Comfy in the Kitchen Step by step, you'll get there yet! Wed, 22 Oct 2014 00:00:49 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Product Review of T. Marzetti Apple Crisp Tue, 21 Oct 2014 23:41:45 +0000 Enter your email address to download my FREE Thanksgiving e-book, Comfy in the Kitchen on Thanksgiving.

apple crispJust wanted to give a little shout out to T.Marzetti because I love their “Apple Crisp Easy to Bake Mix”! I’m not getting paid a single cent to say it ;) I simply enjoy giving credit where credit is earned and this really is great “go to” item to have stocked in your pantry for when guests come over unexpectedly. It is unexpectedly delish! 

Photo Credit: Marzetti’s Kitchen

Serve warm out of the oven, topped with caramel, a la mode. Autumn in a dish…. 

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The Duggar’s Tator Tot Bake Fri, 17 Oct 2014 15:53:20 +0000 Enter your email address to download my FREE Thanksgiving e-book, Comfy in the Kitchen on Thanksgiving.


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My dear friend Courtney from Women Living Well recommend I try the Duggar’s Hasbrown Casserole- she said it was a hit in her home! So, I did just that….and sure enough, my family loved it. I changed a couple things based on our personal taste…but you may want to look at Courtney’s recipe to see the original! Enjoy!

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Brown your choice of meat. I used a ground beef- you might choose ground turkey or chicken.

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Whisk together cream of chicken soup and evaporated milk.

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In a 9×13 pan spread ground beef and top with Tator Tots (or hasbrowns).

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Pour soup mixture over top.

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Sprinkle with cheddar cheese.

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Bake in a 350 oven for about an hour. Enjoy!

The Duggar's Tator Tot Bake
Serves: 12
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  • 1lb ground beef, cooked and drained
  • 2lb bag of tator tots (frozen)
  • 2 cans Cream of Chicken soup
  • 1 12oz can of evaporated milk
  • 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
  1. Pre-heat oven to 350
  2. Place cooked and drained ground beef at the bottom of a 9x13
  3. top with frozen tator tots
  4. In a bowl whisk together soup and evaporated milk, pour over top
  5. Top with cheese
  6. Cover and bake for about an hour or until bubbly

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]]> 4 Fall Rice Krispies {Across the Web) Sat, 11 Oct 2014 22:24:01 +0000 Enter your email address to download my FREE Thanksgiving e-book, Comfy in the Kitchen on Thanksgiving.

Adorable pumpkins from Home Stories A to Z

One of my children’s {and yes, mine too} favorite “treats” are Rice Krispie treats. I’ve shared with you my favorite recipe {they are huge, buttery, and ohhh so gooey}, I’ve shared the peanut butter kind {gluten and dairy-free}, I’ve shared with you rainbow style, and the ever so amazing Scotcharoos.

Today, I thought I would see what was happening in blog world. Since it’s fall, let’s take a look at all the festivities! Adorable sightings were found….

Adorable Candy Corns from Rice Krispies

Turkey Rice Krispie Treats decorated for Thanksgiving! Easy dessert that kids can help make!

Turkey Treats from Shugary Sweets!

Pumpkin Spice Treats from “The Comfort of Cooking”

Candy Corn Crispy Treats
White Chocolate Candy Corn Treats from Yellow Bliss Road.

We have some very “Comfy” bakers all over the web…what great ideas! Thanks, fellow bloggers!

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Getting Rid of the Nail on Our Foreheads… Tue, 07 Oct 2014 13:05:05 +0000 Enter your email address to download my FREE Thanksgiving e-book, Comfy in the Kitchen on Thanksgiving.

A scared and shocked woman covering her mouth in surprise. Isolated on white.

People who don’t know me would never know it. Nope, wouldn’t know it. I’m very easy going and free spirited, actually. 

In fact, most people who struggle with anxiety hide it pretty well…they tend to be the ones who are very “put together”. They’re the happy, helping, volunteering, cooking, cleaning, working, mending, smiling, taxi-ing, calling, texting to check in, dressed perfectly types. Their outer appearance typically lacks balance with their internal struggle.

