Nine Favorite Things. – Half Baked Harvest


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Nine Favorite Things – Oslo, living that island lifestyle 

Here’s something crazy to consider we had negative temperatures last night, but tomorrow is the first official day of spring! Time for that warmer weather, lighter, spring showers, and May flowers! I made the trek over to Whole Foods on Friday and picked up every last bunch of white and yellow ranunculus. It’s winter outside, but spring inside and I’m all about it! This is silly, but flowers really can make me so happy at the end of the day, I just love them.

Speaking of spring, did daylight savings time mess with you at all this week? This year, more than ever, I really felt it. It threw me off all week from morning to night. But I’m so thankful for that extra hour of daylight, it is so nice!

Honestly, not much to report this week. I’m just getting ready for a couple weeks of travel so my days are a lot of cooking, grocery shopping, and cleaning since I’m on my own this week. My family is in the Caribbean enjoying some time away and in the sun, which both my mom and dad really needed! My mom especially. I’m sharing some of their photos (above) and below. Not everyone could make this trip, only Creighton, I mean, of course…does he ever miss a family trip? Plus Asher and Oslo sibling-wise, and then my cousin Abby joined in as well.

They started in St.Lucia and are currently in the Grenadines, but heading to Saint Vincent next. Looks and sounds like they are having fun! Oslo sure loves the warmth too!

Let see, hmmm, OH, I know, this is so fun and so amazing to see, but almost an entire year after its release, the HBH Every Day cookbook made it back onto the New York Times best sellers list this week. This brings it up to 34 weeks on the list. Which I’m told breaks some records. Very cool! If you didn’t get a copy, Every Day is, crazy enough, still marked down to $15 on Amazon. And actually, the 1st book, The Half Baked Harvest Cookbook is marked down to $16. And the second book, Super Simple is at $18 (an Amazon editor’s pick too!) So snag up any of those books you may have been thinking about purchasing while they last!

Lastly, I wanted to take a minute to thank you all for the kindness and outpouring of support last week. I only mentioned one thing about feeling a little sad and down over some negative comments, but you all just had the sweetest messages for me. Thank you! I am thrilled you are still enjoying the content I share. It makes me so happy to know!

Ok, that really is all I got for you this week. We’re keeping the post short this week since my mom’s on vacation, but sharing some fun links below! Happy Sunday, and happy Spring!

Nine Favorite Things |

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

loving…APL spring time discount! Excited to share that APL is offering you all 15% off your next APL order! Everyone is ALWAYS asking me for an APL discount code, well it’s finally here!

Use code HBH15 at checkout for 15% off your order.

The code starts on Saturday, March 18th at 12 am and will run for 24 hours ending tonight, Sunday, March 19th at 12 am. There is a one-time use limit per customer.

My favorite style is the TechLoom Wave. I usually get the black, but I have a few of their fun colors too. I also love the TechLoom Breeze style and the TechLoom Bliss. And you can never, ever have too many of the slides + socks. My family lives in these.

Nine Favorite Things |

everything in my cart (low)…I love the red shade of their midi sheath dress, so pretty. This midi pencil skirt is a great everyday skirt. Oh, but I love this pretty pleated mini skirt too. Fun for day or night.

This asymmetric cut out top is fun. This crewneck is good for everyday looks and it comes in multiple colors too. Last up, these heeled metallic leather slides are super cute and on-trend. A great affordable find. Oh, but they would be cute with this denim skirt.

Oh, and I could live in this casual, cozy relaxed voluminous sweatshirt from & Other Stories.

Ok ok, and for $9 we all need these Cashmere Sport Short Socks. Cute and cozy!

listening to…How To Rid Your Home Of Things That Are Harming You. Learned so much from this episode. Highly recommend listening. 

dreaming of going to…Fashion Royalty Christian Louboutin’s new Portuguese Village Hotel. So stunningly pretty and unique. I would love to visit someday and we’ve never been to Portugal. My mom would love it. Could be a fun girls’ trip? You can book a room at the hotel here.

excited to…start doing some juicing! I made celery for the first time 2 days in a row. More updates to come on my “juicing” path soon.

ordered…Malley’s Chocolate. We’re originally from Cleveland and we order Malley’s Easter candies every year. Nothing is better.

shopping…Gjusta goods. Oh my goodness, such cute dishes. Loving these J. Lin-Hsein Kung Whiskey Drinker, but sadly they’re sold out. In stock are these Oaxacan Double Rocks Glass in smoke. They don’t have a ton of products, but they have such cute items. Also, Free People has cute home items too! Sometimes you can find some real gems.

everything in my cart beauty…excited to try these Revitalizing Gold Infused Hydrogel Eye Masks, they have such good reviews! Ordered the OUAI Fine Hair Shampoo and Conditioner. I’m finally trying the brand everyone has been recommending! 

