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Thanks for joining me for another Nine Favorite Things post.

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I spent this week working on new content for HBH, some ongoing projects, and upcoming work travel planning. The weather has truly be no bueno around here (so much wind and snow). Therefore, I’ve been focusing my energy on work, spending a lot of time in doors, and surrounding myself with flowers to help bring the spring vibes inside. And I really mean that! The ranunculus I found at Whole Foods made my week, and made an upcoming post extra beautiful (so excited to share!).

In other news, the studio is finally starting to come along. Last week we had about half of the countertops installed, as well as the entire kitchen backsplash, which I am happily in love with! This coming week we will have the remaining counters and sinks installed, as well as all the appliances. So exciting to see the space finally shaping up. There is still SO much to do, but it’s really starting to look like a studio space. I cannot wait to share more details soon. Also, I’m feeling so incredibly grateful to be able to create such an amazing workspace.

Coming up this week I’ll be sharing a new quick and easy Italian recipe, something really fun for Mother’s Day, continuing on with my Cinco de Mayo recipes, and ending the week with a cake that I love. It’s going to be a delicious week. And of course, be sure to check out this week’s meal plan…number nine below.

Enjoy this week’s favorites!

PS. my Sunday meal plan email goes out today, complete with a detailed grocery list. Sign up for emails here and please let me know your feedback for the meal plan!

1. Frequently Asked Questions This Week:

Q: What’s your favorite ingredient to incorporate into your dishes right now?
A: Right now I am loving using lots of lemons and fresh spring herbs! It’s my favorite way to add flavor to simple dishes. I’m also loving using sun-dried tomatoes, they’re one of my favorite ingredients.

Q: Best material for pans and pots?
A: Cast Iron! It’s all I use, and Staub is my favorite brand.

Q:How does cooking help you in your everyday life? Is it an escape/comfort?
A: When I was a teen, I had horrible anxiety and to this day I still have bad anxiety, but cooking is truly one of the only things that helps. I focus all of my anxious energy into cooking and doing what I love. It’s the perfect escape.

Q: What are your most important kitchen items to own?
A: Sharp knives, a cutting board, and a cast iron skillet. You can do so much with just these three things!

Q: What would be your best piece of advice for a newbie blogger?
A: My best piece of advice is to really hone in on your niche. Focus on creating the most high quality content you can, and putting that content out as regularly as possible! Content is EVERYTHING. You also need to make sure you are engaging with your readers!

2. Redirecting Negative Thoughts. 

I have really been making an effort to push negative thoughts out of my head every time they pop up. Instead of wasting my time and energy thinking negatively, I’ve been redirecting those thoughts into something positive. I then focus really hard on the positive thoughts, until the negative thoughts disappears.

This takes A LOT of effort, but I’m feeling so much better. After a week of working hard on this, I am much more positive. Also, because I am much more positive, and focused on my work, I’ve noticed that that I’ve gotten so much more done. Dwelling on the negative thoughts that often pop into my head (24/7) gets me nowhere. I loved reading this article on getting rid of negative energy. If this is an issue for you as well, I highly suggest you read it.

PS. LOVED this article on how to break your comparison habit, which I think goes hand in hand with negative thinking.

What are your tips for staying positive?

3. My Favorite Earrings Right Now…

4. Top 8 Pins inspiring me this Week.

You guys know I love Pinterest and this week I pinned like crazy. Here is what’s inspiring me.

farmers market flowers.

casual whites for warmer days.

the prettiest walk out garden.

too cute. i can’t even.

consistently reminding myself of this.

take me to Palm Beach. please.

love this.

palm trees will forever be my favorite.

{all photos via Pinterest}

5. New Videos:

A post shared by Tieghan (@halfbakedharvest) on

20 Minute Caribbean Shrimp Tacos with Roasted Jalapeño Pineapple Salsa

A post shared by Tieghan (@halfbakedharvest) on

6 Ingredient Vegan Chocolate Chia Mousse

A post shared by Tieghan (@halfbakedharvest) on

Extra Crispy, Extra Cheesy HASH BROWN WAFFLES.

PS. are you following on YouTube?

6. Obsessed with this Brow Product.

If you know me well, you know that I have this huge pet peeve about my eyebrows. They are so uneven it’s insane, and they tend to lay flat on my face. For my face, I love a full brow with a defined arch, and Glossier’s Boy Brow has been my go-to product for the perfect brows for over a year now. It’s basically like mascara for your eyebrows and it works like magic. If you haven’t yet tried this product, you need to now, it’s my favorite.

7. A Few Links I am Loving…

cacia e pepe for one. YES PLEASE.

the Gal Meets Glam collection is here…but which dress will you choose?

Hannah Taylor Skvarla of The Little Market…favorite read of the week.

