Comfy in the Kitchen http://comfyinthekitchen.com Step by step, you'll get there yet! Sun, 23 Nov 2014 17:50:38 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.0.1 Homemade Birthday Cakes http://comfyinthekitchen.com/2014/11/homemade-birthday-cakes/ http://comfyinthekitchen.com/2014/11/homemade-birthday-cakes/#comments Sun, 23 Nov 2014 17:50:38 +0000 http://comfyinthekitchen.com/?p=7996 Enter your email address to download my FREE Thanksgiving e-book, Comfy in the Kitchen on Thanksgiving.

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My “middlest” is turning 9 next week and as cliche as it sounds it just doesn’t seem possible. She is such a sweet, giving and thoughtful little girl – I’m so grateful to be her mom. As I was looking through Pinterest for ideas about what to make for her cake, it dawned on me that my beloved mother-in-law was the one who inspired me to start baking my own cakes. My husband remembers her making his cakes for his birthday growing up and he said it brought back great memories. For something I never gave much thought to before, it certainly has been a sweet tradition I’ve had the joy of carrying out.

Now, I’m not a “Pinterest Perfect” baker- you aren’t going to see rolled fondant from this girl. But, what you will see is a mom, wife, daughter, daughter-in-law and friend who loves the people around her ….


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Our youngest wanted a rainbow themed party one year….she loved this cake.

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Our oldest had a baseball party and he absolutely LOVES Oreos…so we mixed the two that year.

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One of my dear friends got engaged!

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Our daughter was very into horses one year. My best effort, lol- she loved it despite the lack of perfection.

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Happy Birthday Jesus!

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My Father-in-Law loves carrot cake, so we made him this for his birthday one year.

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There’s my sweet mother-in-law catching a memory :)

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And here comes the Minecraft Creeper cake….it’s a beauty, isn’t it.

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My little one’s balloon funfetti cake….

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This one the kiddos got to make themselves for grandpa…they were SO proud.

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And for another dear friend ….

Do you purchase or make your own cakes? What’s your favorite cake?!

This post is dedicated to my dear mother-in-law who is in the final stages of cancer. I can’t tell you how much she has influenced my life and has made me a better mother. Love her so much…

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The Paleo Event – 12 Bestsellers for 99 cents each! http://comfyinthekitchen.com/2014/11/the-paleo-event-12-bestsellers-for-99-cents-each/ http://comfyinthekitchen.com/2014/11/the-paleo-event-12-bestsellers-for-99-cents-each/#respond Sat, 22 Nov 2014 14:20:42 +0000 http://comfyinthekitchen.com/?p=7993 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 found out that on November 25th there will be a promotion for the 12 Bestselling Paleo books on the market for just 99 cents each…that’s such a great deal! I hope you will take advantage of this excellent deal and/or pass it along to anyone in your life who would benefit!

As you know, I have benefited greatly by adjusting my personal diet to gluten-free. While not every diet is necessary or works for every individual, I have heard of success stories with the Paleo diet, especially with behavior in children. As always, consult your doctor for dietary questions and suggestions. 

Some of the top cookbooks included in the event…

1. Everyday Paleo

2. The Ancestral Table

3. The Modern No Nonsense Guide to Paleo

4. Beyond Bacon

5. The Everything Weeknight Paleo Cookbook

6. Gather, the Art of Paleo Entertaining

7. The Paleo Sweet Tooth

8. Decadent Paleo Desserts

9. The Paleo Kitchen

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The Best Thanksgiving Turkey Recipe Ever http://comfyinthekitchen.com/2014/11/the-best-thanksgiving-turkey-recipe-ever/ http://comfyinthekitchen.com/2014/11/the-best-thanksgiving-turkey-recipe-ever/#respond Wed, 19 Nov 2014 14:25:31 +0000 http://comfyinthekitchen.com/?p=7982 Enter your email address to download my FREE Thanksgiving e-book, Comfy in the Kitchen on Thanksgiving.

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I’ve been getting a lot of e-mails asking me after I thaw and brine my turkey…how do I roast it the next day?  This recipe comes from The Food Network’s Giada DeLaurentiis and it has become my absolute favorite way to roast a turkey. The first time I had this was at my dad’s house a few years ago and I’ve made it every year since. It’s incredibly flavorful, makes the turkey moist and even the people who say they don’t like turkey…..love it. Not kidding. 

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Stuff, season, and butter as directed. 

