Chicken Bake {Using Wildtree Products}

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Hi Ladies! I just wanted to let you know about a new product that I have tried and LOVED. It’s called WildTree. Wildtree was founded on the premise that food should be natural, nutritious, delicious and easy to prepare – all at the same time. Their products are made with the finest ingredients available and contain no preservatives, additives, MSGs or dyes. They also have TONS of gluten-free options (awesome!). I love this product because it’s not only delicious, it’s “comfy”- they offer free recipes using their products that are simple, yet healthy.

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Here is a meal I made for a dear friend who is on a gluten and dairy free diet. I simply placed chicken breasts, frozen green beans and red potatoes in a disposable pan. I then drizzled everything with WildTree’s Garlic Grapeseed Oil and sprinkled some Wildtree Italian Dressing Mix over the top. I covered it with foil and away it went!

Here is a list of all of their products- they are delicious! And say hello to sweet Melanie for me- she is precious.

Chicken Bake {Using Wildtree Products}
 
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  • 6 chicken breasts
  • 1 bag frozen green beans
  • 12 red potatoes (I would recommend quartering them- I didn't in the photo because they would have browned because this was a meal ministry)
  • Wildtree grapes oil
  • Wildetree Italian dressing mix
Instructions
  1. Lay in rows your chicken, green beans, and potatoes.
  2. Drizzle with oil and sprinkle liberally with Italian seasoning.
  3. Bake in a 375 oven for 45 mins to an hour.

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Fruit Salad with Pudding

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I had this delicious fruit salad for the first time a few weeks ago when a friend introduced it to me! The pudding adds a delicious “kick” to the traditional method…and of course, it’s “Comfy”.

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In a large bowl add sliced strawberries, blue berries, 1 can of sliced peaches in their juices and 1 can of pineapple in their juices.

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Simply pour 1 box of instant vanilla pudding on top and stir well.

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Refrigerate for at least an hour.

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It really is delicious! Enjoy!

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Fruit Salad with Pudding
 
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  • 2-3 cups sliced strawberries
  • 2 cups blue berries
  • 1 (15 oz) can peaches in juices
  • 1 (15 oz) can pineapple in juices
  • 1 (3 oz) box instant vanilla pudding
Instructions
  1. Add fruit and juices to a large bowl, then pour in the dry instant pudding. Mix well. Refrigerate for at least 1 hour. Enjoy!

 

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Do Generational Curses Still Exist Today?

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The other day I was talking with a very kind man who was explaining  how there’s evidence of “generational curses” throughout the history of families. Not only that… the bible tells us that for four generations, predecessors will be under the influence of this “curse”. For example, if your grandparents got divorced, your parents got divorced, you got divorced, then guess what? Your precious children will still be under this curse and are bound to get divorced. It’s up to us to stop it. I knew immediately the verse he was referring to…

Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them: for I the Lord thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me. Exodus 20:5

Sweet friends, there’s a problem with this interpretation of God’s word.

Please join me over at Overcomer Outreach to read more

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Our Valentine’s Day Dinner

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I don’t know about your neck of the woods, but here in North East Ohio- it is cooooooold. We decided to celebrate Valentine’s day at home with our dear friends who live near by- we beat the weather and had a wonderful night in with our families. Here was what was on the menu…..

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Marinated and Grilled Pork Tenderloin (Yes, I grilled – thankfully, the grill moved very close to the back door!)
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Homemade Cheesy Potatoes- I’ll be back with this recipe.

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Green beans….I simply poured 2 bags of green beans in a casserole dish, dotted with 3/4 stick of butter and added 2 packets of dry Italian dressing. I baked them for 45 mins in a 350 oven.

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Fruit salad {which I didn’t serve because I forgot about it, lol!} I will be back with this recipe- it was from the same friend who gave me this recipe…..

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I made these delicious cake covered ice cream balls, but I used chocolate syrup with crushed Oreos instead. Mmmm..

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My sweet little one decorated the kid table, made place cards, and pink lemonade. She has such a servant’s heart.

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and our amazing friends….such blessings in our lives.

I am so thankful for ALL of the wonderful friends God has given us….what a gift true friendship is. <3

“Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.” John 15:13

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Cake Coated Ice Cream Balls

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Ohhh my, Ladies….do I have a recipe for you! Do you like cake and ice cream? I think I know the answer to that….

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Do you like nuts, chocolate and Heath bars? I know MY answer to that.

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You are going to LOVE this recipe a sweet new friend of mine made at a bible study this week. I simply HAD to share it with you!

Cake Coated Ice Cream Balls
 
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  • 1 Carton vanilla ice cream
  • 1 Prepared dark chocolate cake
  • 1 Jar Mrs. Richardson's hot fudge syrup
  • Nuts
  • Heath bars
  • Cherries
Instructions
  1. Prepare a dark chocolate cake as directed. When cool, break it apart in a bowl and set aside.
  2. Put on gloves and roll small balls of vanilla ice-cream, then roll them into the bowl of cake and coat well.
  3. Freeze until ready to serve.
  4. When ready to serve, place in a cupcake wrapper, drizzle with fudge syrup, sprinkle with nuts and heath bars and top with a cherry.
  5. Enjoy!
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Easy Clean-Up Advice for an Outdoor Party!

