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Nine Favorite Things – something very exciting is coming 

Looking at the calendar now and realizing it’s already the very last Sunday of August. This month and summer in general really flew by. I can’t believe that next week we’ll be into the first couple days of September. I’m sad to see summer go, but at the very same time, I have so much excitement for the months ahead. And September has always been one of my favorite months of the year.

This September is going to be a mix of back-to-back travel weeks, so that’s very exciting. Starting September 6th, I’ll be traveling between three destinations, taking me from one coast to another, and the 3rd out of the country to somewhere I’ve never been! More to come on that. My only hint for now is that everyone says it’s one of the most beautiful countries. And I promise, it’s not Italy! I’m excited and looking forward to documenting it all for you.

I have lots and lots of packing and planning ahead of me this week, plus more cooking. So much to get done. But all good things ahead, I’m ready for it all!

How was your month? Your summer? What are you all looking forward to in September? I would LOVE to hear. It’s such a wonderful month of transitioning into fall and all the cozier days ahead. But yet it’s still so beautiful outside!

What else? We will celebrate Asher’s 15th birthday this week. I’m in shock, actual shock, that the little girl I watched be born is already 15 years old. Where have the years gone? I remember that day so vividly, I remember that time so vividly. It was scary and exciting all at once. I was almost 15 myself (which yeah means I will be 30 this year and I’m SCARED) and welcoming my first-ever sister into the world. My life up until then had only included 5 brothers, so a sister was all new to me. Little did I know she’d be the best gift that my parents would ever give me.

Asher saved me. I was struggling so hard when she was born. But the second she entered the world, I knew I wanted to always be here for her. To always be a role model to her, and to always, always provide for her. She’s the most special to me and she really doesn’t even know it. She’s given more than anyone other human. And even though she was just being herself, she helped me out of a really hard time in my life.

Today, a little bit of everything I do is because of and for Asher. And you know what? She is always, always here for ME. That girl has my back. Always.

It’s a very special sister relationship. And I guess I’m taking the time right now to wish her the BIGGEST sweet 15th birthday. If you know Asher though, she’s what we call 15…going on 30.

I think that’s all I got update-wise today. I’m having fun getting back into my fashion side with all the traveling I’ll be doing – more to come!

Hoping you all have a relaxing Sunday. Enjoy this week’s post, it’s crazy that Friday is September 1st! Tailgating season is here!

Nine Favorite Things |

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

loving…Ralph Lauren. Everything from the new fall collection, the fragrances, and their best-kept secret, their homeware. I love following Ralph Lauren and additionally, Ralph Lauren Home. Lots of inspiration.

wanting…this set of 6 ceramic coffee mugs. How cute are these? Sadly they are way out of my price range. But I love them and think they’re the most adorable little mugs. Especially love the lids.


everything in my cart (low)…Let’s start with Zara, so many new arrivals. Loving their neoprene effect jacket for September. It’s lightweight, but still warm for chillier days. And super cute. Also, this is a faux leather jacket. And everyone needs a good tailored blazer too. This cut out wool sweater would be so cute layered with a maxi style skirt and boots. You can never go wrong with a black mini dress. Throw a blazer over it and add boots for fall. A little pricier, but also love this Staud mini dress. Both are very cute!

And I’m super into this cute tote. And lastly, this faux patent leather strap wedge sandal. These look designer, the red shade is fun too.

Long denim skirts are very in for fall. This maxi denim skirt from Reformation is a great pick. Also, I really like this one from Agolde too.

Abercrombie and H&M have some great pieces out right now too. A perfect double-breasted jacket. This simple go-to poplin shirt, and I love this red short sleeve sweater from Mango.

