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We are less than two weeks out from the start of September and I am all things excited. September is one of my favorite months, as it’s the true start to fall. And along with September comes the four most magical months of the year…

Am I cheesy or am I cheesy?

It’s true though, September through December are the best four months of the year, and while I am slightly overwhelmed (but I am always overwhelmed, and generally work best this way), I am mostly excited. We’ve been working hard this week to complete the Studio Barn (which hasn’t been easy), planning out the holiday season (yes, holiday season…been basically thinking about the holidays since early July), and working on a couple of projects. We spent yesterday filming brand new video content, and will continue to do so today. On Monday I’m off to LA for the week for a photo shoot, a couple of meetings, and a fun event. I’m definitely going to have some down time in between everything, so LA people, let me know what’s best to do this time of year. Already on my list is hiking, the farmers market, and vintage shopping, but what else?!

Coming up this week on HBH we have lots of delicious late summer recipes. We’ll be starting the week off with an easy 20 minute back to school dinner that everyone will love, then moving onto something sweet and perfect for snacking, then on to a fresh new tomato recipe, and a big summer salad…that is dinner worthy. We’ll finish the week off with my new favorite waffle recipe to welcome in the weekend, so excited!

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Hope you all have a lovely Sunday and enjoy another round of my favorites! See you all tomorrow.

1. I Thought I was A True Harry Potter Fan…

But then I took this quiz and realized that one, my memory sucks, or two, I don’t know as much about Harry Potter as I thought. This was SO hard, I failed, how did you do?

PS. my favorite Harry Potter inspired recipes…

Forbidden Forest Chocolate Butterbeer Cake | @hbharvest

Forbidden Forest Chocolate Butterbeer Cake

Death Eater Negroni | @hbharvest

Death Eater Negroni

Pumpkin Butterbeer Hot Chocolate

2. My Favorite Podcast This Week. 

Oprah’s Master Class. Have you guys listened to this yet? The Justin Timberlake episode caught my eye and got me hooked. The Ellen DeGeneres episode will be released soon, can’t wait!

I am always looking for new podcasts to listen to while I am cooking and photographing all day long. I love learning while working and being super efficient with my time. So please, tell me your favorite, favorite podcasts, I need some inspiring ones!

3. Rearrange For Fall…

It’s pretty obvious I am beyond exited for fall, here are some of my favorite pieces to update your home for a fun fall refresh. Bring on all things cozy.

4. A Couple of Places I have Been Around the Web.

My favorite Superfood Smoothie. 

I am over on The Chriselle Factor sharing my go-to green smoothie that I make whenever I feel like my skin needs a little added glow. This smoothie is packed with greens, healthy fats, and lots of antioxidants. It will leave you feeling energized and your skin glowing, promise.

Grab the recipe here.

An Interview with The Kitchn.

I had so much fun sitting down with The Kitchn while in New York, read my full interview here.

5. New Videos:

Blueberry Chamomile Galette…this is the BEST!

Weeknight 20 Minute Spicy Udon NOODLES…easy, spicy, sweet, and my favorite.

Brown Butter Lobster with Kale Pesto Swirled Polenta and Tomato Bacon Pan Sauce….one word, YUM.

6. Negative Comments. 

What I love so much about creating recipes and sharing my stories is being able to interact with so many of you. It’s truly the best feeling in the world to receive a comment, Instagram message, or email excitedly telling me how much you loved a recipe, enjoyed my story, or loved our how-to videos. Receiving these interactions make all the hard work 110% worth it.

I recently received a comment from a reader that said she was annoyed I had yet to answer her question. She gave me a “one star” rating and it really bummed me out. Normally, I can brush these unfriendly comments off, but this one got to me. I work so hard to respond to all messages, it’s A LOT, and most nights I’m up well past midnight returning IG messages and blog comments. I love interacting with you guys, but weeks often get busy and I’m human, I fall behind too!

Constructive feedback is great to learn from, and I honestly love hearing your opinions, but I can’t always get back to everyone in the timely manner I wish I could. I felt this message took it too far. Did I really need a “one star” rating because I hadn’t had time to respond yet? If I stayed glued to my computer and monitored comments all day I wouldn’t be able to create new content for you guys. I’ve grown a pretty thick skin over the last six years, but I let this little comment get to me all week.

My bottom line? Just remember to be nice!

7. A few Links I am Loving…

10 fall cocktails to get you excited for September….yes. yes. yes.

what is intermittent fasting…the how to and the why.

how to get Miranda Kerr’s glow…hint it involves avocados.

17 strong female movie characters…if you need some inspiration.

a luxe villa in Coral Gables…the perfect Florida home.

Christian Dior’s favorite decorators…wow, and so pretty.

a mom of 7 shares her working mom tips…reminds me a bit of my mom (who is also a mom of 7).

14 easy pastry recipes…bring on the butter and good smells.

how to style a Target cardigan…so cute.

fall 2018 concerts you want tickets to…Maroon 5, Chris Stapleton, Justin Timberlake. Who’s on your list?

