National Spinach Day: Cheesy Spinach Roll-Ups

spinachMarch 26th is National Spinach Day and we’re celebrating it because there are so many reasons to celebrate spinach. It’s one of the world’s healthiest foods — it keeps our eyes young, our bones strong and our blood pressure low. It’s also pretty tasty — though, for a period, it did have a reputation of being one of the most disliked vegetables. These days, it’s a little less feared and more liked and we want to share our easiest spinach recipe for National Spinach Day: Cheesy Spinach Roll-Ups.

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Cream Sauce:

  • 1 TB butter
  • 2 TB all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • ½ cube chicken bouillon
  • 3 TB Parmesan cheese, grated

Roll-ups:

  • 8 lasagna noodles, cooked
  • 8 oz mozzarella cheese, shredded
  • 9 oz package of frozen spinach, thawed and drained well
  • 15 oz container ricotta cheese
  • 1 egg
  • ¼ tsp garlic powder
  • ¼ tsp onion powder

For the sauce, make a roux by melting butter in a saucepan over medium heat and whisk in the flour. When you have a really thick paste (almost dough), lower the heat and whisk in the milk and bouillon cube. Keep stirring until the bouillon is dissolved and you have a creamy sauce. Whisk in Parmesan cheese and set aside.

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Preheat oven to 350℉.

For the roll-ups, stir together the spinach, ricotta cheese, egg, onion and garlic powders. Lay out your cooked noodles on a flat surface.

Spoon out even portions of the spinach mixture onto each of the noodles. Spread the mixture so there’s an even layer of spinach on top of the noodles. Sprinkle about half of the mozzarella cheese onto the noodles.

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Gently roll up each of the noodles so that the spinach is on the inside of the rolls. Place the rolled noodles in a casserole dish prepared with cooking spray.

Pour all of the cream sauce over the noodles. Top the noodles with the remaining mozzarella cheese. Cover the dish with aluminum foil. Bake for 20 minutes. Remove the foil and continue baking for another 15 minutes or until the top is slightly browned and the sauce is bubbly.

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This is a kid-friendly recipe — not only will they love to eat it, but they might just be able to make it themselves! Of course, it’s tasty enough for an adult as well and it’s great for leftovers if you can’t eat it all in one sitting.

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5 Clever Ways to Upcycle Mason Jars

Mason-jar-soap-dispenserReuse, recycle, upcycle — we want to make the most of everything we have! At Lakeside right now, we’re thinking about all of the amazing things we can do with mason jars. Mason jars are so simple and, even as drinking glasses, they add rustic appeal to decor. But there are so many other ways you can use mason jar other than as a beverage container. Here are 5 clever ways to upcycle mason jars.

Soap Dispenser This is a fabulous way to dress up a kitchen sink! Blissfully Content Life swapped out her squeeze bottle of dishwashing liquid for this awesome mason jar. All she did was punch a hole in the top and put in a pump. It gives the kitchen a fun country flair without spending a lot of money.

mason-jar-craft-storageCraft Storage It All Started with Paint came up with a practical way to sort all the supplies she needs to create fun crafts. Mason jars keep all of her buttons, rubber bands, glitter, and bows neat and in place. It’s such a simple idea we can’t believe we didn’t think of it! It’s an easy way to add a vintage style to your craft corner.

mason-jar-lightsLuminaries Mom Spark put some sparkle in her mason jars by turning them into luminaries! These are super-cool — all she did was add glass craft beads to the outside using hot glue. So easy and so brilliant! You can use tea lights to illuminate them to make any room shimmer. If you want something a little more homemade looking, you could decoupage colored tissue paper to light up your room with shades of your favorite colors.

mason-jar-terariumIndoor Garden Mason jars are great for indoor gardens. You can go about them in two ways: 1) a simple herb garden or 2) a terrarium.

Herb gardens are great in mason jars because it’s basically one herb per jar so you can grow only the ones you want — and the jar adds a little bit more character to your kitchen than a terracotta pot would.

Terrariums take a little bit more coordination, but the same amount of time. Scissors and Steam takes you through the process of making a terrarium with a mason jar. With a little soil and some accouterment, you can get your terrarium together in an hour.

mason-jar-bathroom-cannistersBathroom Canisters Liz Marie knows how to give a bathroom a makeover with style. Not only does she use her mason jars to hold her cotton balls and swabs, she takes upcycling a little further and add knobs to the lids to make them easy to handle. It’s decor with functionality.


