Comfy in the Kitchen http://comfyinthekitchen.com Step by step, you'll get there yet! Sun, 17 May 2015 16:27:27 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.2 Fajita Night! http://comfyinthekitchen.com/2015/05/fajita-night/ http://comfyinthekitchen.com/2015/05/fajita-night/#respond Sun, 17 May 2015 13:35:32 +0000 http://comfyinthekitchen.com/?p=8238 Enter your email address to download my FREE Thanksgiving e-book, Comfy in the Kitchen on Thanksgiving.

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Fajitanight!

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Hi Ladies! Just wanted to show you a great meal you can make for your family and friends. This is also a great/easy meal for a potluck! Just have your friends bring an item and you will be all set for your fiesta!

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Slice peppers and onions and saute in oil. Season with a bit of salt and pepper.

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Warm up the queso dip! I purchased this kind from Aldi’s (Casa Mamita). Also, warm up some chips!

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Cook refried beans and place them in a warmer (I love this particular warmer for dips).

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Use the meat of your choice, or you can go vegetarian! I marinated chicken breasts in Italian dressing overnight and fired up the grill. That’s my personal favorite way to cook chicken.

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Loving these Wildtree products! The Chipotle Lime Rub is excellent for Mexican meals.

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Mmmm…
Slice meat in strips like so.

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Warm your flour tortillas in the microwave for approximately 1 minute.

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Shred up some cheese…

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And buy or make your own salsa. I really like Little Salad Bar from Aldi’s when I’m in a hurry. Otherwise I make this recipe.

Place all your ingredients out on a spread and enjoy, my friends!

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Eclair Pudding Cake http://comfyinthekitchen.com/2015/05/eclair-pudding-cake/ http://comfyinthekitchen.com/2015/05/eclair-pudding-cake/#comments Wed, 13 May 2015 20:59:29 +0000 http://comfyinthekitchen.com/?p=8226 Enter your email address to download my FREE Thanksgiving e-book, Comfy in the Kitchen on Thanksgiving.

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This recipe came from my beloved Mother-in-Law…so for our first Mother’s day without her, I made it in her honor. She made this recipe often- it’s so delicious and incredibly easy! She had great taste.

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In a medium bowl whisk together pudding and milk. Place in refrigerator for 5 mins until set.

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Add Cool Whip and fold in…

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Place graham crackers at the bottom of a 9×13.

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Top with pudding mixture. Then repeat those steps one more time.

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Frost the top like so- it seems like it’s going to be a mess, but it turns out!

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Refrigerate for 4 hours or overnight.

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It seriously tastes just like an Eclair!

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Me with Grandma Ruth <3

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Grandma and mom <3 Thankful for these beautiful women in my life. They too loved my mother-in-law. When families marry one another it’s a beautiful thing.

Eclair Pudding Cake
 
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Ingredients
  • 2 (3.5 ounce) packages instant vanilla pudding mix (Jell-O)
  • 3 cups milk
  • 1 (8 ounce) container frozen whipped topping, thawed (Cool Whip)
  • 1 (16 ounce) package graham crackers
  • 1 (16 ounce) package pre-made chocolate frosting
Instructions
  1. In a medium bowl combine pudding mix and milk. Whisk and refrigerate for 5 mins until set.
  2. Fold in Cool Whip.
  3. Place graham crackers at the bottom of a 9x13.
  4. Add half of pudding mixture.
  5. Then add graham crackers again, then pudding mixture, then graham crackers.
  6. Frost with chocolate frosting.
  7. Refrigerate for 4 hours or overnight

 

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Baked Spaghetti {Cooking with Kids} http://comfyinthekitchen.com/2015/05/baked-spaghetti-cooking-with-kids/ http://comfyinthekitchen.com/2015/05/baked-spaghetti-cooking-with-kids/#comments Fri, 01 May 2015 14:14:03 +0000 http://comfyinthekitchen.com/?p=8207 Enter your email address to download my FREE Thanksgiving e-book, Comfy in the Kitchen on Thanksgiving.

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Lately I’ve been getting a lot of e-mails asking me about how to “cook with kids”…questions ranging from how old, to what recipes, to the mess that inherently happens. This simple, yet delicious recipe is a great one to try with little ones. Both adults and children alike will love the taste of it and it’s “comfy”. Besides, who doesn’t like melted and steaming Mozzarella cheese?

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Place one container of Ricotta cheese in a mixing bowl and add garlic powder. Yes, you may use cottage cheese- mix with handheld mixer until smooth.

