Nine Favorite Things – Abby and Asher
I often start out writing these posts by looking at the calendar. I like to see what happened over the past week that I may have forgotten. Or what may be coming up that I can share details on. I do this mainly because I always struggle with starting these posts. Fortunately, once I start I’m able to just keep going.
I looked at the calendar just now and quickly realized this is the last Sunday of January 2023. Immediately I thought, wow this month went fast. Nothing this month was overly exciting, but all-in-all, it was a good start to the new year! I am feeling pretty happy and excited! The one thing I’ve been struggling with however is anxious energy every so often, it just randomly can creep up! I’m very positive it’s due to the pressure i sometimes put on myself. Along with the comparison game, which we all know, can be the thief of joy in our lives.
Happily, over the years, I’ve discovered tools to help calm my nerves, but sometimes all I can really do is give my mom a call. Even just telling her I’m feeling anxious, just letting her know, helps. Releasing the words from my personal thoughts helps to calm some of that anxiousness and let it go. Regardless, having days of waking up anxious for literally no reason has been a recurring thing since I started pre-school.
I guess, I just want to say don’t let the pressures of the new year get to you. Read your favorite quotes (I’ll share some below), call a friend, let the words out, ask yourself why you’re anxious. And maybe get yourself outside or simply take some deep breaths. I’m definitely not a doctor, but these tend to be the simple tools that help me. And then, and this is so random, but I’ve also discovered that dry brushing and throwing my legs up the wall every night before bed is a big form of anxiety relief. My point is, work to find the tools that help you personally deal with the anxious energy. And you know? It’s also OK to say you hated this month. Just start February with some positivity and take it one day at a time!
And we have so much to look forward to this February, I am already excited! The Super Bowl is on the 12th and Valentine’s Day is on the 14th. Oh, and I finally have a couple of trips planned (Miami for warmth y’all!). I’m feeling like the year is really getting moving again after the holidays.
What types of recipes are you looking for for the Super Bowl and Valentine’s Day? Do you guys enjoy celebrating these holidays? I always have fun with Valentine’s Day! And Super Bowl recipes never disappoint. Let me know what you’d love to see!
Currently, the family is in Aspen for X-Games 2023. Red almost always loves the course there. Plus, the family loves watching him compete somewhere so close to home. Aspen is Asher’s favorite Colorado ski town!
I’ve been surrounding myself with the things I love, flowers, candles, and probably too much online shopping. It’s winter…
Have fun today! Enjoy some favs below.
some bits from this week
1. things i’m loving, wanting, and excited to try.
loving…jewelry! If you want to splurge, Spinelli Kilcollin (so in love with every piece, I got my mom their marigold ring for Christmas). Maria Tash (the prettiest). Kinn (this ring is my favorite). The Last Line (so fun). And then of course you can never go wrong with Tiffany’s. Oh and Jennifer Fisher too. For less expensive, I love Luv AJ and Jenny Bird. So many cute, high-end, but still affordable pieces.
wanting…new notebooks. I use one for writing out recipes, and then another for my daily to-dos. I love the ones from Papier, they are so cute, I think the animal kingdom cover is my favorite. And then Golden Coil has some of my favorite spiral-bound notebooks. I always get the leather covers. What’s your favorite notebook? How about pens too?!
everything in my cart (low)…From Zara, this mock neck body suite is a great basic. Also for basics, I love this simple, cozy wool sweater, and this is such a cute black leather belt that will never go out of style. I really like this denim maxi dress, super cute. Oh and this denim skirt with buttons too. It would be cute with a knit vest and boots. Or maybe try a loafer or comfy clog. And lastly, these round silver earrings…perfection.
Mango had a few cute finds too. I adore this winter long wool coat, cozy wool-blend knit sweater, and button knit cardigan. And have these slit hem pants in my cart.
