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Thursday, March 10, 2011

I Wish These Would Show Up At MY Door ~ Cream Puffs

Janelle does not know that I am planning to toot her horn today! I am just dying to show how amazing this girl is. And I know she'd {blush} and tell me to stop - but {shoosh} Janelle! lol!!! And let the pictures do the talking.

Janelle blogs over at What sets Janelle's blog apart is her authentic heart to use her cooking - not just to serve her own family but to serve her church family, her school family, and her neighbors. She honestly cooks meals for others a couple times a week! Here's some pictures she posted on her blog this week - Exhibit A!

Rolls Rising in tins to be delivered

Homemade Tossed Salad ready to be delivered

Making broth for the Chicken and Dumplins she'll deliver - ummmm - I use the broth in the can peeps!

Cute little labels her cousin made her for Christmas!

And the same meal she cooks for others she serves her family. She makes sure her family does not get the leftovers or seconds. They get the best of her also.

Isn't she inspiring??? I have so far to go! I love her blog because regularly she role models creative ways to serve others outside her home with food.

So let me get on with her next recipe for Cream Puffs. She writes:

"This is such a delicate and tasty dessert. I love the light and airy texture of all three layers....if you like cream puffs, you are going to love this one Ladies.... (it is so much easier to make it in a 9x13 than little individuals!!)"

mix together boiling water, melted butter, flour- batter will be thick

Add eggs and beat well. Bake in an UNGREASED 9x 13 pan set to 400 for appx 30 mins or until lightly browned and "puffy"

In another bowl combine pudding mix, and milk

Once pudding is well mixed, add room temperature cream cheese and 1/2 tsp of almond extract

Combine well

When pastry puff is cooled- add cream cheese/pudding mixture over top

In a separate large bowl pour whipping cream in and beat vigorously until soft peaks form.

Add 1-2 TBSPs of sugar (do your desired sweetness) and a tsp of vanilla. Beat well again. (you may also prefer powdered sugar instead of granulated)

Spread whipped cream over pudding mixture ( You MAY use cool whip as a short cut, if you desire- I am all for it)

Drizzle with chocolate sauce - This is such a delicate (and very addictive) dessert. I hope you enjoy....

I made this meal for a family this week...they just had baby #2!

Do you have a meal ministry?
I would love to post you!
Email me at with your story/photos - you do not have to have a blog.

Cream Puff Recipe:
1 cup boiling water (2 mins in the microwave will do)
1/2 cup melted butter (1 min in the microwave will do)
1 cup flour
4 eggs
8 oz cream cheese (room temp)
2 small packages of vanilla instant pudding
3 cups of milk
1/2 tsp of almond extract
1 pint whipping cream in carton
sugar to desired sweetness
1 tsp of vanilla
Chocolate Syrup

In large bowl beat water, butter and flour until thick. Add eggs and beat well. Spread onto an UNGREASED 9x13 pan and bake at 400 for appx 30 mins (until lightly browned and fluffy). Let cool.
In another bowl add instant pudding and milk- beat well. Add cream cheese and almond extract and beat well- this make take a while to get to a nice, smooth consistency (it is okay if it has small lumps). Spread over cooled pastry. Beat liquid whipping cream on high until soft peaks form. Add sugar and vanilla and beat well again. Spread on top of pudding mixture. Drizzle with chocolate syrup.

Thank you Janelle!!!!

Walk with the King!

If you are looking for more recipes or have one to share - visit Janelle's new link-up today!

You can follow Janelle on her own blog Comfy In The Kitchen or on Facebook and Twitter.

I am participating in Tempt Your Tummy Tuesday, and Balancing Beauty and Bedlam recipe exchanges. I am also linked up to Raising Homemakers Weds. link up and Works For Me Wednesday! For more blogger recipes go to these links.



Blogger {Absolutely, Positively} Josie said...

I saw this recipe a while back, and I've been dying to try it! Thanks for reminding me! =)

March 10, 2011 at 10:11 PM  
Blogger Becki said...

Oh my lands, those look so fabulous. If I made them, I'd have to give them away - or I'd be as big as a house!! I have no control when it comes to pastries. LOL

March 10, 2011 at 10:16 PM  
Blogger Wander said...