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I know for some of us (hand raised) it is still snowing and we are awaiting for the ground hog to come out and pray he does not see his shadow. However, in some parts of the country (and in different countries right now) Winter  is over and Spring is beginning to show its face!

One of my favorite ways to spend time with friends and family is to hostess a  barbecue. There is something about it that is so inviting, relaxing and comforting. Ohhhh, I can almost hear the children playing and smell the aroma of freshly grilled meats and veggies right now.

However, once the party is over, there is clean-up to be done. Here are a handful of great tips that will make it easier on you to clean up after a barbecue.

Use A Pressure Washer

Pressure washers are the best household cleaning equipment that you can have in this situation. An all day party on the deck or patio can be a breeding ground to all sorts of mishaps and spills.

Having a good quality pressure washer to blast away any lingering stains turns an potentially arduous task into a rather fun one! If you don’t feel the desire to buy your own pressure washer, there a plenty of rental companies that offer great service and great rental prices.

Use Disposable Plates and Cutlery

Let’s be honest, nobody wants to clean dishes! This problem can be easily solved by bulk buying paper plates, plastic cutlery and cups for your guests to use. This option means that you’ll not have a tower of dishes waiting for you at the end of the day and that there’s no risk of your dishes breaking outdoors (and little feet being cut! ouch!)

Provide Plenty of Trash Bags

In an outdoor situation some people find the temptation to throw their trash on the floor too irresistible, leading to a much bigger and unwanted clean up situation for the host. By placing conveniently-placed trash bags (putting them in trash cans is even better) at certain locations on your deck or patio, you will encourage your guests to be more respectful and to dispose of their used plates, cups and bottles in a much tidier manner.

Filling up these trash bags means that you are cleaning as the party is still going, which leaves you with less of a job when the barbecue is over, and means that you can kick back, relax and clean the grill for the next party.

Soooo….tell me, what is the temperature like where you live? Ohhhh, I cannot wait for warm days and Barbecues! For those who are in warmer climates- I hope this post helps you!

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Snow Cream

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I don’t know what the weather is like where you are, but here in the Midwest- it is snooooooowy!

And I love it. So do the kids.

We got a call from the school early Monday morning that school was canceled. I got the sweetest e-mail from my daughter’s teacher (love her) about to make “Snow Cream”. You know I couldn’t let that go in one ear and out the other! So, we had a day together, making this yummy recipe, sled riding, and drinking hot cocoa. What a blessing.

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Pile up a bowl full of {clean} snow! This was off of our deck.

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Stainless steel mixing bowls keep the snow cold.

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Add a cup of milk.

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A tsp of vanilla, 1/2 cup of sugar, and about 5 drops of food coloring {your choice of color}.

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Mix well with a spoon. You may need to add more milk to make it creamier. Taste it and see if it is sweet enough, if not- add a little more sugar to your liking.

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It tastes and looks like cotton candy!

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Snow Cream
 
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  • Bowlful of clean snow
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 5 drops of food coloring
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  1. Mix all ingredients well. Add more milk if needed, add more sugar if you'd like it to be sweeter

 

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The Judgement Seat of Christ

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Hi Ladies,

Just wanted to share a very near and dear post I wrote for Overcomer Outreach. It was so bittersweet to write because as I wrote it I have faith she is in the very place she wondered about….in heaven. Ohhh…how I long to be there.

Here is a snippet, and I hope you’ll join me over there.

Much love, Janelle

We were in the lower level of my mother-in-law’s split level, sitting next to her on the ottoman pulled up to her hospital bed. She had such a distraught look on her face when she looked at me and asked,

“Janelle, how do I know for sure I’ll go to heaven?”

“What do you mean, Kathy?” I asked, knowing she had put her faith in Christ.

“Well, I just don’t feel good enough.” She said crying.

I looked up at my husband with tears in my eyes and nodded, he replied, “Mom, none of us are good enough, that’s why Jesus had to die for us.” She nodded, closed her eyes and exhaled- I could feel relief run through her weary body.

He could have told her all the amazing things she had done, the wonderful wife she was…loving mother, devoted friend, beyond excellent grandmother, and the list would go on. But he didn’t. He told her the truth…and that truth set her free.

Nothing she did or didn’t do could convince her she was going to heaven. What convinced her were those words, along side of God’s truth in which we read….

Read the rest of the story here. 

 

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Caramelized Bacon

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This delicious recipe comes from a dear reader, Stacey – She was so kind to e-mail me this, therefore- I had to try it. Ohhhh, yum. That’s all I have to say.

Stacey gave me the following photos:

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3 ingredients: bacon, mustard and brown sugar.

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Place your bacon on a foil-lined baking sheet for easy clean-up.

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Brush with mustard like so…

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Sprinkle on the goods…(brown sugar).

P1020681Bake until nice and crispy. Is your mouth watering yet?

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My family loved it too!

Thanks Stacey!!! GREAT recipe!

If anyone else has “must try” recipes that are easy like this, send em on over to me! JMNehrenz@me.com

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  • ½ lb. bacon
  • 2 Tbsp. mustard
  • ½ c. brown sugar
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350.
  2. Cover a large baking sheet (you'll want one with a lip) with aluminum foil.
  3. Spread each slice of bacon with a thin coating of mustard and cover generously with brown sugar. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until desired crispness (the crispier the better!).
  4. Remove from pan while still hot and serve.

