Thanks for joining me for another Nine Favorite Things post.

Nine Favorite Things |

Hey, hi and happy Sunday everyone! We are now one week into August, how’s it going thus far? This past week, while it was busy, was great…there are exciting things in the works. Plus the week was capped off with a fun segment on The TODAY Show. We’ve also got pretty summer weather, flowers, and peaches…just a few of my favorite things.

Everything work-wise is starting to pick up with fun projects and even a very special launch coming this fall. On the flip side, everything online is feeling a little slow these days. I’m hoping it’s because everyone is out enjoying the last full month of summer. I know many of you are packing up your bags and heading out on family road trips or camping weekends, which sounds amazing! My brother Malachi is actually camping this weekend in Morro Bay, which is right outside San Luis Obispo. It looks beautiful! See his photos below…

Pretty, right? I’m only just a bit jealous. But the good news is that here at home we’ve hit that time in August when our weather finally turns from a possible thunderstorm rolling through in the afternoon, to days full of sunshine and warm upper seventy-degree temperatures. It’s absolutely perfect. The next two months are my favorite time of year here in Colorado. We’ll have summer for a couple more weeks but come late August our weather starts to turn cool at night. The leaves start to change, and fall slowly creeps in. I can’t say I’m ready for fall, but it will forever be my favorite season, so I’m excited. And as I mentioned, we have a really fun launch to share very soon! Actually, we have two launches happening very soon. We also have a special family wedding back home in Cleveland in September too!

Kind of feeling like a kid in a candy store. Just overly excited!

Question: How about you guys? What’s keeping you smiling these days? Anything you’re looking forward to in the next couple of weeks?

And lastly, I recorded the Food Blogger Pro podcast a few weeks back and my episode is now live. You can listen here if you’re curious.

Coming up this week on HBH, we’ll be starting the week with another skillet dinner that might just involve those summer peaches. Then I’m thinking I may share a chocolatey sweet treat…or maybe a fun appetizer? What’s your pick? Then we’ll move on to a simple summer pasta, a fun and easy salad, and of course, we’ll be ending the week with something sweet. Lots of deliciousness!

Question: would anyone be excited if I shared a S’more recipe? But S’mores with a twist?

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1. Things i’m loving, wanting, and excited to try…

watching…Kendall Jenner’s AD house tour. I am in awe of her house. It’s so unique, calming, and I love the neutral tones.

excited to shop…that Nordstrom Anniversary Sale. I’ve been adding to my wishlist and am eying all the cozy fall knits.

ordered and love…these vintage teacups, this vintage pie server, and these pretty ceramic bowls (perfect for pasta!).

baking up…my cinnamon sugar peach upside down cake. On repeat.

loving…my dahlias from Flourish Flower Farm in Asheville North Carolina.

loving…Zara Home. Thinking about these towels. Love these plates and ordering this flora napkin.

excited to try…these probiotics. I have heard so many great things about taking probiotics. Do you take them?

re-ordering…this candle and this candle. They are cozy, but summery. Perfect for a late summer day.

loving…PEACHES. Especially the incredible peaches I received from The Peach Truck and Frog Hollow Farms.

wanting…these chunky Prada boots, but ordering these affordable (almost Identical) boots instead.

thinking about ordering…this Fendi bag that is 80% off. But do you like the white or the black? Fun Fact? I have my grandma’s love for designer bags. I don’t own any, but I still love them.

in need of…your music suggestions. I am horrible with music. How do I learn what I like? Where do I start? Send tips!

2. Top 9 Peach, Corn, and Zucchini Recipes…


Peaches and Cream Pretzel Pie | #pie #peach #summer #dessert #easy

Peaches and Cream Pretzel Pie

Skillet Brown Sugar Peach Cobbler | #peach #summer #easyrecipes #cobbler

Skillet Brown Sugar Peach Cobbler

Skillet Cinnamon Sugar Peach Upside Down Cake |

Skillet Cinnamon Sugar Peach Upside Down Cake


Instant Pot Chipotle Cheddar Corn Chowder | #instantpot #corn #summerrecipes #soup #easy

Instant Pot Chipotle Cheddar Corn Chowder

Sheet Pan Chipotle Cheddar Corn Chicken Enchiladas |

Sheet Pan Chipotle Cheddar Corn Chicken Enchiladas

Creamy Cajun Skillet Chicken Lazone with Herby Corn |

Skillet Creamy Cajun Chicken Lazone with Herby Corn


Chocolate Chunk Almond Butter Zucchini Bread |

Chocolate Chunk Almond Butter Zucchini Bread

Spicy Pesto and Cheese Stuffed Zucchini Involtini | #zucchini #cheese #Italian #easyrecipes

Spicy Pesto and Cheese Stuffed Zucchini Involtini

Cauliflower Gnocchi with Crispy Zucchini and Whipped Goat Cheese |

3. New for the kitchen…

4. favorite questions of the week…

q: Do you use different skillets for savory versus sweet dishes?
a: I probably should, but no I don’t. I just grab whichever skillet is clean.

