I’m starting this post off with a disclaimer… I hate.. I mean like really passionately hate those people in front of you at Starbuck’s or any other coffee shop with the ridiculous orders. “Ummm can I get a venti soy half-caff extra whip mocha latte with caramel?? And that’s one of the shorter orders I’ve heard! When my girlfriend brought me a pumpkin spice chai latte I scoffed a bit but ultimately gave in and tried it. I’m a little bit ashamed to admit that it was absolutely delicious! Being too stubborn and embarrassed to actually order one myself, I decided to learn how to make my own with the traditional Tattooed Martha spin.. adding rum! Not only does a healthy dose of rum give your coffee or tea that extra kick but I used real pumpkin and brown sugar, not all the chemicals and artificial coloring that most pumpkin spice drinks have. If you’re not much into chai tea I’ve also included how to make it with coffee!
Using beets pulled from my own garden, I put together a roasted beet salad with a light and tangy red wine vinaigrette! Find the recipe today at Dream A Little Bigger!
Can I first just say.. I miss you! I miss my readers and being able to write every day! I sacrificed a bit of my getting ready time for work this morning to even get this post written today! Since last Tuesday life has just been throwing me a whole bag of lemons and I’ve been struggling to keep up before the next thing hits.. Rather than dwell on the negatives right now I’m going to focus on one of the good moments from the last few weeks.. our Halloween party!
No one wanted to head out to the bars, but we all still wanted to get together and dress up, so we threw together a party in a matter of a few hours! I hung up a plain white sheet splattered with fake blood in my office and set up my camera on a tripod for a makeshift photo booth. We swapped nearly every bulb in the house for a colored one, had all of our favorite Halloween movies playing, and took one too many ridiculous photos!
In attendance we had Gene Simmons and his Steam Punk bride..
A lounging Superman and Green Man..
And even Punk got into the spirt… kind of!
So that’s the good! The bad and the ugly parts of my life are still ongoing at the moment so once I’ve had some time to process those things, I’ll share them here. Thank you so much to my supportive readers, friends, husband, and family for being there for me this week! You guys remind me that there is always good in my life, even during the toughest days.
I hope you’re all having a wonderful weekend!
We’re in the heart of the fall season right now and hearty chilly weather dishes are all I want right now! Spaghetti squash is one of my favorites to work with because of its pasta-like consistency, so I seasoned it with brown butter, sautéed garlic, and crispy sage leaves to bring out its natural flavor! This is an excellent dish to serve up to any vegetarian guests you have at Thanksgiving or for the days you’re craving warm comfort food minus the added holiday pounds!
I thought that I might take today to relax, get caught up on emails and blogs, and refuse to change into real pants… then I remembered that we decided to throw a Halloween party last minute! We were on the fence about having one at all because between juggling jobs and Josh working out of town the last week and a half, we haven’t had much time to sit down and plan anything. This is my favorite holiday though! I can’t NOT do something for it and I seem to work well under pressure, so today I’m making it happen! Wish me luck!
Over the weekend I worked a couple of photo booth gigs at the Portland Art Museum. We were busy non-stop but managed to sneak in a few goofy shots of our own!
To unwind from the weekend I decided to get out the city for a bit and hike with a friend to Wahclella Falls. It was raining pretty good the whole time so I didn’t get as many photos in as I would have liked, but it also made me appreciate and enjoy every detail firsthand instead of flipping through photos of it later. All of the moss covered branches made the changing leaves stand out even more. I’ll definitely be investing in a nice rain jacket soon so I can continue to hike through the winter!
The husband makes his way back from Iowa to Oregon this evening and I couldn’t be more excited to see him! Not many people know, but our relationship started as a long distance one. Anytime we’re away from one another it reminds us of all the late night phone calls, Skype dates, and airport goodbyes we endured to be with one another. I think I’ll pick up our favorite beer and cook up a big meal to welcome him home.. any suggestions?
A sneaky snapshot from PDX
How will you be spending your Halloween weekend?
If you’re throwing a Halloween bash in the next week, don’t leave these creepy and delicious martinis off the menu! Head over to Dream A Little Bigger to get my full recipe and don’t forget to check out Gypsies Crafts & Treats for all of your handmade Halloween party supplies like these bat garnish sticks!
