Ultimate Swedish Meatballs (Ikea copycat)

By September 1, 2014 Main Dish, recipes


So, you know when you get something in your brain that you want and its all you can think about until you have it?  Last week, when Kim and I took a road trip to the Ikea in Charlotte, besides a list a mile long of things we were looking for (like fiddle leaf figs, dorm room curtains, plates, etc.),  all I really wanted to make my day complete, were the famous Ikea Swedish Meatballs.

I have loved swedish meatballs since I was a kid, and my mom used to make them for my Swedish grandfather.  The rich creamy gravy is the key in my opinion.  Smothering the meatballs and buttered egg noodles with this rich savory sauce completes this comfort dish.  As our day progressed, I was licking my chops just thinking about it.

Now, for those of you who have been to Ikea, you know that its not really a store you breeze through.  And with Kim and my sidetracked tendencies, we spent about 2 hours in the drapery department.  That was a problem since we were trying to get back before school got out and it was an hour and a half drive.

Needless to say, no swedish meatballs.  So, later that week I had to create on my own.  I succeeded.  Make these now, you won’t be sorry.

And so you don’t think our day was a complete waste, scroll down after the recipe to see some of our really great finds on our Ikea expedition!





Adapted from Damn Delicious



3 tablespoons olive oil

1 medium onion, grated in a cheese grater

1 pound ground chuck ( or veal for a splurge and great flavor)

1 pound ground pork

3/4 cup Panko bread crumbs, soaked in 4 tablespoons of milk

2 large egg yolks

1/2 teaspoon ground allspice

1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg

Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste



1/4 cup unsalted butter

1/3 cup all-purpose flour

4 cups beef broth

1/2 cup whipping cream

3/4 cup sour cream

Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste

2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley leaves


Saute grated onion in 1 1/2 T of olive oil over medium heat, until softened, about 4-5 minutes.  Moisten panko breadcrumbs with milk.  Combine all meatball ingredients in large bowl, mixing with hands to combine.

Roll into 1″ balls.

Add another 1 1/2 T of oil to pan that onions were in, and brown meatballs on all sides.  Remove meatballs and put on paper towel-lined cookie sheet.

For the gravy:

Add butter to pan and heat.  Add flour to drippings and stir constantly over medium heat to create a paste, about 2 minutes.  Slowly add beef broth, stirring constantly.  Add whipping cream, continuing to stir until thickened, about 5 minutes.  Add sour cream.

Add meatballs back to gravy and simmer until meatballs are completely cooked, about 8-10 minutes.



Ikea Great Finds Recap:

So our trip was not completely lost even though the meatball lunch was a bust.

We found these little goodies at a great price that we snatched up:



I’ve been looking for white dinner plates forever.  My Portmerion wedding plates seem to have broken one by one over the last 24 years (a little slip here, a little slip there), and have since been discontinued.  As I don’t think I’m going to have a new registry anytime soon, this one’s on me.  I love the ones Kim got recently from Williams Sonoma, but they were a tad out of my budget with two kids in college.

This set from Ikea is awesome!  Six 3-piece place settings for $29.99!  That’s less than $2 per plate.  Microwave and dishwasher safe, these are a bargain.  And nothing like white plates to make your food look great!







When we heard Ikea offered fiddle leaf fig trees for $12.99, we knew we had to check it out.  And we weren’t disappointed.  Now we just have to keep them alive…..





Okay, yes Kim is in the window treatment business.  But, we are talking dorm room, here.  And for $9.99 and a tension rod, this is a no brainer.




hogs and kisses,

Kim and Jeanne









Etsy Shop Giveaway!

By August 28, 2014 Inspire



Three days left!  Don’t forget to enter our Etsy Shop giveaway!

Ways to enter:

Follow on instagram  @recreateyour

Like our Facebook page  Facebook.com/recreateyour

Winner gets a gift certificate for $50 in our Etsy Store!  Time to start thinking about decorating for the holidays….

Good Luck!


hogs and kisses,

Kim and Jeanne

Setting up your instagram in 3 easy steps

By August 26, 2014 How to (or not)

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Okay, we know that many of our readers are very tech savvy, but what about those of us that aren’t?  I remember when I got my first smart phone and my youngest daughter casually remarked,

“Mom, that is way too much technology for you.”

Talk about a dagger to the heart.

Seriously?  I am a college grad….I took computer science in college(albeit it was with punch cards), I brought my sorority sisters to my parents houses in 1984 to write our term papers on my dad’s new Apple 2c, so we didn’t have to use white out! There was a time in my life when I was on the cutting edge.

I decided right then and there, I was not going to let this technological society leave me behind.

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Lemon Parmesan Crusted Chicken

By August 15, 2014 Lifestyle, Main Dish, recipes


I made this Lemon Parmesan Crusted Chicken for dinner last night because in just a few short days  our oldest daughter, Emily, will be leaving us to start her second year of pharmacy school.  Basically, this means that her diet will soon consist of cereal, assorted frozen foods, and most likely fast food; did I already mention cereal? Read More

Dorm Room Redo

By August 11, 2014 Inspire, Projects

dormroom picstitch

With September just around the corner, school is in the air.  Just last weekend we moved our daughter back to college.   Gone are the days when you loaded up a few laundry baskets full of clothes and borrowed your parents Nogahide  couch, complete with rips and tears patched with duck tape; originally destined for the dump.