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Shred mozzarella  cheese.

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Typically I would make Grandma Ruth’s Sauce, but today for simplicity I used this Aldi’s brand sauce- it’s very good!

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Add sauce to the bottom of a 9×13.

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Ok, little Miss Julia…time for your favorite part! Crack 2 eggs in a bowl and beat well.

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After your spaghetti noodles are cooked al dente, drain and rinse with cold water to stop them from cooking. Then add the 2 eggs like so and toss to coat.

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Layer noodles and ricotta cheese mixture on top…

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Then add your mozzarella cheese and repeat…

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Here’s the “mess”, but I like to call it “the creative process”…

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Ready to bake in a 375 oven for 40 mins!

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Mmmmmmm…..

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“Julia Cam” moments…

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*I think I know who will be the next “Comfy in the Kitchen” blogger!

Baked Spaghetti {Cooking with Kids}
 
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Ingredients
  • 1 box spaghetti noodles (serves 8)
  • 1 container of Ricotta cheese
  • 2 bricks of Mozzarella cheese
  • 1-2 tsp garlic powder
  • 2 jars of spaghetti sauce
  • 2 eggs
Instructions
  1. Preheat Oven to 375
  2. Boil spaghetti noodles to al dente, rinse with cold water and drain.
  3. Crack two eggs and beat well then toss the egg mixture, coating the noodles.
  4. Place ricotta cheese in a mixing bowl and add garlic powder, mix well.
  5. Cover the bottom of a 9x13 with spaghetti sauce.
  6. Add ½ of your noodles.
  7. Dolup with ricotta cheese.
  8. Spinkle ½ mozzarella cheese over top.
  9. Add sauce and repeat layers ending with mozzarella.
  10. Cover with foil and bake for 40 mins until bubbling.


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Creamy Crockpot Pork Chops http://comfyinthekitchen.com/2015/04/creamy-crockpot-pork-chops/ http://comfyinthekitchen.com/2015/04/creamy-crockpot-pork-chops/#comments Tue, 28 Apr 2015 15:00:25 +0000 http://comfyinthekitchen.com/?p=8202 Enter your email address to download my FREE Thanksgiving e-book, Comfy in the Kitchen on Thanksgiving.

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I found this delicious recipe at my local butcher’s store (shout out to Duma’s Meats! I love ya!) These Chops are officially called “Melinda’s Pork Chops” and are ohhh, so delicious and easy to make! Make sure you get a great cut of meat with bone in- otherwise you will be stuck with dry chops. If you are in my neck of the woods….go to Duma’s, no grocery store meat! 😉

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Coat chops in flour, garlic powder, dry mustard and onion powder.

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Brown in olive oil.

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Place in Crockpot with Cream of Chicken Soup (do not add milk/water). Cover and let simmer for 6-8 hours until tender.

Original Recipe Here

Creamy Crockpot Pork Chops
 
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http://www.dumameats.com/recipes/melindas-pork-chops/
Ingredients
  • 6 – pork chops- "Bone in"
  • 2 tbls oil
  • ½ cup flour
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 2 tsp dry mustard
  • ½ tsp onion powder
  • 1-2 cans cream of chicken soup
Instructions
  1. Mix flour and dry ingredients together and coat chops.
  2. Brown in olive oil on stove and put chops in a crock pot.
  3. Pour soup over top of chops (do not dilute soup) on low for 6-8 hours until tender.
  4. Cooking time will vary depending on crock pot and size of chops

 

 

 

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EASY Parmesan Crusted Chicken http://comfyinthekitchen.com/2015/04/easy-parmesan-crusted-chicken/ http://comfyinthekitchen.com/2015/04/easy-parmesan-crusted-chicken/#respond Tue, 21 Apr 2015 15:47:35 +0000 http://comfyinthekitchen.com/?p=8195 Enter your email address to download my FREE Thanksgiving e-book, Comfy in the Kitchen on Thanksgiving.

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*GF option- use GF Italian seasoning.

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I love the “kick” of freshly shredded Parmesan cheese.

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By combining freshly shredded and pre-grated Parmesan cheese, we get coverage, texture and full flavor. Also add a packet of Good Seasons Italian dressing mix (one of my favorite ways to add flavor in an instant.)
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Coat chicken and place on a foil lined pan.

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Bake at 375 for approximately 25-30 mins depending one the size of your chicken breasts. Do not over bake, light pink/white is perfect as the chicken will continue cooking when you take it out of the oven.

