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Thursday
Jul252013

Fab Finds for the Kitchen

 

1 Whistling Kettle by Le Creuset  // 2 In-Drawer Bamboo Knife Block  // 3  French Bamboo Rolling Pin  //  4 Cuppow Lids  //  5 DASH Yogurt Maker  //  6 Kyocera 6" Chef's Knife  //  7 Bodum Coffee Grinder  //  8 Stackable Glass Bowls  //  9 Bamboo OCD Chef Cutting Board

There's nothing quite as exciting as closing on a new home—and nothing like it to leave you feeling dirt poor. Earlier this month we closed on a house that we were smitten with at first walk-through. But as nearly perfect as it was "as-is," we were going to have to drop more money on window treatments, paint, furnishings, and decor.

Ka-ching!

So hubby and I decided to fix this house up taking a "never pay full price" approach and we're proving that there are ways to make a house a home without breaking the bank—and shopping Fab is one of them.

If you're new to Fab, check it out. I've been scouring the site for modern, affordable, high-design additions to our new digs. 

This week my focus was on the kitchen.

This blue kettle caught my eye. Perfect for the "French provencial" look I am aiming for. Clearing counter tops has been a priority and this knife block fits perfectly into the draw. And wouldn't this bad boy look good in that knife block? [swoon] I've been the coolest mom on the park bench this summer sipping my home-brewed iced latte from a glass Ball jar topped with these neato lids. And check out this cutting board for OCD chefs (like me). What a hoot! And lastly, I'm sure Julia would approve of my weilding this French rolling pin—superior in my opinion to any other pin out there.

If you like Fab's style, sign up for their email newsletter to be the first to know about their one of a kind finds. Inventory moves swiftly so if you like something don't hesitate to pick up YOUR Fab find—fast.

This post is in partnership with Fab.

Sunday
Jul212013

Vegan Double Chocolate Chip Cookies

I know, it's the middle of summer and the last thing we want to do is to fire up the oven and bake in the sweltering heat. But trust me, this cookie recipe was tempting enough to get me out of bed early to do some baking in the cool of the day ... and boy was it worth it.

These Gluten-free Vegan Chocolate Chocolate Chip Cookies are the brainchild of Sarah from Sarah Bakes Gluten Free Treats. She is a talented gluten free baker (sometimes dairy and egg free, too) and creator of fabulous jaw-dropping treats. Sarah is one of those people that make gluten-free baking look so easy. She's gifted fur shure!

For these sinful cookies, Sarah took her chocolate chip cookie recipe and changed it up a bit. Sarah says "I have a habit of altering recipes to make them even more fabulous. I enjoy the classic chocolate chip cookie, but my heart is really fond of a CHOCOLATE chocolate chip cookie. Let's be honest here, you can never have too much chocolate."

These cookies are almost like a hand-held gooey brownie with those crispy edges that we all love. Rich, chocolatey goodness! I would give the sweetness factor a "high" mark. And since we are baking in the dead of summer, I had to chill my dough a bit because at these temperatures my coconut oil is liquid. Chilling in the fridge turned a very sticky dough into a more managable, "scoopy" dough. Enjoy!!

Click here for the recipe. 

Monday
Jul152013

SuperSeedz™ Snacks & Giveaway

I'm always on the lookout for gluten-free, dairy-free, egg-free snacks to keep on hand for when we're on the go.

Second to gluten-free baking, sourcing snacks that my kids will actually eat is one of the most challenging aspects of cooking and eating the way that we do.

Empty Calorie Snack Options Abound

Sure, we love Glutino® pretzels—but they're totally empty in calories.

The kids like Enjoy Life® Cocoa Loco bars, but they're more of a "treat" as they pack only 2 grams of protein and 8 grams of sugar per bar.

And who turns down a Lara Bar®? We do. One Lara Bar can contain over of 18 grams of sugar (in the form of fructose)—a Candida flare waiting to happen in my kid's gut!

A Power-Packed Snack Alternative

So when Kathie's Kitchen contacted me to review SuperSeedz™ pumpkin snacks, you bet I jumped at the chance. SuperSeedz looked like the tree nut-free, nutritional snack that would fill the void in our pantry and glove compartment.

