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New Cookbook! Nourishing Meals

Grind your own buckwheat (so easy) and bake up a batch of these Buckwheat Cinnamon Rolls. A recipe from the new cookbook Nourishing Meals.

The long-anticipated cookbook and guide Nourishing Meals: Healthy Gluten-Free Recipes for the Whole Family has released! The super duo Alissa Segerston and husband Tom Malterre, MS, CN have teamed up again and produced a masterpiece. Seriously, a masterpiece!

I am in complete awe of this book. Tom and Ali have poured their knowledge of whole foods and talent for recipe development into a 538-page cookbook that delivers a range of recipes and flavors, and provides answers to some of our greatest diet-related questions.

Why eat whole foods?

What is a leaky gut?

What are the best foods and meals to prepare to combat specific nutritional deficiencies?

Why the recent rise in food allergies and sensitivities?

How can you best nourish your child?

I have learned so much!

Then there are the recipes—lots of them—and all made with nourishing, whole food ingredients.

This afternoon I baked a batch of Buckwheat Cinnamon Rolls (pictured above, from page 140), and though my finished product wasn't as pretty as Ali's they tasted mighty good. Tender, wholesome, with a great crumb. I also made the sweet potato Dairy-Free Cream Cheese Frosting (page 474) Ali suggested to top it with. Yep, another winner. Because orange sweet potatoes were what I had on hand, my rolls and frosting came out, shall we say, a festive Fall orange. But we didn't care, in fact the kids just each gobbled down two for an after school snack, and I'm not divulging how many I had. I think we'll have them for dinner too!

Next up:

Low Fructose Green Smoothie

Baking Powder Biscuits

Moroccan Lentil and Cabbage Soup

Kohlrabi Apple Slaw

Slow Cooked Mexican Beef Roast

Oven Roasted Pizza Sauce

Buckwheat Chia Tortillas

This book is a must-have for anyone following a gluten-free, dairy-free, and soy-free diet. Eggs are used (mostly in the breakfast section), however there are plenty of recipes (including pancakes) that are egg-free. Ingredients commonly used are the likes of chia seed, flax seed, buckwheat groats, rice flour, almond flour, psyllium husk, teff (and other ancient grains), and coconut oil. Sweeteners commonly used are applesauce, maple syrup, and coconut sugar.

I just can't put into words the magnificence of this book. All I can say is that I've had it for a little over a week and it's already showing signs of wear! It will be a keeper for years to come. A definite BUY!. You can pick up a copy here.


Angry Birds Cake & Cupcake Toppers

Maybe you've been in these shoes of mine.

Our 4-year old has been asking me in his sweetest, most optimistic little voice ...

... every single day for the past eight weeks ...

"Today my BIRFday????"

"No, but pretty soon!" I've replied ...

...every single day for the past eight weeks!

And each time, without fail, 1) out comes his lower lip and 2) in his best whiney/demanding voice...

"my birfday TO-DAY!"

Well, I COULDN'T TAKE IT ANYMORE! I just couldn't take it.

So you know what!?

He got it.

Today he got his "birfday." We celebrated it 19 days early.

And IT'S OVER AND DONE WITH, and mom couldn't be happier.

When it comes to birthdays, my kids pick out the theme months in advance. Our little man's choice for his 5th birthday was Angry Birds. No problem! With fondant, you can create anything.

A big thank you goes out to my sister-in-law for helping me pull off a last-minute party and for making these Angry Bird cupcake toppers.

I've shared in past posts how I use fondant and food coloring for creating toppers for cakes and cupcakes. It's a fun, easy, and flexible medium to work with—we just don't eat the stuff (the combination of the corn syrup and sugar in the fondant and the artificial colors in the dyes spell one big fat tummy ache). The kids know it's "just for decoration."

Well, we had a great little party and our guy was absolutely thrilled with his cupcakes. We thought they were pretty stinkin' cute, too! So had to share them with you.


What's in the Lunchbox?

This week I am contributing to the Healthy Lunchbox 2012 event over at And Love It Too. Sunny has hosted a slew of bloggers over the last weeks, each sharing their fun, creative and healthy lunchbox ideas.

So please head on over for my contribution.

I packed a couple of sample lunch boxes and shared a few of my kids' favorite lunch quesadillas.

You'll also get a peek at the home lunch "system" we use. I have finally landed on one that works for us. Roomy enough to hold a Sistema Klip It Lunch Cube, a 9-ounce LifeFactory Glass Beverage Bottle and a Kids Konserve Squiggle Sweat-Free Ice Pack (my favorite accessories) the Sugarbooger Zippee! Lunch Tote line has been a proven winner. It is BPA, phthalate, lead and PVC-free and meets or exceeds U.S., Canadian and European safety standards. They come in a bunch of cute motifs and are priced right.


Allergy-Friendly School Lunches

Happy Back to School everyone!!

I wanted to share this "round-up of round-ups" for those, who like me, who are ill-prepared (yeah ... understatement) for the school year. Today I frantically turned to the blogosphere to hunt down some of the best collections of allergy-friendly school lunch and snack ideas. There's a wealth of inspiration here to help you (and me) keep school lunches from becoming same old same old.

Got a dynamite addition for this list? Just leave a comment with the link and I will add it in.

I've also started a "My Healthy Lunch Box" Pinterest board. Let me know if you want me to add you as a pinner to this board. I'd love to do so. It's empty right now, waiting for you to fill it up : )

Back to School 2012 Lunch Box Ideas

100 Gluten-Free School Lunch Ideas

Gluten and Allergen-Free Lunch Box Ideas

Printable List of 50+ Allergy-Friendly Lunch Box Ideas

What's in the Lunchbox?

