Monday’s Menu: Egg Salad

Ah, Monday. I’ve often argued that Tuesday was the worst day of the week (can you name anything good about a Tuesday?) but Monday definitely carries the bad rap. As a SAHM Monday is definitely a little different. Sure, I value our time together as a family of 3, but there is something so refreshing about going back into a routine.

Years ago, when I was still working, we started making special meals on Monday nights as something to look forward to. Having a plan in place kept us from reaching for whatever was fast and convenient and allowed us the chance to start the week off strong.

These special meals don’t have to be involved. Who wants to spend a lot of time in the kitchen after a rough day at work? Take tonight’s easy meal for example…

Healthy Egg Salad

Did you know it was super easy to make traditional egg salad with Greek yogurt? You can substitute the Greek yogurt in place of mayonnaise in any of your favorite recipes. Hard for you or your family to deal with change? Go half and half. Anything to move in a healthy direction is a good step! I also use Greek yogurt in my tuna salad, chicken salad, healthy smoothies, and morning oatmeal.

For this recipe I used:
– 12 hard boiled eggs
– Greek yogurt
– salt & pepper
– dill

Chop your hard boiled eggs, blend in Greek yogurt/mayo to a creamy texture, add dill, salt, and pepper to taste, then chill. It’s that simple.

I’m down to eat my egg salad on its own, but it also makes an awesome sandwich on Dave’s Killer Bread.

To make your nights flow even better, I suggest using your Instant Pot to hard boil your eggs! I’ve never had eggs peel better than when using this method:

Using the metal trivet inside your Instant Pot, add one dozen eggs (or more!). Pour in one cup of water. Set your manual timer to five minutes on high pressure. Release for five minutes. Remove from Instant Pot and place in ice bath for five minutes. 5/5/5! You can thank me later!

Do you enjoy healthy substitutions? I’d love to other ways you step up your nutrition game!


Transformation Tuesday

It’s been a busy week around The Pinewood Cottage playing catch up after a wonderful “staycation” for the 4th of July. I’m just not sure how I feel about middle of the week holidays but I think I’m not a fan.

Yesterday I got to work putting some of the final touches on the guest bathroom and I can’t believe how far it’s come! I will post a full tutorial on how we did the counter (and plank wall!) in a few weeks. For now, let’s just focus on the new shining star… the wood mirror frame!

Once the walls were painted (SW Pale Bloom on the planks and SW Eider White on all others) I knew the old white mirror frame wasn’t going to cut it. The problem were that it was the perfect size, we had two in the house already, and I’m cheap! I wish I had a true before photo showing the mint green walls but let’s take a moment to appreciate how far this tiny room has come.

As you can see above, the white on white mirror left a lot to be desired. I needed to add some life back into the room and tie the vanity area into the wood shelving on the opposite wall. That’s when my thrifty-by-nature creative side came up with a plan.

First, I sent my husband off to Lowe’s to pick up 1×4 planks. We’d measured and his math skills (much better than mine!) determined we’d need 3 planks to cover 2 mirrors. They came in around $7 a piece so this entire project was completed for around $21. That’s a winner in my book.

Next I measured twice and broke out the trusty old saw to start my cuts. Pre staining I laid the wood out to be sure I liked where the design was going. For more of a rustic look we didn’t worry about corners, just two longer pieces across the top and two shorter sides fit in. Building actual frames is not my speciality, but this method is easy and anyone can do it.

Now for my favorite part, staining! I find staining so much easier and more rewarding than painting. I gave a full run down of this process and saved it on Instagram but here are my helpful tips for staining:

– use 2 or more stain colors

-wear gloves

-use a cloth instead of a brush

-blend your stain colors

The stains I used were Classic Gray, Early American, and Jacobean.

As you can see, using multiple stains helps give the brand new pine boards interest and age they wouldn’t have otherwise. I was nervous about attaching the boards to the existing frame, but it went so smoothly. I just used predrilled holes through the existing frame with screws in each end of the boards. The screws come in through the back and I love the clean look. Now I have a brand new look for less.

Would you consider repurposing something you already own like this? It doesn’t always workout but when it does it’s such a great feeling! Every time I walk by the bathroom I’m so pleased with how it’s turning out. One more big project to go: stenciled tile floors. Stay tuned!

Friends, family, & my most FAQ

Thanks for joining me! If you asked my friends they’d say I’m about two years too late in making this leap into blogging (Hi, Brooke! Hi, Whitney!). While it’s been something I’ve always wanted to do, I’ve never had the confidence to push publish until now. I have each of you to thank for that! Every comment, like, and message with questions or suggestions as I’ve been making our new house a home has made me certain this is the right path for my life right now. With my Instagram slowly (very, very slowly) growing it just seems right to start a blog to track all of our fun projects and adventures.

Good company in a journey makes the way seem shorter. — Izaak Walton

The best part of this journey so far has been hearing how my ideas have inspired friends in their homes. While I’ve gotten a lot of feedback on different projects that I’ve done (which I’ll be sharing on the blog later!), the most frequently asked question is “Where did you get your rug!”

I love being able to share that this beautiful rug is from Amazon! At an already affordable price, Prime offers free shipping right to your doorstep. Who could complain about that? It’s made settling in to a house with a hard floor so much easier on the little babe and our dog. The polypropylene is easy to clean and the thickness is just soft enough for on the floor play. I did pair the family room rug with a thick rug pad because I knew we’d spend more time playing in there.

I actually did a “crazy” thing because I loved this rug so much. I ordered several different sizes and have it all throughout our house. I honestly couldn’t find another rug (that I could afford) that spoke to me the way this one did. Even with the distressed print and beautiful blue and gray colors, it becomes almost a neutral backdrop for the other furniture and decor. I also know tons of friends have the same print in a different color. It’s a very friendly rug for all different styles.

Have you ever ordered a rug on Amazon? While I love supporting small businesses, it definitely makes small town mom life much easier. Let me know if you’ve ordered this one. I’d love to see it in your home!