Recipe: Meatball Sliders

What You Need:

  • 28 oz. can crushed tomatoes
  • 4 tsp. minced garlic
  • kosher salt
  • Black pepper
  • 1/2 c. breadcrumbs
  • 2 tbsp. chopped fresh Italian parsley
  • 1/4 c. grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 tsp. crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 lb. ground beef
  • 8 small slices mozzarella cheese
  • 8 Slider buns
  • 1 c. baby spinach

How To:

  1. In a medium saucepan, cook crushed tomatoes, 2 teaspoons garlic, 1 teaspoon salt, and 1/2 teaspoon pepper for 5 minutes; keep warm.
  2. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F and line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper. In a medium mixing bowl, combine breadcrumbs, remaining garlic, parsley, Parmesan, crushed red pepper flakes, egg, 1 teaspoon salt, and 1/2 teaspoon pepper and combine. Add ground beef until well incorporated; do not over-mix.
  3. Divide into 8 meatballs and place on baking sheet. Bake until golden brown, 10 to 15 minutes. Place piece of cheese on each meatball and return to oven until cheese melts.
  4. Serve meatballs on slider buns with tomato sauce, spinach, and meatballs.
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The Pinteresting 5: Bathroom Shelves

Shelves can help you make the most of a bathroom that is short on cabinet space. Open shelving is a popular home design trend and is even popping up in the bathroom!  Take a look at a few of the ideas we’ve collected below for inspiration on how to style a shelf that’s as beautiful as it is functional!

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Check out this beautiful powder room reveal! This tiny bathroom was transformed from boring to fresh and modern! I love the shiplap and the modern classic decorations.

See this Instagram photo by @blessed_ranch • 1,396 likesGo with an all-white decorating scheme to make your bathroom feel more spacious. A slim tapering ladder shelf unit, like this from The White Company, provides essential storage. Decorate the bathroom with potted plants and bud vases to add a natural touch. Find more inspiration at housebeautiful.co.ukAfter they re-sheetrocked the walls, the couple installed inexpensive, faux shiplap on top and painted the entire room white. Rachel cleverly chose paint with a satin-finish so that light entering the bathroom would reflect from any angle, making the bathroom appear larger.Vertial pallet shelves

 

 

Recipe: Chicken Soup with Parmesan Dumplings

What You Need:

  • 2 tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 medium carrots, peeled and thinly sliced
  • 2 celery stalks, thinly sliced
  • 1 small onion, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • kosher salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 qt. organic chicken stock, homemade or store-bought
  • 4 sprigs fresh thyme, plus 2 tsp. thyme leaves, divided
  • 1 c. all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 c. freshly grated Parmesan, plus more for serving
  • 1/2 c. whole milk
  • 1 large egg, beaten
  • 1 1/2 c. rotisserie chicken, shredded
  • 5 oz. baby spinach

How To:

  1. In a large pot over medium-high heat, heat oil. Add carrots, celery, and onion and cook, stirring occasionally, until slightly tender, 4 minutes. Add garlic and cook, stirring occasionally, until fragrant, 1 minute, then season with salt and pepper.
  2. Add chicken stock and thyme sprigs and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low and simmer, partially covered, 10 minutes.
  3. Meanwhile, make dumplings: In a large bowl, stir together flour, Parmesan, thyme leaves, milk, and egg with a fork until sticky dough forms, then season with salt and pepper. Drop dumpling mixture into soup 1 tablespoon at a time and let simmer until they rise to the surface, about 8 minutes. Stir in chicken and spinach and simmer until chicken is heated through and spinach wilted, 2 to 3 minutes.
  4. Remove thyme sprigs from soup and season with salt and pepper. Serve in bowls garnished with Parmesan.

Design Trend: Vintage Kitchen Light Fixtures

Interior lighting is not just functional; it also helps to create and set the mood! Vintage light fixtures in particular can bring a welcoming warmth to a kitchen. Available in a range of sizes and styles, you can utilize one large light or group together several smaller ones to bring a touch of vintage style to a modern kitchen. We’ve collected some of our favorite pieces of inspiration below!

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Recipe: Caramelized Onion and Kielbasa Tarts

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What You Need:

  • 3 white onions, thinly sliced
  • extra-virgin olive oil
  • kosher salt
  • Black pepper
  • 1 package frozen puff pastry, thawed
  • 1 pre-cooked kielbasa, thinly sliced
  • grated Swiss cheese
  • fresh thyme

How To: 

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In large skillet, sauté onions in olive oil over medium heat until deeply golden and caramelized, about 20 minutes. Season with salt and pepper.
  2. Unroll two sheets thawed puff pastry. On floured work surface, roll out puff pastry until slightly thinner. Prick both sheets all over with fork, and transfer to parchment-lined baking sheet. Spread tops with onions, kielbasa, and Swiss, leaving half-inch border around all sides. Bake tarts until puffy and golden, and cheese is melty, about 25 minutes.
  3. Sprinkle with fresh thyme and season with salt and pepper. Slice into squares for serving

December 2017 Real Estate Market in Review

December’s San Diego real estate market in review: As of December 2017, the median detached home in San Diego County sold for $600,000 up 7.2% from the previous year.

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As of  December 2017, the median attached home (including condos, townhomes, and twinhomes in San Diego County sold for $398,500 up 8% from last year.

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The average detached home in San Diego spent 36 days on the market.

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Condos, twinhomes, and townhomes in San Diego spent an average of 28 days on the market.

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As of December 2017, the average seller of a detached home in San Diego County receives 97.4% of the original list price at the close of the sale.

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As of December 2017, the owners of attached properties (condos, twinhomes, and townhomes) retained 98.5% of the original list price.

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The inventory of homes in San Diego County is still very low.

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The supply of attached properties is also quite low.

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Are you interested in seeing this breakdown for your San Diego community or zipcode? Let us know!

Cafe of the Moment: Dee’s Newbreak Coffee and Cafe

1959 Abbott Street

San Diego, CA 92107

www.newbreakcafe.com

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Start your morning off right with a trip to Newbreak Coffee & Cafe! Voted best cafe in Ocean Beach by the Reader’s Choice Awards, this coffee shop is truly one of a kind! From fresh pastries to breakfast burritos, they have something for everyone, including catering services and takeout. The breakfast and lunch menu has a wide selection of mouth-watering choices, but our personal favorite item is the Sunrise Breakfast Sandwich. It pairs perfectly with a cup of coffee to help kick-start your morning. The next time you’re headed out to Ocean Beach to catch some waves or visit dog beach, stop by this charming coffee shop!