying to bring you down and want you to be miserable like they are. As they say, just do being you perfectly that’s all that should matter for anyone. I will share this story with you again. When I was at my second catering job a few years back I shared your recipes and blog with my Executive chef. I told many of the chefs I worked with our menu needed to be revamped. We were in desperate need of new items and kind of stuck in the mud. Every chance I got I shared your recipes and suggested we add some to our menu. I will say every time I’ve made your recipes its always getting rave reviews. Now a food question and comment for you. Those feta rolls look so good I need to try them soon. Are you a big fan of cheesecake?? If so which is your favorite one you made?? I saw the Lemon Ricotta Cheesecake that looks good. Do you have any others you love or favorites you can share?? Thanks so much for all the great recipes. I hope you’re having a great Easter weekend 🙂
Hey Mike! I loved the New York and LA the most. Each signing in both s=cities felt so special and I had SO MUCH FUN. Plus, we had other events in each city, that made the stops even more exciting for me. I would love to see a stop happen in either Austin, TX or Nashville, or Miami! I am bot the biggest cheesecake fan, but love a basque style cheesecake.
Have the BEST Sunday! Thank you for the kind, detailed comment!
Hi! I love your blog. Every Sunday I look forward to new “Nine Favorite Things” 🙂 and have tried many of your recipes. Forget those who negatively comment, because they are mostly people who are afraid to take a step forward to achieve something. You did it and you succeeded. It is always easier to criticize than to create something.
Keep moving forward and keep creating. Happy Easter to you and your family! Warm greetings from Poland!
Thank you so much for reading today and your thoughtful message:) I truly appreciate your support and kindness. Happy Easter to you and your family! Have a great week:) xTieghan
I made a favorite Skillet lemon butter Dijon chicken with orzo and feta sauce, asparagus and Chocolate olive oil cake for dessert! OMG the marscapone and chocolate frosting is insanely yummy!!! We had an early Easter dinner since my son was here on Saturday and will be leaving early Sunday.
Thanks so much for making the recipes, I love to hear that they were enjoyed! Have the best week! xTieghan
Thank you for your post, love reading this every week.
I saw go to Greece or Portugal this summer. Love both those places, lots of delicious food, warmth and sunshine!!! I’m also a huge fan of Kenya, but thats more of a hike. Kenya is stunning and Nairobi has some pretty amazing restaurants. Suggest doing a safari (lots of places to choose from) then popping over to Lamu for an island get away. There are no cars on this island, its all on foot, donkey or boat. Its a magical place.
Thanks so much for reading today! I would love to visit Greece or Portugal, Greece has been on my list for awhile now. Ohh I bet Kenya would be a dream! Thanks so much for sharing:) xTieghan
I love that your mom still makes you an Easter basket! I do the same for my adult daughter.
Lol it’s the best!!
Happy Easter to you and your family Tieghan!
A dear friend of mine and I purchased your cookbook during the pandemic and we would cook the same recipe and compare notes- my goal was to become a better cook during my time at home. It gave me a purpose and suddenly I was looking forward to every Sunday morning to consume your newsletter and dive into your Nine Favorite Things. I cooked with both of my sons- ages 22 and 24 and would tell them stories of your brothers and how you became inspired by them and their travels with some of your recipes.
And now—- I will get to meet you in person at the Costa Mesa book signing and I am thrilled beyond belief! I have a cookbook for each of my sons to get signed as well! I cannot wait!
Thank you for all of it…. your amazing cookbooks, your content and the love you have for your family! You are an inspiration!
Thanks so much for reading and Happy Easter to you! I love to hear that you have been enjoying the cookbook, thanks for ordering it! Awe I love that you and your sons get to spend time together in the kitchen. Cannot wait for Costa Mesa!! Thanks for coming to the event, it means a lot:) See you soon! xTieghan