Ok, last item because I just found these, cashmere blend leggings from Nordstrom. I be these are so comfy.
dreaming of going….
loving…Paris couture week! It’s couture week and my guilty my Friday night was spent catching up on all the shows. I think the Fendi show is my favorite. Such stunning gowns. My dream is to attend one of these shows someday.
shopping…for meal prep bowls. I love these pretty glass lunch bowls. I ordered a few.
everything in my beauty cart…It’s always good to switch up shampoo and conditions, below are some I’d test out.
I need to order some new body butters/lotions. I’m eyeing the MUTHA body butter and body oil, Nécessaire The Body Cream, Susanne Kaufmann Body Butter, and I already know I love Augustinus Bader The Body Cream.
I want to test out a couple new Biologique Recherche products. I’m already using their face cream and lip balm already and love them both. Just added their masque vip o2 to my cart. And excited to try Tata Harpers bio-shield face oil.
loving…Diaspora spices. They gave me a build-your-own spice rack kit that’s great for trying out some new flavors.
traveling to…Aspen. If you’re heading there this winter look at staying at the Hotel Jerome. It’s the cutest hotel with so much small-town charm and cozy vibes, and it’s been there since 1889. To eat, the family went to Matsuhisa for sushi Thursday night and loved it. I think trying out Catch would be fun too. There’s also a new restaurant called Parc that we need to try. And we’ve heard that The Snow Lodge is a great spot as well.
And of course, the shopping! Asher and I love to hit up all the designer spots, but Dior is our Aspen favorite.
watching…Gossip Girl. Finally. After over a year I am committing to finishing the series. I’m on episode 2, but it’s hard to get into it to be honest.
wanting…a simple, sleek mouse pad. This leather option is pretty. Also, I’m ready for a desk/office refresh, anyone else?
everything in my cart (high)…I really, really want to splurge on this silk and cashmere-blend sweatshirt and track pants set from Olivia Von Halle. It’s too much for me, but looks so cozy. I got this wool vest from Isabell Marant for my mom in black. She didn’t keep it, but I still love it. These patent leather point-toe mules from Proenza Schouler are really cute. These Bottega Veneta croc leather boots too, wow, love them too.
The new blondie leather shoulder bag from Gucci is fun. Love these buckled platform ankle boots too.
And lastly, some outerwear. I’m really into fleece jackets, love this Sandy Liang Rooney Fleece in chestnut. This Wardrobe NYC puffer vest is perfect. And wow, this Prada shearling coat is so pretty. But also this shearling jacket from Zara looks similar. And then how cute is this padded leather bomber jacket from Loewe? Oh, and these shearling earmuffs from Coach are not something I would wear, but they are the perfect winter accessory for a trip to Aspen.
shopping…The Sunday Shop. They have a few unique finds for the kitchen and home.
eating…Mona Vand’s “A Taste of Home” meals from Daily Dose. Daily Dose creates health expert-designed, organic meal plans that are delivered to your door, ready-to-eat. And Mona’s plan is so delicious. The cinnamon waffles are especially yum.
listening…recipes are great!. So interesting. I’m excited to learn more on this topic. I also started following Lauren, her
wanting…fresh flowers. I’ve hit that point of the winter that leaves me wanting to surround myself with fresh flowers. I love ordering bouquets on Terrain. They’re always so pretty. Expensive, but pretty. Their Valentine’s floras would be the perfect gift for anyone in your life, or yourself! Their Valentine’s Day bouquet is so pretty, but I honestly just want their olive tree.
curious…about dosha. Have you taken this quiz to find out yours? I am a Pitta-Vata.
2. Soup + Chili recipes to make tonight.
Because it’s very cold.