Not today’s college student.  While still being thrifty, they are much more sophisticated.  They want “style” in their rooms.  No duck taped couches.  God, I loved that couch.  Life was simpler then.  When the duck tape broke free and a little stuffing came out, you just grabbed a roll and patched.

Luckily for us, the past thirty years have brought an abundance of fashionable, yet reasonable on the pocketbook retailers, with many decorating options that don’t break the bank.

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Laundry Room Makeover–Take 2

By July 27, 2014 Projects


A few weeks ago, I decided my laundry room need a lift, and installed a cute geometric brown and yellow roman shade to perk things up in there.  I told Jeanne her laundry room makeover was next.  My philosophy is if you are going to be spending a lot of time in a room, it needs to make you happy!

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Fiddle Leaf Fig Tree–Take the Plunge

By July 11, 2014 Kim's Favorites, Projects

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If you haven’t already, it might be time to take the fiddle leaf fig tree plunge.

Most of you have probably witnessed this little tree’s sensation in the last few years.  My history with the fiddle fig leaf tree has had a bit of a learning curve, which is a nice way of saying I’ve killed several.  But,  what did our mothers always tell us?  From our mistakes we learn, never give up, to try and fail is better than not trying at all…….

I bought my first fiddle leaf fig in December 2012.  My son’s school was having a silent auction, and as room mom, I was in charge of his homeroom’s gift basket.  Yes, that’s right.  The dreaded gift basket.

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How to Measure for Window Treatments

By July 6, 2014 How to (or not), Inspire, Shades Panels and Pillows

Classic Flat Roman Shade with Banding For some strange reason, I had lots of questions about window treatments Friday night.  I normally wouldn’t think this was unusual for a Friday night, but it WAS the 4th of July.  Don’t you think that is a little weird?  Aren’t most people at parks, picnics, the beach or the lake?  Well, actually I wasn’t either.

I was part of the weird crew. No one home at my house but me.  The Engineer drove to Illinois to see his parents.  I had to take my son Sam to the airport to fly off to India to help with a documentary for Rice Bowl.  Did I mention he’s only seventeen?  Yes, I’m a little stressed for the next 10 days while he is “following his dream” in Bangalore.  And my daughter, Hannah, is working in Hilton Head this summer.  In retrospect, I should have driven there.

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10 Ways to Survive and Thrive in LA

By June 19, 2014 Kim's Favorites, Ponder, Travel


Carpe Diem—Sieze the Day!

Now that I am pretty much recovered from our whirlwind week in LA, and my recent elbow surgery, I’ve had a chance to reflect on several things. First, there is an awfully good chance our youngest, Sam, will fly the coup in a few short years to the West Coast, following his dreams. You couldn’t help but feel the life and excitement in the air. People all around us seizing the day, taking advantage of opportunities; failing daily, but picking themselves up, dusting off, and trying again.

Even Sam seemed to understand the timing and making the most of things while there. I’m not sure it was a coincidence that his latest video “Chalk Warfare” was posted 5 minutes before he walked into his big appointments with two large media companies. It gave him a lot to talk about; especially as the views popped instantly, and within a few hours, the video went viral. It currently has over a quarter of a million views.

I also had my own opportunity to seize the day.


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Red White and Blue Fruit Salad

By June 17, 2014 Cook, recipes, Treats


It’s World Cup fever around our house! And last night proved to be an incredible start for the U.S. Men’s National Team.  Even if you aren’t a soccer fan, that game had everything in it that movies are made of:

–first, a U.S. goal by team captain, Clint Dempsey, in the first 30 seconds of the game

–then, the U.S. battling on even as Ghana tied it up late in the second half

–finally, playing in his first World Cup ever,  substitute Brooks enters the game and scores in the 85th minute

Game over, three points, and it’s on to Portugal!

So to set the mood for everything American last night, it was hamburgers and hotdogs for dinner.  And keeping it healthy (and festive), I made my latest salad obsession, Red White and Blue Summer Salad.

I’m obsessed with this salad for several reasons;  its quick and easy,  it has very few ingredients and it’s healthy.  Oh… also, I know the kids will eat it and I feel like a super mom, counteracting  any bad nutrition they may acquire from the hot dogs.

Kim introduced me to this salad, who got it from Pat, who got it from someone else.  Isn’t that the way most recipes work these days?  Probably to arrive full circle back on Pinterest, the current gatekeeper of most great food ideas.

You can use any variety of fruit for this salad, but I like to keep it simple with strawberries, blueberries and apples.


Red White and Blue Summer Salad

1 pint of Blueberries, rinsed

1 pint of strawberries, cut in to small pieces, slightly larger than a blueberry

1 large apple(I like Royal Gala)diced in to small bite sized pieces

1 lime

Honey for drizzling

Place first three ingredients in a large bowl.  Squeeze the juice of one lime over, stirring as you go.  Drizzle honey over, and stir some more.

That’s it.  How easy is that???  The lime keeps the apple from turning brown–bonus!  And it tastes best when you cut the fruit into small pieces.  I don’t know why, it just does.  Also, Kim, per Pat, insists another key to the success is in the stirring.  So, whatever you do, do not skimp on the stirring, or you won’t get each little piece of fruit coated with the honey and lime that give it that extra zip!


A perfect patriotic summer salad packed with nature’s ingredients and seasonal fruits to make for the 4th of July!  Go USA!


hogs and kisses,