The Lakeside Collection has hundreds of items and ideas to help you change up your decor. Keep checking back for fun finds at unbeatable prices.

The Lakeside Selection: Our Choice of Favorite Items of the Week

It’s almost Valentine’s Day, and that means it is time to express your love for the special people in your life. The Lakeside Collection has plenty of gift ideas if you are not sure of just what to get. Personalize a photo frame just for them, or a piece of jewelry they can wear every day. A whimsical mug might make them laugh, or read up on new ideas on how to be romantic. Here is The Lakeside Selection: Our Choice of Favorite Items of the Week.

Display a cherished moment in a special way with this Personalized Holiday Photo Frame.

Display a cherished moment in a special way with this Personalized Holiday Photo Frame.

This Love Pendant Gift-Boxed Set is the perfect way to show someone how special they are to you.

This Love Pendant Gift-Boxed Set is the perfect way to show someone how special they are to you.

The colorful and fun design of the Whimsical Mason Jar Mug adds a festive touch to any day spent with the girls.

The colorful and fun design of the Whimsical Mason Jar Mug adds a festive touch to any day spent with the girls.

Transform your relationship into a vibrant, exciting love affair with 1001 Ways To Be Romantic.

Transform your relationship into a vibrant, exciting love affair with 1001 Ways To Be Romantic.

Pinteresting Picks for January

Connecting with friends on The Lakeside Collection’s Pinterest boards was a real hoot in January! Trendy owls got a lot of attention, whether they were on cozy throws and pillows or fun and functional hobby organizers. Some of our followers already are looking forward to creating whimsical miniature gardens or adding colorful decorations to their yards. Here are our Pinteresting Picks for January.

Add a fanciful touch to your living room or bedroom with this licensed Milo Owl Throw or Pillow.

Add a fanciful touch to your living room or bedroom with this licensed Milo Owl Throw or Pillow.

Clean up the clutter in your crafting space and help your creativity flow with these handy Owl Print Craft Organizers.

Clean up the clutter in your crafting space and help your creativity flow with these handy Owl Print Craft Organizers.

Set of 2 Solar-Lighted Balloon Stakes helps you decorate your garden with whimsical delight!

Set of 2 Solar-Lighted Balloon Stakes helps you decorate your garden with whimsical delight!

Each Fairy or Gnome Garden Kit gives you the miniature accessories you need to create your own magical spot.

Each Fairy or Gnome Garden Kit gives you the miniature accessories you need to create your own magical spot.

The Lakeside Selection: Our Choice of Favorite Items of the Week

We are all spending a lot of time indoors, and that makes it an ideal time to update your kitchen with items from The Lakeside Collection. Organize the space with a sink caddy and a big set of bowls that is great for mixing and storing. Speed up your prep with new kitchen gadgets, and brighten up your cooking with brilliantly colored pans. Here is The Lakeside Selection: Our Choice of Favorite Items of the Week.

This Set of 2 Sink Caddies ensures that you'll always have a kitchen sponge and/or scrubber at your fingertips.

This Set of 2 Sink Caddies ensures that you’ll always have a kitchen sponge and/or scrubber at your fingertips.

The 10-Pc. Glass Bowl Set makes it easy to identify which foods you've stored.

The 10-Pc. Glass Bowl Set makes it easy to identify which foods you’ve stored.

Save time and look professional with these Stainless Steel Kitchen Gadgets.

Save time and look professional with these Stainless Steel Kitchen Gadgets.

Brighten up your kitchen with this Colorful 8-Pc. Cookware Set.

Brighten up your kitchen with this Colorful 8-Pc. Cookware Set.

9 Best Places to Escape to in January

Sanibel-IslandWinter is back and, if you live north of the Mason-Dixon Line, without the sparkle of holiday cheer, winter can be dreary. Instead of staying at home and twittering away the hours until the spring sun shines, get out of town! It’s one guaranteed way to prevent cabin fever from setting in. Here are the 9 best places to escape to in January.

If you live in the West or the Northwest, pack your bags and head to the Southwest for a winter intermission to warm up.