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Cover and roast for 20 mins, then add broth. 

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Baste as directed. 

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Roast until the internal temperature is at 165 degrees. Cover with foil after it is done roasting and let it sit for 30 mins before carving. 

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The Best Thanksgiving Turkey Recipe Ever
 
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http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/giada-de-laurentiis/turkey-with-herbes-de-provence-and-citrus-recipe.html
Ingredients
  • 1 (14 to 15-pound) turkey, neck and giblets reserved
  • 1 orange, cut into wedges
  • 1 lemon, cut into wedges
  • 1 onion, cut into wedges
  • 6 fresh rosemary sprigs
  • 6 fresh sage sprigs
  • 6 fresh oregano sprigs
  • 7 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 2 tablespoons herbes de Provence
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1½ teaspoons salt
  • 1½ teaspoons freshly ground black pepper
  • 6 cups canned low-salt chicken broth (approximate amount)
  • ⅓ cup all-purpose flour
  • Read more at: http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/giada-de-laurentiis/turkey-with-herbes-de-provence-and-citrus-recipe.html?oc=linkback
Instructions
  1. To make the turkey: Position the rack in the lowest third of the oven and preheat to 400 degrees F.
  2. Rinse the turkey and pat it dry with paper towels.
  3. Place the turkey on a rack set inside a large roasting pan.
  4. Place the orange and lemon wedges, onion, and 2 sprigs of each fresh herb in the main turkey cavity.
  5. Tie the legs together to hold the shape of the turkey.
  6. Stir 2 tablespoons of butter, the herbes de Provence, oil, and 1½ teaspoons of each the salt and pepper in a small saucepan over medium heat just until the butter melts.
  7. Rub the butter mixture all over the turkey and between the turkey breast meat and skin.
  8. Place the turkey neck and giblets in roasting pan.
  9. (Recipe can be prepared up to this point 1 day ahead.
  10. Cover and refrigerate. Let stand at room temperature 30 minutes before roasting.)
  11. Cover the turkey breast with foil.
  12. Roast for 20 minutes.
  13. Pour 3 cups of broth into the pan and stir to scrape up any brown bits on the bottom of the pan.
  14. Add the remaining sprigs of fresh herbs to the pan.
  15. Roast the turkey for 40 minutes.
  16. Reduce the oven temperature to 350 degrees F.
  17. Remove the foil from the turkey; pour 1 more cup of broth into the pan.
  18. Continue roasting the turkey until a meat thermometer inserted into the thickest part of the thigh registers 165 degrees F to 175 degrees F or until the juices run clear when the thickest part of the thigh is pierced with a skewer, basting occasionally with pan juices, about 1 hour and 30 minutes longer.
  19. Transfer the turkey to a platter and tent with foil. Let stand 30 minutes while preparing the gravy.
  20. To make the gravy: Strain the turkey pan juices from the roasting pan through a sieve and into a 4-cup glass measuring cup; discard the solids. Spoon off the fat from atop the pan juices. Add enough chicken broth, about 1 to 2 cups, to the pan juices to measure 4 cups total. Melt the remaining butter in a heavy large saucepan over medium-high heat. Add the flour and whisk for 1 minute. Gradually whisk in the broth. Simmer until the gravy thickens slightly, whisking often, about 10 minutes. Season with salt and pepper. Serve the turkey with the gravy.
  21. Read more at: http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/giada-de-laurentiis/turkey-with-herbes-de-provence-and-citrus-recipe.html?oc=linkback

 

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How to Make a Christmas Centerpiece With What You Have http://comfyinthekitchen.com/2014/11/how-to-make-a-christmas-centerpiece-with-what-you-have/ http://comfyinthekitchen.com/2014/11/how-to-make-a-christmas-centerpiece-with-what-you-have/#comments Fri, 14 Nov 2014 21:27:25 +0000 http://comfyinthekitchen.com/?p=7978 Enter your email address to download my FREE Thanksgiving e-book, Comfy in the Kitchen on Thanksgiving.

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Christmas decorations can so comforting, but they can also break the bank if you let them. I’m sure it might come to no surprise that I love a “comfy” centerpiece, but this year I truly did not want to go buy a lot.

Here’s what I used to make mine…

A rustic fruit bowl I already had (from Goodwill)
3 mason jars I purchased from Michaels this week (they are on sale for .99 cents each)
Pine cones I already had from last year.
Candles I had on hand.
Holly berries and tree foliage from my yard.

