Comfy in the Kitchen http://comfyinthekitchen.com Step by step, you'll get there yet! Tue, 24 Feb 2015 14:38:21 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.1.1 Chicken Bake {Using Wildtree Products} http://comfyinthekitchen.com/2015/02/chicken-bake-using-wildtree-products/ http://comfyinthekitchen.com/2015/02/chicken-bake-using-wildtree-products/#comments Tue, 24 Feb 2015 14:38:21 +0000 http://comfyinthekitchen.com/?p=8156 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 let you know about a new product that I have tried and LOVED. It’s called WildTree. Wildtree was founded on the premise that food should be natural, nutritious, delicious and easy to prepare – all at the same time. Their products are made with the finest ingredients available and contain no preservatives, additives, MSGs or dyes. They also have TONS of gluten-free options (awesome!). I love this product because it’s not only delicious, it’s “comfy”- they offer free recipes using their products that are simple, yet healthy.

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Here is a meal I made for a dear friend who is on a gluten and dairy free diet. I simply placed chicken breasts, frozen green beans and red potatoes in a disposable pan. I then drizzled everything with WildTree’s Garlic Grapeseed Oil and sprinkled some Wildtree Italian Dressing Mix over the top. I covered it with foil and away it went!

Here is a list of all of their products- they are delicious! And say hello to sweet Melanie for me- she is precious.

Chicken Bake {Using Wildtree Products}
 
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Ingredients
  • 6 chicken breasts
  • 1 bag frozen green beans
  • 12 red potatoes (I would recommend quartering them- I didn't in the photo because they would have browned because this was a meal ministry)
  • Wildtree grapes oil
  • Wildetree Italian dressing mix
Instructions
  1. Lay in rows your chicken, green beans, and potatoes.
  2. Drizzle with oil and sprinkle liberally with Italian seasoning.
  3. Bake in a 375 oven for 45 mins to an hour.

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Fruit Salad with Pudding http://comfyinthekitchen.com/2015/02/fruit-salad-with-pudding/ http://comfyinthekitchen.com/2015/02/fruit-salad-with-pudding/#comments Fri, 20 Feb 2015 22:43:14 +0000 http://comfyinthekitchen.com/?p=8148 Enter your email address to download my FREE Thanksgiving e-book, Comfy in the Kitchen on Thanksgiving.

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I had this delicious fruit salad for the first time a few weeks ago when a friend introduced it to me! The pudding adds a delicious “kick” to the traditional method…and of course, it’s “Comfy”.

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In a large bowl add sliced strawberries, blue berries, 1 can of sliced peaches in their juices and 1 can of pineapple in their juices.

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Simply pour 1 box of instant vanilla pudding on top and stir well.

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Refrigerate for at least an hour.

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It really is delicious! Enjoy!

Fruit Salad with Pudding
 
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Ingredients
  • 2-3 cups sliced strawberries
  • 2 cups blue berries
  • 1 (15 oz) can peaches in juices
  • 1 (15 oz) can pineapple in juices
  • 1 (3 oz) box instant vanilla pudding
Instructions
  1. Add fruit and juices to a large bowl, then pour in the dry instant pudding. Mix well. Refrigerate for at least 1 hour. Enjoy!

 

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Do Generational Curses Still Exist Today? http://comfyinthekitchen.com/2015/02/do-generational-curses-still-exist-today/ http://comfyinthekitchen.com/2015/02/do-generational-curses-still-exist-today/#respond Mon, 16 Feb 2015 01:44:23 +0000 http://comfyinthekitchen.com/?p=8145 Enter your email address to download my FREE Thanksgiving e-book, Comfy in the Kitchen on Thanksgiving.

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The other day I was talking with a very kind man who was explaining  how there’s evidence of “generational curses” throughout the history of families. Not only that… the bible tells us that for four generations, predecessors will be under the influence of this “curse”. For example, if your grandparents got divorced, your parents got divorced, you got divorced, then guess what? Your precious children will still be under this curse and are bound to get divorced. It’s up to us to stop it. I knew immediately the verse he was referring to…

Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them: for I the Lord thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me. Exodus 20:5

Sweet friends, there’s a problem with this interpretation of God’s word.

Please join me over at Overcomer Outreach to read more

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Our Valentine’s Day Dinner http://comfyinthekitchen.com/2015/02/our-valentines-day-dinner/ http://comfyinthekitchen.com/2015/02/our-valentines-day-dinner/#comments Sun, 15 Feb 2015 16:36:12 +0000 http://comfyinthekitchen.com/?p=8135 Enter your email address to download my FREE Thanksgiving e-book, Comfy in the Kitchen on Thanksgiving.

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I don’t know about your neck of the woods, but here in North East Ohio- it is cooooooold. We decided to celebrate Valentine’s day at home with our dear friends who live near by- we beat the weather and had a wonderful night in with our families. Here was what was on the menu…..

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Marinated and Grilled Pork Tenderloin (Yes, I grilled – thankfully, the grill moved very close to the back door!)
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Homemade Cheesy Potatoes- I’ll be back with this recipe.

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Green beans….I simply poured 2 bags of green beans in a casserole dish, dotted with 3/4 stick of butter and added 2 packets of dry Italian dressing. I baked them for 45 mins in a 350 oven.

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Fruit salad {which I didn’t serve because I forgot about it, lol!} I will be back with this recipe- it was from the same friend who gave me this recipe…..

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I made these delicious cake covered ice cream balls, but I used chocolate syrup with crushed Oreos instead. Mmmm..

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My sweet little one decorated the kid table, made place cards, and pink lemonade. She has such a servant’s heart.

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and our amazing friends….such blessings in our lives.

