Julie's Creative Lifestyle

Julie's Creative Lifestyle

Cooking and Crafting with J & J #67 and #66 Features

Monday, September 26, 2016

Cooking and Crafting with J & J Link Up


Look at all these Fall decor and recipes! OH goodness...we don't know if we'll have enough time to attempt all these!! 

 SO much fun going on among our amazing bloggers we have Link Up each and every week!! :)


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Co-Hosts


Plucky's Second Thought



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Jess' Picks:


Simply Stacie - Apple Pie Spice


Cooking with Carlee - Coffee and Cream Cinnamon Buns


Born Again Farm Girl - Churro Inspired Mini Muffins



Julie' Picks:


My 1929 Charmer - Brazilian Skirt Steak


Sadie Seasongoods - Halloween Bandana Pumpkin


Gypsy Girl Revivals - DIY Concrete Table


Let's get to the Link Up!!


Now is your chance to link up your favorite crafts and recipes blog posts! 

 Jess and I hope to see some awesome recipes, crafts/diy, gardening, fashion, beauty, home decor, healthy living, sew/crochet/knitting, stories and poems, tea time, travel reviews, tips, and tricks; also, we really hope all of our readers will participate!

PLEASE READ THE RULES!! :)


Cooking and Crafting with J & J Link Up

Chicken Sausage Kale & White Bean Soup

Thursday, September 22, 2016


Hello everyone and HAPPY FALL! 

 When fall arrives I love cooking soups for our family.

I have this easy, healthy, one pot soup to share with you.  This is a great weeknight meal, and I like serving it with Italian bread and a salad.



I enjoy making this soup when the weather gets cooler and it tastes great with the combination of chicken sausage, kale, and canellini beans.

Here it's cooking away on the stove in my dutch oven.










print recipe

Chicken Sausage Kale and White Bean Soup
This is an easy and healthy one pot soup to make for lunch or dinner.
Ingredients
  • 4 cups kale
  • 6 links chicken sausage, cut into small pieces
  • 1 can cannellini beans
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 3 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 1 cup tomato sauce
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/4 teaspoon hot pepper flakes
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • grated cheese to taste
Instructions
Add olive oil to a stock pot. Add garlic and hot pepper flakes and saute for 5 minutes until garlic is golden color.Add kale and mix everything together for about 5 minutes. Add chicken sausage, tomato sauce, water, beans and seasonings. Reduce heat to low and cover pot. Cook for about 20 minutes or until kale looks like it's cooked down.Pour soup into bowls and add grated cheese if desired.
Details
Prep time: Cook time: Total time: Yield: 8 servings






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Thanks everyone and enjoy!

Julie


Cooking and Crafting with J & J #66 and #65 Features

Monday, September 19, 2016

Cooking and Crafting with J & J Link Up


It's so nice seeing all the Fall decor and recipes! 

 We are almost super excited it's almost here! :)


Please Visit Our Pinterest Features Board at:




Co-Hosts


Plucky's Second Thought



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Features




Jess' Picks:


Woods of Bell Trees - Skittles Toss


Culinary Envy - Honey Mustard Serrano Chicken


Marilyn Treats - Vanilla Bean Bread Pudding with Coffee Syrup



Julie' Picks:


Cajon Desastre - Cantueso Socks


Rosemary & Thyme - A French Country Fall Tablescape


Poofing the Pillows - Muffins and Milk on a Tiered Tray

Let's get to the Link Up!!


Now is your chance to link up your favorite crafts and recipes blog posts! 

 Jess and I hope to see some awesome recipes, crafts/diy, gardening, fashion, beauty, home decor, healthy living, sew/crochet/knitting, stories and poems, tea time, travel reviews, tips, and tricks; also, we really hope all of our readers will participate!

PLEASE READ THE RULES!! :)


Cooking and Crafting with J & J Link Up

Crochet Fall Leaf

Friday, September 16, 2016

Hello blog friends.  I have taken a break from crocheting and knitting this summer, but now that fall is here, I have been so inspired to crochet and create some fall leaves.




Below you can see the Lion Brand Yarn that I chose to crochet the leaves, but you can use any kind of yarn and colors of your choice.



