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Nine Favorite Things

What a fun week! We launched our Pumpkin Smash candle with Snif and it has honestly been so much fun. As with everything I’ve ever launched, I was nervous. Not as nervous as a cookbook launch, I spend years on those and there’s more to them, but still nervous. Most importantly, I want you all to LOVE this candle as much as I do. It is quite honestly my favorite thing right now. And one of the most special projects I’ve been able to work on.

I’m so thankful to Bryan and Phil, the founders of Snif, for giving me this opportunity. I’ve spent the last few years searching out candle brands that use only clean, non-toxic ingredients and it’s been tricky. Snif candles are like no other. They’re 100% non-toxic with cotton wicks and they burn down beautifully. And most importantly, they really smell so incredible.

I burn candles every single night, just as my Nonnie used to. It’s the nightly ritual I look forward to the most when I’m at home. Creating my own fall-scented candle has been a dream of mine for the last few years. I was never able to find a candle that really embodied the coziness of fall. So that’s the candle we created.


Anyway, I know how much I’ve been gushing about this candle for the last month. So I will end this rant here. But before I do I want to say thank you to everyone who has supported and already ordered the candle. The response has been crazy. You all continue to blow my mind with your love, kindness, and support. Thank you for being the best supporters. You all are the best and you feel like family to us!!

OK. But what else is going on? So much, and so many really good things. It’s such an exciting time for me and HBH as our brand continues to grow. We have a big/fun week ahead as I’ll be out of town for work. Per usual, I’m going to leave most of my travel plans as a surprise. I’m hoping you’ll all follow along with this week. I just love a good surprise, and you all seem to have fun with it! So more to come this week and then, of course, a full recap next Sunday!

Where do you think I’m headed? What am I doing? It’s a hodge-podge of items, so take your guess!

Moving along, we celebrated our 10-year anniversary on Wednesday! Well, we didn’t really celebrate, but it’s crazy that my mom and I have been working on HBH for 10 years now. You guys have really watched me grow up. I was such a baby when I wrote that very first post. I’m hoping to steal my mom away for a little bit tonight, I have something for her! And to you guys! I did a cookbook bundle giveaway on Instagram. If you missed it, keep your eyes peeled for more giveaways soon – for both the book and now the candle!

Tuesday was Oslo’s 2nd birthday, so we celebrated that too! Lots of celebration and excitement this week. We kept his birthday very simple, but he had fun! And he loved his birthday cake, which apparently was a group effort by my mom, dad, and Asher! I guess they all helped!

Jumping ahead a couple of days to Thursday night. I had a fun book signing in our town. It was small and easy, but fun to do something close to home.

And now I’m here, working through this post. I have lots of packing to do this weekend, but Asher has been majorly helping me to keep everything organized! I have so much fun traveling (never thought I would say that) and being able to put together cute looks. Tapping into the side of me that loves fashion is so much fun.

And lastly, I just have to say that we’ve had the nicest fall weather the last few days. So happy no big snow has come yet. I’m soaking up every minute of the beautiful orange/yellow trees. Fall came so much later this year and it’s lasted longer too!

Have such a nice Sunday! If any of you have gotten your Pumpkin Smash candle, have the coziest day burning it away! I recommend baking up some cinnamon crunch knots to go along with it, oh so cozy. Or if you’re like me, and saving it for a Sunday night slow burn, a cider margarita is super cozy too.

Enjoy! And happy Sunday!

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

wanting…to go to Onda Beauty for a facial. This clinic in New York sounds wonderful. Has anyone been?

everything in my cart (low)…From Zara, love their satin effect midi skirt. It would be cute with these buckled leather biker boots, which totally remind me of my Frye boots. And from Free People, I’m loving this laid-back mock neck sweater. And I’ve been wanting this hit the slopes fleece for months. Also, this cable knit sweater. So cozy!

obsessed with this faux shearling lined jacket from mango. And these high boots too. Lastly, from H&M, I would wear their knee high riding boot on a weekly basis. Love this oversized turtleneck too.