I am so thankful for ALL of the wonderful friends God has given us….what a gift true friendship is. <3

“Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.” John 15:13

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Cake Coated Ice Cream Balls http://comfyinthekitchen.com/2015/02/cake-coated-ice-cream-balls/ http://comfyinthekitchen.com/2015/02/cake-coated-ice-cream-balls/#comments Sun, 08 Feb 2015 01:05:38 +0000 http://comfyinthekitchen.com/?p=8129 Enter your email address to download my FREE Thanksgiving e-book, Comfy in the Kitchen on Thanksgiving.

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Ohhh my, Ladies….do I have a recipe for you! Do you like cake and ice cream? I think I know the answer to that….

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Do you like nuts, chocolate and Heath bars? I know MY answer to that.

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You are going to LOVE this recipe a sweet new friend of mine made at a bible study this week. I simply HAD to share it with you!

Cake Coated Ice Cream Balls
 
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Ingredients
  • 1 Carton vanilla ice cream
  • 1 Prepared dark chocolate cake
  • 1 Jar Mrs. Richardson's hot fudge syrup
  • Nuts
  • Heath bars
  • Cherries
Instructions
  1. Prepare a dark chocolate cake as directed. When cool, break it apart in a bowl and set aside.
  2. Put on gloves and roll small balls of vanilla ice-cream, then roll them into the bowl of cake and coat well.
  3. Freeze until ready to serve.
  4. When ready to serve, place in a cupcake wrapper, drizzle with fudge syrup, sprinkle with nuts and heath bars and top with a cherry.
  5. Enjoy!

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Easy Clean-Up Advice for an Outdoor Party! http://comfyinthekitchen.com/2015/01/easy-clean-up-advice-for-an-outdoor-party/ http://comfyinthekitchen.com/2015/01/easy-clean-up-advice-for-an-outdoor-party/#comments Wed, 28 Jan 2015 17:50:10 +0000 http://comfyinthekitchen.com/?p=8112 Enter your email address to download my FREE Thanksgiving e-book, Comfy in the Kitchen on Thanksgiving.

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I know for some of us (hand raised) it is still snowing and we are awaiting for the ground hog to come out and pray he does not see his shadow. However, in some parts of the country (and in different countries right now) Winter  is over and Spring is beginning to show its face!

One of my favorite ways to spend time with friends and family is to hostess a  barbecue. There is something about it that is so inviting, relaxing and comforting. Ohhhh, I can almost hear the children playing and smell the aroma of freshly grilled meats and veggies right now.

However, once the party is over, there is clean-up to be done. Here are a handful of great tips that will make it easier on you to clean up after a barbecue.

Use A Pressure Washer

Pressure washers are the best household cleaning equipment that you can have in this situation. An all day party on the deck or patio can be a breeding ground to all sorts of mishaps and spills.

Having a good quality pressure washer to blast away any lingering stains turns an potentially arduous task into a rather fun one! If you don’t feel the desire to buy your own pressure washer, there a plenty of rental companies that offer great service and great rental prices.

Use Disposable Plates and Cutlery

Let’s be honest, nobody wants to clean dishes! This problem can be easily solved by bulk buying paper plates, plastic cutlery and cups for your guests to use. This option means that you’ll not have a tower of dishes waiting for you at the end of the day and that there’s no risk of your dishes breaking outdoors (and little feet being cut! ouch!)

Provide Plenty of Trash Bags

In an outdoor situation some people find the temptation to throw their trash on the floor too irresistible, leading to a much bigger and unwanted clean up situation for the host. By placing conveniently-placed trash bags (putting them in trash cans is even better) at certain locations on your deck or patio, you will encourage your guests to be more respectful and to dispose of their used plates, cups and bottles in a much tidier manner.

Filling up these trash bags means that you are cleaning as the party is still going, which leaves you with less of a job when the barbecue is over, and means that you can kick back, relax and clean the grill for the next party.

Soooo….tell me, what is the temperature like where you live? Ohhhh, I cannot wait for warm days and Barbecues! For those who are in warmer climates- I hope this post helps you!

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Snow Cream http://comfyinthekitchen.com/2015/01/snow-cream/ http://comfyinthekitchen.com/2015/01/snow-cream/#respond Wed, 28 Jan 2015 14:20:03 +0000 http://comfyinthekitchen.com/?p=8115 Enter your email address to download my FREE Thanksgiving e-book, Comfy in the Kitchen on Thanksgiving.

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I don’t know what the weather is like where you are, but here in the Midwest- it is snooooooowy!

And I love it. So do the kids.

We got a call from the school early Monday morning that school was canceled. I got the sweetest e-mail from my daughter’s teacher (love her) about to make “Snow Cream”. You know I couldn’t let that go in one ear and out the other! So, we had a day together, making this yummy recipe, sled riding, and drinking hot cocoa. What a blessing.

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Pile up a bowl full of {clean} snow! This was off of our deck.

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Stainless steel mixing bowls keep the snow cold.

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Add a cup of milk.

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A tsp of vanilla, 1/2 cup of sugar, and about 5 drops of food coloring {your choice of color}.

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Mix well with a spoon. You may need to add more milk to make it creamier. Taste it and see if it is sweet enough, if not- add a little more sugar to your liking.

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It tastes and looks like cotton candy!

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Snow Cream
 
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Ingredients
  • Bowlful of clean snow
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 5 drops of food coloring
Instructions
  1. Mix all ingredients well. Add more milk if needed, add more sugar if you'd like it to be sweeter

 

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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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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

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  • ½ lb. bacon
  • 2 Tbsp. mustard
  • ½ c. brown sugar
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  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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