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Wish List Wednesday: Summer In Europe

50 Things That Make Me Happy

1. A good playlist
2. Fancy cheese
3. Sleeping in
4. Cider
5. Riding in the car with the windows down
6. Traveling
7. Sunshine
8. Counting the stars
9. Trying out different types of food
10. Mastering a new recipe
11. Flowers especially tulips, sunflowers, and peonies
12. Spending girl time with my mom and sister
13. Gracie Loo and Summer
14. Candles
15. Spontaneous trips
16. Shopping
17. Going to sporting events
18. Breweries
19. The beach
20. A night filled with Netflix
21. A good book
22. Acai bowls
23. Pinterest
24. My morning time with God
25. When you hit a streak of green lights
26. The Ellen Show
27. Eating clean
28. A good shopping deal
29. Wine
30. A good cup of coffee
31. A brand new planner
32. Cooking and baking
33. Watching Gilmore Girls
34. TGIT
35. Working out
36. The mountains
37. Spending time with friends
38. Early, quiet mornings before all the hustle and bustle
39. New office supplies
40. A rainy day with nothing to do
41. Having my sister home
42. When I get hand written mail
43. The crisp air in the Fall
44. Farmer's markets
45. Checking things off my to-do list
46. Going to see a movie in theaters
47. Vacation house hunting on Airbnb and VRBO
48. Nights out on our back porch
49. Exploring Atlanta
50. Brunching

Sesame Chicken + Cauli-Rice

serves 4-6

What You Need
Sesame Chicken
2 TBS sesame seeds
1/4 cup honey
3 TBS soy sauce or coconut aminos
2 TBS ketchup
2 TSP sesame oil
1/4 TSP crushed red pepper flakes
3 garlic cloves, minced
3 chicken breasts (about 1.5 lbs), cut in half lengthwise 
Salt and pepper, to taste
1 TBS corn starch or tapioca flour
2 TBS olive oil

Cauli-Rice
1 head cauliflower
4.5 TBS sesame oil, divided
1 small white onion, diced
1 cup frozen edamame
2 cups broccoli, chopped
4 TBS soy sauce or coconut aminos
1 TBS sweet chili sauce
2 eggs, lightly beaten
2 TBS green onions, chopped

Directions
Sesame Chicken
1. Add sesame seeds to small pan over medium heat. Toast for about 3 minutes or until slightly brown. Set aside. 
2. Whisk honey, soy sauce, ketchup, sesame oil, garlic, and red pepper flakes into a small bowl. Set aside.
3. Add the cornstarch to a shallow dish and season with salt and pepper. Dip each side of the chicken (cut in half) into the corn starch and then set onto a plate. 
4. Heat olive oil in a medium to large skillet over medium heat. Add chicken pieces, but be careful not to over crowd them. Do separate batches if you have to! Cook each side for 4 minutes and then check to see if the chicken is cooked. If not, do an additional 4 minutes and check. Repeat if necessary. 
5. Once chicken is cooked through, turn heat down to low and add the sauce to the pan. Cook one side for 2 minutes and then flip and cook the other side for an additional 2 minutes. Make sure chicken is well coated with sauce. 
6. Remove from heat and top with sesame seeds. Keep warm.

Cauli-Rice
1. Chop the cauliflower into florets and then place into a food processor. Process until it resembles rice, breaking it up into batches if you have to. 
2. Heat the 2 TBS sesame oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Once hot, add the onion, edamame, and broccoli. Cook until soft. 
3. While the veggies are cooking, heat 1/2 TBS of sesame oil in a small pan over medium heat. Add the beaten eggs and cook like you would scrambled eggs. Once cooked through, add to the veggie mix. 
4. Finally, add the cauliflower to the veggie mix and pour the soy sauce, 2 TBS sesame oil, and sweet chili sauce on top. Mix everything together and let it heat up. Once warm, remove from heat and stir in green onions. Enjoy with the sesame chicken!! 

Ciao From Rome!

Happy Friday, everyone! I hope things are well in the US. Currently, I am in Rome and tomorrow I leave for Florence. Yesterday, we landed bright and early at 7 AM and explored all of the old city, the Spanish Steps, and Trastevere (which is where we're staying). What a beautiful city Rome is! Although, the one down side is that it is outrageously hot...like gross hot! I'm hoping that Florence is a little cooler and less hectic! I hope you all have a wonderful weekend ahead filled with fun summer activities! Talk to you soon! 

xxxx

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Europe Bound!

