Thanks for joining me for another Nine Favorite Things post.
Hey all and happy St. Patrick’s Day! Are you guys doing anything fun to celebrate? It’s funny, St. Patrick’s day in Cleveland is a pretty big deal. There is a huge parade and celebrations all day long. As a kid it was something my brothers and I looked forward to every March. And if St. Patrick’s Day fell on a school day, we’d do everything in our power to get mom to let us stay home and go to the parade. Again, the St. Patrick’s Day parade is a big deal in Cleveland.
I’m sure Denver probably celebrates big time, but up here in the mountains, St. Patrick’s Day is much more mellow. A special at an Irish restaurant, or wearing your finest greens on the mountain. Anyway, we’re not doing anything special. I’m making a roast and potatoes for some comfort food, because it’s been a seriously long week, with many highs, and some lows thrown in there too.
I know that some of you noticed there was no blog post on Tuesday. This was not a mistake or a technical glitch, but instead was very planned. As I mentioned last week, I’m on a pretty serious deadline for a fun project and in order to make that deadline I’ve had to cut back a bit on some other things, so 5 posts per week until April. Once April comes all will be back to normal. Promise! Already looking forward to sharing many fresh spring recipes and Easter sweets!
Lastly, if you missed anything from the past week, be sure to sign up for our newsletter here. Hope you’re all having the best weekend, and enjoy this Sunday’s Favorites!
1. March Favorites…
…loving this cookbook all about Italian food.
…really loving this Dr. Barbara Sturm cleanser it is PRICEY, but it works.
…I adore this market bag. perfect for spring produce.
…this is my current favorite candle.
…LOVE this simple tee from THE GREAT. it’s basic and perfect. worth the price tag.
…and I am dying to try this face oil.
What are you guys loving this month?
2. Inspiring Me on Pinterest.
the spring flower edition…
from my flowers board.
3. Spring Picks from Anthropologie.
4. Questions of The Week:
q: next place you want to travel to (for fun, not work!)?
a: anywhere warm! where should I go?? would honestly love a trip to Florida, Morocco, or Italy!
q: favorite pizza recipe?
a: this artichoke pesto and burrata pizza with lemony arugula or this khachapuri (Georgian cheese bread) with kale and herb sauce.
q: why Half Baked Harvest?
a: OK, this one is long. When I was 16 my mom and I were hiking together. I even remember the trail, it was one of our summers spent up at Mt. Hood in Oregon. anyway, she was encouraging me to start a food blog, since all I was doing in my free time was cooking. she came up with the “half baked” because my family is very “half baked”. by that I mean that we’re all over the place and a little crazy…actually a lot crazy. And FYI, “half baked” has absolutely nothing to do with marijuana, that never even crossed our minds back then.
The word harvest has always been one of my favorite words. It brings to mind family gathered together at the end of the day enjoying the harvested meal. oh, and I love half baked cookies too…soooo, Half Baked Harvest it was.
q: do you have people help you shop and clean up after cooking?
a: YES! I 100% could not do all that I do without help. My dad started working with mom and I at HBH gradually over the the years, but officially quit his day job a couple of years ago. He now does all of the grocery shopping, cleaning, and general production/heavy lifting/shit work for us. It’s the BIGGEST help. He’s currently he’s on call 7 days a week since I’m on a major deadline. So grateful!
q: what are your 3 favorite weeknight dinner recipes?
a: Parchment Baked Lemon Salmon and Potatoes with Dill Yogurt, One Skillet Filipino Coconut Adobo Chicken, Sheet Pan Chicken Shawarma with Sesame Sweet Potatoes and Hummus, Garlic Naan Grilled Cheese.
q: do you have professional training or did you teach yourself to cook?
a: I’m completely self-taught and learned everything I know by trial and error, and a heck of a lot of Googling. Everything I had questions about I Googled, and then started cooking. I am a very hands on and visual person, so I learn best by doing!
A Question for YOU guys: have you tried celery juice? If so do you love it? Should I try celery juice??
5. New Videos:
20 minute Caribbean shrimp tacos with roasted jalapeño pineapple salsa…favorite tacos. name says it all.
BEST crinkle top brownies…if there was ever a brownie recipe to have in your back pocket, it’s this one.
6. The Best Make Ahead Lunches.
A question I often get asked is what my favorite make ahead lunches are, so sharing my top 8!
7. A Few Links I Am Loving…
the best beauty tips you’ll ever read…this post is like a beauty bible. study it.
beachy waves in 7 minutes flat…dream hair.
10 cozy vegetarian dinners… that you can have on the Table in 30 minutes.
life on the farm with Tiffani Thiessen…I mean? it’s perfect.
Inspiring notebooks, writing utensils and planners…love and need this all.
3 spring flower arranging trends…pretty.
exactly how to Marie Kondo your skincare routine…for you skincare junkies.
the new Queer Eye loft Is 100% shoppable…very into it all.
vegan restaurants in Dublin…these all sound so good.
14 examples of beautiful Caribbean architecture…take me here. please.
5 things you didn’t know about Scarlett Johansson…for your Sunday fun.
8. Woven Bags for Spring…
9. This Week’s Dinners:
Thursday: saucy 30 minute thai basil salmon curry
Check out all the past Favorites posts here.