You’ll Never Live It Down

If you’ve been reading this blog for a while you know that my family is very close and more than a little strange. Another thing about them is that they, like so many families, love being able to tease about really dumb things we’ve done. I seem to have a real penchant for doing dumb things and my family loves to tell me, “You’ll never live it down!” Why the picture of the dime? Read on and I’ll explain.

Families never let you live down your embarrassing moments!

The whole embarrassing story is here


Creamy Potatoes Au Gratin

My family is a meat and potatoes kind of bunch so I make several different kinds of Au Gratin potatoes. I think my personal favorite is my Creamy Potatoes Au Gratin because it’s so cheesy! The sauce is velvety and thick and it coats every bite of the potatoes. Just thinking about it nearly makes me weak in the knees!

Creamy Potatoes Au Gratin is a rich, delicious side dish your family will love!

The recipe is here!


I Ran Out of Spoons

For those of you unfamiliar with The Spoon Theory it was the brainstorm of Christine Miserandino. It’s not actually a theory but a way of explaining to healthy people why those of us with chronic illness or chronic pain can’t always do everything we want to do.  You can read The Spoon Theory here. A couple of days ago I ran out of spoons.

When you have chronic illness you can run out of spoons!
Read about it here




10 Cleaning Tricks You Should Try

I’m willing to be that if we found someone somewhere who has never had to clean anything in her entire life she wouldn’t have cleaning on her bucket list. It’s not the kind of thing people skip going to a movie to do. So anything that makes cleaning a little easier or faster is high on my list of must tries. These 10 Cleaning Tricks You Should Try may just make your life a little easier.

10 Cleaning Tricks you should definitely try!

Get the tricks to make cleaning easier here!

Macaroni & Cheese with 4 Cheeses!

I admit I’m a total carnivore. Sometimes people suggest I become a vegetarian and I tell them I’m already a vegetarian once removed; I eat animals that eat a vegetarian diet. Still, every once in a while I have a craving for good old macaroni & cheese. But I don’t always make it with cheddar cheese. You know…the “normal” way. Tonight it’s Macaroni & Cheese with 4 Cheeses!

Macaroni & Cheese with 4 Cheeses will become a family favorite!
The recipe is right here!


How To Network Your Blog-11/14/16

If you haven’t checked out Dream Big Dream Often you really should and this post is a great way to find terrific new blogs! I have!

Dream Big, Dream Often

blog1Here’s how to network your blog. The work is done for you, all you have to do is LIKE, COMMENT and FOLLOW others.  The more you network with other blogs, the more other blogs will network with you!

(click How to Network Your Blog to view yesterday’s post)

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Blogger Recognition Award


Thank you so much Following Him Beside Still Waters for this nomination! If you haven’t read her blog I urge you to check it out! It’s heartwarming to be recognized by a blogger I admire for this award!

The Rules:

  1. Write a post to show your award.
  2. Give a brief story of how your blog started.
  3. Give two pieces of advice to new bloggers.
  4. Thank whoever nominated you, and provide a link to their blog.
  5. Select other blogs you want to give the award to.

How The Comfortable Coop Began

My former daughter-in-law (and dear friend) wanted us to do a blog together. I actually knew absolutely nothing about blogs and didn’t even realize some of the things I read online were blogs! We started together but she’s so busy with my grandchildren (3 of them anyway) and her Etsy shop and Thrive Foods store she decided to stop blogging. We let the old blog go and The Comfortable Coop was all mine.

Advice to New Bloggers

Since I’ve been blogging less than a year I feel a little hesitant to give advice. What the heck do I know? But I have learned that one of the greatest benefits of blogging is reading the blogs of others. I’ve met some great people and found fascinating blogs.

And be sure, if you really enjoy a post, to comment on it. Comments are so helpful and encouraging. Blogging is hard work and comments are the mega-vitamins we all need!

My Nominations (in no particular order):

Humming the Snail Shar’s blog is fun and eclectic and I think you’ll enjoy it!

Bee Organized with Pamela is perfect for you if you’re like me and always fighting your inner slob disorganized person.

Your Home for Japanese Food because I love finding new cuisines and this blog makes it easy to discover new recipes.

These are only 3 of the fantastic blogs I follow.


Rack of Pork

This is a delicious way to serve rack of pork and it is sure to impress your family and guests. This cut may also be labeled pork loin rib eye. Rack of pork is anatomically the same as a rack of lamb or beef prime rib roast. These cuts all come from the same part of the animals. But rack of pork is a far more economical roast and that’s why it’s perfect when you are entertaining.

Only six ingredients to create this impressive Rack of Pork!

The recipe for this delicious Rack of Pork is here!



Whole Pecan Rub Roasted Chicken

We eat a lot of chicken. It’s still one of the less expensive proteins but finding ways to make it so it’s not the same old bird over and over can be a challenge. If you’ve been reading this blog for a while you know our youngest son, Pete and his girlfriend Andi live very nearby. And we generally treat both houses as one household. That means if we have something in our cupboards or pantries it’s fair game. And I found something that got me really excited today at their house; Georgia Brothers Pecan Rub. I grabbed the bottle and tonight I’m making Whole Pecan Rub Roasted Chicken.

Only 3 ingredients needed to make Whole Pecan Rub Roasted Chicken!

Find the simple recipe here!


Stuffed Egg Salad

For special occasions I make stuffed deviled eggs based on the Paul Deen recipe. Everyone loves them. After all they have bacon in them! Since egg salad can get a bit boring I decided to create Stuffed Egg Salad. It was a total hit!

Stuffed Egg Salad is a delicious new way to make an old favorite!

The recipe is right here!