Chicken Cordon Bleu Casserole

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Ohhh my yum! If you are looking for some good ole fashioned comfort food…Ladies, this is where it’s at! I am typically not a casserole lover, but my mind has changed after this one!

I love CCB, it’s been a favorite of mine since I was a child. This tastes just like it….but…it’s Comfy.

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Place prepared rice at the bottom, layer with swiss cheese, pour on the creamy chicken sauce, then the chicken and ham.

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For your crust combine panko with butter and bake!

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Even my children loved this one….enjoy!

Chicken Cordon Bleu Casserole
 
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Ingredients
  • ¼ cup butter
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • ⅓ cup flour
  • 1 (32 oz) chicken broth
  • 1 cup milk
  • 2-3 cups shredded chicken from a pre-roasted chicken. You can used cubed as well.
  • 2 cups diced ham- you can dice you own from a ham steak or purchase it diced.
  • 2 cups of prepared rice
  • 3 cups of freshly shredded swiss cheese
  • salt/pepper
  • 1 cup Panko
  • 2 Tbsp butter
Instructions
  1. Pre-heat oven to 350
  2. Spray a 13x9 baking dish
  3. In a pan, melt butter then add flour to make a paste
  4. Stir in broth and milk- let simmer
  5. Spread prepared rice in your 13x9 pan
  6. Spread swiss cheese over rice
  7. Pour thickened creamy chicken sauce over the cheese
  8. Sprinkle chicken and ham on top
  9. Season with salt and pepper as desired
  10. Microwave 2 Tbsp butter, add Panko and stir- Sprinkle on top
  11. Cover and bake 30 mins
  12. Uncover and bake an additional 15 mins
  13. Delish!

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What’s Your Story? Women’s Conference

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Hi Ladies, 

My sweet friend Mandy from Suburban Stereotype wanted to share a special announcement with Comfy readers…I hope you can make it to this blessed event!

Mandy Says:

What’s Your Story? Women’s Conference

Every step you take in life, every experience – good or bad – it all tells your story. More importantly…it tells the story of Jesus and His redeeming grace. Everyone has a story. What’s your story?

Through struggles and failures, successes and triumphs, every bit of your life makes up who you are. And every bit of who you are tells the story of how God is working in your life.

Everyone’s story is different. Whether yours is quiet and uneventful or tumultuous and bumpy, God is in every part of it. Every struggle you’ve had was an opportunity for God to show His strength.

All of us have the opportunity to minister to others by sharing our stories. Ministry doesn’t always include a pulpit and seminary. Sometimes, meeting someone’s need and offering encouragement is as simple as sharing our story. It’s simple, but it isn’t always easy.

 On October 10th & 11th in Belle Vernon, PA (just South of Pittsburgh) women will gather to listen to 7 amazing women share their stories. We will listen, worship, pray, and enjoy one another’s company.

Natalie Snapp (Author of Heart Sisters, due out February 2015, and owner of NatalieSnapp.com) is the keynote speaker. She will be sharing how to find glory in your own story and discussing some of the reasons we choose not to share.

 Mia Koehne (of Mia Koehne Music) is a recording artist and speaker who has opened for Casting Crowns and toured with Francesca Battistelli, Lindsay McCaul, and MIKESCHAIR. Mia’s story is touching and presents God’s glory in such a way that it’s evident how God can work all things together for good. 

5 other women will also share their stories. Some struggle with addiction, depression and thoughts of suicide, while others have lived a relatively quiet life with few hurdles. All have a heart for Jesus and have seen God work through them and their stories.

Registration for this conference includes entrance to both days, light refreshments on Friday and Saturday and a boxed lunch on Saturday.

 Come as you are. All women are welcome. You will not be asked to speak or to share your story. We look forward to spending time with you!

 

Registration information is HERE.

Find us on Facebook HERE.

Email HERE for more information.

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Visit her at Suburban Stereotype

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Introducing My New Blog: “Overcomer Outreach” and a Giveaway!

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Welcome “Comfy” Friends to my latest blog, Overcomer Outreach. So many times I have mentioned that it isn’t so much about the recipes…or the meals…it’s about the heart behind serving others on Comfy in the Kitchen. I hope you will join me and my dear friends over at Overcomer Outreach where we seek to be an encouragement to others who are in the depths of despair.  

I will still be blogging here on Comfy…don’t worry ;) 

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Meet our amazing authors-
These beautiful women are so brave, sincere, and full of grace and compassion. 

A special thank you to Mary Davis from Everyday Spirit for her beautiful and encouraging images. 

 About Overcomer Outreach:

Here you will find a group of authors with compassionate hearts seeking to encourage you through the strength of God. This amazing group of women is comprised of Licensed Professional Counselors, Marriage and Family Therapists, Christian Life Coaches, Business Owners, Published Authors, Professional Speakers, Professional Bloggers, Bible Study Leaders, Pastor’s Wives, Moms, and Wives…

 Many of us have been through some of the trials you may be bearing, which is why 2 Corinthians 1:4 is a verse we continue to cling to when we think of why we’re here. Don’t, for one second think, “this is a group of perfect Christians”, because there is no such thing. We are Christians because we believe in the Gospel of Jesus Christ , humbled and fully knowing we need a Savior.

Again, many of us have been right there in your shoes…believe it or not.

Yes, your shoes…

We pray to speak to the woman who has had an abortion, affairs, drug addiction (you fill in the blank) and our prayer is to use God’s word and truth to give her freedom. We pray for her to finally be released from bondage, from the lies she tells herself, and from the condemnation of the enemy that she is not worthy to go forward in her walk with the Lord and in her ministry.

We pray to speak to the oppressed, ill, victimized, tormented, abused, and bullied…we want to share God’s truth and love with you… and encourage you. We want to walk beside you to let you know…

You will get through this…

 

 A message from Janelle

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Founder of Overcomer Outreach and Comfy in the KitchenJanelle is a Christian, a wife and mother of 3 children. She is currently in her second year at Malone University obtaining a M.A. in Clinical Counseling. She has a deep love for Christ, meal ministry, and for helping the hurting. 

 

Lord I pray that I will never become too proud to forget the pain I’ve felt. Use me as a means to help others and to point them to you…I fully believe that without your strength, I would be spent. Yet, you’ve given me a platform and a voice of compassion… and for that, I will forever praise your name.

During the most difficult time of my life, my presence met early mornings in my white rocking chair on the porch. Sipping coffee with my blanket on my lap, not meant for warmth but comfort…I would lay down my troubles, needs, and praises down on a sheet of paper. I would pray with a sincerity only deeply burdened souls understand, then read, then pray again. It was the only moment in my day, at the time, when I didn’t feel weight on my chest, when my heart wouldn’t race, when my hands didn’t tremble, when irrational thoughts wouldn’t cloud my judgement and when my thoughts were focused on just God.

Often times I would remind myself of the verse, “Do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.” {Matthew 6:23}  I would pray that God could give me this seemingly supernatural power. I feared the next hour just as much as tomorrow just as much as next year. So, I started taking life in very small increments. Just enough, for a person going through trauma would be able to swallow….

“People feel this way”, I would think to myself.

“I never knew people felt this kind of pain.”

God might not have taken me to that awful place, but because I was there…I’m making a promise to use that experience to help others. Some have been there and can’t seem to find a healthy new way of life, while others are currently there …in that desolate place that my flesh would rather not recall. The thorn in my side. Do you have one? 

I’m going to change my mind from feeling broken, tormented and victimized to feeling blessed to know those feelings.

I’m going to be an Overcomer.

Not only that, I’m going to live my life encouraging others be the same.

What the enemy wanted to destroy, I will allow God to use for his good. 

“For whatever is born of God overcomes the world; and this is the victory that has overcome the world– our faith.” ~1 John 5:4

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Founder of Overcomer Outreach and
Comfy in the Kitchen

 

You can find Overcomer Outreach on the following social media channels: FacebookTwitterInstagram, and Pinterest

Because we believe there is healing in the words “me too”, our authors have joyfully set up Facebook forums for individual struggles, these groups are *closed, meaning people can see that you are a part of the group, however they cannot see the conversations unless they are in the group. We welcome you with open arms to the following groups.

Janelle Nehrenz will be involved in all groups, she has gratefully accepted the help of her authors to lead specific areas of compassion meaningful to them. Although she has not gone through each trial, she is empathetic to all of them. 

Overcomer Outreach on…
Adoption, Foster Care & Orphan Care Leader: Erica Elm

Infertility Leader: Shon Murray
Marriage Leader: Sonya Schroeder
Finding Joy Leader: Emanda Rosen
Fear Leader: Mandy Pagano
Homeschooling Leader: Mrs Jeanette Wood
Cancer Leader: Debby Derby
Positive Thinking and Encouragement Leader: Sarah Beals
Freedom from Bondage: Walking in Grace and Truth Leader: Gina Smith

Because of the sensitive nature of this topic, we have one *secret* group on Abortion. This means that no one can see that you are a part of this group on your FB account. To be a part of this forum, you must friend Kelly K Writes and she must add you. Overcomer Outreach is pro-life, however our prayer is to help release those having gone through with abortion from condemnation, so that they can be free again through Christ. 

How you can participate in an amazing giveaway and spread the word about Overcomer Outreach:

New York Times Best Selling Author, Darlene Schacht from Time Warp Wife  has given us 3 of her latest books “Messy Beautiful Love

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1. Follow Overcomer Outreach on one or all of our social media channels: FacebookTwitterInstagram, and Pinterest - We would love to say in touch!

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Messy Beautiful Love

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Ahhhh….I had to do it. I had to run to the bookstore to see a special book on the shelf. There it was…she calls it Messy Beautiful- I call it Beautiful ;) .  I am just so proud of her and all that she has done to help encourage marriages.  Congratulations to my very dear and talented friend, Darlene!!!

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Darlene Schacht is the original founder of Christian Women Online Magazine and The Internet Café Devotions and writes the popular blog Time-Warp Wife. She is coauthor of Candace Cameron Bure’s New York Time’s best-selling book,Reshaping It All: Motivation for Physical and Spiritual Fitness. Darlene has been married to Michael Schacht for more than 25 years. They have four children.

Courtney Joseph (Foreword)  is a long time Bible study leader and founder of WomenLivingWell.org and WomenLivingWell.tv and cofounder of GoodMorningGirls.org. Courtney is a graduate of Moody Bible Institute. She is married to her high school sweetheart and homeschools her two children.

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Darlene says: 

Messy Beautiful Love delivers an incredible testimony of grace that offers hope for today’s marriages and a spark for rekindling love.

Love gets messy.

Financial problems, sickness, aging parents, a chronically unhappy spouse . . . trials will inevitably come that threaten your marriage. No matter how long you’ve been married or how strong your relationship is, sooner or later you are going to have a mess to clean up.

Messy Beautiful Love is about cleaning up messes God’s way, exchanging your ideas for His, and being prepared for both the best and the worst that marriage has to offer.

When you surrender your relationship to God, then and only then will you experience the blessing of marriage as He intended. This is the blessing of obedience.

Messy Beautiful Love is an invitation to that obedience. The cynical world says marriages don’t last, but God knows better. Tune out the world and tune in to Him. When you do that, a beautiful marriage is not only possible, it’s inevitable.

You can purchase a copy today @ Amazon 

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Easy Chicken Quesadillas

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These easy chicken quesadillas are a hit for lunch, dinner or as an appetizer. Best yet, they please the grown-ups and the children alike. Once you realize how easy they are…I’m sure they will become a staple in your home as they have become in mine.

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Marinate your chicken breasts in Italian dressing overnight.

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Season with salt, pepper and garlic powder. Broil or grill until done. Don’t overcook or the chicken will be too dry.

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Shred Colby-Jack cheese. You can use pre-shredded cheese, but hands down, shredding your own is so much better.

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Lightly butter a pan and add a flour tortilla, place cheese and chicken on one side.

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Flip one side over.

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Cook until lightly browned.

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For a larger quesadilla use two flour tortillas filled with chicken and cheese.

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Slice with a pizza cutter and serve with your choice of dipping sauces.
You may also like to try steak, fajita veggies, shrimp, etc…a very easy recipe to alter to your taste.

Easy Chicken Quesadillas
 
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Ingredients
  • 6 chicken breasts
  • 1 bottle of Italian dressing
  • 2 cups shredded Colby Jack cheese
  • flour tortillas
  • salt, pepper, garlic powder
  • butter for pan
  • salsa and sour cream for dipping
Instructions
  1. Marinate chicken in Italian dressing overnight.
  2. Season chicken with salt, pepper and garlic powder- grill or broil until just done. Cut into chunks.
  3. Shred cheese
  4. Lightly butter a pan
  5. Lay one flour tortilla onto pan and add cheese and chicken to one side. Flip the other side over. Lightly brown on both sides.
  6. Slice with pizza cutter and serve with salsa and sour cream. Enjoy!

 

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How I Got My Highlights to Look More Natural

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Hi Ladies!

I know, this is somewhat of a random post…but us girls like to talk about hair sometimes. I’m totally good with that.

Here’s my story. So, last year I kind of let my hair go…a “natural ombre”, so to speak. On my birthday, my sweet grandma offered to get my hair highlighted.

*Please note, as tempting as it was to enhance these pictures- I did not. I wanted you to see the real color! 

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What happened was, because my hair was so dark at the root area, my highlights looked like stripes. Not only that, my hair still had an ombre appearance and the bottom of my hair was lighter than I would have liked.

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Because I have an olive skin tone, I look better with an “overall brunette” appearance… even though I tend to like some golden highlights throughout. So, I went to Sally’s Beauty Supply to see if they had something that could help me get the look I wanted.

I was hesitant because I’ve only colored my hair at home once and it was a MAJOR mishap. The lady recommended I use a color conditioning treatment called Roux Color Refresh Mask in Brown.

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All I did was wash my hair, then towel dried it. I put on plastic gloves and rubbed the entire packet throughout my hair, combed it and let it sit for 6 mins. It said 3 mins, but I checked my e-mail and you know how that goes….

Then, I rinsed it out and conditioned it. Here’s what it looked like! I was VERY pleased. It made my hair look like one color overall with natural highlights.

I thought I would mention that they also had colors for different kinds of blonde, brunette, and red. This would be a great option for those of you who want to add a reddish tint for the Fall, but you don’t want to spend a lot of money.

Enjoy! 

 

*Disclaimer, I was not asked to advertise this product, nor am I getting paid by Roux. I am however an affiliate of Amazon. 

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Easy Chicken and Stuffing Bake

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After I had our third munchkin, my sweet neighbor Faith brought this delicious meal over and boy, was it such a blessing for a tired, nursing mother.

I enjoyed it so much, I had to have the recipe and share it with you. It’s a great “make, take and bake” meals for meal ministry as well an a delicious comfort meal for your own family. Enjoy! 

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Make stuffing however you wish. You may choose to use Stovetop or a semi-homemade stuffing such as Pepperidge Farms (follow package directions). Butter a 9×13 and place prepared stuffing at the bottom. 

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Boil chicken breasts until just done (no pink, but still juicy). Slice fat off and cut into chunks, season with salt and pepper. Place on top of stuffing. 

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Combine cream of chicken soup, sour cream and 2 cups of water in a bowl and pour over chicken. Bake in a 325 oven for 40 mins until bubbly. 

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Mmmmm…..delicious. A family favorite that pleases even the little ones! 

Easy Chicken and Stuffing Bake
 
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Ingredients
  • 6 chicken breasts
  • 14 oz Pepperidge Farms Stuffing (prepared) or 2 boxes of Stove Top (prepared)
  • 2 small cans of cream of chicken soup
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 2 cups water
  • salt and pepper
Instructions
  1. Pre-heat oven to 325.
  2. Boil chicken until just done, slice off fat, cut into chunks, season with salt and pepper.
  3. Prepare stuffing according to package directions. Place at the bottom of buttered 9x13.
  4. Place chicken on top of stuffing.
  5. In a separate bowl, combine cream of chicken soup, sour cream, and water. This will make a gravy. Pour overtop.
  6. Bake uncovered for 40 mins until the edges start to bubble.
  7. Enjoy!!! Mmm....

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Banana Brownies with Browned Butter Icing

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Image 8My dear mother-in-law recently e-mailed me this delish recipe. Ohhhhh, my- WOW. These brownies are so moist and the browned butter in the icing gives it a “Bananas Foster” taste. You simply must make this recipe…it’s a keeper.

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Image 6While brownies are baking, make your icing by browning your butter in a pan like so…make sure you use medium heat and let it simmer until it’s lightly browned.

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Banana Brownies with Browned Butter Icing
 
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Ingredients
  • 1½ cup sugar
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • ½ cup butter, softened
  • 2 eggs
  • 4 mashed bananas
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • ¾ tsp salt
  • Browned Butter Icing
  • ½ cup butter
  • 4 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 3 Tbsp milk
Instructions
  1. Heat oven to 375
  2. Butter 9x13 pan
  3. Beat together sugar, sour cream, butter and eggs
  4. Mash bananas and add them into mixture with vanilla
  5. Add flour, baking soda and salt. Mix well
  6. Spread in prepared pan and bake for 25 mins or until lightly browned and done in the center
  7. To make the icing:
  8. Simmer butter in a sauce pan on medium heat until lightly browned
  9. Add butter to powdered sugar, vanilla and milk
  10. Mix well
  11. Pour over warm brownies
  12. Serve warm

 

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Peanut Butter, Jelly, Banana & Toasted Marshmallow Pizza

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Image 2Ohhhh my, yum.

