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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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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 http://comfyinthekitchen.com/2014/04/easter-bunny-cupcakes/ http://comfyinthekitchen.com/2014/04/easter-bunny-cupcakes/#respond Wed, 16 Apr 2014 13:19:32 +0000 http://comfyinthekitchen.com/?p=7429 Enter your email address to download my FREE Thanksgiving e-book, Comfy in the Kitchen on Thanksgiving.

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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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Impressive, (trying not to giggle). 

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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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! http://comfyinthekitchen.com/2014/04/rhodes-hot-cross-buns-and-winner-announced/ http://comfyinthekitchen.com/2014/04/rhodes-hot-cross-buns-and-winner-announced/#comments Thu, 10 Apr 2014 15:05:55 +0000 http://comfyinthekitchen.com/?p=7415 Enter your email address to download my FREE Thanksgiving e-book, Comfy in the Kitchen on Thanksgiving.

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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!

Rhodes Hot Cross Buns and Winner Announced!
 
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Serves: 12
Prep time:
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Ingredients
  • 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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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”.  
He is RISEN! 

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Rhodes French Toast and a GIVEAWAY!!! http://comfyinthekitchen.com/2014/04/rhodes-french-toast-and-a-giveaway/ http://comfyinthekitchen.com/2014/04/rhodes-french-toast-and-a-giveaway/#comments Wed, 09 Apr 2014 11:31:30 +0000 http://comfyinthekitchen.com/?p=6913 Enter your email address to download my FREE Thanksgiving e-book, Comfy in the Kitchen on Thanksgiving.

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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.

Let toast for approximately 3 minutes per side until nice and golden browned.   IMG_3434 Serve with butter, warmed syrup and a sprinkle of powdered sugar!

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Rhodes French Toast
 
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Ingredients
  • 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!

photo 2Who doesn’t love getting surprise packages?!  photo 5 My heart melted when I opened this. A personalized card (who does that anymore?), a blue oven mitt (my favorite color), and an ahhhhmazing cookbook.  photo 4My pleasure! 

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

Elephant Ears Scones / Fry Bread / Elephant Ears

Waffle Sandwiches  Waffle Sandwiches Buffalo Chicken Pizza  Buffalo Chicken Pizza

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

  • “Like” Rhodes on FB
  •  Comment below!
  • For additional tickets into the drawing let us know that you shared this post on FB, Twitter, and/or Pinterest! You can earn up to 3 tickets! 

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Get Kids to Listen Without Nagging, Reminding or Yelling!

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

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

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

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

Please RSVP Here! Space is limited!  

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

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

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

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

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ABOUT AMY McCREADY

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

www.facebook.com/PositiveParentingSolutions

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

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

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

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

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

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