8. Boots to wear from late summer to late fall…

9. This Week’s Dinners:

Monday: 20 Minute Thai Basil Beef and Lemongrass Rice Bowls

Salsa Verde Chicken and Zucchini Enchiladas with Mango | #mexican #enchiladas #zucchini #summerrecipes #easy

Tuesday: Salsa Verde Chicken and Zucchini Enchiladas with Mango

Instant Pot Chipotle Cheddar Corn Chowder | #instantpot #corn #summerrecipes #soup #easy

Wednesday: Instant Pot Chipotle Cheddar Corn Chowder

Thursday: Greek Chicken Souvlaki and Rice Pilaf Plates

Caramelized Corn and Tomato Tarte Tatin | #simple #east #tomatoes #summer #tomatotart

Friday: Caramelized Corn and Tomato Tarte Tatin

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  1. It is obvious to anyone who visits your site, that you are incredibly hard working and committed. A food blog is so much more work than a regular blog where you just research and write…no shopping, no cooking, no clean up! With that said, like most women, you want everyone to be happy. Although you mentioned that the negative comments are disappointing, they are more than that, they are demoralizing. I would suggest you set stronger boundaries–let readers know that negative comments will not be tolerated and will be deleted.
    Hire an assistant to do that job for you, because you don’t deserve to have your peace of mind disturbed for one minute over someone’s petty need to be recognized. Don’t worry about stars….your recipes are so fantastic, just know it. I’m about to make a vegan version of your beautiful Chocolate Chip Zucchini Banana Bread:)

    1. Hi Barbara! I love that idea, but I do not want every comment that I do not like to be deleted. I like that my blog is open for all comments and interpretations from every recipe, even if it is a bit harsh. Thank you so much and I hope you LOVE the banana bread. Thats one of my favorites!

  2. Hey Tieghan thanks for your great work. My husband and I made your mahi mahi burrito bowls again last night. One of our favorites! Recently we started subbing tuna because mahi wasn’t in the grocery store? Equally delicious. Your recipes are on steady rotation in our house. Thanks for such delicious recipes. I’ve encountered some harsh people too recently. Annoying!

    1. Thank you so much Jennifer! I am so glad you have been enjoying my recipes and using different alternatives to some ingredients! I love when you guys try different things with my recipes, I think its so cool!

  3. My sister and I think your recipes are genius! We read your blog daily and it gives us inspiration for meals throughout the week! I especially look forward to to your Sunday “9 favorite things” Thanks for making cooking so fun and giving my sister and I something to enjoy and discuss together as we live far from each other ?

    1. Hi Dina! I am so glad you are your sister both enjoy my blog and get to connect from it!! I love that! I hope you both continue to enjoy my recipes and posts!

  4. Don’t let anybody get into you! No matter how hard you try, there will always be someone who is not satisfied. I simply love your recepies, your presentations, your inspiration and your blog. Thanks for sharing them with us.

    1. Thank you so much Berna! I am so glad you are enjoying my blog and recipes and truly hope you continue to!

  5. Made it to the last question on the Harry Potter quiz but didn’t get all of them. 🙁 Was confused because they left people off of their quiz list who could have been on it!! I love Harry Potter too, and love your HP themed recipes 😀

  6. How unfair that a person gave you a one-star rating for lack of response. As a blogger, I know how precious time is and how answering everyone is almost impossible. I used to comment all the time to your wonderful recipes and I would give them a five- star rating. Why if I hadn’t made the recipe? Two factors — the beauty of the presentation and experience in cooking and baking and just knowing how it would taste. So, instead of commenting I share your wonderful recipes with my readers and followers on Facebook. And yes, I have made quite a few of your recipes and they were wonderful. So let the negative vibes roll off and let all the positive thoughts from your loyal followers carry you on. XO
    p.S. you don’t have to answer

    1. Hi Marisa! I am so glad you understand this as well, it is just so hard to respond quickly sometimes! Anyway, you are so sweet and I am so glad that you enjoy my blog and support me! Thank you so much!

  7. I look forward to your recipes and Nine Favorite Things posts every Sunday morning. Thank you for all the work you do.
    I have found that when people are over the top in their negativity or try to make you feel bad for something ridiculous, it is usually a tactic to make themselves feel better about something, and truly has nothing to do with you. You are awesome, so keep up the amazing work!

    1. Thank you so much Amy! I am so glad you are enjoying my blog and honestly the nice words you shared mean more than you know!!

  8. Don’t let the negativity ruin your day! I look forward to your posts, your gentle spirit shines in every post.

  9. Don’t let the haters get you down! I have personally reached out to you twice and you have responded to me both times so kindly and in a very timely
    Manner, and I have seen you do so with others. I knew how busy you are and how many fans you have, and yet you still remain such a genuine humble person! It’s easy to harp on the negative comments, even if there’s only a couple., but try not to. There will always be people who choose to be negative. You’re human, and the ones who truly appreciate you and your content understand that. Keep on doing you, you’re amazing!!

    1. Thank you so much Jess! I truly appreciate your kindness and patience with me! I hope you continue to love my blog and the recipes I share!

  10. Don’t give yourself a hard time because of a negative comment. Having a blog and being active on social media means all sorts of people are going to see your content, some will be friendly and some will not. It’s just like working as a teacher, receptionist or any work where you have to deal with people. I think you are really sweet and that you are doing an amazing job so keep it up and don’t let that get you down.
    Sending my best wishes from Spain!

  11. I really look forward to reading your blog every day! Thank you so much for posting great content so often, so inspiring! 🙂
    And can I just say I also have your book and love it as well :):)

  12. Podcast-
    One part plant (yay Jessica!)
    Rich Roll podcast
    Podship earth – this one is bite sized with 30 minute episodes, new favorite for quick walks or doing things around the house. environmental focused & Jared’s voice is great, soothing even..

  13. Love reading your site with my cup of morning joe. Just keep smiling and don’t let one rudey ruin your day or week!

  14. I don’t comment much…but I alway try and read everyone of your post. Not only do I find the recipes super inspiring but I love the way you share each and every day:)