For some odd reason, us anxiety- prone people also tend to be “taker on-ers”…don’t ask me why, we just are. It could be pride, people pleasing, guilt, whatever the case our plates can get pretty heavy. The very thing that makes us anxious {having too much on our plate} is the very thing we do to ourselves {sign up for everything under the sun}.

Please come visit me over at Overcomer Outreach where I share a little more of my story, a funny video, and some helpful ways to realize what could be stumbling blocks in our lives…

To get updates on Overcomer Outreach please visit us on: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest!

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Chicken Cordon Bleu Casserole Fri, 03 Oct 2014 16:43:59 +0000 Enter your email address to download my FREE Thanksgiving e-book, Comfy in the Kitchen on Thanksgiving.


Ohhh my yum! If you are looking for some good ole fashioned comfort food…Ladies, this is where it’s at! I am typically not a casserole lover, but my mind has changed after this one!

I love CCB, it’s been a favorite of mine since I was a child. This tastes just like it….but…it’s Comfy.


Place prepared rice at the bottom, layer with swiss cheese, pour on the creamy chicken sauce, then the chicken and ham.

For your crust combine panko with butter and bake!

Even my children loved this one….enjoy!

Chicken Cordon Bleu Casserole
Serves: 15
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  • ¼ cup butter
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • ⅓ cup flour
  • 1 (32 oz) chicken broth
  • 1 cup milk
  • 2-3 cups shredded chicken from a pre-roasted chicken. You can used cubed as well.
  • 2 cups diced ham- you can dice you own from a ham steak or purchase it diced.
  • 2 cups of prepared rice
  • 3 cups of freshly shredded swiss cheese
  • salt/pepper
  • 1 cup Panko
  • 2 Tbsp butter
  1. Pre-heat oven to 350
  2. Spray a 13x9 baking dish
  3. In a pan, melt butter then add flour to make a paste
  4. Stir in broth and milk- let simmer
  5. Spread prepared rice in your 13x9 pan
  6. Spread swiss cheese over rice
  7. Pour thickened creamy chicken sauce over the cheese
  8. Sprinkle chicken and ham on top
  9. Season with salt and pepper as desired
  10. Microwave 2 Tbsp butter, add Panko and stir- Sprinkle on top
  11. Cover and bake 30 mins
  12. Uncover and bake an additional 15 mins
  13. Delish!

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]]> 0 What’s Your Story? Women’s Conference Mon, 29 Sep 2014 21:28:45 +0000 Enter your email address to download my FREE Thanksgiving e-book, Comfy in the Kitchen on Thanksgiving.

Hi Ladies, 

My sweet friend Mandy from Suburban Stereotype wanted to share a special announcement with Comfy readers…I hope you can make it to this blessed event!

Mandy Says:

What’s Your Story? Women’s Conference

Every step you take in life, every experience – good or bad – it all tells your story. More importantly…it tells the story of Jesus and His redeeming grace. Everyone has a story. What’s your story?

Through struggles and failures, successes and triumphs, every bit of your life makes up who you are. And every bit of who you are tells the story of how God is working in your life.

Everyone’s story is different. Whether yours is quiet and uneventful or tumultuous and bumpy, God is in every part of it. Every struggle you’ve had was an opportunity for God to show His strength.

All of us have the opportunity to minister to others by sharing our stories. Ministry doesn’t always include a pulpit and seminary. Sometimes, meeting someone’s need and offering encouragement is as simple as sharing our story. It’s simple, but it isn’t always easy.

 On October 10th & 11th in Belle Vernon, PA (just South of Pittsburgh) women will gather to listen to 7 amazing women share their stories. We will listen, worship, pray, and enjoy one another’s company.

Natalie Snapp (Author of Heart Sisters, due out February 2015, and owner of is the keynote speaker. She will be sharing how to find glory in your own story and discussing some of the reasons we choose not to share.

 Mia Koehne (of Mia Koehne Music) is a recording artist and speaker who has opened for Casting Crowns and toured with Francesca Battistelli, Lindsay McCaul, and MIKESCHAIR. Mia’s story is touching and presents God’s glory in such a way that it’s evident how God can work all things together for good. 

