Gluten-Free Southern Buttermilk OvenFried Chicken

Growing up Southern, my mother used to make us, homemade, fried chicken for Sunday Dinners! It was quite a laborious and delicious task! We loved her real food, real Fried Chicken. Meander into the 21st century and we don't fry with grease. So, I figured out a way to make the best of the Buttermilk Oven-Fried Chicken and put my Gluten Free spin on it and even a great short cut to bring you this delicacy....

Southern Gluten-Free Buttermilk OvenFried Chicken


Forgive me, I have abandoned the whole chicken for this simple recipe. You'll be happy about this, trust me.  So, really this should be titled the Southern Gluten-Free Buttermilk Fried Chicken Nuggets! :)  You know, similar to Southern icon, Mrs. Kay from Duck Dynasty and her Buttermilk Frog Legs. 

For today, let's just make this Southern Buttermilk Oven Fried Chicken. :) 

Here we go: 

1 1/2 .lbs Chicken Breasts - boneless skinless and sliced into desired nugget size, or not
1 c. Buttermilk 
2 T. Crystal Hot Sauce from New Orleans :)              
1 t. black pepper
1 t. white pepper
1/2 t. cayenne pepper (if you are me, more! :)
4 garlic cloves mashed 
1 1/2 cups Almond meal (100% almond "flour)
2 T. Butter (whole, real and salted)
2 T. canola oil
Salt and Pepper
This is Crystal Hot Sauce
from New Orleans

Preheat oven to 425 degrees when ready to Bake the Chicken. 

First, place chicken breasts in pyrex; in a small bowl mix the buttermilk, Crystal hot sauce, black, white and cayenne peppers, and garlic. Stir to mix. Then pour over the chicken breasts in the pyrex; cover and place in the refrigerator; let marinate over night or at least a few hours. 
Next, place the 2 T. of canola oil in ANOTHER 9x13 pyrex and let it cover the bottom of pan. Then, take tongs and, one at a time, dredge the chicken in the almond meal in a small bowl. Cover the chicken breast with the almond meal. Then, place in the pyrex with canola oil in the bottom. (I found this system worked well for me even though it involved two dishes. Someone may want to use the same pyrex dish.)

After all chicken nuggets are coated in almond meal and placed in the pyrex, sprinkle with salt and pepper. Also, drizzle melted butter, a little on each slice. 

Mine look like this going INTO the oven/UNcooked. 

Bake in Oven uncovered for 35 minutes. Oven temperatures vary, bake until golden brown and cooked throughout like mine pictured here. 


This is a new family favorite! And we don't miss out on fried chicken. We also do not have to compromise for over greasy and over cooked processed fried chicken you buy out. 

Let me know if you try the recipe. We LOVE it! Cheers! 

Carolina Mama 

Target and TOMS for the Holidays

Typically, I do not talk about Christmas in September. I am happy to savor the final days of Summer. Enjoy the sunshine, catch another wave, feel the sand between my toes, make Blueberry Ice Cream, watch another sunset on fire over the lake....

This year is different, two of my favorite brands announced some incredible and Giving News! Yes, isn't that what Christmas is all about - Giving. Afterall, Jesus gave His all for us and we celebrate his Birth, Christmas in honor.

So, when Target and TOMS broke their news, yes, Facebook ad gone right!, I wanted help spread the excitment, the goodness. The Giving.

Here Target will donate blanket, meals and shoes for each purchase made.  That's giving. So purchase this cool shirt and it feeds or clothes someone.

Go ahead and gift these fun and classic TOMS and help someone else through Target, TOMS and 
the American Red Cross and the Canadian Red Cross Disaster Relief. 

That's something - now you get to share the good news of the Holidays with others!  Thanks TOMS and Target for sharing Christmas and the Holiday Spirit with others!  Really, we're all partnering together on this one... right?! Guess it will be time to TOMS Target shop in November! :)

Warmly, Carolina Mama

Character Health LIVE Media and Twitter Party Giveaway

This year I have loved working with Character Health!  

