Spicy Moscow Mule

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Mules are simple to make, refreshing no matter what season it is, and much like a real mule.. they can knock you on your ass if you’re not careful! I wanted to add a bit more zing to mine so I went with an old classic, Sriracha! The spice from this tried and true rooster sauce pairs wonderfully with the crisp ginger beer and fresh squeezed lime juice. Try this spicy twist for yourself!

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Skinny Biscuits and Gravy

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Biscuits and gravy will always remind me of home and waking up on the weekends to the most enticing and delicious smells coming from the kitchen where my mom was preparing a huge breakfast for us. I was craving a batch of her famous biscuits and gravy, but with her being 1800 miles away, it makes it a wee bit difficult!

Since I don’t workout regularly I try to watch what I eat instead. We all know biscuits and gravy is basically a dish of pure fat and carbs.. that’s why it’s so damn good! I went for a “healthified” version instead by making whole wheat biscuits with almond milk, using turkey breakfast sausage instead of the fattier pork version, and used almond milk instead of heavy cream for the gravy. The result was just as decadent and hearty as the original, but I didn’t feel overly full or bloated. The best part was having leftovers to enjoy for days!

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Whole Wheat Biscuits with Almond Milk

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King Arthur Flour must have been reading my mind because the other day I woke up to make biscuits and gravy and outside my door was a lovely care package from them! I quickly put the ingredients to use to make some scrumptious whole wheat biscuits for my healthy version of biscuits and gravy.. don’t worry that recipe will be going up tomorrow, but you can catch a sneak peek in this post.

I typically have to mix in all-purpose flour with whole wheat blends because whole wheat is often bitter in flavor, but that wasn’t the case with the the white whole wheat flour. They were fluffy, buttery, and the perfect companion for a heaping mountain of sausage gravy!

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Honey Rose Face Mask

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Even in my late twenties I’m still struggling with combination skin and finding a product that strikes the perfect balance between fighting acne while keeping my skin hydrated. On top of that, the cost of some of these skincare lines are enough to break the bank! I always try to remember that less is more and opted for the more natural route this time by using three simple ingredients.

When treating acne I always go for honey. It has a ton of anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties which helps heal acne and at the same time keeps my skin moisturized and glowing thanks to all of the antioxidants and vitamins. If you can, splurge on raw or manuka honey which will have the most of those beneficial nutrients. Since my skin has been extra dry lately I decided to mix in a bit of coconut oil for more hydration. Inspired by Fresh’s Rose Face Mask I decided to crush up two dried roses that not only provided an aromatherapy factor, but made for a gentle exfoliator, sloughing away any dry skin.

You may look like a complete weirdo with it on (the neighbors did a few double takes while I was sitting by the window), but afterward your skin is going to thank you!

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Chicken in Basil Cream Sauce with Roasted Tomatoes

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A while back I found myself in a dinner rut and consuming the same 3-4 meals on rotation for weeks. I finally broke the pattern by throwing together some of my favorite ingredients in a completely new way. Tender juicy chicken smothered in a rich basil cream sauce and topped off with roasted tomatoes and bits of garlic… holy goodness! This is one meal that I wouldn’t mind eating on repeat for several nights!

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Blood Orange Mojito

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We’re heading into summer, but you wouldn’t know that around here with our temperatures in the 60’s, gloomy rainy days, and I may or may not be wrapped in a fuzzy blanket, over-sized flannel, and sipping pumpkin spice coffee. What can I say? I’m currently living in a deep state of denial that it’s not October right now.

To try and wrap brain around the concept that the seasons are in fact changing, I’ve been making lots of citrusy fresh cocktails and cooking with summer ingredients. Since we’re nearing the end of the season for blood oranges, I thought I would make use of them once more in this simple and bold mojito. It’s sweet, tart, refreshing, and makes me.. do I dare say? Slightly optimistic about summer!

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Strawberry Basil Pita Pizza with Balsamic Reduction

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Pita pizzas are my go-to when I’m pressed for time and not wanting to wait 2+ hours for homemade dough. I thought I would try out a sweet and savory combination to switch it up a bit and I think I found my new summer pizza! Fresh basil, sweet strawberries, and rich goat cheese get topped off with a simple balsamic reduction making this quick, easy, and delicious!

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Spicy Cilantro Lime Cocktail

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I love making cocktails with infused liquors, but when I’m needing that happy hour drink NOW and not 24-48 hours after my liquor has infused, I have to get a bit creative on drawing out the same flavor profiles in a short amount of time. On one such occasion I whipped up a batch of jalapeno cilantro infused vodka in just an hour for this deliciously refreshing (and STRONG) cocktail. See how I did it and add this recipe to your list of new favorite drinks for the summer!

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Friday Failures: The Messy Middle

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You may remember my first Friday Failures post and that I shared a failed cupcake recipe with you. It’s meant to show you that not everything I do turns out great and to just laugh and embrace the mistakes. However this Friday Failures post is going to be far less comical and probably one of my most personal and raw posts to date. There’s still photos and a project that I worked on that was a bit of a failure, but the process of how I got there is a vital piece to the story and explains why Tattooed Martha has been a dormant blog for the past few months.

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Valentine in a Bottle

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With Valentine’s Day fast approaching, you may find yourself out this weekend scrambling for a last minute gift for your loved one. You can go for the cliché box of chocolates, flowers, and 5ft tall teddy bear or you can craft a DIY Valentine that’s unique and extremely heartfelt. It won’t break the bank, it’s unisex, and you can keep it around for decoration unlike those wilting flowers!

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