This is one of those dishes that you make “for the kids” and you end up eating yourself. The crust is a simple pita, so it literally takes no time at all for this delicious, toasty, peanutbuttery and melty concoction! Mmmm….it’s a recipe I make over and over again….for “the kids”

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Spread creamy peanut butter over a pita. Sprinkle with marshmallows.

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Set under a low broil in the oven until the marshmallows are lightly browned and the peanut butter is melted. Approximately 3-4 mins.

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Slice a fresh banana and place on top, drizzle with squeezable fruit spread.

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It goes quickly….

Peanut Butter, Jelly, Banana & Toasted Marshmallow Pizza
 
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  • Pita bread
  • Peanut butter
  • Marshmallows
  • Bananas
  • Squeezable fruit spread
Instructions
  1. Set broiler to low heat
  2. Spread peanut butter on pita bread and sprinkle with marshmallows
  3. Broil for approximately 3-4 mins until marshmallow have melted and are lightly browned
  4. Slice fresh bananas and place on top
  5. Drizzle with fruit spread
  6. Serve immediately

 

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Logos Bible Software Training

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Ladies, I hope you will join us at the Logos Bible Software Training event! I will be there! We had such a blessed time with these amazing folks in Texas. You won’t want to miss it…

On September 3, Logos is hosting a free webinar to teach you how to more effectively study Scripture. You’ll be introduced to the tools used and loved by Kay Arthur, Lysa TerKeurst, June Hunt, and thousands of other women. You’ll leave feeling better equipped to study God’s Word.

“I’m stunned by its genius, thrilled that it’s easy to use. I don’t want anyone to neglect studying the Bible inductively—discovering truth for themselves—slowing down, meditating on the Word, falling more and more in love with God.” —Kay Arthur

“I have found in Logos Bible Software a gem that will help me to increase the efficacy of my Bible study and my preparation as a speaker and a writer.” —Gwen Smith

“It’s visual. It’s pictures, it’s maps. It’s like the Bible coming alive in front of you on your screen . . . I like books, but when you realize that this is all right here at your fingertips, it’s incredible.” —Liz Curtis Higgs

You don’t want to miss this! See how Logos can revolutionize your study—sign up today at http://logos.com/learnlogos.

Then be sure to invite your friends!

Facebook event or http://logos.com/learnlogos.

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Best Pulled Pork Ever {in the crockpot}

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photo 2I wish I could explain why I love pulled pork so much. It’s not the most “girlie” dish on the menu, but it sure is one of the most delicious. Adding that this recipe is made in the crockpot, pushes over the edge to my personal award of  “the best ever”.

Delicious and “comfy”  …gotta love it.

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You can serve this alone with sides of your choice {such as corn on the cobb,coleslaw, andcheesy potatoes}. Or, you can make it into a sandwich with fixins!

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Mmmm…..

 

 

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Best Pulled Pork Ever {in the crockpot}
 
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  • 5 lb Pork Butt Roast with bone
  • ½ cup apple cider vinegar
  • ½ cup water
  • Seasoned Salt
  • Garlic
  • Sweet Baby Ray's BBQ Sauce
Instructions
  1. Place your roast in a crock pot and cover with vinegar and water
  2. Sprinkle seasoned salt and garlic over top of roast
  3. Add ½ cup BBQ sauce to the top of roast
  4. Turn crock pot on low for 10 hours
  5. Flake meat off the bone (this will be easy- it will fall off), place in a large bowl and add ½ cup more of BBQ sauce and mix well
  6. Serve alone or as a sandwich

 

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Heartbreaking News About Robin Williams (Anxiety & Depression)

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Hi Ladies,

A few days ago we were all informed of the solemn news that Robin Williams took his own life.

This really hit home for me for my life has personally been touched by suicide. There really are no words to explain the pain, sorrow and grief a person feels when a loved one dies this way.

As some of you know, I’m currently in my second year of getting a Master’s degree in Clinical Counseling and this is a huge reason why. My heart is very heavy for people suffering with anxiety and depression.

Today,  I’d like to welcome a very dear friend of mine, Melissa Yoak from Dayspring Counseling. Melissa shares the same compassion for mental illness that I do. I cannot imagine how many lives she has helped save through the application of professional counseling techniques.  She’s a hero. 

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Melissa says: 

Precious Robin Williams and the other one million people who killed themselves worldwide this year, I grieve for you.

I grieve that you felt so hopeless that in your mind there was no other choice but death.

I grieve for the families you leave behind.  They must have so many unanswered questions.

I grieve that your depression and/or anxiety won the fight.

These past few days, we all have been bombarded with Facebook posts, blogs, quotes, and debates—all related to whether or not suicide is selfish or whether or not depression is a disease or a choice.

In my mind I ask…who cares? Does it really matter?  Someone who feels so hopeless and helpless that they will purposely terminate their own life makes my heart break.

Someone who feels so hopeless and helpless that they will purposely terminate their own life burdens me beyond measure.  It drives my desire to help hurting people even more – cry with them, pray with them, assure them they are going to get to the other side of the pain.Unfortunately, there is still a great societal stigma on mental illness, counseling, and therapy.  As a therapist, I see it. 
 
All. The. Time. 

Please click here for the rest of this post and to see what you can do to help yourself or someone else who is suffering from mental illness….

Melissa Yoak holds a Master of Arts Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from theUniversity of Akron and a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology from Malone University. She is a member of the American Association of Christian Counselors (AACC). She is married to a minister of a local church and the mother of three children.
Thank you dear friend…


 

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My Weekend @ The Women in Ministry Summit

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(Courtney, me and Darlene- Thank you to Stitch Fix for the beautiful shirt!)

Hi Ladies! I wanted to share with you what I’ve been up to this weekend. A few months ago, I got an e-mail invite to attend this year’s Women in Ministry Summit sponsored by Logos Bible Software. So, I RSVP’d with an “are you sure you have the right person?”

Humbly, I would like to share with you about this amazing weekend….

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Kay Arthur opened our session with joy, enthusiasm, humor, concern and personality. She was honestly one of the most personable people I’ve ever met in my life. Although I knew I would leave gaining much from her, I would have never guessed how much I sincerely enjoyed being around her. She is absolutely stunning from the inside out…more than possibly her readers know. I felt so comforted, accepted, and encouraged by her.

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Not only did Logos Bible Software give us a free download, they also took precious time teaching us how to learn it, and provided this special weekend for us. They gave us a delicious welcome bag filled with goodies when we arrived the first night.

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Heidi St.John and Sally Clarkson were also at our table. Amazing and absolutely beautiful women who have hearts for the Lord. It was such a blessing spending time with them.

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My “roomies” with Kay! Courtney from Women Living Well and Darlene from Time Warp Wife. Ahhhh….love these women.

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Heidi and I getting “photo bombed” by Ray from Logos. We were cracking up! Logos is made up of the most kind and genuine people- they were so fun to be around and did an amazing job putting on this conference.

What a sweet blessing to meet Heidi- she is so inspiring, beautiful, and kind.

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Ahhh….Jen from Unveiled Wife! I’m so thankful I had the opportunity to not only meet her but spend quality time with her. She has the most precious and obedient heart for God…I honestly cannot say enough about her. She has a new fan in me.

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Every time Darlene and I get together we laugh about the differences between US and Canada- she had no idea what a “jo-jo” was. So, we did what we always do and laughed.

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I also wanted to share with you an excellent idea for your get togethers! Logos supplied us with a “Trail Mix Bar” during our time between meals. Isn’t this great!?

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It made me think about how often women get together and feel anxious about making something to bring. What an amazing idea to simply ask everyone to bring a jar of 1 ingredient and place it on a table like so? 

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Sweet and savory is my favorite. Thanks again Logos!

 

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More “Cost-Comfy” Containers

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My last post brought in some great responses and suggestions on how to be “cost-comfy” delivering a meal ministry. I went over to my local “Dollar General” to show you some more examples of how to get the most from your money when packing up your food items. 

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Foil pans are the most common in meal ministry.

Here we have 1 pan for $1.25 (or 2 for $2.50). Depending on what you make in these, you can use them over again. For example, if I were making a fruit salad- I would wash it and keep it. However, if I were baking mac n cheese- not so much. The foil changes shape and doesn’t hold well after baking. GFS sells these quite a bit cheaper. 

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These ones were $1 a piece.

To be honest, I’m not in love with these for meal ministry, however I do purchase them when I am helping with an event. They are great to pack up left-over food to send home with people at the event. For example, when we have a bridal shower and there is half a cake left- I bring small foil containers and send a piece home with guests.

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I spotted this cute little serving tray for $2 and had to share. This would work great for chocolate chip cookies wrapped in plastic wrap, then tulle, finished a bow. Inexpensive enough to give, yet pretty enough to keep! 


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Bah! Just say NO!

I know it’s tempting…but don’t even go there. These tupperware containers are reusable and fine to purchase for home use, but don’t spend the money on them for meal ministry- unless you want to give them away (which is totally fine). 

The bowls above, however would work great. You could make some dirt pudding and wrap it up with plastic wrap and give it away. That is a $4 difference! (That’s a little over a gallon of gas!) 

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Again- $7 for one tupperware container. Grrrr…..this is Dollar General! I’ve seen this same container double the price at a chain supermarket. 

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I saw these cute little colanders for $1 and thought they would be great to wash cherries in and give them away with the container. They can be used again and are sturdy and cute. 
I hope these posts have helped shed some light on how to get the most bang for your buck! I’d love to hear more from you on your ideas! 

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How to Make “Meal Ministry” Affordable

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One of the most common questions I get about meal ministry is about the cost. Food is expensive, but not only that the cost of packing it up can be just as expensive. Some throw-away containers are more costly than glass containers that can be used over again.

Here are a few examples I found at Marc’s that I wanted to share with you. When you’re out and about- keep your eyes peeled, then just stock pile good deals away for when you might use them.

It saves money and just makes sense.

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Look at these beautiful cups with saucers- for just $1.99 for a pair! I immediately thought “Housewarming gift” – buy 6 for just $12. 

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This fruit bowl is adorable. For just $2.99, you can’t purchase a throw-away for under that. I would fill it with fruit salad for someone who is not feeling well and let them keep the dish. 

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The beautiful dish I shared at the top of the post was just $2.99 – again, a throw-away is pricier! I would make a calzone and wrap it on this plate and let my friend keep it. 

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Do you know of a child who could use a “pick me up”? These little sundae bowls are precious. For just 99 cents, I would buy 6, bring over ice cream and some toppings….

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Creamed Chicken Crepes are one of my most sought after recipes- but they are hard to transport! For just 67 cents a piece these crepe dishes are worth buying.

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Isn’t this a beautiful tray? If you have more than one thing to transport $4.99 is a deal. You could unload it and keep it yourself, or give it as a gift with the meal items. 
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This cute little basket was $4.97 – it would work great filled with sugar cookies for a little girl who isn’t feeling well.

Where do you get the best deals?! 


 

 

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How to Roast Red Peppers

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Hi Everyone! I’m going to show you an easy way to roast red peppers. I know many of you have your own gardens and are bursting at the seems with these deliciously sweet and savory veggies. Sometimes the hardest part is knowing what to make with them! Well, here’s a recipe you can save in your mind…it’s that easy. I’ve made them this way for years! 

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Start off by rinsing, slicing in half and taking the seeds out of your peppers. 

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Roast peppers on a low broil for 5 mins, turn then roast for another 5 mins. Keep in mind that some ovens roast quicker than others. You’ll want to peer through the glass to make sure your peppers aren’t burning. 

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Use and oven mitt to take peppers out and immediately place them in a large Ziploc bag. 

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You can see here how the bag steams the peppers. Before we did this, the peppers were roasted, but still crunchy. This is going to soften them up a little…

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*If you do not want your skins on, you will need to refrigerate your bag of roasted peppers, then the skins will come off easily before slicing.

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Serve with a crusty bread and use the garlic oil to dip! Delicious.

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  • 6 red peppers
  • ½ cup olive oil
  • 4 cloves of garlic, crushed
  • salt and pepper
  • Bread for dipping
Instructions
  1. Set oven to a low broil
  2. Wash and slice peppers in half
  3. Roast in oven 5 mins a side- watch carefully!
  4. Take peppers out of oven and put in a large Ziploc bag
  5. Let steam for about 15 mins
  6. If you want your skins off place the bag in the refrigerator for about an hour
  7. Slice peppers
  8. In a medium dish combine olive oil, garlic, salt and pepper
  9. Stir together and serve with crusty bread

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Noonday Winner

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Congratulation Megan Carrick!

You are the lucky winner of these beautiful earrings! We are now “earring twins”.

These particular earrings are made in India, if you’d like to see the impact this business has made on a particular young lady please click here.

Thank you to Lisa from Noonday for this wonderful giveaway!  

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Noonday Giveaway!

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photo 2 Hi Sweet Friends! Many of you saw on my Facebook page that I will be in and out until school begins for my children. Thank you for being so patient with me…these times are so fleeting with our little ones, aren’t they? I did, however, want to take a moment to share with you where I went the other night. Additionally, I have the opportunity to GIVE something away to YOU! Recently, my dear friend Katina and I met sweet Lisa Foster at our friend Brooke Taylor’s home (shout out to 95.5 The Fish!) where she was hostessing a “Noonday Collection Trunk Show”. Lisa is a Noonday Collection ambassador, which means she is a part of a team of women in this country who help develop a marketplace for jewelry and accessories hand-crafted by artisans in countries such as Ethiopia, Uganda, Rwanda, Guatemala, Ecuador and Peru. photo 4 Through the trunk show, Lisa shared the stories of these artisan groups, their everyday struggles to overcome poverty and how they transform paper, melted bullets, seeds and fiber into beautiful one of a kind wearable art. Noonday Collection was established in 2010 and has partnered with artisan groups in the developing world. By creating a market for those goods, the cottage industry has blossomed in a short time to provide dignified jobs in 10 countries at living wages, allowing artisans to support families and access health care and schooling. Noonday also offers no interest loans, makes advance payments on orders, and offers scholarship programs and emergency assistance. It donates a portion of sales to place orphans in forever families—which remains a core value as Noonday Collection’s first trunk show was hosted by founder, Jessica Honegger, in her home as a means to raise money to adopt her son and third child from Rwanda. The style and purpose of the products drew an overwhelming response, and the business quickly grew beyond a fundraiser. Lisa shared how she stumbled upon the website in November 2011 and became the only ambassador for the Noonday collection in the Midwest at that time—Jessica’s story and the vision she had for the Noonday collection and alleviating poverty one necklace at a time was too powerful to not get involved! A trip to Guatemala gave Lisa the opportunity to meet the weavers and beaders responsible for creating many of Noonday’s beautiful accessories, she was able to not only share the stories of poverty and difference these purchases have made in these artisans lives…but also to convey the intricacy of the work, especially after attempting to work on some of these items herself. The methods are passed on generation from generation and these women are extremely proud of their handiwork, not to mention grateful for the orders from Noonday and very hopeful for the work to continue. If you’d like to take a look, you can see how to make the galaxy wrap bracelet—using needle and thread! It’s amazing to see watch these women work.. Here Cindy weaves while daughter Lucy plays; Lisa learns how the weavers first dye the yarn using flowers and bark and need to process the yarn at least 3 times..and the amazingly beautiful scarf! photo 1 Now, the GIVEAWAY!!! These beautiful Water Drop earrings handcrafted in India were my pick and Cindy has been so kind to offer to give a pair away to one of my readers! WOHOOOO!!!! I’m wearing mine right now by the way…love them.  All you have to do is comment below. If you share on social media, let me know that as well and you will be entered that many more times! Names will be randomly chosen in 48 hours and will be announced here! If’ you’d like to browse around, make sure to visit Lisa’s Page!  
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Winners of “And Life Comes Back”

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Congratulations to the following Ladies:

Sarah Hogan

Robyn

Shannon Sheppard

Please e-mail your full names and mailing addresses to
JMNehrenz@me.com for your free copy!

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Salad Galore @ Women Living Well

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Ladies, you won’t want to miss this salad spread over at Women Living Well! Some of my favorite get togethers have been salad potlucks! Enjoy!

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And Life Comes Back Giveaway!

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A wife’s story of love, loss and hope reclaimed…

It’s been years since I’ve seen her. I still can’t begin to wrap my mind around how much this friend of mine and her boys have been through…

I remember wondering as a young girl what people meant when they told me I had “smiling eyes”, then I met Tricia and I knew. She is so full of joy, exuberance, and good ole fashioned wit. We worked at T.G.I.Friday’s together back in our college days. We wore flare, stripes, silly hats and smelled like Jack Daniels Barbeque sauce. We were also young marrieds and attended a “Newly and Nearly Married” class at our church together.

Although we only new each other a short time, I remember being very bummed when Tricia said that she and Rob were moving- I thought she and I might become good friends. Our lives continued and Facebook didn’t exist then…so, that was that. Life continued.

Not too long ago a close friend of mine said she had been reading a blog that tore at her heart and sent me the link. I sat there amazed as I read, eyes glued and teary…. I knew this person….

Meet my sweet friend, a talented author, mom, encourager and Overcomer…Tricia Lott Williford.