And in my cart, the Dr. Dennis Gross Pro Facial Steamer. I have been wanting this for a while. It might be time.

loving…Cymbiotika minerals. The Cymbiotika products are yet another thing I talk about all the time. I’m always receiving questions about Cymbiotika too. These are my daily vitamins and I swear, they are the secret to traveling and staying healthy. I take the Vitamin B12 + BC (boosts energy, supports heart health, and generally is a vitamin most women are lacking). I also take Vitamin D3 + K2 + CoQ10 (supports immune health and strong bones by assisting in the regulation of calcium and cardiovascular health by reducing arterial plaque). And I take the Magnesium L-Threonate too.  I also love their Vitamin C for any time I feel like I may becoming coming down with something, and I always take it with me while traveling.

reading…Arranging Things by Colin King.

watching…or not watching? Can someone explain everyone’s obsession with Ted Lasso? Like who is Ted? Why can everyone not stop referencing this show? I feel like I may not be getting this.

wearing…the newest scent from Phlur, Solar Power. I’m just beginning to wear fragrance, and within the last week, this has become a new favorite. For one, the story behind the scent is so empowering. And then, most importantly, the scent! It’s beautiful with notes of Bergamot and Red Mandarin, it’s a warm solar floral accord of Neroli, Jasmine, and Orange Flowers and wrapped in a comforting blend of Musk, Driftwood, and Sea Salt. You can order on their site or through Sephora.

everything in my cart (high)…This Cropped hooded leather-trimmed cotton-twill parka from Loewe is great for spring days and super chic. The Staud Shannon Dress in Ivory. Oh but isn’t this Gucci cutout patent leather-trimmed crepe mini dress so cute? The perfect little back dress.

I adore these Comet clip earrings from St.Laurent. How cool are these Arc Grid Lambskin Mule Sandals from Proenza Schouler. I love them. Then, for bags, this Fendi White Leather Shopper is cute. Also, love this Prada Shoulder Leather Bag. This is so timeless. A great forever bag.

shopping…Ecru. This is a cute home shop. They have especially fun and very unique glassware. Look here for more one-of-a-kind pieces.


curious…to test the Arrae Gut Boost. We all know that gut health is so important, the new Arrae Gut Boost primes your digestive system before meals for healthy digestive function.

2. Spring baking recipes.

Chocolate Glazed Peanut Butter Banana Doughnuts |

Chocolate Glazed Peanut Butter Banana Doughnuts

Double Strawberry Cupcakes |

Double Strawberry Cupcakes

Iced Lemon Loaf |

Iced Lemon Loaf

Easy Vanilla Earl Grey Crème Brûlée |

Easy Vanilla Earl Grey Crème Brûlée

Double Strawberry Sugar Cookies |

Double Strawberry Sugar Cookies

Lemon Coconut Naked Cake with Whipped Vanilla Buttercream | #coconutcake #springrecipes #easter #cake #layercake

Lemon Coconut Naked Cake with Whipped Vanilla Buttercream

No Fuss Lemon Tart | #lemontart #dessert #summer #nobake #easyrecipes

No Fuss Lemon Tart

Bursting Blueberry Lemon Layer Cake | #bleberrycake #layercake #summerrecipes #dessert

Bursting Blueberry Lemon Layer Cake

Lucky's Golden Ticket Cupcakes |

Lucky’s Golden Ticket Cupcakes

3. Shopping the Lulu and Georgia 25% off sale.

This sale ends tomorrow! 25% off the entire site!

4. Favorite questions of the week.

q: favorite everyday face cleanser?
a: Is Clinical Cleansing Complex.

q: dream designer to do a collaboration with? 
a: Oh that’s hard. Fendi has always been a favorite, would love to work with Dior, Oscar de La Renta, and Gucci. I mean could go on. I couldn’t pick just one. They’re all dream collabs.

q: what do you love most about traveling?
a: The change of pace, the people, the clothes, the energy in the city, the food, and getting to attend things I’d never have guessed I’d be invited to. I now love spending time traveling. Oh, and I love to stay in a nice hotel. I’m a complete hotel snob.

