Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Egg Bake - Day THREE of GIVEAWAY!

Once again, I want to thank you for all your wonderful words of encouragement and "get well" wishes. I am happy to report that my back is pretty much in full working order. Hooray!

This week has been a strange one around here. Hurt back, sick pup, hubby has really been feeling the stress from work - even the weather has been strange. Yesterday morning it was cool with gray skies. The afternoon was full of bright skies and then a sudden 2 minute down poor. Then late afternoon was nice and sunny, almost{dare I say it?} warm. So we decided to take a nice walk last night around 8:45, and it was raining again! What in the world? So we took a drive instead :)

I know the photo is blurry, but look at the snow capped mountain view I have on my way home from work. Stunning!

All that to say, it feels like a comfort food kind of day! The kind where you can snack on a big dish of something all throughout the day. The kind of dish that you probably have all the ingredients on hand and don't need to run out into the potential storm for some last minute items.

Heart Shaped Measuring Spoons - simply delightful!

Recently, I learned how to make a delicious Egg Bake from a dear friend. And it has become my go to dish when I need to feed people all throughout the day. It is a snap to make, tastes great for breakfast, lunch and dinner, and is easy to alter to use up veggies that I already have in my crisper.

As you read the recipe, you may be thinking, "whoa! calories galore!" And it's true. This is not the most waist friendly dish. But if you only eat it once in a while, how bad can it really be?

Egg Bake

12 Eggs
1-1 1/2 Cup Cottage Cheese
1/4 tps Baking Soda
Diced Veggies - my faves (and the ones I used in the photos) are mushroom, onion, zuccini. Try peppers (sweet and spicy), olives, tomatoes or any other veggie that sounds good in a casserole.
1/2 Shredded Cheese (add in a bit more if your family loves cheese :)
Salt and Pepper
1-2 Tbs Butter

~ Preheat oven to 350*

~ Chop veggies. For mushrooms and peppers, I like to slice them. Makes it look prettier.

Yes, my dish is not 13x9. I only had 8 eggs on hand.

So I imporvised and made a smaller batch. Easy peasy!

~ Now that your oven is hot, cut butter into small cubes and place in a 13x9 pan. Place in oven till butter is melted.

~ While the butter melts, wisk all 12 eggs together in a bowl with the baking soda and a sprinkling or two of salt and pepper till just mixed.

~ Add cottage cheese and gently stir till combined. Gently fold in chopped veggies and cheese.

~ Once butter has melted, pour the egg mixture into the casserole dish and gently push down any veggies that are sticking completely above egg level. Sprinkle with additional cheese if desired.

~ Bake for 40-50 minutes until center is completely cooked and the surface and edges are light brown. Cooking time varries with how many veggies you add in. I have had an Egg Bake be done in as little as 40 minutes and had one take as long as 1hr and 15 minutes. Just be patient and make sure it is cooked all the way through.

So yummy!
Serve with bacon, toast, and fresh fruit. This is also super yummy cold. Makes great leftovers as well.

Today I am wanting to know what your go to dish or meal is. What ingredients do you always keep on hand to make your last minute wonder dish. Leave your answer in the comments below and you will receive one entry for the GIVEAWAY!

For those of you just joining the GIVEAWAY, I am adding one item to the prize everyday this week. I am also giving you a different way to enter everyday as well! So easy!

So far there have been four ways to enter the drawing, each counts as one entry:

Day One - Click here to enter
~ Become a Follower. Let me know in the comments
~ Tell me a decorating story - it can be a disaster or triumph

Day Two - Click here to enter
~ Link up a craft, DIY projects, memorable story, scrapbook page, anything that you have done to make your home a welcome refuge for your family.

Day Three - Today
~ Leave a comment below telling me your favorite last minute, go-to dish. 

Today's adition to the giveaway is a handmade Flower Pin that is part of my "Sweet Joy" collection..... which will soon be sold on Etsy! Yippie! Right now, I only sell at boutiques and open house events. But I am so excited to announce that on March 8th, these flower pins will be available in my Etsy Store.

Yes these photos are in the car, taken before I made a few deliveries.
I know the photographic compostion is not the best,
but I love how they look all in a row!

The winner of the giveaway will be able to chose one Flower Pin from my shop and I will include it in the gift package. There is a whole rainbow selection of colors {not all colors are pictured} and even a Mini Flower Pin that will be available.

So join in on the fun! Post your comments below and then head over to day one and two of the giveaway to enter those as well.

Come on back tomorrow as I feature some crafty gals with awesome ideas, and accept my first award. Really? An award! I'm so excited. And yes I plan to wear my formal gown, white gloves and cry a whole bunch durring my acceptance speech. This is going to be better than the Oscars!

All photos taken by yours truly. 
This yummy post is linked to WFMW (this week hosted  by Rock in My Dryer.) Link up!


  1. Glad to hear that you are feeling better!

    I just blogged about my go-to dish last week and I'm so excited to share it with more folks on your blog :) Are you ready for coke pork chops! Sounds gross but it is delicious.