Tricia’s book synopsis:

When your life falls apart—through a death, a lost relationship, a diagnosis—you want more than anything to know that your pain has a purpose. And that beyond your pain, a new day awaits.

Tricia Lott Williford discovered this in a few tragic hours when her thirty-five-year-old husband died unexpectedly.

In “And Life Comes Back”, she writes with soaring prose about her tender, brave journey as a widow with two young boys in the agonizing days and months that followed his death. And Life Comes Back documents the tenacity of love, the exquisite transience of each moment, and the laughter that comes even in loss.

This traveler’s guide to finding new life after setbacks offers no easy answers or glib spiritual maxims but instead draws you into your own story and the hope that waits for you even now.

You can purchase “And Life Comes Back” at Amazon here. 

Tricia has been so kind to offer “Comfy in the Kitchen” readers a chance to win a FREE copy! 3 Copies total will be given away!

Here’s how it works: Comment below to be entered to win. If you share on an additional social media (FB, Pin, Twitter, etc)  make sure to add that in your comments to be given an extra ticket per each social media!

Names will be announced on Thursday! 

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Easy Iced Coffee

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Ahhh….it’s cool, creamy and caffinated. What’s not to love about this deliciously easy, iced coffee? Serve it as a treat on a warm and sunny afternoon or save money and replace it for your drive-through “guilty pleasure”.

If you’d like, add a little caramel syrup to the mix and it will taste very similar to an iced caramel latte.

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Brew 4 large cups of coffee individually from your Keurig and pour them into a large liquid container. The large cups are equivalent to 10 oz each, so this would be 5 cups of coffee if you’re using a traditional coffee maker.

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Refrigerate until ready to drink!

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Easy Iced Coffee Author: Janelle Nehrenz Prep time: 10 mins Total time: 10 mins Serves: 5
Ingredients
  • 5 cups of strong coffee (4 large individual cups from your Keurig)
  • ½ cup water
  • ¼ cup sugar (more to your liking)
  • ¼ cup cream (more to your liking)
  • ice
Instructions
  1. Pour hot coffee into a large liquid container
  2. Add cream, sugar and water- Stir
  3. Taste and add more cream and sugar to your liking
  4. Add ice and keep refrigerated until ready to serve/drink

 

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But, Did I Share the Gospel? {@ TWW}

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But did I share the gospel?

How many times have I served God the way I wanted, rather than the way He wanted?

The last thing I want to do is to enter heaven to have God say, “Janelle, that was a delicious meal you made for your neighbors, but did you share with them the Gospel with them? “

Please visit me over at my dear friend Darlene’s blog, Time Warp Wife where I’m sharing one of my greatest “ahhh haaa” moments. 

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An Art Themed Birthday Bash!

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Hi Ladies!

One of my dearest friends, Julie, is here today sharing birthday party photos of her sweet daughter. She is such an intentional mom who desires to create memories for her children…one thing that really inspires me is that she does this all on a budget!

Her invites: 
{Cheaper than most cards and useful!}

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Julie says:

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Because my daughter loves art, we thought to have an Art-themed birthday party for her! We made a rainbow cake…

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…had lots of colors of kool aid for “Creative Juice”…

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Rice Krispie treats turned into chocolate covered paintbrushes and of course we had some art projects to do!

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We melted crayons on canvas’ which is all over Pintrest and we had a contest of who could paint the best “dessert” with a creative border–we also “painted” tee-shirts and I had all the things they needed for these projects all tied up cute with a red ribbon!

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  They loved all the balloons and paintbrush decorations and I marked all their spots with cute popsicle stick easels with their names on them! 


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The girls had a great time and could have stayed for a few more hours! :)

Thank you so much for sharing this fun day with us Julie!  

 

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Make Your Own Sub Night!

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We are in “the depths” of Baseball season and let me tell ya- life is busy. So many times we “just go with it” when it comes to dinner (anyone relieved I said that?). My kiddos love “make your own sub” night. This particular night I had the kids help me make a large sub then sliced it, but often times I’ll get individual sub buns and let the children make their own.

This is also a great idea for company or pot lucks!

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My family likes salami, maple turkey, mozzarella, and pepper jack.
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Place open under the broiler until the cheese is melted. Add any additional fixing such as lettuce, tomatoes, mayo, mustard, and/or Italian dressing.

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Slice and serve!


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Serve sandwiches with chips, a salad and fruit and you have yourself a winning meal!

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Every Day Spirit

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Hi Ladies, 

I’s like to take this opportunity to introduce you to one of Comfy in the Kitchen’s sponsors. Mary, from “Every Day Spirit”  is such a wonderful Sister-in-Christ who has a heart bursting for the Lord. I love the Apple App’s she has designed with God’s precious word to help encourage us. 

Mary Says:

Every Day Spirit Lock Screens are now available in the Apple App Store for iPhones and iPod Touch.

An app of over 200 perfectly fitted inspirational wallpapers that brighten your day with spiritual wisdom and beauty.

Every Day Spirit Lock Screens is a collection of handcrafted wallpapers made with loving care to fit your iPhone perfectly and to inspire you with positive, encouraging messages. Brilliantly colored backgrounds from talented photographers and painters are combined with uplifting text and fun fonts.

Every Day Spirit Lock Screens are easy to browse with categories including Faith, Joy, Kindness, Love, Peace, Scripture and Unity. They can be changed anytime for a burst of light and love each time you look at your phone.

The app is $1.99 in the Apple App Store and is designed for iPhone and iPod Touch with iOS 6 or higher. The iPad version is coming very soon. New images are added monthly FREE of charge. http://itunes.com/apps/everydayspiritlockscreens

About Mary

Well, I am not your typical app designing ninja! Many years ago, while working as a piano teacher, I got the vision of a mobile phone app of inspirational wallpapers for teens and young adults. With so much time spent with phone in hand, I felt drawn to make something purely positive that would show up often and light the fires of good within.

In the fall of 2013, I started taking classes in app design and in early January, I began building the Every Day Spirit Lock Screens app. After 4 months of intense work on a steep learning curve, the dream became a reality and the app is now on phones everywhere. Although it is not geared exclusively toward young people, they were in my hearts during the creation of so many of these messages.

The app was made with great love and attention to detail. Each background and font was chosen for a reason and each word of wisdom is intended to be helpful and uplifting ~ and to provide a little sun for your soul! www.everydayspirit.net

Thank you, Mary! Here are some of her beautiful examples:  

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Shortcut Smores

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Mmmm….I don’t know a single soul who could say “no” to a smore. These “Shortcut Smores” are no exception. Swap out graham crackers and chocolate bars for E.L Fudge Striped cookies and you won’t be disappointed (it saves money too!). 

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All ya need is a box of cookies, a bag of marshmallows, a stick and a….

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It’s the little things in life.

Mmmmm….

May you have many Summer nights filled with children running around in PJ’s, lit bonfires, fireflies, smores, sticky fingers, and lots of love.

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  • 1 bag of large marshmallows
  • sticks
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  1. Toast a marshmallow at the end of a stick.
  2. Make a sandwich with two cookies and the roasted marshmallow in between.

 

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{Rhodes} Chicken Philly Stromboli

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Hi Ladies! This recipe is one of my husband’s favorites. I don’t know if it’s the pipping hot Rhode’s bread, the creamy melted swiss, or the tender chicken that makes this a winning recipe. You be the judge. But, trust me on this one- it’s delicious! 

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Dice red and green peppers and onions. 

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My favorite brand of swiss is Guggisberg. I don’t know what they do differently, but there is a tremendous difference compared to other swiss cheeses.

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As you may know, I am a fan of shredding my own cheese. It does make a difference! Bagged cheeses have additives in them such as flour and saw dust (yep, not kidding).

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Let your dough rise according to package directions. 

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Cook your marinated chicken like so. 

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Roll out your dough like so…. 

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Add ingredients.

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Carefully close up and brush with egg whites. Lay Stromboli on a lined baking sheet and place in a 350 oven for approximately 20 mins or until lightly browned.

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  • 1 loaf of Frozen Rhodes Bread.
  • 4 Chicken breasts diced and marinated in Ranch dressing.
  • ¼ cup each (diced) red pepper, green pepper, and onions.
  • 2 cups of shredded swiss cheese.
  • Egg white for brushing.
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  1. Thaw and let bread rise (ahead of time) according to package directions.
  2. Pre-heat oven to 350.
  3. Cook diced chicken in a large pan or wok.
  4. Roll out dough into an oblong shape on a floured surface.
  5. Add veggies, cooked chicken and swiss cheese.
  6. Seal dough and brush with egg whites.
  7. Transfer Stromboli to a covered baking sheet and bake for 20 mins or until lightly browned.



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This post was sponsored by Rhodes Bread, one of my favorite baking products. For more delicious recipes, you simply must visit their website and blog (I’m there today!) . It’s amazing how many things you can make with their products. 

Like them on Facebook and Twitter, or follow them on Pinterest for updates, ideas, and potential coupons! 

I’ve showcased Rhodes rolls, Hot Crossed Buns, French Toast, and Easy Cheesy Calzones

What have YOU made using Rhodes Bread?! 

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Narnia Night!

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One of my favorite novels is C.S Lewis’, “The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe”. It’s not only enjoyable for children and adults alike, but also references the Bible throughout the chronicles. If you haven’t already read this with your children- it’s a must! If you have, you’re going to love what my dear friend, Julie did with her children. She is one of the most intentional moms I have ever met….

Here’s her story: 

I decided to have a fun “Narnia Night” with my hubby and kids. I was going to set it all up and do all the planning and decorating and gave myself a budget of $30.00 (not including dinner because I would have to fix dinner anyways )

 We love all things Narnia! We have all 7 books, all the movies, have rented the really old cheesy movies from the library, and have listened to the audio series of all 7 stories countless times! We have our favorite movie posters hanging in our basement and yes, The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe is by far the most awesome one hanging…sorry hubs but it really is better than Star Wars! Ha!

To create the scene, I started gathering up ideas and talked them over with my hubby and we came up with a fun evening! I knew I wanted the basement to be decorated with trees, snow, and most importantly a Lamp-post! So I got out our Christmas trees, (we have two) and borrowed one more and set them out and put snow on them. Snow was just cotton batting from the craft store! I blew up 2 bags of white balloons and put them all over the floor and covered our 2 black couches with white sheets.
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My mom had a cute candle holder that would look awesome with a bit of tweaking as the lamppost. So I asked my dad to build a stand for the candle holder to sit on—real simple—basically a 2×4 attached to a base and a small square piece of wood at the top for the candle holder to sit on.  I then spray painted it black.  It looked great!!! Just what I had envisioned!

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Upstairs, I wanted a regal tent like the one Aslan is in in the Disney version of the Movie! I wanted lots of reds and golds! I found fabric remnants at Walmart (remember my budget!) and tied them up above my kitchen table to look tent-like. I put fabric on the chairs too and set the table as fancy as my poor dishes would allow! I borrowed fancy glasses from a good friend! (We didn’t eat anything fancy—my kids wanted lasagna but we ate it on fancy plates! Ha)

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Now the decorations were complete and we could start our fun night of Narnia activities!!!

We started the night off by eating dinner under Aslan’s tent and telling the kids what the night was going to hold! After dinner we had a scavenger hunt with clues all relating to Narnia for the kids to do.  At each clue they would find another clue and so forth. We just totally made it up and it took them all over the house and outside! They had a ball doing this little “hunt”!

 After that we took them downstairs where they had to walk through the “wardrobe” at the bottom of the steps… okay so it was a whole bunch of our winter coats hanging on a coat rack but hey, they got the point!

We then started watching The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe… 

When the movie reached the point where Edward is offered some hot cocoa and Turkish Delight we paused the move and enjoyed….yes, some hot cocoa and Turkish Delight!!!! I went to Goodwill and found some cups that I turned into “goblets” by spray painting the bottoms silver and added “jewels”!!! I did NOT spray paint any area where they would drink,  just the plastic bottoms!  And for the Turkish Delight, well I had no idea how to make that so I found a recipe online and asked my amazing friend, Janelle, who can cook anything to help me out and make a batch!

So we all drank our delicious hot chocolate and tasted the Turkish Delight. Lets just say that my kids said the Turkish Delight wasn’t really a delight! Ha, but we had fun tasting it!! (thanks again, Janelle)    

We then continued to watch the movie surrounded by our snowy trees and lamp-post.

When the movie got to the point of Father Christmas giving out gifts we again stopped the movie and all sat on the floor.  My sweet husband then pulled out a “Father Christmas” bag and told the kids that he too had gifts to hand out.

Now these Father Christmas’ gifts were not awesome Nerf guns to play with, or the latest and greatest toy….they were gifts that represented each person and their character. Together we decided on a Godly characteristic we wanted to highlight in each of our children’s personalities and what “charge” to give them along with a gift to represent that quality/charge.

For example, we gave one of our daughters, (who is a very loud, fun, and did I say loud child), a megaphone with a written “charge” to always be a loud voice for the gospel. We wrote out the charge as well as a verse to go along with that charge. In this case, it was Ephesians 6:19.  We typed them out fancy on resume paper and had them laminated beforehand to give them.

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So my hubby would pull out the gift from the bag and address each of our children individually and give them their charge and their gift, just like Father Christmas did in the movie.

This was a very special time and to this day all three of my kids have their “charge” taped on their bedroom wall!  I love this kind of reminder and accountability to display Godly wisdom and character!!

After this we finally finished the movie and then for the last activity we moved upstairs to play a game of “all things Narnia” Jeopardy!  Now you could make this up on a white board but we had access to an actual jeopardy game that you can play on your TV. I had a separate category for each of the 7 books and then a misc category! The three kids had so much fun competing and playing this…I couldn’t believe how well they did with all the trivia! My youngest ended up winning and we had an amazing night and hopefully lots of memories that will last forever!

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All in all, I stayed under budget, borrowed what I didn’t have from good friends, spent fabulous quality time with the family, encouraged each other spiritually,  and now how to come up with a Star Wars night…..or not. 

 

Thank you so much for sharing this idea with all of us Julie…your children are so blessed to have such a creative and fun mom. As far as the Turkish Delight….I agree, I am not a fan- hahaha! 





 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Grace Gifts and a Bonus!

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Hi Ladies, it is my pleasure to introduce to you my friend, Gina over at Real Life Titus Two. Gina and I have quite a few things in common. Two of them are 1. We love God and 2. We love children! Here’s what Gina has to tell us today…..

Are you being a help or a hindrance in your child’s personal faith

journey?  I can’t image that any parent would purposely be a

hindrance. We all want what is best for our children, and have in mind

what we think is the best way to accomplish all we want for them.

Unfortunately, if we aren’t careful, we can actually be a hindrance

and not even realize it. I don’t want that, I know you don’t either!

So what’s a mom to do?

Take the time to reflect on how God parents you and then turn around

and do the same for your children!  That’s how!  And how does God

parent you? By lavishing you with grace. From the moment you are

conceived to the very end of your life, you are showered with grace

from your heavenly Father. He draws you to Himself, makes you His

child, and carries you through each day.  As a parent, we can purpose

to stay connected to our Source of grace, and then we can be a channel

by which God’s grace is shown.  We have the amazing privilege of being

the very first people who will live out and introduce the gospel of

Grace to our children!

Of course we love this concept, but what do you do when you find

yourself in the middle of the daily grind of fussy babies, piles of

diapers, willful two year old, sibling battles, loads of laundry, and

all that comes with the daily in and out of raising children? At times

you can find yourself stuck in survival mode.

You must prepare yourself to live a life of grace with your children.

The first, and most important thing is to be connected to the Source

of grace!  You must fight for time to be in the Word and prayer.

Nurture your relationship with God. As we press in, and depend upon

the Source, we are given what we need to face the daily stuff of life,

and we also are provided with the ability to pour that same grace out

onto our precious children.

Second, evaluate how you are viewing those precious people God has

entrusted you with!  Do you view them as kids you need to raise, or as

precious, unique individuals that have been entrusted to your care for

a few short years? People that we can celebrate and shower with the

same grace that we have been shown, creating a platform for God to be

seen.

This is something that I am very passionate about! So passionate, in

fact, that I wrote a book about it!  Let me introduce to you:  Grace

Gifts: Celebrating Your Children Every Day

 

Grace Gifts is not meant to be another book of standards for you to

try and measure up to. It is not just another “to do” list for you to

follow. My goal in sharing the things that God is so graciously

teaching my husband and me is to encourage you away from rules and

lists–and the striving and fear that go with them–and instead free

you up to be encouraged to relax, to enjoy your children, and learn

how to see them as the amazing individuals God made them to be. To

encourage you to parent your children with grace.

We, as parents, have an amazing privilege and opportunity to teach our

children what the meaning of grace is by putting it into action as we

interact with them through every season of their lives, as we respond

to them in the challenges of daily life–even when they resist

authority, even when they make mistakes. As they navigate the battles

of life, they need us to extend grace to them daily and celebrate with

them in times of victory.

We can choose to have a rigid, rule-oriented, performance-driven

environment, or we can choose to have a flexibly structured,

grace-filled home. It will likely require a bit more sacrifice on our

part temporarily, but it will ultimately help our children to

understand the grace that God showers on us every day.

We give them a priceless gift when we choose to become their biggest

cheerleader and support system. Celebrating our children and showing

them the same grace we have experienced from our God helps us to view

our kids as more than just our children who need to be raised, but as

precious people who need to be pointed to Christ.

