Paleo Eggs Benedict + Sweet Potato Hash

{serves 6}

What You Need
For The Hash & Eggs Benedict
2 large sweet potatoes, diced 
2 TBS olive oil
1 red onion, diced
1 red pepper, diced
1 TSP salt
1/2 TSP pepper
1 TSP onion powder
1 TSP garlic powder
1/2 TSP chili powder
6 eggs
Canadian bacon

For The Hollandaise Sauce
3 egg yolks
1 TBS lemon juice
1/2 TSP salt
Dash of cayenne pepper
1/2 cup ghee or organic butter, melted


Directions
For The Hash & Eggs Benedict
1. Heat 2 TBS olive oil in a large pan over medium heat. Add diced red onion and diced red pepper. Sauté until softened and then add diced sweet potatoes.
2. Season with salt, pepper, onion powder, garlic powder, and chili powder and cook until sweet potatoes are soft. Mine took about 20 minutes. While they are cooking, make hollandaise sauce.
3. Once the potatoes are done, keep warm while you cook Canadian bacon and poach eggs. I use these super simple bags from Bed Bath & Beyond. If you don't want a poached egg, you can always do sunny side up eggs. 

For The Hollandaise Sauce
1. In an immersion blender, add egg yolks, lemon juice, salt, pepper, and dash of cayenne pepper and mix well. Slowly add in melted butter and mix. Set aside. 

For Assembly
1. Place hash on plate and then top with Canadian bacon and egg. Drizzle hollandaise sauce over everything and enjoy! 

Weekend Ahead!

What a beautiful Friday we have here in Atlanta! The sun has finally broken through the clouds and it's not to freezing. On that note, I am so ready for Spring and warmer weather. I can't wait to break out the sundresses and skirts! Don't get me wrong, I like the cold but I get sick of it super fast. This weekend, my sister is home and I am so excited to spend time with her. It's suppose to be beautiful, so we plan on bike riding on the BeltLine and trying out some new restaurants. It is going to be great. I hope you all have fun plans! See you Monday!

xxxx

Links From This Week
For all my fellow foodies out there, who wants to finish this list with me?

Ever wonder what your dreams mean? This article helps explain.  

Time to cut out these 10 beauty habits that are a total waist of time.

Because breakfast bowls are worth waking up for.

Instagram Round Up

Happy Tuesday, everyone! I feel like I haven't updated y'all on my life in a while, so for this Tidbit Tuesday I decided to do an Instagram round-up of all the fun things i've been up to lately. I hope you enjoy!!

(from left to right)
Me & The Jeep: So I finally did it...I got a new car! I had been needing to get one for a while now, my 2005 Jeep Grand Cherokee had seen way better days, but I wanted to wait and find the perfect one. Luckily, my dad works at a Jeep dealership and knew the kind of car I was looking for. Once they got this one in, he knew it was the car for me. I knew it was perfect before even seeing it in person and put down a deposit. Over the weekend, I drove up to South Carolina in my old Jeep Grand Cherokee and drove home in my 10 year newer Jeep Grand Cherokee. I am absolutely in love!

Valentine's Day Card & Sunflowers: Even though Valentine's Day is a romantic holiday, that doesn't mean you can't treat yourself. For this Valentine's Day, I picked up sunflowers, received the cutest card from my sister, and baked some egg muffins for breakfast. That night I celebrated with some of my girlfriends over dinner and wine. It was a great Valentine's Day!

Pigs n' a Blanket: Admit it...the Super Bowl is all about football but almost equally important are the ads and the food you serve. For Super Bowl 50, I decided to made some delicious (and clean) pigs n' a blanket. They were fun to make and super easy! 

Hello/Goodbye Mat: We had been needing a new mat for the house and when I saw this at Cost Plus World Market, I had to get it.

North of Peachtree: To kick off the new year, I decided to give my blog a much needed facelift. I hope you all love the new layout!

Me & Friends: Here is a picture from my friend Kelsey's Wedding. It was an amazing wedding and she was the most beautiful bride. It was up in North Carolina so coming back, we even hit a snow storm! Probably the only one i'll see all winter and we had to drive 2 hours in it. Definitely a scary drive back!

Creamy Tomato Soup

Serves 6

What You Need
2 TBS olive oil
1 cup diced sweet onion
1/2 TSP garlic powder
1/2 TSP red pepper flakes
1/2 TSP chili powder
5 cups crushed tomatoes, canned or fresh
1 cup basil leaves
6 garlic cloves
1 can (15 oz.) coconut milk
1/8 TSP sea salt
1/8 TSP pepper

Directions
1. In a large stock pot, heat oil over medium heat. Once oil is warmed up, add onion and cook until translucent and then add spices and mix well.
2. Stir in crushed tomatoes, basil, and garlic cloves and reduce heat to a simmer. Let cook for a minimum of 30 minutes, but I cooked for 2 hours to let the flavors really mingle.  
3. Once the ingredients have simmered enough, remove from heat and add to a food processor or immersion blender. Add coconut milk, salt, and pepper and blend until smooth. 
4. Heat up again if needed and serve topped with sun-dried tomatoes and extra basil. Enjoy!

