Fully-Baked this Saturday!!

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I just wanted to remind you local Idahoians that I am hosting my 3rd club this Saturday… Let me know if you would like to join us:) so fun!!! Location is changing to a bigger kitchen for this installment! So exciting!! Thanks to the Haskett’s for the use of their kitchen:-) – lets get baking, Tami

‘Fully Baked’ news!

Melissa's cherry pie

Melissa’s cherry pie

This is the pie that Melissa made at our last baking club! I was a wee bit distracted that evening and I can’t even remember what I settled on making.  Wait!!! I am the queen of photo documentation:)

my pumpkin cake

my pumpkin cake

I can barely remember it (i bake alot), but I made a pumpkin cake or bread rather, I saved the glaze from the scones and defrosted it and squirted it all over the large dish and then 2 small ramikins that I used. By the way, the ramikins were an awesome idea, the bread just popped right out! 

Well anyways, our next club is going to be Saturday, December 8th around 2pm, and I think it might be at Dana’s house.  I would do it here at The Friends House but I think we will have more participants….BECAUSE we are having a session on JUST COOKIES!!!  We are going caroling on Sunday evening and we want to pass out cookies to our neighbors!! How fun!!  If you have any fun and easy cookie recipes…please send them my way:)  Blessings- Tam

Tami’s Table’s FIRST ANNUAL MUG SWAP!!!

Hi all! I recently participated in my first mug swap and I LOVED IT!! A friend of mine Melanie Anderson, had just been in one and I saw her post on Instagram. Funny enough another swap had just opened up and I joined through Heidi at Mustache Mama and Ashley Marie over at Little Willow Tree. It was great and I am grateful that these women facilitated this at the perfect time for me!

more than a mug swap

I was blessed beyond belief by my mug swap partner Shannon over at www.sassylemonade.com!!! She went above and beyond for me, I am happy about the swap and my new friend! She is a very talented wife and mom!! She couldn’t have picked any better items for me than my own sister. 🙂

So having said that, I would like to offer to host my first mug swap!!!!! So here’s what you do:

-Email me at: tamimcafee(at)me.com and tell me that you want to sign up and I will send you a few questions to answer. 
-Sign ups close November 27th.
-You will receive your partner information on November 30th and then you can get to know your partner through email, instagram, facebook, twitter, or blog. 
-Shop for your partner and mail off their mug by December 12th. You can add other little gifts to your mug (but it’s not manditory, just FUN!).  If you are crafty, it’s fun to include something you have made.  But purchasing items is just fine.  Since it’s the Holiday season you might want to find out what your partner celebrates and include something seasonal OR send your favorite holiday item:)  It’s COLD already here in Idaho so I sent some frosting sprinkles in snowflake shapes when I did my first swap. <—just an idea! 
-Come back to either my blog to link up on January 10th, 2013 with pictures and a little bit of a story to share:) 
Don’t forget to post your mug and any goodies you receive on your blog and/or instagram (don’t forget to use the hashtag #tamistablemugswap/ #mugswap and tag @tamilenn) !!!!! Fun!!!!
(borrowed and adapted from www.mustachama.com)
OK, WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR???? Email me at: tamimcafee(at)me.com to sign up today!!!! Let’s have some holiday fun mug swapping!!! 🙂 I’m looking forwarding to mugging you!!
xo, Tami

my cute mug from recent mug swap!!

Making Egg Drop (flower) Soup

Thank you to all of you who have been waiting so patiently for me to give the instructions for this tasty, healthy, and simple soup.  I am a soup lover and I find it difficult to relate to anyone who has an adversion to it.  Like my irish twin, Hugh Alan the 3rd….he does not like soup one bit and I could eat it for any meal.  He says soup is for sick people ONLY (and when he says that-I think he’s talking about sick in the head)   Ok….he’s intittled to his own opinion.  But for the rest of you who like soup, this recipe is for you!  This is such a simple recipe and it comes to me from my housemate Shurong who is studying Education here in the US and is from China.  She will admit that she is not a traditional Chinese chef, but let me tell you, her ways in the kitchen are completely the opposite of mine.  The way she chops her food, washes it, and even the way she cleans up the kitchen.  To make this soup, all you need is heat, water, soy sauce, salt, pepper, eggs, any kind of meat, mushrooms and onions.  I add more veggies ALWAYS!  I documented some of my steps the last time I made this and now I am going to share it with you…FINALLY.