5 other women will also share their stories. Some struggle with addiction, depression and thoughts of suicide, while others have lived a relatively quiet life with few hurdles. All have a heart for Jesus and have seen God work through them and their stories.

Registration for this conference includes entrance to both days, light refreshments on Friday and Saturday and a boxed lunch on Saturday.

 Come as you are. All women are welcome. You will not be asked to speak or to share your story. We look forward to spending time with you!


Registration information is HERE.

Find us on Facebook HERE.

Email HERE for more information.


Visit her at Suburban Stereotype

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Introducing My New Blog: “Overcomer Outreach” and a Giveaway! Wed, 24 Sep 2014 00:04:56 +0000 Enter your email address to download my FREE Thanksgiving e-book, Comfy in the Kitchen on Thanksgiving.


Welcome “Comfy” Friends to my latest blog, Overcomer Outreach. So many times I have mentioned that it isn’t so much about the recipes…or the meals…it’s about the heart behind serving others on Comfy in the Kitchen. I hope you will join me and my dear friends over at Overcomer Outreach where we seek to be an encouragement to others who are in the depths of despair.  

I will still be blogging here on Comfy…don’t worry ;) 

Writing Team

Meet our amazing authors-
These beautiful women are so brave, sincere, and full of grace and compassion. 

A special thank you to Mary Davis from Everyday Spirit for her beautiful and encouraging images. 

 About Overcomer Outreach:

Here you will find a group of authors with compassionate hearts seeking to encourage you through the strength of God. This amazing group of women is comprised of Licensed Professional Counselors, Marriage and Family Therapists, Christian Life Coaches, Business Owners, Published Authors, Professional Speakers, Professional Bloggers, Bible Study Leaders, Pastor’s Wives, Moms, and Wives…

 Many of us have been through some of the trials you may be bearing, which is why 2 Corinthians 1:4 is a verse we continue to cling to when we think of why we’re here. Don’t, for one second think, “this is a group of perfect Christians”, because there is no such thing. We are Christians because we believe in the Gospel of Jesus Christ , humbled and fully knowing we need a Savior.

Again, many of us have been right there in your shoes…believe it or not.

Yes, your shoes…

We pray to speak to the woman who has had an abortion, affairs, drug addiction (you fill in the blank) and our prayer is to use God’s word and truth to give her freedom. We pray for her to finally be released from bondage, from the lies she tells herself, and from the condemnation of the enemy that she is not worthy to go forward in her walk with the Lord and in her ministry.

We pray to speak to the oppressed, ill, victimized, tormented, abused, and bullied…we want to share God’s truth and love with you… and encourage you. We want to walk beside you to let you know…

You will get through this…


 A message from Janelle

Founder of Overcomer Outreach and Comfy in the KitchenJanelle is a Christian, a wife and mother of 3 children. She is currently in her second year at Malone University obtaining a M.A. in Clinical Counseling. She has a deep love for Christ, meal ministry, and for helping the hurting. 


Lord I pray that I will never become too proud to forget the pain I’ve felt. Use me as a means to help others and to point them to you…I fully believe that without your strength, I would be spent. Yet, you’ve given me a platform and a voice of compassion… and for that, I will forever praise your name.

During the most difficult time of my life, my presence met early mornings in my white rocking chair on the porch. Sipping coffee with my blanket on my lap, not meant for warmth but comfort…I would lay down my troubles, needs, and praises down on a sheet of paper. I would pray with a sincerity only deeply burdened souls understand, then read, then pray again. It was the only moment in my day, at the time, when I didn’t feel weight on my chest, when my heart wouldn’t race, when my hands didn’t tremble, when irrational thoughts wouldn’t cloud my judgement and when my thoughts were focused on just God.

Often times I would remind myself of the verse, “Do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.” {Matthew 6:23}  I would pray that God could give me this seemingly supernatural power. I feared the next hour just as much as tomorrow just as much as next year. So, I started taking life in very small increments. Just enough, for a person going through trauma would be able to swallow….

“People feel this way”, I would think to myself.

“I never knew people felt this kind of pain.”

