Skillet Corn & Red Pepper Salad

{Serves 5}
Makes a great side dish, salsa, or taco topping.

What You Need
4 cups corn, can or frozen
2 TBSP lime juice
1/2 TSP salt
1/4 TSP pepper
1 large sweet red pepper, diced
1/2 cup cilantro, chopped

1. Spray a large non-stick skillet with cooking spray and sauté corn until lightly brown.
2. Transfer to a large bowl and stir in lime juice.
3. Add remaining ingredients and serve at room temperature.
4. Enjoy!

Nashville Recap

Last Monday I headed up to Nashville for work and had the most amazing time. I had never been to Nashville before, but it was love at first sight. First off, when I was hotel searching, everything in the city was super expensive so I ended up booking us a room at the Club-Hotel Nashville Inn & Suites, which was about a 15 minute ride into the city. The place was actually really nice for the price and offered a free full breakfast, a happy hour filled with drinks and snack, as well as a gym and pool. After checking in, we got ready for dinner and decided to do a little shopping on our way. We went to the Opry Mills outlet mall which had a great selection of stores. For dinner, we went to AMOT Eatery: A Matter of Taste. I'm not gluten free by any means but the entire menu was gluten free and their food was farm fresh, all natural, and locally sourced, which are major bonuses. I love healthy, delicious food and this was the perfect place. The restaurant was beautifully decorated with a rustic vibe. Since it was a beautiful day out, we sat on the porch and enjoyed the weather. We ordered a bottle of Pinot Noir and enjoyed the sunshine. For dinner, we started with a Spinach Salad and for our entree, we shared Stuffed Mushrooms that were to die for. One cool thing about AMOT is that they change their menu depending on what is available and in season so it's always fresh. I definitely will be eating here next time i'm in town and I can't wait to see what delicious food they have on the menu. After dinner, we drove around the city taking in all the scenic views. We drove down Honkey Tonk Central, through Vanderbilt, by the Blue Bird Cafe, and many others. 

The following morning, we got up early and walked the pedestrian bridge that crosses the Cumberland River into the city. It was early so not many people were out. It had the most beautiful view of the city! From there, we walked around downtown and explored a little before heading back to the hotel for breakfast. After breakfast, it was time to get work done so we headed to Franklin for a few appointments.

Once we were done with appointments, we headed back to the hotel. They had happy hour set up with a bartender and a lot of snacks. We got some cocktails, cheese, and crackers and enjoyed unwinding out by the pool. For the evening, we decided to take the hotel shuttle downtown and just walk around and get dinner somewhere. We luckily met a really nice guy on the bus who told us where to go. We got dropped off at Honkey Tonk Central and walked the streets listening to music and taking in the surroundings. We weren't quite hungry yet, so we went to Tootsies Orchard Lounge for a few drinks and enjoyed music out on the patio. Supposedly, sometimes Keith Urban shows up and buys out the whole bar but sadly, it didn't happen this trip. Now, this definitely wasn't a nice, clean bar but I mean what do you expect from Honkey Tonk Central? When we left, we stopped in the bathroom which was manned by a lady with beauty products everywhere. She would hand you soap and whatever else you needed. And of course, she loved any tips you were willing to give her. 

For dinner, we decided to go to Rippy's Bar & Grill. It's a BBQ place with live music in all their dinning rooms. You seat yourself and since it was so crowded, we sat at the bar. We ordered cocktails and Pulled Chicken Sandwiches. The food was great and the music was even better! Definitely check it out if you're in the area, you won't be disappointed. After dinner we headed back home to get a good nights sleep for work in the morning. It was sad leaving because I feel like I didn't get to experience much but luckily, since Tennessee is our new territory, we will be back every few months. Until next time, Nashville! 

Happy Friday!

Wahoo, we have made it to another glorious Friday! I was in Nashville most of this week so i'm happy to be spending this weekend at home. I plan on cleaning/organizing the house and spending time outside with friends and family. I'll be spending Saturday afternoon at the Brookhaven Cherry Blossom Festival. It should be a pretty day to spend outside with the pups! I hope you all have something fun planned and with so much going on this weekend, how can you not? 

Links From This Week
Need a dinner recipe for this weekend? This crock pot Black Bean & Sweet Potato Bake is delicious and easy!

 Since i'm Heinz ketchup's #1 fan this is a big deal. We will see what greatness this brings us! 

Someone move to NY with me and live here because who doesn't have 3 mil laying around? 

Instagram is making us healthier. Be sure to follow me at @smwrightt to see my healthy recipes. 

