‘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!!

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:)  

 

Potential Sabotage

I apologize for skipping day 5….there was nothing to write! I only had coffee before church and I washed my mug:)  I went to church and then ordered a pizza to go and ate it on the way to work.  At work for dinner I ate a Waldorf salad (yum!).  I came home and went to bed, so I didn’t have any dishes.

 

Day 6 Monday- Today before I went to work I made pumpkin chocolate chip muffins and bread for a little boy with severe food allergies!  He can’t have soy, dairy, wheat, or eggs… I have learned how to make the most perfect sweet bread for him.  The challenge lies in substituting eggs in a bread that is already complicated because of no wheat.  For every egg I mix up 1/2 a banana with 1 tsp of baking soda AND it’s MARVELOUS!!  His family go to my church and they are the sweetest!  They just recently had boy and girl twins which makes 5 tots total!  I really enjoy giving Ollie a special treat that his mommy can freeze and have on hand.  This order was 2 weeks overdue…. having said that- I individually wrapped them and cleaned the dishes right away.  This procedure could have been a snare for me.  There was a possibility that I would have left the mess for tomorrow.  Yay!   Knowing your weaknesses is half the battle, right?

Kitchen is clean and sinks are empty!  Until tomorrow…..

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!