Allergy-Friendly Lunch Box with Brain Power 

20+ Resources, Tips and Tools

Healthy Lunch Box 2012 

Gluten-Free Lunch Ideas and Allergy-Free Snacks

12 Healthy Snack Ideas

52 Healthy, Packable Back-to-School and Work Snacks

Easy Kids Lunchboxes

Gluten-Free Lunch Round-Up

Packing a Gluten-Free Allergy-Friendly School Lunch

What to Pack

Top Foods for a Healthy Lunchbox

Bento Lunches

What's for Lunch (packed in Laptop Lunchboxes)


Google+ Moms are Hip

Alright, so being a Google+'er may not propel me to "hip"ness, but by golly, today I'm feeling mighty hip.

Last month if you'd asked me what Google+ was, I'd say "no clue."

Today is a different story. Recently, I was fortunate to be schooled on this thing called Google+ — from a Google "insider" no less. It was kind of like being invited to the popular girl's house to play after school and she let you use her make-up ... and it was the coolest day ever (because at 11 your mom still didn't let you wear make-up, much less shave your legs)!

Anyway, Ms. Google as I fondly refer to her, threw buckets of techie words at me as she explained Google+. Today I am going to attempt to share what she shared—and offer my take on Google+.

What is Google+?

Google+ has been referred to as a social networking service. I'm kinda seein' it as a rockin' "interests" forum—an interactive venue where voices may be shared and heard. It launched in the summer of 2011. You could say it's kind of like Facebook—but offers more functionality and is significantly more robust.

You ask how it compares to Facebook or Twitter? Think of it this way:

  • Facebook is for checking in and keeping up with, friends and family.
  • Twitter is for surface interaction, quick updates.
  • Google+ is for people who share the same interests. It is interest-based. It's about finding new people and them finding you based on your interests.

How Does it Work?

Before we dive in, having some basic Google+ lingo down helps. Words you should know:

POSTS: You have a stream of "posts" just like you do in Facebook.

YOUR CIRCLES: With Facebook, you have "friends." With Google+ you have "your circles".

CIRCLING: In Facebook you "follow" someone. In Google+ you add them to a "your circles."  Circles are all about organizing the people you "follow" and "share" with by interests (for example; gardening, photography, cooking, etc). When you have something to share, you select the circles you want that "post" to feed to—perhaps all of your circles or just one in particular. It's targeted communication made easy!

ADD YOU BACK: When you "circle" someone, they will be notified. And if they are interested in what you're all about, they'll likely "Add You Back"—meaning they want to see your stuff, too. 

+1: If you like someone's post, you can "like" it by hitting "+1".

PING: If you're looking for a fast, easy way to start communicating live with your contacts, you can "Ping" them. Much like instant messaging. 

HANGOUT: And then there are the Hangouts—super coolness! Think video chatting like Skype, iChat, Facetime—but conveniently located right there in your Google+ window. You can Hangout with one or multiple people at a time. It may be kept private or go live with an "Air" broadcast (streamed live and then uploaded to YouTube).

What Stuff Do They See? What Stuff Do I See?

If you are out there posting, only the Circles you select your post to post to will be able to view it in their stream. For example, I know my gardening friends are not interested in photography so I'll leave that circle out when posting about macro lenses. But if I have some real cool content to share that would interest everyone, I simply click "Everyone."

Like with Twitter, you can "follow" or "circle" anyone you want. Whether you see posts from them depends on which circles they are posting to. Oh ... and you can post to a single person—much like "messaging" someone in Facebook—but it shows up in their stream rather than in a dedicated message window. This is where you want to take care. You don't want inadvertently send a private message to your public circles. Read more of my thoughts on privacy below.

What Makes it Robust?

The cool features I've discovered in Google+ are:

LOCAL: Click this button and you can find and rate local business. This could become a powerhouse of a tool for those of us on special diets. The more restaurants we review, the more help we can be to our little community. 

EXPLORE: See what's hot on Google+ by hitting the "Explore" button. You can then search by word or topic (such as "dairy-free" or whatever it is you are interested in exploring).

EVENTS: Create an invitation to an event (or dinner party or baby shower). Share photos from the event instantly in "Party Mode." Upload everyone's photos in one place after the event. 

HANGOUTS: These video chats allow us to communicate easily with our family 7,000 miles away—for free. AND it will allow me to communicate with Lexie's Kitchen readers via broadcasted Hangouts.

I recently hungout with Anne-Marie of This Mamma Cooks on a Diet. (She was a delight, and yeah, I look TOTALLY confused in the beginning ... I was still getting the hang of it ... it gets a little better, promise. And oh, how Ann Curry makes interviews look so easy!)

How I Plan to Use Google+.

I tend to be a private person. I rarely, if ever, broadcast sensitive and private matters over social media. That said, I like the way I can keep up with close friends and family with Facebook, but I've found it a little limiting when it comes to following communities that share my interests. This is the gap I think Google+ will neatly fill.  I believe it is a great public forum for exchanging ideas and following the "voices" of people, businesses, and bloggers that interest you.

If you have an audio/video-equipped computer, I think you will definitely enjoy the Hangout. Hangouts are private unless you click the Hangout Air feature which will then broadcast your Hangout on to your Google+ stream and then upload it to YouTube (so use with care!). Great for business. Not great for chatting with your girlfriends about the family that just moved in next door.

Get in There and Play.

The best way to get acquainted with Google+ is to get in there and play. I still have a lot to learn. Want to jump in? Head over to the Google+ homepage and create an account with your Gmail or Google log in.

And don't forget to "circle me", Lexie Croft, so that we can connect. Looking forward to seeing you there!

Tutorial and Sample Hangouts.

I will leave you with a few videos to further illustrate what Google+ is all about. I hope this has been a tad bit helpful.