Styling: Piko Tunic + Nashville, TN

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Places To Try: Buttermilk Kitchen

Y'all this place is probably my favorite brunch place so far. If not, it is definitely tied with Folk Art. One of the huge benefits to me is that it's right down the road from my house. Most cute brunch spots are farther into the city but this one is just over on Roswell Road. I've been here two times now and I have to share how wonderful it is! So first off, don't be alarmed by the long wait, it's always like that. I've waited 20 minutes before and then another time I waited an hour. Parking is hard to find if it's crowded. Although, there is additional parking if you can't park right by the building (I suggest the Publix parking lot). This place is in an old house-like structure, so it has some major farmhouse charm. There is a small waiting area and bar when you first walk in. While you're waiting, you can get some coffee. They have the absolute best coffee called Dancing Goats. Ever since I had it here, I have become obsessed and attempt to go to all places serving it! Once we got seated, we had time to look over the menu and decide what dishes to get. They have an everyday menu as well as "limited time" items. I usually always order off the "limited time" menu because I won't be able to get it next time. From this special menu, i've gotten Nutella Pancakes and a Breakfast Mexican Burrito. Both of them were amazing but the burrito was absolutely delicious. It was a Mexican style breakfast burrito with a verde sauce on top. It was to die for! The pancake was so good but very sweet. I couldn't eat very much of it but if you have a major sweet tooth, this is perfect for you. It even had a sugar crystalized banana and whipped Nutella frosting on top (yum!). Their potatoes and pimento cheese are also must gets. If you dip the potatoes into the pimento cheese it's heaven. I highly suggest trying out Buttermilk Kitchen as soon as possible because you will be hooked after just one bite and want to go back every weekend!

Happy National Puppy Day!

Since it's National Puppy Day, I figured i'd share pictures of Gracie and how much she has grown since we first got her. I hope this helps brightens up this dreary Monday!
This was Gracie the night we picked her up. She was the most adorable thing I had ever seen and she was all mine! She didn't have a name yet, but a couple days later but we decided on Gracie. No reason, I just thought it sounded pretty and she responded to it. 

This is us watching Grey Anatomy together. She loves watching TV when she's not trying to run in circles around the house. 

She is my work partner since I work from home, so I get her constant company by my side. Lucky her, she gets to snooze all day long. 

Here she is again sleeping while I work. This time we're at Mom's desk learning, or at least I am. 

This was Gracie's first visit to the vet. Such a big day! She had no idea what was coming. She was so happy to go in and now overtime we walk inside, she starts shaking. This time she weighed 4.5 lbs. 

On this day, it was 70° in Atlanta in January, so Connor, my bestie, and I headed out to Piedmont Park with the pups. This was the first time she ever walked on a leash and she didn't like it very much. She's still attempting to learn. 

This was Gracie's first bath. We washed her in the kitchen sink and water ended up all over the kitchen floor. She loves water but wasn't a huge fan of a bath. She also looked like a wet rat because with her hair wet, it looked almost none existent.

This was the aftermath of her first bath. She shivered for a while so I wrapped her up in a blanket and we snuggled in front of the fire until she was warm enough to run around. 

She loves sleeping in the most uncomfortable ways and places.

This is just another of the many awkward sleeping spots.

My sister got this rare picture of Gracie sitting still. She probably was in trouble for something.

This was Gracie learning to drive, or imitating it. She gets distracted very easily as you can tell. We were headed to a day at the park! 

The above and below picture are her with our 7 year old Lab named Summer. She is so tiny compared to her. Summer hated Gracie at first but now they are inseparable and are constantly playing with each other. Summer is a great big sister!

This is Gracie's second visit to the vet. She weighed 7.5 lbs this time. She was a healthy pup!
Gracie went to the vet with my mom over the weekend because I was out of town. I wasn't able to get a picture but she now weighs 9.34 lbs. She is still healthy and growing! Don't forget to follow #adventuresofgracieloo on Instagram to see our fun adventures together. 

Friday + Links

It's Friday and I couldn't be happier! With all this rain we've had the last few days, i'm ready for some sunshine. This weekend, i'm headed up to the lake to celebrate one of my best friends birthday's. I have a wonderful weekend ahead and I cannot wait to see everyone! Saturday should be nice, so I hope you all have something fun planned outside before the rain comes back. Enjoy your weekend! 

Links From This Week
Happy Friday is right. You're welcome ladies!

Lauren Conrad's new adventure The Little Market, helps empower women artisans to rise above poverty and support their families. 

Need a good light dinner? Make this Balsamic Chicken & Strawberry Salsa. It's delish!

March Madness has begun! If you are new to this huge sporting event, check out The Skimm's "What You Need to Know".

