• Paisley Raye Crystal Chapman

    Family Rule: We Take Care of Each Other

    A Family Rule I work hard to teach my children to be kind and to take care of one another. It’s our number one family rule. They are almost 4 and 6, and know it’s their job to always make sure the other is okay. We take care of each other because that’s what family does. But it goes further than that. If you see someone hurt, you always run for help. You don’t ask questions, you don’t worry about who it is, you just run and get help, because that’s what we do. It’s important to instill this value into children young because they are our future, and we need…

  • Gluten Free Onion Rings

    Gluten Free Homestyle Onion Rings

    Gluten Free Homestyle Onion Rings Yes, you read that right – you’re going to attempt the most amazing gluten free homestyle onion ring recipe ever! It’s not often I feel as if I’m going without by being gluten free because there are countless options wherever I go, but I notice it when I look at the appetizer section at a restaurant! It only took me 10 years to find the right recipe for me to adapt in the ways best suited for the gluten free route. We all know it’s not as easy as changing up the flour, more goes into it than that, and here’s the fruit of my…

  • Gluten Free Mozzarella Sticks

    Gluten Free Mozzarella Sticks

    The Perfect Party Snack There’s not much more I love than having delicious appetizers while hosting a party, but it’s slim pickings when you’re gluten free. Oh the things I miss – fried calamari, onion rings, and mozzarella sticks, just to name a few. But hang onto your hats because I’m about to show you the easiest recipe ever for making gluten free mozzarella sticks, and you won’t be sad at another party you host again! Ingredients 1 16 oz bag of mozzarella sticks 2 beaten eggs 1/4 cup water 1 1/2 cups Ian’s Gluten Free Italian Breadcrumbs 1/2 tsp garlic salt 2/3 cups gluten free flour – My favorite…

  • Marinara Sauce

    Marinara Sauce

    Marinara Sauce The great thing about a really good marinara sauce is how versatile it is. You can use this same starter recipe for mozzarella stick dipping sauce, pizza sauce, meatball subs, spaghetti sauce, or use as is served over pasta or gnocchi. This is my personal adaptation of a recipe I found in Delightfully Free a few years ago. So let’s dig into this marinara sauce! Ingredients 3 Tbsp olive oil 5-6 cloves fresh minced garlic (or more to taste…I like a lot of garlic and usually use more) 1 28 oz can tomato puree 1 28 oz can diced tomatoes, drained 1 tsp oregano 1/2 tsp sea salt…

  • Quickbooks Self-Employed For Boutique Owners - Crystal J Chapman

    Quickbooks Self-Employed for Boutique Owners

    The Nitty Gritty of Owning a Business Running a successful small business is difficult and keeping spending in check is vital. It’s incredibly easy to get caught up in the fun of filling your boutique or shop with all the products you want to offer your customers. Trust me…I know. One thing that has helped me keep things reigned in is Quickbooks Self-Employed. I’ve used Quickbooks and the self-employed option, and in my option, Quickbooks Self-Employed for boutique owners is the best way to go, and I’ll tell you why. What Does Quickbooks Self-Employed Offer? Quickbooks Self-Employed offers several features to help better organize your finances and prepare for the…

  • Direct Sales and The Mean Girl Club

    Direct Sales and The Mean Girl Club

    Oh…Isn’t That A Pyramid Scheme? Direct sales has a bad reputation and while most of that has to do with how we as small business owners choose to conduct our business, a large portion of that negative reputation is based off how we treat each other within in the industry. How on Earth are we ever going to be taken seriously if we can’t take the time to treat others in the industry with respect, kindness and willing extend a helping hand? The short answer is it will never happen because we’re currently a mean girl club. Woah…that can’t possibly be true because we’re a sisterhood. We’re here to help…

  • Don't wait for goodbye

    Don’t Wait For Goodbye

    What Are You Waiting For? Very recently, we lost my husband’s grandmother at the age of 85 – what a wonderful life! It’s hard to believe she was living independently just the week prior and now she’s gone. How I wish I had told her some of the things in my heart, but I didn’t. Don’t wait for goodbye, it’s not worth it because you’re almost always too late. I remember when my husband’s grandfather passed away. There I sat the following evening helplessly at work in Alaska while he had traveled across the country to be with his mourning family. To say I desperately wanted to be there is…

  • Recipes

    Gluten Free Unicorn Cheesecake

    Unicorn Cheesecake?! Yup! That’s what I said! I’ve been making this cheesecake for 10 years now and I couldn’t rave about this recipe more than I do. I initially found it in a magazine that’s now called Gluten Free Living. I absolutely LOVE this gluten free cheesecake recipe and have tweaked it over time to be the perfect dessert for my household. My daughter has been on a unicorn (unitorn) kick for almost a year and a half now, and upon seeing a fun unicorn dipping creation on Pinterest, my children asked to make it. I was in the mood for cheesecake though so we went with that and it…

  • Stuffed Cabbage Rolls

    Stuffed Cabbage Rolls

    Stuffed Cabbage Rolls I know what you’re thinking – cabbage…really? YES! These are seriously the best! I am always looking to try a new recipe, especially one in which I don’t have to completely recreate with gluten free and soy free substitutes. This is a great staple piece to rotate into your dinner menu throughout the winter months. It has great flavor and makes for a great leftover meal. This meal will take you about 2 hours in total to make between prep time and cook time. Prep time is only 25 minutes, so not bad at all!! On a side note though, this meal is amazing as a freezer…

  • Gluten Free Brownies

    Delicious Gluten Free Brownies

    Delicious Gluten Free Brownies Yes, it’s true…these are gluten free and they’re damn delicious! I promise you! I’ve not had a single wheat infested eating friend think these are gluten free! They’re such a moist, chocolatey and decadent little treat that is ready in less than an hour! I stumbled upon this originally non-gluten free gem of a recipe on All Recipes and absolutely LOVE this platform for finding new recipes! You can’t go wrong with Betty Crocker’s Gluten Free Brownies when in a crunch, but these seriously are crazy easy and I don’t feel nearly as dirty after eating them. They’re obviously not the healthiest treat…but totally okay since…