If you’re looking for a tasty homemade treat head over to Dream A Little Bigger today to get the recipe for my Sweet and Salty Cookies n’ Cream Peppermint Bark!
Long time no Daily Life! Just like every year, the last few months seem to fly by and I keep waiting for a calm day to sit down and actually write something other than a recipe! To catch you up on the last few weeks we’ll start with our annual Friendsgiving Feast!
As the RSVP’s rolled in, I quickly realized that setting up a few card tables together wasn’t going to cut it! I rented two 8ft long tables to accommodate our twenty guests and had everyone bring a chair or two. We might have been a bit short on space, but we definitely didn’t have a shortage in food! I served up a 21lb pomegranate and orange glazed turkey, bacon wrapped chicken drumsticks, and of course all of the other wonderful Thanksgiving side dishes.
I had a few moments where I wished I had a second kitchen, but managed to pull it all off and get everything out at relatively the same time. We ended the night with peppermint vodka spiked hot cocoa and a few rounds of Cards Against Humanity. Getting everything together while battling a cold/upper respiratory infection/The Plague seemed like a feat in its own and I have no doubt that next year’s will be even better!
Life has become a fulltime juggling act that I’m proud to say I’m keeping up with pretty well. Between two jobs, I’m only able to get about 1 day off a week. It takes everything in me not to stay in pajamas and sleep all day.. ok let’s be real.. I definitely did that a few days, but I’ve been trying to make the most of my brief and fleeting free time by cooking by buns off all day so I can still provide posts on the blog. Thanks to you guys with your comments and shares I know my efforts are not going to waste!
In some not so good news.. We finally took our stray, Mokiki, into the vet to get a check-up before we brought him inside to interact with Punk. We noticed he had put on a little weight or that his tummy seemed a bit bloated, but we thought it might just be a simple fix of medicine or diet change. I knew things weren’t going to be good when the vet continued to poke, prod, and ask questions while looking very perplexed as to what was causing this. We had an x-ray done and discovered that his stomach is filled with fluid caused by a terminal feline virus and possibly a tumor. He said that there’s nothing we can do other than continue to care for him as we have been. I was devastated to hear that we didn’t have much time left with him and that we wouldn’t even be able to bring him indoors since it poses a risk to our other cat.
We continued to care for him and he was doing okay, but then he disappeared during some bad weather we had a few weeks ago. While I was getting ready before an event I had to work, I discovered him next to our house..barely moving or breathing, covered in his own feces, urine, and dirt. I scooped him up and rushed him inside and set him up in our bathroom with clean water, food, and a litter box. When I got home from work I bathed him twice and made him a bed in my office where we kept him over the weekend. He wouldn’t eat and we had to use an eyedropper to get some water in him. We took him in Monday morning so that he could finally rest in peace. It was such a heart breaking decision but we knew eventually it was going to get to that point.. I just thought we had more time with him. We both took it pretty hard and it’s still very painful to even talk about, but I’m relieved he’s no longer suffering. Thank you to everyone for your kind words and support over these last few days.
Despite the ups, downs, twists, and turns that life has been giving me, my overall attitude has remained positive and optimistic. There’s going to be a lot of changes for Tattooed Martha in the new year, so stay tuned!
I’ll be honest.. butternut squash soup never sounded all that enticing to me. Maybe it was the baby food-like consistency or that I didn’t really start eating squash until recent years, but I just discovered that I have been missing out! I was inspired to try my own recipe after my friend, Bridgette from The Flamingo Tribune (an adorably wonderful rockabilly lifestyle blog), shared a photo of her own butternut squash soup and was kind enough to share her recipe with me. I kicked it up a notch by using fresh cilantro, lime, and jalapeño, with an assortment of other vegetables and spices to make the perfect soup for a cold winter day!
If you’re looking for a light and refreshing winter cocktail to serve up at your next party, look no further than the Rosemary and Pomegranate Fizz! This cocktail was inspired by some of the prominent flavors I cooked with during our Friendsgiving feast last Sunday! Head over to Dream A Little Bigger today to get the recipe!
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!