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Nine Favorite Things

Ok ok, I just received a set of photos for an upcoming project. I’ll get to share them very soon, and you all, I can’t wait! This is something we’ve never done before, totally new, totally fresh, and so fun – plus exciting. I really hope you’ll all be just as in love with this project as I am. I get to share it with you all in just a few short weeks. I’m so excited!

And in general, I am so excited! I know, I’ve been saying this every week for a while now. But hey, there’s nothing wrong with feeling happy and excited, and this is my place to share it.

On the flip side, not going to sugarcoat it, Monday was hard for me. But I took the day in, excepted it for what it was, and we moved on. By Tuesday I’d turned things around and ended up having an amazing week.

I’ve been home all week, which is rare these days, but I’m working non-stop in the kitchen in prep for a lot of travel in September. I think everything happening in September is pushing me forward here at home, so that’s kind of nice. We have a lot coming up – plus we’re about to enter my very favorite season!

Also, football is starting up again, so the tailgating season is upon us. I have some excitement around this. Mainly because I already have a few appetizers/snacks in mind that I’m really looking forward to sharing with you all. Are there any recipes or drinks you’d like to see me make this season? I’m doing wings this season for sure. Which believe it or not, is something different for me, so I can’t wait.

That’s all for today! Have a relaxing August Sunday. Enjoy this week’s favorites!

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

loving…back to school supplies. Always so fun. This metallic jotter pen set has me excited.

wanting…these pretty pietra wine glasses and fluted glass votives from McGee & Co.

everything in my cart (low)…OK, I have a big list today. First, let’s talk new fall Zara arrivals. This tailored blazer is so cute, wear it with tights, a skirt, or a good pair of trousers. If you want something cropped, this cropped wool blazer and wide-leg wool pant set is perfect. And this oxford shirt is a nice staple. Same with this cashmere sweater, which looks comfy and is great for fall.

If you love a sheer moment, try this semi-sheer knit top and semi-sheer knit skirt set. The set together is super chic. The look would be cute with these kitten heels, which I really think we all need.

Onto some bags, this new Madewell cutout leather tote is a nice carry-all bag. Another carry-all that I’m loving, is this bucket bag in leather and calf hair from J.Crew. This leather crossbody bag looks like it’s from the designer label, The Row.

And on the pricy side, but yet affordable for a designer bag, the Staud Valerie shoulder bag is very on trend for this fall. And last, the Coach Ergo Bag. Could be cute as a birthday gift. Asher would love this bag. Also love the Reformation rosetta shoulder bag.

listening to…Arielle Lorre, Wellness & Beauty Influencer: Glass Skincare Routine, Being Authentically Yourself, Plastic Surgery That’s Worth It, and More. The first 11 minutes are SO GOOD. The remainder of the podcast is great, but might not be for everyone.

watching…the Summer I Turned Pretty. Asher loves this show. She said the season 2 finale was really good.

loving…this cute, sweet country house designed by Devol Kitchens. Such a cozy small space.

listening to…Mental Health, Life’s Big Lessons, and Finding Your Niche with Ashley Tisdale. This was cute and inspiring. I’m excited to try the Being Frenshe products after listening to this!

shopping…Being Frenshe. After listening to the founder, Ashely Tisdale, on her podcast this week, I couldn’t wait to try her candles. I got all 4, cashmere vanilla, lavender cloud, citrus amber, and solar fleur. Love the $11 price tag too!

wanting…everything from the Haand site. So many cute pieces for the kitchen. Love the glassware and the mugs are adorable.

everything in my cart (beauty)…really love everything from Violette_FR. Using bisou blush for the cheek and bisou balm + petal bouche matte for the lips.

For a plumper lip, try the LAWLESS Forget The Filler Lip Plumper and the Dior Maximizer Plumping Gloss.

Ordered…Crown Affair hair towel. I needed a new hair wrap and this one sounded nice plus it has great Sephora reviews. Excited to try the Le Labo basil shower gel. Plus, a new to me product from dae, their stargloss shine hair gloss treatment.