It’s a little bit ironic that I’m doing this post today because I feel like I’m missing my OWN brain! Sleep deprivation + copious amounts of coffee = delirium, so bear with me if this post suddenly turns into incoherent dribble. I’ve been dreaming of making these cupcakes since last October so I’m really excited to finally share them with you! I was inspired with the idea after seeing Sprinkle Bake’s amazing Frankenweenie cake a few years ago (seriously, she is talented beyond words!) and adapted her cake recipe into these brainy cupcakes! Fun, creepy, and delicious.. everything a Halloween treat should be!
Before I get into how dangerously amazing this mulled wine is I first need to discuss what I call, “The Grocery Store Conspiracy.” I don’t know if anyone else experiences this, but every time I set out to our local grocery store to get items for dinner or blog posts, I find they’re always missing that one KEY ingredient that makes the recipe complete! Anyone remember the Mummy Manicotti recipe from last October? I had to go to THREE grocery stores before I found one that stocked manicotti pasta!
Well I experienced that yet again when searching for star anise, which is a key component in almost any mulled wine recipe. Instead of scouring all of Portland for this magical Chinese spice, I decided to do what I do best.. IMPROVISE! See the original recipe and the substitute I used for flavor in case you run into the same problem. No matter which option you choose, you’ll end up with a sweet, citrusy, and aromatic fall cocktail to warm you up on cold days!
As you saw in yesterday’s Tattoosday, we spent our weekend at the Portland Tattoo Expo! We had a really good time, brought home some new artwork, and even an award for my thigh tattoo! We’re looking forward to seeing everyone again at the Evergreen Tattoo Invitational next spring!
And speaking of spring.. our weather has been a little bit crazy and we’re still getting some fairly nice days. My garden is still producing tomatoes, beets, and red onions…and of course itsy bitsy spiders like this guy!
If you follow me on Instagram then you might have seen my update about our little deck dweller, Mokiki. He went from skittish and skinny to a plump and loving kitty in just a few months. We’ll be taking him into the vet in about a week or two to get the green light to bring him inside. We’ve been slowly introducing him and Punk to one another and I’m sure there will be a few scuffles, but we’re confident they’ll become buddies!
You might have noticed that I haven’t been posting as frequently as I used to (partially Punk’s fault for using my laptop as her bed!) and it’s because life got a whole lot busier over the last few weeks! In addition to Tattooed Martha and the freelance blog work that I do, I just picked up two more part time jobs so we have plenty of dough (the green kind!) rolling in for the holiday season. Not to burst the bubbles of future bloggers, but it’s not as easy as it may look to earn revenue from your posts. It can take a long time before you see any payoff from all the hard work you do and unfortunately I’m tired of waiting around, so I’m staying proactive in the meantime.
What does that mean for Tattooed Martha? Don’t worry.. I’m not going anywhere! I just might not be able to do as many posts as I like right now. I know that even though the work I’m doing will take me away from the blog temporarily, those ventures will help fund future projects and where I ultimately want to take my business in the future.
I’ll have a brand new cocktail for you all to try on Friday and a creepy cupcake recipe on Sunday.. just in time for your Halloween parties!
Thank you all for being tremendously supportive and encouraging through all the ups, downs, and changes in my blog as well as my life! Have a great rest of the week!
Artist Rachel Gilbert
This weekend we attended the sixth annual Portland Tattoo Expo, which was a nice change of pace since we didn’t have to fly or drive multiple hours like we do most conventions! Sadly, I had a missing SD card from my camera and Josh’s camera was having some malfunctions of its own so our photos are a bit limited. Josh had a steady stream of tattoos all weekend and I finally showed my completed thigh piece which earned us 1st place for Best Large Color!
To see the completed piece, follow Bacon_Tattoos on Instagram!
Photo by House Ink
As always we saw tons of old friends, made lots of new ones, caught a few burlesque acts, and picked up some great artwork like this print from painter, Gustavo Rimada. Give this guy a follow on Instagram to see his latest works!
To see more photos, head over to my good friend’s Facebook page for her new online magazine, House Ink!