Still don't know what to do this weekend? Let me help you

Styling: Workout Gear

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Top Things To Do In Atlanta This Spring

1. Have some great laughs at the Atlanta Improv Festival
2. Kick off the beautiful spring weather with bonfires and food trucks at Serenbe's Spring Farm Party.
3. Find some great treasures at Sandy Spring's Tossed Out Treasures
4. Eat way too much bacon at Bacon Fest 2015. 
5. Drink beer and eat oysters at Park Tavern's Oyster Crawfish Festival.
6. Explore Brookhaven's Blackburn Park during the Cherry Blossom Festival. 
7. Enjoy some low country food and beer at the Beltline Broil
8. Celebrate the blooming of the Dogwood trees at the Atlanta Dogwood Festival.
9. Go cheer on the Braves during the home opener with the help of Red Brick Brewery. 
10. Jam out to great music with friends at the Sweet Water 420 Fest.
11. Check out the Root City Pop-Up Market and get a laffa from Yalla at Krog Street Market. 
12. Tour 1800's Victorian homes at the Inman Park Festival.
13. Go to Grant Park's first annual Pick'n In Grant Park and try different types of BBQ. 
14. Take cooking classes and taste delicious food at the Atlanta Food & Wine Festival
15. Drink beer, eat food, and listen to great music at Candler Park's Music and Food Festival
16. Browse around the Virginia-Highland area during their Summerfest
17. And of course go to different farmer's markets every weekend. 

Rustic Chocolate Cake

What You Need

For The Chocolate Cake
Cooking spray
3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
1 1/2 cups sugar
1 1/2 TSP baking soda
3/4 TSP baking powder
3/4 TSP salt
2 large eggs
3/4 cup low fat, buttermilk
3/4 cup warm water
3 TBS olive oil
1 TSP vanilla extract

For The Icing 
1 cup heavy cream
12 oz. semi sweet chocolate, separated into 8 oz. and 4 oz.

For The Chocolate Cake
1. Preheat the oven to 350°. Spray two 8" round pans with cooking spray and dust with unsweetened cocoa powder. 
2. Sift the cocoa, flour, sugar, baking soda, baking powder, and salt into the bowl of a mixer. Beat on low speed until combined.
3. Increase speed to medium. Add eggs, buttermilk, water, oil, and vanilla. Beat until smooth and completely combined, about 3 minutes. 
4. Divide the batter between pans and bake for 35 minutes or until a tooth pick inserted into the center comes out clean. Let cool for 15 minutes and then take cake out of pans and transfer to wire racks to let cool completely. 

For The Icing
1. Heat up cream in microwave for about 2 minutes. Place 8 oz. of chocolate into a bowl and pour the warm cream on top. Mix until blended and then refrigerate for 30 minutes. 
2. Reserve 1 cup of chocolate mixture for later. 
3. With remaining chocolate, use a mixer to whip the chocolate on medium speed until medium peaks start to form, about 3 minutes. 

For Chocolate Topping And Curls
1. Heat the 1 cup of remaining chocolate mixture in microwave for about a minute or until fully melted. 
2. In a separate bowl, heat remaining 4 oz. of chocolate in microwave for about a minute. Spread a thin layer evenly on a baking sheet. Place in the refrigerator for about 10 minutes or until solid. 
3. Using a spatula or knife, scrape the chocolate away from you to form curls. Continue this until you have enough to top your cake.  

To Assemble The Cake
1. Cut each cooled cake in half so that you have 4 layers.
2. Place first layer of cake on desired serving surface. Spread icing over the top until completely covered. Complete with 3 remaining layers but leave the top of the cake un-iced. 
3. Pour heated chocolate over the cake. Use a spatula to spread the chocolate so that it falls over the edges and creates a dripping effect. 
4. Place chocolate curls on top of the cake. Enjoy!

We've Almost Made It!

Happy Friday, everyone! It's suppose to be a rainy weekend but i'm hopping the sun eventually comes out so I can enjoy this warm weather. This weekend we celebrate Saint Patty's Day, and I'm sad that I won't be heading down to Savannah but I will still be celebrating here in Atlanta. I hope you all have something fun planned for this weekend! 

Links From This Week
Cinderella comes out this weekend and i'm dying to go see it. 

Celebrate Saint Patrick's Day with this Lucky Charms cocktail or rice crispy treats.

Want something involving lots of green beer? Head out to Park Tavern, Andrews Upstairs, or Fado Irish Pub

Take an extra 30% off J. Crew sale items now through March 17th. 

Styling: Leggings With Leather Accents

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