30 Minute Thai Peanut Chicken Ramen
Slow Cooker Turkey and White Bean Chili
Healthy Slow Cooker Chipotle Bean Chili
Slow Cooker Chipotle Chicken Tortilla Soup
30 Minute Spicy Miso Chicken Katsu Ramen
Creamy Gnocchi Soup with Rosemary Bacon
Salsa Verde Chicken and Rice Tortilla Soup
3. Everything for traveling.
4. Favorite questions of the week.
q: what’s your goal for 2023?
a: I have a few!! But personally, to prioritize more sleep and more organization. I’m a late-nighter and early riser. Plus, I want to start pilates. For work, I’d like to continue to step outside of my comfort zone. I’d like to travel more and do more outside of cooking. I also want to focus on a few upcoming big-picture projects we’re working on!!!
q: are you the oldest?
a: I’m in the middle. 3 brothers ahead of me, 2 brothers below me, then Asher, then Oslo.q: I’ve seen stories about your Dennis Gross mask. Just got it! Can you share your thoughts and tips?
a: Personally I love this mask. So does Asher. Some people question whether the at-home masks are really worth it. But honestly, I think I’ve had one breakout in the last two years. I had a facialist (Cynthia Rivas) suggest using the mask for 6 minutes at a time instead of 3 to get better results, so that’s how I do it. Every night, 6 minutes on blue light, then switch and 6 minutes on red light.
q: has snowboarding always been a family thing? Started by your dad?
a: Yes, but it was my older brother, Trevor that got everyone started in snowboarding. Before that, we skied. The first 4 siblings learned to ski first, then snowboard. Everyone after me has snowboarded since day one on the hill.
q: future plans for a health cookbook?
a: Nope! I don’t believe in any kind of diet. For the most part, I cook with only Whole, real foods. Lots of produce, grains, and nothing with added sugars or ingredients I can’t pronounce. I also cook with dairy because we don’t have any issues. European-style organic grass-fed butter is a go-to for me (I love the Straus brand). Meat and cheese too. But I definitely have more vegetable-focused options this month! Very excited for my February recipes!
q: how come we rarely see your mom?
a: She hates to be filmed 🤷🏻♀️ I try but it’s rare she lets me. So I respect when people don’t want to be on camera. It’s honestly such a hard thing to do. I get it and I too am very camera-shy at times as well.
q: not a question, but we love recipes and fashion!
a: me too! It makes me happy!
5. What made you laugh this week?
Oslo watching Creighton go on and on about food, just sitting there silently with big curious eyes like…”what is he going on about? Is he going to stop?”.
If you saw my Instagram story, you get it, but see the HBH family’s responses below on Oslo’s thoughts. I LOVED going through these. So fun! And you all totally made me laugh! So many…”give me cookies!”.
What made you laugh this week?
6. Photos from the past week + quote of the week.
some very random photos, mostly from Aspen
dad and Oslo
Abby and Oslo
mom and Oslo
Asher checking her Instagram and waiting for her mocktail at Hotel Jerome
7. Favorite links i’m loving.
How to Get A 10/10 Look When You’re Lowkey Bad At Doing Makeup…studying this.
…so many cool places.
The 30 Greatest Life Hacks of All Time…some good ideas
20 Hobbies You Can Start at Home…we love to learn new hobbies.
Every Trader Joe’s Frozen Pizza to buy…and not buy.
to gift to your valentine this year.…
30+ Kitchen Products That Make Healthy Eating Easier…and tastier.
but are you sacrificing quality ingredients for taste?…
12 Books That Are Better As Audiobooks…love an audiobook.
…read the comments.
8. Valentine’s Day Style.
looks – under $200
looks – big splurges
for the home
splurge-worthy winter jackets
basics from JCrew
9. This week’s dinners + weekend eats.
Tuesday: Crispy Cauliflower Tacos with Candied Jalapeño Pineapple Salsa
Wednesday: 25 Minute Wonton Soup with Sesame Chili Oil
Friday: Calabrian Chili Roasted Red Pepper Pizza
Saturday: Blender Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Banana Muffins
Hi Tieghan. I’ve been really enjoying your Nine Favorite Things emails for several years. Recently, I somehow started getting duplicate mailings of it, so I tried unsubscribing to one of them. Now I’m not getting any of your emails at all!! Horrors, as Nine Favorite Things is my favorite part of waking up on Sunday morning! Going to resubscribe now!