INGREDIENTS:

4 cups of water

1 cup pork, chicken, or beef (thinly sliced) or shrimp or tofu

2 eggs

1/2 cup green onions (sliced)

1 cup mushrooms (quartered)

1 cup cilantro (cut finely)

3 cloves crushed garlic

1 tsp fresh chopped ginger root

soy sauce

salt and pepper

red pepper flakes

olive oil

optional:  tomatoes, brocolli, peppers, zucchini, bean sprouts, celery, water chestnuts, and anything else you like.

1.  Fill a large pot with water and turn heat to med-high, I like to get it simmering before I add anything.

2.  While the water is heating up I get all my other ingredients cut up and ready to go.  I ususally cut the meat up first and sit it in a bowl and sprinkle soy sauce, salt, pepper, and red pepper flakes.  I use a new cutting board for all my veggies.  I slice them up in tiny pieces no matter the style of cut I’m using.  Shurong taught me a few different ways to slice things up so they look more appealing! I put all the veggies on a plate or in bowls till I am ready to use them, so I have lots of room on my cutting board (I use to just leave it all on the cutting board- but Shurong taught me that I need space on my cutting board).    Next I crack the eggs into a bowl (i like to add some salt and pepper) and beat up with a fork and set aside.

slicing pork

slicing green onions

cleaning veggies

veggie prep

beat eggs

spices

3.  Next I turn up the water a little higher so that it boils a little stronger than a simmer.  I add the meat first and let it boil alone for a few minutes.  Then I start adding the veggies, in no specific order.

add the veggies

5.  Do not add any soy sauce to the actual soup on the pot, I know it may be tempting, but trust me…I’ve done it and it overpowers the soup.  It’s best to add it at to individual bowls upon eating it.  Let the soup simmer-boil for atleast 15-20 minutes.  I like my soup with the veggies slightly crunchy…to do this I add some of my veggies near the last few minutes of cooking.

6.  After you feel like the soup has cooked to your liking keep it boiling pretty steady and add the eggs…I like to pour them in nice and slowly so I can see the eggs become flowers.  Let boil for about 5 minutes and now it is ready to serve.

7.  Serve with your favorite Chinese dishes and hot and steamy rice or noodles.

after adding eggs (egg flowers)

Enjoy!!!! -TMc

Upcoming club details:

Ramekin Pumpkin Bread

Wow, I can’t believe how time can fly  by….actually that’s not true.  I know time flies by way tooooooooooo fast.  I had meant to blog a few things before my 2nd actual baking club.  But it didn’t happen and I’m not going to be too hard on myself (something he is teaching me!).

So tomorrow I’m hosting my 2nd baking club and I have a few more interested bakers!  How fun!  Tomorrows theme is fall…..which I’m so excited about.  Instead of watching some TV for down time last night, I decided to bake a pumpkin cake, what I realized is I am sooooo low on baking dishes.  I used some ramekins hoping they would pop right out once golden brown.  The house smelled so good and the activity did recharge me.  I know that sorta sounds strange, that expending all that energy and feeling like it did something good for me.  My theory is that because I enjoy this so much that when I do it (and even the cleanup involved) I feel like some emptiness inside myself gets filled!!  I’ll post a photo of my delicious ramekin pumpkin cake and vow to be a better blogger.

Reminder:  I still have a few spots left if your local and you want to participate in the club tomorrow.  Let me know and I will give you the details:)  

 

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

Giving back a dish.

I am giving my good friend back her dish she let me borrow. I would really like to make her something, but I don’t have much time. So I put a cup of one of my favorite gluten free baking mixes in a ziplock and included the rest of the instructions on a note card:) I think I will put Saran wrap over the top:) what do you think? Have you any other ideas?

Fresh Salsa

Upon the request of my dear friend Cari McWilliams I am posting this picture of the salsa I made last night along with the recipe.  This picture was shot by Tami on her iPhone using the FREE Instagram application.  All the vegetables, besides the garlic, cilantro, and spices were provided by Dale and Tammy Medley (they have an amazing garden)– Thank you:)  This is very easy…and I think you will like it!

