Caramel Apple Cider



Stirred up a batch of this in the slow cooker for the work family today...thought I'd share in case you'd like some too!

4 cups of Apple Cider
*1 cup brown sugar
*1 tablespoon of whole cloves
*1/2 teaspoon of whole allspice
*8 small cinnamon sticks
Caramel topping (to taste...start with 1 cup and add more as desired)
Canned whipped topping

*These items can be combined ahead of time to make your own homemade spiced cider blend. Use it with any combination of 4 cups of apple and/or cranberry juice for a warm spiced beverage year round.

GIFTABLE!  Toss the Spiced Cider Blend into a bag or basket with the cider and caramel and bring as a host gift.


Time to pull it all together!

Pour the cider into your slow cooker and add the caramel topping.



Toss in the *spiced cider blend and stir to blend.



Turn the cooker on high and let cook slowly for a couple of hours...or put on low and let it steep all day.  OR...if you are in a hurry and need some of this contentment in a cup as soon as possible, you can always put this on the stove top, bring to a simmer for about 5 minutes and enjoy.  (then you can put it into the slow cooker on low or warm for the rest of the day so it will be ready when you want it)

Of course, you could ladel a portion of this Caramel Apple Cider into a mug and drink just as it is.  It really is good just that way. But why not kick it up a notch and make it coffee house competitive!! 

Top your warm cup of cider with canned whipped cream




Now drizzle with some more of that creamy caramel topping


Enjoy!






Some Last Minute Ideas for YOUR Thanksgiving Menu!


I'm a little late to the party, but had some people ask me about Thanksgiving ideas recently so I decided to whip up a listing of my favorite Thanksgiving meals from the past.  Here they are...

...Starting with DESSERT of course!


Homemade Pumpkin Pie Spice Blend

 Sweetly Spiced Dip













































...and a few SIDES to balance things out! 










So what's on YOUR menu this week?







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Taco Kits for Single Serve Meals



I'm constantly looking for ways to stock my freezer with quick to prepare frozen meals that serve one at a time. This one is a favorite, both for me and the young men I'm still raising at home!  

Each kit makes 1-2 tacos, depending on how I fill the bag.  A few minutes in the microwave and lunch or dinner is ready to serve! 






INGREDIENTS
Snack sized zip top baggies
Quart sized zip top freezer bags
Prepared taco meat (recipe link HERE)
flour tortillas
shredded cheddar cheese


DIRECTIONS


  1. Place 1- 2 tortillas into the quart sized bag. 
  2. Fill the smaller baggies with 1-2 portioned servings of prepared taco meat.
  3. Fill another small baggie with a handful of shredded cheddar cheese. 



Put the one of the baggies of taco meat and one of the baggies of cheddar into the quart sized baggie with the tortilla(s)

Now you have a taco kit!

Place them into your freezer to pull out and serve one at a time.  

PREPARATION INSTRUCTIONS: 

  1. Remove the small bags of cheddar and and taco meat from the quart sized baggie. 
  2. Place the tortilla onto a microwavable plate and sprinkle the frozen taco meat and shredded cheddar over the top.
  3. Put into the microwave and cook for a few minutes on high, until the meat is warmed. 
  4. Carefully remove from and fold in half to serve.  Garnish with salsa as desired.  (Here's a great recipe for that!

Corn Salsa with Avocado

Lemon Chicken Tacos

Find more recipes for Homemade Mixes HERE...look for the eCookbooks and Planners. 





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Old Buns Made New Again!

For years I purchased the prepackaged and frozen garlic bread on a regular basis.  They were convenient for adding a quick side to almost any meal.  

I don't buy them anymore though! Instead I take the hot dog and hamburger buns that always seem to be left in the bag just after they pass their freshness date and freeze them preseasoned to make my own frozen garlic bread.  

Easy and very cost effective!








Smoked Sausage Stir Fry

Usually my 'Dinners in a Bag' are family sized.  However, I do keep some single serving portions in the freezer as well!  They are really handy for a variety of reasons like:
*Replaces packaged frozen meals my teenage boys like to make for late night snacks! {much healthier!}

*Quick and easy dinner for me when I'm the only one home! 

*Plan 'b' dinner when plan 'a' falls apart

Single Serving Fajita Meals for the Freezer

Usually my 'Dinners in a Bag' are family sized.  However, I do keep some single serving portions in the freezer as well!  They are really handy for a variety of reasons like:
*Replaces packaged frozen meals my teenage boys like to make for late night snacks! {much healthier!}

*Quick and easy dinner for me when I'm the only one home! 

*Plan 'b' dinner when plan 'a' falls apart

Meals Made Easy with Table Talk

I recently spent some time asking myself this question...


What is the purpose of this blog?  

There are so many wonderful food blogs out there, sharing great recipes, cooking tips, and meal planning ideas...so why this one?  

What is it that I can bring to the table to help make a difference or improve the quality of kitchen time for those that stop by to read or purchase a cookbook?  

I needed to find an answer so I could decide if it was time to shut it down or kick it up a notch. 

And here is where I landed....


Homemade Mixes.  