So why do we celebrate our children? Because our Heavenly Father

celebrates us, every day. And, like our children, we need His gentle

reminders of grace that point us back to the cross. We see in our

opening scripture passage, Zephaniah 3:17, that God celebrates His

children! We also see in Isaiah 62:5 that He rejoices over us “…as a

bridegroom rejoices over his bride, so will your God rejoice over

you.” In the same way God rejoices over and celebrates us, we can

rejoice over and celebrate our own children, showing them a picture of

the Father!

Would you like to learn how to connect with your children and how to

be their biggest cheerleader no matter what stage of parenthood you

find yourself in? I would love to share with you a few ideas that I

have gleaned and put into action over many years of parenting and life

as a family. No matter your child’s age, I believe there is something

here you can do today to draw closer to your kids and to help draw

your kids closer to God. My prayer is that God will use these

suggestions to help you celebrate your children every day!

Join me as I share practical ways in which we can celebrate our

children, at any age, by lavishing them with grace, helping them to

gain an understanding of what God does for each of us on a daily

basis.

I’m so happy for Gina that I would like to throw in a copy of “Comfy Cooking with Kids” FREE to the first 20 people who purchase a copy of “Grace Gifts”- Just send your receipt to JMNehrenz@me.com! 

You can purchase “Grace Gifts: Celebrating Your Children Every Day”

HERE!  And please let me know if it is an encouragement to you!

You can visit Gina at:

www.reallifetitustwo.com

And see more about her precious book here:

www.gracegifts.org

 

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Triple Berry Cobbler on TWW

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Hi Ladies! Summer is almost here and those delicious ripe berries are on sale! What better dessert to make for your family and friends than this amazing Triple Berry Cobbler. Serve it with a cool dolop of vanilla bean ice cream and there will be ahhhs and smiles all around. Thank you to my dear friend Darlene at Time Warp Wife for sharing this recipe. 

If you haven’t already been over to Time Warp Wife, I highly recommend browsing around. Darlene offers amazing wisdom for the journey in marriage. She’s also a New York Time’s Best Selling Author ….not to mention one of the most giving people I know. 

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Easy & Refreshing Cucumber Salad at WLW

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Hi Ladies! Come join me over at  Women Living Well where I’m sharing this easy and refreshing Cucumber Salad recipe.

I don’t know about you, but making salads is my least favorite thing to do in the kitchen. This salad is not only an easy fix- but it can be made ahead of time leaving more opportunity to get your main entree finished. My entire family loves cucumbers, so it’s a winning recipe in my home! Enjoy! 

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Pan Fried Pound Cake

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Mmmm…..frying pound cake in butter gives it a crispy outer crust that is just heavenly. Add fresh strawberries and a scoop of cool vanilla bean ice cream and you have yourself a most delicious Spring dessert. Invite friends over to share!

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Let your favorite pound cake recipe (or you can use Sarah Lee’s in your grocers’ freezer) cool. Slice evenly.

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Butter and toast on both sides. You may also add a sprinkle of sugar to caramelize the texture.

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Enjoy!

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Extra Thick Strawberry Milkshakes

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It was a beautiful sunny afternoon when I picked up my munchkin from preschool today. As soon as we walked through the door, our air conditioned home greeted us with grace.

My daughter looked at me and said, “Mama, I’m going to make us some milkshakes!”

Being that I’ve always taught my children “meal ministry”, when they say they’re going to make me something….I let them! So, I stepped aside and watched this precious little 5- year- old get out the exact ingredients she needed.

She always amazes me with her kitchen skills……
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Precious little angel of love, munchkin, buttacup, I just want to kiss your little sweet face, ooooo… I can’t even stand it, I just love ya! 

(Yes, I talk like this to her in real life.)


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Great job!!! (I taste test too, it’s ok)

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Looks delicious….cool, refreshing, sweet and creamy! Mmmmm…..

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  • 3 scoops of vanilla ice cream
  • 1 cup of frozen strawberries
  • 1 cup milk
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  1. Blend ingredients together and enjoy! Mmmmmm....

 

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I Love Stitch Fix!

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 Ladies do I have exciting news! But first, let me tell you a little secret…..I dislike to shop. If you’ve never heard me say that before, there ya have it! haha. I don’t know if it’s decision making, not knowing what I look good in, or just plain spending money on myself- for some reason, I have never enjoyed shopping for clothes for myself. Well, my dream of having my own personal shopper has finally come true when I found out about Stitch Fix! My sweet friend Ruth over at The Better Mom always looks so fashionable, I asked her where she buys her clothes and this is when I got hooked….
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What is Stitch Fix?

Stitch Fix is a service where you are assigned your own personal stylist who chooses clothing and jewelry for you.  When you sign up, you fill out a style profile so that your stylist has an idea of what you like to wear. After you select the first date you would like your fix, you will receive 5 items in the mail (in a cute box :)). You are not obligated to purchase any of them, but you are charged a $20 styling fee. This $20 is refunded if you purchase any one item. I LOVE that with each piece of clothing they include a card that gives you ideas on how to style that particular piece. Once you try your items on, select what you would like to keep and then return the rest in a pre-paid envelope. Note: There is a waiting list, but once you are signed up for Stitch Fix they will send you “fixes” as often as you would like.

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Overall, I loved all the clothes Stitch Fix sent me. I especially loved the “recipe cards” showing me how to pair and match items.

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If you don’t like something or anything- no worries! There’s a pre-paid and addressed bag enclosed. Put all the items you don’t want in the bag and throw it in the mailbox. Check out online to purchase the items you want to keep. The $20 styling fee is applied to your purchase!

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What a great experience….and I didn’t even have to go into a brightly lit dressing room! Wohoo!

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This beautiful chevron 3/4 sleeve shirt was my favorite! I also loved the cheerful necklace that accompanied it. Great job Stitch Fix! I can’t wait for my next shipment…..

If you would like to sign up and try Stitch Fix you can Click Here

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You are Loved

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Hi Ladies, 

I have such exciting news! Two beautiful women that I have the blessing to know have joined together to write their latest book!

You are Loved” by Sally Clarkson and Angela Perritt is currently the book I can’t stop reading.

Ahhh….just saying that title breathes life into my soul. 

About the book: 

“In You Are Loved, Sally and Angela reveal many ways God has worked intimately in their lives to help them understand and know they are loved with an everlasting love that only God can give. Through their personal and sometimes painful stories, they invite you into their lives to witness the healing and restoration that can occur when a woman realizes she is completely loved. Our prayer for this book is that you will understand how deeply you are cherished and from that foundation of God’s infinite love, your life will be transformed forever.”

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Angela is such a warm, caring and giving friend. This is the two of us at the Women Living Well conference….what a blessed weekend that was!

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Sally has such a heart for moms and is an amazing encourager! Every one of her books has inspired me to be the mom God has called me to be….It was a blessing to meet her at Allume! Here we are together with another sweet familiar face, Courtney from Women Living Well

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You can purchase your copy on Amazon for your Kindle or in paperback!

A huge thank you to Angela and Sally for reminding us how loved we truly are! 

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Beautiful Spring Wreaths

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I don’t know about you, but when I don’t have a wreath on my door I feel as though something’s missing. To me, a wreath says “welcome” and gives a festive little touch to the entrance of our homes. 

Yesterday, I got a special surprise for Mother’s day….it had me in tears. My dear friend Nikole came over with this handmade wreath. She knows that our son is a travel baseball kiddo and we are in full-fledge baseball mode right now. She had me in tears!!! 

What a thoughtful gift! 

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I just love it! 

Nikole is busy making these adorable wreaths at her Etsy store online….She can make them in any color, for any sport and personalize them with your child’s name and number...or like mine, you can have your last name on them for a front door wreath. These would also be adorable on a child’s room door! 

This encouraged the little leaguer in my home when we drove home from school yesterday! He noticed immediately!!!

 This is such a great gift- I’m so grateful for this surprise. Thank you Nikole!!!! You made my day yesterday!

(I’ll be adding this to my baseball Pinterest board!)

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Knowing  that I love anything “kitchen”,  I HAD to showcase this beautiful kitchen wreath!!! My personal kitchen is decorated with lemons…it’s my favorite motif! I also love burlap…..so creative and adorable! Again…LOVE IT!

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And need I say more about this fun and festive beauty? Perfect for a front door, child’s room/bathroom, and/or pool area! This is so fun, isn’t it? 

You can visit Nikole over at Poppies Blossoms on:

Etsy
Facebook
Pinterest

She has offered a $5 off discount to anyone who wants to make a purchase when they mention “Comfy in the Kitchen” – Thank you so much Nikole!
I love promoting people with home businesses who are working hard to provide for their families. It means a lot more to me than to purchase something from a store. I’m so proud of Nikole and admire her hard work and creativity! Job well-done, my sweet friend. 

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My Favorite Aldi’s Products

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Hi Ladies!

Not too long ago I mentioned that I recently made the switch to Aldi’s. It has literally cut my grocery bill in half! Some of you have e-mailed me asking what my favorite products were at this store, so I thought I would share this information with everyone! Here we go…

The Pizza
By far, this is my favorite product….

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The Produce

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You can’t beat Adli’s prices on produce! They also offer organic and locally grown- it’s so worth making an extra trip for the savings in this department.


The Coffee
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Other Products I Buy

Baker’s Corner brand for baking needs.
Stonemill Pure Vanilla Extract is absolutely delicious.
Eggs
Milk
Bagels
Bread
Happy Farms Cream Cheese (just like New Philly)
German chocolate! (so much less expensive and way better- a variety of brands are offered)
Ice cream (Butter Pecan)
Jarred peaches (for peach tea)
Nuts
Ranch dressing
Peanut Delight Peanut Butter (just like Jif)
Tortilla shells
Cheeses
Frozen seafood
Bacon

On average, I spend about $125 a week on groceries (you know how much I cook) at Aldi’s, which is about half of what I used to spend at other grocery stores. However, I do typically purchase most my meats at a butcher. I am extremely pleased and recommend Aldi’s! I hope this helps some of you with your fear to cross over. It’s been worth the $500 a month is savings for my family!

 

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First Fitness and a Special Recipe (Taco Ring) !

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Hi Ladies! I have a special guest with me today. Allow me to introduce to you Sheran Newell from First Fitness. Sheran is a Christian, a wife of 15 years and a mother to 2 beautiful girls. She loves spending time with her family, reading, and staying fit!

Sheran is a lot like me- she’s a girl of moderation. She may splurge here and there, but she also makes sure to balance her life with healthy choices and exercise.

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Sharen says:

“Although I try really hard, I don’t always eat the way I know I should. Before I joined with First Fitness, I purchased them from my family from my Sister-in-Law. I quickly realized the difference in the way we felt and the energy we had….I was sold and knew I had be a part of this amazing company

There are so many products First Fitness supplies that help with general nutrition and physical comfort. Not to mention weight loss, herbal cleansing, sports nutrition, skin care and body care!

If you know someone who has a baby with colic then Biomega is the answer. It’s a delicious whole leaf Aloe Vera drink that contains over 120 vitamins, minerals, amino acids, enzymes, phytonutrients, and antioxidants that supports good digestive health and whole body wellness. I give my children Biomega for all the vitamins in it and it actually taste awesome… I have to keep my kids out of it!

I personally love the Women’s First Essential Vitamins, they are an advanced multi-vitamin and mineral complex for women with specially targeted nutrition supporting the female reproductive system. They get me through the day without being tired and make me feel great!

My husband just started back to the gym and is on the Men’s First Essentials. This is an advanced multi-vitamin and mineral complex for men, with specially targeted nutrition supporting prostate and testosterone levels.  He has been able to get through his day without being so exhausted. *Did you know that many young men suffer with low-testosterone and don’t know it? 

Are you also on a journey to living a healthier and happier life?  If so, please contact me. Additionally, if you’re interested in making more money for your family this has been a huge blessing for me personally and I know it can be for you too.

Now, Janelle asked me to share a recipe and as I said- I mentioned that I don’t always eat the healthiest choices. But, that’s ok in moderation, right Girls? This comes from Pampered Chef and has been a hit for years in my home. When I take it to church for small meetings everyone loves it and asks for the recipe! They can’t believe how simple it is. It’s the ever famous….”Taco Ring“! Enjoy!”

I’m sharing the original recipe, but over at The Taste Place, you can get a lighter version and photos on how to make it!”

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Thank you so much Sharen…I love the information you gave to all of us. My little guy suffers from a stomach emptying delay, I may have to try Biomega for his reflux. Thank you again, so much!!! This recipe looks like a WINNER!!! Mmmmmm…. I WILL be making this soon!!!

 
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  • 1 lb lean ground beef
  • 1 (1¼ ounce) package taco seasoning mix
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese (4 ounces)
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 2 (8 ounce) packages refrigerated crescent dinner rolls
  • 1 medium bell pepper
  • 1 cup salsa
  • 3 cups Lettuce, shredded
  • 1 medium tomato
  • ¼ cup onion, chopped (optional)
  • ½ cup pitted ripe black olives (optional)
  • sour cream (optional)
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  1. Preheat oven to 375°F
  2. Cook ground beef in large skillet over medium heat 7-9 minutes or until beef is no longer pink; drain.
  3. Remove pan from heat.
  4. Stir in taco seasoning mix, cheese and water.
  5. Unroll crescent dough; separate into triangles.
  6. Arrange triangles in a circle on Classic Round Pizza Stone with wide ends overlapping in center and points toward outside. (There should be a 5 inch diameter opening in center.)
  7. I use my Pampered Chef pizza stone, but any flat round pan should work--perhaps even a pizza sheet, but I'd spray it with Pam before adding the crescent rolls.
  8. Scoop meat mixture evenly onto widest end of each triangles up over filling and tuck under wide ends of dough at center of ring. (Filling will not be completely covered).
  9. Bake at 20-25 minutes or until golden brown.
  10. Shred lettuce and chop tomato, onion, olives, and bell pepper (if desired).
  11. Add your toppings to top of ring and finish with more shredded cheese and sour cream.

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Pancakes with Homemade Blackberry Syrup (Cracker Barrel Copy Kat)

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 Smoosh 2 small cartons of blackberries like so… (thank you, girls- great job!)

*As we were smooshing, we talked about how people used to dye their clothing with berries just like these!   

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After about 3-5 minutes of smooshing…this is what you’ll get. 

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Pour into a medium saucepan placed on medium heat. Add sugar (this is how I measure when I don’t blog- the truth comes out!) 

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Take some of your syrup out and add cornstarch to make a paste. Add it back into the pan and stir until liquid thickens slightly. 

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Mmm….pipping hot and steamy sweet blackberries- ready to eat! 


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Ladle on top of your pancakes with butter and enjoy!

*You may wish to add maple syrup as well….
*I have a delicious recipe for applesauce pancakes inComfy Cooking with Kids“, and my all-time favorite boxed pancakes are Krusteaz (as shown). 

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  2. Pour in a medium saucepan on medium heat
  3. Add sugar
  4. Take a small amount of the liquid out and add cornstarch to make a paste
  5. Add paste back into liquid and stir until slightly thickened
  6. Pour over pancakes and serve with butter and maple syrup (if desired)

 

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A HUGE “Thank You”!

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One of the aspects of blogging which I didn’t expect, is the bonds made with other people who have online businesses or ministries. A few weeks ago, I asked if anyone would be willing to donate items of value for Christian education. I was absolutely amazed at the overwhelming response I got. To all of you who donated, please accept this heart-felt “thank you”- God bless you! You are a gift.


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Thank you to Karen Ehman for donating her absolutely beautiful and inspiring book, “A Life that says Welcome“. I had the great opportunity to speak along side of this amazing gal at The Women Living Well Conference. From then on, I fell in love with her ability to love God, laugh, and inspire women. She is such a blessing in my life! Karen is an author, speaker, and director of speaker development at Proverbs 31 (you may even get her devotionals in your inbox!)

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Here’s some of our gang…(Karen, you’re gettin moose ears the next time we get together-It’s on like Donkey Kong, bahaa!)

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As Karen would say, “This will getcha and extra quarter at a garage sale”. If your church hires public speakers- you’ll want to book Karen soon! She’s a hoot!

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Oh, Rhodes…you spoil me so. I was not expecting all of this! Thank you so much for the beautiful aprons, kids cooking utensils, free products, cutting board and cook books! Amazing! I cannot say enough about this precious company and the people who work there.

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Seriously, how cute is this?


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I have this cookbook- It’s the bomb. I’ve written about it and featured some of my favorite recipes before. Love it.

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Ohhhh, and Take Them a Meal- my ABSOLUTE FAVORITE “meal ministry” website! If you haven’t already used this, you simply must. If someone you know needs meals this website gives you the opportunity to send out mass e-mails for sign-ups. It’s so simple and helpful. I’ve used it time and time again and am even a contributing author over there. Adina and Scott are absolutely amazing- their love for people radiates throughout this online ministry. They’ve blessed me and so many others beyond words.

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Thank you so much for this extremely handy bag for meal ministry! I love how thick, durable and insulated it is…it would also be great for taking food to potlucks!

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Don’t even get me started with Darlene over at Time Warp Wife. Ohhh…how I love this woman. She actually helped start me in blogging 4 years ago. We also spoke together at the WLW Conference and I am one of her contributors.

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Thank you friend, for a copy of “The Virtuous Life of a Christ-Centered Wife“. You always bless me so much.

