Comfy in the Kitchen http://comfyinthekitchen.com Step by step, you'll get there yet! Mon, 18 Aug 2014 03:03:00 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9.2 Best Pulled Pork Ever {in the crockpot} http://comfyinthekitchen.com/2014/08/best-pulled-pork-ever-in-the-crockpot/ http://comfyinthekitchen.com/2014/08/best-pulled-pork-ever-in-the-crockpot/#comments Mon, 18 Aug 2014 03:02:24 +0000 http://comfyinthekitchen.com/?p=7819 Enter your email address to download my FREE Thanksgiving e-book, Comfy in the Kitchen on Thanksgiving.

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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…..

 

 

Best Pulled Pork Ever {in the crockpot}
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Ingredients
  • 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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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 http://comfyinthekitchen.com/2014/08/my-weekend-the-women-in-ministry-summit/ http://comfyinthekitchen.com/2014/08/my-weekend-the-women-in-ministry-summit/#comments Fri, 08 Aug 2014 21:59:11 +0000 http://comfyinthekitchen.com/?p=7789 Enter your email address to download my FREE Thanksgiving e-book, Comfy in the Kitchen on Thanksgiving.

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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 http://comfyinthekitchen.com/2014/08/more-cost-comfy-containers/ http://comfyinthekitchen.com/2014/08/more-cost-comfy-containers/#comments Mon, 04 Aug 2014 13:54:21 +0000 http://comfyinthekitchen.com/?p=7778 Enter your email address to download my FREE Thanksgiving e-book, Comfy in the Kitchen on Thanksgiving.

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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 http://comfyinthekitchen.com/2014/07/how-to-make-meal-ministry-affordable/ http://comfyinthekitchen.com/2014/07/how-to-make-meal-ministry-affordable/#comments Thu, 31 Jul 2014 14:56:18 +0000 http://comfyinthekitchen.com/?p=7762 Enter your email address to download my FREE Thanksgiving e-book, Comfy in the Kitchen on Thanksgiving.

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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 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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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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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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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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