‘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


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:)  


day 7: bowl in the car

Yesterday I had one class and then I spent the day at a local elementary school where I intern. I have 125 more hours to fill this semester. I managed to wash my coffee cup and even put away a few of my dishes that were clean:)! The soup I made the day before is what I took for lunch! But what I have to admit is that I left it in my car- on purpose! I actually thought “what should I grab out of the car, my lunch bag– no cause then I have to wash it”. This is a bad choice I now realize! Cause guess what I have to do now?? yep- wash it!!

Day 6: even when I’m tired?

Yes- even when I’m tired……I had my 4 classes today so I was in and out of my apartment all throughout the day.  I was really tired and took a nap, and some time between all of that I remembered my Mom gave me some ham that I had in the freezer so I put some beans and veggies in the crock pot and defrosted the ham.  Guess what this means happened next, yes you got it, I had a sink full of dishes.  I just got off work at the phonathon at the University and I don’t feel like doing dishes….but I did them:)  After all what if I am someones wife someday and I get too tired??? Shouldn’t I learn now to push through and do things I don’t want to…even when it’s hard? And just because I live alone , am I only accountable to myself, no I’m accountable to God who sees everything!  So for now God is my husband and I will keep my kitchen (and the rest of the place) clean for Him!

“She watches over the ways of  her household, and does not eat the bread of idleness.” proverbs 31:27

Day 3: Its a dirty job but someone has to do it.

10 am-What’s this??? It’s a dirty mug that’s about to be clean:)

11 pm- I was gone all day working at Jabbers, so only water bottles came home with me:)  I went to the laundry mat and did 5 loads of laundry.  I warmed up some leftover Veggie Curry and Rice, I took the bowl with me to the laundry mat and instead of forgetting it in my car I brought it into the house!  A friend of mine is have a baby shower tomorrow so I am dropping off a Biscuit, Egg & Veggie Bake…..I prepped it so I could toss it in the oven in the morning.  Even though it’s late…..I cleaned up my kitchen!!!

day 2 clean sink

I’ve been thinking I should blog about this task of doing dishes. it might not be real fun to read about but I think it will be helpful for me:)

I woke up and drank a cup of coffee and I washed it when I was done. That wasn’t that hard… I ate fruit & veggies while at school so no dishes there! I came home to make food and put my dishes away from yesterday! 16 STARBUCKS MUGS… I know that’s ridiculous! I made veggie Thai curry and rice, vegan stuffed mushrooms, and goat cheese & basil stuffed peppers… I cleaned up afterwards!!

Now off to small group with my delightful healthy snacks:)

stay tuned!

Messed up again.

Yes this is a picture of dishes and the reason is because this morning I had no clean coffee mugs…I had to resort to using a to-go mug when I wasn’t going anywhere.  I wanted to spare you from another picture of MY dirty dishes in my sink…so I found you this piece of art instead.

So how did this happen? how did they get so pilled up?  Upon my investigation while stacking them on the counter to clear the sink to begin this major task I found out that it all started with salad plates.  Yes salad plates.  I left 1 in the sink to do later cause it was only one from my bagel that day….then the next meal I remember having the thought “I will stack it on top of the other one and do them later”…..that is what happened and kept happening for the next 7 days!  This reminds me of the book by Joshua Harris called “not even a hint“.  When I allow a little bit of anything that isn’t good for me into my life, it’s like I allowed the whole big monster.

“But among you there must not be even a hint of sexual immorality, or of any kind of impurity, or of greed, because these are improper for God’s holy people.” Ephesians 5:3

This scripture talks about sexual sin, but I’m applying it to the sin of laziness which to me is just as bad.

I keep trying to change, to transform into this lady who will wash her dishes after every meal or drink.  I am good for awhile and then all it takes is one time of giving myself an inch of slack and a week has gone by and I have a sink full of dirty dishes.  It’s amazing to me that I can see them everyday and sometimes more than once….sitting in the sink and I am able to walk away and not commit to doing them.  I do have to say that I put them on my TO DO list each day though….

So now that I have them all done.  What is my strategy for this coming week you ask?  Well, I am going to wash them when I use them, it really is an effective way to keep my sink empty!  It really was amazing to never have dishes in my sink during the times that I conformed to my plan.  Okay and if I have to leave quickly and don’t have time to do them, I am going to commit to doing them when I get home.  My friend Trinity had suggested I do that before. So now that my way didn’t work, I’m going to take her advice!


This is really more than just about keeping my dishes done, it’s about a spirit of excellence that I want to have in all areas of my life.  It’s such a process of cleaning up and being diligent all the time.  Not allowing any slack or compromise to come in.  What does that look like for a full time student doing a lengthy internship, working part-time and serving anywhere she can??? Well I think it looks like continually picking up after myself but knowing that crafts and homework are always going to be around.  But not to let other things pile up and become clutter!

“We want each of you to show this same diligence to the very end, so that what you hope for may be fully realized.” Hebrews 6:11

If I am diligent in doing dishes….just think how easy it will be to be diligent in other areas!

What can u organize today?

It seems that I am always trying to find a new way to keep my life organized. I don’t like having dishes in my sink at all– I’ve tried many different ways to keep up on them and not let them pile up.. I find this to be a big challenge because it seems like I am only home long enough to make food and leave. After long days at school, Ross Elementary or whatever the days bring me I come home and I want to clean my kitchen but I need to do homework or go to sleep!

A friend of mine, gave me wonderful advice yesterday (which seem like a no brainer once I heard it), after dirtying dishes wash them right then and there!!
It works– I did it with dinner last night and I did it this morning with breakfast!! I love this concept!! Thank you Trinity!!!

So I have to be honest that yesterday I tackled my dishes after 6 days of letting them go… I could not find time to get them done! Not until I was encouraged by Becky Higgings! She posted on her blog that she was going to organize today (yesterday) and asked her readers to organize one thing in their house! I took the challenge and decided to organize my dirty dishes and wash them!! Mission accomplished:) below and above are the before and after pics!! What can u organize today?? A drawer, fridge, closet, crafts, desk… the places are endless… you can do it baby-cakes!! Feel free to comment and let me know what u decided to organize!!