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Would you just look at these Mother and Daughter aprons? Ohhhh, aren’t they beautiful? A HUGE thank you to Sugar Baby Aprons for donating these. I know I LOVE mine!

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Shelia!!!! Oh my….there is going to be one very lucky little girl who’s mom get’s this basket! Shelia is a dear reader who donated MaryKay’s (woot!) new line, “Mary Kay @ Play” for girls. If you’re looking for a Mary Kay consultant- look no further- here is Sheila’s information! This is excellent makeup that has proven itself for years. I adore this line for children because it’s fun and modest…excellent for play or for teens!


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Love the mention of God being first <3 Thank you so much! 

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I am so taken back by your generosity, friends! Thank you, thank you! 

We aren’t finished….

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How precious is this? A sweet friend and Sister-in-Christ made this up….she has an incredible business called “ Kids Love Pony Parties” at Grows Farm. Carla was my daughter’s Sunday School teacher and is such a gracious giver. There will be 4 very fortunate little one’s who get to go on pony rides! What a blessing. 

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If you live in the NE Ohio area, you won’t want to pass up having your child’s party here! 

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This is a picture of a party that I attended….the girls had so much fun. How sweet!!! 

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And there’s my little one! Thank you so much again Carla! You are such a blessing!!!! 

If you’re interested in bidding on an online auction for Christian education- here’s the page to head over to….there are some amazing items. If you are going to buy them anyways, you might as well put it towards a good cause! Thanks everyone! 

Oh….you may be wondering what I’m giving, hu?? It has something to do with kids, cooking, and me showing up in my apron, hehe. 

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My Little Chef Using my Favorite Skillet!

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Yesterday I posted on FaceBook this sweet little part of my day….

While I was putting laundry away upstairs, I smelled something cooking. Being that I knew it was just my 5-year old and me at home- I immediately booked down the stairs!

Ohhhh, to my surprise- would you just look at this?! She made Eggs in a Nest- ALL BY HERSELF!!!! She got the skillet from above the refrigerator (scary), plugged it in (even more frightening), then made the entire recipe perfectly from start to finish.

My first reaction?! I picked her up and squealed with excitement!!! I was so proud at what she could do all on her own!

She said, “Mama, I’m so proud of myself- I’m like Matilda….you teacheded me!” How could I rain on her parade? I made the decision to march in it and rejoice with her accomplishment.

It did make me nervous to know she was around heat by herself, so we had “the talk” about inviting Mommy to the next cooking session, but I have to say…this was impressive.

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Under all the comments, I had some ladies ask what skillet I use- so, I thought to post it here. I love it because it doesn’t flake, is easy to wipe clean, and frees up space on the stovetop. Here’s the description:

This Oster Griddle with Warming Tray is designed with a unique and innovative Dura Ceramic non-stick coating that last 4X longer than standard non-stick coatings and won’t flake or peel. The Dura Ceramic surface provides exceptional non-stick performance and lasting durability. The safe and natural ceramic coating is PFOA and PTFE free as well, so you can griddle pancakes, eggs and more without worry. The Dura Ceramic finish cooks up to 20% faster to get you eating quicker and it easily wipes clean! This Oster griddle features a large 10″ x 18″ cooking surface so you can conveniently prepare meals for the entire family and a warming tray to help keep foods at ideal temperature until you are ready to serve. Removable, adjustable temperature control accurately sets cooking temperature to achieve desired results when cooking a variety of foods.

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If you want to learn how to teach YOUR little ones how to cook- I recommend reading my latest ebook, “Comfy Cooking with Kids”. It’s a great beginner book for children of all ages. GREAT NEWS- It’s currently being offered at a reduced price of $2.99 at checkout! 

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Mother’s Day Lunch Menu

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Hi Ladies! If you’re planning a Mother’s Day lunch- look no further! I’ve done all the planning for you. A soup/salad and dessert menu is just the way to go to please the dolls in your life. If you need a helping hand (which we all do), make sure to send invites over from Perfect Potluck and add a link to this page for your helpers!



Best Ever Black Bean Soup

With over 78,000 pins on Pinterest- you know this soup is a winner! This is my mom’s personal favorite :)

Simple Italian Wedding Soup 

A meal in itself, this hearty soup will be sure to please.

Easy Peesy Broccoli Cheesy Soup

My personal favorite! Mmmm….a comfort food I cannot resist.

Strawberry Spinach Salad with Homemade Poppyseed Dressing

Be prepared to be asked for this recipe over and over again! Isn’t it lovely?

Horsefeed Salad (Asian Slaw)

This is such a unique, yet oh so delicious treat! One of my favorite salads.


Easy Fruit Salsa 

Delicious, refreshing and beautiful! This is also being featured on Women Living Well today!

Easy Cucumber Sandwiches 

So simple and elegant! I’ve made these time and time again.

Better than a Hug Cake

Comfy’s “Hot Topic” recipe….it’s so good. Amazingly good.


Nikki’s Lemon Bundt Cake with Pudding and Lemon Glaze

What more can I say?

Happy Mother’s Day! (a little early….because we plan stuff.)

 

 

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What is Ministry?

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Do I have any “Wounded Healers” in the room?

You’ve been there- you would have never signed up to have gone there, but it happened and it’s now a part of your life song. You would never, ever choose to go back to that awful time, but because it happened….you know how to better minister to others. 

Whether it was divorce, abuse, neglect, abandonment, drug use, failed relationships, depression, an accident or illness….you have felt pain beyond your coping ability.

It might have been your choosing, or you could have suffered pain from someone else’s choosing. That’s beside the point. You suffered. Big time. 

There was probably a point in time you just couldn’t see through the pain, the struggle, or the trauma -it seemed as though it would never end. You got to the point where you lifted your hands and said, “God, you’ve got a problem here because I cannot ….I mean cannot…cope any longer- take this mess and give me the strength to live day by day.” 

Oh, sweet friends…..you too? 

Having “been there”, when we see someone who is currently there, let it burden us to move. 

Almost 44,000 people viewed this image that was placed on my FB wall yesterday… I was so taken back by the response, I had to address it. There is so much beauty in this message…and so much scripture that backs it. 

Ministry is…

1. Listening when you’d rather fix the problem.

“My dear brothers and sisters, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry” ~James 1:19 

They’ll remember your grace.

2.  Searching for the joy when it’s easier to say “It’s not fair.” 

“Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters,whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance.  Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.” ~James 1:2-4

There is always something left when everything seems to be taken…

3. Helping when you feel like the one who needs help.

“He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak.” ~Isaiah 49:20

Sometimes helping others gets our minds off of ourselves. It’s a blessing to serve.

4. Telling God “use me” when you’d rather be rescued. 

“For I am confident of this very thing, that He who began a good work in you will perfect it until the day of Christ Jesus.” ~Phillipians 1:6

If you’re sucking air, God isn’t done with you yet.

5. Encouraging, even when you don’t understand God’s reasoning. 

“And I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son.” ~John 14:13 

Lord, let your will be done, but please give them the strength to get through this. They can do this with You.

6. Hugging when it feels awkward.

“Rejoice with those who rejoice and weep with those who weep.” – Romans 12:15 

Sometimes we need human touch, it releases emotions helping us to not feel so alone. 

7. Saying “let’s pray right now”, instead of “I’ll pray for you”. 

Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, shall guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. ~Phil 4:6-7

The best thing you can do for someone is pray for them. Then, ask how God can use you to help.

8. Serving, when you doubt you have anything left to give.  

“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.
 Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.  For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” ~Matthew 11:28-30 

If it’s God’s will…He will give you the strength, and the rest.

9. Comforting by being the flicker of light in other’s dark taverns.

“You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden.”~Matthew 5:14 

His love stands out in us…

 
Can you think of more, my friends? What is ministry to you? 

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Baking Bacon

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Hi Ladies! We have our VERY FIRST guest post by a….Dad! Horray!!!!

Do I have any other dads out there cooking? If so, wohoo!!! I’m training up my son to be “comfy in the kitchen” as well. That’s just wonderful- LOVE it.

My friend Matt Bailey has helped me with my blog this past year- his sweet wife Stacey suggested he give me a pointer on bacon. I took his advice, and as usual- he was right on :)

Matt says:

Janelle,
Stacey said that I should recommend my method of frying bacon, as she read that you were fryin’ it up in a pan….

 I’m not exactly sure where I got this from, but I’ve been doing for well over 20 years. I use a cookie sheet covered in foil, with a cooling rack placed on top.  I lay out the bacon on the rack, and pop it in the oven at 425.

 This way, the grease drops into the foil-lined cookie sheet, the bacon is flat and crispy, and I can easily drain the grease into my container of “liquid gold” for later. The spatter is contained in the oven, and clean up is as easy as tossing the foil and pop the cooking rank into the dishwasher.

 Enjoy!  

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Crispy and perfectly baked bacon! Love it! Thank you so much Matt and Stacey!

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  2. Lay bacon on a cooling rack placed above a foil-lined cookie sheet.
  3. Bake for 20 mins or until crispy.

Matt Bailey is the owner of Sitelogic Marketing Consultants, a speaker, author of “Internet Marketing: An Hour A Day“, and trainer.

*A very special thank you to Matt for all of his help on “Comfy in the Kitchen”!!! He has such a sweet Christian family and an amazing business.

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He is Risen!

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Hi Ladies, just thought I’d share our little family’s Easter photos we took this morning. The biggest blessing in our lives is that we have a Savior. This day is in celebration of the most crucial event that has shaped our lives…..He is Risen!

We are saved by admitting we are sinners in need of a Savior (yes, we all sin!), by accepting what Jesus did on the cross for us (died for our sins and took the punishment-nothing we could possibly do could save us, only the perfect Lamb), and by having faith that He is our Savior.

“For it is by grace by grace you have been saved, through faith, and this is not from yourselves- it is the GIFT of God. Not by works, so no one can boast.” Ephesians 2:8-9

What a precious gift…the hope. Thank you, Jesus.

He is the Ultimate Healer, Deliverer, Redeemer, Miracle Worker, Messiah, Father…..

Praise His precious name today, sweet Friends.

Much Love, Janelle 

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An Easter Brunch

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If your prepping for the Easter weekend, look no further for an Easter brunch menu! It’s not only delicious- everything is simple to make. I’m of the opinion that we should enjoy our family and friends rather than be in the kitchen when they’re over. You can make most of this ahead of time and just pop it in the oven an hour before your family arrives.

Freshly Squeezed Orange Juice-

It’s easy to make and adds a special touch~it’s very worth the extra time! If you have kiddos- let them make it! Mine love helping!

Easy Ham and Cheesy Quiche-

My absolute favorite quiche recipe-it turns out every time and I am always asked for the recipe.

Cheesy Potatoes are always a potluck hit!

Delicious cinnamon chip scones always hit the spot with some freshly brewed coffee…..

And some bunny cupcakes for the kiddos (let them decorate them!)

In Photo Above: Add mixed berries {blueberries, raspberries, and blackberries} to your spread and you will be all set. I love that there is no cutting involved!

He is Risen……Thank you, Lord!

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Easter Bunny Cupcakes

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I found a photo of these cute cupcakes on the Betty Crocker website a few years ago. As soon as I saw them, I couldn’t wait to make them for an Easter play date we had scheduled! The children at the play date went crazy when they saw them! Ever since, I have made them every year around Easter.
I give each of my children a cupcake, individual ingredients, and I show them step by step how to turn their ordinary cupcake into a cute little bunny…they have so much fun!As you know, I love cooking with kids :)

Make cupcakes as directed on the box. This particular mix used eggs, oil, and water.
I chose Funfetti because of the colors. You can use any cake mix you like.
Place in 12 jumbo cupcake liners or 24 regular cupcake liners. Bake as directed. I baked mine for 18 mins at 350.
When cool, frost all cupcakes with pink frosting, then using white frosting, make a circle for the bunny face.
To make the ears, cut a marshmallow in half lengthwise and cut a slit 3/4 of the way down. Dip sticky side into pink sprinkles like so..
Place ears on top of cupcake
For the eyes I used decorators frosting. However, I have used sugar dots attached to paper in the past…I couldn’t find them this year. The frosting worked just fine.
A jelly bean nose
Twizzler Pull n Peels (you may use black if you wish) for the whiskers
No sneaking into those jellybeans! LOL!
Cut the Twizzlers into small pieces
Here you have it…a cute little bunny
Enjoy and Happy Easter to you.

He is RISEN! Love, Janelle

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Free Positive Parenting Webinar Tomorrow, April 15th!

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Is disciplining taking the joy out of your parenting? It shouldn’t be! Learn the most effective ways to communicate with your children to help establish peace and order in your home! 

Hi Ladies! Since we have been talking about kiddos, (and I see how much you love yours by taking time to cook with them!) I jumped at the opportunity to offer you a FREE webinar with my friend Amy McCready. Please take advantage of this opportunity- she has such great wisdom that truly can change your perspective on parenting. My hand is raised that she has helped me!

Tired of the yelling?  Tired of the whining?  Tired of being tired?

 You’re not alone.  From toddler temper-tantrums to teenage talking back, parents wonder what it takes to get kids to cooperate.  If you’re tired of nagging, reminding and yelling to get kids to listen – this session is for you!  Comfy in the Kitchen is excited to partner with Amy McCready, founder of Positive Parenting Solutions & TODAY Show contributor to offer a FREE LIVE training webinar TOMORROW- Tuesday, April 15th, 2014 at 9PM EST.   Discover proven tools for your most frustrating discipline dilemmas including the 5 R’s of Fair & Effective Consequences. This hour-long investment will lead to a lifetime of peace in your home! Janelle (that’s me!) from Comfy in the Kitchen we be joining you live as well to be a part of the discussion!!! 

Join us to learn why kids act out and simple, positive discipline strategies to encourage your kids to listen and do the right thing. If you’re looking to reclaim your calm voice and restore some peace to your home, this webinar is for you!

Please RSVP Here! Space is limited!  

All you need is your computer – no webcam required. You’ll see and hear Amy on your screen, and you can even ask questions and she’ll make them part of the presentation. Parents rave about this session!

 RSVP today and then learn from the comfort of your home. Space in the webinar is limited, so register soon! I hope you’ll join me, Ladies! I can’t wait!

*Please tweet, Pin, and FB this to your friends/family who you think would benefit. I’m praying it will be known to every mom who needs encouraged and empowered. You are doing a great job, Ladies- Keep it up! 

*This FREE webinar is limited. So, again- please sign up now to make sure you have a spot!

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Parenting expert and “recovering yeller” Amy McCready is the Founder of Positive Parenting Solutions and the author of If I Have to Tell You One More Time…The Revolutionary Program That Gets Your Kids toListen Without Nagging, Reminding or Yelling. Amy is a regular parenting contributor on The TODAY Show and has also appeared on Rachael Ray, CBS This Morning, CNN, Fox & Friends, MSNBC, Steve Harvey and elsewhere. In her most important role, she plays mom to two teenage boys.

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The Woman in the Well

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Yes, Lord. I will write this. 

Many of you know the story of the woman at the well. Is it one of your favorite stories in the bible too?

She went there at a time other women weren’t there because she was embarrassed about the choices she had made and what they thought of her. The other women went at the same time, chatting away, joyfully drawing water together. But, she was alone.

Does it amaze you as much as it amazes me that Jesus chose to meet her, instead of the crowd?

My aunt was telling me of a radio broadcast she had heard this week. The woman on the radio said she was praying about all the things she wish hadn’t happened to her. Some things she caused, many she didn’t. As she sat there praying, she felt the Holy Spirit press upon her thoughts. While she was rambling on, “If only I didn’t do this, that and the other. Or, if this didn’t happen to me….then…then…”

“I would be perfect”.

Ugh. 

So often I picture myself at that well. We all have so many things we would change and we all have so much responsibility. The outside world can be harsh and our inner dialogue can be even more difficult to combat. 

But, I have a question for you. Have you ever felt like the woman in the well? Have you ever felt stuck in a trap,  all alone, uncomfortable, wondering if you will ever get out? Wondering if anyone even sees you?

I sure have. I know it’s hard to believe that I would say that. But, ladies- I wouldn’t have the compassion I have today if I “hadn’t been there”. Please, know that. 

Often times during my life, I’ve pictured myself at the bottom of that dried-up well, looking up, seeing faces peer down at me. Sometimes they are familiar faces of family, friends and even acquaintances… they send down food and well wishes and they make me feel not so alone. When they give in the name of the Lord, I’m reminded of how faithful he is and how he hasn’t forgotten me. Other times I look up and see people peering down, they have a concerned look on their face and yell, “Let me know if you need anything!” and they walk away. Then, there are times when I see a face that overwhelms me with joy because I know…just know, they will help get me out of here! They peer down, shake their heads and walk away. 

Have you been there too?

I don’t know if it’s the desperate situation, or the reaction of the people that hurts worse when I think of this scenario….

There is so much to say about this and so little time. I’m sitting here, at my dining room table with loads of “Cognitive Behavioral Technique” books I need to study….but I wanted to come to  you with my whole heart and say…..

The many times I have spoken of meal ministry and ministry in general, I’m not meaning to minister to you…..I’m using you…..to minister to the woman in the well.


Remember, where ever you are in life ” Better is one day in your courts than a thousand elsewhere; I would rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God than dwell in the tents of the wicked.” Pslam 84:10

I’d rather be in a well with Jesus than anywhere without Him….