Lastly, this semi-sheer lace long sleeve top is fun.


listening to…Your Guide to Healthy Hormones, Part 1 with Endocrinologist Dr. Jordan Geller, MD.

loving…Anthropologie jewelry. They always have the cutest pieces. Loving these stud earrings, mini drop earrings, and my favorite – these triple wave post earrings.

shopping…Free People. They’ve had some cute pieces lately. I’m into this vest for chilly days and this pretty layering top. It would be super cute under that vest!

wanting… the Moon Juice Mini Dew. Did you know that 90% of the US has a mineral imbalance or deficiency and 75% are chronically dehydrated? This seems crazy to me. The Mini Dew is an electrolyte + mineral powder you can add to water for hydration and brain function.

Nine Favorite Things |

re-ordering…Cymbiotika. the omega, vitamin B12 + BC (boosts energy, supports heart health, and generally is a vitamin most women are lacking) and vitamin D3 + K2 + CoQ10 (supports immune health and strong bones by assisting in the regulation of calcium and cardiovascular health by reducing arterial plaque)  and the Magnesium L-Threonate, plus probiotic.

everything in my cart (beauty)…I have been loving ROSE INC products. In my next order I want to try their Skin Resolution Clean Exfoliating Acid Toner. And everyone who uses the Summer Fridays Dream Oasis Deep Hydration Serum loves the product. With a 5-star rating, I added it to my Sephora cart.

I recently read about these Ameon Frozen Essence Supreme Energy Ice Cubes and am very intrigued. I love that these are frozen, which will help reduce inflammation. Has anyone tried them?

OKok. And some recent empties that I go through on a monthly basis, Restórsea eye serum (morning and night), IS Clinical pro heal serum (morning),  Biologique_recherche cream (morning), Elemis cleansing balm, Biologique Recherche AMNIOTIQUE VG serum (night), Skinbetter Science night cream, Augustinus Bader (morning and night).

And for the body, Tatcha body butter and Tata Harper body balm skincare too.

Nine Favorite Things |

following…The Misfit House. For home design.

everything in my cart (high)…love the Khaite open-back draped wool maxi dress. It’s so cozy, but elevated at the same time. Also from Khaite, this gorgeous Textured Linen Blend Dress. Everything about this dress is pretty. The attention to detail, the length, the straps. It’s a beautiful dress.

Loving this wool maxi skirt from Wardrobe NYC. It’s white but cute for fall. I might pair it with this sleeveless turtleneck from Alice + Olivia. And this red Ferragamo top handle bag, such a cute look. Or go neutral with this iconic Miu Miu leather bag.

A few new red pieces, these Magda Butrym Vara Low Heel Pumps are stunning. I am obsessed with them.

Love these Gia Borghini Aimeline Patent Sandals and Ferragamo Vara Low Heel Pumps too. All three pieces are CUTE.

How perfectly cozy and cute is this cardigan in soft pink? It is from a new to me brand, Lovechild. I think my mom and I could live in this sweater.

Really wanting the YSL midnight clutch. So pretty. This Ralph Lauren Sheer-Paneled Knit Gown is also on my list of wants. And this Sandy Liang Dough Fleece looks cozy.

Lastly, just added these Falke tights in coffee to my Amazon cart. Obviously, I need these.


shopping…the Shopbop sale section. A few of my favorites are below.


listening to…Jessica Seinfeld On Problem-Solving in the Kitchen, Stocking a Pantry, Family Dinners. If you’re a mom trying to feed your kids, this interview has some genius tips for you.

