Thanks for joining me for another Nine Favorite Things post.

snowy woods

I’ve been sitting here for a good ten minutes or so just staring off, wondering how best to start today’s Favorite’s post. The first sentence is always the hardest for me to get out, and often times I’ll write it only to come back and adjust it…or even delete it. I don’t consider myself a writer, but yet I write something new seven days a week. It’s kind of crazy when I think about it, but even though I much prefer creating new content for HBH, I’ve also come to love the writing too. I might ramble on (a lot) and not write the “proper” way, but I make it work, and to me, that’s really all that matters.

It’s true what they say, practice makes perfect. If you’re looking for a good laugh, or a trip down memory lane, scroll though my posts from November and December 2012. These posts horrify me…but I kind of love them too. I was so young!! Things have certainly come a long way here at HBH!

Anyway, I hope you’ve all had a great start to November. Ours has been chilly and snowy and I’ve loved every minute of it. This is my favorite time, and I love how cozy it is here. I’ve been spending my days cooking, my nights writing, and in general just running around looking like a crazy person (for real though). My calendar is filling up for the holiday season, as I’m sure yours is too, exciting! What are you all looking forward to most?

Coming up this week on HBH, I’ll be sharing the remaining of my Thanksgiving recipes! We have a new sweet potato soup coming, my secrets for the BEST popovers, a new twist on the classic stuffing (that makes it so much better), an easy dinner, that’s cozy and great for the family, my Thanksgiving pie, and then rounding it all up with another cocktail!

Lastly, we are so saddened by the devastating fires in California. Sending everyone in the area…my brother, his fiancé, and her entire family included…prayers and big hugs from Colorado. Consequently, if you’re looking to lend a helping hand, here are a few options: United Way LAVentura County Community FoundationHumane Society of Ventura County, Red Cross. Above all, stay safe CA!!

1. Thanksgiving Tablescape Inspiration. 

Setting the table is one of my very favorite things to do. In last Sunday’s, Thanksgiving Menu, I shared a glimpse of what my place settings for this year’s Thanksgiving table will look like. This Sunday, I thought I’d share some of the tablescapes I’ve found on Pinterest that are inspiring me. I love getting creative and thinking outside the box when it comes to tablescapes. So don’t be afraid to try something new this year. Take inspiration from these tables and create something beautiful this Thanksgiving!

{photo via Emily Henderson

{photograph via Emily Henderson

{photo via Emily Henderson

{photograph via pinterest}

{photo via pinterest}

{photograph via Camille Styles}

{photo via Camille Styles}


{photograph via Camille Styles}

2. October’s Most Popular Recipe.

Last week I shared our 2018 Thanksgiving menu, so I never got a chance to share October’s recipes favorites. I shared some of my favorite recipes, but here are the ones you all loved the most…

Slow Cooker Herbed Chicken and Rice Pilaf | halfbakedharvest.com #slowcooker #easyrecipes #chicken #wildrice #healthy #fallrecipes

The Favorite: Slow Cooker Herbed Chicken and Rice Pilaf

I feel like I say this so often, but the popularity of this recipe surprised me so much! You guys LOVED this one. I get it, it’s so good, but I was so hesitant to even post this because it’s not one of my prettiest recipes. That said, it’s a truly delicious dinner that’s cozy, so easy, and a family favorite. If you’ve yet to make this one, it’s great for November and December too!

Coconut Sweet Potato Lentil Soup with Rice | halfbakedharvest.com #soup #healthy #dinner #autumnrecipes #vegan

Runner Up: Coconut Sweet Potato Lentil Soup

It’s healthy, it’s warming, and it’s GOOD. Bonus? You have an excuse to make homemade naan. Because this soup + naan is the best combo, you really need to try it. You do.

Spiced Pumpkin Maple Latte | halfbakedharvest.com #pumpkinspice #pumpkin #latte #fall #autumn #healthy

My Personal Favorite: Spiced Pumpkin Maple Latte

The coziest.

3. Anthropologie’s Holiday Collection is Here.

And this is what I ordered…

What will you guys be buying? I am such a sucker for anything holiday!

4. Thanksgiving Tip: shop early! 

If you follow along on Instagram stories then you know I’m sharing a new Thanksgiving tip every single day, along with a tip from HBH readers too! I loved hearing all your Thanksgiving tips. Therefore, I thought I’d share some here with you all too!

My favorite from this past week was to grocery shop early!

Grocery shopping the day before or on Thanksgiving Day is hands down, the worst. Don’t do it. Get as much as you can a week or more in advance (things like booze, canned goods, etc.) and then anything perishable get on Monday or Tuesday. Shop early guys! And another tip? Make Amazon your best friend.

5. New Videos:

Pumpkin and Pesto Cheese Stuffed Shells…my new go-to pasta.

Homemade Chicken Noodle Casserole…Gerard family classic

Fall Harvest Honeycrisp Apple and Kale Salad…everyone’s favorite salad.

6. The Best Hostess Gifts.

Nothing beats a thoughtful hostess gift, these are my favorites:

7. A few Links I am Loving…

a rustic modern barn house in Round Top, Texas…can I just move in, please?

career advice from Alli Webb…if you need inspiration, read this.

21 gorgeous fireplaces…so cozy.

how to redirect anxiety…found this so helpful.

25% off holiday decor at Target…yes please. I am ready to decorate.

15 recipes perfect for holiday entertaining…yum.

every look from the Victoria Secret fashion show…will you watch on December 2nd?

4 ice hotels to stay at this winter…hmm, looks cool, sounds cold. 

make ahead Thanksgiving appetizers…make ahead is always best.

5 things you didn’t know about Emily Blunt…like that fact that she’s playing Mary Poppins.

23 non basic skinny jeans…because everyone needs a good skinny jean.

8. Favorite Cozy Hats…

9. This Week’s Dinners:

Slow Cooker Creamy Wild Rice Soup with Butter Roasted Mushrooms | halfbakedharvest.com @hbharvest

Monday: Slow Cooker Creamy Wild Rice Soup

Sweet Potato Pie Dutch Baby | halfbakedharvest.com @hbharvest

Tuesday: Sweet Potato Pie Dutch Baby…breakfast for dinner!

Skillet Roasted Moroccan Chicken and Olive Tagine | halfbakedharvest.com @hbharvest

Wednesday: Skillet Roasted Moroccan Chicken and Olive Tagine

Shredded Brussels Sprout Bacon Salad with Warm Cider Vinaigrette | halfbakedharvest.com #brusselssprouts #salad #thanksgiving #fall #winter #healthy

Thursday: Shredded Brussels Sprout and Bacon Salad

Spicy Poblano, Black Bean, and Quinoa Enchiladas | halfbakedharvest.com @hbharvest

Friday: Spicy Poblano, Black Bean, and Quinoa Enchiladas

Check out all the past Favorites posts here.

PS. if you’re looking for a good drink option to try, test out my spiced cranberry rosé spritzers!

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