Kathie started making SuperSeedz in her very own kitchen for her very own family. It started with curry seasoned pumpkin seeds made in a cast iron pan on the stove and expanded from there. Today Kathie's Kitchen offers eight flavors.

8 Tasty SuperSeedz™ Flavors 

  • Sea Salt
  • Coco Joe
  • Tomato Italiano
  • Really Naked
  • Original Curry
  • Somewhat Spicy
  • Super Spicy
  • Sugar & Cinnamon

Over the 4th I served SuperSeedz at a gathering and everyone raved. They were healthy and good—seasoned just right without being obnoxiously salty or cloyingly sweet. I've been adding the savory flavors to my lettuce wraps and salads and the sweet ones to yogurt. My kids are hooked on Sugar & Cinnamon and Coco Joe—both packing no more than 2 grams of sugar per 1/3 cup serving and upwards of 8 grams of protein. Yes! 

Kathy uses only the "plumpiest" premium grade pumpkin seeds (and you can tell) for snacks that are loaded with protein, iron, are low in carbs and are naturally vegan, gluten-free, tree nut-free, peanut free, dairy-free, MSG-free and soy-free. 

Of note: Today China produces more pumpkins and pumpkin seeds than any other country (and this includes organic varieties)—and that is where Kathie's Kitchen sources theirs. I would hope U.S. sources would be considered in the future. SuperSeedz are such a great tasting snack ... if the seeds were grown in the U.S. they'd be even better.

Enter to Win a Gift Pack of SuperSeedz!

Kathie's Kitchen would like to send a Lexie's Kitchen reader a $50 SuperSeedz gift pack! Don't miss this chance to taste them all yourself.

To Enter: Leave a comment at the end of this post. For an additional chance to win, share this post via social media and leave an additional comment telling me you did. Open to U.S. and Canada residents only.

Enter By: July 21, 5:00 EST.

Where to Buy SuperSeedz

SuperSeedz may be purchased online, at select retail locations, and from Amazon.com for $6.99 per 6-ounce bag. Stopping by TJMaxx? I've spied bags of SuperSeedz for $3.99.

This giveaway is sponsored by Kathie's Kitchen. Opinions expressed here are my own.

Monday
Jul082013

GFCF Camping

I love it when I meet a "warrior mom" and that's exactly how I would describe Kim Rice—Wellness Coach and Certified Gluten Practitioner from Pleasanton, California.

Kim has been on an incredible journey back to health. Today she shares about her journey on her site Thriving Gluten-Free where she writes on the topics of gluten sensitivity, autism, depression, and life transformation. Kim facilitates a popular 30-day cleanse program to help her clients lose weight and optimize their health. She coaches parents of children with special needs, such as autism and ADHD, on dietary changes to help optimize brain function. 
Kim is a "warrior mom" in the best sense of the word.
Kim recently posted about camping on a gluten-free, dairy-free diet—a post that caught my attention and that offers a bucket load of tips on camping with GFCF kids. I've bookmarked the post and think you might want to as well after reading it!
Click here to read more ...
Monday
Jul012013

Banana Split Freezer Pops

Today I have a very sweet lady here to share a sweet freezer treat. Lisa, is a former highschool teacher turned stay-at-home mom/writer from Ontario, Canada. Three years ago, she started writing the blog Pocketfuls as a means of nurturing several of her passions. She shares her observations and reflections on daily life, warm and humorous stories about her boys, and recipes (tasty recipes) she's developed for delicious and healthy eats made without gluten, dairy, eggs, or refined sugar. 

Back in 2011 Lisa was featured here on Lexie's Kitchen where she shared her story and tips for Making the Switch from processed to pure foods. 

I am so glad to have her back and to give her Banana Split Freezer Pops some added exposure. 

The idea for these gluten-free and vegan banana split freezer pops came to Lisa on a recent hot summery afternoon when her family was wishing for a frosty treat to help cool them off. They're made with a variety of fresh fruits and some coconut milk, have no added sugar, and are finished off with a drizzle of dark chocolate and a sprinkling of walnuts.

For the recipe, click here! Enjoy!!

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