Comfy in the Kitchen http://comfyinthekitchen.com Step by step, you'll get there yet! Sat, 13 Sep 2014 13:23:50 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9.2 How I Got My Highlights to Look More Natural http://comfyinthekitchen.com/2014/09/how-i-got-my-highlights-to-look-more-natural/ http://comfyinthekitchen.com/2014/09/how-i-got-my-highlights-to-look-more-natural/#comments Sat, 13 Sep 2014 13:17:21 +0000 http://comfyinthekitchen.com/?p=7864 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! 

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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.

Enjoy! 

 

*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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After I had our third munchkin, my sweet neighbor Faith brought this delicious meal over and boy, was it such a blessing for a tired, nursing mother.

I enjoyed it so much, I had to have the recipe and share it with you. It’s a great “make, take and bake” meals for meal ministry as well an a delicious comfort meal for your own family. Enjoy! 

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Make stuffing however you wish. You may choose to use Stovetop or a semi-homemade stuffing such as Pepperidge Farms (follow package directions). Butter a 9×13 and place prepared stuffing at the bottom. 

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Boil chicken breasts until just done (no pink, but still juicy). Slice fat off and cut into chunks, season with salt and pepper. Place on top of stuffing. 

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Combine cream of chicken soup, sour cream and 2 cups of water in a bowl and pour over chicken. Bake in a 325 oven for 40 mins until bubbly. 

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Mmmmm…..delicious. A family favorite that pleases even the little ones! 

Easy Chicken and Stuffing Bake
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Serves: 6-8
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Ingredients
  • 6 chicken breasts
  • 14 oz Pepperidge Farms Stuffing (prepared) or 2 boxes of Stove Top (prepared)
  • 2 small cans of cream of chicken soup
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 2 cups water
  • salt and pepper
Instructions
  1. Pre-heat oven to 325.
  2. Boil chicken until just done, slice off fat, cut into chunks, season with salt and pepper.
  3. Prepare stuffing according to package directions. Place at the bottom of buttered 9x13.
  4. Place chicken on top of stuffing.
  5. In a separate bowl, combine cream of chicken soup, sour cream, and water. This will make a gravy. Pour overtop.
  6. Bake uncovered for 40 mins until the edges start to bubble.
  7. Enjoy!!! Mmm....

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Image 8My dear mother-in-law recently e-mailed me this delish recipe. Ohhhhh, my- WOW. These brownies are so moist and the browned butter in the icing gives it a “Bananas Foster” taste. You simply must make this recipe…it’s a keeper.

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Image 5Add your flour, baking soda and salt. Mix well. Bake in a greased 9×13 pan in a 375 oven for 25 mins or until lightly browned.

Image 6While brownies are baking, make your icing by browning your butter in a pan like so…make sure you use medium heat and let it simmer until it’s lightly browned.

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Banana Brownies with Browned Butter Icing
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Ingredients
  • 1½ cup sugar
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • ½ cup butter, softened
  • 2 eggs
  • 4 mashed bananas
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • ¾ tsp salt
  • Browned Butter Icing
  • ½ cup butter
  • 4 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 3 Tbsp milk
Instructions
  1. Heat oven to 375
  2. Butter 9x13 pan
  3. Beat together sugar, sour cream, butter and eggs
  4. Mash bananas and add them into mixture with vanilla
  5. Add flour, baking soda and salt. Mix well
  6. Spread in prepared pan and bake for 25 mins or until lightly browned and done in the center
  7. To make the icing:
  8. Simmer butter in a sauce pan on medium heat until lightly browned
  9. Add butter to powdered sugar, vanilla and milk
  10. Mix well
  11. Pour over warm brownies
  12. Serve warm

 

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Image 2Ohhhh my, yum.

This is one of those dishes that you make “for the kids” and you end up eating yourself. The crust is a simple pita, so it literally takes no time at all for this delicious, toasty, peanutbuttery and melty concoction! Mmmm….it’s a recipe I make over and over again….for “the kids”

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Spread creamy peanut butter over a pita. Sprinkle with marshmallows.

