Monthly Archives: February 2013

How to Make Gluten Free Bread Crumbs

brown-rice-krispies-gluten-free-homemakerchic.com Recently I was looking for some bread crumbs in my cabinet for a recipe. I forgot that I had gotten rid of most of the gluten in my house, and this included bread crumbs. I remembered I had some  “Brown Rice” Gluten Free Rice Krispies. So I decided I would my own gluten free bread crumbs using this gluten free rice cereal and it worked perfectly. This snack was delicious!

Here’s how to do it.

For the breadcrumbs:

The measurements aren’t exact because its up to you and your tastes. This makes a decent sized batch but you could make this in as large or as small of batches as you want.

4 cups of brown rice gluten free Rice Krispies

1 cup grated parmesan cheese

A bit of Salt

A good bit of garlic powder

Some italian seasoning

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Crush the Rice Krispies as evenly as you can, leaving as few big pieces as possible (I used my hands but, using a food processor would be much more efficient). Add the parmesan cheese, some salt, garlic powder, and italian seasoning mix (you could always make your own, throw in whatever herbs and spices you like, oregano, basil, tarragon, even some cayenne if you want to add a little kick.)

That’s it! Store in a mason jar, or a nice tin container. Now you can have all those wonderful breaded foods (I’m thinking Chicken Parmesan!!) or casseroles with that amazing crunchy topping. OR you can make these delicious Baked Zucchini Fries. Enjoy!

 

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Gluten Free Baked Zucchini Fries

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This weekend I picked up a lovely zucchini at the local organic market. I saw this recipe for baked zucchini fries that I thought would be a nice snack this afternoon. The recipe called for bread crumbs but I didn’t have any, since I’ve purged most gluten from my house. So I decided to make my own Gluten Free Breadcrumbs. You can find the recipe here.

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Cut one large zucchini into 3-4 inch long x 1/2 inch thick pieces. Set aside.

You’ll also need 2 eggs. (Or 1 extra large egg.)

Beat the eggs in a small/medium bowl. Dip each zucchini piece into the eggs, then into the breadcrumb mix.

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Bake on 425 for about 10-12 minute then carefully flip each piece over once. Bake for an additional 7-10 minutes or until crisp and golden brown.

Serve warm from the oven with marinara sauce. You’re going to love this snack, and so will your kids!

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Happy 1 Year Blogaversary to Me! (CLOSED GIVEAWAY)

I can hardly believe its been one whole year since I started writing Homemaker Chic! Its been quite an adventure. I’ve made more recipes, made more friends, and learned more about myself and what I’m capable of than I ever imagined! I am so humbled and thrilled that so many of you think that what I have to say is actually valuable! When I started this little venture I had no idea it would actually be something that people would want to read, and here I am today teetering on the brink of 1 Million readers! I seriously can not say thank you enough to all my loyal fans and followers. You all make it so worth it.

I’d love to throw a big party and invite each one of you to celebrate with me! Since I can’t rightly do that, I’ll do the next best thing. I’m giving away an adorable party kit, so you can celebrate without me :).

Rachel over at Let’s Get Decorative has graciously agreed to give one of you lucky dogs a custom party kit including one custom banner and an 8 piece custom photo booth prop set. Isn’t she sweet?

Check out her shop and start thinking about what you want your awesome banner to say. Maybe “Congrats Homemaker Chic”?

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The winner will be announced on Friday MARCH 1st.

Leave ONE comment indicating which of the following you have completed. You won’t get credit if you don’t leave a comment below.

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I love and cherish you all. Here’s to another great year!

Why you shouldn’t make Mod Podge at home

I’ve recently seen a lot of recipes for DIY mod podge around the inter webs. It seemed like a good idea to me because Mod Podge is so expensive, and anything I can make at home for cheaper makes me happy. I came across this post, however, by Amy over at Mod Podge Rocks Blog. She had some really interesting things to say about the whole debacle. Check it out here… Original Source

Apparently homemade and brand name Mod Podge are not equal in quality. According to Amy, “A lot of the homemade recipes take craft glue and dilute it with water, which is just about the worst thing you can do to make a decoupage medium of any sort. You’re taking a glue that is inferior to decoupage medium and made it even thinner by adding water. This is why I receive pictures all the time of ruined furniture or home decor items that didn’t last more than a few years before the paper started peeling off or yellowing BADLY. In the short term, the projects might seem okay, but over the years, the projects go down the toilet. And then I get very sad e-mails.”
So long story short. Don’t be cheap my friends. Get the good stuff!

Grilled Plantains with Brown Sugar and Butter

Living in Florida we get to taste amazing Spanish and Cuban cuisines. One of my favourite Latin treats is fried plantains. The plantain is sort of like a more dense banana. They happened to be on sale at the super market so I picked up a few. Now I wanted to do a healthier version of this dessert than fried, so when Adam suggested grilling out for dinner, I knew this would be a great way to cook the plantains!

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Now plantains are not as sweet as bananas, so for this recipe you’ll need to let them over ripen for at least a week. I let mine ripen for 10 days. You want them to be black and yellow, or completely black if you really want some amazing sweetness. The cool thing about the plantain is that it doesn’t get mushy, even when it is super ripe, so you can still get nice slices even after 2 weeks of ripening.