Fragrance I’m dying to try? The Prada infusion de figue eau de parfum. Sounds wonderful.

watching…Naomi, Cindy, Linda & Christy Remember The Dawn of The Supermodel Era. Loved this, and I also love the Vogue September cover even more.

wanting…some new kitchen pieces. I need these clear fridge organizer bins, but I want this cute toaster even more. Loving this Goldtouch 6-piece everyday set. And I really want this Always Pan from Our Place. Do you have this pan already? Do you love it?

everything in my cart (high)…this sweet bow-detailed crepe mini dress from Giambattista Valli, so pretty. Love the attention to detail. I would die for the Bruno Sweater from Interior. Love, love, love the pretty neckline yet how cozy the sweater looks.

Accessories, I’m in love with the Ferragamo mini leather tote. And I have to tell you all, I splurged on this YSL leather belt and it’s been my most complimented piece all month long. It’s perfect. And lastly, these Simkhai crystal mules are stunning. A great night out kind of heel.

following…Meredith Van Ness. She has been sharing so many inspiring, uplifting quotes. This is a favorite one.

2. Simple crockpot recipes we love.

Crockpot Creamy Coconut Chicken Tikka Masala |

Crockpot Creamy Coconut Chicken Tikka Masala

Crockpot Crispy Buffalo Chicken Tacos with Jalapeño Ranch |

Crockpot Crispy Buffalo Chicken Tacos with Jalapeño Ranch

Crockpot Garlic Butter Chicken Meatballs with Creamy Orzo |

Crockpot Garlic Butter Chicken Meatballs with Creamy Orzo

Crockpot White Chicken Chili Burrito Bowls |

Crockpot White Chicken Chili Burrito Bowls

Slow Cooker Mustard Herb Chicken and Creamy Orzo |

Slow Cooker Mustard Herb Chicken and Creamy Orzo

Crockpot Greek Chicken Meatballs with Creamy Tomato Orzo |

Crockpot Greek Chicken Meatballs with Creamy Tomato Orzo

3. Pottery Barn fall decor.

4. Favorite questions of the week.

q: how many steps do you take a day? 
a: I don’t track my steps or anything like that. I know my personality and for me personally, this is not something that would be healthy for me to do. I know so many people who love tracking steps, but I’d become obsessive about it, which is not healthy.

q: do you get food on your phone?
a: Definitely! Today was a mix of ice cream, peanut butter, and shrimp. My phone was sticky and gross. I wipe my lens down with a microfiber cloth before I film anything (always do this, a clean lens makes the biggest difference). Then I clean my phone with a wet rag every night after cooking. I can’t stand a sticky phone with smudges on the screen.

q: top 3 kitchen essentials? 
a: A cutting board for the counter, a good knife set, and a cast iron skillet. If I can add a 4th, it would be a blender OR food processor, either work.

q: do you ever have recipe fails and want to give up/scratch the recipe?
a: Yes! For sure! When this happens I have to switch things up. In pause the project I’m having trouble with and move to a new project. Later, I’ll go back and make adjustments. Usually, I’ll come back in a day or two with a whole new idea on how I can make it better. Or I may switch gears completely and create something new that I’m even more excited about. For me, I find it best to push through creative ruts instead of not doing anything creative at all. Sometimes I just need time away from that specific project to see it with a new eye. But I don’t stop creating, I just move to something else and then come back later! Does that make sense?

q: favorite dinnerware set?
a: I’ve been using this set from Lulu and Georgia x Sarah Sherman Samuel a lot over the last two weeks. It’s super versatile, durable, and cute too. The pasta bowl is my favorite piece.

q: are you creating a new Snif candle? 
a: Should I!?! I had so much fun creating our pumpkin smash candle last year. Would you all be excited about a new scent? What scent would you love the most?

q: advice on what to buy high versus low?
a: Buy high investment/staple pieces that can last years. But for trendier items buy mid-range/low. I LOVE designer pieces but not everything has to be so high-end. I like to mix and match and find that’s the best fit for me. J. Crew, Abercrombie, Banana Republic, and Urban Outfitters all have really great affordable pieces. Shopbop and Revolve have a good mix of both high/low (which is why I shop both often). Love Moda Operandi and Net-a-Porter and FWRD for designer pieces.

q: what pajamas do you wear?
a: I live in my Eterne lounge pants. My favorite for travel and bed, I LOVE the materials.

