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23 Heart Shaped Foods for Valentine’s Day


Well Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, and with it comes heart shaped EVERYTHING. What is it about heart shaped foods on Valentine’s day that makes people feel like they’re in some way showing extra love for somebody? My hubby and I aren’t big on Valentine’s day because we make an effort to show love for one another every single day of the year! This being said, heart shaped foods are super adorable and make me giggle. Here are some really cute ideas for heart shaped foods for Valentine’s day and EVERY day! Don’t forget to tell someone today that you love them too. 🙂 (Click the images for original posts.)

BREAKFAST:

What goes better with heart shaped eggs than heart shaped BACON! Cutest bacon I’ve ever seen. Source: The Paper Mama

You can’t forget about heart shaped pancakes! Here’s one way to do it. Make two different colored pancakes, cut hearts out of each, then swap the hearts for a contrasting color. Cute idea.                                                                Source: Gatorade Military

Here’s the other way to do it. Just pour the batter in the shape of a heart. If you have a large heart shaped cookie cutter, you could also set that in the hot pan, and pour the batter into it to get a perfect heart shape. Source: Martha Stewart

Here’s a nice collection of various sized heart cutters. About $10. Click Image to BUY NOW.

LUNCH:

Grilled Cheese and Tomato Soup always makes me happy. The only way it could make me happier is with heart shaped sandwiches! How about floating a few heart shaped cheddar cheese slices in soup. Delish!

Why stop at grilled cheese? You can get super creative in the heart shaped panini department! Do I hear turkey and cranberry? Just make a regular panini and cut it out with a heart shaped cutter.

What else would you serve with your heart shaped sandwiches than… Heart Shaped fries? Seriously, this is getting out of hand. How cute are these? All you do is slice potatoes, and cute out heart shapes, then fry and top with salt. Clever indeed.

Or perhaps you’re in the mood for a warm hearty soup… with heart shaped carrots. Talk about comfort food. If someone made this for me I would totally believe they loved me.

Grape Tomato Hearts. Cutest. Tomatoes. Ever!! Just slice the tomatoes in half and flip one side over, then stick an arrow toothpick through them. Gluing a little piece of paper to the ends of toothpicks seems easy enough. How sweet!

SNACKS:

These pretzels are made out of canned dinner rolls! You roll out two rolls into a rope and then twist them into shape.

Here’s an adorable little snack of heart shaped corn tortilla chips and salsa. Wouldn’t this be great if you used flour tortillas instead, topped them with cinnamon and sugar, and served with a hot apple chutney? Yum!

Talk about heart healthy! Heart shaped fruit, with yogurt dip. This snack is simple, sweet, healthy, and adorable!

DINNER:

Heart Shaped Pizza, with heart shaped pepperonis! My husband would be so happy if I served this up. Make it a white pizza for a prettier look. Sliced ham in heart shapes would add a pretty pink color to the pie.

I’m imagining a scene from the Sex and the City movie involving sushi and Valentine’s day. 🙂 Maybe Samantha would have had better results if she had made these precious heart shaped rolls!

These heart shaped saffron buns would be a delicious complement to a valentine’s night dinner.

Heart Shaped Chicken Parmesan with fresh heart shaped mozzarella topped with marinara sounds delectable for a Valentine’s Night feast!

DESSERT:

Charming little pear raspberry hand pies. Source: Martha Stewart

Making a heart shaped cake doesn’t require a heart shaped pan. All you need is one square pan and one round pan. Set the square cake on a diagonal. Cut the round cake in half, then put each half on one side to make the rounded top. So easy!

Sweetie pie pops would be the perfect little bite after a lovely Valentine’s dinner. They are sweet, light, and the sky is the limit with fillings. Check out full instructions by clicking the image above. Source: Our Best Bite

This Valentine’s day maybe you might get to make some whoopie… pies that is. 😉 Try these red velvet whoopie pies with cream cheese frosting. Mmmmm!

