Welcome to Lexie's Kitchen & Living. I'm glad you stopped by and hope you enjoy the five years of recipes and ramblings collected here.

The inspiration for this site was my son. To learn about our journey to restore his intestinal and neurological health read here

Follow a gluten-free, dairy-free, egg-free, soy-free diet? Take a peek at my cookbook.  

 

 

 


 

 

 

Sunday
Feb162014

DIY Natural House Cleaner Recipes

In the latest issue of Simply Gluten Free Magazine you'll find an article I wrote on greener ways to tackle your Spring Cleaning. In it I share some of my favorite homemade, non-toxic house cleaner recipes and tips from one of my favorite cleaning experts Monica Leonard, founder of Molly's Suds.

The recipe for the lemony Easy Scrub smells good enough to eat—but I would refrain from doing so! My husband discovered that it also makes a fantastic hand scrub for greasy, grimy hands.

I hope you enjoy the article.

Another article I think you might like is one I wrote on how to dye Easter eggs naturally. I had a great time experimenting and doing research for this one. I think I went through four dozen eggs in the process—no joke!

This March/April 2014 issue of Simply Gluten Free is the best issue yet! 

Click here to subscribe or to find a retail location. 

Friday
Feb142014

Dairy-Free, Egg-Free Vanilla Pudding 

Happy Valentines Day you sweet people! Today over at Gluten Free Easily you can enter to win a copy of Everyday Classics and get my recipe for Vanilla Pudding. While you are there, check out all the great recipes being shared in GFE's the annual Suite of Sweet for Sweethearts event! Lots of cookbooks being given away, too. xoLexie

 

Friday
Jan312014

Snow Day & A Little TCBY

The snow came down last night. Beautiful, glorious snow!

Little man's school was cancelled so weeeee, out the door we went for a little treat—compliments of TCBY®.

My love for frozen yogurt dates back to the 80's when Grandpop would take me out for yogurt on hot, humid Kailua nights. I would carefully pick my flavor and combo of toppings—something along the lines of walnuts, marshmallows and chocolate chips. Pure heaven.

This sweet memory of times with grandpa is one I've always wanted to recreate for my own kids, but it's not been easy. For those of us with dairy-free kids, it's hard to find an ice cream or frozen yogurt shop that caters to our kind.

Well, thirty years later the memories come swirling back as I fill my cup with non-dairy, vegan, soft serve frozen yogurt at our local TCBY (aka The Country's Best Yogurt). 

TCBY and Silk® have teamed up to offer a dairy-free, vegan, vanilla almond frozen yogurt in shops across the country and today Little Man and I sampled it.

The new Silk Vanilla was pretty good. Quite sweet for my taste, but then I really don't do much sugar anymore. The little dude inhaled his—complete with gummy bears and gummy worms. I stuck with the boba—a dignified topping don't you think?

I really dig the whole self-serve set up at TCBY. You walk right up, grab a cup, fill it with any of the 8-10 flavors of the day (one of which is always dairy-free and vegan), proceed to the topping bar (there are a few gluten-free and dairy-free options—just ask), then the scale to weigh your treat and pay up.

I highly recommend TCBY simply for the fact that once in a while we need a little treat AND that we feel like a typical family when we go to TCBY—a typical family on a Friday night enjoying tasty frozen yumminess.

Wednesday
Jan222014

Gluten-Free Beef Stew Recipe

Hello dear friends. This is a recipe one I posted a couple years back. What I love about DIY seasoning mixes like this one is that you know what goes into them. So many of the store bought seasoning packets are laced with wheat, uneccessary fillers, and preservatives with names I cannot even pronounce. With this recipe, there is a little measuring to do up front, but you've also made enough seasoning for four batches of stew!

Get the recipe here or better yet, pick up a copy of Everyday Classics. You'll find the recipe and so many more basic gluten-free, dairy-free, egg-free, soy-free and corn-free recipes like this one you don't want to be without!

Gluten-Free Stew Seasoning

Ingredients:

1 cup superfine brown rice flour
2 tablespoons salt
2 tablespoons granulated onion
2 tablespoons sweet paprika
2 tablespoons dried parsley flakes
1 tablespoon garlic powder
1 tablespoon celery seed
2 teaspoons dried oregano flakes
2 teaspoons ground black pepper
1 teaspoon dried rosemary, crushed
1 teaspoon dried thyme, crushed
1 teaspoon dried dill

Directions:

  1. Measure ingredients for Stew Seasoning into a large jar. 
  2. Cover and shake to combine. Seasoning keeps for up to 6 months.
  3. This recipe makes enough Stew Seasoning for approximately 4 batches of stew.

Beef Stew

Ingredients:

2 pounds 1-inch cubed beef or bison stew meat
6 tablespoons Stew Seasoning (see recipe above)
2 tablespoons high heat cooking oil
5 cups water, divided
6 cups cubed potatoes
2 cups chopped or baby carrots
2 cups chopped celery
3 cups beef broth

Directions:
  1. In a large bowl toss stew meat with 6 tablespoons Stew Seasoning. 
  2. Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a large skillet and brown half the meat on all sides. Transfer browned meat to slow cooker pot. Repeat with remaining meat.
  3. Deglaze skillet with 1 cup water, scraping up any crispy bits. Add this liquid to the slow cooker pot along with the potatoes, carrots, celery, broth and remaining 4 cups water. 
  4. Cover and cook on high 4-6 hours or on low 6-8 hours, or until meat is tender.
  5. Salt and pepper to taste. 

 

Saturday
Jan112014

A Valentine's Day Gift Idea

Real quick, I wanted to express my thanks to all who have purchased Everyday Classics. The outpouring of support has touched my heart!

If you've been cooking from the book and would like to help others in their decision to buy it, please leave your thoughts in a review on Amazon. I appreciate it, big time! Short and sweet is fine. Here are a couple of my favorites from this week:

By Patricia H. on January 11, 2014
"Easy, quick and delicious recipes. It has become my 13 year old daughters
favorite cookbook! It's her go to book when she can't think of what she wants for dinner."
 
By Lanette on January 7, 2014
"My sister made me the banana bread and it was so good!!!
It was so unbelievable that it was gluten, dairy and egg free!"

 

The book price on Amazon has fluctuated wildly—today I took a peek and it was priced at $12.22, the lowest ever! So if you have yet to purchase your copy, keep watch for a good deal on amazon.com.

Personally, I think this book would make a great Valentine's Day gift for that sweet someone in your life who needs to follow a gluten-free and dairy-free diet or GFCF diet.

And speaking of Valentine's Day, I've been having fun with my Valentine's Day Pinterest board.

Follow me on pinterest.

Finally, before I crawl back into my hiatus cave, I wanted to extend a big thanks to the following blogs for their support and reviews of Everyday Classics:

Stephanie O'Dea
Bob's Red Mill 
Go Dairy Free
Sarah Bakes Gluten Free Treats
Jeanette's Healthy Living
Thriving Gluten Free
Gluten Free Easily
Cook IT Allergy Free

 

 

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