What I Made this Week – Floretine-ish Egg Casserole

I’ve discovered that one of the hardest things about staying on a diet that restricts certain ingredients, (like the low carb, paleo-ish, wheat belly inspired thing that I’m doing) is that you can’t just grab a quick granola bar or cookie or other processed, wheat laden product when you’re hungry.  Unless, you’ve done  a little prep ahead of time.  This week I made an Egg Casserole that is wheat free and delicious that I can keep in the fridge and grab all week for breakfast.  It’s not really Paleo, because I did use cheese and a bit of milk, but you could leave those out or use an appropriate Paleo substitute.Wheat Free Egg Casserole


Florentine-ish Egg Casserole

10 Eggs

1/2 c Milk

1/2 c Shredded Cheddar Cheese, plus additional for topping

1 box frozen chopped Spinach (thawed and drained)

6 pieces of bacon, cooked and chopped

Wheat Free Casserole Uncooked

1.  Preheat the oven to 375

2.  Grease a casserole dish ( I used a 9×13 and got a thin casserole, if you use something smaller, it will need to cook longer)

3.  In a mixing bowl, beat the 10 eggs

4.  Stir in the milk, cheese, spinach and bacon

5.  Pour the egg mixture into the greased pan

6.  Bake for 20-25 until cooked through

7.  Top with remaining cheese and bake for 1-2 minutes until cheese is melted

Here’s how it looks when it comes out of the oven:

Egg Casserole - Cooked


This really came out good.  There’s a lot of spinach in it which gives it a fresh taste.  I’d love to hear from a Paleo eater who tries this without the dairy!  Enjoy!

Get Your Wallet, We’re Going to Ikea

It’s a red letter day!  It’s Ikea catalog day.  So excited and I know you are, too!  Here are my top ten must haves:



Riffla Basket - This pretty basket is hand woven from water hyacinth which apparently is an invasive plant which makes this adorable and good for the environment.  At $7.99 I’ll take one for every room in my house.



Dekad Alarm Clock – I’ve been wanting to upgrade our ugly alarm clock forever. This handsome little guy is just the right match.  And it’s only $5.99!


Fortjust Tealight Holder – This is the most feminine little tea light holder I ever did see.  $1.99 each!


Ljusa LED Flashlight – This flashlight requires you to hand crank it to get it lit.  My kids would love this and at $4.99 it’s in the stocking stuffer price range.  Not that I’m thinking about Christmas or anything.


Kvissle Wall Magazine Rack - This is a must have for my house.  I solemnly swear to gain control of the paper monster that will be invading in just a few short weeks when (GASP!) school starts back up.  $14.99


Slatthult Decorative Stickers - This totally feeds my colorful bird obsession.  I don’t think I can NOT own these.  $12.99


Rappe Frame, set of 3 – These are too glamorous and quirky to pass up.  $14.99


Marius Stool – $4.99 for a stool that a human adult can sit on?  Yes.  Thanks Ikea, thanks.

TORKIS Flexible basket IKEA Comfortable to carry because the entire clothes basket is made of soft, flexible plastic.

Torkis Flexible Basket - I can see many uses for this thing beyond laundry.  Toy corral.  Blanket holder.  Rabbit bath tub.  Yes, you heard that, rabbit bath tub.  (Just kidding, don’t give your rabbit a bath!  They don’t like it and I don’t think it’s good for them!)  $4.99.


Offentlig Tray – This is a tray that I will be storing on a wall in my house.  Problem?  I didn’t think so.  $9.99

I don’t know if you were keeping tally, but everything on this list was under $15!  If you bought one of each of these ten items, you would spend $84.  That’s a whole lot of cute for less than a hundred bucks.

10 Things Under $15 You Need from Ikea Right Now

Vacation Purchases

I found some cool stuff on my vacation!  And I’m going to share it with you!  I love shopping on vacation, but I like to try to buy things that don’t scream souvenir (yes, I had to google how to spell souvenir.  That totally doesn’t look right).  I like to get things that I will look at and remember where I was and the happy times we had while we were there.  So, here’s what I got:

$3 Yard Sale Tapestry

I found this little tapestry at a yard sale at a Jewish Community Center that we happened upon while we were frantically trying to find a flea market for my son (no luck on the flea market).  I love the colors and wall hangings are everywhere right now.  I actually have pinned some tutorials on how to make a woven tapestry and I’m gathering up my courage to try to make one myself.  But, I digress.  This is sort of an example of the 70′s aesthetic I talked about in this post.  I’m thinking it may have some Jewish imagery, but I may just be thinking that subconsciously because I bought it at a Jewish Community Center.  If anyone happens to know either way, I would love to know!  Now I have to find the right spot for it.  Definitely the family room, but not sure where exactly.

