It’s been AWHILE!

Best birthday gift EVER.

Yes. Readers, it has been awhile.  I have not blogged since last October.  So what better time to start back up again!  I have missed writing and sharing with you all.  xo

What has kept me so busy the last year?  Well I would have to say the biggest thing would be graduating with my Bachelors degree last May and then starting my Masters program this September.  Over the summer I did some traveling to see family and friends and just try to recoup from all my hard work:)  It was sooooo worth it!  I am glad to have my BA and I look forward to getting licenced in Social Work soon so that I can work in the field while I finish my schooling.  It’s honestly been a HUGE adjustment from undergrad to grad school.  I also changed churches and that has been a transition, let. me. tell. you!  I have moved to a few different locations trying to find the BEST fit for me.  So now I’m living in a community setting across the street from my University, in an old restored bed and breakfast called the Friends House.  It’s very peaceful and conducive for me to do homework, rest, and to cultivate a good life!

Having said that, I decided to start a baking club.  If you know me or have read previous blogs, than you might see that I get so much fulfilment out of baking!  I get so excited at how beautiful something turns out after mixing all kinds of different gooey and dry ingredients together.  How amazing the whole house will smell and create such an environment of “home sweet home”.  It warms my heart!  The best thing of ALL is that for my birthday this year my fabulously generous sister and her family gave me my very own KitchenAid electric stand mixer in GREEN APPLE!!!  It blessed my socks right off my feet.  And the funny thing is that I didn’t mean to, but, I guessed what the gift was beforehand…I think I was really trying to hint that I would love to have my own (which is really no big secret, I covet each one I see!)  Anyhow, it has been such a delight and joy to have in my life.  I know that may sound silly to say about a kitchen appliance, but it is just so true.  I see it and it instantly makes me soooo HAPPY (or happier, cause I am a pretty happy person- by nature) it inspires me to bake and cook!  So a big THANK YOU goes out to Hobart’s Troy Metals which was later renamed KitchenAid Manufactury Company.  This mixer was invented and designed in the 1920’s and has been the most popular “kitchen aid” in homes across America for almost a century.  I’m sooooo GLAD!!

So you may be wondering, why a baking club?  Well the fact is, I have noticed that when I bring a baked good somewhere that people rave about wanting to bake more or learn different recipes.  So I saw a need in my sphere of influence and I wanted to meet that need.  I have a wonderful decent sized kitchen and this new living arrangement welcomes visitors:)  The way I see it is, if you can do something well and you enjoy doing it- well why not share the wealth!! I’d bake anything for him too, because he makes me happy:).  I have already had my first club and it was so fun.  Since then I thought it would be nice to name the club:) I fancy naming things!  My first thought was: Baked, however just like with my soooo original idea of naming my arts and crafts designs company (not entirely official, I need to go get a license so that no one takes the name I have carefully chosen now!) I found out someone else already owns rights to not only the name but also there is already a blog called Baked with a web domain purchased (boooo).  So I quickly and without any anticipation moved on to what next.  Fully Baked or Baked Fully.  I would love to hear your opinions or any other ideas!!!  Just comment below and I promise to deeply consider it!

Gluten Free Pumpkin Scones

A club just needs more than one person right?  So my new friend Melissa was eager to join me in my endeavours.  We met on a Sunday afternoon, she brought some generic baking items and I unloaded my plethora of supplies.  It really felt good to use up some of my stuff and consolidate!  I enjoy that sort of thing all over the span of my everyday life!  So anyhow, I brought out all my sweet cookbooks and we poured a delicious cup of coffee and we sat down to each pick out a recipe that we wanted to try.

I chose one of my all time favorite recipes from Karina over at her blog Gluten-Free Goddess.  Click that link to get the recipe and let’s get sconed!  hehe  Her blog has been the inspiration for my many attempts to eat healthier.  She has such a great eye for improvising and it impressed me from the first time I layed eyes on her blog.  And I want to add that she does amazing food photography!  I want to be like her when I grow up:)  So thank you Karina, xo!!

Oh, so I should add that I have really moved from using actual cookbooks to printing recipes that I adore from the http://www.  After all its the 21st century, the electronic age!  How can I not help it?  The opportunities are endless!! I do love paper, books, and the act of turning page after page, I really do!  So last Christmas a dear friend of mine knowing this about me,  Jacque Fries,  gave me all the supplies to make my own savory and sweet binder like cookbooks….and I’m not joking one bit when I say she provided EVERYTHING that would pertain to creating these.  And I had a bin of loose recipes galore!!!  So when I finally set out to make these groovy additions to my life it was a recipe party on my floor, FOR SURE!

So back to thumbing through cookbooks for ideas….(don’t let me get toooo off track!)  I looked through a few but really didn’t find anything till I opened my SWEET TREATS homemade cookbook and there they were, those scones calling out my name to make them!  So pretty in color, the shape, the texture, the density of them AND oh the maple nutmeg icing….Yes this is by all means my favorite!  And as you may notice above, Melissa piped my name on a scone just for fun! But what a great idea! Personalizing a scone for someone…come on, ya I’ve personalized cupcakes for people but a scone.  A new and fresh idea for me.  Thanks Melissa, you really are a such a creative and artsy gal AND you are so open to learning new things and not afraid to say “hey Tami, how do you turn on your amazing mixer” :).  Also I would like to add that she taught me how to make faux maple syrup out of molasses, sugar, vanilla, and water.  Ingenuous!!!!

Melissa being the dear girl she is, picked traditional peanut butter cookies from my Limited Edition Breast Cancer Better Homes and Gardens cookbook.  Click the link above to retrieve the recipe for yourself!

Miss Melissa Clarkston- baker extraordinaire!

Scones and Peanut Butter Cookies!

Seriously, these were so delicious and it was so fun baking with someone else.  Which is something I’m not entirely use to or comfortable with.  So that is really another reason for me to facilitate this club.  So that I will learn to play well with others:)  I look forward to our next meeting and I have a few other ladies and one man that is interested in joining us.  What FUN!!  I love baking for others and bringing delight to the mouths of others through culinary art!  My new motto is “Art saves lives”!  Thanks for reading and let me know what you think or what you would like to hear about:)  I’m on a roll, early mornings of blogging, cause I really have so much to say and so little time to say it, plus everyone I know is busy.  God already knows all this about me, so I feel silly telling him about it all the time:) so I blog.

Yours truly, Tami xo