q: favorite wellness rituals?
a: Legs up the wall + dry brushing every night before I shower. I no longer have dry skin, which is amazing! It’s soft…almost like a baby’s skin. The difference is huge. And also really good daily supplements (I mostly take Cymbiotika and love it). And of course the Dr Dennis Gross red light mask 👻 good skincare too.

q: where do you stay on family vacations? 
a: We usually rent a house since we have a big group. Vrbo is great for this. Personally, I’d love to stay at Las Ventanas Al Paraiso in Cabo which was just recommended to me. Or Paradero in Baja looks nice too!

q: wardrobe staples? 
a: A go-to pair of denim, a white button down, a great pair of trousers, the perfect plain white tee, a really great dress, sneaks, pretty flats or a great loafer, an oversized blazer, a knee-high boot, and a carry everything tote bag.

5. Bullying, rude comments, and negativity.

With growth and change in the public eye, come very unwanted comments, let’s call it “adult bullying”. We receive adult bullying on all platforms, but they mostly come through Instagram and the comments left here in these Sunday posts.

It’s sad to see, hard to know how to manage, and all in all, it’s getting old. I’m not going to go on about this because it’s not fun or needed. But many of you have asked for us to better monitor the comments and while we’ve never deleted or “reviewed” comments in the past, we’ve decided that we don’t want or need the negativity energy.

Whoever the haters are, I hope that you are able to find some help and happiness in your life. Shaming others and bringing others down is never the answer. And it’s not going to make you happy.

As my mom says, treat everyone the way you’d want to be treated. With kindness, be the bigger person in every situation.

Thank you to the 98% of you who genuinely love to read, follow, and usually leave wonderful comments. We LOVE and appreciate you all more than you know. Thank you for being here on a regular basis!

6. Inspiring me.

7. Favorite links i’m loving.

Shea’s Back-to-School Edit…cute selects.

11 Fall Date Night Ideas…because this season is truly the best.

10 Airbnbs With the Most Amazing Views…where would you stay?

Unwrinkle Your Wardrobe ASAP…the best clothes steamers.

The Most Anticipated New Books of Fall 2023…new book recommendations.

8. Fall Style finds for under $200.

wedding dresses for fall

fall boots 

9. This week’s dinners + weekend eats.

One Pan Chipotle Honey Chicken and Rice |

Monday: One Pan Chipotle Honey Chicken and Rice

Skillet Corn and Chipotle Chicken Tortilla Bake |

Tuesday: Skillet Corn and Chipotle Chicken Tortilla Bake

20 Minute Korean Beef Sesame Noodles |

Wednesday: 20 Minute Korean Beef Sesame Noodles

Easy Baked Cheesy Cauliflower Pizzas |

Thursday: Easy Baked Cheesy Cauliflower Pizzas

Instant Pot BBQ Beer Pulled Chicken Tacos with Ranch Corn Slaw | #instantpot #slowcooker #easyrecipes #tacos

Friday: BBQ Beer Pulled Chicken Tacos with Ranch Corn Slaw

Mini Blueberry Muffins |

Saturday: Mini Blueberry Muffins

Giant Magic Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies |

Sunday: Giant Magic Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

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  1. You wrote that you’ve never deleted comments before. That is 100% false.
    There were a number of comments on this post yesterday pointing out the fact that the cruelest remarks come from your diehard fans. Constructive criticism and reasonable questions aren’t hate. But, those comments have vanished. That isn’t removing negativity, that is censorship and an attempt to control the narrative.

    1. The cruelest remarks come from her detractors who are a rather intrepid and relentless lynch mob, fueled by seething jealousy and vitriol, and unhindered by common sense or intellect. Understandably, people who are not on board with this behavior will speak up. You seem confused about what constitutes “constructive criticism” and seem to be using this straw man as a rhetorical battering ram to attempt to promote unchecked abuse disguised as something warranted or valid. It’s not. It never is.

      You seem very concerned about the possibility of some moderation on this blog that might filter out the hate and make this a more pleasant and welcoming place. It’s almost like you WANT this to remain a completely open forum for abuse and personal attacks. “Constructive criticism” is quickly becoming the new code word for “vicious personal attacks that we want to be free to keep making, while claiming victim status if anyone dares to object or fire back”.