Love beyond measure, Janelle

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Rhodes Hot Cross Buns and Winner Announced!

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A delicious and “comfy” recipe for your Easter spread! Thanks again, Rhodes, for being so versatile! Mmmmm…..I can just smell the dough rising now! 

“Comfy” tips:

* You can purchase pre-made frosting if you wish. 
* To make the crosses, place frosting in the corner of a Ziploc bag, twist the top, and cut the corner, you are all set. 

Congratulations to : Sheila Sepulveda who has won the Rhodes Gift Box! Please e-mail me at JMNehrenz@me.com with your mailing information!

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  • 18 Rhodes™ Dinner Rolls, thawed to room temperature
  • ¾ cup dried cranberries or raisins
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon cardamom
  • ¼ teaspoon nutmeg
  • ¼ teaspoon allspice
  • flour, if necessary
  • Frosting:
  • 1⅓ cups powdered sugar
  • 1½ teaspoons lemon zest
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1-2 tablespoons milk
Instructions
  1. Combine rolls and press or roll to flatten.
  2. Combine sugar and spices in a bowl.
  3. Sprinkle flattened dough with ⅓ of the sugar mixture and ⅓ of the cranberries or raisins.
  4. Fold dough over on itself and flatten again.
  5. Repeat the sugar and cranberries process and fold over again.
  6. Repeat one more time.
  7. Knead the dough as necessary to completely incorporate the added ingredients.
  8. If dough becomes too sticky, sprinkle lightly with flour.
  9. Shape into a log and cut into 12 equal pieces.
  10. Shape each piece into a ball and place on a sprayed baking sheet.
  11. Cover with sprayed plastic wrap and let rise until almost double in size.
  12. Remove wrap and bake at 350°F 15-20 minutes or until golden brown.
  13. Let cool.
  14. Mix ingredients for frosting and frost rolls.

 

 

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Easter Spread @ Women Living Well

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OH WOW….Ladies, you won’t want to miss this Easter spread that Courtney from Women Living Well planned out for us! Come check it out -this is so “pinnable”.  
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Rhodes French Toast and a GIVEAWAY!!!

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My family loves classic French toast. 

When the delicious aroma of vanilla fills the air, my kiddos bolt into the kitchen to pull up their chairs close to the griddle. Their little mouths water as they anxiously watch me flip this batter- soaked bread. We have a system. They’ve gotta have “real” butter, the syrup must be warmed, and I’ve spoiled them with a sprinkle of powdered sugar. 

Because we love this breakfast so much….we are also just a little picky about the bread we use. We can’t just use regular bread out of a bag- oh no, it has to be thick. Our favorite bread to use is Rhodes. I typically let the frozen dough rise and bake the night before, then I slice it in the morning for French toast. 

I hope your family enjoys this as much as mine does! 


In a casserole dish, combine eggs, milk, and vanilla. 

Whisk this mixture together well.     Dip both sides quickly. 

Place soaked bread on a buttered griddle on medium-high heat. Sprinkle with cinnamon.

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  • 8 eggs
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  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • Cinnamon
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  • Cooking Spray
Instructions
  1. The day before:
  2. Spray at loaf pan with cooking spray and place a frozen loaf of bread inside.
  3. Spray the top of the bread with cooking spray and cover with plastic wrap.
  4. Let rise for 3-4 hours.
  5. Pre-heat oven to 350 and bake for 20 mins. Cover until morning.
  6. In the morning:
  7. Slice bread into 8 slices
  8. In a casserole dish add eggs, milk, and vanilla, whisk well.
  9. Coat both sides of bread slices in mixture and place onto a buttered griddle on medium heat.
  10. Toast approximately 3 min per side.
  11. Serve hot with warm syrup, butter and powdered sugar

This is a “Comfy” recipe, meaning a basic/staple recipe that you will use over and over again. However, do you know that you can make hundreds of different recipes using Rhode’s bread? Check out this book Rhodes sent me!  They are the kindest company I’ve ever worked with…Thank you so much Rhodes!

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This book is out of this world! I stand amazed!  Some of my favorite recipes are:

Elephant Ears Scones / Fry Bread / Elephant Ears

Waffle Sandwiches  Waffle Sandwiches Buffalo Chicken Pizza  Buffalo Chicken Pizza

I have great news, Ladies! Rhodes has offered to do a GIVEAWAY for us! I would love for my readers to have a chance to win the same package that was sent to me. Thank you, Rhodes for being so kind.  All you have to do is:

  • “Like” Rhodes on FB
  •  Comment below!
  • For additional tickets into the drawing let us know that you shared this post on FB, Twitter, and/or Pinterest! You can earn up to 3 tickets! 
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Get Kids to Listen Without Nagging, Reminding or Yelling!

Hi Ladies! Since we have been talking about kiddos, (and I see how much you love yours by taking time to cook with them!) I jumped at the opportunity to offer you a FREE webinar with my friend Amy McCready. Please take advantage of this opportunity- she has such great wisdom that truly can change your perspective on parenting. My hand is raised that she has helped me!

Tired of the yelling?  Tired of the whining?  Tired of being tired?

 You’re not alone.  From toddler temper-tantrums to teenage talking back, parents wonder what it takes to get kids to cooperate.  If you’re tired of nagging, reminding and yelling to get kids to listen – this session is for you!  Comfy in the Kitchen is excited to partner with Amy McCready, founder of Positive Parenting Solutions & TODAY Show contributor to offer a FREE LIVE training webinar on Tuesday, April 15th, 2014 at 9PM EST.   Discover proven tools for your most frustrating discipline dilemmas including the 5 R’s of Fair & Effective Consequences. This hour-long investment will lead to a lifetime of peace in your home! Janelle (that’s me!) from Comfy in the Kitchen we be joining you live as well to be a part of the discussion!!! 

Join us to learn why kids act out and simple, positive discipline strategies to encourage your kids to listen and do the right thing. If you’re looking to reclaim your calm voice and restore some peace to your home, this webinar is for you!

Please RSVP Here! Space is limited!  

All you need is your computer – no webcam required. You’ll see and hear Amy on your screen, and you can even ask questions and she’ll make them part of the presentation. Parents rave about this session!

 RSVP today and then learn from the comfort of your home. Space in the webinar is limited, so register soon! I hope you’ll join me, Ladies! I can’t wait!

*Please tweet, Pin, and FB this to your friends/family who you think would benefit. I’m praying it will be known to every mom who needs encouraged and empowered. You are doing a great job, Ladies- Keep it up! 

*This FREE webinar is limited. So, again- please sign up now to make sure you have a spot!

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ABOUT AMY McCREADY

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Parenting expert and “recovering yeller” Amy McCready is the Founder of Positive Parenting Solutions and the author of If I Have to Tell You One More Time…The Revolutionary Program That Gets Your Kids toListen Without Nagging, Reminding or Yelling. Amy is a regular parenting contributor on The TODAY Show and has also appeared on Rachael Ray, CBS This Morning, CNN, Fox & Friends, MSNBC, Steve Harvey and elsewhere. In her most important role, she plays mom to two teenage boys.

www.facebook.com/PositiveParentingSolutions

Twitter: @AmyMcCreadyPPS
Pinterest: AmyMcCreadyPPS
Google+: Amy McCready

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The Winner of the Sugar Baby Apron Announced!

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(I’m wearing Sugar Baby’s Fancy Floral Pink)

I have a WINNER!!! 
Congratulations to: Heidi Steiner Hohlbaugh!
You get to pick out an apron of your choice at Sugar Baby Aprons .

Please contact me at JMNehrenz@me.com for further details! Wohoo! 
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Thank you to all of the readers who have purchased and continue to purchase “Comfy Cooking with Kids” – It honestly brought me to tears to see that it was #1 on Amazon this week for “Quick and Easy Cookbooks” and “Children’s Cookbooks“. I don’t deserve to be amongst such amazing authors and books, but I will let God have His glory.

Most of all I am thrilled to pieces that God would use me to encourage parents to raise their children to be “Comfy in the Kitchen” – it truly is a ministry that can last a lifetime. You have all brought me more joy than I can even begin to explain- I wish I could hug you over this screen. Your children are going to make a difference in the lives of others because of YOU!!!! 

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“Comfy Cooking with Kids” 24 hour sale ends today! Only 99 cents!

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Hi Ladies!

Comfy in the Kitchen is running a special PROMO on the ebook, “Comfy Cooking with Kids” that lasts until the end of today ! You can purchase it for JUST 99 cents over on Amazon or directly (with a coupon code) at Women Living Well!!!

I have GREAT news! Praise be to God that “Comfy Cooking with Kids”  is currently the #1 top selling Children’s Cookbook on Amazon! 

 

A HUGE and very special thank you to Ruth at The Better Mom, Angela at Good Morning Girls, and Gina at Real Life Titus Two for also running this promo!

Thank you to all of you who are so devoted and willing to take the precious time to teach your children how to get “comfy” in the kitchen. May your hard work turn into many delicious meals and family get togethers….in your children’s home one day! 

 

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Sugar Baby Apron Giveaway and “Comfy Cooking with Kids” Promo!

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(I’m wearing Sugar Baby’s Fancy Floral Pink)

Hi Ladies! I have such great news. Two things, actually!

 First, Sugar Baby Aprons has offered to give one of my readers an apron of her choice! I just got mine in the mail last week and let me tell you….it’s adorable!
The Vintage Darling in mint greenDoes this beauty look familiar? It’s our friend Candace Cameron Bure sporting Sugar Baby’s Vintage Darling in Mint (who’s been watching Dancing with the Stars?!).

The owner of Sugar Baby Aprons says: 

As Far back as I can remember I have always had a fascination and admiration for the homemaker. Growing up I loved to watch shows like

“leave it to beaver” imagining myself as June Cleaver. I loved the way she would keep the household running. I have always looked up to that kind of person. It was admiration for the Homemaker that inspired me to create Sugar Baby Aprons.

In this day and age we can sometimes overlook the value and importance of the homemaker. Sugar Baby Aprons was created to help us remember just how important that person is. At Sugar Baby Aprons we want to put the Fun back in cooking. We want to put the sparkle into housekeeping, the Flare into entertaining and of course….

The Sexy back into the housewife!!

Marla Fortier “Sugar Baby Aprons Creator”

Sugar Baby Aprons is owned and operated by Marla, Georgia-Rae Nelson, and Shannon Jensen ” They are proud to call themselves Homemakers”

That’s not all!

Secondly, Comfy in the Kitchen is running a special PROMO on the ebook “Comfy Cooking with Kids” ! You can purchase it for JUST 99 cents over on Amazon or at Women Living Well!!!

A huge thank you to Ruth at The Better Mom, Angela at Good Morning Girls, and Gina at Real Life Titus Two for also running this promo! It will only last 24 hours starting today!

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How to win the Apron: The person who purchases the 15th ebook, “Comfy Cooking with Kids” through the Women Living Well website promo will win!
A special code is offered for you to enter at checkout! 

 I will announce the winner on Saturday, April 5th.

 

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Best Ever Homemade Peanut Butter Cookies

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For those of you who have been following Comfy in the Kitchen, you know that I like staying “comfy”. I’m not one to re-create the wheel…in fact, I think we better minister to others when we keep things simple. Good, but simple.

Beloved stories retold about grandma always include the little things like…. the “Kool-aid” she made,  her “homemade sweet tea“, or her “chocolate chip cookies“. I’ve never once heard a person say they missed grandma’s creme brule with raspberry sauce, chocolate ganache, and mint leaf garish :) 

These peanut butter cookies are an excellent example of simple, yet ohhh so good. They’re crispy on edges and moist and chewy in the center….just the way I like them. Best yet, they turn out perfectly every time and are quick and easy to make. Chances are you already have all of the ingredients in your cupboard! Enjoy! 

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Combine Peanut Butter, Crisco, Brown Sugar, Milk, and Vanilla.

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Beat well…

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Add eggs….let the kiddos crack them, it’s fun. 

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In a separate bowl add flour, baking road, and salt. Pour into wet mixture and mix well again. 

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Most of the time I ask you to refrigerate the dough before baking, but you don’t need to with these cookies. You can bake them right away. 

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Roll the dough into small balls, place on  parchment paper (or Silpat), and flatten like so with a fork. Bake in a 350 oven for 8 mins.
*The Silpat is a great option for baking- it’s like parchment paper but is reusable. It keeps cookies from burning and even spreading! I love mine. 

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Let cool for as long as you can hold back! Enjoy! 

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Ingredients
  • ¾ cup peanut butter
  • ½ cup butter crisco
  • 1¼ cup brown sugar
  • 3 tablespoons milk
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla
  • 1 eggg
  • 1¾ cup flour
  • ¾ teaspoon salt
  • ¾ teaspoon baking soda
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350
  2. Combine peanut butter, sugar, milk, and vanilla and beat well.
  3. Combine flour, baking soda, and salt- add to creamed mixture.
  4. Roll cookies into small balls and place on a lined baking sheet. Flatten with a fork.
  5. Bake for 8 mins.
  6. *You can double recipe (I always do)
  7. *Makes apps 18 cookies.

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“Time Warp Wife” Giveaway and Discount for “Comfy Cooking with Kids”

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Hi Ladies! I have GREAT news!!!

If you didn’t win a FREE copy of “Comfy Cooking with Kids” this week, you still have a chance!

Come visit me over at my dear friend Darlene’s blog, “The Time Warp Wife” where I am giving away 3 additional copies! Not only that….

If you’d like to have your copy now…

I’m giving readers a special coupon code for 30% off of “Comfy Cooking with Kids” on The Time Warp Wife blog

Why? Because Darlene is such a dear friend and created my book cover out of the kindness of her own heart. Didn’t she do an excellent job?!

Can’t wait to see you there!

(coupon code expires on April 1st!)

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“Comfy Cooking with Kids” Ebook Winners Announced!

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Congratulations to the following readers who get a FREE copy of
“Comfy Cooking with Kids” !

  • Tracie Wheeler
  • Jennifer Thorvaldson
  • Shoshanna
  • Jay (who shared on Pinterest)
  • Rachel Waggoner
  • djFaul
  • Tara Hernandez
  • Tracey Masters
  • Vivian Max
  • Amanda Mullins

Please e-mail me at JMNehrenz@me.com by April 1st with the e-mail address you’d like your copy to be sent to! Thank you!

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Comfy Cooking with Kids Ebook GIVEAWAY!!!!!

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Hi Ladies! I am SO excited to introduce to you the ebook
“Comfy Cooking with Kids”!

Today, I will be giving away 10 ebooks for FREE!!!! All you have to do is comment below sharing your children’s favorite recipe. If you share this post on FB or on Pinterest, you’ll be entered twice- just let me know in the comments! 

I pray you’ll enjoy using this book as much as I enjoyed writing it. As always, I will continue to pray for your families and the ministry you’re teaching them ….starting in the kitchen! 

Love to you, Janelle

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Congratulations, Parents! You’re about to teach your children all about how to get “Comfy in the Kitchen!”

As you go through this e-book with your kiddos, you’ll teach them how to: Use many basic kitchen tools, incorporate simple cooking techniques, properly set a table, make delicious recipes the entire family will love, and even teach them how to clean-up afterwards! All of the recipes displayed are handpicked to be simple enough for small children to make with a parent and/or older children to make on their own. A variety of different cooking tools and techniques are highlighted to help your children gain cooking confidence.

Because cooking goes beyond just following instructions, “Food for thought” ideas are highlighted under each recipe giving you teachable moments to share with your children. Some examples include: “What is Shoe peg Corn? How do I separate an egg white from the yolk? And, why do we use oil rather than butter when we cook on high heat?” Who knows, maybe you might even learn a thing or two!

Gluten-free options are also available under each recipe to accommodate my allergy-suffering friends (hand raised!). So, here we go…. let those kiddos crack eggs, pour milk, measure, and make a mess. Did I say make a mess?! Ohhh, yes I did, but don’t worry, Mama- as I mentioned above, the kiddos will learn how to clean up the kitchen in the last chapter, they’ll even learn how to make their own cleaning supplies. Last, but not least, when the baking and cooking is done, make sure to sit down and take in those precious moments and indulge in the delicious creations you and your children have made together! 

Example Recipe: Classic French Toast  french toast

Food for Thought: It’s easier to whisk eggs when you break the yolks first! Just poke them, then easily whisk together. *Gluten-Free Option: Use Udi’s GF bread.

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“Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn.” ~Benjamin Franklin

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Table of Contents

Introduction………………………………………………………………….11

  • Getting “Comfy”……………………………………………………….13
  • “Comfy” Kitchen Tools………………………………………………14
  • “Comfy” Kitchen Terms……………………………………………..18
  • The “Comfy” Place Setting…………………………………………..20

Kid “Comfy” Recipes:

Beverages

  • Freshly Squeezed Orange Juice…………………………………….21
  • Homemade Flavored Water…………………………………………23
  • Homemade Lemonade………………………………………………25

Breakfast

  • Applesauce Pancakes………………………………………………..27
  • Scrambled Eggs ………………………………………………………30
  • French Toast…………………………………………………………..32

Lunch

  • Egg Salad Sandwiches……………………………………………….34
  • Octodogs………………………………………………………………..36
  • Oven-Baked Chicken Fingers……………………………………….38

Dinner

  • Homemade Mac n Cheese…………………………………………..40
  • Homemade Meatballs……………………………………………….43
  • Bowtie Pasta with Sausage and Veggies ………………………….45

Desserts

  • Muddie Buddies……………………………………………………….48
  • Rice Crispy Treats…………………………………………………….50
  • Soft Chocolate Chip Cookies………………………………………….52

Snacks

  • Homemade Salsa………………………………………………………54
  • Fruit Dip ………………………………………………………………..57
  • No-Bake Power Balls ………………………………………………….59


“Comfy” Clean-Up Tips…………………………………………..……………..61

  • Homemade Cleaners…………………………………………………..62

 (63 pages total PDF) 

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Alkaline Diet (Meal Ministry)

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Some important factors about meal ministry many people overlook are diet restrictions, aversions, allergies and intolerances.