Make your honey happy with these Honey Green Tea Sandwich Cookies. So good, and good for you! Plus, aren’t we tired of pink and red for Valentine’s day?

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Real Food: How to Cut Processed Foods Out of Your Life

Among my New Year’s resolutions this year is the desire to become healthier and to eat better. I will be talking a lot in the coming weeks about all the different things I’ll be changing about my diet this year. One of the benefits for you is that you will be seeing a lot more nutritious, healthful recipes on Homemaker Chic in 2013. This week I want to talk about Real Food. I am learning about it from Lisa Leake author of the blog 100 Days of Real Food. The basic idea is to cut out processed foods in exchange for REAL healthy simple foods from nature. Check out the link for more information from Lisa about the 100 Day challenge.

 

I didn’t think I was really all that unhealthy to be honest. I eat a lot of fresh vegetables. I don’t use a lot of packaged products. I steer clear of anything that seems über unhealthy. But when I began reading the ingredients lists of basic foods in my home (like Peanut Butter, Tomato Soup or Pickles) I was shocked at all the junk in there that I did not want in my body! Why do pickles need to have 16 ingredients? With all the supposed benefits from science and technology, why is it that people seem to be more sick than ever before? Cancer, obesity, diabetes, heart disease, celiac disease, anxiety, depression. All of these health problems are more rampant today than ever before. With all these “advances in medicine” shouldn’t we be getting better and not worse? Something just isn’t adding up here. With all the problems I’ve had with pregnancies, and the battery of tests they’ve put me through to find out what’s wrong, none of my doctors thought to ask, “Hey what are you putting in your body?”

Sorry medical profession, you’ve failed me. I’m taking things into my own hands.

So this year I am taking the plunge, and going all in. I’m getting back to basics. Basically if a food requires some sort of technology or treatment to be prepared I’m not buying it. Only fresh, simple ingredients this year (and hopefully beyond!) I will also be talking next week about going Gluten Free, so keep an eye out for that post, and for some yummy GF recipes this year!

Here are some of Lisa’s rules about what to eat and what NOT to eat if you decide to try the Real Food Lifestyle. I hope you’ll consider this for you and your family. Being healthy and vibrant is the best gift you can give yourself this year.

 

What you CAN eat:

  1. Whole foods that are more a product of nature than a product of industry
  2. Lots of fruits and vegetables (we recommend that you shop for these at your local farmers’ market)
  3. Dairy products like milk, unsweetened yogurt, eggs, and cheese
  4. 100% whole-wheat and whole-grains (find a local bakery for approved sandwich bread and check the Understanding Grains post for more info)
  5. Seafood (wild caught is the optimal choice over farm-raised)
  6. Only locally raised meats such as pork, beef, and chicken (preferably in moderation)
  7. Beverages limited to water, milk, all natural juices, naturally sweetened coffee & tea, and, to help the adults keep their sanity, wine and beer!
  8. Snacks like dried fruit, seeds, nuts and popcorn
  9. All natural sweeteners including honey, 100% maple syrup, and fruit juice concentrates are acceptable in moderation
  10. Also check out the Recipes & Resources page for a more detailed list of meal options including links to recipes

What you CANNOT eat:

  1. No refined grains such as white flour or white rice (items containing wheat must say WHOLE wheat…not just “wheat”)
  2. No refined sweeteners such as sugar, any form of corn syrup, cane juice, or the artificial stuff like Splenda
  3. Nothing out of a box, can, bag, bottle or package that has more than 5 ingredientslisted on the label
  4. No deep fried foods
  5. No “fast foods”

     

    How to Avoid Processed Food in General

    If you feel that you have the will, but not the skill to do the 10 Days of Real Food pledgethen here are some general lifestyle changes to consider instead…