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Kitchen Utensils That You Should NEVER Put in the Dishwasher

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An electric dish cleaner is an effective and hassle-free way of cleaning utensils, plates, and other kitchen utensils. In just a matter of minutes, you will be able clean all your dishes effectively. That way, you do not need to spend hours in the kitchen sink.

But even with all its advanced features, this equipment still has one major downside. Because of its convenience, a lot of people became lazy with the way they clean their dishes.

People who are fortunate enough to have this cleaning appliance will understand how tempting it is to just chuck in the machine any dirty plate or spoon that you see lying around in the kitchen. Unfortunately, this habit is a big mistake and should be stopped as soon as possible. The dishwasher may be amazing in so many levels, but it can also be rough on some of your other important kitchen items. So to help you out, here is a list of utensils and kitchenware that you should NEVER put in the dishwasher.

1. Wooden utensils – Wooden spoons, chopsticks, chopping boards, and salad bowls should be cleaned by hand. The extreme heat, moisture, and strong cleaning agents will cause the wood to swell up and become cracked.

2. Knives – The tough cleaning detergent can create nicks and scratches on your kitchen knives. It can also remove the silver plating of your items. In addition, sharp objects might also damage your other utensils and even the dishwasher.

3.  Hand-blown Glass – these types of glassware are highly sensitive to extreme heat. In addition, the detergent can also chip the glass surface and lose its natural luster. These items should only be hand-washed and dried using a soft towel.

4. Nonstick Pans – its non-stick surface can easily be chipped away because of the extreme heat inside the dishwasher.

5. Copper Pans – Placing them inside the dishwasher regularly will cause discoloration on their surfaces.

6. Items with Adhesives – glue can easily melt off when exposed to extreme heat. These sticky residues will clog the dishwasher and damage it. Before putting any utensils, make sure that the glued labels on each piece are removed.

Can you share other cleaning tips to your fellow readers? Feel free to post them in the comments section!

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Packing Lunches for the Entire Week {Made Easy!}

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Packing lunches
Our mornings were getting very stressful…

With the busyness of life, the cold weather, the time change, the snooze button- you name it… packing lunches got placed on the back burner. There was barely enough time for breakfast, let alone time to pack lunches, so off my children went with money to purchase their lunches at school. I was very grateful to have that option, however my heart’s desire was to pack for them.

So Monday, I turned a new leaf. I prepared in advance for the entire week and now packing lunches in the morning is fun! I’ll show you how…


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After I went to the grocery store, I took an hour and prepped the above. I made sure to have different sized ziplock  bags and I went to to town rinsing, dicing, cutting and portioning out all of the lunch items I purchased.

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I cubed cheese, cut carrots, broccoli, and cucumbers and hard boiled eggs.

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I cut up strawberries and portioned out grapes. I made salami and cream cheese tortilla rollups and bagged them up too.

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I rolled up just salami and cheese and made them into rollups and bagged up snack mixes.

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I portioned out sunflower seeds, animal crackers and trail mix.

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And banana chips…


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Then I placed them in containers with like attributes. This was my veggie container.

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My fruit container…

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The proteins…
Then I placed the dry snacks in bowls and put them away in the cupboard.

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Storage in the refrigerator was simple.

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Now morning time lunch packing is fun! The kiddos (and Dad) get to choose what they want from each container and all is good in the world ;)

I hope this helps my fellow Mama’s!

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A Meal Ministry Idea {Semi-Homemade w/ added touches!}

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Ladies, through this difficult time, I’ve mentioned that people have been caring for me as I helped care for my family. Honestly, I’ve not been much of a cook lately. When I look back, the past few months have been kind of a blur….I know many of you know what I mean when I say that. Trauma has a way with us-our bodies, our memory, etc. just barely function as we keep going. We just push and get through with the strength only God can lend.

Whenever I would be the recipient of a meal ministry and had my phone on me, I would snap pictures so I could show them on the blog. All of this is to glorify God and to show how he works through others so to comfort us.

Phil 2:13 states “For it is God who works in you to will and to act in order to fulfill his good purpose.”

This delicious meal came from my daughter’s teacher. I was so humbled when she asked to make a meal for us, as she serves me so much every day by teaching and caring for my little one. This is the perfect example of how we can bring a very special meal to someone that’s semi-homemade. She ordered the most delicious stromboli you’d ever eat, made a salad with apples, cranberries, nuts and feta cheese with an amazing dressing, cut up oranges and added after dinner mints and a bag of cookies.

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My children were so excited to get these twirly straws…and aren’t those napkins beautiful? When you’re out and about at Marcs (or whatever discount store you might have near you) pick up items like this in advance for ministry opportunities.

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I was so excited to share this idea with you Ladies….she took the bottom of a cardboard box and wrapped it in beautiful paper. This is such an excellent idea for a serving tray that doesn’t need to be given back. She also used large Ziplock bags so I didn’t have to give those back either.

This meal will forever stay in my heart- what a blessing it was. My children were also so filled with joy that their teacher did this for all of us. I’d say her name, but I fear embarrassing her…she’s amazing.

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When Meal Ministry Didn’t Matter

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My eyes are filled with tears as I sit down and write this.

How do I write this. 

