25 Things You Might Not Know About Me

Since my birthday fell on a Saturday this year, I didn't get to share 25 things you might not know about me. It was really hard trying to come up with new things since I did this for both my 23rd and 24th birthday, but I managed to think of some. I hope you enjoy!

1. I took French for 10 years and still cannot speak it.
2. Pinot Noir is my favorite red wine (except when I want to splurge, then it's Zinfandel).
3. Sauvignon Blac is my favorite white wine.
4. I'm currently watching Mad Men on Netflix.
5. I started listening to Christmas music the day before Thanksgiving (yes, i'm one of those people).
6. This summer I am going to Thailand with my sister.
7. I love trying out new restaurants and new food.
8. My middle name is Marie.
9. My ideal evening is spent cooking and then watching a good movie.
10. Water is my go to non-alcoholic drink- I know, i'm a cheap date!
11. I have an unhealthy obsession with buying books, candles, and blankets no matter how many I already have.
12. The one person I really want to see in concert is Justin Timberlake.
13. Speaking of JT, I was always a die hard Nsync girl when I was younger.
14. My favorite season is Fall.
15. I'm trying to keep a journal, but it is really hard to keep up with.
16. My nickname is Syd- I know, pretty original!
17. I make a list for everything. I just love the satisfaction of crossing something off of it.
18. Out of all the places i've visited, Florence was my favorite. 
19. I'm a major perfectionist and sometimes it can get me in trouble. 
20. I had my hair cut really short when I was in elementary school and it was absolutely terrible. You will never see me with super short hair because of it. 
21. I've never broken a bone, but I did sprain my ankle on my trampoline. 
22. I sometimes sleep walk and talk after one too many drinks.
23. I'm a very spontaneous person and will go or do something in a moments notice.
24. I'm a big crier and sometimes cry over the most ridiculous things, but it makes me feel 10x better.
25. I absolutely hate getting in trouble, so you will rarely catch me doing anything too crazy.
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Chipotle Honey Drumsticks

serves 4

Happy Monday! I hope you all had a fantastic Thanksgiving weekend with family and friends! Mine was wonderful and a much needed break from work. Surprisingly, I didn't actually go to any stores this Black Friday...shocked I know! Instead, I bought a couple last minute things I need for my apartment and some clothes online, because why fight the crowds if you don't need to? BUT, today is Cyber Monday and you know I will be hunting online for some great deals. I've rounded up my best so far, so be sure to check them out!

Cyber Monday Deals
AllModern- Additional 25% off everything.

Anthropologie- 25% off all full priced items. 

ASOS- 30% off everything. 

Banana Republic- 50% off everything.

Baublebar- 35% off 2 items or 25% off 1 item.

Birchbox- 10% off for all, 15% off for subscribers, 20% off for all aces.

Free People- 25% off all sale items.

French Connection- 40% off everything. 

J.Crew- 40% off everything. 

Larsson & Jennings- My favorite watch is ON SALE! This rarely happens and all you have to do is set up an account for an additional discount. 

Madewell- 25% off everything.

Revolve- extra 20% off final sale items.

Rifle Paper Co.- 30% off everything.

Show Me Your Mumu- 50% off sale with new styles added since Black Friday. 

Splendid- 40% off everything. 

Tory Burch- 30% off everything.

World Market- 30% off orders of $200+, 20% off orders of $100+, and 15% off orders of $50+. 

Now, back to what this post is actually about...these chipotle honey drumsticks! I went to the Falcon vs. Cardinals game yesterday and made these delicious drumsticks for our tailgate. They are the perfect combination of sweet and spicy! They are a little on the hotter side, so if you are sensitive to spice I would recommend adding less chipotle powder and more honey. I hope you enjoy!

What You Need
1 1/2 - 2 lbs drumsticks or wings
1/4 cup honey
1 TBS chipotle powder
1 TBS coconut sugar
1  TSP cumin
1 TSP paprika
1 1/2 TSP sea salt
1 TSP onion powder
1 TSP garlic powder
1 TSP ground mustard

Directions
1. Preheat the oven to 400°.
2. In a small bowl, combine everything except the drumsticks or wings and the honey. 
3. Place aluminum foil over a baking sheet and then place a wire rack on top. 
4. Place drumsticks or wings on wire rack and sprinkle generously with the seasoning. Make sure to get all sides covered.
5. Bake in the preheated oven for 35 minutes and then remove drumsticks or wings from oven and drizzle with half of the honey. Keep oven at 400°.
6. Return the drumsticks or wings back to the oven to bake for an additional 10 minutes. 
7. Remove from the oven and drizzle with the remaining honey. Serve hot with a side of ranch!

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Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!! I am so very thankful for each and everyone of you! This Thanksgiving, I am celebrating with my family here in Atlanta. It will be a wonderful day filled with family, food, and great memories. After stuffing myself with turkey, I will be headed out to do some early black Friday shopping. I know- i'm crazy, but I do love a good bargain! 

