Comfy in the Kitchen http://comfyinthekitchen.com Step by step, you'll get there yet! Tue, 20 Jan 2015 17:46:29 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.1 The Judgement Seat of Christ http://comfyinthekitchen.com/2015/01/8102/ http://comfyinthekitchen.com/2015/01/8102/#comments Tue, 20 Jan 2015 15:58:32 +0000 http://comfyinthekitchen.com/?p=8102 Enter your email address to download my FREE Thanksgiving e-book, Comfy in the Kitchen on Thanksgiving.

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Heaven
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 http://comfyinthekitchen.com/2015/01/caramelized-bacon/ http://comfyinthekitchen.com/2015/01/caramelized-bacon/#comments Mon, 19 Jan 2015 15:07:39 +0000 http://comfyinthekitchen.com/?p=8090 Enter your email address to download my FREE Thanksgiving e-book, Comfy in the Kitchen on Thanksgiving.

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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

Caramelized Bacon
 
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Ingredients
  • 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 http://comfyinthekitchen.com/2015/01/kitchen-utensils-that-you-should-never-put-in-the-dishwasher/ http://comfyinthekitchen.com/2015/01/kitchen-utensils-that-you-should-never-put-in-the-dishwasher/#respond Fri, 09 Jan 2015 19:49:44 +0000 http://comfyinthekitchen.com/?p=8086 Enter your email address to download my FREE Thanksgiving e-book, Comfy in the Kitchen on Thanksgiving.

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Kitchen Utensils
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!} http://comfyinthekitchen.com/2015/01/packing-lunches-for-the-entire-week-made-easy/ http://comfyinthekitchen.com/2015/01/packing-lunches-for-the-entire-week-made-easy/#comments Wed, 07 Jan 2015 15:19:57 +0000 http://comfyinthekitchen.com/?p=8069 Enter your email address to download my FREE Thanksgiving e-book, Comfy in the Kitchen on Thanksgiving.

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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!} http://comfyinthekitchen.com/2015/01/a-meal-ministry-idea-semi-homemade-w-added-touches/ http://comfyinthekitchen.com/2015/01/a-meal-ministry-idea-semi-homemade-w-added-touches/#comments Fri, 02 Jan 2015 22:41:04 +0000 http://comfyinthekitchen.com/?p=8057 Enter your email address to download my FREE Thanksgiving e-book, Comfy in the Kitchen on Thanksgiving.

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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 http://comfyinthekitchen.com/2014/12/when-meal-ministry-didnt-matter/ http://comfyinthekitchen.com/2014/12/when-meal-ministry-didnt-matter/#comments Sun, 28 Dec 2014 17:28:02 +0000 http://comfyinthekitchen.com/?p=8050 Enter your email address to download my FREE Thanksgiving e-book, Comfy in the Kitchen on Thanksgiving.

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Kathy

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 http://comfyinthekitchen.com/2014/12/best-ever-banana-pudding/ http://comfyinthekitchen.com/2014/12/best-ever-banana-pudding/#comments Mon, 08 Dec 2014 17:56:11 +0000 http://comfyinthekitchen.com/?p=8039 Enter your email address to download my FREE Thanksgiving e-book, Comfy in the Kitchen on Thanksgiving.

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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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Best EVER Banana Pudding
 
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Serves: 12
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Ingredients
  • 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
Instructions
  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 http://comfyinthekitchen.com/2014/12/how-to-string-cranberries/ http://comfyinthekitchen.com/2014/12/how-to-string-cranberries/#respond Mon, 01 Dec 2014 14:29:48 +0000 http://comfyinthekitchen.com/?p=8031 Enter your email address to download my FREE Thanksgiving e-book, Comfy in the Kitchen on Thanksgiving.

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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 http://comfyinthekitchen.com/2014/11/the-best-kitchen-black-friday-deals/ http://comfyinthekitchen.com/2014/11/the-best-kitchen-black-friday-deals/#comments Fri, 28 Nov 2014 19:17:16 +0000 http://comfyinthekitchen.com/?p=8024 Enter your email address to download my FREE Thanksgiving e-book, Comfy in the Kitchen on Thanksgiving.

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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 http://comfyinthekitchen.com/2014/11/the-thanksgiving-chair/ http://comfyinthekitchen.com/2014/11/the-thanksgiving-chair/#comments Wed, 26 Nov 2014 20:11:12 +0000 http://comfyinthekitchen.com/?p=8018 Enter your email address to download my FREE Thanksgiving e-book, Comfy in the Kitchen on Thanksgiving.

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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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