I love meal ministry…you know I do. Not only does it remove something off of a tiresome daily list during difficult days, it’s an outward motion of love. It says “I’m here for you, I care, and I am doing something to show you that I am walking this walk with you.”

But the past few months, my typical “go to” way of loving someone didn’t matter.

She couldn’t eat.

Now I’m crying even harder…breathe, Janelle.

Some of you might know my beloved Mother-in-Law went home to be with the Lord on December 17th, 2014. She was an amazing mother to my husband, outstanding grandma, and truly…I mean truly, one of my very best friends. At 55 years old, her life was cut too short, yet she lived it more fully than anyone I know. She passed away from stage 4 triple-negative breast cancer.

Being that she only lived 7 minutes away (yes, we timed it) I was there quite a bit to keep her company. One of the hardest things I had to wrestle with was how I could serve her. My typical meal ministry wouldn’t be a help… she couldn’t eat.  She lost a total of 140 lbs… It pained me so much to know she couldn’t eat, I felt so helpless. I even found myself not wanting to eat…

At the beginning of her end-days, her friends and I would bring over slushies (Burger King- Cherry, or Taco Bell-Dr.Pepper at her request) or even a “Mickey D’s” sweet tea. But, as she progressed, nothing ministered to her in the way of food or even drink.

Being the hands and feet of Jesus meant something different- it meant ministering to her in the way she needed, not the way I wanted.

There was a day she asked me to help her over to the computer to draft a list of songs to be placed on a CD for her memorial. She also wanted more CDs to be made for her friends and family. Kathy loved music, especially praise and worship music. So, we spent that day on You Tube…(smiling) when I say we spent the day, I mean we spent the day… This dear woman cracked me up- she would name a song such as, “It is Well with My Soul” and we would go through 10 versions of it to find “just the right one”. Sure enough when she found “the one” it was always my favorite version too.

One song in particular was very important to her, but she couldn’t put her finger on the name of it…she said, “Ok Janelle, it goes like this…I’d rather be in grave than live in a house of cards.” I remember googling her words-because this song was important to her, I was determined to find it, regardless of the odd lyrics. But, I have to say (as I was guessing in my head)…a bunch of gambling sites came up.

We honestly looked for a good hour.

“Kathy, are you sure it’s House of Cards? Who sings it?” I asked. She always had this look when she was thinking…she would kind of move her mouth to the side and look up. She replied, ” Look up Gaither’s and House and see what comes up.” Sure enough, we found the song… House of GOLD!

We laughed so hard. It actually became an inside joke to both of us throughout the days to come. 

I turned up the song she so loved to celebrate it’s discovery. It had a groovy little swag to it so I stood up, danced and clapped to the beat. She laughed so hard, started clapping and singing too…it was just the two of us. We weren’t thinking about cancer or medicine or death…

Laughter, joy, humor and praise filled the living room. That room saw some pretty dark hours …but in that moment, we were having fun.

This is just one memory I have of that precious time with her. This blog isn’t big enough to list everything, but I do want to add…

I witnessed Kathy’s friends also minister to her in a way that touched me so deeply.  They too felt helpless, but it was their time, prayers, laughter, concern, loving hugs, and genuine help for basic needs that ministered her. As I watched many of them by her side, it put friendship into a very real and new perspective for me. These women weren’t having a girls night out, they were sacrificing themselves for her. Whatever she needed, whenever she needed it, however long she needed it- they were there. It was beautiful.

So friends, the reason I haven’t been blogging very much is because I’ve been ministering in a way that meal ministry just didn’t matter….I’ve been lucky to even cook for my own family. In fact, many people have been cooking for me.

Thank you for your grace….

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Best EVER Banana Pudding

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I love bananas- banana cream pie, banana bread, peanut butter on bananas, chocolate covered bananas, etc. But there aren’t too many “festive” banana recipes that would go along with the Christmas season. When I saw this recipe, I thought to myself “Yahtzee! Pepperidge Farm makes Christmas Chessmen! This is perfect.” I honestly cannot tell you how delicious this banana pudding is…after we had it for dessert, my kids kept opening the refrigerator for extra spoonfuls. It will be my “go-to” dessert… even in winter.

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These are so delicious and buttery.

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Lay cookies down on a 9×13, then layer with sliced bananas.

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Mix your pudding with milk and let sit until firm.

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Beat together condensed milk with cream cheese.

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Mix in pudding and pour over top of bananas, then top with the remaining Chessmen.

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  • 2 bags Pepperidge Farm Chessmen cookies
  • 6 to 8 bananas, sliced
  • 2 cups milk
  • 1 (5-ounce) box instant French vanilla pudding
  • 1 (8-ounce) package cream cheese, softened
  • 1 (14-ounce) can sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 (12-ounce) container frozen whipped topping thawed, or equal amount sweetened whipped cream
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  1. Line the bottom of a 13 by 9 by 2-inch dish with 1 bag of cookies and layer bananas on top.
  2. In a bowl, combine the milk and pudding mix and blend well using a handheld electric mixer.
  3. Using another bowl, combine the cream cheese and condensed milk together and mix until smooth. Fold the whipped topping into the cream cheese mixture.
  4. Add the cream cheese mixture to the pudding mixture and stir until well blended.
  5. Pour the mixture over the cookies and bananas and cover with the remaining cookies.
  6. Refrigerate until ready to serve.
  7. Recipe courtesy Paula Deen
  8. Read more at: http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/paula-deen/not-yo-mamas-banana-pudding-recipe.html?oc=linkback

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How to String Cranberries

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We cherish homemade ornaments in our home and our kiddos help decorate the tree with them. I never adjust anything they do, because what they love and do is beautiful to me. First, we put on all of the bulbs and decorative items, then we get out the homemade items and remember what year they were made. My children love looking at old artwork and pictures – It means so much to them and to me. When people come over, they are so proud of “their” tree and lead them right to it…it’s precious.