The Character Health Mission is: 

Our mission is to transform the American culture 

by equipping parents to train a new
 generation of courageous, Christ-like, character-healthy leaders.

This week Join Steve and Megan Scheibner as Steve appears LIVE 9/11 5pm EST on the Glenn Beck 
Program talking about his 9/11 Story, In My Seat

Steve and Megan join Dr. James Dobson of Family Talk for two days of 
conversation on 9/11 and 9/12 at 

Character Health will host a Twitter Party for their media events on Wednesday, 9/10 at 8pm EST.  Come join the party and enter to Win a Giveaway at the twitter party. Follow @CharacterHealth on Twitter.

You can Sign Up for the Character Health FREE emails and receive their FREE Ebook here.  You'll love the Character Quality emails.

Warmly, Carolina Mama

FTC Disclosure: Joyfully, I work with Character Health. All opinions are my own. 

Precious Moments with Buckle Up For Life Twitter Party Tonight, Car Seat GIVEAWAY

When our Twins were smaller, we have fabulous car seats that were 5 point harnesses and we kept the boys in them until they were well beyond the legal requirement.  We wanted our boys safe as possible.  One of the Precious Moments of my Parenting came when we were leaving town on a road trip and we were all set: bags packed, gasoline filled up, GPS, and we were off.  

This precious moment includes our young babe crying...I was in the passengers seat and I tried to talk to our son. I tried to give him water, a toy, etc. I was hoping to keep our son calm while my husband drove.  My son began to cry louder, I reached back to hand him his blankie, hold his hand....nothing was working. 

My husband pulled the car over safely and put on the hazards opened the door to talk to our son and see what was making him uncomfortable. He was pulling on his car seat. His harness was not completely snapped and HE KNEW IT!  That moment will always remind me of each precious moment we have. It also reminds me to be safe!  Buckle UP and double check yourself. Right! My son knew that secure feeling of his 5 point harness car seat buckling him up. 

This evening I am excited to be helping Host a Twitter Party with Buckle Up For Life and Traveling Mom, also  We will be sharing all things Precious Moments in the Car with our children!  So you will get to hear more fun stories of Precious Moments with our children. :) How fun is that. We hope you will join us! 

Please join us for this fun Twitter Party TONIGHT, Monday, September 8, 2014 at 9:00 pm EST.  And at the Twitter Party, Buckle Up for Life is GIVING AWAY (4) Car Seats during the hour long Twitter Party! Hope you Win! :) 

"Buckle Up for Life is not just a partnership between Toyota and one of the world’s leading children’s hospitals. It is also a program that is bringing many of the leading children’s hospitals across the U.S. together. That’s how important the cause of child passenger safety is and why we are so grateful to have the opportunity to make the program better each year by adding new hospitals to our growing list of distinguished partners. "
In addition to the Twitter Party tonight, we are having a Google Hangout with Buckle Up For Life Google Hangout on Wednesday Sept. 10th, 12 Noon-2PMToyotaSheBuysCars and TravelingMom. This should be fun and I hope you can join us then as well.  you can check out your local Hospitals that Partner with Buckle Up for Life here. 

At the Buckle Up for Life Google Hangout on Wednesday, the first (20) Hangout Attendees who ask a question will win a Car Seat! Join in for the car seats (20) Giveaways! There will be experts answering questions about car seat safety. You can Tweet your Questions with the hashtag #BuckleUpForLife or submit them in the Google Hangout forum. 

So, join us tonight, September 8th from 9:00 pm - 10:00pm for a great Precious Moments Twitter Party with Car Seats (4) Giveaway! We'll talk about Safety in the Google Hangout on Wednesday, September 10th from Noon-2pm EST. Experts will answer your safety questions. 

