Sheet Pan Chicken Shawarma with Sesame Sweet Potatoes and Hummus.
Thanks for joining me for another Nine Favorite Things post.
It’s February, it’s Super Bowl Sunday, and somehow the first month of 2019 has already come and gone. Shocker? No probably not, since we all know how fast time flies by thanks to our busy schedules. My main goal for February is to stop and smell the roses a bit more. Kind of fitting, seeing as roses are very popular this month. But seriously, I want to be better about enjoying things in the moment, not always looking on to what’s next. Can you relate?
Sometimes I’m so super focused on my goals, and all things HBH, that I can forget to celebrate the little things. Actually, let me rephrase, I do forget to celebrate the little things. So this month I want to work on pausing for a minute to enjoy things as they come, not just always just pushing forward to the next big project. Not going to lie, it will be a challenge for me, but I do love a good challenge.
February also brings fresh flowers, sweet chocolate treats, and the last full month of winter. Meaning cozy recipes and time spent outside in the snow…or snuggled in blankets, with plenty of hot cocoa.
So what are you looking forward to the most this month? Are there any Valentine’s Day recipes you’re dying to see?
Coming up this week on HBH, I’ll be kicking the week off with a healthy middle eastern inspired recipe. We’ll then be moving on to our first Valentine’s Day treat. On Wednesday I’ll be sharing a new Vietnamese recipe, and on Thursday, some killer street tacos. And for Friday? I honestly have no idea, but I’ll be sure to make it sweet and delicious.
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PS. What are you making for today’s game? May I suggest these fried buffalo goat cheese balls? Or maybe this party size Italian melt? Oh, and definitely these chocolate chip cookies stuffed soft pretzels.
1. Roses for February.
in my Sephora cart…Summer Fridays R + R mask.
need this candle…OVEROSE.
obsessed with…Biossance Squalane + Vitamin C Rose Oil.
mixing up…Rose Lemon Spritzer.
loving…Coco Rose Coconut Oil Body Polish.
on my wish list…Vanda Dress.
2. The Most Popular Recipe of January.
most popular: Indian coconut butter cauliflower
You know what’s funny about this recipe? The only reason I made this was because I was making classic butter chicken for my family over Christmas, but knew the vegetarian eaters would really appreciate a chicken free version. Enter this coconut butter cauliflower. As soon as I decided to make a “butter cauliflower”, I knew I needed to recreate it for the blog. It was just way too good not to share. Turns out you guys LOVED it. This recipe quickly became the most popular recipe. It’s easy, healthy, and most importantly, really delicious…ok and cozy too.
runner-up: chocolate chunk coconut banana bread
I only shared this recipe just last week, but man SO MANY of you have made this bread. I can’t tell you how happy that makes me. This is hands down my favorite banana bread recipe. I’ve made it at least 5 times already this month. It’s so yummy, so if you’re looking for something on the healthier side to bake up today, bake this bread.
have to mention: lemony garlic chicken and orzo soup
Oh this soup, I was hesitant to share another chicken soup, but this was too warming and wonderful not share. Especially with the frigid temperatures this month has brought…best (healthy) chicken soup.
3. Valentine’s Day Baking…
Whether you’re in a relationship or not, make Valentine’s Day fun with a little bit of baking.
4. Questions of The Week:
q: what is a typical workday for you? From start to finish?
a: it’s honestly different everyday. If I’m cooking, I’ll cook and photograph during daylight hours. Then I’ll catch up on computer work + writing the next day’s blog post at night. If I’m not cooking, it’s emailing, conference calls, brainstorming, planning, editing, things like that.
q: why don’t you move to New York?
a: I love NYC, and am always excited to travel to the the city, but I but love where I am! It’s hard to beat.
q: if a fan ever saw you in public would you want to say hi?
a: yes!! It’s so fun!
q: what is your FAVORITE thing about your job as HBH?
a: interacting with YOU all is my favorite. Seeing the recipes you’re making and hearing your stories!! I also love getting to cook and style food everyday.
5. New Videos:
Indian Coconut Butter Cauliflower…the vegan version of Indian butter chicken, and it is good!
Chicken Shawarma and Sweet Potato Fry Bowls…best for meal prep.
Crockpot Spicy Chicken Tortilla Soup….2 words to describe this soup? THE BEST. Oh, wait…and the EASIEST.
