Beyond the Kitchen

Life Lately:

NY Trip, Summer in Boston, Celebrating Life of a Friend

Life has been a little crazy lately. We traveled to NY to celebrate the engagement of two friends and had a blast. We’ve been enjoying summers in Boston and the fresh, delicious seafood that New England has to offer. I think it’s time I do a post on my favorite spots in Boston! We tried Venezia and it was AMAZING. Awesome food, great service.

We’ve been trying to grieve the sudden loss of a great friend of ours and celebrate his life the best we can. It’s hard to post business-as-usual when something so tragic hits our lives. It’s been a really hard week and we are trying to hold up the best we can. A reminder to love fiercely, and be so so kind- every single day. Tell those important to you that you love them. Life is too short and can be so unfair. I’ve been grateful for your kind words over on my Instagram post last week. Also a reminder that sometimes you see the best of people of social media and think their lives are perfect. Trust me, nobody’s life is perfect. Always a good thing to remember when scrolling through your feeds. As always, thank you for being the absolute best. This community is truly amazing.

Jax turned THREE.

How did this little nugget turn into this big nugget? Man, I love this dog so much. Read more here.

One Year of Marriage!

We celebrated one whole year of being married with a lovely dinner at Capital Grille. I mean, they went above and beyond. Rose petals on the table, champagne to start, a dessert platter. It was so so nice. Now we’re off to Nashville for more celebrations! Thanks to all of your recommendations on Facebook we are jam-packed. Nashville travel guide coming SOON.

Throwback!

Wedding posts:

Wedding Recap 1 & 2 | Wedding Hotel Bags

Registry Must-Haves | Engagement Party

Blog Posts I’m loving:

These Oatmeal Raisin Cookies look INSANE. I need them.

Farmer’s Market Tacos? Sign me up!

College-friendly recipes for back to school. A great resource!

How to spiralize cantaloupe – genius!

Going camping? These meals and hiking snack ideas are great!

Basil Whipped Ricotta? I just drooled on my keyboard!

I can SO get behind these slow cooker mushroom tacos!

Songs I’m loving:

I’m still on my country music kick. Especially since we leave for our anniversary trip to Nashville this weekend!

Break Up In A Small Town – Sam Hunt

Homegrown Honey – Darius Drucker

There’s a Girl – Trent Harmon

One Hell of An Amen – Brantley Gilbert

Follow my Country Edition Spotify playlist here!

What’s HOT on Pinterest This Week:

Mexican Street Corn Salad:  Pin it for later

Easy Chia Seed Jam: Pin it for later

Chicken Marsala: Pin it for later

Oven-Baked Zucchini Fries: Pin it for later

Current Must-Haves:

This bralette is everything. I rarely wear regular, underwire bras lately with the purchase of these!

I just got this dress for a wedding and I can’t wait to wear it.

A portable steamer: my travel must-have

These PJ shorts are seriously SO soft. My new obsession.

My new favorite jeans. I just got this pair and this one, and they fit like a glove. 50% off, too!

*Free* Rejuvenating Eye Cream ($75 value) with purchase of $150 through Sunday. Amazing deal!

These are the gummy vitamins I’m taking. My nails have never been stronger! Plus it has methylfolate for my MTHFR gene mutation!

This clutch is so cute for Fall!

My new favorite + fun earrings, discounted!

The best FREE bacon (uncured and sugar-free) + $15 off your first Butcherbox order.

What You May Have Missed:

Grilled Sweet Potato Salad with Honey Mustard Vinaigrette

Cooking for Others: A Guide to Home Cooked Meals

DIY Lunch Pinwheels

Freezer Burritos

Pecan Popcorn Chicken

Happy 3rd Birthday JAX!

How I’m Eating Lately and Let’s Talk Labels

What’s Coming?

5-Ingredient Buffalo Chicken Baked Hummus Dip (gluten-free) - Lexi's Clean Kitchen

Gluten Free Chicken Caesar Pasta Salad - Lexi's Clean Kitchen

Sneaky Veggie Gluten-Free Mac and Cheese-Pecan Breadcrumbs | Lexi's Clean Kitchen

Happy weekend, friends!  Thanks for reading 🙂

Beyond the Kitchen

Life Lately:

Hi everyone! I can’t believe it’s about to be the end of July. Where is the summer going? It’s flying, that’s for sure! This month has been busy, busy, busy. I traveled back and forth to New York for a few weeks to help my mom recover from her knee surgery, and then had a little travel going on!

Norwich Inn Spa

Before my Austin trip this past weekend, I spent a few days at the Norwich Inn Spa for our annual girls trip! It was so much fun and so relaxing. We always do dinner at Mohegan Sun which is super close by, so we spa all day, then do dinner and drinks at night! Michael Jordan’s Steakhouse was seriously amazing!

Norwich Inn Spa 2017

The workout we did at the spa gym:

Austin, TX 

I spent last weekend in Austin with a few of my favorite girlfriends- Cassy, Juli, and Vanessa, and our Siete foods family! We stayed in an amazing AirBnb, ate awesome food, and had countless laughs! You guys, I bought cowboy boots from Allen’s Boots (see below) and am seriously in love. Also, I signed a few copies of my cookbook at the Barnes and Noble on Brodie Lane, so go snag them before they’re gone!