Enter the CarolinaMama Car Seat Giveaway NOW: 

1) Leave a Precious Moments Comment below; just share your child's precious moment in the car;
2) Tweet that you hope to win the @CarolinaMama Giveaway with #BuckleUpForLife; and
3) Share this Giveaway on your Facebook Page.

*Enter Once For Each of the (3) steps. Good Luck! Contest closes at 10pm EST September 18th. 

Thanks for joining us and I hope to see you at the Twitter Party tonight and on the Google Hangout on Wednesday, links above in this post. Cheers to Precious Moments with our Children. 

Warmly, Carolina Mama

FTC Disclosure:  This post is sponsored by Traveling mom, Buckle up for Life and She buys Cars. All opinions are my own. 

Rayovac Power Boost 800 Emergency iPhone Charge

As a social media mom who loves her technology, I have been through all of the not so great phone chargers. Now, Rayovac has brought to us the NEW Rayovac Portable iPhone Boost 800 Charger for Apple! LOVE it!

It charges up to 150 minutes of Talk Time per Charge!  Check it out!


We love the LED lighting and the simple USB availability!  Charge it on your computer or any USB outlet, in your car, at Starbucks at home. The possibilities are endless to stay charged and,  get this,

it carries the charge for 6 months!  That's awesome!

I love that I can power up before a trip and have that back up power!  It is sleek and simple

Look at the price tag: a very reasonable $29.99.

Here it is your Phone Boost800 for Emergency Charges for your iPhone. They also have 
Androids for those of you.... :)  See, Rayovac makes everyone happy! 

The features are incredible for staying charged. "Freedom to be without cords OR outlets!"

Check out all the official goodness:

• 800mAh Lithium Ion rechargeable mobile device charger

• Charger holds enough power to recharge your mobile phone for 150 minutes of talk time*
• Recharge the Phone Boost power pack 500+ times by using a USB charger
• Holds charge up to 6 months
• Integrated USB and Micro USB device connectors with protective caps
• Compatible with Micro USB devices (cell/smart phones, digital cameras, portable gaming devices, MP3 players, and more)
• 4 LED battery gauge indicators show charge and discharge status
• Keychain attached for convenience and portability
• Instant power once your device is plugged in
• Push button switch turns charger on – if inactive for 30 seconds, charger will automatically turn off to save battery power
• Limited product warranty

My personal favorite is that it is sleek to fit in your PURSE. That's fashionable!  And Functional!

Follow Rayovac on Facebook and Rayovac on Twitter to see the latest technology products and to get valuable coupons.

Thank you Rayovac for keeping the very best coming our way!

Warmly, Carolina Mama

FTC Disclosure:  I am a Rayovac Power Blogger. This post is sponsored by Rayovac and all opinions are my own. 

My Saturday on Instagram

Since my Instagram is private except for events I hashtag, I thought it would be fun to share my day through Instagram. 

People always make my favorite pictures!  We loved having our friends over for lunch.  They are friends from Europe and will be leaving to go to Asia on Wednesday. It was wonderful to spent sweet time together.   

We used from Basil from our Backyard to Table. :) We LOVED it! It made me have Best Italian Food Ever Chef status for a luncheon. :) And we indulged in our everyday favorite, Fresh Mint from our backyard. It went perfectly in our Sweet Tea. 

Me loving and sharing my Monogram from One Moms World's sweet daughter. Talent! 


It is always a good day when it starts with a great cup of Starbucks with the love of my life.


Then, I shared these fab Rudbeckia! from Whole Foods. Brightens everyone's day! 

I even found a little time to read some Jamie on his 50th issue.


Grater's Ice Cream made a visit locally and gave out perfect Chocolate samples of their goodness. The heat made this extra sweet. 


Another highlight was a Welcome Home Party for our Friends who just completed their Family of 10! with their adoption of 6 siblings from Latvia! They are all precious and it was a sweet celebration of life and adoption of these precious children. It brought tears to our eyes to see our children all playing together. 


Then, this pretty little package came in the mail from my precious niece. We are collaborating on being Twins! 


