Lexis Rose Posts

Who here loves using a slow cooker? *Raises both hands, waves them around, leaps out of my chair for joy.* Okay, okay. Yes, I’ll admit, I’m a slow cooker fanatic.

If you haven’t utilized this method of cooking before, what’s wrong with you? I joke. In all seriousness, though, there are few things better than throwing a handful of ingredients in a pot, going about your daily business for four-to-eight hours, and coming home to a warm, perfectly cooked meal.

“Why, who did all of this slaving away in the kitchen? Oh – heh heh – it was myself. Silly me.” *hair flip*.

Recently I’ve also become a bigger fan of Indian foods, but sometimes the heavy creams in those deliciously thick sauces just don’t sit too well in the tummy… or on the thighs. Ha! Therefore, I bring to you today a recipe that has grown near and dear to my heart (and tastebuds) – Slow Cooker Light Chicken Tikka Masala.

Continue Reading … Slow Cooker Light Chicken Tikka Masala

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You know the feeling: the clock seems to be creeping past three-thirty, your lunch has fully digested, and it seems like forever until dinner time – not to mention, your energy-level has officially tanked.

Don’t grab the chips, don’t grab the cookies, and definitely don’t grab the candy bars; instead, whip up a quick batch of these easy, nutritious energy bites! Made with only six ingredients, this snack will leave you feeling energized and ready-to-go, unlike those greasy, processed, chemical-filled snacks calling from that tempting metal box in the breakroom!

Continue Reading … No Bake Nut Butter Energy Bites

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Hey, friends! I hope your December is off to a good start. The winter months can be tough on many people, but before we know it, March will be here, snow will be melting away, and tulips will be blooming; it may seem like a lo-o-ong wait, but you can do it!

One thing that helps me to remain positive during the short winter days is keeping busy with productive, rewarding “projects”, like the one I bring you today.

Recently I refinished some cheap, wooden stools for our kitchen countertop. They were so basic and simple before, but with just 30 minutes I was able to take them from ‘blah’ to ‘AH’! Now they look GREAT and really blend in with the mood of the room. Even though you’ll notice these photos were taken outside, this project is not very complicated, and could very well be done completely indoors, provided you cover your work surface and have adequate ventilation.

Continue Reading … 30-Minute Project: Metallic-Dipped Bar Stool Upgrade

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Hello, and welcome to my second installment of experiences and photos from our recent trip to the New England states! For a more proper introduction to this mini-series, be sure to check out East Coast Excursions – Part 1: Woodstock, VT.

If you arrived at this post via the link at the end of the aforementioned, thanks for reading, and I’m glad you are still interested! (I’ll stop the rambling now and just get to it.)

‘All work and no play…’

Continue Reading … East Coast Excursions – Part 2: Summer Things To Do In VT

Travel

Hiya! Hope everyone’s doing well! Quickie post here:

September is always a busy month, whether the kids are going back to school, or secular work is getting more hectic; the end of summer means getting back into a schedule and accomplishing goals!

I’m adjusting to a new work schedule; starting the first week in September, I switched from Monday’s and Wednesday’s at the office to Tuesday’s and Thursday’s. I spend my “off” days volunteering and taking care of things around the house, groceries, cleaning, etc. I LOVE this new schedule, but one aspect has been a bit more difficult: for many different reasons, Tuesday’s and Wednesday’s are the busiest days for my husband and I. That’s when it comes in handy to have a recipe like the one I want to share with you today!

Continue Reading … Creamy Chicken and Spaghetti Squash Veggie Bake

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“Traveling: it leaves you speechless, and then turns you into a storyteller.” Or, blogger. 🙂

As alluded to in previous posts, my husband and I, along with his family, voyaged East last month to spend some time volunteering. We stayed in a remote city of Vermont, called Ludlow, which has a population of approximately 800, and drove anywhere from 45 minutes to an hour and a half in order to find residents. Some of these homes were nestled so deeply into the side of a mountain that, even in a versatile SUV with 4-wheel drive, we almost could not reach them! It was not a good commute for the faint-of-heart, though, it was extremely beautiful, serene, and, of course, rewarding.

