Food · Recipes

Mini Breakfast Frittatas Baked in Muffin Tins

I’ve never made frittatas before. Can I just tell you how EASY they are!? Especially since they are baked in muffin tins. I made twelve of these mini delights today (12 because that is the size of my muffin tin). After enjoying a yummy taste test, I let the frittatas cool down. Then I stuck the rest into a baggie and zipped them into the refrigerator so that I can have quick breakfasts all week long. That is my kind of cooking time return!

Breakfast frittatas made with eggs, spinach, bacon and tomatoes.
Mini egg frittatas made with spinach, tomatoes, bacon and two kinds of cheese.

I won’t make you wade through a bunch of blah, blah, blah and ad after ad. Let’s get right on to the menu, shall we?

Easy mini breakfast frittatas baked in a muffin tin.

Mini Breakfast Frittatas

  • Servings: 6
  • Difficulty: easy
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NOTE: I made these frittatas with spinach, Rotel tomatoes with jalapenos and bacon. Why? OK, so you probably don’t even have to ask by now. I use what I have on hand when I am cooking. You can add or substitue all kinds of ingredients to this dish, so be brave and experiment!

Ingredients

  • 8 large eggs
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream
  • 4 bacon slices, cooked and crumbled
  • about 2 cups fresh baby spinach and 1 tsp Ghee or butter
  • 1/4 cup Rotel tomatoes with jalapeno chilies (optional)
  • 1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 cup shredded mozzarella cheese (also optional- I did not have enough cheddar so that is why I used a mix of cheese)
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper

Directions


PREHEAT oven to 350 degrees
PREPARE a 12 muffin pan with non-stick spray of your choice. (I like avocado spray because of it’s neutral taste and smell.)

1. In a small skillet greased with a little Ghee or butter, cook spinach over low heat just until wilted. Remove from pan and chop into small pieces.
2. Cook bacon and crumble into pieces.
Divide spinach, tomatoes and bacon evenly into each muffin cup
3. Crack all 8 eggs into a bowl. Add cream and salt and pepper. Whisk together until combined.
4.Divide egg mixture into each of the muffin cups.
5. Sprinkle cheeses evenly on top of egg mixture.
6. Bake at 350° for 19 minutes. Remove from oven, let cool a couple minutes and then serve warm.

Easy Keto breakfast frittatas made with spinach, bacon and tomatoes.

You can make a large frittata in a cast iron skillet, but with the muffin tins, they are already proportioned out and ready to grab for those very busy days. Who am i kidding? They are great for the days when you oversleep and have to get to work FAST!

art · DIY · Free Printables · Home Decor

Free Printable Halloween Art

Fall and Halloween decorations will be combined at my house this year. I wanted to get a jump start since everything holiday-wise always seems to get away from me. I’m going to try to mesh styles as well as holidays this season. I figure that I can mesh Fall/Thanksgiving with Halloween and then I won’t have to use up as much time switching out decor before Christmas. I have Prims, cute collectibles and vintage style pieces that all need to go together.

Collectible Halloween figures

I’ve already torn down the living room to make room for holiday redecorating. Now that the new furniture arrangement is in place, the next step is to add in a few new pieces with the old, so I’m starting with paintings.

Sandra McCall recycles old thrift store canvases into new Halloween paintings
These little primitive paintings started out as thrift store canvas prints. I drew my design right on top of the print and then used acrylic paint to color it in.
Halloween paintings before and after sanding
I sanded my paintings after they were dry. You can do that on your prints if you like. On the canvases, I was surprised that sanding brought out the white of my grease pencil drawings, but I like it.
Primitive painting of Happy Halloween pumpkins
Click on this picture to take you to a new window and then hit Control/P to print.
Primitive painting of Halloween Trick or Treat.
Click on this picture to take you to a new window and then hit Control/P to print.

Further posts will be coming on the holiday redo progress so be sure to check back. 🎃

Food · Recipes

Keto Cauliflower-Sausage Stuffing

Savory Keto friendly stuffing for fall

Here’s the thing- I’m already trying out dishes for a Thanksgiving menu that will be Keto friendly. I’m getting prepared because I don’t eat the traditional TG dishes anymore. Mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes with brown sugar and lots of little marshmallows, corn, bread rolls, sugary, sweet deserts!? Nope!

Well, dear friends, if you are living the Keto way, try this stuffing. I want to shout, “The best Keto stuffing EVER!” However I will refrain. Even I know that it would be a pretty broad claim. But, oh boy, this recipe is so good that you can make it as a side dish or eat it as a complete meal along with a little salad. Not only does it taste good, but in real life, it’s pretty too. In my book, that means that it will be a crowd pleaser.

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Food · Recipes

High Taste Low Carb Broccoli Cheese Soup – Keto Friendly

From a first course to the main meal, this soup can fit in anywhere, anytime. Les and I just had it for lunch paired with my Hearty Keto bread and, can I tell you? It was delicious. My version of this soup is loaded with broccoli and cheese to satisfy my hunger for rich, chunky goodness in a meal.

There is a good reason that I was keen on making a really good broccoli soup. Les and I were dining out recently when I ordered a rather expensive bowl of broccoli cheese soup as a starter. What a disappointment! I took one look and then one spoonful and wondered where the heck the broccoli bits were. Moreover, where was the broccoli taste? All that I tasted was bland cheese, cream and a whole lot of corn starch. YUCK! Talk about feeling ripped off. The good news is that with this recipe, there is so much taste that even your non-Keto friends and family will want to enjoy it along with you.