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Set under a low broil in the oven until the marshmallows are lightly browned and the peanut butter is melted. Approximately 3-4 mins.

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Slice a fresh banana and place on top, drizzle with squeezable fruit spread.

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It goes quickly….

Peanut Butter, Jelly, Banana & Toasted Marshmallow Pizza
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  • Pita bread
  • Peanut butter
  • Marshmallows
  • Bananas
  • Squeezable fruit spread
Instructions
  1. Set broiler to low heat
  2. Spread peanut butter on pita bread and sprinkle with marshmallows
  3. Broil for approximately 3-4 mins until marshmallow have melted and are lightly browned
  4. Slice fresh bananas and place on top
  5. Drizzle with fruit spread
  6. Serve immediately

 

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Ladies, I hope you will join us at the Logos Bible Software Training event! I will be there! We had such a blessed time with these amazing folks in Texas. You won’t want to miss it…

On September 3, Logos is hosting a free webinar to teach you how to more effectively study Scripture. You’ll be introduced to the tools used and loved by Kay Arthur, Lysa TerKeurst, June Hunt, and thousands of other women. You’ll leave feeling better equipped to study God’s Word.

“I’m stunned by its genius, thrilled that it’s easy to use. I don’t want anyone to neglect studying the Bible inductively—discovering truth for themselves—slowing down, meditating on the Word, falling more and more in love with God.” —Kay Arthur

“I have found in Logos Bible Software a gem that will help me to increase the efficacy of my Bible study and my preparation as a speaker and a writer.” —Gwen Smith

“It’s visual. It’s pictures, it’s maps. It’s like the Bible coming alive in front of you on your screen . . . I like books, but when you realize that this is all right here at your fingertips, it’s incredible.” —Liz Curtis Higgs

You don’t want to miss this! See how Logos can revolutionize your study—sign up today at http://logos.com/learnlogos.

Then be sure to invite your friends!

Facebook event or http://logos.com/learnlogos.

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Best Pulled Pork Ever {in the crockpot} http://comfyinthekitchen.com/2014/08/best-pulled-pork-ever-in-the-crockpot/ http://comfyinthekitchen.com/2014/08/best-pulled-pork-ever-in-the-crockpot/#comments Mon, 18 Aug 2014 03:02:24 +0000 http://comfyinthekitchen.com/?p=7819 Enter your email address to download my FREE Thanksgiving e-book, Comfy in the Kitchen on Thanksgiving.

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photo 2I wish I could explain why I love pulled pork so much. It’s not the most “girlie” dish on the menu, but it sure is one of the most delicious. Adding that this recipe is made in the crockpot, pushes over the edge to my personal award of  “the best ever”.

Delicious and “comfy”  …gotta love it.

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You can serve this alone with sides of your choice {such as corn on the cobb,coleslaw, andcheesy potatoes}. Or, you can make it into a sandwich with fixins!

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Mmmm…..

 

 

Best Pulled Pork Ever {in the crockpot}
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  • 5 lb Pork Butt Roast with bone
  • ½ cup apple cider vinegar
  • ½ cup water
  • Seasoned Salt
  • Garlic
  • Sweet Baby Ray's BBQ Sauce
Instructions
  1. Place your roast in a crock pot and cover with vinegar and water
  2. Sprinkle seasoned salt and garlic over top of roast
  3. Add ½ cup BBQ sauce to the top of roast
  4. Turn crock pot on low for 10 hours
  5. Flake meat off the bone (this will be easy- it will fall off), place in a large bowl and add ½ cup more of BBQ sauce and mix well
  6. Serve alone or as a sandwich

 

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Hi Ladies,

A few days ago we were all informed of the solemn news that Robin Williams took his own life.

This really hit home for me for my life has personally been touched by suicide. There really are no words to explain the pain, sorrow and grief a person feels when a loved one dies this way.

As some of you know, I’m currently in my second year of getting a Master’s degree in Clinical Counseling and this is a huge reason why. My heart is very heavy for people suffering with anxiety and depression.

Today,  I’d like to welcome a very dear friend of mine, Melissa Yoak from Dayspring Counseling. Melissa shares the same compassion for mental illness that I do. I cannot imagine how many lives she has helped save through the application of professional counseling techniques.  She’s a hero. 

