Mmmm…Swedish Meatballs

Before I share my newest yummy recipe with you, let me show you what’s floating around in my brain and distracting me from editing my sixth book…

In Line With The Penny Floor

My brain keeps on turning on what I will need to go with that pretty penny floor I’m planning. I have decided I also need a copper light of some kind for The Cottage bathroom. And I keep looking at my dining room chandelier…


And I’m considering painting the white with a copper paint and then hanging it in bathroom of The Cottage.

Go ahead, tell me I’m insane. It won’t be the first time I’ve heard it.

Then I would replace the chandelier with newly rewired original light fixture from the living room.

What do you think? Or should I reverse these, and put the fixture below in the bathroom of The Cottage. Weigh in, I need to hear some other opinions.


Did You Say Copper Bathtub?

With the idea of a penny floor, and that cute toilet paper roll made out of copper pipe, our thoughts turned to bathtubs.

My husband has a knack for finding fiendishly overpriced items that make me drool. Take this copper bathtub for example:


It’s ONLY $2,800.

And then I saw this tub…


And thought, “You know what? I think I can make it into something that looks like this…


Because I know I’ve got some mad skills when I put my mind to it.

So I’m going to try it and see how it goes. Wait for it…WAIT FOR IT!!!!


A Few More Cleanings

I am working on getting a loan from Kiva (click on the link to see how you can help) – but with just 20 days left and another $9,275 to go, it isn’t looking so good. My backup plan (and yes, I always have a backup plan!) is to up my cleanings again.

So it’s a win-win. More money coming in from client cleanings will mean that I’ve got more funds for The Cottage rehab.

I’m looking specifically for clients here in Historic Northeast, but I will travel elsewhere. Please keep me in mind if you know someone who needs a cleaning done!


I’m Considering Stripping

No, not as a profession.

Although I hear it can be profitable.

If only I could learn to twerk…



I think I’ll just stick to stripping wood. It might not be glamorous, but there you go.

I started my first wood stripping project with these doors from the built-in cabinet at The Cottage.


Can you believe someone not only painted the wood, but the glass as well?!

Only the top doors have glass, but still. WHY????

One of the cabinet doors before it has been stripped

One of the cabinet doors before it has been stripped

I know, folks probably didn’t have nice dishes to show off, with limited storage space, and didn’t want their boxes of food displayed to the world. However, I plan to re-do the insides of the cabinets as well. We will put in LED lights from IKEA inside the cabinets, allowing plenty of lighting and this will be a great place for dishes and china to be displayed. Below there is plenty of room to hold food behind the solid wood doors.

In any case, I had my husband remove the top two doors for me and I brought them back to our house to give stripping a whirl.


And the cabinet door once it had been mostly stripped (still a few little spots to get)

Can you believe I’ve lived 46 years and never stripped?

Hard to believe, but it’s true!

Eventually, I will tire of this word play…

At Lowe’s the other day, this stripper stood out and got my notice. I’m a “green” inclined sort of gal, so something that didn’t sound horrible and deadly was right up my alley.


It is easy to use and a heck of a sight safer than any stripper I’ve ever heard of.

No, really, I’m talking about paint remover now, you can stop giggling.

In any case, brush it on, let it sit for 2-4 hours, and then scrape it off. Soapy water clean up for the brush and the wood after it has been stripped (just make sure to dry it really well).

Here are some great tips from another blogger.

After I finish the cabinet doors I will start on all of the molding we took off in The Cottage before we demo’d the walls. All of it will go back to its original wood finish!

These Are the Best Swedish Meatballs!

For years, cooking in general seemed this big mystical thing. And the grocery stores had trained me well. You didn’t make Swedish Meatballs in Gravy, you bought it.

And that was true of so many other foods as well.

I’m still working on mastering Tikka Masala sauce to feed my addiction, but I’m pretty sure I’ve nailed this recipe for Swedish Meatballs.


Here are the meatballs in the sauce.



I didn’t have any egg noodles, but this pasta worked fine.




This recipe makes a LOT, so you may want to cut it in half if you are cooking for just a couple people…

  • 2 pounds ground beef
  • 1/2 cups bread crumbs
  • 2 Tbsp parsley
  • 2 tsp oregano
  • 1 onion, finely chopped, sauteed, then added to hamburger mix
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp pepper
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 stick butter
  • 5 Tbsp flour
  • 4 cups beef broth
  • 2 cups heavy cream
  • 2 Tbsp Worcestshire sauce
  • 2 tsp Dijon mustard

In a large bowl, combine ground beef, bread crumbs, parsley, oregano, sauteed onion, garlic powder, pepper, salt and eggs. Mix well until combined.

Roll into small (1-2 inch) meatballs. In a large skillet, heat olive oil and 2 Tbsp butter over medium heat. Add the meatballs in batches, turning until brown on all sides and cooked throughout. Transfer to a large bowl.

Add 6 Tbsp butter and 5 Tbsp flour to the skillet and whisk until it turns brown. Slowly stir in beef broth and heavy cream. Add worcestshire sauce and Dijon mustard and bring to a simmer until sauce starts to thicken. Salt and pepper to taste.

Add meatballs into sauce and turn the heat down to Low.

Boil the noodles or prep some rice. Add 1 cup of frozen peas to sauce at last minute. Pour meatballs and sauce over noodles/rice.



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