The Countdown Is On!

Happy Friday! What a beautiful day it is here in Atlanta. The sun is out and it is warming up fast! Luckily, this week flew by for me. We had family in town and that always helps pass the time! Tomorrow, I am driving up to South Carolina to pick up my new car...ekkk! I am beyond excited!! Be sure to follow along on social media to see all the fun. I hope you all had a fabulous week and an even better weekend ahead!! 

Links From This Week
Here are some mean tweets to crack you up this Friday. 

Makes these egg muffins this weekend for an easy and delicious breakfast. 

Still don't know much about your finances? Here are some money managing tips for 20 year olds.

Chandler Bing takes on Hotline Bing.

Tidbit Tuesday: Favorite Winter Movies

This early 2000's rom-com is all about love and fate, even 10 years down the road. With the setting in snowy New York, this movie is the ultimate winter fairy tale. 

Two women from different parts of the world (London & LA) switch houses to escape the men in their lives. Little do they know, love is waiting for them in their new destinations. 

Following nine different people and stories, this movie will make you laugh, cry, and wish you lived in the UK. 

A superstorm threatening the entire human race causes catastrophic disasters all around the world. The meteorologist who discovered the storm must get to his son in time to save him before it's too late. 

Take a trip back in time, twenty-thousand years ago, to the beginning of the ice age. You'll get to follow along with some of earth's oldest and funniest creatures as they migrate south. 

A Disney movie about two princesses on a journey to break a spell to save their kingdom. Warning: contains a song that will stay in your head forever. 

A 30-something women trying to get her life together, decides to start keeping a diary about all the hilarious, erotic, and many other details of her everyday life. It will make you wish you were caught in a snow storm with Colin Firth. 

This 90's movie is filled with love, throwbacks, and a great winter setting. 

A lost father comes back as a snowman trying to make up for lost time with his son. This is a great family feel-good movie. 

Ryan Reynolds is in this movie, and if that's not enough, this hilarious comedy is about Chris (Ryan Reynolds) confessing his love for his high school crush/best friend. 

Overnight Patriotic Chia Pudding

serves 2

Happy Presidents day! Today, I thought i'd share with y'all a festive chia pudding. It is super easy and delicious! I hope y'all enjoy! 

What You Need
Red Layer
1 cup strawberries, fresh or frozen, stems removed
1 cup raspberries, fresh or frozen
Optional: coconut milk

White Layer
2 TBS chia seeds
1 cup coconut milk
1/2 TBS honey or maple syrup 
Pinch of sea salt

Blue Layer
Blueberries

Direction 
Red Layer
1. Place the berries in a food processor or high powdered blender. Blend until smooth. 
2. If it isn't liquidy enough, slowly add coconut milk until it is at your desired consistency. 
3. Place in fridge. 

White Layer
1. Put all ingredients into a small bowl and mix well. 
2. Place in fridge overnight to set. 

Assembly
1. Place red layer into bottom of serving dish, top with white layer, and then sprinkle blueberries on top. That's it...now enjoy!!

Valentine's Day Weekend

Happy Valentine's Day weekend, everyone! I know so many people are against this "Hallmark holiday" but honestly, I just love any excuse to celebrate. I have already decorated the house and picked some heart shaped food to make! Valentine's is in full effect at the Wright household! For my Valentine's Day, I don't have anything fancy or romantic planned. I'm just going to be celebrating galentine's day with some of my closest friends and I wouldn't want it any other way. Nothing beats a good ole girls night! I hope everyone has fun plans with their loved ones! See you Monday!

xoxo

Links From This Week
If you are single this Valentines Day (like me..wahoo!) here are some great things to do on this romantic day. 

Since the Super Bowl just happened, here are the best Super Bowl ads of all time.  

As if you needed another reason to listen to queen B

Here are some punny Valentines Day cards to send to your loved ones.

Here is my favorite dish from this week: Spanish Chicken with Chorizo and Potatoes 

Gift Guide: Valentine's Day For Him

DIY Valentine's Day Gifts

Valentine's Day is coming up, and if you still need some gift ideas and don't want to spend too much, look no further! I have put together some of my favorite DIY gifts that work for all significant others. Also, don't forget about last year's DIY gift post. Happy crafting! 

from left to right

Cranberry Chicken With Cauliflower Rice

serves 4

What You Need
For The Cauliflower Rice
1 head of cauliflower
2 TBS olive oil
Sea salt
Pepper

For The Cranberry Chicken
4 chicken thighs, skin on
1 TSP sea salt
1/2 TSP pepper
2 TBS olive oil, divided
3 TBS shallot, minced
12 oz fresh cranberries
3/4 cup water
1/3 cup apple cider vinegar
1 TBS honey
3/4 TSP ground ginger
1/2 TSP sea salt
1/4 TSP ground allspice
1-2 TBS fresh thyme for serving, chopped