Dalia’s suggestion is a very wise one. Your website is obviously under attack, and it’s is not at all difficult to see from where this is originating. It’s up to you to protect your brand and your livelihood. Tight regulations on your blog would be a huge step in the right direction.
Yup, seen it. Horrible people, and the things they say are disturbing AF, yet they are convinced T. and her readers are the cause of all their self-loathing. Very sick and scary bunch.
It’s actually very sick what they are doing. They are obsessed with all things HBH to the point of psychosis. They start a new thread every two weeks with the sole purpose of dissecting every minute detail of her life and content. Then, they congratulate and encourage each other to continue this abysmal behavior. The most hilarious part is many of them confess to having serious issues themselves, and insist that anyone speaking positively about HBH must be a family member. 😂 They forget HBH has several million fans worldwide, and any family members with admin access to the blog would just delete their petty attacks rather than engage with these unsavory individuals. How tragic they are!
I find Tieghans recipes to be creative and love the photography but agree with the quantity over quality.
Her recipes are often repeated over and over and riddled with errors from copying and pasting from other recipes. Often times I also struggle with recipes turning out/having flavor combos that work and question if she is thoroughly testing them.
I also find her flaunting of wealth/high end items to be off-putting and really out of touch with her “average” reader.
Lots of repetitive comments coming up with one letter for a name. That seems to be a new thing on this particular post, and highly orchestrated. At any rate, it sounds like there are other websites that might be more to your liking. It’s probably easier to just go there rather than try to change someone else to bend to your will. Something tells me that no matter what she did, it would still draw “snark” and never be good enough for some.
It seems the time has come to start requiring users to register in order to comment, and verifying email addresses. One user name associated with one verified email address.
All comments should be pre-approved before publishing, and there should be community guidelines. Off-topic, inflammatory comments, personal attacks, foul language etc., shouldn’t be permitted. This blog has become a war zone with personal attacks flying left and right, politically inflammatory rhetoric, swearing, people calling each other horrible names, etc. Why foster this type of environment? A little bit of professional quality control in order to make this a positive environment for genuine supporters is long overdue. No sane person wants to see this level of vitriol and chaos on a food blog of all places, and most sane people will go elsewhere for good content if this keeps up. Many probably already have.
I agree. It saddens me when I go to leave a comment about a really good recipe or an event, and I see insults, swear words, and other things on here. Hopefully people will start to come to their senses, but that doesn’t seem likely. You make a good point!
They won’t come to their senses, sadly. These attacks are coming from a hate group who devote an extraordinary amount of time and effort targeting HBH. It’s horrifying, and a very embarrassing testimony to how miserably unhappy these people must be. The worst is that it’s all being done in public on a highly visible discussion forum. They really should be ashamed, but they don’t seem at all capable of shame or empathy. HBH absolutely must start taking control of the comments so that these cyberbullies at least have to stay in their fetid sewer to bash her, rather than be able to do it here.
Thanks, Kim! 🙂 I don’t think these sort of people will come to their senses anytime soon. They thrive on toxicity, and put a lot of effort into perpetuating and feeding it. It’s best to just weed them out by never letting them in at all. I hope HBH takes this into consideration and makes the necessary effort to make this a safe and positive place again. Nobody that is genuinely here for the content will mind registering to post, and having a few safeguards in place.