Typically, when we make a meal for someone we want to “wow” them with the best comfort food we know how to make. This is great in most situations! However, it’s still wise to ask so that we can best minister to our loved ones. 

This particular meal ministry was made for a dear friend who is battling cancer. She has chosen an Alkaline diet and I was more than happy to make a meal to accommodate her needs. 

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Homemade veggie soup

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A fresh tossed salad

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*Tip. Rather than spend the money on purchasing a throwaway container, buy lettuce that already comes in one! The cost is cheaper when added together. 

Do you have any diet restrictions? What diets have helped you with your health? 

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Fruit Rainbow with Fruit Dip

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Happy St. Patty’s Day Everyone!

Here’s a fun little treat I made the kiddos today….. it’s a “comfy” little getup of fruit (rainbow), fruit dip (cloud), and Rollos (the pot of gold). Your welcome to use more or different fruits to your liking (these are ones I had on hand). 

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Homemade Mashed Potatoes with Sour Cream

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On the top of all “comfort foods” lies the beloved recipe for good ole homemade mashed potatoes. There is a science to making this recipe, believe it or not. You want them to be creamy, buttery and savory.

(If you’ve had chunky, runny, unflavored mashed potatoes you know what I’m talking about).  

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Peel potatoes 

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Boil water and add potatoes. Boil on high heat until potatoes are soft enough for a fork to go through (approximately 20 mins). 

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Drain potatoes in a colander 

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Add 1 stick of butter, 1 cup of sour cream, salt and pepper to hot potatoes. Mix well. 

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Add milk to mashed potatoes until you reach your desired consistency (about 1/2 a cup). 

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Whip until… perfect

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  • 8 Yukon Gold potatoes
  • ½ cup butter
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • ½ cup milk
  • salt and pepper
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  1. Start boiling a large pot of water on the stove (high heat).
  2. Peel and rinse potatoes, cut in half, place in boiling water.
  3. Boil for 20 mins or until potatoes are soft enough for a fork to pierce through.
  4. Drain potatoes in a colander.
  5. Place in a large mixing bowl.
  6. Add butter, sour cream, salt and pepper. Beat well with blender.
  7. Add milk until your desired consistency.



 

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Comfy’s Grocery Fund

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Hi Ladies, I just wanted to let you know about this new button featured on the side of the Comfy blog.

Please, please, please do not feel obligated ….but it is there for anyone who has benefited from this online ministry, feels led, and has the means to donate to my grocery fund.

This fund will enable to me to continue giving meals to those in need! Thus far, over the past four years, this ministry has been self-sustaining. However, as many of you know, I’m back in graduate school getting a master’s degree in clinical counseling! With that, comes expenses.

I want you to know how much I sincerely appreciate all of you and your continued support. Monetary support is just one way, your prayers, e-mails and FB notes are also so encouraging. I am trusting in God to continue Comfy in the Kitchen and thank you for everything you do for me! It’s such an honor to serve YOU! Love to you, Janelle 

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My first day of grad school “in class”! I absolutely loved it. 

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Thank you again! 

 

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Easy Shamrock Shakes

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One of my favorite childhood milkshakes is the beloved “Shamrock” shake they sell at McDonalds. It had been years since I tried one, and for some reason when I got the urge to try it again,  it just didn’t taste the same as I remembered? So, the kiddos and I decided to try our version.

*I used mint chocolate chip ice-cream so I didn’t have to buy mint flavoring. After all, I’d only use it for this one recipe. 

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While I was making the shakes, Sis was busy whipping the heavy cream. Big brother was busy sneaking a taste. It just so happened to be before she added the sugar, lol. 

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In a blender (I love my Ninja!) add Mint Chocolate Chip ice cream, milk, and green food coloring to your liking. 

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Blend well! 

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Top with whipped cream and rainbow sprinkles! 

Happy St. Patty’s Day! 

 

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  • 6 cups mint chocolate chip ice-cream
  • 2 cups milk
  • green food coloring (to your liking-the more you add, the greener it will be)
  • Whipped cream
  • Sprinkles
Instructions
  1. Blend together ice-cream, milk and food coloring.
  2. Top with whipped cream and sprinkles. Enjoy!

 

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Your Ministry and Mine

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“Pure and undefiled religion in the sight of our God and Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their distress, and to keep oneself unstained by the world.” ~James 1:27 

Say this over and over, would you, my sweet friends? 

Typically I cringe at the word religion. I know some of you are thinking “What? That’s why I follow this Chick, she’s religious!” To be honest, the world has taken a hold of that word and has twisted it into “works in order for salvation“. So, I try very hard to drive the words “I have faith”, rather than “I am religious”. 

All that to say…God knew all of this.

He knew we would want to work diligently in front of an audience… as if people could save
He knew that we would want to give to those who could return the favor…as if that’s sacrifice. 
He knew that we would want to control our lives through worldy gain…as if that’s faith. 

Why am I writing this? I’m a food blogger. 
 
As I was driving to my interview for Grad school (many of you know I’m back in school to be a clinical counselor) I was listening to my praise music. As I was thinking about what this interview would be like, the words by “King and Country” were playing in the background : 

Let my life be the proof, 
The proof of Your love
Let my love look like You and what You’re made of
How You lived, how You died
Love is sacrifice
So let my life be the proof, 
The proof of Your love

If I give to a needy soul but don’t have love then who is poor?
It seems all the poverty is found in me. 

I started thinking about my life as a believer. Its been busy. Its been hard. Its been amazingly miraculous, unlike anything this world has ever given me. 

Through open arms (often times hesitantly open), God has given me opportunities to serve Him.  This blog is more than a food blog because I’m more than a foodie.  I wish I could stay in a bubble, but I can’t and won’t because that’s not where God wants me. He wants me to follow his lead. I’m good with that. 

So, through leading women’s bible studies,  in-person and on-line meal ministries, serving people in the community, public speaking, and now my future in counseling, I have felt a certain calling. 

As I was asked in my interview, ” Janelle, what direction would you like to go in counseling?”. My answer was “in women’s studies”….

When I look at that verse above, my heart includes, “the abandoned and/or abused.” I truly put women (with or without children), who have been left behind, in a category next to “widows in distress”. I know it’s not there. I’m not trying to change the bible. But, look at this fallen world. How could we turn our heads to this population? Does it break your heart as much as it does mine? Have you been there? Is someone you know there right now? Have you ever been to a battered women’s shelter? Did you live in one growing up…was your mom abused? Do you know what I’m saying? 

Jesus sure did.

My eyes are flooding with tears as He just reminded me of this as I have been writing. Please know, this wasn’t the direction of my blog post. Again, He’s guiding me. He’s reminding me of “The Woman at the Well, Mary Magdalene, and the Adulteress” …. He too has a heavy heart for women living under extreme difficulties. Ohhh, thank you Jesus for reminding me. What a comfort. 

Please also know, I love men too. I’m married to one, I’m raising one, there are quite a few in my family. My pastor is one. I’ve made plenty of widowers meals and will continue to do so. But, for some reason, God has me ministering to women and I’m not going to ask any questions. 

It’s so amazing how God can use each and every one of us for His good and for His glory. I just wanted to share with you the way he’s using me now….

How is he using you? 

 A video from the Women Living Well Conference…”Your Ministry”. 

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The Best Cupcake Carrier Ever

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If you’re a mom of children who are in school, chances are you’ve made a cupcake or two. The thing about cupcakes, is that there really isn’t an easy way to transport them…unless you have a handy-dandy cupcake carrier

My sweet friend, Courtney, over at Women Living Well,  got me this amazing cupcake carrier for Christmas this past year. I absolutely LOVE it! I can’t tell you how many time’s I’ve used it. 

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It allows space for 36 cupcakes.

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It also gives ample room for stacking (no smooshing). The locks are nice and sturdy (no worries about a “party foul” he,he).

Need I say more, or should I add that it’s made in my most favorite color in the world? :) 

Thanks again, Courtney!!!! 

 

Such a great gift to give the Mama in your life! She’ll love it!!! It even holds cakes! 

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Easy Baked Rigatoni

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Mmmm….a delicious and easy dinner, what can be better? I recommend using freshly shredded mozzarella cheese as opposed to the bagged stuff….its much creamier.  

GF: Use GF rice noodles (rigatoni or penne) 

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In a 9×13 pan, combine 2 (16 oz) boxes of boiled rigatoni noodles and 1 batch of Grandma Ruth’s spaghetti sauce (you may use 2 jars of pre-made sauce if desired/in a hurry). 

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Cover with foil and bake at 375 for 20 mins, uncover and broil on high for 3 minutes.

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  • 2 (16 oz) boxes Rigatoni noodles (boiled and drained)
  • 1 batch Grandma Ruth's Spaghetti sauce (or 2 jars pre-made sauce)
  • 4 cups freshly shredded Mozzarella cheese
  • ¼ cup Parmesan Cheese
  • Garlic powder (to liking)
Instructions
  1. Pre-heat oven to 375
  2. Combine sauce and cooked noodles in a 9x13 pan, stir.
  3. Cover with cheese.
  4. Cover with foil and bake for 20 mins.
  5. Turn broiler onto high heat and broil for 3 minutes until lightly browned.
  6. Serve hot out of the oven with a salad and crusty bread.

 

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How to Melt Crayons into Molds

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My sweet friend, Schelly recently posted this adorable crayon idea to her FaceBook wall. Bless her heart, she was so kind to let me share it with you!

So, the next time you go to throw away those broken crayons….

STOP! Collaborate and bake them. Hehe. 

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Pre-heat your oven to 300 degrees. Gather up those broken crayons and place them in a silicone mold of your liking. Be creative! Bake for approximately 15 minutes until completely melted. 

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They pop out, like so! 

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These cut little guys are ready to create some beautiful projects! 

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  • Broken crayons
  • Silicone mold
Instructions
  1. Pre-heat oven to 300 degrees
  2. Take wrappers off of broken crayons
  3. Fill a silicone mold with broken crayons
  4. Bake for approximately 15 minutes until completely melted.
  5. Pop em out and color!

 

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Eggs in a Bagel

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The other day I shared on my personal FB page that I had made “Eggs in a Nest” for the kiddos. One of my friends mentioned that she made the same thing, but with bagels! By golly-how convenient- they already have holes! So, I had to try it her way. I added some cream cheese to the top half of the bagel and made them into sandwiches. Needless to say, they were a hit.

Seriously. So good.  

GF option: Use  Udi’s GF bagels. 

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Start off by heating a skillet on medium-high heat.  Melt butter and place both side of your bagels onto the skillet.  Crack and egg and place it in the bottom halves of each bagel. Let cook for approximately 2 minutes. Add salt and pepper. Flip.   

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Let cook on the other side until done.  

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Add cream cheese to the top sides of each bagel. 

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Place on top of the egg slices….Mmmm……

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  • 4 bagels
  • 4 eggs
  • cream cheese
  • butter
  • salt and pepper
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  1. Pre-heat skillet to medium-high heat.
  2. Add butter.
  3. Place both sides of the bagels on the skillet.
  4. Add an egg into the bottom half of the bagel.
  5. Let cook for approximately 3 minutes. Salt and Pepper. Flip.
  6. Let cook for an additional 3 minutes.
  7. Add cream cheese to the other side of the bagel and combine into a sandwich. Mmmmmmmmmm

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Joni Eareckson- “God is never closer than when your heart is aching.”

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Late last night I was talking to my beloved cousin Jen (we are more like sisters than cousins…oh, I just love her). Anyways, she was telling me about her weekend spent at the Grand Ole Opry. She was working at a trade show for her company when she spotted a person whom she has greatly admired for years… Joni Eareckson. 

Now, I cannot believe I had not heard this name before, so I asked why she admired her. Then, she told me her story…

When Joni was young, she dove head first into a body of water, misjudging its depth. This caused her to become permanently paralyzed from the shoulders down.

Through this agonizing experience, she has openly shared her struggle with anger, depression, religious doubts, and suicidal thoughts. However, to God be the glory Joni began depending less on her own strength and finding strength in The Lord. 

Joni learned to paint with a paint brush in her mouth, sing, write books, and star in movies giving testimony to her life. 

Here’s a video….

As Jen and I were talking, I was so taken back by the choice this woman made for her life. Because she most certainly had a choice. She could have either let herself waste away in self-pitty, or she could have handed over her life to God and give Him glory.

I’m sure she cried out to God on many occasions to take this heavy burden away. But, He didn’t. I’m sure she wanted to give up. But she didn’t.  

Ladies, how many of us know how she feels? I know I do.  I can’t tell you how many times this bible passage from Paul has played in my mind…

“Because of the surpassing greatness of the revelations, for this reason, to keep me from exalting myself, there was given me a thorn in the flesh, a messenger of Satan to torment me—to keep me from exalting myself! Concerning this I implored the Lord three times that it might leave me. And He has said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for power is perfected in weakness.” Most gladly, therefore, I will rather boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may dwell in me.  Therefore I am well content with weaknesses, with insults, with distresses, with persecutions, with difficulties, for Christ’s sake; for when I am weak, then I am strong. ”
~2 Corinthians 12:7-10

Joni’s pictures and singing wouldn’t speak as loudly as they do if they came from a person who’s body was capable on its own strength. This woman is special beyond words. She has a new admirer…

Whatever it is that we are going through, let us remember this woman. We are all going to face trials- it is promised. But, we have a choice. 

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My Favorite China- Chirp by Lenox

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Hi Ladies! I get a lot of e-mails asking me about “my favorite things”. Typically, I respond via e-mail, but I will be sharing on here every now and again if I find something “blog-worthy”. Today, I just wanted to show  you my new favorite china pattern- it has me drooling. Isn’t it beautiful?! Better yet, it’s on sale!
 
They also have  adorable matching Christmas china! Did I mention I’m drooling? 

P.S. Ohhh, I just love birds! 


Lenox Simply Fine Chirp 4-Piece Place Setting


Lenox Simply Fine Chirp Figural Salt and Pepper Shaker Set


Lenox Chirp Print 52 by 70, Oblong, 

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Featured Post on TWW {Baked Potato Soup}

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There’s nothing that can take the chill {of a very long winter} away better than a creamy, cheesy, and delicious bowl of Baked Potato Soup. Come join me over at The Time Warp Wife for this delicious recipe….it’s one of my favorites! 


While you’re there, you won’t want to miss out on Darlene’s newest book, “The Virtuous Life of a Christ-Centered Wife” available in ebook and paperback form!

 

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Sausage Gravy Over Mashed Potatoes

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Today I got a text message from Mom asking me if the kiddos and I would like to join her for dinner at her house. Ohhh…don’t you love getting those kinds of messages?!

Ahhh…no cooking -no cleaning up-what a blessing! And best yet, as you know, my mom is also an amazing cook. Tonight was no exception…

Here’s what she made…a delicious weeknight dinner that my entire family loves. 

{Click here for my favorite Mashed Potato Recipe }
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Ingredients
  • 1 lb Bob Evan’s Sausage (bulk roll)
  • ⅓ cup flour
  • 3 cups milk
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp pepper
  • Mashed Potatoes
Instructions
  1. Cook sausage in a large skillet on medium high heat and crumble with a spatula.
  2. When sausage is cooked through, turn down heat to low.
  3. Add flour and stir to make a paste on the sausage.
  4. Add milk, salt and pepper and stir
  5. Turn heat back to medium high and stir constantly until it thickens into a gravy. (about 5 mins)
  6. Serve over Mashed Potatoes

Thanks for having us over, Mom!

 

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The Girl in the Corner

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“I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” ~Maya Angelou

This was a big week for me. I had a panel group interview at a local college in hopes to get accepted into their Master’s of Clinical Counseling program. It was much different than I thought it would be…in a good way. As the eight of us took seats in a circle, a Graduate Assistant began to ask us questions. The first question was, ” What type of person are you drawn towards?” ….

Immediately, my mind put a spot light on “the girl in the corner.” 

As I sit here and write this, I’m crying. You’re probably wondering why I would be drawn to this girl…she excludes herself, she isn’t joyful, she’d weigh down a light-hearted girls night out, and if I wasn’t looking…I wouldn’t even notice her. 

Why then, would I be drawn to her? 

Because I was her. 

And if I allow it, she comes knocking back on my door, wanting to push me into the corner again. 

Ladies, believe me when I tell you this. During middle school, I was picked on, made fun of, lied to, tormented, and was always the last to be chosen in gym class. I was the girl that boys would “ask out” in order to dump  the next second to see my cry. I had little confidence, a flat chest, frizzy hair, and a big nose. I was labeled “prude”, a cry baby, and told I wasn’t any fun. For those of you who went to school with me, you may not remember this time of my life, but I sure do. 

