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How is tomorrow Memorial Day? This week was such a whirlwind that at this point, I really am confused as to what day it is. After a full week in LA (more on that below) I arrived home late Friday night and pretty much hit the ground running, continuing to work on my never-ending project. I keep thinking it’s finally finished…but then it’s not. After today, fingers crossed that I dotted all the i’s and crossed all the t’s, because I am really ready to be done. Other than that, I spent yesterday catching up a bit. I’m hoping to carve out some time to spend with my family tomorrow for Memorial Day.

What are you guys up to this Memorial Day weekend? If you’re still searching for recipe ideas, check out the links below to kick-off the first BBQ of the year!

I want to take a minute to thank all those who have served our country, and to remember those who have given their lives, to fight for a better life for us today. I hope you all take some time out tomorrow to thank those who bravely risk their lives daily to serve our country.

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 Nine Favorite Things!

1. LA Trip Recap. 

{with Laurel Gallucci and her sweet son Nico}

As most of you know by now, I spent this past week in LA. I think it was my longest time spent in the city. It was such a great week, but I was all over the place. Happy to be home for sure. And also very happy to have missed all the snow that fell in Colorado. Unfortunately, in looking at the forecast, I see that there is more snow in the future. Will it ever stop?

Anyway, I flew into LA Sunday afternoon and spent some time getting organized before the busy week ahead. I even got my nails done. Regrettably, about 30 seconds after walking out of the salon I already had them chipped…and that was that. If I’m being honest, I smudged them while in the salon too. I’m just not someone who can handle having their nails painted.

{with Chriselle Lim and her sweet daughter Colette}

Monday through Wednesday it was up bright an early (with a 4:45 am wake-up on Tuesday). We had back to back days of filming a new series we’re working on that will be coming to our Instagram (and the blog) very soon. I don’t want to give away all the details just yet. But we got together with some amazing people and filmed 8 new videos. We cooked delicious recipes and had some really fun conversations in between. I really can’t wait to share these fun videos with you all, and hear what you have to say! These videos are pretty different from our usual videos. You guys will actually get to see myself and a guest create a recipe together. Fingers crossed that you will love them!

We took Thursday off from filming. I had a couple of meetings (one of which was at Gjusta in Venice), a fun cocktail photo shoot, and caught up on emails in between.

Friday I filmed a segment with Hallmark Home & Family that will air tomorrow. We made my asparagus and brie puff pastry and I had the best time. Everyone on that show is overly kind and just makes things fun and easy. You can watch the segment here.

I ran straight from Home & Family to film one last video before flying out late Friday night. Me being me, I was of course, very stressed about my tight schedule. But thankfully it all worked out, and we ended the week with a very fun guest and cool video. So excited for it to all come together soon!

A pretty busy week, but also fun to be out of my kitchen. And not only out of my kitchen, but pushing myself out of my comfort zone too. I’m a homebody at heart though, so…happy to be home for sure.

But then also excited to be planning more videos, more projects, and more travel in the very near future. Always looking on to the next project!

2. Last Minute Memorial Day BBQ Recipes.

All the Appetizers

Roasted Caprese Burrata Sliders | halfbakedharvest.com #summerrecipes #appetizer #mothersday #burrata

caprese burrata sliders

asparagus and brie puff pastry

antipasto skewers with kale pesto

caprese burrata garlic bread

greek inspired antipasto platter

All the Sides

Pesto Potato Salad | halfbakedharvest.com #potatosalad #easyrecipes #pesto #summerrecipes

pesto potato salad

grilled corn, tomato, and avocado pasta salad

corn pudding with candied jalapeños

antipasto pasta salad with herby parmesan vinaigrette

spicy corn and peaches with burrata

All the Mains

Korean Grilled Steak with Toasted Sesame Chimichurri | halfbakedharvest.com #summergrilling #easyrecipes #dinner #steakrecipes