Keto broccoli cheese soup
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Dollhouse miniatures · tutorials

Concealing the Wires of Battery Operated Mini Lights in a Dollhouse Attic

For months I have been kicking around the idea of a including a bathroom in the Victoria’s Farmhouse dollhouse. When I first started building, I did not want to include one in this house. I had too many other rooms that I needed to decorate. Then I started thinking about all of the cute accessories that I can make for a bathroom. THEN it took me weeks more to settle on a design. So many options and so few dollhouses.

string lights installed in a dollhouse bathroom.

Now that I have the bathroom under way, let me show you how I’m working the lighting fixtures. You may recall that I said that I am totally over 12 volt wiring on a dollhouse. There are already a couple battery operated LEDs installed as well and now I am switching to a different way of lighting the rooms. Three different lighting installments. Yep, this first house has been a learning house for me to be sure. Anyway, I’ve decided to use a battery operated mini light string for the attic. This top floor will contain a bathroom and a large craft/art room, both of which need lights.

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Food · Recipes

Savory Keto Sandwich Bread with Pepitas and Walnuts

Our high summer temperatures are finally breaking and it is beginning to feel like fall at last. Yippee! We can start up the ovens again. That means homemade bread! I can think of no other comfort food that brings back such fond childhood memories as warm, straight out of the oven bread topped with real butter. Yum!

The cool thing about this bread is that it does not taste eggy like some Keto recipes. It also has a beautiful texture- just like the bread that you are used to seeing.

Savory Keto sandwich bread

The initial recipe for this bread comes from All Recipes. It was listed as the BEST Keto bread. I thought that it could be even better by making it a little more savory. Adding the “Everything bagel” spice mix, walnuts and roasted pepitas did the trick. I LOVE the onion/ garlic flavor of the Everything bagel mix, but, of course, that is optional as well. If you are interested, check out the reader comments on the bread at Allrecipes.com for more variations.

Keto sandwich bread with egg salad
Keto sandwich made with egg salad

Walnuts and peptitas do add a few carbs to the overall count, but not enough to keep me from eating a couple slices when I’m craving a sandwich.

Hearty Keto bread with walnuts and pepitas

  • Servings: 16 slices
  • Difficulty: easy
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The Everything bagel spice mix along with the walnuts and pepitas are completely optional. Without them the bread is still excellent for sandwiches. If you do not use the spice mix, add 1/2 tsp salt to the dry ingredients.

  • 6 eggs at room temperature
  • 1/2 cup butter, melted and cooled
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 1/2 cup almond flour
  • 1/2 cup almond meal
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 cup roasted, salted pepitas
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1 tbs garlic powder
  • 2 tbs Everything spice mix (the one that you use to make Everything bagels)
  • 1/2 tsp Xanthan Gum

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease a loaf pan with non-stick, non-aerosol spray. (I like the avocado oil)

Whisk eggs in a bowl until smooth and creamy- about 3 minutes. Add melted butter and olive oil until well combined.

Combine the rest of the ingredients in a bowl- mix well. Add gradually into the egg bowl, mixing to form a thick batter.

Pour batter into loaf pan and smooth top with a spatula.

Bake about 40 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.

Run a dinner knife around the edges and tip the bread out onto a cooling rack.

Enjoy . ❤

Food · Recipes

Loaded Cauliflower (low carb, Keto)

Go ahead- treat yourself to a dish that is just as yummy and loaded as baked potatoes. Does it taste like potatoes? No, but I promise you, this version is just as delicious and satisfying, but without the high carb count. Add a simple salad and you will have a beautiful, complete meal with very little fuss.

Loaded low carb casserole

One note before I share the recipe- I have seen this done as mashed cauliflower, but I prefer chunky, hearty foods and not those that have been pureed to within an inch of their life. If you would rather mash for a creamy casserole, then by all means, go ahead. This casserole will still be just as delicious.

OK, one more note- if you do not have an oven, just use your microwave to first cook the cauliflower, as per instructions, and then proceed to cook all of the ingredients together after you have combined them. No oven? No reason not to enjoy a good meal.

Loaded cauliflower bake – low carb, Keto

Loaded Cauliflower

  • Servings: 6-8
  • Difficulty: easy
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Ingredients:

  • 1 head of cauliflower
  • 6 slices bacon cooked to a crisp and broken into small pieces ( you can substitute a good brand of
    bacon bits if you don’t have fresh bacon on hand)
  • 1/2 cup cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 cup cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • sour cream and cut chives for topping

Preheat oven to 350°. Grease a baking dish with Ghee or you can use a nonstick, non-aerosol spray if you like. Pure avocado oil has a neutral taste and works well.

Chop cauliflower into small pieces. Place it along with 1/4 cup water into a microwave safe dish. Microwave on high for about 6 minutes. Remove and drain cauliflower. Pat with a towel to get rid of excess water.

Add all of the ingredients to a mixing bowl to combine.

Bake in a prepared oven safe casserole dish for 20 minutes or until the cheese is melted and bubbly.

Top with sour cream, chives and more bacon bits if you like. Serve warm.

That is it! One easy recipe to enjoy! ❤

Food · Recipes

How to make Mini Pavlovas Keto Style

Besides Keto, what other diet allows you to eat sweetened pastries made with whole cream cheese and not gain weight? This is crazy. The only time that I have gained a bit of my lost weight back is when I completely dumped the program and binged on food from Mexican restaurants all week. (To be honest, I only did that once and then felt so bloated and awful that I happily jumped back on the Keto wagon as soon as the house guests were gone.)

I have been on NO other diet where I could eat sweet fruit Pavlovas. Of course, only berries are recommended fruits on a Keto plan. But those work for me. Berries are a visual treat and they taste great so I do not feel deprived at all.

Strawberries pureed into the cream cheese mixture
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