Natural Lemon and Thyme Kitchen Cleaner

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It’s rare when I have to throw food out, but I still cringe anytime I do, so I’m always looking for new ways to use food scraps for another recipe or project. After making my Blueberry Basil Lemonade, I was left with a ridiculous amount of lemon rinds and knew I could put them to a better use than just the compost bin. With how much I cook, my kitchen seems to be forever dirty so I thought making a natural cleaner would be the best option to use up those lemon rinds!

A simple mix of lemon, thyme, and vinegar makes this cleaner safe to use around food and dishes, not to mention more affordable than the store-bought natural cleaners. I was a bit worried that it would leave a lingering vinegar smell (and my husband LOATHES vinegar), but the citrus actually helps balance out the intense vinegar smell, leaving you with a fresh summery scent!

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Spring Blossom Granita Cocktail

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With the days warming up and every tree and flower in bloom right now, I was inspired to make a blushing spring cocktail that captured this beautiful season. This bubbly concoction is perfect for a spring or summer brunch and can easily be made into a non-alcoholic drink by using club soda or sparkling white grape juice!

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Daily Life

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We had a snuggly couple of weeks with our favorite Bostons, Milo and Schotzy. For those of you new to the blog, these farty little beans belong to our good friends and we dog sit them quite often. I tend to shut myself inside the house all day when working on the blog, but It was great to take the girls on walks and see all the colorful spring blooms around the neighborhood.

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They were less than thrilled about the bath.

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And Milo was overseeing my posts all week.

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Last week I decided to push myself out of my comfort zone a bit and set up a photo shoot with the talented Sheri House of House Ink. My friend, Britnee, did an amazing job with my makeup and I made a flower crown (tutorial coming soon!) for the occasion. We finally caught a sunny day and headed to Bridal Veil Falls in the Columbia River Gorge. It was slightly awkward as the tourists shifted their cameras from the waterfall to us trying to set up lighting, shoot, and pose without tumbling into the water. My feet went numb about two minutes into standing in the water and I may or may not have rolled off a log while trying to look like an ethereal forest goddess. Being covered in dirt, moss, and goosebumps.. it’s a glamorous life! You can see one of the edited shots on House Ink’s Instagram!

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On Sunday we hosted a Game of Thrones premiere party at our place. A small get-together quickly turned to a party of fourteen and I realized that nothing short of a royal feast would suffice! Platters of delicious meats, cheeses, and fresh fruit, a sixteen pound brown sugar glazed ham, bacon wrapped chicken drumsticks, and my mom’s famous pasta salad and deviled egg recipes. Our friends also brought over candied Sriracha bacon and a two layer cake! Of course I had get in theme and dress up as Daenerys so my dress from the photoshoot came in handy again!

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Monday my wonderfully creative friend and photographer, Lindsey Rickert, came over to shoot new photos for Tattooed Martha. We took your basic head shots and then moved on to the real fun! You know you have a true friend for life when she tells you, “Let’s shoot you in a messy kitchen while you’re drinking a cocktail.” Ummm.. done and DONE! The kitchen was already destroyed from our Game of Thrones party the night before and whipping up a batch of cupcakes for the shoot, but we decided to destroy it even further. There’s nothing more gratifying than hurling a cupcake at your cupboards and hearing the “splat” that it makes! The clean up aspect was not as fun, but it was worth the mess to get the shots we needed.
The photos will also be used in something else very exciting.. details soon!

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I hope that you all have a wonderful, messy, and creative week!


Milk of the Poppy Cocktail

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The season 5 premiere of Game of Thrones happens this Sunday and whether you’re watching by yourself of planning a premiere party, your night won’t be complete without a cocktail inspired by the show! The poppy flower is associated with sleep, peace, and death, but lucky for you my cocktail version of the drink is not as strong as what the drink appears to be on the show. If you’re a fan of this combination you might recognize it as a classic White Russian! (more…)

Blueberry Basil Lemonade at Dream A Little Bigger

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It’s not quite blueberry season, but I was craving a summery beverage and this Blueberry Basil Lemonade hit the spot! Head over to Dream A Little Bigger today to get my recipe!

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Black Tea and Honey Exfoliating Mask

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Alright, it’s time to get a little personal.. I’m 26 and I feel like I just hit puberty! I’ve had relatively clear skin most of my life and now all of a sudden, it’s Breakout City! On top of feeling like a pimple-faced teen, I also need to start focusing my skincare routine on preventative signs of aging. So how do you treat both?! I’ve been going through tons of cleansers, eye creams, spot treatments, moisturizers.. you name it and my skin either gets worse or doesn’t seem to respond at all. I finally decided to dial it back a bit and get back to NATURAL ingredients.

I put together a three ingredient mask that helps treat and prevent blemishes as well as premature signs of aging. After just one use my skin felt refreshed, smooth, and radiant! Click through for more information on the ingredients I used and why they’re so beneficial for your skin!

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Zesty Garlic Sriracha Hummus

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Pizza, eggs, seafood, cocktails.. everything just seems to taste a little better with Sriracha on it and this Zesty Garlic Sriracha Hummus is no exception! Using just a few simple ingredients you can create your own smooth and spicy hummus right at home! A warning to the single folks though.. don’t eat this before or during a date and expect a goodnight kiss! 😉

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Layered Strawberry Banana Mango Smoothie

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I haven’t put up a good smoothie recipe in a while and I figured those of you that had to endure a long winter could use something tropical! I used my favorite fruits to put together a refreshing and filling mix that’s both dairy and sugar-free, making this a GUILT-free treat to enjoy any time of the day!

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Bruschetta Three Ways at Dream A Little Bigger

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Hosting a party is hard enough, but you can make things easier on yourself with easy appetizers! Head over to Dream A Little Bigger today to get my recipes for these deliciously simple bruschetta appetizers!


Tattoosday: Evergreen Tattoo Invitational

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The first weekend of March brought back the Evergreen Tattoo Invitational and along with it, a multitude of talent. Organized and hosted by husband and wife teams, Joshua and Nichole Carlton and Riley and Erin Smith, artists were handpicked by them to come from all over the nation and display their work over the course of three days.

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Paul Booth

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Stefano Alcantara getting started for the day.

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Tattoo by Rest of High Priestess

Paul Booth, Stefano Alcantara, James Kern, Erin Chance, Krist Karloff, and painter, Chet Zar are just a few that were in attendance this year. In addition to the high level of artistry on display, there was also live music, beard competitions, tattoo competitions, and they even had Voodoo Doughnut (they know the way to a girl’s heart)! The hard work, time, and planning of this event did not go unnoticed and the overall consensus from both artists and convention attendees is that Evergreen is by far one of the best conventions to be a part of.

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Shaun Miller – Tattooer and co-creator of A Pound of Flesh

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Ashton Allen of No Hope No Fear Tattoo

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Artist Vega Natas showing her first published work.

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Bacon of No Hope No Fear Tattoo working on a re-work/cover up

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James Kern of No Hope No Fear Tattoo working on a cover up as well

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1st Place for Best Sleeve – Artist Krist Karloff

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Ashley Keever – 3rd place winner of Best Sleeve

Once again, a huge thank you to Joshua, Nichole, Riley, and Erin for putting on such a wonderful event!


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