Up next, is my purchase from my favorite Laconia gift shop/ice cream bar/candy store, Kellerhaus.  If you’re ever in the Lakes Region of New Hampshire, this is a must stop.  I think I’m going to do a separate post on my visit there, actually.  Here’s what I brought home with me:

Tiny Jewelry Dish

Isn’t it purty?  It reminds me of the agate objects I’ve seen around.  I don’t think it is agate, though.  I do think it is quite lovely.  It will be a great place to plop my earrings at night:

Tiny Jewelry Dish Close Up

There are two things to note about this picture.  Those earrings are not diamonds.  They are from Kohls and were probably about 6 bucks.  The second thing to note is that I really wanted to put my wedding and engagement rings in the photo.  I tried to pry them off of my fingers, but they wouldn’t budge.  I’m blaming the steaming hot weather for my puffy fingers.  As opposed to the 20 pounds I’ve gained since I got married.

Speaking of twenty pounds, I bought one more thing at Kellerhaus.  I bought espresso flavored fudge.  I will leave you with that.  Good night.

Refreshed by the Lakes and Mountains

We took a way too short vacation and I really want to share it.  We went to Laconia, NH and stayed minutes from Weirs Beach.  It’s a place I went with my family as a child and I’ve always loved it’s laid back, easy going vibe.  We rented a little condo right on the water.

Vacation Condo Condo Beach Sunset from the Condo



The condo is the perfect size and set up for a couple or a small family.  There’s one bedroom, a kitchenette and a living room with a pull out couch.  It’s small, but not uncomfortable and it had all of the necessities.

A short, 5 minute walk from the condo is Weirs Beach.

Weirs Sign Weirs Beach Weir's Pier Weir's Houses Weirs Houses Two
Weirs House 3


Weir’s Beach is one of those places that feels stuck in time.  It has changed very little since I was there as a child.  For a lot of reasons, that is a good thing.  It’s nostalgic.  It’s something I can experience again with my kids. But nostalgic can quickly become run down if it’s not cared for.  Part of me keeps going back to support the businesses and economy there.  It’s also part of why I wanted to write about it.  I would like to pass this place on to others.

Weir's Beach Vacation



Nana’s Attic

I discovered a treasure trove of goodies just around the corner from me.  It’s my parents attic.  My kids had been begging me to go up there and explore, so I finally did and found tons of cool stuff!  I’m going to do a little series on the things I find and the makeovers I give them.  First up is this cool 70′s-ish lamp that I found.  I remember this lamp from my childhood and I remember not liking it.  When I rediscovered it, I kind of fell in love with it.

Wicker Lamp

It’s a little beat up looking.  It needed a scraping and a spray paint, but it still worked.

I scraped the base and removed all of that white paint and the yellow paint that was underneath it. Apparently this was the lamps second makeover!

Lamp Base

If you’re wondering, I scraped the base with a butter knife.  You should use a scraper.  Trust me.

Next, I taped off the areas I didn’t want to get painted; the light bulb socket and the brass top thingy.

Taped Lamp

Then the spraying commenced.  Make sure you remember your sweeping, light strokes when your spraying something that is as vertical as this lamp base.  I got a little heavy handed and had a couple of drips.  Which I have just pretended don’t exist.  No one will ever call me a perfectionist.

Sprayed Lamp The wicker shade took a few coats of paint, 3 actually.  I think I probably should have sprayed the inside of the shade, too.  I may do that one of these days.

My plan was to use the lamp in my daughter’s room, so of course, it was not going to stay plain off white.  I wanted to add a little pom pom fringe.


I attached those with my trusty glue gun.

And here’s where I ended up:

Lamp Staged

And here it is lit:

Lit light

Lamp Collage

Flea Bites

I went to the flea market. I haven’t been to a flea market in a long time.  I don’t know why, but I’m so happy I went today and I have totally been bitten by the bug and can’t wait to go again.  Here are some of the cool things I saw:

Brass Bug

I came back to this brass bug? crayfish? twice.  I don’t know why.  There was just something about it that caught my eye.  In the end I didn’t buy it because it was missing one of its antennas.  Or, because it was ugly.  I’m still not sure.

Green Desk Lamp

I love this green lamp! It’s the perfect shade of green and plus, how often do you see a green lamp?  Hardly ever.

Fashion Print

My daughter liked this framed fashion print.  It is very cute and already shabby chic.  It is very cute and looks authentically old.

