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!

Beyond the Kitchen

Life Lately:

On Tuesday I headed to NYC for some super fun Lexi’s Clean Kitchen Cookbook meetings! I arrived at my hotel, Yotel, and you won’t believe this… realized I left my cellphone in the CAB! After a hectic 45 minutes of using Find My iPhone and getting in touch with my sweetheart of a cab driver, I had my phone back. I now realize my insane attachment to that thing…

I was starving, so I headed to the hotel lounge area, and grabbed a snack and a much needed cocktail! They gave me cucumbers with my eggplant dip instead of pita, and it was delicious. Yotel NYC

The hotel was trendy and quite futuristic, and my room at Yotel was awesome! I had a King Suite and the balcony had an eating area and a HOT TUB. Yes, a hot tub on a New York City hotel room balcony! It was pretty spectacular. Yotel’s mission is to bring affordable hotels that are trendy, fun, and have amenities, while also being a no-frills hotel. They work to cut costs (like no room service) while still having a nice experience. I had a great 2 days there!

I also got to spend time with my mom for her birthday! 

moms birthday 2016

The next two days were packed with awesome meetings where I talked about healthy living and of course, the Lexi’s Clean Kitchen cookbook, which will be in stores nationwide on TUESDAY. I tried out Glamsquad for the first time, a service that comes to wherever you are and does your hair, make-up, or even nails, and I loved it! If you’re in NYC, LA, or Miami you can get $25 off with your first booking through here.

Lexi's Clean Kitchen Cookbook

If you followed along on social media, you got some peeks into the amazing offices at some of these places. I swoon over the meditation room at Mind Body Green, the cafeteria at Buzzfeed, and the view at Self Magazine.

Afterwards, we stopped at the 9/11 memorial because I actually hadn’t been there yet. Growing up 40 minutes outside of New York City, many of my friends had parents who worked in the twin towers, many who lost family members and friends, and like many of you, it so deeply effected my life and all those close to me very personally. The memorial was so intense and moving. It was truly so well done and we just stood there for a while in silence and took it all in. Never ever forget.

9/11 MemorialNow I’m home, and getting ready for NEXT WEEK! Are you coming to the first book tour stops? I love seeing these signs all over the stores! I don’t think it will ever get old!Lexi's Clean Kitchen Book Tour

Blog Posts To Check Out:

Gina shared the Harvest Salad from the Lexi’s Clean Kitchen Cookbook!

Read about how I healed my gut and some kitchen tips to set you up for success!

Boston peeps- I am debuting my book tour with Whole Foods Market on 11/10! Read about it in your local paper and RSVP today!

Chicken Bacon Cheddar SALAD? I’m all in!

Juli’s new podcast is simply awesome.

Porcini Steaks and a perfect Mushroom Method.

This Slow Cooker Caramel Apple Butter is not your average apple butter!

Song of the Week:

Die a Happy Man by Thomas Rhett

What’s HOT on Pinterest:

Spaghetti Squash Alfredo with Chicken and Caramelized Onions | Pin it

Mason Jar Layered Lunches | Pin it

How Much To Serve on Thanksgiving | Pin it

What You May Have Missed:

Slow Cooker Baked Potato Bar | Recipe

Trail Mix Granola Bars | Recipe

Pumpkin Smash Cocktail | Recipe

Current Must-Haves:

New York Looks:

Jumpsuit // Necklace Day 1 // Purse

Dress // Necklace Day 2 (similar 1 | similar 2) // Purse // Leather Jacket // Booties

Travel Must-Haves:

Cleansing Balm is perfect for a make-up remover and cleanser. Your skin feels amazing.

My favorite natural toothpaste.

This walnut complexion scrub, because you never know how your skin will react in a new place!

A travel pillow.

This tinted moisturizer is amazing. I use it every morning.

Happy weekend! See you next week!

Beyond the Kitchen

Loving Lately’s have a new name: Beyond the Kitchen! I changed it up because these post encompass so much more than what just what I’m loving. I talk about life lately, what’s going on with me personally, what you’ll find on the blog, what you may have missed, and so on! 

Life Lately:

This month has been busy with weddings, travel, blog work, and getting ready for my book to release! When we were in New York, I got to show my nanny my cookbook for the first time. She was brought to tears over some special touches done just for her. It was such a special moment.

Here’s nanny checking out her Potted Chicken Recipe. You all will love this one!

Lexi's Clean Kitchen Cookbook

We went back to our college town, Amherst MA, for a wedding and visited my friend Brian’s new restaurant called Bread and Butter. It was amazing!