Oh my goodness! Is she an angel?
I would kiss her for a meal like that. What a sweet servant heart she has! And an awesome cooking gift! Precious!
Can't wait to make those cream puffs!

March 10, 2011 at 10:19 PM  
Blogger Mike said...

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March 10, 2011 at 11:33 PM  
Blogger Anna M said...

Wow! Will you make that meal for my family?? LOL I just had a baby, too...and he's #5! It looks soooo yummy! What a blessing she is!

March 10, 2011 at 11:37 PM  
Blogger Caroline said...

I just learnt how to make choux pastry (which is kinda what that is), but the recipe is a bit different. I had previously struggled to get the pastry not to be soggy, but my new recipe worked a dream! I made them as individual profiteroles - piped a cream mix inside, sweetened with some spare cream cheese frosting, and drizzled with chocolate sauce - yum!

March 11, 2011 at 2:22 AM  
Anonymous Linda said...

Do this with your children. My girls know that I send food to our neighbors (both believers and not) from time to time. They are often my delivery service. The coolest thing that happened in my kitchen was when my middle daughter said, "Mom, I want to make some cookies today and take them over to Mrs. A and Mrs. T". Do I really have to tell you I cried on the spot! What a great legacy she is leaving to her children!

Linda in PA

March 11, 2011 at 5:54 AM  
Anonymous April @ The 21st Century Housewife said...

These look just wonderful. Janelle makes such lovely dishes, and it is lovely how she shares with others, both through her meal ministry and her blog!

March 11, 2011 at 7:29 AM  
Blogger Claire said...

Oh yum!


March 11, 2011 at 8:48 AM  
Blogger Janelle Nehrenz said... have my crying!!!!!! Oh my friend, I woke up this morning and forgot it was Friday..was scurrying...went over here to comment and saw this...bless you. Ladies- I want you to know it was Courtney who encouraged me to post and eventually blog.Isn't SHE great? Love to you, Janelle

March 11, 2011 at 9:21 AM  
Blogger Janelle Nehrenz said...

Oh just had baby #5?! I hope your church is helping you out, you need some meals delivered!!!! Caroline-yum yum yum!!!! You just said some words I have never even heard of..I have a feeling you are COMFY! WOHOOO!!! Do you have a blog? If so, you are always welcome to guest post! Linda, that is wonderful-raising children with the gift to give..what could be better. Thank you all for the kind words..I read everything you write and appreciate it so much. Love, Janelle

March 11, 2011 at 9:27 AM  
Blogger Tracy said...

WOW, the food looked awesome and what a great ministry.


March 11, 2011 at 10:40 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What a great ministry to have but your grocery bill must be huge! How are you able to cook for your family plus others a few nights a week?

March 11, 2011 at 1:43 PM  
Blogger Mrs. Gertha said...


Wow! Your blog has been such a blessing to me. What a wonderful gift you give to others. You deserve it(: I thank God for you!

March 11, 2011 at 2:19 PM  
Blogger Janelle Nehrenz said...

Anonymous- My ministry costs me thousands of dollars a year...we take this into consideration as a PART of our tithing. Since we began tithing, my husband's business has been blessed- God is good and works it all out when we submit to Him. Love to you, Janelle

March 11, 2011 at 2:46 PM  
Blogger Janelle Nehrenz said...

I felt led to share this after I posted that last comment...when I began this ministry, my husband just lost his job and we had no income for over a year (I was pregnant with #3)...we almost lost everything we had. God laid it on my heart to bring meals to a man with MS- we couldn't afford it, but it was pressing on me. I submitted and was blessed in so many ways. Thanks for listening :) love, Janelle

March 11, 2011 at 2:52 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks for responding. I don't mean to be "annonymous" I just wasn't sure how else to leave a comment! Your last comment is a great reminder to me that if God lays something or someone on my heart, I just need to go with it. Sometimes I sit and think it through too much instead of acting on it and I think I miss out on blessing someone & receiving a blessing in return. I need to listen & let God do the rest!!!! p.s. - We do tithe 10% of our income before taxes to our church plus we support a missionary family with $100/month so it's hard to make the budget stretch.

March 11, 2011 at 5:09 PM  
Blogger Ingrid said...