Arizona  With temperatures in the 60s and 70s, Tucson, AZ is a welcome respite from January up north. Tucson is in the Sonoran Desert surrounded by four mountain ranges that give you plenty of opportunities to enjoy the outdoors. Whether you’re into hiking, biking or horseback riding, you won’t get bored in Tucson. If you have little ones with you, head to the Funtasticks Family Fun Park for laser tag, go karts or bouncy castles to give your kids the perfect winter escape.  For something a little more cerebral, plan a visit to the Pima Air & Space Museum to explore more than 300 planes. Tucson is also a popular place to film movies — Old Tucson Studios has old west sets where you can see Living History Presentations and historic tours. It’s not a bad break from the cold.

California Carlsbad, CA is between San Diego and Los Angeles — that means mild weather during the harsh winter months we have in the Northwest. Beautiful beaches and sunshine are enjoyed by everyone. Carlsbad provides calm away from home when snowstorms and cold winds are at their most intense. For families, Legoland provides hours of interactive entertainment to give your kids a break from snowmen and sledding.

White-SandsNew Mexico Alamogordo, NM is an outdoor playground with something for everyone. Because of its unique climate, skiing and golfing can be done in the same day! But Alamogordo’s most precious gem is the White Sands National Monument. It’s 275 square miles of sand made up of gypsum crystals. Let the kids climb the dunes and slide down them — it’s just like hills of snow without the freezing temperatures.

The Midwest gets painfully cold in the winter. Last winter CNN said, “It’s too darn cold.” When it gets that cold, the only direction you should head is south.

Texas A place for a winter warm up in Texas isn’t hard to find and temperatures in the 50s and 60s in January are hard to resist. Day or night, entertainment abounds in Austin, TX. Sample the finest Tex-Mex in the country for breakfast, lunch and dinner, swim at Barton Springs Pool — which is open year-round — during the day and go two-stepping at night. Those aren’t things you will find in January in Illinois.

Louisiana Temps in the 60s in Lake Charles, Louisiana beat the sub-zero temps we get used to in the Midwest during January! And the birds know that, too! The migratory patterns make Sam Houston Jones State Park a great place to be for bird watching — it’s also an excellent spot for camping (in cabins or tents) and other outdoor activities exploring marshland and lagoons you can’t find in Minnesota in January.

Tennessee Winter in Memphis feels like spring for Midwesterners! It’s a short trip to the birthplace of rock and roll and a comfortable time of year to tour the town Elvis Presley called home. You can visit Graceland to see just how the King lived and relaxed when he wasn’t onstage. But Elvis isn’t Memphis’s only claim to fame — for most people, Memphis barbecue alone is worth the trip.

If you’re in the Northeast, head south for a quick trip for warm adventures.

Georgia Savannah, GA almost never gets cold — at least not the kind of cold Northeasterners are used to in January. The comfortable weather makes visiting historic landmarks pleasant  in addition to fascinating. With all of the history surrounding the city, there are a lot tales to be told — it’s considered “America’s Most Haunted City.” You can take the Ghosts and Gravestones tour to explore the city’s sinister past on a trolley. But if you want the history without the spirits, there are mansions and houses to visit that have been well-preserved from the Revolutionary and Civil Wars.

CharlestonSouth Carolina Charleston, SC is rich in history with attractions to stimulate all of your senses that might otherwise be numb in the Northeast in January. There are a lot of parallels between New Orleans and Charleston — food being one of the most pronounced. Because it’s on the coast, they serve some of the best seafood with southern soul you can get: shrimp & grits, oyster stew, fried soft-shell crab. Of course, food isn’t the only draw to Charleston. On a walking tour you’ll feel like you’re in a different time with all of the mansions draped in Spanish moss, the brownstone neo-gothic Cathedral of St. John the Baptist or the historic Magnolia Cemetery which was built on a former rice plantation — a walk you can’t take in the northeast in January.

Florida Florida, of course, is the obvious destination for January, but Sanibel Island is the place to go if you want to be active with the family. Beaches, fishing, snorkeling — you can certainly dip your toes in the water in Sanibel Island without the threat of getting frostbite. Even if you don’t want to get wet, there are nature tours, hikes and biking everyone will enjoy in January.

Winter won’t last forever, but when it’s as cold as January gets, it feels like forever. Breakup the winter months and take off for a weekend — you won’t regret it.