God might not have taken me to that awful place, but because I was there…I’m making a promise to use that experience to help others. Some have been there and can’t seem to find a healthy new way of life, while others are currently there …in that desolate place that my flesh would rather not recall. The thorn in my side. Do you have one? 

I’m going to change my mind from feeling broken, tormented and victimized to feeling blessed to know those feelings.

I’m going to be an Overcomer.

Not only that, I’m going to live my life encouraging others be the same.

What the enemy wanted to destroy, I will allow God to use for his good. 

“For whatever is born of God overcomes the world; and this is the victory that has overcome the world– our faith.” ~1 John 5:4


Founder of Overcomer Outreach and
Comfy in the Kitchen


You can find Overcomer Outreach on the following social media channels: FacebookTwitterInstagram, and Pinterest

Because we believe there is healing in the words “me too”, our authors have joyfully set up Facebook forums for individual struggles, these groups are *closed, meaning people can see that you are a part of the group, however they cannot see the conversations unless they are in the group. We welcome you with open arms to the following groups.

Janelle Nehrenz will be involved in all groups, she has gratefully accepted the help of her authors to lead specific areas of compassion meaningful to them. Although she has not gone through each trial, she is empathetic to all of them. 

Overcomer Outreach on…
Adoption, Foster Care & Orphan Care Leader: Erica Elm

Infertility Leader: Shon Murray
Marriage Leader: Sonya Schroeder
Finding Joy Leader: Emanda Rosen
Fear Leader: Mandy Pagano
Homeschooling Leader: Mrs Jeanette Wood
Cancer Leader: Debby Derby
Positive Thinking and Encouragement Leader: Sarah Beals
Freedom from Bondage: Walking in Grace and Truth Leader: Gina Smith

Because of the sensitive nature of this topic, we have one *secret* group on Abortion. This means that no one can see that you are a part of this group on your FB account. To be a part of this forum, you must friend Kelly K Writes and she must add you. Overcomer Outreach is pro-life, however our prayer is to help release those having gone through with abortion from condemnation, so that they can be free again through Christ. 

How you can participate in an amazing giveaway and spread the word about Overcomer Outreach:

New York Times Best Selling Author, Darlene Schacht from Time Warp Wife  has given us 3 of her latest books “Messy Beautiful Love

To Enter to win:

1. Follow Overcomer Outreach on one or all of our social media channels: FacebookTwitterInstagram, and Pinterest - We would love to say in touch!

2. Tweet or FB: (copy and paste just one)

  • Win a FREE copy of Messy Beautiful Love at the new blog Overcomer Outreach
  • Stop remembering what God has forgotten. A new blog to encourage you #Overcomeroutreach

  • Are you feeling left out amongst the Christian community? This should not be. There is hope and truth. Join us at #overcomeroutreach

3. Comment on Overcomer Outreach

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Messy Beautiful Love Sun, 21 Sep 2014 23:55:21 +0000 Enter your email address to download my FREE Thanksgiving e-book, Comfy in the Kitchen on Thanksgiving.

messy beautiful love
Ahhhh….I had to do it. I had to run to the bookstore to see a special book on the shelf. There it was…she calls it Messy Beautiful- I call it Beautiful ;) .  I am just so proud of her and all that she has done to help encourage marriages.  Congratulations to my very dear and talented friend, Darlene!!!

Darlene Schacht is the original founder of Christian Women Online Magazine and The Internet Café Devotions and writes the popular blog Time-Warp Wife. She is coauthor of Candace Cameron Bure’s New York Time’s best-selling book,Reshaping It All: Motivation for Physical and Spiritual Fitness. Darlene has been married to Michael Schacht for more than 25 years. They have four children.

Courtney Joseph (Foreword)  is a long time Bible study leader and founder of and and cofounder of Courtney is a graduate of Moody Bible Institute. She is married to her high school sweetheart and homeschools her two children.


Darlene says: 

Messy Beautiful Love delivers an incredible testimony of grace that offers hope for today’s marriages and a spark for rekindling love.

Love gets messy.

Financial problems, sickness, aging parents, a chronically unhappy spouse . . . trials will inevitably come that threaten your marriage. No matter how long you’ve been married or how strong your relationship is, sooner or later you are going to have a mess to clean up.

