During fall I love incorporating as many seasonal vegetables into my meals that I can and squash is definitely my favorite to use. After coming across Cooking Light’s Acorn Squash Egg-in-the-Hole recipe I knew I had to recreate it for myself. I loaded mine up with fresh vegetables, bacon, and of course a healthy dose of Sriracha for some heat. Not only do they look beautiful once plated, but they’re the perfect serving size for a light, yet filling meal to start the day!
It’s hard to believe that I’ve been blogging for nearly three and a half years now. I’m still learning and growing with each post, but it’s always nice to look back on older posts and appreciate how far I’ve come.
One post that I love/cringe when I see is my Rum Spiked Pecan Pie. This was my first recipe that I posted involving Sailor Jerry Rum and the first recipe that they shared on their page, bringing thousands of you to Tattooed Martha. As atrocious as the photos are from that post, I leave it there as a solid reminder of my growth and how grateful I am to so many of you and the team at Sailor Jerry for the continued love and support.
I thought this would be the perfect time of year to reprise the recipe, but in miniature form! They pack a punch of decadence with each bite and make the perfect fall treat to enjoy with a tumbler full of Sailor! I borrowed the pie crust recipe from my Mini Pumpkin Pies and you can definitely expect to see both on my Thanksgiving table this year!
Hot Toddies are one of my favorite cocktails to enjoy through fall and winter. The cinnamon, cloves, and bitters really bring out the flavors in the rum and make this a soothing, aromatic drink that’s perfect for sipping on those chilly days. It’s also an amazing remedy for colds and sore throats making those sick days a lot more enjoyable! Whether you’re actually sick or just faking (I’ll never tell!), you’ll love the spin on this classic!
If you’re short on time or you’re just looking for a no-fuss appetizer, look no further than these tasty Avocado Pico de Gallo Cups! The pico de gallo can be made the night before so all that’s left is slicing open some avocados! It creates a natural and delicious serving bowl for this classic salsa. Find my recipe at Dream A Little Bigger!
Those chilly fall days are here and it’s time to dust off the slow-cooker! Spicy pulled pork is always a favorite of ours to make because before you even open the front door you can smell the delicious aroma of a slow-cooked pork loin marinating in a spicy barbecue tequila sauce and an array of spices. I paired ours with a sweet and tangy apple salsa that provides the perfect crunch and sweetness to compliment the tender, spicy, slow-cooked pork. It makes enough for a large group or perfect to make at the beginning of the week and take the leftovers for lunch.
The response to my Daily Life post last month was phenomenal. It was so great hearing from all of you with suggestions, words of encouragement, and just overall positive feedback during a time I truly needed it. From the bottom of my heart, THANK YOU! YOU, the reader, will forever be the driving force of Tattooed Martha and you continue to prove it to me time and time again.
In addition to all of your lovely messages and comments I also received a little care package from fellow blogger, Amber, of Gypsies Crafts & Treats. She makes amazing handmade cake toppers, garnish sticks, straws, and invitations. She sent along a Sailor Jerry and Halloween themed package that I can’t wait to use in upcoming posts. She even made a cake topper headstone for our car that was recently stolen! Haha we all had a good laugh about that one! Be sure to check out her blog and Etsy store.
Part of the reason behind my slump last month is that I’m always biting off more than I can chew, leaving me feeling discouraged and frustrated when things aren’t happening as fast as I would like. I’ve set some more realistic expectations and goals for myself and life has been running a lot smoother. I have high hopes for the future of this blog and I think you guys will enjoy the changes ahead.
I think you all know that Autumn is my favorite season so I’m trying to take things slow and enjoy every moment.
So far this month I’m..
Halloweenifying (yea, that’s a word now) the house. I’ve dug out all of the Halloween decorations I can find and started a massive list of projects I want to create to add to the Halloween effect. Even Punk has gotten into the spirit.. can you find her?
Drinking every pumpkin beer I can get my hands on.. so far I’ve tried 4 different types and my favorite is Elysian Brewing Punkucchino.. Pumpkin beer + coffee + the name of my cat… Of course I’m going to love it!
Hiking as much as possible. I’m not fond of working out or spending much time at the gym so I’m making it a point to hike more especially during fall. We recently hiked to Punchbowl Falls and I saw several of the trees already turning bright shades of yellow and orange. Of course I forgot my camera so I had to make do with these low quality iPhone photos!
Every day we utilize technology in our lives and whether we love or loathe it, it’s undeniable that it’s changed the way we do things. One place you might start to see or experience some more of these changes is at the tattoo shop. Aside from the obvious advances in tattoo machines and power supplies, here’s three new products out there that fuse innovative ideas and technology to make the tattoo experience for both client and artist, a smoother one.
Designed by tattooer, Liz Cook, Quick Caps are every tattooers new best friend. Not only does this cut down set up time, but they also don’t tip over when bumped, are designed to prevent spilling into other caps when overfilled, and if you don’t need all 50, you can simply snip off the portion that you need and save the rest since their stackable design makes for easy storage! They’re currently being used by artists, Rich Pineda, Timmy B, Kelly Doty, Sarah Miller, and of course, Liz Cook.
Tattoo Release Forms App
Some states require tattooers to hang onto release forms for their clients for up to SEVEN years, creating an exponential amount of paperwork taking up space and making it an organization nightmare. Keeping track of all that paperwork when you’re a traveling artist makes this even more difficult.. until now. Tattooer and app developer, Conan Lea, created Tattoo Release Forms. A completely digital way of providing and saving release forms for clients.
Also made available for piercers, you can easily customize your health and legal clauses based on your state’s laws and/or personal preference. Returning clients can pull up their old form, verify that no information has changed, and sign, making it a hassle free process. The files on the iPad/tablet as well as the files you back up to the cloud are encrypted to protect your client’s information. And no Wi-Fi? No problem! Your files will upload to the cloud as soon as you reconnect to a signal and open the app. They’ve truly thought of everything when it comes to making a seamless application for tattooers and clients to use!
Visit the website or watch this quick tutorial to learn more about the app.
Spirit Pocketjet Thermal Printer
Spirit teamed up with Brother to develop a portable, easy to use thermal printer that’s perfect for the traveling tattoo artist. This lightweight, battery powered printer allows artists to easily connect to laptops or handheld devices with a USB cord and print highly detailed images onto thermal paper. This eliminates the need for hand-drawn stencils or using a bulky, expensive 3M Thermofax for tattoo stencils.
For more information on the Pocketjet printer check out their website or watch this quick video.
I have a bit of a love/hate relationship with salads, but I quickly fell in love with them again after pairing it with this deliciously addictive dressing. It’s fresh, tangy, and also makes a great dipping sauce for sweet potato fries, tortilla chips, and burritos.
After I let my husband taste test it he said, “You can just give me a spoon and hand me the rest of the bottle!” So when I went to make this a second time I decided to just double the recipe because of how quickly we went through the first batch. Whether you make a little or a lot, this will quickly become your new favorite salad dressing!
I wanted a cocktail that captured this transitional time of year as we say goodbye to summer and welcome fall. Instead of jumping to the obvious pumpkin recipes (although I’m quite excited for those too) I went with fresh Granny Smith apples to be the star of this drink. Fresh lime and mint capture that summery fresh citrus component while the freshly juiced apple gives it a tart and crisp finish that will have you daydreaming about those chilly fall days ahead.