2. Last year’s top 5 August recipes.

One Skillet Street Corn Chicken Enchilada Bake |

Most popular: One Skillet Street Corn Chicken Enchilada Bake

Old School Easy Brown Sugar Peach Cobbler |

Runner-up: Old School Easy Brown Sugar Peach Cobbler

20 Minute Korean Beef Sesame Noodles |

Also have to mention: 20 Minute Korean Beef Sesame Noodles

Brown Butter Raspberry Chocolate Chip Cookies |

Asher’s Favorite: Brown Butter Raspberry Chocolate Chip Cookies

Super Easy Homemade Cheesy Spaghetti O’s |

My Personal Favorite: Super Easy Homemade Cheesy Spaghetti O’s

3. Amazon fall Decor.


for the home


4. Favorite questions of the week.

q: Are you cooking daily or do you have down days? 
a: It changes depending on whether I’m home in Colorado or traveling. When I’m home, I focus pretty heavily on creating new recipes, photographing them, and videoing them. Right now my days are a lot of this. I wake up and head out for a hike. Then quick morning routine, including skincare and coffee. Then, I’m in the kitchen until the sun sets, which right now means the days in the kitchen are super long. Once I am home from the studio I work on the next post for the website, creating content for social, and occasionally email (but I’m horrible with email). Cooking days are always long like this.

When I’m not cooking that means it’s a computer day and I’m working on multiple projects that require my attention in front of the computer. Or it’s a meeting day and I bulk all my calls for 1 day per week. When I am traveling, my schedule is always different.

q: What is your favorite loungewear? 
a: Éterne makes the best loungewear. The materials are so so so soft. I love the lounge pant for bed. And the sweatpants in black are my go-to for travel days. I also love The Great tees. I wear them daily when I’m cooking, on travel days, and anytime I need a good tee + denim look.

Nine Favorite Things |

q: What 3 people would you have dinner with, alive or dead?
a: Asher, my grandma (she passed and Asher never got to really know her as I did), and Taylor Swift. I think all she’s accomplished and continues to accomplish is the most inspiring. Ohh or Miley Cyrus for all the same reasons really.

q: Do you enjoy reading?
a: I wish! But I listen to so many podcasts, which I habitually stack and listen to while I’m cleaning or doing mindless tasks. I want to start listening to more audiobooks though!! I’ve never been someone who enjoys reading but I love to learn and could definitely get into an audiobook. Dr. Amen’s books are on my list.

q: How come you have never gone to Aspen Food & Wine?
a: I’ve never been invited!!

q: Do you memorize your recipes? 
a: I’m constantly referring back to recipes. I only have a small handful memorized, one of them being this beer bread.

q: Why don’t you disclose your sponsored content? 
a: If I didn’t disclose it, I’m not being paid. I keep my sponsored content to a bare minimum. Most of what you see on my stories is not sponsored in any way. If it’s sponsored, you will see a disclosure.

q: Do you take rest days or days off? 
a: For me, rest days don’t usually go over super well. I’m not someone who enjoys just chillin’. But I think time away is important and I’ve been traveling more this year for that reason. I’m always so excited and refreshed when traveling. The change of pace and scenery is needed for me since I work so heavily from home. I think time off from work is so important, I just prefer to be actively doing things at the same time!! I know this isn’t the “wellness culture” everyone is promoting right now, but I’m just being honest 🤷🏻‍♀️ we’re all different, you know!

5. New for fall + autumn cocktail Saturday.

I received photos this week for an upcoming launch that has left me so excited. We have two big things coming this September, and then again in November. I can’t wait to share each one!

hint 1: The first launch is going to enhance your everyday life and make getting dinner on the table easy, peasy.

hint 2: the second launch is one I love so much. It’s going to warm you from the inside out.

If you had to guess, what do you think is coming?

Last hint, neither of these launches has anything to do with cookbooks.

Autumn Cocktail Saturday 2023

Thanksgiving Cider Punch |

Cocktail Saturday is almost here! I’m thinking I’ll start on the first Saturday of October. I’ll be sharing new drinks every Saturday through to the end of the year. I’m brainstorming new ideas, but I’d also love to hear yours!

What new cocktails would you like to see this year? 

Just like last year, I’ll share both the cocktail and mocktail variations for these fun drinks. We want everyone to be included!

5. Something you splurged on?

I’ve come a long way this year. I used to be the person who wouldn’t buy herself anything new unless it was essential. And if I did, I’d ultimately end up returning it because I felt “guilty” or not “worthy” of something new. This year I’ve let go of that and allowed myself to have excitement over things I can buy for myself.

