Daily Life

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A few days before our one year wedding anniversary, Josh and I hit the coast to “our beach.” The sky was overcast and there was a slight breeze which was a welcome change from the scorching hot days we’ve been getting in Portland. While we were walking down the beach to find a good spot, we came across a little driftwood shanty someone had put together. It already had a fire pit set up, a log bench, and log to lean against in front of the fire. We quickly claimed it for ourselves, started a fire, and had a little picnic. We may or may have not been seriously considering staying there and making it our permanent home!

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I think it was that day at the beach that I caught Fall Fever.. I broke out the Halloween decorations the other day and I’m slowly putting them up throughout the house. I also had a baking day with my good friend Mary and her two daughters. On the menu: My Pumpkin Spice Chai Lattes, chai spice cupcakes (which although they were a disaster, they still tasted amazing!), and pumpkin spice cookies! It was a great way to start out my Recipes With Friends feature and the Friday Failures feature as well! Check back on Friday for a good laugh to see my cupcake fail.

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There’s been some slow, but steady progress on my half-year resolutions that I mentioned in the last Daily Life. I’ve been going to the gym on a regular basis for the last week… which helps balance out my Ben and Jerry’s addiction.. and I’ve reached out to a few web designers about revamping Tattooed Martha. The only goal I haven’t made progress on is changing everything over to my married name. It’s like voluntarily getting a root canal! I’ll do it soon, I promise!

Well I’ve got a full day of cooking ahead so that’s all I have for you now, but I want to hear who else has caught Fall Fever! What part of fall are you looking forward to most? Favorite fall recipes? Leave a comment below and have a happy Wednesday!


Triple Berry Mimosas

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I had some leftover berries from my Whole Wheat Summer Berry Muffins recipe and I decided to juice them up and add them to my mimosas! Which by the way, can we just take a second to appreciate the invention of the Mimosa.. you’re drinking champagne in the morning like a rich housewife but because you add orange juice it makes your day drinking completely acceptable!

That fresh berry flavor, tangy orange juice, and sweet bubbly champagne make the perfect summer brunch cocktail. I served mine up in mason jar mugs because let’s be real.. champagne flutes are far too small and you just KNOW you’re going to have a second one!

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Whole Wheat Summer Berry Muffins at Dream A Little Bigger

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Summer berries are in season and tasting better than ever! Mix some up in your baking to create these scrumptious Whole Wheat Summer Berry Muffins! Head over to Dream A Little Bigger for my recipe!


Tattoosday: House Ink

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With the tattoo industry being at all time high in popularity, it seems like we’re flooded with new tattoo magazines and blogs, but there’s one that stands out well beyond the rest.

House Ink is definitely more than just another tattoo publication or blog. It’s a community where artists, tattooers, models, photographers, and anyone just generally inspired by the tattoo and creative arts world can come together. It’s a one-stop site providing information, photos, convention coverage, interviews, and more!

Sherri House, founder and editor of House Ink, has dedicated an immense amount of time and hard work into making this all come together. She’s a creative free spirit with a sharp eye and strives for perfection. Do yourself a favor and head over to check out her latest interviews and features, including one from yours truly which you can find here!

Roasted Sweet Potato and Black Bean Breakfast Burritos

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If I’m being completely honest these aren’t just breakfast burritos.. these are I-would-gladly-eat-these-for-every-meal burritos, but I initially sought out to make a savory new breakfast dish and these were the result. Red quinoa, black beans, and roasted sweet potato seasoned with a blend of spices make for a satisfyingly filling breakfast without leaving you feeling bloated afterward. Top it all off with my zesty Avocado Cilantro Lime Yogurt Sauce and you’ve got one deliciously balanced breakfast!

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Avocado Cilantro Lime Yogurt Sauce

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Lately we’ve been on a bit of a yogurt kick and I’m finding other uses for it besides my morning breakfast. I’ve always been a sour cream person when it comes to burrito toppings, but I thought I’d give a yogurt sauce a try to change things up. What I discovered was that I had been missing out on some serious flavor! This creamy tangy sauce added the perfect zip to some breakfast burritos I cooked up recently and I’ve since tried it on chicken, pork, and seafood. It’s also pretty good by itself as a dip! It takes less than 5 minutes to put together and will elevate the flavor on any dish you try it with!

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Raspberry Rum Smash at Dream A Little Bigger

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The heat in Portland over the last few weeks has made it unbearable to cook, but I have been concocting some new refreshing drinks for you all! My new favorite is the Raspberry Rum Smash! Head over to Dream A Little Bigger for my recipe!


Beer Battered Fish Tacos with Jalapeno Lemon Slaw

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Do I even need to write an intro on this recipe? Beer battered is in the title and that should be all you need to know to want to make these tasty tacos! I used a local brew, Deschutes Brewery Twilight Summer Ale, to make the perfect crispy batter for fresh cod. I paired it with a simple jalapeño lemon slaw with a tangy spicy kick that complements the fish beautifully!

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Daily Life

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After spending a week with family in Northern Minnesota we’re finally back in the sweltering summer heat of Portland. Going straight back to work after our time off wasn’t ideal, but it’s making me appreciate my next two days off all the more!

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My husband’s family (and now my family!) does a huge family reunion every 5 years that was originally started by his great grandmother, Meme Mann, in 1964. It was great to finally meet Josh’s extended family and be apart of this amazing gathering of people. There were golf outings, contests, photo reenactments, and lots of great food!

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Us in a few short years! 😉

After the reunion was over, my parents drove up from Iowa to spend a few days with us as well. It was some much needed rest and relaxation.. minus the rest part for me. I can’t sleep without my sixteen pound ball of fluff named, Punk. Cat-mom problems. We woke up with no agenda and spent most of time taking boat rides, drinking beer, and talking.

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Of course I caught myself constantly thinking I should be working on the blog. Sometimes it’s good to step away and focus on YOU and your goals aside from work and any side projects though. Okay… I did end up working a little, but I can’t help it!

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Since we have half the year left, I thought it might be fun to make some Half Year Resolutions and recommit to some previous goals!

1st on the list: Change everything over to my married name. I handled the drivers license part, but there’s still social security, tax forms, bank accounts, etc… :( A rather grueling task, but it needs done nontheless!

2nd: Redesign the website. Tattooed Martha has been needing a face lift for quite some time, don’t you think? I’m ready for a whole new layout, new features and content, and more interaction with you, the readers!

3rd: Ugh… do I dare say it? Go to the gym on a regular basis. I definitely need to focus on my health more and working out regularly would help tremendously. The only problems: I hate getting sweaty or out of breath willingly, wearing spandex, doing physical activity in front of other people, getting sweaty, repetition, dudes who take too many selfies in front of the squat rack, and did I mention getting sweaty?

Wish me luck! What are your Half Year Resolutions?


Pineapple Habanero Margaritas at Dream A Little Bigger

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It’s going to be a warm one all weekend long and if you’re looking for a refreshing cocktail with a bit of sweet heat, then head over to Dream A Little Bigger for my Pineapple Habanero Margaritas recipe!

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