    1. Read the ingredients label before buying anything. For years, if I even looked at food labels, I was reviewing items such as fat grams, calorie count and sugar content. While this may be important to some, the best indicator of how highly processed a food is can actually be found in the list of ingredients. If what you are buying contains more than 5 ingredients and includes a lot of unfamiliar, unpronounceable items you may want to reconsider before buying.
    2. Increase your consumption of whole foods especially vegetables and fruits. I am sure you’ve heard similar advice a thousand times, and I hate to tell you that it couldn’t be more true. This will help to displace the processed foods in your diet, and will actually make your food selections in general very simple. No more counting calories, fat grams, or carbs when your only concern is selecting whole foods that are more a product of nature than a product of industry.
    3. Buy your bread from a local bakery. I actually used to eat white bread, but what I bought for my husband from the grocery store was what I thought was whole-wheat bread. When we finally checked the ingredients and found 40 different items on the list, including white flour and sugar, we decided it was time for a change. Why would there be so many on the list if it only takes a handful of ingredients to make bread? We since started buying our bread from Great Harvest Bread Company. Not only do they grind their own wheat every morning, but their honey whole-wheat loaf only has five ingredients – whole-wheat flour, water, yeast, salt and honey.
    4. In addition to your bread choice, when selecting foods like pastas, cereals, rice, and crackers always go for the whole-grain option. And don’t just believe the health claims on the outside of the box.  Read the ingredients to make sure the product is truly made with only 100% whole grains – not a combination of whole grains and refined grains which is unfortunately how a lot of “whole grain” products are made. The white flour or other refined grain alternative is simply high in calories and low in nutrition.
    5. Avoid store-bought products containing high-fructose corn syrup (HFCS) and those “that have some form of sugar (or sweetener) listed among the top three ingredients” according to Michael Pollan. Despite the mixed research on if HFCS is really worse for you than good ol’ white sugar, it just happens to be “a reliable marker for a food product that has been highly processed”.
    6. Don’t order off the kids’ menu. The next time your family is out to dinner try to avoid the kids menu. Those selections are most often things like pre-made chicken nuggets, fries, and pasta made with white flour, among other things. Instead try assembling some sort of side item plate (like baked potatoes and whatever else your kid will tolerate) and/or try sharing some of your meal.
    7. Visit your local farmers’ market the next time you need to restock your fridge.According to Michael Pollan not only will you find “food that is in season, which is usually when it is most nutritious”, but you will also find a selection of pesticide-free produce and properly fed meat products. It is also better for our environment to purchase locally grown products as opposed to the supermarket produce, which travels on average 1500 miles from the farm to your plate.
    8. Lastly, to once again quote Michael Pollan, he says to “eat all the junk food you want as long as you cook it yourself.” If you had to peel, chop and deep fry potatoes every time you wanted French fries then you might not eat them very often. Only eating “junk food” such as cakes, sweets, and fried foods as often as you are willing to make them yourself will automatically ensure the frequency is appropriate.

How to fix broken makeup – Pinterest WIN!


Another Pinterest Win! I saw this one a long time ago and tucked it away in my little pin bank for the right time. I finally had the opportunity to test it out when I unfortunately dropped my Mac Powder Compact. Gah! Do you know how many times I’ve broken a compact or eye shadow and just had to throw it away because I had no idea that it could be fixed? In comes Pinterest to save the day! This is a real win, and will definitely save me tons of money! No more replacing perfectly good make-up that’s all cracked up.

All you do is pour a few teaspoons of plain ol’ rubbing alcohol over the cracked make-up. (Isopropyl Alcohol can be found at at your local Pharmacist or Chemist. It might go by a different name if you’re not in America. Or you can just buy it here.) Stir and break up the chunks until all the makeup is dissolved. Set out on a flat surface overnight. The alcohol dries up and you’re left with perfect and fresh makeup! Oh Pinterest, where were you with this little gem 15 years ago?!

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Mint Condition

The following is a guest post that is appearing on The Lovely Lemon in a few weeks. Sara is a sweet friend of mine and I would totally love it if you would check out her blog. If you like Homemaker Chic you will LOVE The Lovely Lemon. She is so creative and unique and if you don’t follow her blog you will be missing out big time.