All you need is 1 plantain per person, some butter and some brown sugar. You’ll want about 2 parts butter to one part brown sugar. For 2 plantains I used about 5T of butter and 2 T of brown sugar.

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Slice the plantains on a strong bias so you get nice long pieces.

In a small bowl mix the butter and brown sugar until you get a nice creamy mixture. Spoon about a teaspoon of the butter mix on both sides of each slice.

 

 

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The sweetness of the plantains caramelizes with the sugar and the butter. These would be great served with vanilla ice cream or just by themselves! We scarfed them down and wanted more. They are sooo delcious. Try them, I know you’ll love them, and so will your kids!plaintains-grilled-homemakerchic.com

Pink Champagne and Strawberry Cupcakes

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Valentine’s day is just around the corner and if you’re looking for a fabulous and delicious dessert, then I’ve got one for you! What’s more romantic than Champagne and Strawberries… how about cupcakes? Throw it all together and you’ve got one sweet treat for your honey. You’re going to L-O-V-E this recipe.

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Now I’m not a big fan of boxed cake mixes because of the ridiculous amount of junk they pile into those boxes. But I was in a bind today and needed to get these cupcakes made quickly. I happened to have a boxed cake on hand and this is a great way to doctor up a mix. You can also use this in a home made mix just replacing the liquid called for with Champagne. The good news is that the recipe only calls for one cup of champagne, so someone is going to have to help you drink the rest of that bottle. ;)

Here’s what you need:

One vanilla cake mix

1 Cup Pink Champagne (or sparkling wine, or you could totally use Sprite or Fresca for this if you don’t want the booze, don’t worry though, the alcohol does get cooked out.)

1/3 Cup Cream

1/3 Cup Melted Butter

3 eggs

1/2 cup strawberry jam

For the Frosting:

2 sticks of butter

4 cups of confectioner’s sugar

¼ cup heavy whipping cream

1 T Pink Champagne

2 t Clear Vanilla Extract

¼ cup Strawberry Jam

Here’s what you do:

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Combine the mix, champagne, cream, eggs, and butter. The Champagne will fizz up and the batter will sort of expand, just be prepared for that. I added a bit of pink rose food coloring to my batter just to give a soft pink color to the cakes. Just a touch of pink. Generally one mix will yield about 24 cupcakes. This mix yielded 18 regular sized cupcakes and 24 mini cupcakes for me. So I’m thinking that the Champagne really makes the batter go a little further. It does

not, however, affect the rising of the cake so fill your cups the normal 2/3 full. Drop about a teaspoon of strawberry jam in the center of each cupcake. Use the spoon to push the jam down a little bit into the batter. Bake for about 20 minutes on 350.

For the frosting:

In a large bowl cream the butter and the vanilla. Slowly add in the cream and champagne. The cream will get whipped and this w

ill give you a light and fluffy frosting. Add the jam and mix. Start adding the sugar one half cup at a time. Be sure to scrape the sides of the bowl.

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I made this rose design using a 1M tip, starting at the center of each cupcake and piping a circle moving outward. It so easy, but very elegant. You also don’t even up with too much frosting on the cupcakes. Its the perfect amount. I hope you all enjoy this light and delicious treat! Happy Valentine’s Day! I love you all!

DIY Scentsy Wax from Repurposed Candles

Don’t you just love how a good jar candle can make the whole house smell cozy and delicious? I just hate when the wick burns down and all that amazing candle wax just goes to waste. Well here’s a clever way to repurpose that leftover but still fragrant candle wax.

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Place the entire candle jar in a small heat proof bowl. The bowl just needs to come up about half way on the jar. Pour boiling water into the bowl around the jar. Fill just a bit higher than the wax. Do not pour the water into the jar itself, just in the bowl around the jar.

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Let the jar set for about 10 minutes until the wax is slightly softened. You don’t want to melt the wax, just soften it. Then carefully bend and break the wax. It will come out very easily. Remove it from the glass jar. You can wash the jar and reuse it for another new candle.

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Break the wax into 1-2 inch pieces, and throw away the burned up wicks.

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Place the wax into the top of a tea-light oil burner, or scentsy. It will melt again and will make the whole house smell delicious! No more wasted wax. How about that? Who needs expensive scentsy wax or those little yankee wax tarts? This is free!DIY scentsy

Adoption Profile

Our Adoption Profile Book

As promised, I am updating you on our adoption process. We have completed the home-study and we’re just waiting for the paper work to be filed and finalized. So once we hear back from the agency that they’ve got everything sorted out we can start presenting our profile to birth moms! So exciting! So, I finally finished our adoption profile book. I’m so excited about this because I really wanted our book to be something awesome. I got this nifty digital scrap-booking software and I had no idea how much I really love making these books! It was so much fun to do! The creative options are endless and it made telling our story so much easier. If you are adopting and you are interested in having someone make your book for you, I’d love to do it! You can check out my Adoption Profile Services website Little Birds Adoption.  So without further adieu, here are some pages from our book. This is just a glimpse, the full book is 25 pages. Please leave a comment and let me know what you think. Thanks everyone!

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