q: what are your wardrobe staples?
a: Jeans of course, a good white tee, I love a classic cashmere sweater, a suit look that makes you feel super confident. A classic black pump. A non-trendy knee-high boot that will never go out of style, statement earrings, and maybe a go-to bag that instantly makes your outfit look put together. I’d listen to Livv Perez’s recent podcast episode where she talks about her 10 wardrobe staples.

q: what is your everyday style?
a: Neutrals with a pop of color are more my vibe.

q: do you want to get married and do you feel pressure to do so? 
a: Yeah sure but for some reason, I feel like “Mr. Right” will come into my life when I need him too. It’s not something worth stressing over. You have to let life happen. Right now I am hyper-focused on work and very happy working to build HBH (: when the time is right, it’s right. That’s everything in life. You can and should work hard towards something you want, but you can’t force it. But yea, of course, I feel a little pressure, especially being on social…I get this question all the time.

q: why not have a separate fashion Instagram account? 
a: Because that’s not what I’m about. Maybe someday I’ll have separate accounts, but right now the idea is that this account is meant for sharing everything. I keep my in-feed content to mostly food sprinkled with a few lifestyle posts whenever I have them. Stories is different. On stories, I want to share everything – food and life. These posts go away in 24 hours. If you’re here for the food, click through the other stuff, it’s pretty simple. And I always make sure to share a mix of food and life. Most people seem to really enjoy the mix.

q: thoughts on the KitchenAid glass bowl?
a: It’s not my favorite. The only reason I use mine so much is because it’s good for filming. It allows you all to see inside and see what I’m doing within the bowl. If it wasn’t for video purposes, I honestly wouldn’t use it. It’s pretty heavy and chips easily. This is the 3rd one I’ve owned.

5. What made you smile this week?

Unexpected nice people! Look, it’s not every day that someone goes out of their way to help you. Sometimes though people surprise and it’s on the days you need it the most! Friday was a long day and I was feeling crazy anxious for reasons I just could not pin point. I had been waiting for a package all day that required a signature. They don’t always delivery to me, but instead head to my parent home, so I ave to keep an eye out.

The very kind UPS drive read the note on the door to come to down a aways to the studio. I wasn’t sure, so I ran out in the road to meet him and immediately he said, “don’t worry i was coming to you!”. In the end he ended up helping with multiple packages, taking them into my, and genially just being super kind.

I had a similar encounter as Whole Foods earlier that evening and let me just say, even though these where not big items, they really put a smile on my face and helped me out big.

It just goes to show you that you never know how you can effect another’s day, good or bad.

Anyway, would love to hear what made you SMILE big this week? It can be anything. Even just some flowers and candle burning away!

6. Family vacation photos.

(Asher, she’s so mature)

(Oslo ad dad)


(grandpa and Asher)

(Abby and Asher) 

(Asher in the water)

(Creighton and Asher) 

(apparently they did mud baths…)

(Abby and mom)




Heading to Trader Joe’s This Weekend…find these under-$10 Spring Flowers.

8 Spring Date Night Ideas to Do With Your Partner…these are fun.

17 White Bedroom Ideas for Creating the Most Restful Retreat…anything but boring. These rooms are so pretty.

This Sprawling Southern California Home Is Sophisticated yet Family-Friendly…love. So peaceful.

Shea McGee and Morris & Co.’s Collection…cute new wallpaper prints.

3 Valuable Career Lessons for Women, According to Kendra Scott…Sunday reading.

The 15 Best Fitness Apps, Based on Your Goals and Workout Routine…good to know.

What’s the Best Book to Put in a Guest Room…new ideas.

Forget Feathers and Foam—The Plushest Pillow I’ve Tried Is Filled With Something Else Entirely

8. Spring dresses from Reformation

New style favorites for spring

Workwear Essentials

9. This week’s dinners + weekend eats.

Monday: Sheet Pan Honey Buffalo Chicken with Broccoli

Tuesday: One Skillet Saucy Chicken Tortilla Enchilada Rice Bake

Basil Chicken Fettuccine Alfredo with Prosciutto |

Wednesday: Basil Chicken Fettuccine Alfredo with Prosciutto

20 Minute Honey Garlic Butter Shrimp |

Thursday: 20 Minute Honey Garlic Butter Shrimp

Artichoke Gouda Tart |

Friday: Artichoke Gouda Tart

Garlic Parmesan French Fries Dressed in Caesar Dressing |

Saturday: Garlic Parmesan French Fries Dressed in Caesar Dressing

Chocolate Glazed Peanut Butter Banana Doughnuts |

Sunday: Chocolate Glazed Peanut Butter Banana Doughnuts

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