      It’s not “censorship” if it’s her personal blog and she wishes to foster a positive environment for people who actually want a civil place to discuss food and lifestyle content. If that bothers you, this might not be the place for you, or your intentions might be less than honorable.

      cen·sorship: the suppression or prohibition of any parts of books, films, news, etc. that are considered obscene, politically unacceptable, or a threat to security.
      “the regulation imposes censorship on all media”

      She is neither the government nor a legal entity, and she cannot impose legal regulations. The comments she would be removing are a disruption to her own website, her own intellectual property. Use of the word “censorship” and dramatic phrases like “control the narrative” are complete hyperbole, and not even applicable here.

    2. Anything constructive doesn’t actually include “criticism”. Constructive feedback or suggestions are fine, and nobody gets upset about that. There is a huge difference between inflammatory remarks and reasonable questions and literally nobody is advocating the deletion of reasonable questions. It’s obvious when something is an attack, (even when it’s veiled) and when something is reasonable.

    3. Hey Jenna! I try to keep this blog a safe and uplifting space, cruel and inappropriate comments should be deleted in order to make it an enjoyable and safe experience. I appreciate the feedback, have a great week! xT

  2. I’m super excited for Fall as well and hope to see some cocktail recipes soon 🙂 Every Halloween season I make your cocktails again and again..

  3. You and your website are AMAZING. Keep up the fantastic work and know that you are a positive influence for me and my girls, who also follow you. We have not tried a recipe we didn’t enjoy eating—thank you for your creativity! I look forward to Nine favorite things every Sunday and it’s a part of my routine and menu planning for the week. Boo to any negative comments—and sorry you have to be exposed to them. We appreciate you and thank you for all your hard work!!!

  4. You don’t deserve nothing but the best due to all your hard work, creativity, talents, and so on..
    I hope you stay with the best of us, with the ones that appreciate what you do and your books, and posts, stories are like a highlight for me personally.
    The best way to end my Sunday is with your post.

  5. What you create and share is helpful and special and brightens people’s days. You’re an amazing chef and content creator, and your sense of style is so fun! Constructive feedback isn’t an excuse for or explanation for bullying, which is unacceptable. Stay strong and positive!

  6. Ugh. Very frustrating to mention “adult bullying” here.

    Most of your negative comments revolves around CONSTRUCTIVE criticism. You really should take them to heart.

    1. No Karin, they absolutely do not. Let’s not be disingenuous here. While I agree there is nothing “adult” about the bullying Tieghan is frequently subjected to, it is absolutely bullying, and there is nothing constructive about it.

      Tieghan, I hope this means that you will now start to pre-approve comments and require registered and verified accounts on the blog. As far as Insta, a zero tolerance deletion policy is probably the best you can do there, but your website is under your control. Please make it a safe space again. for those of us who are actually here for the content and recipes, which is the vast majority of us. Thank you, and keep up the great work!

      1. While I agree that the comments towards teighans appearance are wrong and need to be stopped, negative reviews of a recipe need to 100% be allowed. I expressed my frustration with constant wrong measurements and missing ingredients one time and was met with replies that need to not be repeated. If a recipe has all 5 star reviews and not a single less than positive review, I know it’s all fluff and fake. She needs to be able to take feedback from her followers without jumping to the defense of “is there something you didn’t follow exactly”

        1. It’s not the recipe questions I am referring to. However, the “questions” about recipes phrased as “this is horrible sloppy writing, you’re lazy, and you should fire your whole team!”, etc. are not at all by people interested in trying the recipe, or contributing to the conversation, and are not remotely sincere. One can ask for clarification of recipe directions, or say “this didn’t work for me” without being rude and insulting. Personal attacks and name calling aren’t constructive. I’m pretty sure you know this if you are genuine.

          It is also 100% valid for her to ask if the poster did something different, as that is important to know if she’s going to help or attempt to address the question. Many people do embellish or modify recipes they copy online, so it’s a legit concern.

