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A Vintage-Inspired Home Office

My husband and I have a dream, and a very real goal, to buy a house that we can retire in. On my list of things I'd love for the house to include is an extra bedroom that I could turn into a beautiful home office. I envision a very Instagram-worthy desk, a place to store all of the PR samples I get, and some pretty tufted accent chairs: where I can enjoy coffee breaks with my husband, who luckily also works from home.

When I get inspiration from vintage home offices on the web, I'm most attracted to spaces with a touch of modern glam. My husband and I both like transitional decor - old meets new. For example, I'd pair a modern mirrored desk with one of these antique desk chairs. Seating isn't often the focal point of an office, but why shouldn't it be? We spend all day sitting in it, after all.


My husband and I take frequent breaks throughout the day, with a coffee break here and there and a lunch hour during which we watch one of our favorite shows togeth…

Homestyle Italian Meatballs


Being part Italian and having grown up eating hearty European food, I prefer home-style simple Italian as opposed to the Tex-Mex of Italian food we tend to eat in the states. Though I did want this meatball recipe to be lighter, so I used chicken instead or pork and beef. I love how the more subtle flavor of ground chicken allows the tomato and spices to shine through. The chunky tomato sauce is perfect on a bed of home-style egg noodles.

INGREDIENTS
serves 4-6
  • 1 C Italian bread crumbs (or make your own using 4-5 slices dry stale bread, 1 tsp Italian seasoning, 1 tsp salt), use Parmesan bread crumbs unless you need it to be dairy free
  • 1 egg
  • 16 oz ground chicken (can use beef if you prefer)
  • 12 oz old-fashioned egg noodles

For the Sauce
  • 5 cloves fresh garlic
  • 1 23.9 (or large) oz jar of plain, smooth tomato/marinara sauce
  • 5 medium to large Roma tomatoes, chopped
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp Italian seasoning (or dried oregano and thyme)
  • pepper to taste (optional)

  1. Mix meat, breadcrumbs, and egg in medium bowl and mix by hand then form into 2&1/2 inch meatballs (makes 18-20), placing on a sheet of wax paper or tray.
  2. In a saucepan or nonstick skillet, coat with a few tablespoons canola or olive oil and heat to med-high, brown the meatballs on each side, approximately 5 min, set aside
  3. Mince the garlic and chop the tomatoes.
  4. In a large pot or dutch oven, coat with more oil and saute the garlic then add the meatballs, chopped tomatoes, spices, and sauce
  5. Simmer 20-30 minutes on med-low heat, stirring occasionally
  6. Start the noodles boiling after you get the meatballs and sauce simmering in the pot

This is a great double-duty recipe. Make twice as much and save half for another night. Serve up the second round on sub sandwiches for a quick, easy dinner.


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Comments

  1. Awesome! My daughter has an anaphylaxis milk allergy, so I'm always on the lookout for dairy-free cooking options! Thanks.
    xoxo

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    1. You came to the right place then, Jenn! My daughters and I all can't have milk so I make a lot of dairy-free recipes on this blog.

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