The kiddos mentioned stringing either popcorn or cranberries this year, so I found this easy method on how to string cranberries that I thought I’d share. It’s just taking waxed dental floss and a regular needle through the cranberries. The wax helps the cranberries move down the string a lot easier.

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This is my youngest- she’s just six years old and is making her own strand.
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Good job!

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Her first two cranberries…now about a thousand more :)
Make sure to knot the end of your strands.



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Lovely. Thank’s sweetheart! Great job.

Do you make homemade ornaments as well? I’d love to know some of your Christmas traditions!

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The Best {Kitchen} Black Friday Deals

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Hi Ladies! I have had several e-mails that have asked me what the best deals are online for Kitchen supplies. So, I decided to give you a post as far as what I was seeing {and liking} out there on the internet for today’s Black Friday sales!

Here we go…

Anolon 11 piece cookware set


I love the glass lids, non-stick and dishwasher safe aspects of these heavy-duty pots and pans! A great deal for $269.99 {was $450!}

The Kitchenaid 5 qt Mixer


WOW!!! For the price and quality, Kitchenaid is by far one of my favorite brands. Right now it’s on sale for $279.99 on top of that Kitchenaid is offering a $50 rebate! That’s just $229.99 for a standing mixer that is originally priced at $429.99 {50% off}!

Charbroil Gas Grill with Side Burners


This is the grill I have (yes, I use a gas grill-I know, I know- but it’s so much easier). The price of this was $300.32 and today it’s marked down to $175.99! This is the BEST time of the year to buy grills and they are great gifts for the man in your family who is hard to buy for.

Keurig K130


This is a deal I personally took advantage of for a family member for Christmas. This is an Amazon’s #1 Best Seller which was originally priced at $129.99 and I purchased it for $ 70.99. This is a great gift for a college student, a private office, or for that special someone who loves coffee, but no one else in the house does (crazy, I know). For almost half off- it’s a great deal for a trusted brand!

Ninja Professional Blender


After many blenders and frustration, I finally purchased the Ninja and couldn’t be happier. I’d recommend this blender to anyone. Today, I saw it on sale for $110.85, the original price was $149.99. If you or someone you know is in need of a blender- go no further.

Happy Shopping Everyone! Love to you, Janelle

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The Thanksgiving Chair

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My mother-in-law has always loved this video and every year since she first saw it, she has posted it to her FB page around this time.  I wanted to share it with you this Thanksgiving in her honor…

“Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.”
~ 1 Thessalonians 5:18

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Homemade Birthday Cakes

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My “middlest” is turning 9 next week and as cliche as it sounds it just doesn’t seem possible. She is such a sweet, giving and thoughtful little girl – I’m so grateful to be her mom. As I was looking through Pinterest for ideas about what to make for her cake, it dawned on me that my beloved mother-in-law was the one who inspired me to start baking my own cakes. My husband remembers her making his cakes for his birthday growing up and he said it brought back great memories. For something I never gave much thought to before, it certainly has been a sweet tradition I’ve had the joy of carrying out.

Now, I’m not a “Pinterest Perfect” baker- you aren’t going to see rolled fondant from this girl. But, what you will see is a mom, wife, daughter, daughter-in-law and friend who loves the people around her ….


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Our youngest wanted a rainbow themed party one year….she loved this cake.

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Our oldest had a baseball party and he absolutely LOVES Oreos…so we mixed the two that year.

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One of my dear friends got engaged!

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Our daughter was very into horses one year. My best effort, lol- she loved it despite the lack of perfection.

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Happy Birthday Jesus!

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My Father-in-Law loves carrot cake, so we made him this for his birthday one year.

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There’s my sweet mother-in-law catching a memory :)

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And here comes the Minecraft Creeper cake….it’s a beauty, isn’t it.

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My little one’s balloon funfetti cake….

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This one the kiddos got to make themselves for grandpa…they were SO proud.

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And for another dear friend ….

Do you purchase or make your own cakes? What’s your favorite cake?!

This post is dedicated to my dear mother-in-law who is in the final stages of cancer. I can’t tell you how much she has influenced my life and has made me a better mother. Love her so much…

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The Paleo Event – 12 Bestsellers for 99 cents each!

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Hi Ladies! I just found out that on November 25th there will be a promotion for the 12 Bestselling Paleo books on the market for just 99 cents each…that’s such a great deal! I hope you will take advantage of this excellent deal and/or pass it along to anyone in your life who would benefit!

As you know, I have benefited greatly by adjusting my personal diet to gluten-free. While not every diet is necessary or works for every individual, I have heard of success stories with the Paleo diet, especially with behavior in children. As always, consult your doctor for dietary questions and suggestions. 

