Chalkboard Skillet Wall Art

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We all know that cooking on a Teflon coated pan that’s been scratched is extremely dangerous, so you typically just have to toss them out once they start to peel or become too scratched to use anymore. I had a few that I was getting ready to throw out when it struck me to turn them into wall art instead! A few coats of chalkboard paint made the skillet look brand new again and created the perfect space for me to leave messages, bad drawings, and add a funky new piece to my Breakfast Gallery Wall!


Chocolate Chip Zucchini Muffins

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One of my first recipes on the blog was for chocolate zucchini muffins. The photos are of course atrocious and the recipe needed some tweaking, so here’s my zucchini muffin recipe 2.0! I left out some of the spices from the first one to let the natural flavors shine through, added chocolate chips, and used zucchini straight from my garden. On my first round, I didn’t strain out too much of the liquid from the zucchini which resulted in dense little pancake muffins. They still tasted great, but removing that liquid for this recipe gave me the perfect pillowy muffins I wanted! These make a great sweet tooth snack or on-the-go breakfast!


Throw a Luau with Party Pail!

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A few weeks ago we hosted a luau at our place to kick off our crazy wedding week. The food I had taken care of, but for decorations I was at a loss. Of course no luau is complete without festive décor, grass skirts, and leis and PartyPail was kind enough to send me some supplies so our big bash looked the part! I’ve now partnered up with them on the blog so I can share their awesome party décor with you all! See more photos from our party and the fun decorations from Party Pail!


Blackberry Mojito at Dream A Little Bigger

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I’m so happy to finally announce that I’ll be a contributor at Dream A Little Bigger! Allison has been a huge inspiration for me since I first started blogging, so I feel extremely honored to be a part of her new team! Twice a month I’ll be contributing cocktails and recipes so be sure to head over and subscribe to Dream A Little Bigger so you don’t miss a single post! First up is a delicious blackberry mojito! Get the full recipe here..

Breakfast Gallery Wall

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I am NOT a morning person. Unless I stay up all night, watching the sunrise is not something that happens for me often. In an effort to change that around, I thought I would make a fun breakfast inspired wall that would brighten my mood and make me look forward to early mornings! I can’t wait to add new artwork, photos, and other breakfast paraphernalia, but for now here’s what I have…

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Check back over the next few weeks to see tutorials on some of the artwork seen here!

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Do you have any breakfast inspired wall art in your home?

Daily Life

Today I woke up to dark skies, rain, and a feeling that it was fall already. I was half asleep and thinking.. I need to bake pumpkin bread and start decorating for Halloween! I think I can hold off until August before I actually do. I blame it on being a blogger and always living a month ahead so we can have seasonal posts ready to go ahead of time.. and also because I geek out when it comes to Halloween!

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It’s been a week and a half since we’ve been married now and I think the question most asked (aside from when we plan on having some bacon bits) is, “Do you feel any different?!” The answer is yes.. and no. We’re both being that really annoying couple that calls each other Mr. and Mrs. Erickson and now that the weight of the wedding has been lifted, we’re a lot happier and stress-free. We’ve also been enjoying going out on dates again (see above), but since we’ve been living together for the past 2 and a half years and dating for almost 3.. we already felt like we were married! We’re just ready to kick some butt together and see what the future has in store for us!

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This was me running around a cliff wall after getting hit with high tides, yelling a few profanities, and trying not to flash the photographers! Haha
Photo by Corey Bruce Photography

Speaking of which.. we get to see our wedding photos today! I’ll be putting together a special post to share some of them and tell you about all the craziness that happened that day. Even though the wedding is over, life isn’t showing any signs of slowing down! We’re getting prepared for the Hell City Tattoo Festival in Phoenix next month.. come by and say hello if you’re in the area! I’d love to meet you! And I’m taking on a few more projects that I hope lead to some exciting opportunities!

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Who else is ready for fall?! Leave me a message below and let me know what you would like to see on the blog in the next few months!

Have a wonderful Wednesday!

Tattoosday: Artist Spotlight – Rachel Gilbert

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When a person loves what they do for a living, it’s blatantly obvious in their work. After seeing Rachel Gilbert’s work firsthand, you can see the passion and talent she possesses in every fine line of the tattoo. Detailed, delicate, and decorative are just a few words that come to mind when describing Rachel’s work.

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Originally from Milwaukee, WI, she now tattoos at No Hope No Fear Tattoo in Portland, OR and just hit her 13th year of tattooing this past spring. She specializes in decorative styles, bright color, and such realistic detail that the image appears to be three dimensional.

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In-progress cover up

Her upbeat and honest personality makes her a joy to work with and her attention to detail and high standards of quality make for a custom piece of artwork that you’ll cherish forever. Become a fan on Facebook, Instagram, or better yet.. book your appointment with her today at No Hope No Fear Tattoo!

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Chocolate Fudge Brownie and Banana Ice Cream

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Okay so before you click away because you don’t own an ice cream maker, know this.. I don’t either! All you need is frozen bananas, a food processor or blender, and a sweet tooth to make this delicious homemade ice cream. I made up a batch of flourless brownies that ended up not looking so hot after I cut them, so I decided to crumble them and add to the mix, keeping them gluten-free friendly and the only sugar in the entire mix was in the brownies. I love my Ben & Jerry’s, but after making this guilt-free batch of ice cream, I may never go back to store-bought!


Lemon Basil Gin Fizz

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Last week I was convinced that all of our Midwestern friends and family in town caused Portland to have a heat wave! When the temperatures heat up I turn to my go-to summer cocktail, the Lemon Basil Gin Fizz! A refreshing and crisp cocktail that I almost always have the ingredients on hand for. Enjoy one to yourself or make up a whole batch for your next summer get-together!


Daily Life

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Photo by Corey Bruce Photography

Holy whirlwind! I’m not even quite sure where to begin with everything that’s happened in the last week! Family and friends from all over flew or drove into Portland, we showed them the waterfalls, had an amazing rehearsal dinner, spent Friday scrambling around for last minute wedding decorations, baking cupcakes, and putting favors together all on a few hours of sleep, and then….. WE GOT MARRIED! I’m officially wifed up! ;)

I’ll do a separate wedding post when we receive all of our photos back and I would also like to share more about the ‘behind the scenes’ of the wedding. Emotions, mishaps, and all the little things that made this day so special. I won’t torture you by holding out on photos though so here’s a few that our photographer, Corey Bruce, captured. You can see more by following him on Instagram or check out his Tumblr page for full resolution photos.

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And my personal favorite.. a candid I snapped on the drive back from the beach… maybe 20 minutes after the ceremony. Getting married is tiring work! haha

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I’ve had exactly a week off from blogging and now I begin the daunting task of sorting through comments, emails, blog posts, and playing catch up in every other aspect of life. Married life starts with a full plate that’s for sure, but we couldn’t be more excited for our future together!

I just wanted to thank you all for your kind words, advice, and general amazingness throughout this past week. A huge thank you to our friends and family that not only made the journey out here, but put up with us being stressed out and sleep deprived, and helped us make the ceremony and reception come together that made for a day that I’ll never forget.

I hope you’re all having a wonderful week!

Love, Mrs. Erickson (!!! :) )

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