Pinteresting Picks for December

Winter’s frosty days make it tempting to relax indoors with comfort food and a good book. Our Lakeside Pinterest followers were looking to get cozy this month, with reading accessories and books to inspire some creativity. When you must leave the house, take some of your homemade slow-cooker favorites to any gathering, and don’t forget to bundle up with one of Lakeside’s versatile accessories. Here are our Pinteresting Picks for December.

You'll read comfortably for hours with your book or e-reader on this plush Book Pillow.

You’ll read comfortably for hours with your book or e-reader on this plush Book Pillow.

 

LEGO® Play Book from DK shares building tips and tricks, while it introduces you to new worlds.

LEGO® Play Book from DK shares building tips and tricks, while it introduces you to new worlds.

A Slow Cooker Carrier is the easy way to take your food contribution to a family gathering, neighborhood potluck or other social event.

A Slow Cooker Carrier is the easy way to take your food contribution to a family gathering, neighborhood potluck or other social event.

 

Reversible Hooded Scarf is a 2-in-1 accessory that keeps you toasty.

Reversible Hooded Scarf is a 2-in-1 accessory that keeps you toasty.

The Lakeside Selection: Our Choice of Favorite Items of the Week

When the cold winds of winter blow, there is nothing better than snuggling up in a comfy shirt or relaxing loungewear. Not only does The Lakeside Collection have a wide variety of cozy gear, we also have wonderfully scented candles to fill your home with fragrance. If you must head outdoors, don’t forget a toasty coat. Here is The Lakeside Selection: Our Choice of Favorite Items of the Week.

The Women's Feminine Fit Flannel Shirt is a laid back style made just for you.

The Women’s Feminine Fit Flannel Shirt is a laid back style made just for you.

He'll be in the mood to kick back and relax with these Men's Licensed 2-Pk. Boxers.

He’ll be in the mood to kick back and relax with these Men’s Licensed 2-Pk. Boxers.

 

Sweet Treat Aromabeads™ Candle Jar makes your smell like a bakery or candy shop.

Sweet Treat Aromabeads™ Candle Jar makes your smell like a bakery or candy shop.

Girls' Hooded Toggle-Front Peacoat will keep her warm and looking stylish all winter long.

Girls’ Hooded Toggle-Front Peacoat will keep her warm and looking stylish all winter long.

 

Pinteresting Picks for November

As the holiday crush begins, the impulse to organize our homes and make extra room becomes a strong one. Our Pinterest followers have been spending a lot of time this month looking for new and decorative ways to make their spaces function better. After the organization is done, don’t forget to add some new decorative touches to renew your home before holiday guests arrive. Here are The Lakeside Collection’s Pinteresting Picks for November.

Carry just about anything in this Oversized Utility Tote!

Carry just about anything in this Oversized Utility Tote!

 

Shot Glass Display Shelf organizes your collection with ease.

Shot Glass Display Shelf organizes your collection with ease.

Organizing your bags in the Over-the-Door Purse Storage may help extend the life of their straps while utilizing space behind a door.

Organizing your bags in the Over-the-Door Purse Storage may help extend the life of their straps while utilizing space behind a door.

 

A Set of 2 Window Tie-Backs creates a different look for your existing curtains.

A Set of 2 Window Tie-Backs creates a different look for your existing curtains.

The Lakeside Selection: Our Choice of Favorite Items of the Week

As the build up to Thanksgiving and the winter holidays begin, it is easy to get caught up in the coming wave. Remember to take some time for yourself before the stress gets to you by wrapping up in a sweater, enjoying a good book, massaging away your aches, or grabbing a cup of tea. Here is The Lakeside Selection: Our Choice of Favorite Items of the Week.

Fall in love with the soft chunky knit construction of the Women's Long Open Front Sweater.

Fall in love with the soft chunky knit construction of the Women’s Long Open Front Sweater.

Use this set of 3 Plantar Fasciitis Massage Balls to help relieve pain and soothe aching feet.

Use this set of 3 Plantar Fasciitis Massage Balls to help relieve pain and soothe aching feet.

 

You'll read comfortably for hours with your book or e-reader on this plush Book Pillow.

You’ll read comfortably for hours with your book or e-reader on this plush Book Pillow.

Honor the professional who works hard for you with the gift of this Occupational Double-Walled Tumbler.

Honor the professional who works hard for you with the gift of this Occupational Double-Walled Tumbler.