Some of the top cookbooks included in the event…

1. Everyday Paleo

2. The Ancestral Table

3. The Modern No Nonsense Guide to Paleo

4. Beyond Bacon

5. The Everything Weeknight Paleo Cookbook

6. Gather, the Art of Paleo Entertaining

7. The Paleo Sweet Tooth

8. Decadent Paleo Desserts

9. The Paleo Kitchen

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The Best Thanksgiving Turkey Recipe Ever

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I’ve been getting a lot of e-mails asking me after I thaw and brine my turkey…how do I roast it the next day?  This recipe comes from The Food Network’s Giada DeLaurentiis and it has become my absolute favorite way to roast a turkey. The first time I had this was at my dad’s house a few years ago and I’ve made it every year since. It’s incredibly flavorful, makes the turkey moist and even the people who say they don’t like turkey…..love it. Not kidding. 

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Stuff, season, and butter as directed. 

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Cover and roast for 20 mins, then add broth. 

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Baste as directed. 

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Roast until the internal temperature is at 165 degrees. Cover with foil after it is done roasting and let it sit for 30 mins before carving. 

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The Best Thanksgiving Turkey Recipe Ever
 
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Ingredients
  • 1 (14 to 15-pound) turkey, neck and giblets reserved
  • 1 orange, cut into wedges
  • 1 lemon, cut into wedges
  • 1 onion, cut into wedges
  • 6 fresh rosemary sprigs
  • 6 fresh sage sprigs
  • 6 fresh oregano sprigs
  • 7 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 2 tablespoons herbes de Provence
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1½ teaspoons salt
  • 1½ teaspoons freshly ground black pepper
  • 6 cups canned low-salt chicken broth (approximate amount)
  • ⅓ cup all-purpose flour
  • Read more at: http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/giada-de-laurentiis/turkey-with-herbes-de-provence-and-citrus-recipe.html?oc=linkback
Instructions
  1. To make the turkey: Position the rack in the lowest third of the oven and preheat to 400 degrees F.
  2. Rinse the turkey and pat it dry with paper towels.
  3. Place the turkey on a rack set inside a large roasting pan.
  4. Place the orange and lemon wedges, onion, and 2 sprigs of each fresh herb in the main turkey cavity.
  5. Tie the legs together to hold the shape of the turkey.
  6. Stir 2 tablespoons of butter, the herbes de Provence, oil, and 1½ teaspoons of each the salt and pepper in a small saucepan over medium heat just until the butter melts.
  7. Rub the butter mixture all over the turkey and between the turkey breast meat and skin.
  8. Place the turkey neck and giblets in roasting pan.
  9. (Recipe can be prepared up to this point 1 day ahead.
  10. Cover and refrigerate. Let stand at room temperature 30 minutes before roasting.)
  11. Cover the turkey breast with foil.
  12. Roast for 20 minutes.
  13. Pour 3 cups of broth into the pan and stir to scrape up any brown bits on the bottom of the pan.
  14. Add the remaining sprigs of fresh herbs to the pan.
  15. Roast the turkey for 40 minutes.
  16. Reduce the oven temperature to 350 degrees F.
  17. Remove the foil from the turkey; pour 1 more cup of broth into the pan.
  18. Continue roasting the turkey until a meat thermometer inserted into the thickest part of the thigh registers 165 degrees F to 175 degrees F or until the juices run clear when the thickest part of the thigh is pierced with a skewer, basting occasionally with pan juices, about 1 hour and 30 minutes longer.
  19. Transfer the turkey to a platter and tent with foil. Let stand 30 minutes while preparing the gravy.
  20. To make the gravy: Strain the turkey pan juices from the roasting pan through a sieve and into a 4-cup glass measuring cup; discard the solids. Spoon off the fat from atop the pan juices. Add enough chicken broth, about 1 to 2 cups, to the pan juices to measure 4 cups total. Melt the remaining butter in a heavy large saucepan over medium-high heat. Add the flour and whisk for 1 minute. Gradually whisk in the broth. Simmer until the gravy thickens slightly, whisking often, about 10 minutes. Season with salt and pepper. Serve the turkey with the gravy.
  21. Read more at: http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/giada-de-laurentiis/turkey-with-herbes-de-provence-and-citrus-recipe.html?oc=linkback

 

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How to Make a Christmas Centerpiece With What You Have

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Christmas decorations can so comforting, but they can also break the bank if you let them. I’m sure it might come to no surprise that I love a “comfy” centerpiece, but this year I truly did not want to go buy a lot.

Here’s what I used to make mine…

A rustic fruit bowl I already had (from Goodwill)
3 mason jars I purchased from Michaels this week (they are on sale for .99 cents each)
Pine cones I already had from last year.
Candles I had on hand.
Holly berries and tree foliage from my yard.

I love this because its natural and comforting….

What are some ways you save with Christmas decor?

P.S. Forgive me for talking about Christmas before Thanksgiving, I’m getting head start this year!

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How to Brine Your Thanksgiving Turkey

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Brining is the *key* to making a delicious, moist and flavorful Thanksgiving turkey. It’s a sweet and savory marinade that adds that extra “something” to your main course. It’s simple, yet worth the extra few steps!

Brine1In a large stock pot boil all ingredients (but ice). 

Brine2After simmering for 1 hour, put ice in and let cool. 