Messy Beautiful Love is about cleaning up messes God’s way, exchanging your ideas for His, and being prepared for both the best and the worst that marriage has to offer.

When you surrender your relationship to God, then and only then will you experience the blessing of marriage as He intended. This is the blessing of obedience.

Messy Beautiful Love is an invitation to that obedience. The cynical world says marriages don’t last, but God knows better. Tune out the world and tune in to Him. When you do that, a beautiful marriage is not only possible, it’s inevitable.

You can purchase a copy today @ Amazon 

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Easy Chicken Quesadillas Sat, 20 Sep 2014 13:53:46 +0000 Enter your email address to download my FREE Thanksgiving e-book, Comfy in the Kitchen on Thanksgiving.

These easy chicken quesadillas are a hit for lunch, dinner or as an appetizer. Best yet, they please the grown-ups and the children alike. Once you realize how easy they are…I’m sure they will become a staple in your home as they have become in mine.

Marinate your chicken breasts in Italian dressing overnight.

Season with salt, pepper and garlic powder. Broil or grill until done. Don’t overcook or the chicken will be too dry.

Shred Colby-Jack cheese. You can use pre-shredded cheese, but hands down, shredding your own is so much better.

Lightly butter a pan and add a flour tortilla, place cheese and chicken on one side.

Flip one side over.

Cook until lightly browned.

For a larger quesadilla use two flour tortillas filled with chicken and cheese.


Slice with a pizza cutter and serve with your choice of dipping sauces.
You may also like to try steak, fajita veggies, shrimp, etc…a very easy recipe to alter to your taste.

Easy Chicken Quesadillas
Serves: 6-8
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  • 6 chicken breasts
  • 1 bottle of Italian dressing
  • 2 cups shredded Colby Jack cheese
  • flour tortillas
  • salt, pepper, garlic powder
  • butter for pan
  • salsa and sour cream for dipping
  1. Marinate chicken in Italian dressing overnight.
  2. Season chicken with salt, pepper and garlic powder- grill or broil until just done. Cut into chunks.
  3. Shred cheese
  4. Lightly butter a pan
  5. Lay one flour tortilla onto pan and add cheese and chicken to one side. Flip the other side over. Lightly brown on both sides.
  6. Slice with pizza cutter and serve with salsa and sour cream. Enjoy!


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]]> 0 How I Got My Highlights to Look More Natural Sat, 13 Sep 2014 13:17:21 +0000 Enter your email address to download my FREE Thanksgiving e-book, Comfy in the Kitchen on Thanksgiving.


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Hi Ladies!

I know, this is somewhat of a random post…but us girls like to talk about hair sometimes. I’m totally good with that.

Here’s my story. So, last year I kind of let my hair go…a “natural ombre”, so to speak. On my birthday, my sweet grandma offered to get my hair highlighted.

*Please note, as tempting as it was to enhance these pictures- I did not. I wanted you to see the real color! 


What happened was, because my hair was so dark at the root area, my highlights looked like stripes. Not only that, my hair still had an ombre appearance and the bottom of my hair was lighter than I would have liked.

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Because I have an olive skin tone, I look better with an “overall brunette” appearance… even though I tend to like some golden highlights throughout. So, I went to Sally’s Beauty Supply to see if they had something that could help me get the look I wanted.

I was hesitant because I’ve only colored my hair at home once and it was a MAJOR mishap. The lady recommended I use a color conditioning treatment called Roux Color Refresh Mask in Brown.

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All I did was wash my hair, then towel dried it. I put on plastic gloves and rubbed the entire packet throughout my hair, combed it and let it sit for 6 mins. It said 3 mins, but I checked my e-mail and you know how that goes….

Then, I rinsed it out and conditioned it. Here’s what it looked like! I was VERY pleased. It made my hair look like one color overall with natural highlights.

I thought I would mention that they also had colors for different kinds of blonde, brunette, and red. This would be a great option for those of you who want to add a reddish tint for the Fall, but you don’t want to spend a lot of money.



*Disclaimer, I was not asked to advertise this product, nor am I getting paid by Roux. I am however an affiliate of Amazon. 

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