Old Mirror

This mirror made me happy.  I like the slender handle and the round mirror.  And I love how it’s worn on the handle. You can see it was used often.  I like that.


How cool are these bikes?  I love the one with the two little shelves, or is that a seat?  I wanted to buy all of these for the toddlers in my life.

But what did I actually buy?

Framed Lighthouse Sketches

Framed Sketch of Home

I was about to head to the inside portion of the flea market when I said to my daughter, “Wait, I think we missed this aisle”.  We made it down the aisle and these two beautiful sketches jumped out at me.  The vendor told me that the drawings were done by an old woman who lived on Cape Cod.  They were listed at $18 a piece, but I scored them for $15 total!  I’ve been wanting to get a gallery wall started, but I really want it to have some unique pieces along with some family photos and these totally fit the bill.  Now I just need to happen upon oh, 8-10 other equally awesome things.  The hunt is on!

Flea Market Finds

Buy It, Spy It or DIY It

Friday Faves has been replaced.

That should be read in an ominous voice.

It has been replaced with something that shall be dubbed, “Buy It, Spy It or DIY It”.  I got a little Crate & Barrel catalog today and as I was flipping through, I saw lots of things I liked.  Some of them made me think, “I would drop that amount of money on that right now!”.  That’s a “Buy It”.  Then there were the one’s that I said, “I like that, but I bet I could find something similar enough at ___________ (fill in the blank…  thrift store, Target, Marshalls, yard sale).  That is a “Spy It”.  Lastly, there are the one’s that made me think, “I could totally make that!”.  That my friends, is a “DIY It”.  Sound like fun?  Good!  Let’s get to it.
Willa Yellow Side Chair

Willa Yellow Side Chair – $149.00

Ok, we’re starting with an easy one.  DIY It.  No brainer.  A little elbow grease and some vibrant paint on a chair you probably have in your basement or attic right now and this one is done, son.  And you can find sets of these at every thrift store or yard sale worth it’s salt.

3-Piece Intricate Circle Wall Art Set

3 Piece Intricate Wall Art – $139 (on sale)

I want to call this one a DIY it.  I really do. But, honestly, I don’t have those skills.  This is a Buy It.  Obviously they are beautiful, so that makes me want to buy them.  And all three make a pretty dynamic statement for $139.  The largest one is 22″ in diameter.  You can also purchase these separately.

Era C Table

Era C Table – $299

This is what inspired the Spy It category.  I put down the Crate & Barrel catalog and picked up the Bed Bath and Beyond flyer and there was a nearly identical table for $39.99.  It wasn’t quite as sleek, but you can sacrifice a little sleek for $250.

Pinstripe Jade 2'x3' Rug

Pinstripe Jade 2’3′ Rug – $24.95

Buy it.  Now.  Get out your wallet and buy it.  I think that is a good price for a pretty rug from a reputable retailer who generally offers quality products.  Definitely worth 25 bucks.  There are larger sizes that are also well priced.

Cosmo Pendant

Cosmo Pendant – $299

Buy It.  If you love it and it speaks to you, like it does to me, save your pennies and buy it.  This is unique and if you love it, you will walk into the room you hang it in every day and smile at it.  People will make remarks about it. Some might say, “I love that light fixture” and others may say “What an interesting light fixture” with a furrowed brow.  And you will love both remarks equally.  Promise.

Mick Blue Floor Lamp

Mick Blue Floor Lamp - $149

DIY It!  I mean, you’re not going to get this exact look unless you are a metal working genius, but I think with some piping from the hardware store and a light kit and a metal shade you could whip this up.  Not me, but you could.  Send me a pic if you do.

Stainless Wire Bowl

Stainless Wire Bowl – $19.95

Spy It… I had this in my hands at the flea market last week.  In fact there was one about this size and a smaller one.  It wasn’t exactly this one, but it was close.  Why did I put it down?  Why?  They were decidedly less than $20, but more importantly, they were old and had that certain personality that old things have and that this one lacks.

Apple Orchard Dishtowel

Apple Orchard Dish Towel – $5.95

Trick question!  Buy It.. AND DIY It!  The dishtowels from Crate & Barrel are way to cute for wiping dishes.  I can see them framed for a pop of color, or I’m sure you could DIY some cafe curtains with these.  Too cute, right??

Brass Letter S Wall Art

Brass Letter S Wall Art – $24.95

Buy it!  Of course they have all of the letters and numbers and some symbols.  For less than $25, this is a great addition to any gallery wall.

Buy It Spy It or DIY It - Crate & Barrel