Comfy in the Kitchen http://comfyinthekitchen.com Step by step, you'll get there yet! Sun, 27 Jul 2014 14:42:43 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9.1 How to Roast Red Peppers http://comfyinthekitchen.com/2014/07/how-to-roast-red-peppers/ http://comfyinthekitchen.com/2014/07/how-to-roast-red-peppers/#respond Sun, 27 Jul 2014 14:42:11 +0000 http://comfyinthekitchen.com/?p=7750 Enter your email address to download my FREE Thanksgiving e-book, Comfy in the Kitchen on Thanksgiving.

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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.

How to Roast Red Peppers
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Serves: 8
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Ingredients
  • 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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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! http://comfyinthekitchen.com/2014/07/noonday-giveaway/ http://comfyinthekitchen.com/2014/07/noonday-giveaway/#comments Wed, 23 Jul 2014 01:31:32 +0000 http://comfyinthekitchen.com/?p=7729 Enter your email address to download my FREE Thanksgiving e-book, Comfy in the Kitchen on Thanksgiving.

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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” http://comfyinthekitchen.com/2014/07/winners-of-and-life-comes-back/ http://comfyinthekitchen.com/2014/07/winners-of-and-life-comes-back/#respond Fri, 11 Jul 2014 00:45:51 +0000 http://comfyinthekitchen.com/?p=7726 Enter your email address to download my FREE Thanksgiving e-book, Comfy in the Kitchen on Thanksgiving.

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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 http://comfyinthekitchen.com/2014/07/salad-galore-women-living-well/ http://comfyinthekitchen.com/2014/07/salad-galore-women-living-well/#respond Wed, 09 Jul 2014 14:20:39 +0000 http://comfyinthekitchen.com/?p=7722 Enter your email address to download my FREE Thanksgiving e-book, Comfy in the Kitchen on Thanksgiving.

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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! http://comfyinthekitchen.com/2014/07/and-life-comes-back-giveaway/ http://comfyinthekitchen.com/2014/07/and-life-comes-back-giveaway/#comments Wed, 09 Jul 2014 01:58:37 +0000 http://comfyinthekitchen.com/?p=7716 Enter your email address to download my FREE Thanksgiving e-book, Comfy in the Kitchen on Thanksgiving.

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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 http://comfyinthekitchen.com/2014/07/easy-iced-coffee/ http://comfyinthekitchen.com/2014/07/easy-iced-coffee/#comments Thu, 03 Jul 2014 02:09:55 +0000 http://comfyinthekitchen.com/?p=7708 Enter your email address to download my FREE Thanksgiving e-book, Comfy in the Kitchen on Thanksgiving.

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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.

IMG_3958While the coffee is still hot, pour in 1/4 cup of sugar, 1/2 cup of water and 1/4 cup of cream. Taste -add cream and sugar to your liking after that. Fill the rest of your container up with ice.

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Refrigerate until ready to drink!

Easy Iced Coffee
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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?

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! http://comfyinthekitchen.com/2014/06/an-art-themed-birthday-bash/ http://comfyinthekitchen.com/2014/06/an-art-themed-birthday-bash/#comments Sat, 21 Jun 2014 16:21:11 +0000 http://comfyinthekitchen.com/?p=7691 Enter your email address to download my FREE Thanksgiving e-book, Comfy in the Kitchen on Thanksgiving.

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Hi Ladies!

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

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

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Julie says:

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

 

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Make Your Own Sub Night! http://comfyinthekitchen.com/2014/06/make-your-own-sub-night/ http://comfyinthekitchen.com/2014/06/make-your-own-sub-night/#comments Thu, 19 Jun 2014 02:59:35 +0000 http://comfyinthekitchen.com/?p=7685 Enter your email address to download my FREE Thanksgiving e-book, Comfy in the Kitchen on Thanksgiving.

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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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