Comfy in the Kitchen http://comfyinthekitchen.com Step by step, you'll get there yet! Fri, 27 Mar 2015 19:52:18 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.1.1 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/#respond 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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Easy {No Bake} Peanut Butter Pudding Pie http://comfyinthekitchen.com/2015/03/easy-no-bake-peanut-butter-pudding-pie/ http://comfyinthekitchen.com/2015/03/easy-no-bake-peanut-butter-pudding-pie/#comments Tue, 10 Mar 2015 20:44:02 +0000 http://comfyinthekitchen.com/?p=8164 Enter your email address to download my FREE Thanksgiving e-book, Comfy in the Kitchen on Thanksgiving.

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This amazing peanut butter pudding pie couldn’t get any easier to make. The ingredients are easy to store for those days you need to make a dessert in a jiffy (no pun intended).

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A pre-made graham cracker crust.

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Stir together your peanut butter and powdered sugar.

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Press down peanut butter mixture onto of your pie crust.

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Make your instant pudding and put in refrigerator for 5 mins. Then, pour on top of you pie.

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Top with Cool Whip or Whipped Cream and chopped peanuts.

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Seriously so good. Everyone in my home asked for seconds!

 
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Ingredients
  • 1 (9 inch) Graham Cracker Pie Crust
  • ¾ Cup Peanut Butter
  • ¾ Cup Powdered Sugar
  • 1 (3.4 oz) Instant Vanilla Pudding mix
  • 2 Cups Milk
  • 1 Container Cool Whip or 1-2 cups homemade whipped cream.
Instructions
  1. Make your pudding ahead of time by whisking milk and pudding mix. Place in refrigerator.
  2. Mix together peanut butter and powdered sugar and press it at the bottom of the pie crust.
  3. Pour vanilla pudding over top of peanut butter.
  4. Top with Cool Whip/Whipped Cream.

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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!

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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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  • 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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  • 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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