As superficial as it might be, I LOVE a designer item. Especially an investment handbag that you’ll have forever and ever. Last year, I bought myself my first designer bag, a Prada. I love it so much and know I’ll have it for years to come. Maybe one day it will even be Asher’s.

And this year, ahead of a month of traveling, I came across the most perfect vintage Chanel bag. And before it sold out, I hit the purchase button. It took two weeks to get to me, I stressed over it for a minute, but I ADORE it.

It’s the perfect vintage Chanel.

What’s something you’ve splurged on that makes you so happy?

A vacation? A designer item? A new home? That pricy designer lipstick? 

And my favorite affordable purchases? Candles and fresh-cut flowers are my favorite.

Inspiring me

(Dahlias for fallmy favorite)

7. Favorite links i’m loving.

The Best Fall Destinations Around the U.S. to Visit This Season… Fall is magical.

Our Favorite Design Hotels in Coastal California

The World’s 13 Most Beautiful Villages You’ve Probably Never Heard Of…also magical.

Inside Ashley Benson’s Personal (and Playful) Los Angeles Home…love the kitchen.

4 Design Ideas From the Homes of Virgo Celebrities… Virgo season.

Starbucks’ Fall Drinks Are Back…here’s what you can order this fall.

We Tried All the Starbucks’ Fall Drinks…ranked from worst to best.

8. Every fall Style I love from J.Crew.


affordable for fall that look designer


fall shoes


accessories for fall – jewelry, bags, belts, and hats, 


9. This week’s dinners + weekend eats.

One Pan Herb Butter Chicken and Zucchini Rice Pilaf |

Monday: One Pan Herb Butter Chicken and Zucchini Rice Pilaf

Roasted Garlic Caprese Grilled Cheese |

Tuesday: Roasted Garlic Caprese Grilled Cheese

Simple Thai Chicken Zucchini Meatball Curry |

Wednesday: Simple Coconut Chicken Meatball Curry

Sheet Pan Jalapeño Pineapple Shrimp Tacos with Cilantro Garlic Sauce |

Thursday: Sheet Pan Pineapple Shrimp Tacos with Creamy Jalapeño Sauce

Friday: Parmesan Chicken Florentine and Broccoli Pasta

Tomato Burrata Pepperoni Pizza Dip |

Saturday: Tomato Burrata Pepperoni Pizza Dip

Cinnamon Crunch Quick Bread |

Sunday: Cinnamon Crunch Quick Bread

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  1. I love your blog and recipes. Thank you for the inspiration. Planning to make the peach cobbler for a family dinner tomorrow night. Recently I splurged on a trip to Bali! If you ever get a chance to go overseas again I highly recommend it. Most of the food there is fresh, vegan, and vegetarian (and some chicken).

  2. Guesses
    1. Maybe a new line of cookwares beginning with an electric cooker with a variety of settings.

    2. Warms you from inside out….maybe a line of hot drink mixes.

    Excited for you to have new releases.

  3. Please tell Asher…Happy Birthday! My splurge; I finally got my Louis Vuitton, it’s pink too! I love it so much! So I understand how you feel :). Wherever your trip takes you, stay safe and have so much fun!

  4. Hi Tieghan!
    I absolutely love your fall cocktails, especially Halloween-themed! Halloween baking recipes, too! Maybe a spooky cocktail recipe with green chartreuse would be fun.

  5. I’m guessing you worked with an alcohol company for one of the new drops. Sure something you’ll use in your cocktail Saturdays. That would be cool.

    I’m thinking France for your trip too. It’s a beautiful country, but wherever you go – enjoy!

    Vacations and food are probably where I splurge the most. I love to travel, so I spend my money on those experiences generally more than things for around the house. I also prefer to by higher quality, and locally if possible, food and kitchen products. It always feels good to pay a little more at the farmers market and support the local business.

    I cannot wait for Fall. My second fall in Colorado abc looking forward to seeing the aspens change and switching bs k into jeans and sweaters.

    PS happy birthday Asher!

