30 Minute Korean Beef and Peppers with Sesame Rice.
Thanks for joining me for another Nine Favorite Things post.
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
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
Tuesday: Salsa Verde Chicken and Zucchini Enchiladas with Mango
Wednesday: Instant Pot Chipotle Cheddar Corn Chowder
Thursday: Greek Chicken Souvlaki and Rice Pilaf Plates
Please don’t let that one reader’s comments get you down! You are awesome and don’t ever forget that. Your recipes always inspire me. Keep on doing what you are doing. Most of your followers, like myself, believe you deserve 5 STARS*****.
That is so sweet! Thank you so much Mary Kay!
Very interesting things
Hi from Portugal. Haters will hate no matter what. Just don’t let it get to you. So many of us love all the things you write. I love all your posts especially Nine Favorite Things ! Thank you
Thank you so much Maria!
Boss files with poppy Harlow has some really interesting stories about women ceo and entrepreneurs! Being that you are one yourself this makes for inspiring stories.
Im not super good at giving compliments …but my friends and i follow many blogs and your photos are by far the most inspiring ever!!! (Not to mention your mouthwatering recipes) Keep up the awesome work, so many ppl look forward to it every day :):)
Love your true inspiration and art that you create being from life, it gives your work so much depth each picture isnt just the food but a ‘moment’.
Thank you so much Mojo! I am so glad you love my photos and recipes and I hope you continue to!
The corn and tomato tarte tatin is on my list to make this week!! I have all the fresh produce ready from my garden 🙂
Perfect! I hope you love this Brittany!
I just bought your cookbook and am savoring reading through each and every recipe & picture! How can I even decide which recipe to try first? It is truly the most beautiful cookbook I’ve ever seen! Thanks! (And no reply requested or expected)!
Wow thank you so much Dawnya! I am so glad you are loving the book and please let me know what you make first!
The quality and quantity of your content is always impressive. I’m sorry to hear that someone lashed out at you for not responding to their comment immediately, you clearly work really hard at your job! I agree with your sentiment about being kind. It reminds me of the old saying (I’m sure I don’t have this entirely right, but close enough) “in a world Where you can be anything, be kind.”
Thank you so much Anne! This is so nice to hear!
People who feel entitled to receive a reply, either at any time at all or especially within a time frame they have set for you, are not living in the real world – it is very obvious how much you have on your plate and it is completely unreasonable and disrespectful for someone to behave that way. If I have received negative feedback on my work from someone in the past, I usually first think about whether the person giving me the feedback respects me and my work – if they do, I take it to heart. If they don’t, not worth my time to fret over. Perhaps easier said than done but also easier to let go when you think about where the person’s head is at when they gave you the feedback. And in your case with this negative comment, it seems pretty obvious that this person’s head was in the clouds regarding what you owe them personally.
I know with your job your readers are essentially like your “clients” and you want to deliver on the commitments you make to your clients, like you would in a traditional work environment – but if you worked in an office, this person is the one coming by your desk demanding a poster for the company Christmas party by 2pm when it’s actually August and you have 15 important deadlines to make by the end of the week.
Hi Robyn! I completely agree with this and thank you for sharing! I am so glad you understand that it is hard to reply in a timely manner sometimes!
You should never have to feel like you owe people responses to comments – I am amazed that you try to respond to everything with all that you are doing! People who feel legitimately entitled to responses at all, let alone quick responses, must have no life and not understand what it’s like to have things to do other than sit online. Those people don’t see content creators as human beings who are working a job like anyone else. If you get more comments like this in the future just remember that these people aren’t living in the real world with their expectations and attitude, and you don’t need to pay attention to criticism from people who don’t respect your job.
Thank you so much Robyn! This is really sweet and nice to hear! I hope you continue to enjoy my blog and posts!
Tieghan! You are #allthegoals! Your posts always make me happy and your recipes are delicious! Your attention to detail and creativity are inspiring. I admire your down to earth attitude despite being so successful and famous at such a young age. Thanks for sharing that you feel annoyed by trolls. Your authenticity is part of what makes you so relatable and interesting. But please do not let the haters bring you down! They’re just jealous and they’re not paying rent so I hope you evict them from your head! 🙂
Thank you so much Stephanie! I am so glad you are enjoying my blog and posts!
OK, you do not owe anyone reasoning for why you haven’t responded to them online, you ARE human and you HAVE a life – if you wanted to take three weeks off i’d miss your recipes and general chatty content, but if it meant you were taking care of yourself and hanging with your fam – I’d be like “cool, I get it – enjoy girl!!”, I know it’s’ easier said than done, but try to forget about that person – and lets be real – as IF they’ve never forgotten to reply to someone…c’mon!!
Also – HOW HARD IS THAT HP QUIZ!?!?!!!
Rebecca | http://www.peppermintdolly.com
Rebecca! This is so sweet and I totally agree with this! Thank you so much!
I came across your blog when we were in Colorado this summer on vacation from Cincinnati and it was written up in a local magazine. It is amazing – actually beyond amazing. I cannot imaging who would give you a one star rating?? Someone who has no sense of the detail and depth you put into your blog. I am a teacher and the blog reminds me of creating a lesson plan – it is a LOT of work to get it right! I teach high school students a business and marketing program – and you would be so inspirational to them! If you are ever this way (it is 4 hours from Cleveland though) please let me know and you are on a guest speaker! You are a 5 star in my gradebook! (that is an A+ 🙂
This is so sweet Susan! It is so nice to hear that you understand how hard it can be sometimes to get everything done on time! I will definitely let you know about this if I am in Cincinnati! Would it be possible for you to send me an email so I can have your contact?
I’m a big fan of your blog and especially your recipes. People are so impressed with the taste and look of the dishes I’ve made from your recipes. I have one concern, however. There’s been so much talk about GMOs and their adverse effects on your health. Two really dangerous culprits are soy products and corn. What I’ve read is that virtually all soy and corn is GMO and even though it’s labelled organic the health benefits are still questionable. Something to think about.
Hi Linda! I will look into this further, thank you for commenting!
Tieghan, you and your blog team are shining stars, a big, beautiful five-star shining constellation.
If it helps, I like to think that when somebody pushes my button, it’s because I stuck it out there. I read this concept from Abraham Hicks. I have a big red button sticking out there, and why am I so surprised when somebody pushes it? It’s a way to gently laugh at yourself for being sensitive, and to realize *you* are the only person you can affect.
Haters gonna hate, but also lovers gonna love. You are loved. Love yourself, and retract your button.
I LOVE THAT! Thank you so much Julie! I am so glad you commented this because it is so true!