          “I expressed my frustration with constant wrong measurements and missing ingredients…” How frustrated were you? It’s easy to come across as unnecessarily harsh when frustrated, that’s why it’s common knowledge that it’s best to work through that before reacting or responding to anything or anyone. Reacting with emotion instead of responding with logic often leads to bad outcomes. Contacting her privately is an option as well. Many posters launch very rude personal attacks disguised as “concern” on public forums and the intent is obvious – to shame and humiliate. They are not at all interested in getting assistance with a recipe question. If you know you are not in that camp and have been respectful, then you have no reason to worry, right? That said, yes, she absolutely should prevent/delete anything uncivil before it sees the light of day, and it’s up to her discretion what constitutes uncivil. I have seen a few of these back and forth arguments, and they 100% of the time start when someone insults or belittles T. in a way that is not remotely constructive. It’s not shocking that people respond in kind. Everyone is pretty tired of this nonsense.

    2. Hey Karin! If it’s constructive criticism that is being left, I always always take that into consideration and listen. You’ll also see that I reply to all constructive comments and appreciate them.

      I however and speaking to the unnecessary comments left with hateful words, rude assumptions, and vulgar language. Hope that clears things up for you! Let me know if I can answer any other questions!

  7. I love your Sunday posts and seeing the all the pictures (family, recipes, fashion) – Would love to see you collaborate on another candle. Love the fruit scents – pear, apple, orange! Can’t wait to see what the new projects are!!

  8. Another great Sunday 9 favorite things☺️. I’m looking forward to your upcoming projects and Fall is my favorite season too. Wonderful flavors and colors.
    Have a fun filled week.

  9. I have never left a comment but what inspired me to do so was the fact that people are being bullies.

    People’s hateful comments are telling. Their hateful comments are about themselves rather than about the other people. Having said that it’s not fun to be on the other side.

    To the haters- what is it that you dislike about yourself? You deserve peace and love and I hope you can find it within yourself.

    Keep on rocking- I love your blog.

  10. Hi Tieghan. So sorry about all of the comments you’ve been getting since you’ve pivoted more towards lifestyle content. You’ve built such a welcoming community, I hope this new barrage of comments doesn’t mean that you’ll completely close yourself off to constructive feedback. I’d love to recommend Whitney Port’s podcast. She has a recent episode in where she very candidly discusses comments about her weight. I think she gets a lot of similar comments to the type you’ve been getting over the past year. I found her conversation to be very honest and open. She even mentions that her own husband has also been concerned. I truly hope your fans don’t think I’m attacking you with this comment, because that truly is not my intent. I just think you might find Whitney’s conversation relatable. It might give you some helpful insight on how to navigate being an influencer outside of the kitchen. xoxo

  11. I look forward to and love this newsletter every week!! Reading it is one of my favorite little weekend rituals. Thanks for being so inspiring and authentic!

  12. I’ve been a die hard Staub fan for many years until my daughter gifted me the Always Pan. I have to admit, I like it better and use it more often than any other pan in my kitchen.

  13. I continue to love your blog. I am pleased to hear you say that you are going to address the haters. Sometimes the anonymity of a computer screen is just what a coward or a bully needs. I was horrified to see some of the comments recently – body shaming in any form is just not okay. I’ll leave it at that because I don’t want to give it legs (pardon the bad pun). I love your blog, your approach to food, your celebration of family (admittedly I have a complete mom crush on Oslo). Keep doing what you are doing!

  14. Hey T! Love to read your words on addressing the “haters!” I hope you and your PR team have a plan in place for your upcoming launches. I’d really hate to see the haters’ comments spread their way to the Snif and Anthropologie Instagram posts. I know your community is thrilled to see your presence grow, I’m sure we’re all worried that these comments of concern will hinder even more exiting opportunities!

    1. Tieghan, don’t be fooled by this disingenuous post poorly disguised as support. Read between the lines of the language. This is a call to action for the haters to disrupt your partner collaborations. Absolutely be ready to prevent these attacks.

  15. I’ve gotten so many good ideas, inspiration and recommendations from you and your content that I wanted to respond to one of your questions in your post above. I have the Always Pan from Our Place and I use it every single day. So many uses, so easy to clean, great features (pour spout within the pan & lid, notched handle for spoon rest, great surface for non-stick cooking) and a breeze to clean. It’s durable too, as I’ve had it for over a year, with daily use, and it still looks brand new!