Needed:

  • 10 fresh garden tomatoes
  • 1 medium onion (any color)
  • 4 cloves of garlic
  • 1-2 jalapenos
  • 1 bell pepper
  • a bunch of cilantro
  • lime juice
  • a dash of cumin
  • a dash of salt
  • a dash of pepper
  • a dash of red pepper flakes
  • a dash of chili powder
Wash all your vegetables and lay out to air dry.
I use a food processor but you can also use a blender.
Cut the core out of the tomatoes and slice in half.
Cut up other vegetables.
Place in food processor/blender with seasonings and lime juice.
I like to use the pulse function on my food processor.
Pulse up the vegetables till it is the texture you like.
Take a taste test with a tortilla chip and add anything extra to give it the desired flavor you like.
I like my salsa pretty spicy and a little on the saucy chunky side.  Enjoy!

Happy Belated Auntie’s Day!

Yes, there is a special day to celebrate those of us who are Aunts or  Godparents! It’s today (or yesterday- cause I’m late completing this blog…just know I started it the 23rd)  July 24!! I’ve been following a blog called Savvy Auntie by Melanie Notkin, Melanie has created a community where those of us who are aunting can get ideas for fun, practical advice and share about the children we love so much.  She has a book out also and it is called (you guessed it) Savvy Auntie!!!  What I like best about following Melanie and other Aunts is most of us don’t have children of our own, so we share that same commonality that I don’t always find in life.  Did you know that nearly 46 percent of American women through age 44 are childless, whether by choice or by circumstance? Some will go on to have children of their own, and others will pour all of their maternal energy into the children of friends and other family members. There is something special about being just an Aunt and not a parent to your own children.  I find that I think of my nephews and niece as if they were my own!!!  I believe this is because I don’t have any of my own so I make time to think of them, visit them and let them know how much I adore them!  So here I go with my story on how I became an Aunt!

from left to right, Tony (Anthony) 7 and Jesse Jr 10

I have been taking care of and loving other people’s kids for as long as I can remember….but around 2001 my sister met a man who had two amazing little boys. I was so thrilled when I heard that her boyfriend Jesse, had children already….. She was living in Las Vegas (where she still resides) and I got the honors of meeting them and being named Aunt Tami:) It was music to my ears….becoming an Auntie to Jesse Jr. and Tony was and IS so fun!!   They were about 7 and 4 years old when I first met them… and then she married their father on June 6, 2006.

my sister Jeni aka Roxie and Jesse Sr. pre altar

In 2007 my sister came to Idaho to go on a family camping trip to Oregon… she said she was going to try to get pregnant after this trip!!!!  11 months later this little baby man Gibson Felix changed our lives on 8-12-08.

Oh look how his big brother’s adore him!!  I got to meet him for the first time when he was 3 weeks old…

momma and baby boy

He will be 3 next month….

Jesse 11, Tony 8, Gibson 1-3 months (ages approx.)

young Gibson with Mommy and Daddy....

snow day in Vegas

snow day in Vegas

I'm 8 mnths old and I WALK!

I'm ONE!

Jesse off to 9th grade...

Tony well done!!!

SUMMER TIME!! Boys+ brothers= best friends!

That was so hard to just pick a few photos from their lives…. but I hope you enjoy!!  Next I will tell you about how I became an Aunt to lil Aubrey Anula McAfee…..

born may 31, 2011

brand new

momma and baby:)

momma and baby:)

Just like with Gibson I continued a tradition (for me being an Aunt) I went back to my place of growing up in Paradise, California….. to visit my brother and his lady Alexis and to meet Aubrey at the fresh age of 3 weeks!  I stayed 12 days and we had so much fun! I have lots of pics, I will pick my top two!

#1

#2

#3 Dad and baby zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

OOooooo sorry I said two but had to go with the third!!!  So precious!!!  It’s really amazing to watch your siblings be such great parents!!!  I look forward to watching these families grow….. I’m excited for what God has in store for each of these children…and the children to come after them….:)

I was thinking of including all the children from my life….but that would cause this blog to be more than just one day late!! Happy Belated Auntie’s Day!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!