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Melissa says: 

Precious Robin Williams and the other one million people who killed themselves worldwide this year, I grieve for you.

I grieve that you felt so hopeless that in your mind there was no other choice but death.

I grieve for the families you leave behind.  They must have so many unanswered questions.

I grieve that your depression and/or anxiety won the fight.

These past few days, we all have been bombarded with Facebook posts, blogs, quotes, and debates—all related to whether or not suicide is selfish or whether or not depression is a disease or a choice.

In my mind I ask…who cares? Does it really matter?  Someone who feels so hopeless and helpless that they will purposely terminate their own life makes my heart break.

Someone who feels so hopeless and helpless that they will purposely terminate their own life burdens me beyond measure.  It drives my desire to help hurting people even more – cry with them, pray with them, assure them they are going to get to the other side of the pain.Unfortunately, there is still a great societal stigma on mental illness, counseling, and therapy.  As a therapist, I see it. 
 
All. The. Time. 

Please click here for the rest of this post and to see what you can do to help yourself or someone else who is suffering from mental illness….

Melissa Yoak holds a Master of Arts Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from theUniversity of Akron and a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology from Malone University. She is a member of the American Association of Christian Counselors (AACC). She is married to a minister of a local church and the mother of three children.
Thank you dear friend…


 

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My Weekend @ The Women in Ministry Summit http://comfyinthekitchen.com/2014/08/my-weekend-the-women-in-ministry-summit/ http://comfyinthekitchen.com/2014/08/my-weekend-the-women-in-ministry-summit/#comments Fri, 08 Aug 2014 21:59:11 +0000 http://comfyinthekitchen.com/?p=7789 Enter your email address to download my FREE Thanksgiving e-book, Comfy in the Kitchen on Thanksgiving.

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(Courtney, me and Darlene- Thank you to Stitch Fix for the beautiful shirt!)

Hi Ladies! I wanted to share with you what I’ve been up to this weekend. A few months ago, I got an e-mail invite to attend this year’s Women in Ministry Summit sponsored by Logos Bible Software. So, I RSVP’d with an “are you sure you have the right person?”

Humbly, I would like to share with you about this amazing weekend….

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Kay Arthur opened our session with joy, enthusiasm, humor, concern and personality. She was honestly one of the most personable people I’ve ever met in my life. Although I knew I would leave gaining much from her, I would have never guessed how much I sincerely enjoyed being around her. She is absolutely stunning from the inside out…more than possibly her readers know. I felt so comforted, accepted, and encouraged by her.

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Not only did Logos Bible Software give us a free download, they also took precious time teaching us how to learn it, and provided this special weekend for us. They gave us a delicious welcome bag filled with goodies when we arrived the first night.

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Heidi St.John and Sally Clarkson were also at our table. Amazing and absolutely beautiful women who have hearts for the Lord. It was such a blessing spending time with them.

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My “roomies” with Kay! Courtney from Women Living Well and Darlene from Time Warp Wife. Ahhhh….love these women.

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Heidi and I getting “photo bombed” by Ray from Logos. We were cracking up! Logos is made up of the most kind and genuine people- they were so fun to be around and did an amazing job putting on this conference.

What a sweet blessing to meet Heidi- she is so inspiring, beautiful, and kind.

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Ahhh….Jen from Unveiled Wife! I’m so thankful I had the opportunity to not only meet her but spend quality time with her. She has the most precious and obedient heart for God…I honestly cannot say enough about her. She has a new fan in me.

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Every time Darlene and I get together we laugh about the differences between US and Canada- she had no idea what a “jo-jo” was. So, we did what we always do and laughed.

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I also wanted to share with you an excellent idea for your get togethers! Logos supplied us with a “Trail Mix Bar” during our time between meals. Isn’t this great!?

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It made me think about how often women get together and feel anxious about making something to bring. What an amazing idea to simply ask everyone to bring a jar of 1 ingredient and place it on a table like so? 

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Sweet and savory is my favorite. Thanks again Logos!