25 most powerful stylists in Hollywood…WOW.

8 cute make-up bags…think it’s about time for an upgrade.

2018 hottest foods trends…hmm, very interesting, pickles anyone?

vacation homes with mountain views…I would go to South Africa, where would you go?

4 management mistakes you may be making…good to know.

8. My Favorite Spring Tops…

9. This Week’s Dinners:

Asada Mushroom Tacos with Lime Smashed Avocado | #tacos #healthy #dinner #mexican

Monday: Asada Mushroom Tacos with Lime Smashed Avocado

Blackened Salmon Burgers with Herbed Cream Cheese | #salmon #recipe #easy #healthy

Tuesday: Blackened Salmon Burgers with Herbed Cream Cheese

Basil Goat Cheese Pasta Salad | @hbharvest

Wednesday: Basil Goat Cheese Pasta Salad

Greek Lamb Meatballs with Avocado Goddess Sauce | #lamb #easy #meatballs

Thursday: Greek Lamb Meatballs with Avocado Goddess Sauce

Artichoke Ricotta Flatbread | @hbharvest

Friday: Artichoke Ricotta Flatbread

Find the full grocery list in the HBH newsletter.

Check out all the past Favorites posts here.

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  1. IO just got your cookbook!! I absolutely LOVE it! Now you know Im waiting for the next one. LOL! No pressure, just whenever youre ready This is my way of saying YOu are AMAZING!!!!

  2. Hey Tieghan,
    I’m sorry I haven’t been able to comment lately (again). I loved your meal prep and grocery news letter! It made everything easier to compile into one list. Maybe choosing recipes with similar ingredients so as to not have to buy a bunch? Haha the dairy ingredients add up but I don’t like substituting for stuff.
    Also, I agree that cooking helps with anxiety. I’ve also been forcing myself to stay positive and it takes WORK but I feel so much better! Cooking and thinking about traveling this summer helps!
    I hope the rest of your night goes well and I’m looking forward to tomorrow’s post.

    1. Thank you so much Kristin! I think finding meals with similar ingredients could save you a lot and then you wouldn’t be wasting ingredients! Love that idea! I hope you have a great week!

  3. When I get down because of negativity, I remind myself that I must be doing this all for a reason. Then when I look at our crazy puppy and the kids laughing and being nuts, I just figure out there’s nothing to be worried about 🙂 I think that’s how I get through it!

    1. I think noticing how kids can be so happy with so little is very important and I am glad you find your happiness through that! Thank you Jen!

  4. I love your recipes and blog. You’re an amazing young woman, accomplished and creative. When I was younger and had deep depression I found exercise and listing everything I had to be grateful for to be very helpful in creating a happier attitude. It still works for me. We all have so much to be grateful for. Energy goes where thought flows.

  5. I look forward to your “9 Things” email every week!! Lots of little gems in here. I’ve heard tons of good stuff about boy brow, need to try! The Gal Meets Glam Collection is so beautiful, can’t wait to see what’s in store each month when they release new styles. And on anxiety and negativity…ugh…I think you nailed it, it takes A LOT OF WORK. You have to make the effort to direct your thoughts elsewhere and it isn’t easy, especially at first but like everything “Good Things Take Time” (wink). This is something I need to work on also, thanks for the reminder and I’m glad this approach is working for you! Keep up the great work! And I have no idea how I was not following you on Instagram but I am now =)

  6. Nine Favorite Things is always a favorite thing for me. I’ll share with you something that I read about negative thoughts. “Your goal isn’t to get rid of negative thoughts; it is to change your response to them.” – Vex King. If you are not familiar with Vex King, you may want to explore his thoughts. I’m making the Vegan Chocolate Chia Mousse, chocolate mousse is another favorite. Happy Earth Day and Thank-you!

  7. Always like to read nine favorite things on Sunday morning before starting on my to do list. As far as dealing with negativity goes, for me the absolutely most effective thing is to do something that helps someone else. Whether it is a small gesture or a larger project, taking the focus off myself in a positive way works for me. I appreciate your honesty about yourself and am heartened to know that you are working to make your life better.

  8. Hey Tieghan!
    First of all, thank you for making me fall in loce with food the peoduce and how cooking jus tends to beautify relate to it? So much so hbh has been the trigger I needed to finally get off my but and create a blog around recipes I’ve scribbled for years.
    For someone who’s newbie as it can get, could you perhaps share more tips about how to go about a blog, photography tips, whether sticking to a niche earlier on would help as I’ve seen you started it with comforting seasonal family classiscs and have stayed true to it even now.
    Thank you so much!

    1. HI! I can try to work on a post, but honestly I don’t feel that confident in my ability to give advice on how to start a blog. haha! I do think knowing your niche is really key in the beginning and I do think it has helped me grow. Hope this helps a bit!