Bread and Butter Amherst

wedding-amherst-2016(Dress | Shoes)

Last weekend I was in Miami celebrating one of my closest friends bachelorette party! We had so much fun and I am so looking forward to their wedding in December. We stayed at the 1 Hotel, ate dinner at Baoli, and had brunch at Beachcraft (attached to the hotel). The hotel was amazing. So ecofriendly with awesome amenities. They even had rxBars and Vermints in the hotel room- two of my favorites!

I got home and started back up with some work out classes this week and I’m feeling really good about them! I got lazy with working out the past few months but I am back! Maybe I’ll share more about this soon.

Next week I’m off to NYC for some cookbook press. I am so excited for all we have planned and all that’s to come! Make sure to follow along on Instagram and Snapchat. You guys, in less than two weeks my first book will be in your kitchens! I cannot even wait for you to cook through it with me!

Cook Books I’m Loving:

Paleo Soups and Stews by Simone Miller

Practical Paleo: 2nd Edition by Diane Sanfilippo 

Skinnytaste: Fast and Slow by Gina Homolka

Current Read:

The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah

Quote of the week:

“If you don’t build your dream, someone will hire you to help build theirs.”― Tony A. Gaskins Jr.

What’s HOT on Pinterest:

How to Build The Perfect Soup: Pin it | Link 

How Much To Serve on Thanksgiving: Pin it | Link

Spaghetti Squash Alfredo with Chicken and Caramelized Onions: Pin it | Link

Apple Cider Sangria: Pin it | Link

What You May Have Missed:

Fall Hashbrown Breakfast Skillet

Egg Roll Bowls

Slow Cooker Baked Apples

Current Must-Haves:

This statement necklace is a two-piece beauty.

My all-time favorite pre-cleanser. Great as a make up remover, too! 

This romper (in black) is super cute. Fits a drop big.

So is this one! Fits true to size.

This is our favorite non-toxic body wash

My new travel camera!

What’s Coming?

Slow Cooker Baked Potato Bar

Pumpkin Smash Cocktail

Trail Mix Granola Bars

Part 2 of the Wedding Recap and Part 3: San Fran, Napa, Yosemite

Claim Your FREE e-Book!

Get this 27 recipe e-book for free when you email your preorder receipt to cookbook@lexiscleankitchen.com!

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Thanks for reading along! Have a fabulous weekend!

Beyond the Kitchen

Life Lately:

I’m thinking of renaming these Loving Lately posts to… Outside the Kitchen? Or Something? You guys, I’m not witty. Can you help me come up with a cute name for these weekly little dates? Pretty please! Comment, email, message, snap me!

Okay, aside from that… SO MUCH has been going on. 

I spent a few days last week in Indiana with some awesome bloggers and my favorite tomato company, Tuttorosso! More on this, but it was such an awesome few days and I learned so much about the process of growing the tomatoes then getting them into the can and out to us consumers!

Tuttorosso 

Since I’ve been back, something came in the mail: MY COOKBOOK. Holy moly. I wasn’t expecting it for at least a week or 2, so when FedEx arrived 2 days ago, I nearly fell over! I did a little Facebook LIVE (my very first one), and totally loved doing. I kept it short, but I’ll be doing tons more. You can see a sneak peek of the book in this teaser video below!

 

 

You can preorder your copy (or stock up for friends and family for the holidays) for 42% off TODAY.

Blog Posts I’m loving:

These Jam labels are perfect for the holidays.

Sriracha Honey Popcorn Clusters, oh YEAH!

What I’d Tell Food Bloggers, 10 Years After Blogging from Smitten Kitchen

This Caesar Salad Slaw is brilliant.

Cookbooks I’m loving:

Fed & Fit’s Cookbook

Danielle Walker’s Celebrations

The Healthy Apple’s Eating Clean

Heather Christo’s Pure Delicious

Pure Ella’s Cut The Sugar

Quote of the week:

Achievement seems to be connected with action. Successful men and women keep moving. They make mistakes but they don’t quit. — Conrad Hilton

What’s Cooking on Pinterest:

 How to Build the Perfect Soup: Pin it

Guide To Eating And Baking Apples: Pin it

How Much To Serve For Thanksgiving: Pin it

What You May Have Missed:

Slow Cooker Sunday: Carne Asada | Thai Curry Chicken | French Onion Soup

My version of Alfredo Sauce!

Don’t forget this healthier Buffalo Chicken Dip for your FOOTBALL SUNDAY!

Current Must-Haves:

Fall Blanket Scarves for days! And on Prime, too!

This Cleansing Balm (like a pre-oil cleanser/make-up remover) and it’s $25 off today!

Beautycounter’s limited-time partnership at TARGET! Making safer skincare mainstream always makes me smile.

My new favorite stickies for those no-bra outfits!

This vest is SO cute for Fall.

My favorite body wash, and totally non-toxic! We ditched the Dove for this.

 

Happy weekend, all! xoxox.