On a sad note, we are about to lose one of our original fish, Neon. We are all sad. Neon joined our family with our Aquarium and others fish 2 1/2 years ago. The boys and my husband are treating her separately here in her "hospital."  We are hoping for her recovery. She perked up when we all talked to her. 


That's a wrap on our Saturday for this week. I do believe this post contains most of my favorite things, family, people, faith, food, fun, fashion, reading, beautiful things, flowers, monogram, pink. :) t is fun to look at our full days and be completely thankful.   Hope you all have a blessed Holiday weekend. 

Carolina Mama 

Easiest Red Beans and Rice Crock Pot Recipe #Cajun

All my life the Red Beans and Rice have defined South Louisiana.  My mother had a way of making this simple meal one we all craved and devoured regularly.  In New Orleans and throughout South Louisiana, particularly, Monday is Laundry Day and with it comes a massive pot of Red Beans and Rice that have been cooked to perfection.

My Mom and Dad both taught me favorite things to cook. My Mom was the quintessential Southern Belle, Wife, Mom, Friend, Musician ...  and Cook. As a wife and Mom, I so appreciate your commitment to us through so many areas and specifically through her cuisine.

So after college when I began to cook for myself, it bothered me greatly that I was not able to master Mommy's Red Beans and Rice. I worked and worked. And there is great disappointment in trying and failing at something so innate as your heritage of recipes!

Yes, my mother's shoes were hard to fill. Yet, I really tried. Through the years, I got better. Trial and error have always been my friends. Try, try and try again have been my mantra as well. I work hard and achieve, eventually.

My efforts at reaching my culinary goals for Red Beans and Rice came when I was many miles away living in Colorado... you know, learning to Ski, Hike 14ers and Fly Fish.  Snowshoe, and more. I was more determined than ever to bring New Orleans to the Rockies. So with my dear native New Orleans Friend and Roommate, we perfected our recipe.

It's a culmination of my Mom, her Mom, us, Emeril, Paul Proudhome and more.  And since I am so enjoying this delicacy here in my Mom's native land of North Carolina, like a good blogger, I am here to share the goods with you!

Cajun Red Beans and Rice Crock Pot Style - Easiest and Tastiest

1 .lb Red Beans (Camilla are THE best!) These will be good even with Wal-Marts.
1 .lb Andouille Chicken Sausage sliced thinly - health matters. We use Trader Joe's
1 yellow onion diced
5-7 garlic cloves diced
Spices you Love: Basil, White Pepper, Black Pepper, Cheyenne Pepper, Salt, Oregano, Thyme. Spice to taste
1 box Vegetable Broth - we use TJ's
2 T. canola oil
2 cups of water
Crystal Hot Sauce, a NOLA favorite!

4 c. cooked white rice according to package :)  Brown or Wild Rice taste wonderful as well.

KEY!  Soak Red Beans in Water OVERNIGHT. :)  This is gold. Refill the bowl to cover the beans with water for the 24 hours.

Rinse beans. Place them in the crock pot with the broth and cook on High for two hours. Then, add ALL the other ingredients layered in, stir a circle around the crock pot two or three times. Cook for 5 more hours on Low.  Remove lid and KEY! MASH some of the red beans with a fork. Stir.

Cook a Final hour without the Crock Pot lid off. Mash and stir some more and serve over fresh steamed white rice. Wild rice or brown rice taste great - tradition is white rice. Add Crystal Hot Sauce to taste! 

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This is a complete meal as rice and beans create a complete protein. Serve with a Salad and French Bread, and Banana Pudding. Que up a little Harry Connick, Jr.'s "Every Man Should Know" and "My Mama Told Me!" Enjoy!!!

Take Note: I omitted the sautéing of the onions, garlic and andouille. This saved time and did not effect the flavor at all! This was fabulous! No need to brown the already cooked andouille.

Hope you enjoy!

Let the good times roll!
Warmly, Carolina Mama