  6. I so look forward to sitting down under a blanket with my tea and reading your blog on Sunday mornings. I LOVE summer but the very last few weeks before Sept hits, where the mornings and evenings are brisk and the breeze has that hint of fall is just THE BEST. I’m excited for candles and cozies now. I’m sad we have to wait until Oct for Cocktail Saturdays to start because it is my FAV. It helps that we’ll be going to France on our Honeymoon at the end of Sept for a couple weeks – ending the trip with everything Harry Potter in London in October will be the perfect way to start the spooky season! Can’t wait to see what warm and cozy cocktails you think up this year. I’m already craving a Haunted Pumpkin Patch Margarita to tie me over!! 😛 <3

    1. Awww Allison! This seriously makes me so happy, I’m so glad you’re enjoying Nine Faves! Enjoy your honeymoon, that sounds like it will be incredible!

  7. I love making your cocktails, but I’m limited by the fact that I don’t like dark liquor. I’d love to see more vodka or gin based drinks from you this fall!

  8. Thank you for yet, another great NFT. Best part of my Sunday morning. May I ask where your gorgeous blue sweater is from? Super cute! I am going to Paris next month and would love to take along the sweater. What outfits would you wear in Paris in fall? Day and evening? What tote would you take to Paris. I would love to see you do a post on Paris travel and I am hoping you are going traveling to France! Is this the most beautiful country you are talking about?????

    1. Terrie, check out the fantastic blog by Meghan Donovan called wit and whimsy. She is a Francophile who lives in Brooklyn and is one of my favorite bloggers. I follow her and went to Paris in April/May and extensively read her blog on what to wear in every season – she has elevated and classically beautiful style – and where to stay, where to go, what to eat/drink, where to find fabulous pastries, things to do, things to pack (like a certain blow dryer)…actually most anything Parisian. She’s a wonderful resource and a very classy but down-to-earth woman. Enjoy your trip. I can’t wait to go back next year.

    2. Thank you so so much! How fun! I have never been to Paris in the fall so I’m not quite sure about the weather! xT

  9. Here are my guesses 1) your own line of Home Chef meals, and 2) a new Snif candle. Or maybe anthro tableware. Whatever it is, I know it will be exciting! 🙂

  10. I think you should buy the elephant mugs! They’re adorable and I wonder why I never thought of buying mugs with lids – genius!

  11. I always enjoy finding nine favorite things in my inbox on Sunday morning! Happy Birthday, Asher!
    My guess on hint # 1 is that maybe you are debuting a food item of some kind? And on hint number two, I would normally guess a candle, but I am going to stray from that guess and guess an autumn Tea of some type! Whatever it is, I’m sure it will be fabulous and I wish you all the best!

  12. Happy Birthday to Miss Asher! I still picture her as the little girl licking chocolate off the spoon in your first cookbook. I hope she has a wonderful day! I’m looking forward to your various projects that you’ve worked so hard on all summer. My husband and I sold our home this summer and have downsized to a 1BR apartment! It’s a culture shock to be sure, but we are now literal steps from anything we want to do (no wheels required!) and we have only what we need. Purging the clutter was an amazing reset, and we are ready for this new chapter in our lives. I’m excited to see where your trips take you. Have a fantastic week!

  13. Wonderful Sunday blog, as always.
    Ok, guesses to the hints for your upcoming launches. For hint 1) I’m going to guess that this could be a HBH bakeware range? and for hint 2) I’m going to guess at a new scented candle. It’s exciting and I look forward to finding out in the coming months.
    For me, August has been a busy month both at work and with back-to-back cake projects so in September I am having a week off, which I’m looking forward to. I need to start planning a sugar flower competition piece for November, however my week off in September will include lots of cooking and baking with lots of your recipes.
    As for cocktail ideas, I’m thinking maybe something with orange?
    Have a great week 🙂

    1. Hey Colleen! Thank you so so much! I’m so glad you’re enjoying the blog! Sounds like you have a busy and fun month coming up as well!