It’s sad, how many people find solace in bullying other people. I realize they won’t stop anytime soon, and that’s unfortunate. However, that won’t stop me from getting recipes from this site! I’m glad we’re both in agreement. 🙂
This, 100%. She absolutely needs a community manager for the blog and her social media accounts, and to regulate the comments, and enforce guidelines. Most reputable businesses have this, and for good reason. I’ll consider supporting HBH again when this is in place, but until then, the toxicity that is allowed to run rampant here is unbearable and I can’t watch it anymore. I’d be happy to wait to have my comments approved if it meant the overall experience here was a healthy one. I’ll check back in the future and hope things have improved. 😞
Btw, I love Tieghan. She’s always seems like a lovely person who has worked long hours and years to achieve her success. It’s the toxic comments on her blog that make me pause. Not only the ones attacking her, but frankly some of the ones defending her. They can both get brutal. It’s a food blog, ffs.
A brutal comment defending someone is far more warranted than a brutal comment attacking someone. It’s kind of like the difference between shooting someone in order to rob them, vs. shooting someone in self defense. A gunshot is always a brutal event, but the latter is far more justifiable/understandable.
Ideally, there would be none of it, because the blog admins wouldn’t tolerate it. I agree that it ruins the experience for anyone who is not here to make trouble, and legitimately just wants to talk about recipes and meal planning.
But part of the problem is people leaving rude comments when someone brings up an issue with a recipe. Does a comment that is asking about missing ingredients deserve “a brutal comment” defending Tieghan? There are missing ingredients/ wrong instructions/ additional ingredients in the steps of most of the recipes. I truly think this has a lot to do with peoples frustration. I would prefer she focuses on quality vs quantity. I enjoy her recipes but am ready to move from this blog due to all the problems.
Hi Jill, all valid points. I agree there is a big difference between asking for clarification on a recipe or pointing out if something is missing or unclear. No, that doesn’t warrant a brutal response.
However, there has been a rash of recent personal attacks on both Tieghan and her family that go far above and beyond that. I won’t list them all, but I’m sure you have seen some of it. There are also many instances of someone framing a comment as a “concern” or “confusion” while peppering the comment with nasty judgemental remarks and accusations. This is definitely out of bounds, and requires no explanation as to why someone would stand up in that case and say “that’s not ok”. Those comments are not asking for help with a recipe, or giving constructive criticism – it’s just horribly cruel. I agree that quality over quantity would be nice, and to me “quality” would start with taking some control of this blog, and making sure it remains a good place for those of us who want to share ideas and discuss food and life in a positive way. I am with you in saying that “all the problems” need to be remedied, but a big part of all the problems is that there’s no civility here anymore. Yes, some of the defenders do overreact. Some are completely justified. If there was quality control from the beginning, none of the drama would be allowed to flourish.
Spot-on perspective, Kate. Thank you!
Exactly, and well said. All’s fair and just when you are defending someone. Thanks for wisely pointing out the difference here, lest anyone forget “all the problems” come from a small, focused group of haters with an agenda. Prevent them from disrupting, and the problem solves itself.
Superb analogy. Attacking and defending are completely different in terms of moral and ethical correctness.
Ahhhhh, you’re right!! Is IS the last Sunday of January! Well, didn’t see that coming. Loved this Nine Favorite Things though. I’ve been in the market for some special occasion jewelry and now I have a great place to start! Also, I know you mentioned needing journal recs. I get all my planners from https://studiooh.com. They always have fun designs and great options for how detailed you want everything to be.
I get you with the anxious feelings. This might seem like a strange way to combat it but, whenever I feel anxious I do what I think of as my “SCUBA breath”. When you’re diving it’s very easy to only focus on your breathing. Probably because humans aren’t really meant to be breathing underwater, haha. But the way it feels to breathe in through the regulator, there’s a little bit of a resistance to it, and that feeling of just only needing to breathe and being held up by the water is so calming to me. I go there in my head and that helps a lot. Here’s to a calming last week of the month!! xo Trish
Loved your post (as I do every Sunday, Tieghan!) Oslo is getting cuter and cuter every day! I was wondering if you could do some Mediterranean recipes some time?
thanks for another great post! Always a day brightener:)
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