As a blogger you have to be prepared and aware of upcoming holidays/seasons. We usually start Halloween crafts in July and Christmas in August, but sometimes inspiration strikes you at the last minute. These pin-up ornaments are exactly that! I’ve seen so many fun ideas and crafts out of the labels, so I wanted to come up with a quick and easy holiday-themed idea. If you’ve tried to remove a… Keep Reading
I haven’t made sangria since my Spicy Summer Sangria so it seems only fitting to make a White Winter Sangria! Fresh apples, pears, grapes, and spices topped off with bubbly champagne make this a festive drink to be enjoyed well through the new year!
Why, hello, there Tattooed Martha readers! My name is Allison and I’m a crafty blogger over at Dream a Little Bigger. I’m really, really excited about guesting here, simply put, because I adore Sasha! She’s one of my favorite, must-read bloggers and her talent always boggles my mind! Nevermind that she’s about as sweet as the day is long! So I’m so pleased to be here and hope that you… Keep Reading
Red velvet is definitely my go-to recipe for cupcakes, but I wanted to change it up a little bit for the holiday season! The cake is still rich and moist, while the decadent buttercream frosting ads just a hint of peppermint to get you into the holiday spirit! And achieving that red and white swirl frosting is easier than you think! Bake a batch for your upcoming holiday party or… Keep Reading
What’s the best way to get into the ‘holiday spirit?’ Candy cane infused rum of course! Perfect for spiking hot chocolate, coffee, or enduring those awkward family get-togethers! 😉
I’ve never been a big fan of cranberry sauce, jelly, or even yams by themselves, but I still wanted to incorporate them into our Thanksgiving dinner. I made this dish last year and I’m so glad that I did! it was a huge hit and now a staple for our Thanksgiving meal. Caramelized in brown sugar, cinnamon, and Sailor Jerry Rum, this will quickly become a favorite of yours too!
A few days ago I decided to start planning for Thanksgiving! Since we live 1800 miles away from our family and most of our friends here are transplants to Portland as well, we love to throw a Friendsgiving to still have that sense of family and togetherness! Last year we hosted our first Friendsgiving.. in our downtown apartment.. that didn’t have a dining room! Not to be discouraged by our… Keep Reading
I went on a hike with a friend to Multnomah Falls last year and I picked up one of the largest leaves I’ve ever seen! I knew I had to make a fun project with it so I pressed it between two large pieces of poster board and it’s been there ever since. I wanted to create some new décor for the fall season and remembered I had this monstrous… Keep Reading
Pumpkin pie is a fall classic, but I couldn’t resist altering the original and making 2 dozen mini pies instead! The fluffy whipped cream, rich pumpkin filling, and buttery flaky crust make the most decadent combination in bite sized form! Serve these up to your guests on Thanksgiving or any other occasion to enjoy pumpkin pie.. which in my book is EVERY day!
This is the time of year to indulge your sweet tooth so whip up a batch of candy corn popcorn balls! A mixture of popcorn, candy corn, and gooey melted marshmallows come together to create the perfect sweet and sticky treat!
Since this month has been mostly dedicated to Halloween-themed cocktails, I thought I would make a delicious kid-friendly smoothie! Using only fresh fruit and ice, I layered up the smoothie and topped the whole thing off with ‘monster eyeballs’ that I showed you how to make last Tuesday! The best part is that you can always make the grown-up version later and add a shot or two of your favorite… Keep Reading
I’m Halloween-obsessed so I’ve had my decorations up since September 1st and of course I’ve been baking Halloween goodies all month long, but for those of you that have been too busy, it’s not too late! I’ve compiled a list of some of my favorite Halloween themed recipes and crafts just in time for you!
Along with Halloween themed cocktails you of course need Halloween cocktail stir sticks! I put these together in a matter of minutes and they make the perfect spooky touch to your drinks!
Believe it or not, but I had never watched The Shining until just a few weeks ago. I get numerous requests for rum cake recipes, so I was inspired to make a two layer red velvet rum cake as a tribute to the film! To up the rum factor a bit more I added Sailor Jerry Rum to the cream cheese frosting as well! I topped the whole thing off… Keep Reading
I was half-tempted to call this punch ‘Snakejuice’ (Parks and Rec fans know what I mean) because of how STRONG I first made it for our party a few weeks ago! I toned it down a bit, but I must warn you, it’s still pretty powerful! For the sake of my liver, I didn’t make an entire punch bowl of the stuff, so I’ve included the amounts for making drinks… Keep Reading
A few weeks ago we threw a Haunted Luau, which doubled as a housewarming and an early Halloween party. On top of large quantities of food and treats, I made several pitchers of new cocktails to try out with my guests. The first to go was a batch of Murderous Mai Tai’s.. a dangerously delicious mix of Sailor Jerry Rum, fruit juice, and grenadine to give it a sweet taste… Keep Reading
This is not how I originally intended to do these cupcakes. I wanted to do a fun yellow, orange, and white cake with bright swirly frosting as well, but then I scoured the web only to find that they’ve been done a million times over! I also wanted to avoid dumping tons of food coloring into both the cake and frosting, so I went the natural route.. carrot cake! I… Keep Reading
Today is our Haunted Luau Housewarming Party! No matter the occasion, I can’t resist putting a theme on it! I put together dark purple velvet cupcakes with a spiderweb detail on the frosting to add an extra twist! They’re decadent, rich, and perfect for Halloween.. or whatever the occasion might be! 🙂
With parties and my birthday looming, I thought I would create a simple triangle fabric banner to hang above the bar (thrift store tea-cart turned bar that is) using scrap fabric leftover from other projects. It’s easy, customizable, and you can make them for any event or holiday!
Celebrate this coming Fourth of July with classic vanilla cupcakes that have a sweet strawberry surprise center and rich buttery frosting! The cupcakes themselves are low-fat and the strawberry center is just a simple strawberry reduction with no added sugar.. That means guilt-free indulging! Well.. almost guilt-free! ; ) Bonus tutorial on how to create the ‘sparkler’ toppers as well!
What better way to recognize Memorial Day than with red and blue velvet cupcakes! The moist velvety cake and rich buttercream frosting make a perfect red, white, and blue combination for Memorial Day or the Fourth of July!
Last week when I made Carrot Cake Cupcakes I had placed the extras in the refrigerator. I can’t eat cupcakes cold so I tossed one in the microwave for 10 seconds. The result was heavenly! The cream cheese frosting melted down and glazed the entire cupcake in creamy sugary deliciousness! This sparked today’s creation of carrot cake pancakes with a cream cheese glaze!
I’m sure you’ve seen these before on Pinterest.. I know I have about 3 dozen times! I tried to find the original source, but they’ve been redone so many times I can’t! Now while the idea of dying them may not be original, the recipe most certainly is! This is the one item we always request my mom make for any holiday, picnic, or get-together! Find out how to make… Keep Reading
Growing up, my mom was always sewing, crafting, and thrifting. I draw a lot of my inspiration from her and one thing I loved about this time of year is helping her with Easter decorations. She made this cool little Easter tree out of wire that had egg and Easter bunny ornaments and little chicks that we made as well! Since I’m grown up and I’m not wearing hot… Keep Reading