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Mmmmmm……

EASY Parmesan Crusted Chicken
 
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Ingredients
  • 6-8 chicken breasts
  • 2 cups milk
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 cups freshly shredded Parmesan cheese
  • 1 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 packet of Good Seasons Italian Dressing Mix
Instructions
  1. Marinate thawed chicken breasts in mixture of egg and milk. (4-6 hours)
  2. Combine cheeses and Italian dressing mix.
  3. Take chicken out of marinade and coat with mixture.
  4. Place on a foil lined pan and bake at 375 for 25-30 mins or until done.

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EASY Italian Green Beans http://comfyinthekitchen.com/2015/04/easy-italian-green-beans/ http://comfyinthekitchen.com/2015/04/easy-italian-green-beans/#comments Mon, 13 Apr 2015 12:08:12 +0000 http://comfyinthekitchen.com/?p=8192 Enter your email address to download my FREE Thanksgiving e-book, Comfy in the Kitchen on Thanksgiving.

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green beans
Green beans are one of the only veggies my entire family will eat. Unfortunately, I don’t always have the time to fry up bacon and slice onions for my traditional recipe. This recipe is so quick and honestly more delicious than you can imagine. It’s become a weekly event in my home!
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EASY Italian Green Beans
 
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Ingredients
  • 1 bag (1 lb) of frozen green beans (any cut)
  • ¼ cup butter
  • 1 packet of Good Seasons Italian Dressing mix (dry)
Instructions
  1. Lightly prepare a small casserole dish
  2. Add green beans
  3. Dot with butter
  4. Sprinkle on dry Italian Dressing mix
  5. Cover and bake at 350 for 40 mins

 

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Easy and Cheesy Scalloped Potatoes http://comfyinthekitchen.com/2015/04/easy-and-cheesy-scalloped-potatoes/ http://comfyinthekitchen.com/2015/04/easy-and-cheesy-scalloped-potatoes/#comments Sun, 12 Apr 2015 13:02:28 +0000 http://comfyinthekitchen.com/?p=8187 Enter your email address to download my FREE Thanksgiving e-book, Comfy in the Kitchen on Thanksgiving.

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There is something about the comfort ham and scalloped potatoes bring to a family table. You and your family are going to love this recipe- it’s a staple in my home. This is actually one of my daughter’s favorite side dishes.

Although you need to spend a few more minutes peeling potatoes, use a food processor or slicer to speed up the process in slicing your potatoes. By having each slice of potato even also helps with even baking. Enjoy!

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Easy and Cheesy Scalloped Potatoes
 
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  • 4 lbs of potatoes peeled and thinly sliced
  • 6 Tbsp butter
  • 6 Tbsp flour
  • 3 cups milk
  • 3 cups freshly shredded cheddar cheese (use 2 cups for sauce and set aside 1 cup for the topping)
  • Salt and pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. In a medium sauce pan, melt butter and whisk in flour to make a roux
  2. Add milk, continue stirring with a whisk.
  3. Sauce will become thicker and smooth.
  4. Reduce heat and stir in cheese.
  5. Season with salt and pepper.
  6. Place a half of the sliced potatoes in a prepared 9x13 pan.
  7. Pour half of cheese sauce over potatoes.
  8. Repeat with second layer of potatoes and cheese sauce.
  9. Sprinkle the remaining cheese on top.
  10. Sprinkle with more salt and pepper
  11. Bake uncovered for about 1 hour at 350°F.

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Easy Easter Lamb Cake and an Easter Playlist {Guest Post} http://comfyinthekitchen.com/2015/04/easy-easter-lamb-cake-and-an-easter-playlist-guest-post/ http://comfyinthekitchen.com/2015/04/easy-easter-lamb-cake-and-an-easter-playlist-guest-post/#comments Wed, 01 Apr 2015 14:03:02 +0000 http://comfyinthekitchen.com/?p=8183 Enter your email address to download my FREE Thanksgiving e-book, Comfy in the Kitchen on Thanksgiving.

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Easter Lamb Cake

Hi Ladies, I have a special guest today! Please welcome my friend Angie…

Angie says:

In my family, a good deal of meaningful conversation happens around our
kitchen table. So when holidays like Easter come around, I am always looking
for creative ways to incorporate teaching moments into our meal time.

One of our favorite family traditions is to make a lamb cake for Easter. No
special pan is needed, just an 8″ or 9″ round pan. You can find the Easter Lamb Cake Recipe at celebratingholidays.com, along with several other Easter Recipes.