And finally, this puffer vest from Abercrombie is perfect, I’d get the brown. And I love this Varley long jones coat.

listening to…All About the Home and Building a House from the Ground Up with design experts Dan Scotti and Mmi Brown.

dreaming of going…Chateau Royal Berlin. Oh wow, what a stunning hotel. And traveling to Berlin has always been a must-see/experience location on my list.

reading…Strategic Starters for a Dinner Party. Possibly one of the best hostess pieces of advice.

everything beauty…curious to test out a few new to me finds. In the skincare department, this bio-retinol gold mask sounds like it works like magic. And then the new Kosas probiotic spray-on serum, helps hydrates, soothes, and visibly firms, lifts, and plumps the skin. And then, Skin Ceutical phyto correct gel, which I actually just started using. So far, it’s great! Also, how wonderful does this Love, Pumpkin Oil Butter from Crate + Jane sound? I am a sucker for anything pumpkin right now.

I’m currently loving the Phlur somebody wood eau de parfum fragrance. It’s cozy for fall.

Everyone is talking about lymphatic drainage. I’d love to try doing it at home with this body tool, which is free this weekend with every Nécessaire purchase. Speaking of the body, I’ve been loving the Kate McLeod body stones. I have the daily stone and would like to order the grounding stone. I’ve been using the stone nightly and it has kept my skin so moisturized. And lastly, I need to order the GOOP dry brush already.

wanting…this bundle of long, fancy matches from McGee and co.

everything in my cart (high)…this Jonathan Simkhai faux fur & faux leather jacket and this Stella McCartney altermat belted coat are both very cute. Asher would love them both. Also, from Stella McCartney, this quilted down coat. And I could live in this Trefe quilted down coat from Max Mara. My mom would love this one!

Still obsessed with long skirts, loving this Khaite denim maxi skirt and this Prada denim midi skirt.

How cozy does this funnel neck bell sleeve oversize sweater from Maje look? And speaking of cozy, the Tibi oversized fleece sweatershirt is in my Net-A-Porter cart. Also from Net-A-Porter, if I want to splurge big time, I’d go for this Gucci 1955 textured-leather shoulder bag. What a pretty bag.

shopping…Christmas 2022 advent calendars. I am obsessed with finding the perfect one to surprise Asher with. Do you have a favorite? My top 3 right now…Asher wants this George and Viv Grand Hotel from Anthropologie. Their Hansel Village is super cute too. And for something more kid friendly, my parents have this cute Santa.

cooking…Roasted Squash with Brown Butter and Hazelnut. This sounds sooo delicious. I have to make it!

2. October baking with pumpkin.

Fluffy Pumpkin Butter Chocolate Chip Pancakes |

Fluffy Pumpkin Butter Chocolate Chip Pancakes

White Chocolate Chai Pumpkin Snickerdoodles |

White Chocolate Chai Pumpkin Snickerdoodles

Black Cat Pumpkin Cupcakes |

Black Cat Pumpkin Cupcakes

Cream Cheese Swirled Cinnamon Pumpkin Butter Bread |

Cream Cheese Swirled Cinnamon Pumpkin Butter Bread

Vanilla Chai Pumpkin Latte Cupcakes with Cinnamon Brown Sugar Frosting |

Vanilla Chai Pumpkin Latte Cupcakes

Cinnamon Swirl Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Butter Bread |

Cinnamon Swirl Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Butter Bread

Pumpkin Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies | #pumpkin #cookies #chocolatechipcookies #fallrecipes

Pumpkin Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies

Spiced Pumpkin Maple Latte | #pumpkinspice #pumpkin #latte #fall #autumn #healthy

Spiced Pumpkin Maple Latte

Pumpkin Coffee Cake Muffins with Cinnamon Honey Butter | #pumpkin #breakfast #easyrecipes #autumnrecipes #fall #thanksgiving

Pumpkin Coffee Cake Muffins

3. Trim the tree with Terrain.

Ordered before they all sell out! 

4. Favorite questions of the week.

q: are you excited for soup season?
a: Very excited for soup season! Any requests?

q: favorite NYC hotels? Where do you love to stay?
a: So I usually stay in NoHo and I love it because it’s pretty much in the middle of the city. But I stayed close to Central Park on this last trip and also loved it. Partly because the Park Hyatt New York was so amazing.