    Just combine 1 can of diet coke with 1 cup of ketchup over pork chops in a skillet. It makes a great barbecue sauce and it is low in fat. Actually, I got the recipe at a Weight Watchers meeting!

  2. Love your flower pins! so cute!

  3. I love to cook, so I would have to say that our "go-to" meal is homemade pizza. I make the pizza dough in our bread machine, so it's easy-peasy! With three kids, pizza is always on the "can we have..." list, too. :-)
    Emily, I am so glad you are feeling better! Yay! And THANK YOU for your sweeeeeet comments on my blog. You're a gem!
    Oh, and CONGRATS on your Etsy! How awesome!! (Cute flower pins, btw!)

  4. I love anything eggy, this looks like a great standby. I suppose, in our house, the fallback option is Baked Beans on Toast. I guess it's kind of a British thing but it's a fast, store cupboard meal and relatively healthy, depending on the type of bread and brand of beans you use. Like your recipe, it can appear for breakfast, lunch, or dinner, too.

  5. I love pasta...drenched in alfredo sauce. Yum. So one day I was fooling around with some ingredients and came up with my own because I can't go to Olive Garden everytime I get a craving for pasta! I don't have a specific recipe but I ALWAYS have whipping cream, parmesan cheese, cream cheese and garlic. Lucky for me, my family loves it too!
    Rebekah {All Thingz Related}

  6. One of our family "go to" favorites is Kickin' Chicken. I just made it a few days ago as a matter of fact. Take boneless skinless chicken breasts or thighs and place in a greased 9x13 pan. Take a 16 oz container of sour cream (we use light) and add a package of ranch dressing mix (or doctor sour cream to your liking) and glop it all over the chicken. Then cover well with seasoned breadcrumbs and baked covered in a 375 degree oven for about 45 min or until chicken tests done. I remove the foil for the last 10 minutes so that the tops can brown, it's awesomely delicious!

  7. My favorite go-to meal (especially for a chilly night) is Dump and go Brunswick Stew. You can make it on the stove or in a crock pot. Dump in 1 container of BBQ from the refrigerated section (or some of your own that you have leftover), 1 can lima beans, 1 can corn, 2 big cans diced tomatoes. I like to spice it up with some hot sauce and serve it with cornbread...YUM!!!! Love your flower pins by the way!
    Lots of love your way,

  8. My go-to dessert is pineapple upside-down cake. You use yellow cake mix from a box (I know I'm cheating) and it's super simple. I melt sugar and butter in a skillet on the stove, add pineapple rings and cherries, cover with cake batter, and pop in the oven. Super simple and always delicious!

  9. I just became a follwer. I love your blog...I don't know how I wasn't a follower before!

  10. The flowers are adorable!! The egg bake sounds and looks so delicious. Mine is much more simple and not as thrilling, but it comes in handy in a pinch. I pop frozen talapia on a baking sheet, sprinkle them with salt, pepper and panko or bread crumbs and put them in a 350 oven for 18 to 20 minutes (yep, pop them in frozen). Then I steam frozen green beens, steamed brown rice (made in a rice cooker) and that's it. Fast, easy and the ingredients keep for a long time just waiting for the day I forget to "get something out." Please add my name to your pot!!
    Patricia :o)

  11. I'm so glad your back is way better now! I know how it is to be out. If I hit a certain part on my left knee, even just barely, I'm out for a day or two.

    My last minute meal would be frozen pizza. I know I could probably "whip" something up, but honestly, I hate cooking (actually, I hate being in the kitchen! LOL!) But frozen pizza is a little healthier (baked not fried) and way cheaper than fast food. I always keep some in the freezer for such occassions.

  12. This dish looks lovely. And with the cottage cheese and all the veggies, I'll bet it's pretty good for you. Let's see, favorite last minute wonder dish? Would probably have to be pasta. Last year we grew tons of tomatoes, and I dried lots of them and put them in jars covered with olive oil. When we need a quick dinner, we take out a few of the dried tomatoes, julienne them, maybe saute up a few sliced mushrooms, and put it all on pasta with some parmesan cheese. Delicious.

  13. Glad to hear you are almost back to 100%. Don't really cook. Hubby does all the cooking...Yep, I'm lucky, but we eat a lot and I mean a lot of chicken.

    Have to share this one with you!
    I'm the assistant coach for my daughter's middle school b-ball team, and tonight we (teacher's and coaches) played against the girls and boys middle school and high school teams. I've never played b-ball before. how I became the coach is a long story. but anyway. Needless to say, I'm sooooooooo sore, back hurting, legs killing me, and my arms are about to fall off. Oh, I did make 4 baskets!! Yep, pretty proud of myself for doing that, and I didn't fall once or really embarrass my daughter who will be 13 soon. don't know why I shared, but felt like you would understand the pain I'm feeling now. It hurts to type....LOL

    Have a great night!! Thanks for this week of fun!

  14. Your pins are fantastic! Love them!!

  15. A fast pretty and yummy appetizer... 1 brick of cream cheese covered with red pepper jelly and surrounded by crackers (o: