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Chocolate Layered Zebra Mousse Cake | halfbakedharvest.com @hbharvest{moms favorite zebra cake}

Thanks for joining me for another Nine Favorite Things post!

And Happy Mother’s Day! Hope you guys are all spending the day either enjoying your own kids, spoiling your mom, or just relaxing away!

I’m spending the day with my mom in San Diego along with all my brothers, Asher, my dad, and my cousins. Hoping to make a small brunch spread later this morning or at the least take mom out for brunch…just waiting for everyone to wake up to see what the game plan is. What are you guys up today?

I have been loving my time here in San Diego with my family. We’ve been all over the place, but the highlight for me so far was definitely the Little Italy farmers market my cousin took me to yesterday morning. I so wish we had a market even half as large up in Summit County, CO…thinking it’s really time to get started on the garden for the summer! <–goals.

Hope you all have a great day today. I’ll see ya tomorrow for a new recipe that’s perfect for BBQ season! Here are nine things I’m loving this week.

1. Speaking of gardens, I’m finding these two guides on how to plan a vegetable garden and  how to produce a lush garden on a budget really helpful. I would love to have a herb and edible flower garden this summer, but because of where I live in the mountains, it can be really hard to keep things from freezing overnight. Does anyone else have this problem? Do you have any tips for me? I spend so much money on produce, but especially on herbs and edible flowers (you guys know how much I love my edible flowers), so growing some of my own has been something I have really been wanting to do! <–tips and tricks are greatly appreciated! PS. this is my favorite “garden bag” that I would carry with me everywhere if I actually had a legit garden. Instead I’ll probably just be taking it to Whole Foods and the Farmers Market and pretending all that produce loaded in it actually came from my own garden…

2. I have never been much into reading books…well, unless it’s the Harry Potter series, in which case I will sit down and read each book cover to cover…never enough Harry Potter if you ask me. Somewhat oddly, I also listened to the Twilight series on tape (yep, I’m not even embarrassed to admit that I also loved the teen drama). ANYWAY, other than those two sets of books, I’ve really never been one to read books for enjoyment. My mom keeps telling me it’s such a great way to escape from life and remove yourself from the world that is social media. But up until now I have listened. BUT, I am loving this list of 16 great summer reads. Maybe whenever that day comes that I finally hit the beach in Hawaii I will follow my mom’s advice and pull some books from this list? The Rules Do Not Apply by Ariel Levy sounds super interesting to me. What are you guys reading?

3. Any of you guys doing some Sunday meal prep for the week? I was really intrigued by this article on how to meal prep in 90 minutes.

4. Speaking of that Hawaii trip…here are the best “underground” spots in Hawaii that you need to know about. Clearly Hawaii needs to be on my list as a potential destination for my next tropical vacation, the one that I really need to get lined up for this summer! OK, and speaking of summer, Memorial Day is right around the corner, and that means cocktails are going to be on the menu. Here are some of my favorites right now…

Tropical Strawberry Hibiscus Rum Smash

Tropical Strawberry Hibiscus Rum Smash | halfbakedharvest.com @hbharvest

Kombucha Mojitos

Kombucha Mojitos | halfbakedharvest.com @hbharvest

Rhubarb Passion Margarita

Rhubarb Passion Margarita | halfbakedharvest.com @hbharvest

Lemony Lime Island Mango Mezcal Breeze

Lemony Lime Island Mango Mezcal Breeze | halfbakedharvest.com @hbharvest

5. New videos: my favorite (and reader favorite) blueberry vanilla greek yogurt granola bars.

6. For those of us not fortunate enough to live in Nashville, and for all those who probably didn’t get a chance to watch me live on Thursday, here is the video clip of me making some of this yummy french toast on Today in Nashville. I am totally awkward, but I had so much fun, and I cannot wait to travel back to Nashville, it’s such a fun and beautiful city. I loved that if you made one wrong turn you could easily come across farm land and horses, but yet still be close to a major (cool) city. I also loved seeing all the blooming flowers everywhere I turned. So pretty!

7. I will be in LA tomorrow and Tuesday for some meetings. I’m staying with my brother, and the days are a little jam-packed, but does anyone have recommendations for a fun hike? I still have yet to make it out to Malibu, and I’m thinking I need to make a stop at Malibu Farm and maybe do a fun hike there? I just need to find the time to fit it in! Hoping for some sunny skies!

8. Favorite pin/style finds of the week: loving this fun dress and this knotted hair style.

9. This week’s dinners: 

Charred Tomato and Corn Pesto Pasta

Charred Tomato and Corn Pesto Pasta | halfbakedharvest.com @hbharvest

Baja Fish Tacos with Chipotle Mango Salsa

Baja Fish Tacos with Chipotle Mango Salsa | halfbakedharvest.com @hbharvest

Loaded Greek Quinoa Salad

Loaded Greek Quinoa Salad | halfbakedharvest.com @hbharvest

8 Ingredient Cheesy Green Chile Chicken

8 Ingredient Cheesy Green Chile Chicken | halfbakedharvest.com @hbharvest

Easiest Lemon Ricotta Asparagus Ravioli

Easiest Lemon Ricotta Asparagus Ravioli | halfbakedharvest.com @hbharvest

Bonus: Blackberry Swirl Muffins with Honey Butter

Blackberry Swirl Muffins with Honey Butter | halfbakedharvest.com @hbharvest

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  1. Hey! You must read Sarah J Maas books! Her Throne of Glass series and A Court of Thornes and Roses! So so good!

  2. You might like Cassandra Clare’s books. She has several series with the same general theme and characters al involving both vampires and warlocks! I listen to the audiobook versions while I work and in the car.

  3. Hiya!
    Love your work! About your freezing problem, I agree with Shannen and would also recommend the use of a glass cloche to protect small tender plants until the night-time temps begin to warm. It works as a tiny greenhouse, very cute, very old school. You can as achieve the same effect with halved milk jugs or any other clear plastic bottle. A variation on this method (winter-sowing) is how I sow my summer vegetable and flower seeds in February.
    Alternatively, many vegetables enjoy a bit of a chill, especially greens. I bet you could grow some fabulous lupines where you live. Good luck!
    Cheers!!

  4. Hey, I live in Northern BC (13 hours north of Vancouver) on the pacific coast so I totally here you on the whole ‘growing things is tough because of the weather’. For any plants that might not be able to brave the colder nights, I use gallon – 2 gallon sized buckets (or whatever size you need to fit your plants) and put them upside down over the plant to act as a small personal greenhouse for cold days and at night….this also keeps the monsoon rainforest rains that we get here away from the stalk and surface roots of delicate plants like tomatoes that will rot if too wet, but the deeper roots still get the water that hits the rest of the garden soil and seeps down. This is a centuries old Mennonite trick and they always have the nicest tomatoes.

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