If you're thinking of heading out for some Black Friday shopping, be sure to check out my top deals and steals. If you're not doing Black Friday than I applaud you, you have way more self control than me! I hope you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving and I will see you Monday!!

xxxx

Best Hostess Gifts To Give This Season

Vanilla Bean No Bake Cheesecake


Can you believe it's almost Thanksgiving?! And next comes Christmas?! I'm in shock by how quickly this year has gone by. ANYWAY, I am so happy that it's getting closer to Christmas! It's one of my favorite times of the year, right behind Fall- which sadly only feels like it for two weeks here in Atlanta. 

Christmas time brings up so many fond memories for me- my family getting together (& trying to avoid to the "are you seeing anyone" question), Christmas music, decorating the tree, and cooking all day long for a wonderful Christmas dinner. 

When it comes to big holiday meals, I like to find recipes that aren't too complicated or time consuming. I mean seriously, who has the time to bake a Crème brûlée? Not me! That is why, with the help of Donsuemor, I came up with the easiest (& most flavorful) vanilla bean no bake cheesecake. The real star of this recipe is their vanilla bean sablé cookie. Sablés are round French shortbread cookies and these specific cookies are packed with vanilla bean flavor. They really do bring the whole recipe together!

Now, let's get started on this delicous no bake cheesecake!
I also have the full recipe towards the bottom if you don't want to go step by step.



This makes 4 individual cups

What You Need
12 Donsuemor sablé cookies, divided
12 oz. cream cheese, softened and at room temp
12 oz. cool whip, slightly softened
3/4 cup powdered sugar
3 vanilla bean pods, divided
3 TBS vanilla extract
Milk, if needed
Whipped cream, for topping



Start by placing the cookie in the middle of a piece of parchment paper. Fold the parchment paper over and crush the cookie using a meat pounder. 



Continue with 8 of the cookies, placing 2 cookie's crumbs per cup. Set cups aside. 



Next, beat the cream cheese with an electric mixer until creamy, trying to get rid of as many chunks as possible. That's why it's important that it's at room temperature.






Then add in the cool whip, vanilla extract, and sugar.



Next, scrape the beans out of 2 of the vanilla bean pods. To do this, cut the bean down the middle (lengthwise) and open it slightly with your fingers. Then scrape the seeds out with your knife. You can use more or less vanilla bean, depending on your preference. 

Then mix everything up well. If your mixture is too thick, add a little bit of milk until you get the consistency you want. You want it to be easy enough to scoop but not too watery. Similar to the cool whip consistency. 



Time to assemble! Spoon the cheesecake mixture, about a cup, over the cookie crumbs. Top with whipped cream, a cookie, and additional vanilla bean. Now enjoy your delicious and easy dessert!



Serves 4

What You Need
12 Donsuemor sablé cookies, divided
12 oz. cream cheese
12 oz. cool whip
3/4 cup powdered sugar
3 vanilla beans, divided
3 TBS vanilla extract
Milk, if needed
Whipped cream, for topping

Directions
1. Lay out a piece of parchment paper and place a cookie in the middle. Fold the parchment paper over the cookie and crunch the cookie with a meat pounder (or a rolling pin, cup, etc.). Continue with 8 cookies, putting two cookie's crumbs per cup. Set cups aside.
2. Using an electric mixer, beat your cream cheese until smooth. 
3. Next add in the cool whip, sugar, vanilla extract, and 2 of the vanilla bean pod's seeds. To scrape out the seeds, cut the pod down the middle lengthwise and open it with your fingers. Scrape out the beans with you knife. 
4. Mix everything together well. If the cream cheese mixture is too thick, add in a little bit of milk to thin it out. 
5. To assemble, spoon the cream cheese mixture, about 1 cup, over the cookie crumbs. Top with whipped cream, additional vanilla beans, and a sablé cookie. Enjoy!


Thanks again to Donsuemor for the delicious cookies!

Hello Friday!

Thank goodness it's Friday! I've had a busy week and i'm so glad the countdown to the weekend has begun. Only 8 more hours to go! My sister is coming home from college this weekend, so naturally we have a fun weekend ahead. We're going try out a new restaurant, explore more of the Beltline, and road trip it up to Greenville to see my Dad for the day. It's going to be an eventful weekend! What are y'all up to this weekend? Something fun I hope! See you Monday! 

xxxx

Links From This Week

Because any holiday is an excuse to make cookies.

Ever wonder what boots go best with what outfit? This article will teach you the ways.

Dinner Dish Recommendation: Zoodle Rosa (it seems basic but it's really good!)

Reliving my childhood with one of my favorite Disney movies.

Don't have any plans for the weekend? Check out my top things to do!

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Black Friday Deals & Steals

Ah Black Friday! A great time to stock up on Christmas presents and other items you may (or may not) need. The nice thing about living in the 21st century is that most of these deals are offered online so you don't have to wait out in the cold at 4 AM to get that amazing TV price. A lot of stores haven't announced their Black Friday deals yet, so be sure to check back for an updated post once it gets closer!!

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Belk- Will be giving out $2 million in gift cards to early customers as well as great door busters.
My over-the-knee boots will be $19!

