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Thanks for joining me for another Nine Favorite Things post.

Nine Favorite Things |

So far, I am really loving August! I kicked the week off in New York City, and I know I’ve been saying this, but I really love spending time there. NYC has so much energy, it’s the complete opposite of living in small town Colorado, so I love the change of pace. Excited to already have plans to be traveling back this fall (my very favorite season!) for a few exciting projects.

While New York was amazing, getting from NYC to Cleveland was a complete different story. I may never fly out of LaGuardia airport again, especially on United. My flight on Wednesday night was completely cancelled, with no accommodations for the night and no easy way to reschedule. I re-booked for the next morning, but again, my flight was delayed. Once we finally left the gate, we spent over forty-five minutes on the tarmac. United did nothing to help, no hotel, no help re-booking, and honestly, they treated everyone so poorly. I was super unimpressed. I’m just thankful to have eventually made it out of LaGuardia!

I’m in Cleveland this weekend, spending a little time with my family, cooking my brother Creighton steak dinners, and enjoying the hot and humid summer…which yes, I love. I’ll be heading home to Colorado tomorrow morning with plans to hit the ground running. I’ll be testing recipes, photographing, and writing before my next trip out to LA in a couple of weeks.

Coming up this week on HBH I’ll be sharing a few new easy back-to-school recipes (Asher would kill me if she knew I was writing back-to-school recipes this early), including a delicious no-cook salad and a yummy skillet dinner. I’ll also be sharing a new tomato recipe, and a very fun cocktail! Can’t wait to go over all the details soon!

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1. Inspiring me this week. 

Christy Doramus of CMD Creative Studio. I met Christy this past week in NYC and am so in awe of her creativity and her kindness. She’s a creative consultant, event floral designer, and entertaining enthusiast. Christy and her team created a BEAUTIFUL set up for an event I was at, along with the prettiest display of the Half Baked Harvest Cookbook. We share a love of flowers and making things look pretty, but Christy and her team take things to an entirely new level.

She’s the creator of the Instagram famous flower crown and has worked with celebrities like Drew Barrymore and brands like Louis Vuitton and Lilly Pulitzer. No big deal or anything…

If you’re not already following Christy on Instagram, check her out here. Trust me, her feed will fill yours with the prettiest florals and tablescapes.

To learn more about Christy and what she does, check out this article.

2. The Most Popular Recipe of July.

I’m loving sharing what the most popular recipe of the month is because it always surprises me and it’s never what I expect. This months winner…

6 Ingredient No Bake Chocolate Chip Cookies | #cookies #healthy #chocolate #vegan #nobake

6 Ingredient No Bake Chocolate Chip Cookies

Hands down these No Bake Chocolate Chip Cookies were the favorite of the month. Not only did so many of you make them and love them, but the recipe has quickly climbed to one of the most popular of the entire summer. Cool. Cool. I love when you guys LOVE recipes.

Garlic Butter Creamed Corn Chicken | #chicken #corn #summer #easy #dinner

Runner Up: Garlic Butter Creamed Corn Chicken

This recipe has also been insanely popular and so many of you have made it, loved it, and shared with me on Instagram. It’s perfect for no-oven cooking and back-to-school.

3. Looking ahead to Fall, my favorite kitchen pieces…

4. Five Facts About Me.

  1. I hate white plastic SO much, and really plastic in general, but white especially.
  2. I am a freak about using hand sanitizer in public areas, but especially on airplanes. Anytime I touch anything while on a plane I reach for the hand sanitizer after. No joke. Such a freak.
  3. I don’t love eating out, even when traveling. I am such a homebody and much prefer cooking over going out. When traveling, I do enjoy eating out just to experience new food. I always try to book fun lunches and dinners with friends or do working dinner “meetings”, but if I’m not meeting anyone…I’m most likely picking up a salad from Whole Foods…so lame, but true.
  4. I have an obsession with coffee mugs and have way too many.
  5. I told my parents not to get a dog because they are too much work. But I secretly love Merle the most, and probably spend the most time with him. He even travels with the fam, and it’s so nice having him here in Cleveland with us.

5. New Videos:

Skillet Burst Cherry Tomato Summer Pasta with Lemony Breadcrumbs

Rosemary Peach Chicken in a White Wine Pan Sauce

Buttery Raspberry Crumble Bars

6. Currently loving…

Hourglass makeup products. I’ve been so into skincare and makeup lately and having a lot of fun trying out new products. I’ve been using the products below from Hourglass cosmetics:

Extreme Lash Mascara– 1 coat is plenty for that “no make-up, make-up look”. But use 3 coats, and you’ll look like you have the longest, prettiest lashes. Super fun for a night out.