I remember talking to God  (who I knew very little about at the time) and asking him “Lord, if you could make me prettier, more outgoing, maybe a cheerleader… or just someone more than I am already, I promise to remember what it’s like to feel this way and do something good with it.” 
 
As I entered High School things did start to change and I became friends with the “popular” crowd. And although I was considered this, I felt very much a part of the outer circle of this group. It wasn’t necessarily their fault at all-  I just didn’t really feel like I “fit in” anywhere, to be honest. I had a few very close friends who were (and are) still so dear to me, but I don’t think even they knew how I felt . I did a good job pretending to fit in. Even when I got voted onto “Prom Court”, I remembered standing there wondering if people would start to “boo” at me when I stood up there with my bouquet of flowers. 

About my talk with God. 

I think God may have taken me up on my offer as a child. He didn’t really make me what I wanted…He made me who HE wanted. He didn’t give me a perfect life-he gave me a broken life, in order for His light to shine through.

Thank God, because it’s hard to tell what kind of person I would have been on my own. 

“Consider it all joy, my brethren, when you encounter various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance. And let endurance have its perfect result, so that you may be perfect and complete, caking in nothing.” – James 1:2-4

About my promise….

So, I got accepted into the program. 

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Comfy in the Kitchen is now a ZipList Provider!

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Hi Ladies!

I’m so excited to let you know that I’m now an official partner with ZipList!

What does this mean you may be wondering?

Well, it’s a huge benefit to YOU because it helps to save your recipes from ALL of your favorite (participating) cooking blogs into ONE place.

Best yet- It’s FREE! All you have to do is sign up!

You can do this at the top of my web page by clicking on “Recipe Box” . Then, when you want to save a recipe from Comfy in the Kitchen you just click “Save” on my recipe card- it will always be there for you in your online recipe box!

There’s even more that ZipList offers….check it out! 

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Search more than 1,300,000 recipes to add your favorites to your personal universal recipe box, and then quickly add ingredients to your shopping list. It’s never been easier to get in and out of the grocery store (and on with your life).

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I Was Caught!!!

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Rhodes Double Rolls - Comfy in the Kitchen

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Did I scare you?! Haha….

I was “caught” on the internet “cooking with Rhodes“. I can’t tell you how much I love Rhodes bread products. Please take a second to come visit me over at their blog where I share some of my favorite recipes using their frozen bread! 

Thank you, Rhodes for making my life a little more “Comfy”! What a blessing. 

 

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Blonde Brownies

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Words from my dear friend, *Amy: “Janelle, these are the best things I’ve ever tasted – they are like a cloud of deliciousness. I thought I was going to bite into a chewy bar, but it wasn’t so- it was…. fluffy and….and….. cloud-like! Can I eat the entire pan?”  Bahaaa…I warned her I would quote her.
*An alias has been used to protect the reputation of this “said friend”.  
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Beat together softened butter and brown sugar. 

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Beat in eggs, milk, and vanilla. 

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Add flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt. 

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Beat well until creamy. Stir in chocolate chips.  

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Batter will be thick. Spread in a greased 9×13 pan and bake at 350 for 30 mins until lightly browned. 

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Ingredients
  • 1 cup softened butter
  • 1½ cups brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 Tbsp milk
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • ¼ tsp baking soda
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 12 oz chocolate chips (you may also add nuts)
Instructions
  1. Pre-heat oven to 350
  2. Cream together butter and brown sugar
  3. Beat in eggs, milk, and vanilla
  4. In a separate bowl combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Add to the creamed mixture and beat well.
  5. Stir in chocolate chips.
  6. Pour into a prepared 9x13 pan and bake for 30 mins until lightly browned

Serve warm. Ohhh YUM. 

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The Old, Made New!

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Hi Ladies, I felt it would be appropriate to share with you a message that was given at my beloved church, Maranatha on this snowy Sunday morning. Good ole Pastor Bruce was preaching today. He’s a very friendly family-man who loves sports, people, and God. He also has a candid way about him…after he reads scripture (verse by verse -which I appreciate), he then gives a life metaphor to make it even more relatable.

We laugh, we cry, we pray, we ask God to search our hearts. It’s good stuff. 

Today we covered 2 Corinthians 6:17-20:

“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come! All this is from God who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation: That God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting men’s sins against them. And he has committed to us the message of reconciliation. We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us. We implore you on Christ’s behalf: Be reconciled to God. God made him who had no sin to be sin for us so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.” 

Then we watched this video:

I wish we could see ourselves through God’s lens.

We were all born into sin, but because he gives those {who believe} a free pass through Jesus, we are as white as the snow currently covering my front lawn. There isn’t anyone who doesn’t look beautiful covered in that blanket of pure grace. But, when we choose to allow our flesh to take over (yes, even as Christians-and I laugh as I write that), it causes us a lot of grief when we are left to deal with earthly consequences….This vicious cycle leaves us with less time to do his work that he has prepared for us to do. Theoretically, we are on the clock-wasting time. 

My prayer today is for every living soul reading right now to ask God to search their hearts. We all struggle with sin in our lives. It could be gossip, sexual sin, gluttony, dishonesty, unforgiveness, jealousy, murder… anything. We all fall so very short of his glory, don’t we? My hand is raised.  But there is so much freedom in following God’s design for our lives. Living within the walls of His perfect word is comforting and delivering. There are times when I feel like I need to figure my life out…but I can’t. I then go to the word and the answers are always there for me. 

Sin isn’t always something we can control. There are times we are effected by the sin’s of others. It’s difficult. It’s not fair. But, just as God has forgiven us, we are to forgive others. God will see us through all of this. 

“Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us,  to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.”
~Ephesians 3:20-21

 Do you have a testimony to  share? Do you have a Before and After picture of yourself?  I’d love to hear about it in the comments….

 
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The Most Loving Message We Can Share With Our Kids.

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Happy Valentine’s Day Everyone!

Typically, on a day like today I would be showcasing some sort of delicious treat or endearing room mom adventure. But, instead, I wanted to share something even more special….

The Gospel told by a dad to his children in under 5 minutes.

This is the most loving thing you can share with your kids. No box of chocolates, bouquet of flowers, or card could amount to taking just 5 minuites to explain just how much God loves us and what He did for us on the cross. 

“But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.”

- Romans 5:8 

Please welcome a special guest and a dear family friend of ours, Steve Yoak. You aren’t going to want to miss how endearing it is to hear him explain the most loving message we can share with our kids. 

You are welcome to call your kiddos into the room to watch! 

Thank you so much, Steve!

Too often, we get  sidetracked by concentrating solely on rearing our children’s behavior. This is important, however it’s most important that we teach them The Gospel! What we do, how we do it, and why we do it…. all points to Him. 


Steve Yoak is an Ordained Pastor, is married to the love of his life Melissa, and is the father of 3 beautiful children. He manages his and Melissa’s Christian Counseling Practice, Dayspring Counseling, in Northeastern Ohio.

Although I make Steve my homemade macaroni and cheese, he breaks my heart by telling me he favors Kraft out of the box. Through grace alone, I remain his friend. 


His wife is one of my dearest friends! 

 

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What Men Want For Valentine’s Day & An “All Red” Dinner!

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Hi Ladies! My dear friend Courtney, from Women Living Well is here today sharing what many of us are wondering: “What are our men desiring from us for Valentine’s Day?” 

Courtney writes:

This Friday is Valentine’s Day. In a lot of marriages, this day comes and goes without a whole lot of acknowledgement. We women see it on the calendar – we know it’s there, we’ve helped our children write out all their little Valentine’s Day cards…and we cross our fingers that our husband NOTICES it is Valentine’s Day.

If you are a lucky one – you will get a card, flowers, dinner out, maybe some chocolates and some romance. And well – the rest of us…it might not happen and we’ll just have an annoying day lol!

 But rather than waiting around for something that might not happen – how about we use this day to show our husbands appreciation for the blessing that they are in our lives. This day gives us a reason to shower our husbands with some extra Tender Loving Care!!!

Remember – there are no exceptions in the Bible where it says on Birthdays, Mother’s Day and Valentine’s Day we have permission to get selfish and self-centered.

Philippians 2:3,4 says “Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others.” 

My husband is thoughtful. It is not uncommon for him to show up with my favorite drink from Starbucks, a late night run to fill my car up with gas, or a timely back rub. But he’s not Mr. Romance. I am 100% secure in his love for me by the way he works so hard to provide, listens to my long detailed stories lol!, protects me and the children and does a whole slew of other things 365 days a year! I don’t want to despise him on February 14th for not coming up with a soap opera type romantic extravaganza. I know it’s not gonna happen and it probably won’t happen for about 90% of us! 
 
So why not have some fun planning something special for our husbands and making a memory! Do you know what your husband wants? There’s still quite a few days left – so ask him!

 Let me make a suggestion as to what a majority of men want even if they aren’t willing to say it:

1. A great tasting, looking, smelling home cooked meal and home cooked dessert (I plan to make an all red dinner – red drink – red spaghetti – red dessert)
 
2. You pursuing him for a night of passion (remember you are married – HAVE fun! God created passion for us married folk! lol!) Don’t be afraid to flirt again – wink at him across the table – suggest what is for dessert after the kids are in bed *wink*. Loosen’ up and have fun! Make a memory that neither of you will forget!
 
3. Write a letter expressing all the things you admire about him. Consider reading it out loud to him at dinner in front of your children. Or if you are going out to dinner – put your list in your purse and then pull it out in the middle of dinner and read it to him. Trust me – he will LOVE it!

 Which of the three does your husband need from you right now?

Thank you so much for your insight, Courtney! I love all of these ideas. I took your “all red meal” idea and ran with it….here we go! 


Strawberry Spinach Salad 
This salad can be made ahead of time and tossed with the dressing when you’re ready to serve! 

Homemade Lasagna
This is an excellent choice to make ahead of time ( the night before) so that you don’t have to clean up the kitchen on Valentine’s day! Add a little extra sauce and wait to bake until you are ready! 

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These are a classic treat for Valentine’s day and they are SO easy to make! 


Simple Party Punch
Here’s a delicious drink the entire family will enjoy. 

Happy Valentine’s Day Everyone!!!!  

Courtney Joseph is a graduate of the Moody Bible Institute with a degree in Evangelism and Discipleship. Courtney is the founder of Women Living Well Ministries and is the author of the book “Women Living Well”. She can be found writing about a woman’s walk with God, marriage, parenting, and homemaking at WomenLivingWell.org.

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Wedding Cake Trends in 2014 (& one of my dearest friend’s weddings)

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One of 2014′s wedding cake trends: The absolutely stunning  “Naked Cake“.
 

Ahhh, I just love a wedding. The purpose, the excitement, supportive family and friends, the beautiful gowns, handsome tuxedos, laughter, tears, and delicious meals (not to mention cake!).  

Today, I have a special guest, Halee Gallagher. She’s here to tell us about what wedding cakes are “up and coming” in 2014.
Halee says:

“Close your eyes and think about weddings – your mind most likely jumps immediately to dresses, flowers and dramatic cakes with multiple layers and intricate designs. Yes, these towering desserts are the true stars of the reception, second only to the bride and groom. Just like different bridal gowns have different popular themes from one year to the next, wedding cake designs are subject to trends. Below are some details to look out for in 2014!

Metallic colored cakes were popular in 2013 and will stick around this year as well.  Some will have just one layer in a metallic color such as gold or silver, while others will feature entire, shiny exteriors. Some may choose to have metallic accents on their cake, such as fabulous gold leaves or sophisticated silver beads.  Metallic colors on wedding cakes look ultra-glamorous and are always a favorite because of their elegance; this look works well with art deco décor, as well as quirky, contemporary looks.

 A quirky trend which has been seen before is to have the wedding dress and cake mirror one another. This option is especially apt for Great Gatsby styled events, as every detail of the décor should reflect the era’s opulence. You can incorporate pearls, peacock feathers, gems, bows, fabrics and more into the motif; for inspiration, check out the vintage inspired wedding dresses of David’s Bridal and Demetrios.
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 Ombre colored cakes will be a huge hit in 2014. This particular wedding cake style showcases a bold, bright color at the base of the cake that gradually fades to very light color at the top.  Some are covered in fondant, some have a ruffled frosting look, and you might even see a plain colored cake with a trail of ombre colored flowers.  These eye-catching/fun cakes typically feature the main hue of the wedding theme, and are well-suited for summery outdoor weddings, due to the cheerful use of color.

For rustic weddings, naked cakes have become extremely popular. This particular style does not feature the traditional outer layer of frosting, instead relying upon the batter’s natural hue to create a charmingly minimalistic aesthetic. Naked cakes are typically topped with fruits, nuts, sauces or fresh flowers making it simple, yet breath taking.

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Many brides will be choosing nature-inspired wedding cakes this year.  These deserts feature elements found in the great outdoors such as twigs, leaves, birds’ nests, and pine cones, as well as ocean-themed touches like sea shells.  For an added rustic touch, the cakes are sometimes placed on a natural cut piece of tree trunk instead of the typical stand. While this specific design is obvious appropriate in an outdoor function, it can also be used to strategically bring natural charm to an indoor wedding.

Thank you so much, Halee! It looks as though 2014 will have some beautiful weddings. 

Speaking of weddings….I was recently blessed to be a part of one of my dearest friend’s. Here are some photos. Her wedding (and cake) was absolutely gorgeous too…

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A beautiful bride and beautiful gowns

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So beautiful…

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I was so honored to pray over their marriage. I love them both so much!!! 

*Please share this post with the love birds in your life! 

 

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EASY Sticky Rice (In the CrockPot)

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I’m a bit of a “rice snob”- I’m not a fan of rice in a bag, rice out of the microwave, or minute rice.

I do adore “official” sticky rice, but if you’ve ever made it you know it’s a process! Here’s a quick and easy way to make delicious sticky rice in no time at all. Just throw your rice, water and butter in a CrockPot on high heat for 2 hours and it’s done!

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You won’t want rice any other way after you try this! LOVE it.

Recipes you may enjoy with this: 
General Tso’s Chicken (Low-Fat)

Cashew Chicken 

Crispy Orange Beef with Broccoli

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  • 2 cups rice
  • 4 cups water
  • ¼ cup butter
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  1. Place all ingredients in a CrockPot.
  2. Cover and set on high heat for 2 hours until done.
  3. When done, set on warm until ready to use.

 

 

 

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Peanut Butter Rice Squares (GF and DF)

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For the beloved allergy sufferers in your life…here’s a treat that won’t be beat! It’s gluten-free, dairy free and delicious! You and your family are going to love these. 

Disclaimer: You may want to eat the entire pan, please prepare with caution. ;)

Heat sugar and corn syrup to a boil then add peanut butter- stir until melted together.

Add rice crispy cereal

Prepare your pan with Earth Balance. My children LOVE these! 

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  • 1 cup Karo white corn syrup
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1 cup peanut butter
  • 6 cups rice crispy cereal
  • Earth Balance or any other Dairy Free spread to prepare pan.
Instructions
  1. Pour corn syrup and sugar into a large saucepan on medium-high heat.
  2. Let boil.
  3. Add peanut butter and stir until melted.
  4. Take off of heat and add rice crispy cereal.
  5. Pour into a prepared (with Earth Balance) pan and press down with wet (washed/clean) hands.
  6. Let cool then cut.

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Buffalo Chicken Dip

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It’s Super Bowl Sunday! Wohooo!!!! Here is an EXCELLENT appetizer to make for the Sport’s Fans in your life. It’s one of my family favorites….(I could eat this until I get sick).

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  • 2 cans (10 oz) Chicken Breast; drained
  • ½ to ¾ cup buffalo wing sauce ( I like Frank’s-adding more will increase the “heat”)
  • 1 cup of Ranch dressing
  • 3 cups freshly shredded Colby-Monterey Jack Cheese (Cheddar works well too)
  • Scoops Tortilla Chips/ Celery for dipping
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  1. Pre-heat oven to 350.
  2. Using an electric mixer, mix all ingredients together in a large bowl.
  3. Place in a 9x13 pan or casserole dish.
  4. Bake, covered in foil, for 20 mins. Take foil off, continue to bake for 15 mins or until bubbly.

 

 

 

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Chocolate Dipped Strawberries

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With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, you’ll want to Pin this simple recipe! It’s a great one to make and enjoy with the children (and with your “Special Someone”). 

There are a couple of tricks I share to make certain your chocolate sticks to the strawberry-please make sure to take note! 

*Naturally GF

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Place 2 cups of chocolate chips (your choice) in a microwaveable bowl. Add 2 Tbsp of vegetable oil and microwave for 1 min.  

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Take out and stir. Microwave 1 min more. 

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Rinse strawberries and pat dry. 

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Chocolate is done! The vegetable oil gives it a smooth texture….

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Dip and done! 

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  • 1 Carton (about 15) strawberries
  • 2 Cups of chocolate chips
  • 2 Tbsp vegetable oil
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  1. Place chocolate chips and oil in a microwavable bowl. Place in microwave for 1 min, stir, microwave for 1 min more and stir.
  2. Rinse strawberries and pat dry with a paper towel.
  3. Dip strawberries in chocolate. Set on serving dish and cover/refrigerate until ready to serve.

 Delicious! 

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Where is “Comfy in the Kitchen” Contributing Next????

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Ladies, I’m so excited to let you in on this exciting news! Today is the day that I begin contributing to a blog that is near and dear to my heart. This particular friend helped me, way back w