But they’re different vibes and both have a lot to offer. it’s hard to say and really depends on the trip I think!

q: Favorite NY restaurants?
a: For restaurants, Via Carota is so good, I love it. I finally went to Russ and Daughters for bagels (thanks to Monica Padman for telling me to go here). Everything was awesome. And then Bemelmans Bar inside The Carlyle is fun. I also love the pizza at Gemma the restaurant attached to The Bowery Hotel. And the RW Guild is kind of a must-see restaurant, it’s really pretty. Loved Saint Theos too. There are so many good spots! I honestly have not been to nearly enough.

q: what was it like being in the city on September 11th?
a: Very special, emotional, and cool to see everyone’s love and respect for this city.

q: would you ever move to New York?
a: I love coming here so much, but no I don’t think I could be here full time. I love the quietness of where I live and the space.

q: do you really not season your cast iron?
a: No. Staub cast iron is enamel coated, so you don’t need to season it. And yes! Don’t wash cast iron unless you really have to. Just rinse it out and wipe it dry, or dry it on the stove over an open flame (what I do). Not washing cast iron just continues to keep the iron seasoned and preserved. I don’t have separate skillets for things like fish, but some people definitely do that.

q: favorite apple recipe to bake?
a: These are a favorite with everyone – Baked Apple Cider Doughnuts with Cinnamon Maple Glaze

q: which bag did you get Asher for her birthday?
a: The Staud Alec Bag in cream.

q: favorite designer shoes you own?
a: So many questions about my shoes today?! I love these Jimmy Choo boots more than anything right now. But I have a pair of Christian Louboutin that are classics. And then my grandma’s Gucci slide kitten heels will always be extra special (and also they’re incredible).

q: were you and your siblings homeschooled?
a: We all went to public school growing up. Asher did too until covid. Now she does an online program.

5. Happy 10 years!

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As I mentioned above, Wednesday marked 10 years of Half Baked Harvest. I was so young when I wrote that very first recipe for butternut squash soup with ghost croutons. It’s crazy to look back and see how much the website, the brand, and myself have grown. I thought I would share the highlights from past years, starting back in 2012 and ending with 2022!!


The very first year! We started late into the year, in October, but wow, have I come far photography-wise. My favorite post for this year was definitely the first, this butternut squash soup with ghost croutons.

I mean, pretty freaking cute.


Our first full year of HBH. I was 19 you guys!! This was the year I realized I could really do this and do this as a career. We saw growth within this first year and after working on it non-stop, my mom and I slowly and organically started to call this blogging thing “work”.

I think my favorite recipe for 2013 has to be my homemade naan. To this day it’s still in the top 5 most popular recipes of all time. I make a fresh batch pretty much weekly.

Ohhh. Wait scratch that. This was also the year I shared my 5 ingredient honey butter beer bread. This is my favorite recipe. Possibly ever.


Homemade Holidays- Let's Make the House Smell Like Christmas | @hbharvest

This was the year we moved to the property where we live now. I lived at home for most of this year, until we were able to renovate the horse barn on the property to be my home and workspace.

This was also the year I shared my mom’s famous oatmeal chocolate chip cookies. To this day, that recipe remains one of the top 20 most popular recipes on HBH of all time. I need to edit that recipe however, it’s written so poorly!

Oh, also this, Homemade Holidays: Let’s Make the House Smell Like Christmas. My FAVORITE and yet another top 20 blog post.


My first year in my own house!! Oh, I loved this special time. It was nice to be so close to my family, but also on my own and away from them. This was a great year. And I slowly started to see more improvements in my photography too!

This was also the year I shared my butter-roasted turkey. Another recipe in the top 20 ever on HBH. I make this turkey every single Thanksgiving. It’s a tried and true staple for so many of you, which feels so special to me. Also, I shared my first Thanksgiving menu this year too!


We made our first hire in 2016! Granted it didn’t last long, but if I remember correctly I was just starting to work on the HBH cookbook and feeling overwhelmed. We tried someone over the summer, but ultimately it did not work out. It’s OK though! We’ve come so far since then.

The go-to recipe for the year has to be the crockpot cider braised short ribs.


The Half Baked Harvest Cookbook- The Cookbook Is Here and Giveaways | @hbharvest

The very first Half Baked Harvest cookbook!! Oh my gosh, yes I have come so far! But this is a special book, the very first, and it’s a cookbook that I know many of you still love!! This was a crazy, exciting year.

I shared my first Christmas cookie box in December of 2017 and it’s been one of my favorite traditions on the site ever since. I loved this box.

And for a recipe, my favorite was my vanilla chai white Russian.


The year Red took home a gold medal in the 2018 winter Olympics in South Korea. Obviously, this was the highlight of the year. Read all the highlights from the trip here and here. They’re fun to look back on!

We also moved into the studio in September of 2018! I was able to separate my home from my work and it was/is the greatest luxury.

Recipe-wise, I think my 2 favorites are the Thai peanut chicken ramen and pumpkin coffee cake muffins.