Greek lemon chicken

Moroccan chicken skewers

Korean grilled steak

honey bbq chicken and charred corn polenta

lemon and oregano grilled chicken

grilled pesto zucchini stuffed with tomatoes and orzo

grilled chili honey lime chicken and sweet potatoes with avocado salsa

southwest BBQ pork sliders

blackened salmon burgers

All the Desserts

No Fuss Lemon Tart | halfbakedharvest.com #lemontart #dessert #summer #nobake #easyrecipes

no fuss lemon tart

frozen peanut butter cup pie

triple layer ice cream surprise cake

strawberry bourbon shortcakes

s’mores chocolate mousse bars

cinnamon grilled peaches with mascarpone ice cream

jammy strawberry galette

Jammy Strawberry Galette | halfbakedharvest.com #strawberries #tart #summer #fruit #springrecipes

3. Favorites from the Anthropologie Memorial Day Home Sale…

4. Questions of The Week: 

q: how soon do you consume the recipes after making them?
a: I cook and photograph recipes during the day. Once I’ve finished photographing a recipe I’ll stick it in the fridge. It will be dinner that night or the following night, depending on what’s already in the fridge! So yeah, it’s technically leftover, but gotta do what you gotta do! If I’m testing recipes, a lot of times I’ll get friends and family into the studio to try things for lunch/afternoon bites. My mom’s personal favorite is when I make breakfast food…aka Dutch babies, French toast, etc.

q: if you suddenly hated cooking, what job would you pick?
a: I’d work in design. If not food styling then either styling interiors or fashion. Certainly something creative.

q: what is your favorite summertime cocktail?
a: I have so many, but here are a few…

strawberry hibiscus margarita 

blackberry bourbon smash

summertime rosè tequila sangria

spicy gingered mango margarita

5. Newest Videos: 

Sheet Pan Poblano Chicken Fajitas…my “back pocket” recipe when I have no time to cook.

Antipasto Mozzarella Sandwich with Lemony Basil Pesto…the spring and summer picnic sandwich that we all need.

6. Summer Recipe Request. 

Jammy Strawberry Galette | halfbakedharvest.com #strawberries #tart #summer #fruit #springrecipes

With June arriving next week, that can only mean summer is just a couple weeks away. Before we know it the days will be hot and our gardens will be bursting with fresh produce. When it comes to summer recipes, I feel like I have a pretty good idea of what you guys love and might want to see. But I’d really love to hear it from YOU!

What recipes, in particular, are you looking for this June? Comment below and leave all your suggestions!

7. A Few Links I Am Loving…

step inside Jessica Alba’s LA home…it could not be prettier.

all the best baking cookbooks…for summer weekends ahead.

the 10 best vacation books to read this summer…because it’s time to relax a little.

Jennifer Aniston making flip flops chic since 99′…proves you can never go wrong with flip flops.

Dolce & Gabbana has kitchen appliances…and they are extremely colorful. would you buy them?

the must-have weekenders to bring everywhere this summer…make sure you’re ready for all the weekend trips.

all the Memorial Day home sales…there are SO many.

the 10 most beautiful lakeside hotels in the world…a lakeside Italian getaway for me, please.

17 Amazing Places to Take Your Summer Vacation This Year…I would certainly love to visit Sardinia.

an unfussy Hamptons home…surely a summer spent here would be a good one.

15 easy recipes to bring to your summer BBQ’s…because it’s that time of year.

how to celebrate Memorial Day with gratitude…take some time to remember those who fought for our country.

12 DIY bathroom renovations…because I love a pretty bathroom.

25 famous women on the moment they made it…just kind of interesting.

8. My Favorite Dainty Jewelry…

I am not one to wear a ton of Jewelry, but when I do it’s more delicate. I got compliments all week long on my earrings and rings, so I thought I would share some of my favorite “dainty” pieces with you all.

9. This Week’s Dinners:

Honey Mustard Grilled Salmon with Avocado Basil Sauce | halfbakedharvest.com #grilling #salmon #summer #healthyrecipes

Monday: honey mustard grilled salmon with avocado basil sauce

Skillet Lemon Pepper Chicken and Garden Veggies with Feta and Basil | halfbakedharvest.com #chicken #easyrecipes #summer

Tuesday: skillet lemon pepper chicken and garden veggies with feta and basil

Wednesday: simple roasted red pepper pasta

Tropical Jerk Grilled Chicken with Charred Mango Salsa Verde | halfbakedharvest.com #chicken #grilled #easyrecipe #healthy

Thursday: tropical jerk chicken with charred mango salsa verde

Garden Greens Goddess Pizza | halfbakedharvest.com @hbharvest

Friday: garden greens goddess pizza

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