Sara and I go waaaay back to church youth group days. I always remember her being quiet and behind the scenes, and I never knew she had all this creativity in her. About a year ago we reconnected on Facebook and I was so pleased to find The Lovely Lemon. Between her crafty goods, her gorgeous photography, and charming writing style, she’s made a loyal reader out of me!

When Sara asked me to do a guest post for her I was pretty sure I knew what it would be about. As I began to research the colors, textures, patterns and trends that are inspiring me these days, the theme MINT kept coming up. Mint in every area. The color, the fashion trends, the flavour! I absolutely love how trends these days are filtering into every aspect of pop culture. Haute Couture Fashion Designers started added Mint fabrics to their spring collections and soon the color was showing up in jewelry, craft stores, paper goods, on walls and home decor, in nail polish, on a partridge in a pear tree. Here are a few ways mint is inspiring me.

FASHION

Mint Dresses, Jeans, Jewelry and Heels are all the rage these days. Mint is so soft and feminine especially when paired with sweet chiffon fabrics and girl bows and florals.

HOME DECOR

Mint is a surprisingly subtle tone to add to a cool color pallet for a serene living space. I love the use of this color in combination with both rustic distressed environments as well as slick modern decor. It is so very versatile. Try color blocking with strategically placed furniture pieces, or get bold and paint the ceiling!

WEDDINGS

If I hear another bride tell me her wedding color is purple I’m going to scream. Can’t we get more creative with the color choices? Mint is such a wonderful option for a wedding! It is soft and classy, and creates a magical look for that special day. Why not be gutsy and wear a mint wedding gown! Wouldn’t that be unique?

FOOD AND DRINK

I’m not sure if its the southern gal in me or not, but I am a HUGE fan of the Mint Julep. What’s not to love? Its sweet, its cool, its minty, its bourbon- So refreshing. Well what if you took all the wonderful things about Mint Juleps and put that in a cupcake? Wow. My mind has been sufficiently blown. (Click the image for the recipe)

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Savory Cupcakes, Cake Pops and More!

The past week or two have been a bit overwhelming for me. I have so much going on between school and family that I’ve barely even cooked, and I definitely haven’t crafted at all. I did manage to make some bread that I will be sharing with you soon, but in the mean time I figured a great way to get myself back into the blogging groove would be to post some pinterest inspiration ideas that I’m hoping to try in the coming weeks. Here are some things I hope to get to soon!

SAVORY CUPCAKES

These days it seems like people are making everything into a cup. Here are some clever ways to incorporate favourite savory dinner recipes into that oh so beloved cupcake shape.

Meatloaf Cupcake with Mashed Potato “frosting”

Lasagna Cupcakes

Mac and Cheese Muffins

SAVORY CAKE POPS

 

Cake pops are definitely every bit of the rage lately. I’ve seen every flavor combination under the sun available in cake form and on a stick. But, savory cake pops are the new kid in town. Here are some awesome ideas I can’t wait to try!

 

Crab Cake Pops

 

This recipe comes from the babycakes cake pop maker recipe book. Pop these babies on a stick and you’re golden!

 

 

Bacon Cheese Pops

 

OMG. Bacon and Cheese- on a stick! These look divine. I have a feeling these pops will definitely be making an appearance at my annual wine and cheese party!

 

Guntapongalalu (Indian Uttapam Veggie Pops)

 

These look awesome! Uttapams are a tasty indian pancake with veggies and a curry flavor to them. This recipe is definitely one to try.

 

 

CREATIVE CAKES

 

My mom’s birthday is coming up next month and she is a lover of chocolate and malt balls. When I saw this cake I knew I just had to file it away to make a birthday cake for my dear mother. She’s going to love it!