I love this because its natural and comforting….

What are some ways you save with Christmas decor?

P.S. Forgive me for talking about Christmas before Thanksgiving, I’m getting head start this year!

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How to Brine Your Thanksgiving Turkey http://comfyinthekitchen.com/2014/11/how-to-brine-your-thanksgiving-turkey/ http://comfyinthekitchen.com/2014/11/how-to-brine-your-thanksgiving-turkey/#comments Wed, 05 Nov 2014 14:26:18 +0000 http://comfyinthekitchen.com/?p=7972 Enter your email address to download my FREE Thanksgiving e-book, Comfy in the Kitchen on Thanksgiving.

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Brining is the *key* to making a delicious, moist and flavorful Thanksgiving turkey. It’s a sweet and savory marinade that adds that extra “something” to your main course. It’s simple, yet worth the extra few steps!

Brine1In a large stock pot boil all ingredients (but ice). 

Brine2After simmering for 1 hour, put ice in and let cool. 

Brine 3Place a thawed turkey with insides removed in a large cooking bag. Place on a foil turkey roaster. Pour cooled brine over top. 

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Place in refrigerator overnight before roasting.

* It may take up to 5 days to thaw your turkey, just a huge FYI!

 

How to Brine a Turkey
 
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Ingredients
  • 1 gallon vegetable stock
  • ½ cup kosher salt
  • ¾ cup brown sugar
  • 1 Tbsp black peppercorns
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 2 sprigs Rosemary
  • 4 Sage leaves
  • 6 cups ice
Instructions
  1. In a large stock pot boil all ingredients (but ice).
  2. After simmering for 1 hour, put ice in and let cool.
  3. Place a thawed turkey with insides removed in a large cooking bag.
  4. Place on a foil turkey roaster.
  5. Pour cooled brine over top.
  6. Place in refrigerator overnight before roasting.

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Colored Popcorn {Pink} http://comfyinthekitchen.com/2014/11/colored-popcorn-pink/ http://comfyinthekitchen.com/2014/11/colored-popcorn-pink/#respond Tue, 04 Nov 2014 01:09:52 +0000 http://comfyinthekitchen.com/?p=7962 Enter your email address to download my FREE Thanksgiving e-book, Comfy in the Kitchen on Thanksgiving.

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Colored popcorn is a yummy little treat that is not only easy to make- but enjoyed by ALL {grown-ups, kiddos, GF and glutenous maxiumus friends} You can decide on the color- here I used pink. But, I can see blue for a “Frozen” birthday party, red and green for Christmas, green for St. Patty’s day, etc. 

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Pop 4 bags of microwave popcorn separately {2 mins each bag} and place into two bowls. 

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In a medium saucepan combine sugar, corn syrup, and half and half. Let simmer until a rapid boil forms. 

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Take off of burner and add vanilla and your choice of food coloring. 

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Mix well. Spread out on parchment paper. You can tell I used buttered popcorn {which tastes great} however, for a more dramatic effect, I would use plain popcorn next time so the color comes through a bit better. 

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Let cool. 

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Ready to eat! Have fun! 

Colored Popcorn {Pink}
 
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Ingredients
  • 4 bags popped microwaved popcorn {popped individually- 2 mins each}
  • 2 cups sugar
  • ⅔ cup half & half
  • 1 Tbsp corn syrup
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • food coloring of your choice
Instructions
  1. Pop popcorn and place into two bowls.
  2. In a medium saucepan add sugar, corn syrup and half & half. Let simmer until it boils on medium-high heat.
  3. Take off of heat and add vanilla and food coloring.
  4. Add syrup to popcorn and mix well.
  5. Pour popcorn out onto a table lined with parchment paper {or waxed paper}.
  6. Let cool.

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Labels http://comfyinthekitchen.com/2014/10/labels/ http://comfyinthekitchen.com/2014/10/labels/#respond Thu, 30 Oct 2014 23:29:51 +0000 http://comfyinthekitchen.com/?p=7957 Enter your email address to download my FREE Thanksgiving e-book, Comfy in the Kitchen on Thanksgiving.

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OO Labels Tear Us Down

Ladies, I am praying for you and hope that you find this video and small activity helpful! Please join me and my very talented group of authors over at Overcomer Outreach for more encouraging messages! I’d also love to talk with you over at the Overcomer FB page.