SUPER SIMPLE came out in October 2019!! This was a fun release because it was the first book I got to travel for. And I had so much fun! This was also the first book to make the New York Times bestseller list. So all-in-all, a pretty GOOD year.

My favorite recipe, for sure is my Holy Joly Santa cookies and then the ever-so-popular creamy sun-dried tomato chicken and orzo.


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2020. The year that shook everyone. Ehhh, I hate to even touch on this year too much because I know it was so difficult for so many. That being said, this was a huge year of growth for us. While others were struggling, the online communities thrived. I think we doubled in size. So while this was an awful time, it was exciting and very busy for us.

This was also the year sweet Oslo welcomed himself into our family. He’s brought more joy and happiness to us than I could ever explain. So for us 2020 was an incredible year and one we will happily never forget.

I cranked out a lot of recipes. My favorites: slow cooker tortellini vegetable soupsheet pan sticky ginger sesame chicken and crispy brussels sprouts, molten chocolate crackle pie, and my Santa Clause cookies.


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I shared so my good recipes this year, but my personal highlights were the apple cinnamon rolls with brown butter maple icing, homestyle chicken noodle soup, and my easy vanilla bean Christmas tree light cookies.


With 2022 came the release of the Half Baked Harvest Every Day cookbook! Oh, this cookbook. It was a hard one to create, but watching its success has been incredible. 20+ weeks on the New York time best seller list, 5 stars on Amazon, and the most incredible feedback and support from you all! It’s been such a fun book to share with you guys and there is only more to come!

And here we are! 2022 and still cranking away!

6. Inspiring me – moody, spooky October.

(all above photos from Pinterest)

50 Halloween Nail Ideas That Aren’t Cheesy…love all of these.

6 Real-Life Places You Can Visit Inspired By Your Favorite Fall Movies…so fun.

What to Eat in Paris Right Now…time to book that fall trip.

These Are the 5 New York Hotels Everyone is Talking About…do you have a favorite?

An Upside-Down Spa Floats in Midair at Italy’s Hotel Hubertus…wow, so incredible.

8 Historical Places in Italy That Will Take You Back in Time…such pretty locations

See Inside the World’s Most Beautiful Public Bathroom…who knew a bathroom could be so pretty.

9 Bedroom Design Ideas Designers Swear By…some ideas for you.

The Best Spooky Podcasts to Listen to This Month…it’s spooky season.

This Halloween Candle DIY Is Bloody Brilliant…such a fun, spooky idea.

The Best Natural Body Lotions…personally, I love and use the Nécessaire body balm and the Tata Harper body balm.

Every  Celeb Has This Range in Their Kitchen…I’ve always wanted a La Cornue range.

9 Sneaky Ways to Save Money During the Week…if you need some new tips.

13 Cozy Throw Blankets of 2022 to Ward Off Chilly Nights…cozy.

15 Stylish Desk Accessories to Make Your Office Shine…upgrade time.

8. Cozy for fall.

9. This week’s dinners + weekend eats.

Crockpot Garlic Butter Chicken Meatballs with Creamy Orzo |

Monday: Crockpot Garlic Butter Chicken Meatballs and Creamy Orzo

Better For You Chicken and Spinach Ramen |

Tuesday: Better For You Chicken and Spinach Ramen

One Skillet Buffalo Ranch Chicken Enchilada Bake |

Wednesday: One Skillet Buffalo Ranch Chicken Enchilada Bake

Healthier Slow Cooker Creamy Tortellini Vegetable Soup |

Thursday: Healthier Slow Cooker Creamy Tortellini Vegetable Soup

Creamy French Onion and Mushroom Soup |

Friday: Creamy French Onion and Mushroom Soup

Jack Skellington's Haunted White Russian |

Saturday: Jack Skellington’s Haunted White Russian

Brown Sugar Maple Pumpkin Butter Bars |

Sunday: Brown Sugar Maple Pumpkin Butter Bars

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  1. Dry brushing and lymphatic drainage are very trendy, but there is reason to embrace this with caution. After my mastectomy, my oncology physical therapist taught me how to drain lymph using a gentle sequence of movements (and no brush). The sequence is KEY to facilitating drainage and starts at the neck. Those with mastectomies have had lymph nodes removed and are at greater risk for developing lymphedema. Lymph drainage can prevent the onset. The dry brush is a part of Ayurvedic practice but it is not necessarily for removal of lymph.