q: If you didn’t cook for a living, what would you do?
a: I’d be in fashion or interior design. I always said I wanted to be a fashion stylist growing up. Making things “pretty” has been something I’ve loved for as long as I can remember. I used to put outfits together or rearrange rooms for fun. Now I put all that creativity into food. I’m very visual and as I said, I love making everything pretty and visually appealing. So either fashion or interior design!

q: What is your solution to wanting to cook delicious meals, but also having a tight schedule?
a: The HBH Super Simple cookbook. I shared so many quick and easy recipes in this cookbook. It’s perfect for anyone with a tight schedule. Another tip is to spend some time prepping food on your days off. There’s so much that can be done beforehand (like washing and chopping produce or cooking grains) to make weeknights super simple. And keep your pantry and freezer stocked with everything you need to create your favorite easy recipes quickly. You’d be surprised how much you can do with pantry staples.

q: What brand is your gold flatware?
a: It’s from Anthropologie. It’s back in stock now but sells out really fast.

5. latest recipe videos.

Easy Sheet Pan Tomato Herb Pizza…the video really says it all. Wait for the end.

Cinnamon Sugar Blueberry Crumb Bars…buttery, jammy, sweet, cinnamony, and layered with deliciousness.

And on Instagram Stories

Crispy Sesame Ginger Potstickers

Spicy Pesto and Cheese Stuffed Zucchini Involtini

Sheet Pan Hawaiian Pineapple Shrimp Tacos

Skillet Cinnamon Sugar Peach Upside Down Cake

Cheddar Corn Stuffed.Jalapeño Poppers

6. Inspiring Me On Pinterest.

(Photo via Floret Flower. You can also purchase these!)

(photo via AD)

Sources unknown, but all found via Pinterest. Please let me know if you happen to know the exact sources.

Question: what photos, quotes, people, places, etc. are inspiring you guys this week?

7. favorite links i’m loving…

Chip & Joanna Just Dropped Their Fall Target Collection…and it’s good. Of course.

12 Newsletters Worth Subscribing to Right Now…excited to subscribe to a few of these.

The 13 Best Beauty Buys From Nordstrom’s Anniversary Sale…add them to your wishlist now.

These Fall Boots Are Already On My Wishlist…love fall boot season.

10 Things to Do If Your Confidence Needs a Major Boost…love these tips and need to work to use them myself.

16 New Trader Joes Products We’re Stocking Up On…eye that Labneh and Sweet and Spicy Pineapple BBQ Sauce.

How to Improve Your Relationship…when you’ve been stuck together for months.

6 Fall Basics…yep, guess I’m ready to start fall shopping.

Flower Personality Test…I think I am a hydrangea, how about you?

6 Tools for Rethinking Life’s Toughest Challenges…change is hard for me, so taking notes.

12 Under-$30 Summer Dresses on Amazon…love this breezy sundress.

Another Season of Fixer Upper…I never watched this, but I plan on watching them all now.

How to Treat 10 Common Skin Concerns…all your questions answered.

The Best Design Coffee Table Books…ordering Down To Earth, love the cozy cover.

10 Science-Backed Ways to Boost Your Mood…if you need to smile today.

9 Fabrics That Deserve a Place in Your Fall Wardrobe…love this cozy knit.

How to Mix and Match Pillows…I love a couch or bed full of pillows so this is perfect.

Why Do I Always Think Everyone is Mad at Me…the question I ask myself all the time.

8. New Finds From H&M…

End of summer/early Fall clothing…

All the accessories..

Summer Travel/Overnight Bags…

9. this week’s dinners…

Crispy Sesame Ginger Potstickers with Chive Chili Sauce |

Monday: Crispy Sesame Ginger Potstickers with Chive Chili Sauce

Cherry Tomato Pesto Polenta with Fried Halloumi |

Tuesday: Cherry Tomato Pesto Polenta with Fried Halloumi

Weeknight 30 Minute Coconut Curry Chicken Meatballs | #curry #meatballs #healthy

Wednesday: Weeknight 30 Minute Coconut Curry Chicken Meatballs

Corn, Tomato, and Avocado Pasta Salad | #pasta #summer #pastasalad #easy

Thursday: Corn, Tomato, and Avocado Pasta Salad

Spicy Pesto and Cheese Stuffed Zucchini Involtini | #zucchini #cheese #Italian #easyrecipes

Friday: Spicy Pesto and Cheese Stuffed Zucchini Involtini

Blueberry Lemon Thyme Smash |

Saturday Sip: Blueberry Lemon Thyme Smash

Cinnamon Sugar Blueberry Crumb Bars |

Sunday Baking: Cinnamon Sugar Blueberry Crumb Bars

Finally, check out all the past Nine Favorite Things posts here.