It’s no secret we are doers ’round here. Every day, in our list of things that needs to get done, we also have a slightly shorter list of projects that we would like to get done. Checking these things off has not only fed us with non-stop daily blogging material to feed your DIY eyes, but has also helped us slowly and steadily fix up this house of ours for the past 14 months. Breathe easy–we aren’t even close to being done so you can count on more projects and renovations for a long, long time. That said, we are also going to start slowly renovating our virtual home. With these cleaner visual changes, we would also like to reintroduce more of us–the non-power-tool side. Hello, we’re deeper than DIY. And when I say “deeper” I mean funnier–and that really only applies to Chris. Basically, we can’t wait to share more of what we do when we aren’t doing projects.
You can’t call spaghetti and meatballs groundbreaking, guilt-free or healthy, but you can eat as much spaghetti squash and turkey meatballs as you want without a carb coma and it is still gonna taste amazing. Really, really good.
Get the sauce going first. This is Chris’s top-secret really good red sauce recipe that he told me I could “do whatever I want with.” I hope that includes sharing it on our blog.
1/2 yellow onion-diced
1-2 garlic cloves (depending on how big they are)
Large can of diced tomatoes (do NOT drain the liquid)
Small can of tomato paste
1/2 tsp oregano
1/4 tsp dried basil
1/4 tsp fennel seed
1/2 tsp dried parsley
The juice of 1 orange
Salt and Pepper
Fresh chopped basil and parsley
Grind spices together (excluding salt and pepper) in a mortar and pestle and set aside. Put a sauce pan on medium low heat. Once the pan is heated, saute the onions (add a pinch of salt) in cooking oil until starting to brown a bit, but not totally caramelized. Add the garlic (put it through a press) and saute for literally 15 seconds, then add half your jar of tomato paste and saute for a couple minutes or so, stirring frequently. Add your ground spices in the middle of this process and let them cook a bit too.
Add the orange juice and cook for about a minute
Add the diced tomatoes, along with their liquid. Stir to incorporate and let simmer on medium low heat for 30 minutes or so, uncovered.
During the last 5 minutes of cooking, add fresh chopped basil and parsley (more basil than parsley). Salt and pepper to taste.
The meatballs (the ones my grandma has made for decades and decades) break down like this:
1 lb ground meat (I used turkey)
1/2 cup bread crumbs
1/4 cup parmesan cheese
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp pepper
T of olive oil
Mix with hands and roll into balls. Bake at 350 for 15-20 minutes, then plop them in your sauce to soak up the flavor and finish cooking.
So really the only part of this meal I had to figure out on my own was cooking the spaghetti squash. What did I do? Microwave it. Sliced it in half lengthwise, took out the seeds and goo, placed both halves flesh-side down in a dish with 1/2 inch of water and nuked it for 7 minutes. Quickety quick quick. The whole meal took me 35 minutes to put together, which to be honest is about 20 minutes longer than I like it to, but it was tasty and healthy. I’ll give it that. Spaghettisquashandturkeymeatballs. It’s what’s for dinner. … not the same ring, huh.
You can follow more of what is on my culinary mind (spoiler alert: it is mostly really healthy–although I did just pin that s’mores bar recipe that is going around for eye candy) on our “Good Eats” Pinterest board.
We designed the Charly line of sofas, chairs, and ottomans with perfect proportions for comfort — with wide arms, a loungey depth, and stylish and practical lumbar pillows. Available in 70 kid-friendly, pet-friendly fabrics, this line was created with families in mind.
Our wood grain Shaker cabinet fronts were designed for busy, high-traffic homes like ours. Clad with durable textured thermofoils, this line is compatible with Sektion, Akurum, Godmorgon, and Besta cabinets from IKEA. It's the perfect, practical way to add the warmth of wood to all the rooms of your home.
We have teamed up with Loloi to create a line of rugs that are as affordable as they are beautiful. This collection houses a great mix of traditional and modern rugs, in cottage-y colorways, as well as vintage-inspired beauties that you’ll want to roll out in every room.
We partnered with Stuga on a line of hardwood floors — The Ingrid is really livable, and the color is very neutral. It doesn’t lean warm or cool, it’s that just right in-between. We have really loved putting it everywhere in our house. It’s the best jumping-off point for design, no matter your interior style. In addition to being beautiful, Ingrid is really durable — we have three kids, and we always have a home construction project going on. Ingrid stands up to it all.
Looking for our favorite things? A place to shop our home room by room, or just catch up on what Julia's wearing / loving right now? Browse the CLJ shop.
Befores, afters, mood boards, plans, failures, wins. We’ve done a lot of projects, and they’re all here.
We have a long-standing relationship with DIY, and love rolling our sleeves up and making it happen.
Even when you don’t want to rip down a wall, you can make that space in your home better. Right now.
In case you missed the announcement in our Love Letter, the wallpaper is officially installed in the laundry room, and I could not be ANY MORE IN LOVE! My ultimate goal for the laundry room was to create a space that is fresh, clean, bright, and a little utilitarian (the straight-laid tile floors definitely bring that). With […]
Another way for us to stay in touch! Joining our weekly newsletter gives you access to exclusive content, never-before-seen photos, your questions answered, and our favorite DIYs. Sign up below!
Make yourself right at home