With this little AH-HA moment, I was able to refocus my attention on what I needed to be writing more of; focusing on what I am best at. Which is exactly what I've been working on for the last few weeks.  

The result? 

1). Meals Made Easy Booklets!
Meal Planning booklets featuring recipes to make 6 meals using the Cook Once to Serve Twice method.  Each new booklet will use 1 (or 2) of the seasoning blends featured in the series of eCookbooks found in the book store.  

Each Meals Made Easy Booklet will include 
the recipe for the featured seasoning blend
AND
an outline of the 4 simple steps to make meal planning quick and easy! 
{sample page below}

Other features of the booklets include 
menu cards you can cut and use with your planner or calendar 
AND 
step by step instructions for Cooking Once to Serve Twice whenever possible.
{sample pages below}
CLICK  to find a SERIES of the
MEALS MADE EASY PLANNERS
ready to purchase and print over at 

...Keep reading to discover how you can get your first one FREE!

2). An eNewsletter
  • A place to publish information like:
    • additional cooking tips not found on the blog
    • featured meal trailing ideas
    • printable recipe cards focusing on featured seasoning blends
    • offers for specials on products from time to time

To launch this right, I'm giving everyone the opportunity to get the 
FIRST MEALS MADE EASY BOOKLET FOR FREE!  

Simply sign up for the newsletter service and I'll send you the printable PDF as a 'welcome to the table' gift.  

Just one thing left to do!


Fill in the blanks and hit subscribe!  




After subscribing, you will receive a welcome email from Tami's Table
with a coupon at the bottom that has a link to your 
FREE PRINTABLE
Meals Made Easy Booklet! 







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Panko Parmesan Chicken


This is a family favorite and I love making it for them for 2 reasons.

1) It has a few assembly steps, but then I can put it in the oven and carry on with other things while it bakes.

2) I love hearing them tell me how great dinner is when I serve it!





Very Cherry Fruit Dip

I LOVE our Facebook Fan Page Community

This morning, I reached out to them to help me find an old recipe requested by a reader who wanted to make it for Father's Day.  Within minutes Lori A. had that recipe in her hands and ready to share!

Are you part of our Table Talk on Facebook?  If not, consider this a personal invitation to hop over to that table and pull up a chair.  Just CLICK HERE or click the facebook logo in the sidebar to the right and you'll find an extension of this blog community.  It's a great place to visit and if you give us a like, you can be kept up to speed in your news feed. 

AND NOW...because I had the amazing help from Lori, I am posting that recipe here. 
ENJOY!

{side note: Since I'm out of town right now, you'll have to use your imagination do to lack of photography *grin* AND...unable to access my templates so there is no printable version of the recipe posted at this time...but I'll update it later in case that's something you need to come back and get!}

INGREDIENTS
8 oz softened cream cheese
1 c Dreamsicle Shake Mix (click for recipe)
1 c whipped topping
1-15 oz can very cherry mixed fruit or fruit cocktail, drained
Graham crackers for dipping (optional)



DIRECTIONS
Beat cream cheese, smoothie mix, & whipped topping until creamy; stir in fruit. Cover & chill for 6 hours. Serve with graham crackers.


Dreamsicle Shake

Sweetly Spiced Dip (for fruit)

Find more recipes for Homemade Mixes HERE...look for the Desserts eCookbook. 



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Dreamsicle Shake {and homemade mix}




This is my family's favorite Summer Time Treat!
I made the first batch of the summer this week and I kid you not...my hubby was moaning as he enjoyed the first tall cold glass of Dreamsicle Shake!

I'm sharing the recipe for the homemade mix you can make and keep on hand all summer long.  Add water and ice and/or vanilla ice cream and enjoy!




Tomato Basil Soup (and Mix)



This soup has been one of my personal favorite recipes.  I was inspired many years ago to duplicate the flavor of a tomato basil soup I had at a popular restaurant chain and ended up with this easy to prepare soup that I can even package as a mix for my pantry or to give as a gift.  I hope you enjoy it as much as I do!





Spanish Rice (Mix)

I've had a LOT of requests for this recipe lately so I moved it up the priority list!  This is a homemade version of a packaged mix many people buy at the grocery store.  I love that I get to decide what ingredients are used for this mix.  From what kind of chicken base I use (salt free or not / msg free / organic or not, etc...) to whether I use brown rice or white rice ~ it's my choice and now you can make your own choices!






Spotlight Ingredient: Tomato Powder

Spotlight Ingredients ~ 
things I like to use in my kitchen...
why I like them and...
where I get them!

Tomato powder has become a standard ingredient in my home kitchen.  Almost as standard as salt and pepper but definitely used as much as garlic powder!  I thought I'd share some of the very basic ways I take advantage of this versatile ingredient on a daily basis and maybe you'll decide you can't do without it either!






Quick and Easy Dump Cake

This recipe has saved the day for me on more than one occasion!  Since I keep several of my Easy Fruit Cobbler Mixes in the pantry at all times (recipe in the Desserts eCookbook LINKED HERE), this recipe is a quick solution to dessert for a crowd or a potluck.  It serves more than the basic cobbler recipe that uses the same mix, but like the cobbler recipe, it doesn't require a lot of ingredients.