God has gifted her in an amazing way! Her efforts have reached far beyond her immediate life, they have reached all the way to MN. I LOVE her blog and am finding so much more joy in my kitchen and cooking for my family. You ROCK Janelle! Keep cooking for the King!

March 11, 2011 at 6:17 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I don't usually take meals to others. I never know what would be good. I would love to hear your ideas, maybe a post one day? This has been on my heart, but just don't feel like what I think to take is good enough. I'm sure that sounds bad, I just want I take to others to be a good meal.

March 11, 2011 at 7:09 PM  
Blogger Theresa said...

That meal looks AMAZING!!! I love to help with meals for friends and family when I can. I think this is a wonderful ministry and way to serve. Janelle I love your blog - I hadn't visited before now but love your posts here at Courtney's.

March 12, 2011 at 10:00 PM  
Blogger Don and Shelly said...

Courtney, I know this is off-subject but I commented to Janelle with the same question I'd like to post to you: do you enjoy a good love story? We're posting a true story on our blog and we think people may really enjoy it. It's the story of 2 Christian kids that fell in love. We've posted 5 parts so far and below is the link to part 1. Check it out and let us know what you think:


March 13, 2011 at 3:55 PM  
Blogger Candace said...

I am so blessed by this post. You have touched something in my heart.

Thank you for sharing!

March 14, 2011 at 10:50 PM  
Anonymous Melinda said...

Living in rural America - bringing a meal for a birth, a death, or an accident is just something you do. I was amazed when I lived in the city that the practice has been lost. What a beautiful ministry that every believer should be a part of.

March 15, 2011 at 8:33 AM  
Blogger Jennifer said...

I'm stopping by from Tasty Tuesday. Your title intrigued me so I clicked. I'm so glad I did. I've now find your wonderful blog, you've introduced me to another wondereful blog by Janelle, and I have an awesome new recipe to try. I'm so inspired by the meal ministry. I do cook meals for other on occassion but there are other times when I could/should and I don't. I need to do this more often...
Thanks for sharing!

March 15, 2011 at 9:46 AM  
Blogger Sherry @ Lamp Unto My Feet said...

Wow! These look awesome! I bet your ministry receivers feel blessed! :)

March 15, 2011 at 10:16 AM  
Blogger Nanna said...

oh I do have a meal ministry, hadn't thought of it in that way till you said that,love the pan toppers"from the kitchen of....


March 15, 2011 at 2:30 PM  
Blogger Ott, A. said...

Just Stopping by from TMTT. You have the cutest blog and I think its great to make this recipe for your friend. I wanted to invite you to check out my Iron Chef Challenge This month's themed ingredient is canned tomatoes, so link up a recipe using those and you could win a prize. It should be a lot of fun, hope you can join us!!

March 16, 2011 at 6:52 PM  
Blogger Renee said...

Wow... what an encouragement! Just the other day I was bringing a meal to a mom who had surgery... and I have to admit, I had such a bad attitude. I was worried they wouldn't like what I prepared, the kids weren't cooperating so I ended up snapping at them, and I rushed to the recipients house in a whirlwind. Not my proudest moment.

All that to say... what do you take when you bring a meal to someone? Do you have like a set "top 10 meals" list that you choose from? Or do you just bring whatever you're making for your family?

Do you keep disposable aluminum pans on hand for delivering meals? What all do you include in the menu?

This is all basic stuff. And I have brought a number of meals to people over my married life... but every single time I still feel stressed and left frustrated. (Just being real here!)

I would love for you to post about this topic if you get the time, Janelle. It is SERIOUSLY lacking in our church community. I would love to start this ministry in my own life... and see the church taking care of each other (and those outside the fold!) as Jesus has asked us to.

Courtney... THANK YOU for this post! You truly truly are a blessing.

Thanks ladies!

March 24, 2011 at 9:19 PM  
Blogger shopannies said...

someone shared some love with those cream puffs mm mm good

April 12, 2011 at 5:19 PM  
Blogger Kirstin said...

How wonderful. I have made several meals for people in our church and I love it!! It is so fun and I love being a blessing to others. I've also been on the receiving end of meals and that too is a blessing!

April 12, 2011 at 10:27 PM  

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