Brine 3Place a thawed turkey with insides removed in a large cooking bag. Place on a foil turkey roaster. Pour cooled brine over top. 

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Place in refrigerator overnight before roasting.

* It may take up to 5 days to thaw your turkey, just a huge FYI!

 

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Ingredients
  • 1 gallon vegetable stock
  • ½ cup kosher salt
  • ¾ cup brown sugar
  • 1 Tbsp black peppercorns
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 2 sprigs Rosemary
  • 4 Sage leaves
  • 6 cups ice
Instructions
  1. In a large stock pot boil all ingredients (but ice).
  2. After simmering for 1 hour, put ice in and let cool.
  3. Place a thawed turkey with insides removed in a large cooking bag.
  4. Place on a foil turkey roaster.
  5. Pour cooled brine over top.
  6. Place in refrigerator overnight before roasting.

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Colored Popcorn {Pink}

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Colored popcorn is a yummy little treat that is not only easy to make- but enjoyed by ALL {grown-ups, kiddos, GF and glutenous maxiumus friends} You can decide on the color- here I used pink. But, I can see blue for a “Frozen” birthday party, red and green for Christmas, green for St. Patty’s day, etc. 

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Pop 4 bags of microwave popcorn separately {2 mins each bag} and place into two bowls. 

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In a medium saucepan combine sugar, corn syrup, and half and half. Let simmer until a rapid boil forms. 

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Take off of burner and add vanilla and your choice of food coloring. 

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Mix well. Spread out on parchment paper. You can tell I used buttered popcorn {which tastes great} however, for a more dramatic effect, I would use plain popcorn next time so the color comes through a bit better. 

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Let cool. 

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Ready to eat! Have fun! 

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  • 4 bags popped microwaved popcorn {popped individually- 2 mins each}
  • 2 cups sugar
  • ⅔ cup half & half
  • 1 Tbsp corn syrup
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • food coloring of your choice
Instructions
  1. Pop popcorn and place into two bowls.
  2. In a medium saucepan add sugar, corn syrup and half & half. Let simmer until it boils on medium-high heat.
  3. Take off of heat and add vanilla and food coloring.
  4. Add syrup to popcorn and mix well.
  5. Pour popcorn out onto a table lined with parchment paper {or waxed paper}.
  6. Let cool.
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Ladies, I am praying for you and hope that you find this video and small activity helpful! Please join me and my very talented group of authors over at Overcomer Outreach for more encouraging messages! I’d also love to talk with you over at the Overcomer FB page.

Love to you, Janelle

Video Notes and Ideas:

From the book “Unglued” by: Lysa Terkheurst 

1. Identify the label as a lie meant to tear me down.

2. I chose to view this circumstance as a call to action, not a call to beat myself up mentally.

3. I used the momentum of tackling one label to help me tackle more.

Labels in the Bible: 

Peter had a TEMPER- Yet, he allowed Christ to mold and shape him. 
David had an AFFAIR- Yet, he was a man after God’s own heart. 
Noah got DRUNK- Yet, God made a covenant with him and he was faithful.
Saul (Paul) was a MURDERER and hated Jesus and his disciples- Yet, Jesus showed himself to him after his death and gave Paul the gospel to preach to the Jews and Gentiles. (Romans 1:16)
Thomas was a DOUBTER- Yet, he was quick to repent and have great faith. 
Moses STUTTERED- Yet, God told him the 10 commandments. 

Common labels we can give ourselves:

Fat, ugly, dumb, a mistake, drunk, adulteress, unforgiveable, terrible cook, old, not interesting, anti-social, can’t keep or make friends, divorcee, single-mom, moody, prideful, jealous, etc.

What I want you to say to yourselves (write it down):

Just because I am ___________, doesn’t mean that I am _____________.

For Example:

Just because I have had a failed marriage doesn’t mean that I am a failure.
Just because dinner didn’t turn out doesn’t mean that I am a bad cook.
Just because I envied her home doesn’t mean that I am not thankful for what I have.
Just because I failed at nursing my child doesn’t mean that I am a bad mom.

The label Christ wants you to wear:

GRACE

Scripture to meditate on: 

 

“We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.”  2 Corinthians 10:5

“For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith–and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God.”  Ephesians 2:8

“Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable–if anything is excellent or praiseworthy–think about such things.” Philippians 4:8

 

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Pumpkin Pie Spiced Pumpkin Seeds

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For those of you who are carving pumpkins this weekend, I wanted to share with you my family’s favorite way to eat pumpkin seeds. My kiddos love pumpkin pie, so I decided to add a little spice to an old-time classic autumn treat. Enjoy!

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Pre-heat oven to 400

Take the seeds out of your pumpkin and drain them in a colander, taking out any pumpkin remains- rinse. Blot try with paper towels. Place parchment paper down on a baking sheet and pour your seeds on top. Drizzle with butter and season with Pumpkin spice. Roast for approximately 15 mins turning half way through. When the seeds are browned, remove and place in a large bowl, sprinkle with sugar.

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  • Pumpkin seeds from one large pumpkin
  • ¼ cup butter, melted
  • Pumpkin pie spice
  • Sugar to taste
Instructions
  1. Pre-heat oven to 400
  2. Take the seeds out of your pumpkin and drain them in a colander, taking out any pumpkin remains- rinse.
  3. Blot try with paper towels.
  4. Place parchment paper down on a baking sheet and pour your seeds on top.
  5. Drizzle with butter and season with Pumpkin spice.
  6. Roast for approximately 15 mins turning half way through.
  7. When the seeds are browned, remove and place in a large bowl, sprinkle with sugar.