6. Inspiring Me On Pinterest.
photo from my home board.
from my home board.
photo from my beauty board.
from my style board.
photo from my Let’s Go Places board.
from my flowers board.
from my photos I love board.
photo from my inspiring board.
7. A Few Links I Am Loving…
why you should be using silk pillowcases…finally invested in this one.
how to detox your beauty routine…yes, please.
universally fail proof valentine’s day gifts…because v-day gifts are just fun.
Brooklyn Decker and Andy Roddick’s mountain getaway…absolutely gorgeous.
galentines painting party…the ultimate way to show love for your besties.
get that winter glow…the self tanners you need to know about.
9 signs of hormonal imbalance…and how to fix it.
the world’s most skilled florist…because I love flowers.
yes, brain fog Is real, and here’s how you can fix it…good to know.
8. A touch Romance with these Pieces…
9. This Week’s Dinners:
Monday: better than takeout 20 minute peanut noodles with sesame halloumi
Tuesday: sheet pan cuban chicken and black bean rice bowl
Wednesday: homemade vegetable potstickers with toasted sesame honey soy sauce
Thursday: instant pot sticky Korean chicken
Friday: easiest tomato basil penne with spicy Italian chickpeas
Check out all the past Favorites posts here.
Hi, that dog it’s my dog and his Instagram is @thecuriousmaxx ! Please, don’t forget to tag ?
Hi Ana! Im sorry about that, I just saw it on pinterest! I just checked out his Instagram, he is so cute!! Thank you! xTieghan
Hey Tieghan! Have you ever thought of doing a workshop or something in Denver? I’m not even sure what it would entail, but I think it would be so cool for local-ish people to be able to meet/cook/hang with you!
Hi Natalie! I have not, but I will look into it! I am thinking of hosting workshops at my studio barn in the future!
Hi Tieghan I love your blog and most especially the Nine Favourite Things posts. One thing I was wondering: I live in New Zealand, so completely opposite season to you! I do love the contrast, but was wondering whether it would be possible to do what one of the other bloggers I follows does. Specifically, at the end of her round up posts she has a tiny section for the other side of the world and includes three or four links to recipes that are specifically seasonally appropriate for us. I love to browse your website for recipes for my meal planning but sometimes would be nice to see recipes for say, salads not soups :-). Just a thought. Not sure how many other followers you have from other parts of the world so it may not be worth it for you.
Hi Monique! Yes, I love when you guys give me ideas on what you would like me to post! Thank you!!
I hope you’re doing well and enjoying 2019!! I’m sorry I haven’t commented in a while but HAVE been reading and thinking of you. ☺️ I thought I’d reach out and see how you’ve been. How are you? How are all of your projects going? Haha hows the snow? I agree that it’s good to stop and smell the roses a bit. I’ve also been trying to be more present and it’s helped a lot with feeling more like myself and being hopeful for the future. Talking to my mom and going on my walks everyday has also helped. 🙂 I’ve been listening to Oprah’s podcast, and she’s doing a series on the book A New Earth. It’s all about being present, conscious, and align with your true self. It sounds really good and I recommend it if you’re in need of some mindfulness and positivity. ☺️ Anyways, I hope all is well and am looking forward to this weeks post!
Hi Kristin! I am doing so well, just busy like always! How are you? I am so glad you have been figuring out ways to help you be more present and enjoy yourself! I would love to listen to that podcast and will check it out! Thank you!
Yes Tieghan, enjoy the moments! Loved that line. Our mom passed August 2018. 17 years after breast cancer, it came back with a vengeance 🙁 They celebrated their 50th two weeks before! I come from five. My husband comes from seven. His parents have been married for even longer 🙂 my point is that enjoying the moments is the best advice you can give yourself! I miss mom every day of every minute. But I know that she would want me to enjoy the moments now 😉 Always love reading your posts and fabulous recipes!! It’s also the best reading bloggers who are so invested in family. So thank you! 🙂
Hi Jennifer! I am so sorry to hear that. I hope you are doing well!! I am sure she is so proud of you and would be so happy to see you enjoying life! Thank you!!
I always get excited when nine favorite things pops up in my feed! I love those January recipes, too, especially since they are dairy free!
I am so glad you like nine favorite things! That makes me so happy! Thank you Annie!