Love to you, Janelle

Video Notes and Ideas:

From the book “Unglued” by: Lysa Terkheurst 

1. Identify the label as a lie meant to tear me down.

2. I chose to view this circumstance as a call to action, not a call to beat myself up mentally.

3. I used the momentum of tackling one label to help me tackle more.

Labels in the Bible: 

Peter had a TEMPER- Yet, he allowed Christ to mold and shape him. 
David had an AFFAIR- Yet, he was a man after God’s own heart. 
Noah got DRUNK- Yet, God made a covenant with him and he was faithful.
Saul (Paul) was a MURDERER and hated Jesus and his disciples- Yet, Jesus showed himself to him after his death and gave Paul the gospel to preach to the Jews and Gentiles. (Romans 1:16)
Thomas was a DOUBTER- Yet, he was quick to repent and have great faith. 
Moses STUTTERED- Yet, God told him the 10 commandments. 

Common labels we can give ourselves:

Fat, ugly, dumb, a mistake, drunk, adulteress, unforgiveable, terrible cook, old, not interesting, anti-social, can’t keep or make friends, divorcee, single-mom, moody, prideful, jealous, etc.

What I want you to say to yourselves (write it down):

Just because I am ___________, doesn’t mean that I am _____________.

For Example:

Just because I have had a failed marriage doesn’t mean that I am a failure.
Just because dinner didn’t turn out doesn’t mean that I am a bad cook.
Just because I envied her home doesn’t mean that I am not thankful for what I have.
Just because I failed at nursing my child doesn’t mean that I am a bad mom.

The label Christ wants you to wear:

GRACE

Scripture to meditate on: 

 

“We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.”  2 Corinthians 10:5

“For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith–and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God.”  Ephesians 2:8

“Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable–if anything is excellent or praiseworthy–think about such things.” Philippians 4:8

 

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Pumpkin Pie Spiced Pumpkin Seeds http://comfyinthekitchen.com/2014/10/pumpkin-pie-spiced-pumpkin-seeds/ http://comfyinthekitchen.com/2014/10/pumpkin-pie-spiced-pumpkin-seeds/#comments Sat, 25 Oct 2014 14:01:39 +0000 http://comfyinthekitchen.com/?p=7953 Enter your email address to download my FREE Thanksgiving e-book, Comfy in the Kitchen on Thanksgiving.

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For those of you who are carving pumpkins this weekend, I wanted to share with you my family’s favorite way to eat pumpkin seeds. My kiddos love pumpkin pie, so I decided to add a little spice to an old-time classic autumn treat. Enjoy!

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Pre-heat oven to 400

Take the seeds out of your pumpkin and drain them in a colander, taking out any pumpkin remains- rinse. Blot try with paper towels. Place parchment paper down on a baking sheet and pour your seeds on top. Drizzle with butter and season with Pumpkin spice. Roast for approximately 15 mins turning half way through. When the seeds are browned, remove and place in a large bowl, sprinkle with sugar.

Pumpkin Pie Spiced Pumpkin Seeds
 
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  • Pumpkin seeds from one large pumpkin
  • ¼ cup butter, melted
  • Pumpkin pie spice
  • Sugar to taste
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  1. Pre-heat oven to 400
  2. Take the seeds out of your pumpkin and drain them in a colander, taking out any pumpkin remains- rinse.
  3. Blot try with paper towels.
  4. Place parchment paper down on a baking sheet and pour your seeds on top.
  5. Drizzle with butter and season with Pumpkin spice.
  6. Roast for approximately 15 mins turning half way through.
  7. When the seeds are browned, remove and place in a large bowl, sprinkle with sugar.

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Product Review of T. Marzetti Apple Crisp http://comfyinthekitchen.com/2014/10/product-review-of-t-marzetti-apple-crisp/ http://comfyinthekitchen.com/2014/10/product-review-of-t-marzetti-apple-crisp/#comments Tue, 21 Oct 2014 23:41:45 +0000 http://comfyinthekitchen.com/?p=7946 Enter your email address to download my FREE Thanksgiving e-book, Comfy in the Kitchen on Thanksgiving.

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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! 

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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 http://comfyinthekitchen.com/2014/10/the-duggars-tator-tot-bake/ http://comfyinthekitchen.com/2014/10/the-duggars-tator-tot-bake/#comments Fri, 17 Oct 2014 15:53:20 +0000 http://comfyinthekitchen.com/?p=7937 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
 
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Ingredients
  • 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
Instructions
  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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