At the start and conclusion of our volunteering week, we scheduled some time to do a bit of sightseeing. For the first installment of this East Coast Excursions series, I wanted to share some highlights from our first day, which was spent in a quaint village of Vermont named Woodstock.

Continue Reading … East Coast Excursions – Part 1: Woodstock, Vermont

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Burgers, hot dogs, potato salad, corn on the cob, fruit… you know it all: staples of a good ‘ol cook-out. It’s everything to make even the most hard-hearted cynics shed a tear at a beautifully stocked picnic table. Even though we are nearing the end of August (gasp!), I do believe we have a few more good barbeque days left.

Speaking of which, is anyone going away for the lo-o-ong weekend next week? My husband and I are heading to the Poconos to spend some time with friends! Hopefully the weather will be cooperative for everyone planning to squeeze out a few, final bits of summer.

If you do happen to be cooking out within the next few weeks, I have THE recipe for you idea of the century! Okay, so that may be a small exaggeration, BUT I do hesitate to list this post as a “recipe”, for reasons that will soon become apparent. Honestly, it’s somewhat of a food-DIY, a crafty-kitchen-concoction, if you will. Nevertheless, if you want to win impress everyone at your next get-together, continue reading. Also, if I have piqued your interest and you’re curious… keep reading! And, if you want me to quit rambling, well… you know it: keep reading.*

Continue Reading … So You Think You Have The Best Cook-Out Dish?

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Hello, friends, and happy summer!

Okay, okay. So it’s not technically summertime yet, but with June as the unofficial kick-off to BBQ’s, pool season, and graduation parties, I’m feeling all sorts of festive! Does anyone have any fun plans for the next few months? Max and I are looking forward to spending some time in the New England states next month. More on that later!

Well, due to the warmer weather of summer comes shedding your layers and showing off those shoulders, arms, and tummies!  If you’re anything like me, this is the hardest part of preparing for summer. What, you mean I can’t hide my bloated, carb-filled self inside of a thick, comfy hoodie anymore? PISH POSH. (Yeah, I don’t know.)

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Continue Reading … Sun’s Out, Guns Out – Upper Body & Core Workout

Exercise

Hey, friends!

I want to open with a straightforward confession: I struggled for longer than normal with how to begin this post. Usually, when I sit down and type, the words just begin to flow. Today, though, I felt as if I had an obstruction to my normal progress.

That obstruction? The unavoidable discussion of my absence from this blog. *sad face*

I checked – just to be sure – and, as I thought, it has been over one month since my last blog post! *double sad face*

Ready for another confession? I don’t even have a good excuse for going all ‘AWOL’ on y’all. Life has just been… life. BUSY. See? I told you: LAME excuse. (It IS playoff season… give me a break! Go PENS! Go CAVS!) The lack of free time hinders crafting, trying new recipes, and basically anything that creates media for an intriguing blog post. (Though we DID travel a bit… more on that to come!)

So, from the bottom of my heart, I apologize. (And I do have a few things a’ brewin’ – just sit tight!)

Anyway, enough with all those feelings and stuff. *shudder*

Today I wanted to share with you a trend that I am utterly OBSESSED with…

Continue Reading … Not Your Grandma’s Sweater – What To Wear Spring 2017

Fashion

Like many do as the winter season nears it’s end, Max and I have been attempting to keep up a balanced and nutritious lifestyle. To this regard, reducing our carb intake has been one method that is quite – and noticeably- beneficial. However, cutting out carbs creates it’s own issue: all of our meals begin to look the same! Some sort of grilled or baked protein served aside steamed or roasted veggies. BOOO-RING.

So, a few weeks ago, in an attempt to liven up our dinner menu, I whipped up a new recipe- and I have made it weekly since. It is flavorful, satisfying, fun, and (perhaps best) you don’t miss those pesky carbs at all! Thus, I present to you today my recipe for Taco-Stuffed Peppers!

Continue Reading … Healthy Dinner Recipe: Taco-Stuffed Peppers

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