Easter Lamb Cake

The imagery of the “lamb” has a special connection to Easter, so I like to
encourage conversation about it. The Bible records that for hundreds of
years, lambs were used as sacrifices for the sins of the Jewish people.
Around 700 years before Jesus was born, Isaiah wrote that the Savior would
be “led like a lamb to the slaughter” (Isaiah 53:7). When John the Baptist,
a contemporary of Jesus, saw Him coming toward him, he said, “Look, the Lamb
of God, who takes away the sin of the world!” (John 1:29). These words make
sense to us as we read them retrospectively, but consider how odd they would
have sounded to the hearers of both Isaiah and John. Yet, they both
prophetically recognized Christ as a sacrificial lamb – the One who would
give himself as the perfect and final sacrifice for our sin!

The good news is that though the “Lamb” was slain, he did not stay dead! He
rose again, and sits at the right hand of his Father in heaven — where the
angels declare, “Worthy is the Lamb, who was slain, to receive power and
wealth and wisdom and strength and honor and glory and praise!” (Revelation
5:12).

“Lamb” is the title used to describe Jesus more than any other word in the
book of Revelation. The Bible tells us that all who believe in the Lamb will
one day rise with new bodies (1 Corinthians 15:51-58) to live on a new earth
where “there will be no more death or morning or crying or pain!”
(Revelation 21:4). Amen!

Another one of our special family traditions is to sing Easter songs and
hymns around the dinner table. I have compiled an Easter Song Playlist on You Tube with lyric videos for singing along. Before Easter, we focus on songs about the cross, and after
Easter, we sing songs about the resurrected Jesus. Of course, you don’t have
to sing, you can just enjoy these songs as background music. Either way, I
hope they are a blessing to your family.

Easter Playlist

May your Easter celebration be a special one!

Angie Mosteller

Celebrating
Holidays

 A huge “thank you” to Angie for this adorable recipe and amazing playlist! 

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A Fun and Delicious Easter Brunch! http://comfyinthekitchen.com/2015/03/a-fun-and-delicious-easter-brunch/ http://comfyinthekitchen.com/2015/03/a-fun-and-delicious-easter-brunch/#comments Fri, 27 Mar 2015 19:52:18 +0000 http://comfyinthekitchen.com/?p=8175 Enter your email address to download my FREE Thanksgiving e-book, Comfy in the Kitchen on Thanksgiving.

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Hi Ladies! I just wanted to show you the amazing party my friend Jessica planned for our daughters’ 3rd grade class. I was so impressed that I had to take pictures…she did such a great job! Check out that spread.

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There was breakfast casserole, cheesy potatoes(they had bacon in them, mmmmm), sausage in the crockpot, bacon….

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Sliced donuts, blueberry muffins, strawberries, yogurt, bananas and oranges.

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How adorable is this bunny sign?

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And these cute little cups with straws…

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It was such a fun Easter party! (I know you’re wondering what I made- the strawberries, hahaha!)

“And go quickly, and tell his disciples that he is risen from the dead; and, behold, he goeth before you into Galilee; there shall ye see him: lo, I have told you.” ~Matthew 28:7

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Someone Needs to Hear YOUR Story. http://comfyinthekitchen.com/2015/03/someone-needs-to-hear-your-story/ http://comfyinthekitchen.com/2015/03/someone-needs-to-hear-your-story/#respond Wed, 18 Mar 2015 16:41:01 +0000 http://comfyinthekitchen.com/?p=8172 Enter your email address to download my FREE Thanksgiving e-book, Comfy in the Kitchen on Thanksgiving.

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“I’ll never tell anyone that.”

“I’m so embarrassed. If anyone ever found out, I’d die.”

“I’m such a screw up. God can never use me.”

“No one will take me seriously because of [insert reason here].”

“They’ll think I’m a hypocrite if I talk about [insert flawed past here]. I’ve made such a mess of my life, how will anyone listen to what I have to share?”

We all have so many reasons why we shouldn’t be handing out life advice. I know I do! I have lots of reasons why I think I should keep my mouth shut.

I am a miserable failure at so much. Yes, sometimes I get it right, but so often…more of the time…I get it wrong. And I feel like, “what do I possibly have to share with others? How can I possibly speak to what God wants for us when I have made so many mistakes myself?”

Do you ever feel that way?

If so, please keep reading the encouraging words my dear friend Mandy from Suburban Stereotype has to say at Overcomer Outreach….

 

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