 

My sister in law is having a baby in November and her shower is coming up. I thought this would be such a cute idea for a baby shower cake! It looks pretty easy too. You would just need one large metal bowl, and two small ones. Bake the cake right in the bowls and then trim to shape and lay the fondant right over them.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I’ve won the Sunshine Blogging Award!

Well would you look at that? I’m always looking at other people’s blog wondering how they got so many awards, and in the mean time someone has gone and awarded me! That someone is Kim from SheWinesSometimes. Any friend of wine is a friend of mine! She has a charming blog and you should all check it out.

The Sunshine Award is given to “bloggers who positively and creatively inspire other bloggers”. Thank you, Kim, for taking the time to pass this along and giving me a chance to do the same!

Here are a few rules of the nomination:

1. If you are nominated, blog a post linking back to the person/blog that nominated you.

2. Answer some questions, then nominate ten fellow bloggers and link their blogs to the post!

3. Comment on your nominees’ blogs to let them know you’ve nominated them.

So, here are the questions:

1. Who is your favorite philosopher?
Jesus Christ. He’s more of a Savior than a philosopher, but I live by His philosophies – the Bible.

2. What is your favorite number?
I don’t know. I guess 3? Not sure why.

3. What is your favorite animal?
Cow. In steak form. (sorry animal lovers, lol)

4. What are your Facebook and Twitter URLs?
Twitter: @homemakerchic | Facebook: www.facebook.com/HomemakerChic

5. What is your favorite time of the day?
Evening when Adam is home and it’s snuggle time.

6. What was your favorite vacation?
Always Key West.

7. What is your favorite physical activity?
Dancing! 🙂 I don’t mind the elliptical from time to time but dancing is way more fun.

8. What is your favorite non-alcoholic drink?
Lately I’ve had a pitcher of cold green and herbal tea in the fridge. Its tasty!

9. What is your favorite flower?
I’m a sucker for pink roses.

10. What is your passion?
Serving God, loving my husband, teaching women to be better homemakers, raising children. I suppose all of the above could fall under the title Homemaker!

And now…10 other blogs you should check out! (in no particular order…)

Sandy Sandmeyer

The Lovely Lemon

All tied up with string

Gluten-free-zen

Chao Bella

Lynn Wilkerson

Creative Noshing

The Bead Den

Pillows a la mode

Local Food California

 

Free Etsy Earrings Giveaway! (Closed)

GIVEAWAY NOW CLOSED – Congratulations to Mary who won!

Stay tuned for my next giveaway coming up near the end of September. 🙂

Hello folks! I am just pleased as punch to announce that today I will be offering Homemaker Chic’s very first giveaway! I couldn’t be more excited about the product that one of you lucky dogs will be getting for FREE. If you remember my Etsy Inspiration – Tangerine post you’ll remember these charming little Chrysanthemum earrings. Well Darcee from Silver Lotus Designs has graciously offered to send one of you a free pair, in any color you like! I am so super jealous. I wish I could enter this thing myself 🙂 Here are the colors you can choose from. She has nine adorable color options. If you win I will contact you for your preference. Yay! (I like the turquoise!)

So, since I am so generous I have come up with FIVE ways for you to enter. That means you have five chances to win! That’s pretty great.

Here’s how to enter:

1) I would love to find out what you all want to read. Leave a comment to this post, sharing a topic that you would like to see featured on Homemaker Chic. It can be anything cooking, craft, baking, decorating, or homemaking related. Let me know what you’re dying to learn about!

2) Like HomemakerChic on Facebook. If you’ve already done this, you get an entry for it too!

3) Follow @HomemakerChic on Twitter.

4) Like Darcee on Facebook

5) Favorite Darcee’s Etsy Shop Silver Lotus Designs on Etsy.

Leave a comment listing each item that you have completed. Please number them… your post should look something like this.

“I have completed the following:

1- Liked Homemakerchic on Facebook

2- Liked Darcee on Facebook

3- Favorited Darcee’s Shop”

Can’t wait to see who wins! Good luck 🙂