We ate at: Picnik (multiple times), Fresa’s, 24 Diner, Flower Child, Veracruz All Natural, Fortright Cafe, and an amazing cookout at Siete Foods HQ!

We stayed: In an AirBnB, and if you saw our IG stories, our last night we stayed in a hotel like 30 minutes outside of the city thanks to Vaness. It was hysterical.

Workouts: We did a workout made up by coach Ju (Juli) at Siete HQ and did a Crush Fitness class and they were both awesome. I was sufficiently sore! Also, shout out to Outdoor Voices for hooking us up with a pair of workout leggings!

Austin, Texas 2017 Trip

The workout we did at Siete:  Austin, Texas 2017 Trip

Blog Posts I’m loving:

We recorded Juli’s podcast in Austin this weekend! Listen here.

These Chorizo Sheet Pan Nachos are everything!

This Chocolate Fudge Brownie Ice Cream is paleo-friendly! How can we get Vanessa to deliver it?

Work-Life Balance and how to better achieve it!

Steak Tacos are so happening for dinner!

Songs I’m Loving (Country Edition):

My Girl- Dylan Scott

Losing Sleep- Chris Young

Traffic- Kimberly Dunn (CASSY’S SISTER)

More Girls Like You- Kipp Young

Round Here Buzz-  Eric Church

Follow my Country Edition Spotify playlist here

What’s HOT on Pinterest:

Mexican Street Corn Salad –  PIN IT

Caribbean Pulled Chicken Lettuce Wraps – PIN IT

Watermelon Salad with Basil-Ginger Dressing- PIN IT

Loaded Egg Salad – PIN IT

What You May Have Missed:

Facebook Live Q&A!

Gluten-Free BLT Pasta Salad

40 Must-Make Summer Recipes

Lightened Up Piña Coladas

Candied Pecan and Herb Chicken Salad

Greek Three Bean Salad (VIDEO)

Copycat Chipotle Chicken Burrito Bowls (VIDEO)

Watermelon Ahi Tuna Salad

Grilled Caesar Salad with Blackened Shrimp

Current Must-Haves:

This face mask is GREAT.

This is the external charger I use for my iPhone. It has 4 full chargers in it!

Beautycounter Band of Beauty Membership for only $29! 15% product order with every purchase, free shipping over $100, free gift over $50, and exclusive offers!

This blush in Bloom/Tulip is my favorite! I wear it day-to-day and going out at night!

Collagen Protein packets for travel!

These jeans fit like a glove and are on MAJOR sale!

The BEST sunglasses ever for a small face.

Enjoy the weekend, my friends!

BEYOND THE KITCHEN

Life Lately:

It’s been way too long since my Beyond the Kitchen posts! Let’s bring them back, shall we?

I recently did a book signing and a cooking demo here in the Boston area at Greentail Table in Newton, MA which was so much fun! They also have the CUTEST stuff for the home/kitchen. I’m obsessed!

Beyond the Kitchen - Lexi's Clean Kitchen

It’s finally feeling like SUMMER and I’m loving it! I was in NY last weekend with my family celebrating Mother’s Day, and then shooting videos for Simple Recipe Pro, my side project! In NY we ate lots of sushi pizzas and drank lychee martinis. My favorite. I MUST recreate that rice crust. MUST.

I came home and got my hair colored and went BLONDER! Summer blonde, am I right?

We’ve been cooking up a storm with lots of Summer recipes coming to LCK. So many that I am so excited about. Many of you have asked for some of my most popular recipes made nut-free, so we’re going to experiment with that for everyone!

My cookbook is also in Costco stores nationwide (for $21.99), which has been such a blast to see!

P.S. How cute is my nanny? She’s 94 and thriving, and makes my heart so happy!

Beyond the Kitchen - Lexi's Clean Kitchen

What’s HOT on Pinterest:

Spaghetti Squash Alfredo with Chicken and Caramelized Onions | Pin it

Mason Jar Layered Lunches | Pin it

Our Backyard Engagement Party | Pin it 

Oven Baked Zucchini Fries | Pin it 

What You May Have Missed:

Caprese Pesto Pasta Salad

Sheet Pan Buffalo Chicken & Veggies

Vanilla Bean Matcha Latte: Iced or Hot

Mint Chip Energy Bites

Melon Salad with Proscuitto 

MISC. from Around The Web:

This romper is SO cute and fits great

These Chia Bowls give me life

This Eye Shadow in Fawn/Night is my go-to

These floats for summer: donut and pizza

I’m getting this tick twister for Jax

Tahini brownies? I’m into it!

The best bronzer that’s also non-toxic!

My new summer sandals! I got them in Jute

My favorite little gift when a friend has a baby

This Lip sheer in Petal is my fav!

I love my CSA and love this post on 5 reasons to get one

I got these gummy molds for some fun recipes to come

This natural deodorant in Lemongrass works SO well!

Recipes we Recently Rephotographed:

Zucchini Linguine with Meat Sauce

Spaghetti Squash Primavera

Lemon Basil Shrimp Salad

Spaghetti Squash Pad Thai

Fish Tacos with Tropical Salsa

Songs I’m Loving:

Drake – Passionfruit

Calum Scott- Dancing On My Own

Buddy – Shine

I’m the One – DJ Khaled

Follow My Spotify Playlist

Current TV obsession:

Suits. It’s so good!

Thanks for reading!! Happy Weekend!