  2. I love your posts! I really like the copper colored silk dress in your posts over the last few weeks. Any recommendations where I could find something like that? I’m in Milan vacationing… It’s beautiful here! ♥️

    1. Hi there,
      Thanks so much!! Unfortunately, I do not have a link for that dress, it is vintage Celine! Have a great time in Milan!! xT

  3. I was thrilled to see both your cookbooks artfully displayed at my new favorite coffee shop in Pagosa Springs, CO called Root Coffee. Just wanted you to know you’ve got fans down south, too! Of course you probably knew that already!

  4. Happy 10th anniversary! Here’s to many more 🥂 🎂

    You candle sounds and looks fabulous! It doesn’t ship to to United Kingdom though, which is sad, as I was going to ask for a little one for my birthday. Still, love seeing you and everyone else having such fun!

    Happy travels! Xx

    1. Hey Kelly-Jane,
      Thanks so much for reading as always and your kind message:) So sorry about the candle! Hope you are having a great Monday! xTieghan

  5. Congratulations Tieghan! Ten years and still going strong! I have enjoyed every single post you have sent out! Just keep doing what you’re doing!

    1. Awe, thanks so much Colleen!! I appreciate you being here and following along!! Hope you are having a great Monday! xTieghan

  6. Love your posts as always! When I traveled in New Zealand I had a beef stew that had puréed sun dried tomatoes (or perhaps roasted red peppers) as part of the broth. I believe it also had white beans. It was amazing and thick, and I’ve been searching for years to find a recipe like it.

    1. Hey Caroline,
      Thanks so much for reading each week! Ohh yum that sounds awesome and so does New Zealand! Thanks for the inspiration! xT

  7. Happy 10 years! Love your soup request idea. Broccoli cheddar. Pozole. Chicken Tortilla but pretty sure you have done this. Roasted Tomato. Looking forward to your next 10 years!!

  8. High Tieghan,
    Congratulations on 10 years of Half-Baked Harvest!
    I have been following you for almost all of those years and it always has been a pleasure.
    You are an inspiration!
    Take care!

    1. Hi Silke,
      Thanks so much for kind message and following along for so many years! We appreciate you being here:) Hope you’re off to a great week! xTieghan

  9. Hi Tieghan, I would like to add my hearty congratulations for 10 years of HBH! Your hard work and dedication has certainly paid off. It’s no wonder you are one of the top cooking websites and Instagramer to date. You develop delicious recipes time after time and we love you for it!!

    1. Hi Janelle,
      Happy Monday! Thanks so much for reading and your congrats:) I truly appreciate your thoughtful message and you following along! xT

  10. Soup season request (I’ve made 6 of yours already this fall. THE BEST!): A super creamy decadent thick chicken and wild rice soup. (I’m from MN and we have the best wild rice.) Looking to make it for Soups-giving, along with some of your other hits!! (The spicy lasagna soup…AMAZING!)

    1. Hey Sydney,
      Thanks so much for reading and trying so many soups already this season!! Thanks for your chicken and wild rice suggestion, sounds like a great idea! Happy Monday! xT

  11. Looking forward to some new soups! Would love to see more Asian soups that are not ramen. Maybe also a vegetable soup. And a soup that could be for a main dish for company. Maybe a tomato orzo soup. A healthy clam chowder.

    1. Hey Donna,
      Thanks so much for reading and sharing your soup recommendations!! I will definitely try to share a variety this coming fall and winter! Have a great Monday! xT

  12. Happy 10 Years! I’ve been following since the first cookbook came out and I saw it at the library– the best is yet to come for you, and I’m excited to cheer you on for the next chapter. Hugs. I already bought the lawnmower ornament for my husband (so cute!) and highly recommend the Bon Maman advent calendar and the Harry Potter Lego advent calendar (both great for adults or kiddos). And yes, please (!) to more soup– bonus point if a bean is involved. Your recipes got my little guy to eat chick peas, so can you do some magic on cannellini and/or black beans! XO

    1. Hi Leigh,
      Thanks so much for following along and making so many recipes! Awe, that’s just a cute idea, I will have to check out the Bon Maman calendar, I bet it’s a good one! Will definitely have more soup recipes coming, I will try to get some beans in there for you!! Have a great Monday! xx

  13. What an inspiration to witness a wholehearted woman cultivate, nurture, and pursue her dreams. Happy 10 years, the world is better with you, your passion, and your work in it!