Best Buy- Has great deals on TVs, electronics, movies, games, and more. 
I am in the market for a TV and i'm thinking this could be the one (reg. $449.99 for $199).

PetSmart- Will have great deals on pet food, treats, beds, and anything else your furry friends need.

Target- Has huge markdowns on TVs, Apple products, cameras, vacuums, and 30% off all apparel, accessories, and shoes.
I am eyeing this Dyson vacuum (reg. $499.99 for $299).

Samsung- If you need a TV look no further than Samsung. They have huge discounts on TVs and other electronics.
I really like these great options: 50"Smart TV (reg. 1,299.99 for $399.99), 40" Smart TV (reg. $699.99 for $249.99), and this 48" Smart TV (reg. $999.99 for $329.99).

Old Navy- Their sale is starting 5 days before Black Friday and even though we don't know what the deals are, they do give you a little preview.

When I have gone in the past, they have had some great door busters!

Bed Bath & Beyond- From 6 AM until noon, you can get 20% off your entire order on top of some already discounted items.
The same Dyson vacuum with an additional 20% off!

Amazon- They have already started their Black Friday countdown with new deals everyday.

I already bought this rose & pomegranate face cream moisturizer

Cinnamon & Pomegranate Oatmeal

Serves 1-2

Why can't the weekend be just one day longer?! I am exhausted from an exciting weekend in Athens celebrating my 25th birthday. Thank you to everyone who made my birthday so special! I am so ready for Christmas- no shame I started listening to Christmas music this morning. To get your tummy in the holiday spirit, look no further than this cinnamon & pomegranate oatmeal. It gives me all the holiday feels! It seriously is Christmas in a bowl!

What You Need
1 cup almond milk (or milk of choice)
1 cup oats
2 TBS maple syrup
1 TBS butter or ghee
1 TBS coconut sugar (or brown sugar)
1 TBS chia seeds
1 TSP cinnamon
2 TBS coconut flakes
3 TBS pomegranate seeds
Walnuts, for topping

Directions
1. In a saucepan over medium/high heat, bring milk to a boil.
2. Once boiling, turn heat down to low and add in the oatmeal and chia seeds. Let simmer for about 5 minutes, stirring frequently. 
3. Once most of the milk is absorbed, remove from the heat and stir in the syrup, butter, coconut sugar, and cinnamon.
4. Stir in the coconut flakes and pomegranate seeds and then top with walnuts. Enjoy!

Athens Bound!

Happy Friday! This weekend I am Athens bound to celebrate my 25th birthday. How am I already 25?! I still feel like i'm 22 and now i'm a quarter of a century old! It's crazy! Anyway, I'm super excited to finally explore Athens with my sister and some of my close friends. I'm hoping the Dawgs show up for the game against Auburn and can come out with a win. Don't forget to follow along on Snapchat for all the fun (@smwrightt). See you Monday!!

xxxx

Links From This Week
Don't know what to do this weekend? Check out my top things to do in Atlanta this November.

If you are in need of a smile, look no further than this Yorkie Instagram star.

Dinner Dish Recommendation: Balsamic Pork Chops (seriously, it is so good!)

Still looking for some great Fall pieces? Head over to Nordstrom Rack for their clear the rack event.

Graphic Tee + Ripped Jeans





Nordstrom's Fall Clearance Sale Picks

Favorite Fall Recipes

From left to right

Fall is my absolute favorite time of the year! Not just because of the leaves changing and the temperature dropping, but also because of all the delicious and hearty food. I've rounded up a few of my favorite recipes that will keep you warm and full all season long! 

Pumpkin Chorizo Soup

With temperatures finally starting to drop here in Atlanta, it's the perfect time for soup. I love chorizo and pumpkin, so what better way to combine the two than with a big bowl of soup? Don't forget the cilantro on top for added freshness!

What You Need
1 TBS olive oil
1 onion, diced
4 garlic cloves, minced
1 TSP marjoram 
1 TSP oregano
1/2 TSP cumin
30 oz canned pumpkin 
3 1/2 cups chicken broth
1/2 lb chorizo
1 TSP salt
1/2 TSP pepper
Cilantro, for topping

Directions
1. Add the olive oil to a medium-large stock pot. Once warm, add in diced onion and cook until translucent, about 6 minutes.
2. Once translucent add in garlic and spices, cooking an additional 30 seconds.
3. Next, add the pumpkin and chicken broth, stirring to combine. Bring to a low boil and then turn heat down to a simmer and cover. Let cook for at least 20 minutes. 
4. While the soup is cooking, cook the chorizo in a small pan over medium heat. Make sure to break it up with a spoon as it cooks. Once cooked through, set aside.
5. After the soup has cooked 20 minutes, remove from heat and blend the soup using an immersion blender (or regular blender or food processor if you don't have one). You want a thick and smooth consistently. 
6. Return soup to low heat and stir in almost all of the chorizo, salt, and pepper. You can save some for topping if you would like! Let cook on low for additional 20 minutes, stirring occasionally. 
7. Serve topped with fresh cilantro and chorizo. Enjoy!