Yippie...today I am Europe bound (finally)! I have been counting down the days for this trip since I booked it back in December. This time, it's just my mom, sister, and I for a long girls trip. They have never been to Europe, so I planned everything from the Airbnbs to the sites we are seeing. It took a lot of work and I cannot wait to finally make it a reality. We will be visiting Rome, Florence, Cinque Terre, Paris, and Amsterdam. I fell in love with Amsterdam, so naturally I had to go back and show my mom and sister the amazing city that captured my heart. I haven't been to any of the other cities, so any recommendations are greatly appreciated! I will continue to blog during my time away and will try and update y'all as much as possible. Be sure to follow along on Snapchat (smwrightt) and Instagram (@smwrightt) to see all the fun! I can't wait to tell you guys all about when I get back! See you in a couple weeks!

xxxx

My Favorite Summer Recipes

Crock Pot Carnitas Fajita Tacos

serves 8-10

What You Need
Carnitas
1 TBS chili powder
2 TSP ground cumin
2 TSP oregano
2 TSP sea salt
1 TSP black pepper
4 lb pork shoulder
4 garlic cloves, peeled and left whole
2 yellow onions, quartered
2 oranges, juiced
2 limes, juiced

Fajitas
4 peppers, any color combination, cut into thin slices
2 sweet onions, cut into thin slices
4 TBS olive oil
Sea salt
Black pepper

Garnishes
Corn tortilla
Cilantro
Salsa
Lime juice

Directions
Carnitas
1. In a small bowl combine chili powder, cumin, oregano, sea salt, and black pepper. Rub mixture over the pork shoulder and place in crock pot.
2. Add the onions, garlic, lime juice, and orange juice into the crockpot and give it a good stir. 
3. Cover and cook on low for 8 hours. Once cooked, remove and shred. Return the meat back to the mixture and let it cook on low for an additional 30 minutes. 

Fajitas
1. Heat olive oil in skillet over medium heat. Add onions and peppers and mix everything together. 
2. Season with salt and pepper and cook until soft. 

Assembly
1. Place fajita veggies and carnitas onto a corn tortilla. 
2. Season with salsa, cilantro, and fresh lime juice. 
3. Enjoy!

Happy Father's Day Weekend!

Happy Fri-yay, everyone! This was a very busy week for me. It consisted of running around for appointments and getting everything ready for our trip next week. It was a lot of work, but everything is practically done, yay! Also, Gracie got a major shave...like naked mole rat status. BUT, she definitely needed it with how hot it's been. I hope y'all have made some fun plans with your Dad for this upcoming Father's Day weekend! I'll be road tripping it up to Greenville, South Carolina with my sister to see my Dad. I'm super excited to see him and explore around my old town! Have a wonderful weekend & see you Monday! 

xxxx

Links From This Week

If you want something fun to do this summer, give one of these road trips a try.

Bachelorette/Bachelor fans, here are some truths you need to read.

Weekend dinner dish: Sweet Potato Noodles w/ Sage Cream Sauce

WWDC is currently underway. See what Apple has up it's sleeve for the upcoming year. 

Denim on Denim






Wish List Wednesday: Airport Style

Top DIY Father's Day Gifts

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Spaghetti Squash w/ Sausage, Kale, & Sun-Dried Tomatoes

serves 6

What You Need
1 spaghetti squash
2 TBS olive oil, additional for drizzling
Salt, to taste
Black pepper, to taste
1 lb Italian sausage, casings removed
3 large shallots, diced
4 garlic cloves, minced
1/2 cup dry white wine
3/4 cup sun-dried tomatoes, still packed in oil
1 bunch of kale, removed from stems and chopped
Parmigiano, freshly grated

Directions
1. Preheat the oven to 375°. Slice the spaghetti squash in half lengthwise and scrap out the seeds in the middle.
2. Place spaghetti squash halves, face up, on a rimmed baking sheet. Drizzle with olive oil, salt, and pepper. Then flip them over so the olive oil side is face down. Bake in oven for 45 minutes to an hour or until inside is soft. When cooked and cooled, shred the inside with a fork so that it resembles noodles. Set aside.
3. While squash is cooking, heat 2 TBS of olive oil in skillet over medium heat. Add sausage and cook until brown, using a spoon to break it up. Once cooked, remove from pan and set aside.
4. Using the same skillet, add the shallots and garlic and cook over medium heat until soft, about 3 minutes. 
5. Add wine and let cook until reduced by half and then add the sun-dried tomatoes. Cook for 2 more minutes. 
6. Next, add kale and cook for 5-10 minutes or until all kale is wilted. Add sausage back to the skillet and season with salt and pepper. Add shredded spaghetti squash and stir to combine. Heat until everything is warm and ready to eat.
7. Garnish with some freshly grated Parmigiano and enjoy!