Directions
For The Cauliflower Rice
1. Cut cauliflower into florets and place into food processor. If your food processor isn't big enough, do it in sections. Pulse until the cauliflower resembles rice. 
2. Heat a sauce pan over medium heat. Add olive oil, cauli-rice, salt, and pepper and incorporate everything together. 
3. Cover and cook for 3-5 minutes or until softened. Keep warm

For The Cranberry Chicken
1. Season chicken with salt and pepper. Set aside. 
2. In a large skillet, heat 1 TBP olive oil over medium heat. Add shallot and cook until fragrant and starting to brown. 
3. Add cranberries, water, apple cider vinegar, and honey. Cook for about 5-8 minutes, stirring often, or until cranberries start to breakdown. Smash them with your spoon to make more of a glaze.
4. Next, add in the ginger, salt, and allspice. Mix well. 
5. Transfer the sauce into a separate bowl, but do not rinse out the skillet. 
6. Preheat oven to 375°.
7. In the same skillet, heat 1 TBS of olive oil over medium heat until hot. Add chicken thighs, skin down and cook for 8 minutes. Do not touch chicken so the skin can get crispy. After 8 minutes, flip to other side and cook another 8 minutes. 
8. Transfer skillet to oven and cook 8-15 minutes (depending on chicken thigh size) or until chicken juice runs clear. 
9. Place chicken on plate and spoon glaze over each piece. Let sit for 3-5 minutes. 

Serving
Place desired amount of cauliflower rice onto plate and top with cranberry glazed chicken. Garnish with thyme. Enjoy!

Friday is Here!

Friday- one of my favorite days of the week is finally here! Thankfully, this week seemed to fly by for me. I had a bunch of appointments that kept me out of the house. Those always help keep me busy and make my weeks seem way shorter. This weekend here in Atlanta is suppose to be cold, but sunny so I want to spend some time outside with Gracie Loo. She just loves it outside so much! Other than that, I plan on relaxing and hanging with friends. On Sunday, I'll 100% be watching Super Bowl 50 and this year, i'm pulling for the Carolina Panthers. It will hopefully be a good game filled with great ads and great food. I hope you all have fun plans for the weekend! See you Monday!

xoxo

Links From This Week
Go ahead and get a head start on those Super Bowl ads.

If you're still looking for something fun to do this weekend, head to the Mardi Gras Street Car Adventure, go see Beauty & The Beast, or taste out booze & pancakes while browsing art. 

If you want to stay in the know about sports while still being entertained, subscribe to Tip Off. I just did and I love it!

Still need something to make for a Super Bowl party? Why not make some pimento cheese fritters, baked Southwestern egg rolls, or buffalo chicken tortilla pinwheels.

Gift Guide: Valentine's Day For Her

Top Things To Do In Atlanta This February Tuesday

1. Go see Beauty & The Beast live at The Fox. 
2. Celebrate Mardi Gras in downtown Atlanta. 
3. Help SweetWater celebrate their 19th birthday with lots of beer. 
4. Jam out to Cara, Kevin Garret, & Craig Strickland at Terminal West
5. Head to Eclipse di Luna for a wine tasting & hors d'oeuvres all for $10.
6. Hear about love stories of the past with a tour through the Oakland Cemetery
7. Go listen to Corey Smith at the Tabernacle
8. Become a SweetWater beer & Girl Scout Cookie pairing connoisseur.
9. Eat pancakes & drink booze while browsing amazing pieces of art. 
10. Spend time outside listening to music, drinking, and eating oysters at Park Tavern's Oysterfest

Crockpot Chicken Pad Thai

serves 6

Happy Monday, everyone! This week, I wanted to share with y'all my crockpot chicken pad Thai recipe. It is super easy to put together and makes great leftovers. This dish is perfect for any busy, chilly week. And trust me, you don't want to skip on any of the toppings. I hope you enjoy!

What You Need
2 -3 lbs of chicken breast
4 medium zucchini or yellow squash, spiralized
2 large carrots, shredded or spiralized
2 green onions, chopped
1 cup coconut milk
1 cup chicken stock
3 TBS almond butter (or peanut butter)
1/4 TBS coconut aminos (or soy sauce)
1 TBS fish sauce
1 TBS fresh ginger, minced
4 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 TSP cayenne pepper
1 TSP red pepper flakes
Salt & pepper
Powdered ginger

Toppings
Green onions, chopped
Roasted cashews
Cilantro

Directions
1. Season chicken breasts with salt, pepper, cayenne pepper, and powdered ginger. 
2. In crockpot, whisk coconut milk and chicken stock until combined. 
3. Next, whisk in almond butter, coconut aminos, fish sauce, fresh ginger, 2 chopped green onions, cayenne, and red pepper flakes until completely combined.
4. Place chicken into liquid and then place spiralized zucchini or squash and carrots on top of chicken. Try your best not to put them into the liquid so they are steamed and not stewed. 
5. Cook on low for 5-6 hours and then remove zoodles first so they don't get soggy. 
6. Serves zoodles with chicken on top and top dish with green onions, roasted cashews, and fresh cilantro. Enjoy! 

{via Paleo Pot}