 

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More “Cost-Comfy” Containers http://comfyinthekitchen.com/2014/08/more-cost-comfy-containers/ http://comfyinthekitchen.com/2014/08/more-cost-comfy-containers/#comments Mon, 04 Aug 2014 13:54:21 +0000 http://comfyinthekitchen.com/?p=7778 Enter your email address to download my FREE Thanksgiving e-book, Comfy in the Kitchen on Thanksgiving.

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My last post brought in some great responses and suggestions on how to be “cost-comfy” delivering a meal ministry. I went over to my local “Dollar General” to show you some more examples of how to get the most from your money when packing up your food items. 

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Foil pans are the most common in meal ministry.

Here we have 1 pan for $1.25 (or 2 for $2.50). Depending on what you make in these, you can use them over again. For example, if I were making a fruit salad- I would wash it and keep it. However, if I were baking mac n cheese- not so much. The foil changes shape and doesn’t hold well after baking. GFS sells these quite a bit cheaper. 

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These ones were $1 a piece.

To be honest, I’m not in love with these for meal ministry, however I do purchase them when I am helping with an event. They are great to pack up left-over food to send home with people at the event. For example, when we have a bridal shower and there is half a cake left- I bring small foil containers and send a piece home with guests.

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I spotted this cute little serving tray for $2 and had to share. This would work great for chocolate chip cookies wrapped in plastic wrap, then tulle, finished a bow. Inexpensive enough to give, yet pretty enough to keep! 


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Bah! Just say NO!

I know it’s tempting…but don’t even go there. These tupperware containers are reusable and fine to purchase for home use, but don’t spend the money on them for meal ministry- unless you want to give them away (which is totally fine). 

The bowls above, however would work great. You could make some dirt pudding and wrap it up with plastic wrap and give it away. That is a $4 difference! (That’s a little over a gallon of gas!) 

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Again- $7 for one tupperware container. Grrrr…..this is Dollar General! I’ve seen this same container double the price at a chain supermarket. 

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I saw these cute little colanders for $1 and thought they would be great to wash cherries in and give them away with the container. They can be used again and are sturdy and cute. 
I hope these posts have helped shed some light on how to get the most bang for your buck! I’d love to hear more from you on your ideas! 

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How to Make “Meal Ministry” Affordable http://comfyinthekitchen.com/2014/07/how-to-make-meal-ministry-affordable/ http://comfyinthekitchen.com/2014/07/how-to-make-meal-ministry-affordable/#comments Thu, 31 Jul 2014 14:56:18 +0000 http://comfyinthekitchen.com/?p=7762 Enter your email address to download my FREE Thanksgiving e-book, Comfy in the Kitchen on Thanksgiving.

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One of the most common questions I get about meal ministry is about the cost. Food is expensive, but not only that the cost of packing it up can be just as expensive. Some throw-away containers are more costly than glass containers that can be used over again.

Here are a few examples I found at Marc’s that I wanted to share with you. When you’re out and about- keep your eyes peeled, then just stock pile good deals away for when you might use them.

It saves money and just makes sense.

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Look at these beautiful cups with saucers- for just $1.99 for a pair! I immediately thought “Housewarming gift” – buy 6 for just $12. 

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This fruit bowl is adorable. For just $2.99, you can’t purchase a throw-away for under that. I would fill it with fruit salad for someone who is not feeling well and let them keep the dish. 

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The beautiful dish I shared at the top of the post was just $2.99 – again, a throw-away is pricier! I would make a calzone and wrap it on this plate and let my friend keep it. 

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Do you know of a child who could use a “pick me up”? These little sundae bowls are precious. For just 99 cents, I would buy 6, bring over ice cream and some toppings….

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Creamed Chicken Crepes are one of my most sought after recipes- but they are hard to transport! For just 67 cents a piece these crepe dishes are worth buying.

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Isn’t this a beautiful tray? If you have more than one thing to transport $4.99 is a deal. You could unload it and keep it yourself, or give it as a gift with the meal items. 
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This cute little basket was $4.97 – it would work great filled with sugar cookies for a little girl who isn’t feeling well.

Where do you get the best deals?! 


 

 

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