Thanks for joining me for another Nine Favorite Things post.
I hope you have all been enjoying a long slow weekend with family and friends! Over here it’s been a snowy winter wonderland, so we’ve been decking the halls, baking, and doing a little holiday shopping. Thanksgiving Day was spent cooking from morning to night. I did not follow any of my own tips and ended up cooking all of the Thanksgiving meal on Thanksgiving Day. Luckily my family is not picky in the least. They all really enjoy all the Thanksgiving classics, so it’s not too hard of a meal.
I was so busy in the kitchen that I really did not pick up my phone all day long. It was nice not to be glued to Instagram. Sometimes I hate that I have to be so “on” all time and constantly checking my phone. So the break was needed and nice, but I’m bummed I didn’t even snap one photo throughout the day. Back to normal postings and daily updates now…can’t stay away too long.
It’s been a nice, and busy weekend. But I’m looking forward to diving back into work a bit today, and trying to get a head start on all things Christmas. We have some fun things planned for this month on HBH. A trip to NYC for an event…more details coming soon (NYC readers be on the lookout for a fun announcement this week). Our annual Sunday Homemade Holiday’s posts. And of course, plenty of holiday talk. I am so so excited the Christmas season is here!
Coming up this week on HBH, we’ll be kicking Monday off with a healthy spin on a classic Asian recipe. Sharing something perfect for a Tuesday snack. A new and simple twist on a past recipe. A casserole the entire family will love. A chocolate filled dessert. And, to kick off December on Saturday, a very festive cocktail.
Lastly, if you missed anything from this past week, be sure to sign up for our newsletter here. Hope you’re all having the best fall weekend, and enjoy this Sunday’s Favorites!
1. My December Bucket List.
This is in no particular order, but seeing as December is my favorite time of the year my bucket list is a mile long…
- make homemade gingerbread houses
- build a snowman
- decorate both my house and the studio (this needs to happen soon)
- have a Christmas movie night with my mom and little sister
- make hot cocoa and sip by the fire
- find a way to give back (any organizations you love?)
- walk through snowy central park and see all the lights
- do one thoughtful thing for someone every day all December long
- make homemade holiday scented candles
- find a fun and meaningful gift for my secret Santa
Question: what is your favorite thing to do in December?
2. November’s Most Popular Recipe.
This was HBH’s biggest month ever and it makes me so happy to see you cooking, baking, and enjoying all the recipes we share. When I receive your comments, direct messages on Instagram, and emails, sharing how much you love a recipe, it makes my day, and this past month has been filled to the brim with sweet messages. Thank you all so much for reading and recreating our recipes. All the support and love is what keeps fueling me to work hard every single day!!
Here are this months most popular recipes…
Hands down this was the most viewed recipe of the month. I was SO excited to see so many of you make and love this turkey recipe. It’s been my go-to for a few years now, and it’s looks like many of you have made it your go-to as well!
This one was a shocker to me. I LOVE brussels sprouts, but was shocked to see that so many of you guys do too. I thought this would be a recipe for a select few, but so many of you have made it and love it!
Runner Up: Healthier Instant Pot Coq au Vin
No surprise here, this one is easy, cozy, and healthy. Perfect for any night of the week.
3. My Favorite Cyber Monday Home Picks…
4. All the Christmas Movies I’m Dying To Watch.
I’m a sucker for a good Christmas movie, here are the ones I’m dying to watch. This list is a mix of the classics and the extra sappy Hallmark movies. The ones we all love so much…admit, you do.
The Classics (which will forever be my favorites)
- The Grinch
- Miracle on 34th street
- The Santa Clause (all of them)
- Home Alone (all of them)
- Eloise at Christmastime
- The Polar Express
- National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation
- A Christmas Story
- Homegrown Christmas
- Entertaining Christmas
- A Shoe Addicts Christmas
- Christmas at Pemberley Manner
- Christmas in Evergreen
- The Princess Switch
- The Christmas Chronicles
- A Christmas Prince: The Royal Wedding
Reader Favorites (thanks everyone – great suggestions!)
- The Man Who Invented Christmas
- Love Actually
- Christmas in Connecticut
- The Holiday
What Are your favorite Christmas movies?
5. New Video:
One-Pan Cheesy Spaghetti Pie…a family favorite that’s great for busy nights.
6. What I’m Baking This December.
Some of my favorite Christmas recipes from year’s past…
7. A few Links I am Loving…
the best face mask…if you need a refresh after this weekend.
a healthier chicken pot pie…it’s not too good to be true. promise.
28 things to do this winter…all about that snowball fight.
the day after Thanksgiving detox…down for some warming soup.
8. My Favorite Cyber Monday Fashion Picks…
9. This Week’s Dinners:
Monday: Easy Coq au Riesling
Tuesday: Winter Beet and Pomegranate Salad
Wednesday: Red Wine Cranberry Braised Short Ribs
Thursday: Crockpot Spicy Chicken Tortilla Soup
Check out all the past Favorites posts here.