Ambient Lighting Palette– This is everything, it’s the perfect finishing powder to highlight with and looks so pretty on all skin types. I am loving this.

7. A few Links I am Loving…

how to experience NYC on $50 a day…I need to give many of these tips a try.

the best mascaras of all time…love that some of these are super affordable.

Mila Kunis Audrey Hepburn look…LOVE.

best packing tips ever…for all you travelers out there.

Karlie Kloss has the perfect office to date night dress…so cute.

Michael Kors New York City penthouse…he’s really into bowls.

10 fun facts about Lauren Conrad…this article inspired my 5 fun facts in #4 above.

what to do with your life in August…I’m all about that grown up, back-to-school shopping.

the 9 best tv shows right now…what’s your favorite?

Martha Stewart’s daily routine…she wakes early and reads a lot.

8. Favorite Late Summer Dresses that can carry you Into Fall…

Go from bar shoulders and sandals to jean jackets and boots in the fall with these dresses.

button down denim mini | button down mini dress | corduroy dress | long sleeve dress

rose mini dress |

9. This Week’s Dinners:

Chipotle Shrimp Cobb Salad with Jalapeno Corn Vinaigrette | #shrimp #salad #summerrecipes #mexican

Monday: Chipotle Shrimp Cobb Salad with Jalapeño Corn Vinaigrette

Korean Grilled Steak with Toasted Sesame Chimichurri | #summergrilling #easyrecipes #dinner #steakrecipes

Tuesday: Korean Grilled Steak

Rosemary Peach Chicken in a White Wine Pan Sauce | @hbharvest

Wednesday: Rosemary Peach Chicken in a White Wine Pan Sauce

Basil Chicken Curry Zucchini Noodle Bowls | @hbharvest

Thursday: Basil Chicken Curry Zucchini Noodle Bowls

Pesto Zucchini and Peach Pizza with Burrata | #peach #pizza #summer #easyrecipes

Friday: Pesto Peach and Zucchini Pizza with Burrata

Check out all the past Favorites posts here.

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  1. Ah Thanks for the reminder to make the no-bake chocolate chip cookies! Next on my list to make for desserts 🙂

  2. My husband and I recently made the Chipotle Shrimp Cobb Salad with Jalapeño Corn Vinaigrette but using chicken in place of the shrimp and a nice gorgonzola for the feta. It was fabulous and who knew corn could be made into a dressing. Thanks for our new go to summer salad.

  3. I don’t think it’s LaGuardia or the weather that was the biggest issue. It’s United. I will NEVER EVER fly United. The staff are rude bordering on obnoxious and the food (in 1st class) was inedible. Everything about the whole experience was horrible. Plus, aren’t they the ones that had all the problems last year with kicking passengers off the plane? On a happier note, I love reading your nine favorite things. I always have to set aside a lot of time to get through all your great ideas. Thanks so much for putting such energy and thought into your posts. They and you are awesome.

    1. Hi Linda! I am so glad you are loving my nine favorite things and recipes! I hope you continue to enjoy them!

  4. I agree with the other posters – I have sympathy for fouled up travel days but the NYC area airports always have a lot of traffic. Yes, if there have been problems on the route network that means too many planes to fly. And 45 minutes on the runway at LaGuardia isn’t uncommon. The east coast had storms and even if they weren’t at LaGuardia it backs up everywhere. Frustrating but the airlines (not just United) aren’t liable for weather accommodation. The best advice would be to buy your tickets with a credit card that offers great coverage for this type of delay.

  5. Years ago I flew United all the time but within the last 10 years that airline has become the most difficult to deal with. After the last ordeal, I vowed NEVER to fly United again and I won’t. So, know you are not the only one
    with a problem with that airline. My favorite is South West if they are going anywhere you want to go. Keep cool!

  6. Were there thunderstorms in the area Wednesday night? My husband is a pilot and said that most airlines don’t give hotels for weather cancellations, not just United. He has been flying on the East coast a lot lately so he has had to deal with the weather issues too. It’s not fun for all involved.

    1. Hey Kacie!! No weather in the area, they said the flight was canceled due to air traffic control. Apparently, there was too much traffic in the sky to fly? No idea, but I made it and all it good! 🙂 Thank you!

  7. Tieghan
    I fly quite a bit for business and fly out of LaGuardia mostly.
    I feel your pain but I have come to realize that it’s not so much the airport as the city and the weather.
    Thunderstorms anywhere between New York and your destination get city will louse things up big time. Couple that with so many people coming in and out of NY and everything just gets backed up and delayed.
    My tip is to get the first flight out in the morning. They are usually on time.
    Safe travels home.

  8. Sorry about all your flight issues; and I wish you would’ve seen my comments on your last few posts before heading here to Cleveland.