Hello Weekend!

It's finally Friday and I couldn't be happier! This week was so crazy busy work wise, that I didn't have a minute to really relax. We traveled a lot this week (all the way to Alabama for the day and then to Griffin, GA another day), so I am tired of driving and sitting in the car. So, this weekend all I plan on doing is relaxing! I'll be getting some much needed sun and hanging out with friends on the lake. What are your weekend plans? See you Monday!

xxxx

Links From This Week
Who ever thought of this super easy way to cut a banana, is a genius.

If you are in the market for some new make up, check out these top picks from beauty experts.

Dinner Dish: Peach Balsamic Rosemary Chicken. It's amazing!

Want to work from home? Here are some companies that are hiring. 

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Summer Bucket List

1. Volunteer
2. Watch the sunrise
3. Complete a DIY project
4. Have a picnic
5. Sing at a karaoke bar
6. Go camping
7. Read a new book
8. Go kayaking 
9. Have a game night
10. Go to a concert
11. Host a barbecue 
12. Be a tourist in my own city
13. Go to the farmer's market
14. Conquer a fear
15. Go on a spontaneous adventure 
16. Go to a baseball game
17. Go tubing down the Chattahoochee 
18. Build a fort
19. Go on a hike
20. Go berry picking

Now all I need are some friends to help cross them off! Any takers?!

Chili Salmon Cakes w/ Avocado Crema + Sautéed Veggies

serves 4

What You Need
Salmon Cakes
1 1/4 cup fresh salmon, chopped
1/2 cup canned green chilies, diced
4 TBS green onions, chopped and divided
4 garlic cloves, minced
1/2 TSP salt
1/2 TSP black pepper
1 egg, lightly beaten
1/4 cup + 2 TBS almond flour, divided
4 TBS olive oil, divided
1 1/2 lbs zucchini, sliced and quartered
1 pint grape tomatoes, halved

Avocado Crema
1 avocado
4 TBS mayonnaise
2 limes, juiced
2 garlic cloves, minced
Salt, to taste
Pepper, to taste

Directions
Salmon Cakes
1. In medium bowl, mix together salmon, chilies, green onions, salt, and pepper until combined.
2. Next, stir in beaten egg and 1/4 cup almond flour and mix well.
3. Form the mixture into 4 patties and pat both sides with the remaining almond flour.
4. Heat 2 TBS of olive oil in a pan over medium heat. Cook patties for 3-4 minutes and then flip and cook additional 3-4 minutes. Transfer patties to a paper towel lined plate and set aside.
5. Using the same skillet, heat remaining 2 TBS of olive oil over medium heat. Add zucchini and sauté for 3-4 minutes. 
6. Next, add tomatoes and chilies and cook 2-3 minutes. Then remove from heat and stir in 2 TBS of green onions.
7. Serve cakes on top of sautéed vegetables.

Avocado Crema
1. Mash the avocado in a small/medium size bowl.
2. Whisk in the mayo, lime juice, garlic, salt, and pepper until combined.
3. Serve on top of the salmon cakes. Enjoy!

Donut Worry, It's Friday!

Happy National Donut Day and happy Friday! What a fantastic combination! A couple places in Atlanta are offering free donuts today (see below), so go ahead and kick the weekend off with a sweet treat. Speaking of the weekend, boy am I glad it's Friday and that this was a short work week. Why can't this happen all the time? A 4 day work week...I could get use to that! This is my last free weekend before I leave for Europe, so I want to slowly start getting everything together for our trip (eekkk!). I'm also trying out the new Urban Tree Cidery with some friends, which should be fun! I hope you all have fun weekend plans! See you Monday!

xxxx

Links From This Week

Visit these Atlanta places to pick up your free donut: Krispy Kreme, Dunkin Donuts (with purchase of beverage), and Bon Glaze (bring a friend and you both get one for free).

For those of you who are new to spiralizing veggies, here are some great tips to know. 

Who would of known all of the Bachelor/Bachelorette contestants were so well connected with celebs?

Dinner dish for the weekend: Ground Turkey Lettuce Wraps w/ Cilantro Crema 

Don't forget about Nordstrom's Half Yearly Sale going on until June 5th.

Chambray Lace Up Dress