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Product Review of T. Marzetti Apple Crisp

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apple crispJust wanted to give a little shout out to T.Marzetti because I love their “Apple Crisp Easy to Bake Mix”! I’m not getting paid a single cent to say it ;) I simply enjoy giving credit where credit is earned and this really is great “go to” item to have stocked in your pantry for when guests come over unexpectedly. It is unexpectedly delish! 

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Serve warm out of the oven, topped with caramel, a la mode. Autumn in a dish…. 

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The Duggar’s Tator Tot Bake

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My dear friend Courtney from Women Living Well recommend I try the Duggar’s Hasbrown Casserole- she said it was a hit in her home! So, I did just that….and sure enough, my family loved it. I changed a couple things based on our personal taste…but you may want to look at Courtney’s recipe to see the original! Enjoy!

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Brown your choice of meat. I used a ground beef- you might choose ground turkey or chicken.

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Whisk together cream of chicken soup and evaporated milk.

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In a 9×13 pan spread ground beef and top with Tator Tots (or hasbrowns).

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Pour soup mixture over top.

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Sprinkle with cheddar cheese.

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Bake in a 350 oven for about an hour. Enjoy!

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  • 1lb ground beef, cooked and drained
  • 2lb bag of tator tots (frozen)
  • 2 cans Cream of Chicken soup
  • 1 12oz can of evaporated milk
  • 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
Instructions
  1. Pre-heat oven to 350
  2. Place cooked and drained ground beef at the bottom of a 9x13
  3. top with frozen tator tots
  4. In a bowl whisk together soup and evaporated milk, pour over top
  5. Top with cheese
  6. Cover and bake for about an hour or until bubbly


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Fall Rice Krispies {Across the Web)

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One of my children’s {and yes, mine too} favorite “treats” are Rice Krispie treats. I’ve shared with you my favorite recipe {they are huge, buttery, and ohhh so gooey}, I’ve shared the peanut butter kind {gluten and dairy-free}, I’ve shared with you rainbow style, and the ever so amazing Scotcharoos.

Today, I thought I would see what was happening in blog world. Since it’s fall, let’s take a look at all the festivities! Adorable sightings were found….

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Adorable Candy Corns from Rice Krispies

Turkey Rice Krispie Treats decorated for Thanksgiving! Easy dessert that kids can help make!

Turkey Treats from Shugary Sweets!

Pumpkin Spice Treats from “The Comfort of Cooking”

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White Chocolate Candy Corn Treats from Yellow Bliss Road.

We have some very “Comfy” bakers all over the web…what great ideas! Thanks, fellow bloggers!

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Getting Rid of the Nail on Our Foreheads…

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People who don’t know me would never know it. Nope, wouldn’t know it. I’m very easy going and free spirited, actually. 

In fact, most people who struggle with anxiety hide it pretty well…they tend to be the ones who are very “put together”. They’re the happy, helping, volunteering, cooking, cleaning, working, mending, smiling, taxi-ing, calling, texting to check in, dressed perfectly types. Their outer appearance typically lacks balance with their internal struggle.

For some odd reason, us anxiety- prone people also tend to be “taker on-ers”…don’t ask me why, we just are. It could be pride, people pleasing, guilt, whatever the case our plates can get pretty heavy. The very thing that makes us anxious {having too much on our plate} is the very thing we do to ourselves {sign up for everything under the sun}.

Please come visit me over at Overcomer Outreach where I share a little more of my story, a funny video, and some helpful ways to realize what could be stumbling blocks in our lives…

To get updates on Overcomer Outreach please visit us on: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest!

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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!

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  • 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.

mandy

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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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
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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.

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  • 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! 

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  • 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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  • 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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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 box of E.L. Fudge Striped Cookies
  • 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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Ingredients
  • 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.
Instructions
  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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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

IMG_9568 A HUGE thank you to my dear friend and mentor Julie (pictured center) for taking my photos. If you live in the NE Ohio area, I’d like to refer you to In His Image Photography. Julie is such an amazing photographer and so good with little ones! (Julie, I know I’m embarrassing you-I’m sorry, you know I think the world of you and I can’t help to boast about you!) This is a photo she took of my daughter…one of my favorite pictures ever.

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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:

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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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IMG_3659 I was eating breakfast with my dear friend Melanie when started talking about what we craved while we were pregnant. Mel mentioned how she craved Cracker Barrel’s to pancakes topped with hot blackberries . Ooooo….that sounded so good!!! So,  I just had to take a “crack” at making them myself. So, in honor of pregnancy cravings and friendship- here’s the recipe. Mmmmmm……

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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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Credit to goes to RestMinistries.com- Bless YOU!!!!! 

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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  3. Bake for 20 mins or until crispy.

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*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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  • 1 frozen loaf of Rhodes white bread
  • 8 eggs
  • ¼ cup milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • Cinnamon
  • Syrup
  • Butter
  • Powdered sugar
  • 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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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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Twitter: @AmyMcCreadyPPS
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The Winner of the Sugar Baby Apron Announced!

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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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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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  • 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?