I enjoyed sitting on the couch, watching TV, while crocheting the leaves.



I will be making a few more of these to display on my mantel, to go along with my fall decorations.



DETAILS TO MAKE YOUR OWN CROCHETED LEAF

YARN:

Lion Brand Yarn - Wool-Ease - Color# 188 - Paprika
Lion Brand Yarn - Anna's Choice - Color#132 - Radiant Orange

CROCHET HOOK:  

US Size - H

PATTERN:

The pattern to make the leaves can be found HERE.



I hope I've inspired you to crochet these fall leaves for your decorations too!  

To see more crochet projects, you can click HERE.


Wishing you all a wonderful end of the week and weekend.  Jess and I will see you all back here Monday for our Cooking and Crafting with J & J Link Up!


Click HERE to see the great parties I will be linking up to!

Thanks everyone and enjoy!

Julie






WW - View of Central Park Lake NYC

Wednesday, September 14, 2016


(And Not So Wordless)





We visited Central Park at the beginning of the summer.  This is the shot I took of the lake, people boating, and the tall buildings of New York City in the background! 



Click HERE to see the great parties I will be linking up to!

Thanks everyone and enjoy!

Julie




Cooking and Crafting with J & J #65 and #64 Features

Monday, September 12, 2016

Cooking and Crafting with J & J Link Up


As always, it was SO hard for us to pick our features!! Therefore, we thank each and every one of you for linking up each and every week! :)


Please Visit Our Pinterest Features Board at:


Co-Hosts


Plucky's Second Thought



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Features



Jess' Picks:


Over The Apple Tree - Crochet Whale Project


Courtney's Cookbook - Tomato Onion Toast


Purple Hues and Me - Recycle Newspaper Vase



Julie' Picks:


Grandma's House DIY Before & After Lamp Painting


Ramblings of a Southern Girl - Veggie Arrangement in 5 Minutes of Less


Ms. Toody Goo Shoes - Blueberry Corn Salad

Let's get to the Link Up!!


Now is your chance to link up your favorite crafts and recipes blog posts! 

 Jess and I hope to see some awesome recipes, crafts/diy, gardening, fashion, beauty, home decor, healthy living, sew/crochet/knitting, stories and poems, tea time, travel reviews, tips, and tricks; also, we really hope all of our readers will participate!

PLEASE READ THE RULES!! :)


Cooking and Crafting with J & J Link Up

Hawaii Vacation- Part 3

Thursday, September 8, 2016




Hello friends.  Ok, this is the last part, and Part 3 of my vacation to Hawaii.

Incase you missed Part 1, you can click HERE, and incase you missed Part 2, you can click HERE.


We took a short plane ride, about 1 hour from the Honolulu airport to the island Maui.  We spent the last 4 days of our Hawaiian vacation at the Grand Wailea hotel.

When we arrived, we rented a small car and drove to Costco, which is right near the airport, to shop and have lunch there.  We bought bathing suits, flip flops, t-shirts, dried fruit, and my favorite Hawaiian potato chips.

This is a photo of the outdoor lobby of the Grand Wailea hotel where we were staying.



I loved looking at all of the beautiful palm trees swaying in the cool breeze.  Along this path you could see the pool area to the left, and the beautiful beach to the right.

The white cabanas that you see below can be rented out for only $600 dollars a day.  Each cabana comes with a refrigerator, water and fruit drinks, and 6 lounge chairs.  If you wanted one with a large TV, then you only had to pay $1000 a day.  LOL!

P.S. - We did not rent a cabana for the day.



The pretty acqua beverage below, is called a Blue Lagoon which is made with lemonade ice and it tasted sooo good!



One day we arranged for a small van to take us and about 6 other people to the top of Haleakala to see the sunrise.  We left our hotel very early in the morning about 2:00am.  It gets really cold there as we were 10,000 feet above sea level.  We had to dress warm, in layers, and we were each given pants and windbreakers to wear over our sweatshirts and leggings.  It was so beautiful to see the sunrise, but VERY COLD.

Below is Haleakala at sunrise and the photo is of the clouds.  After the tour we were then taken down the mountain to a spot to ride bikes down the winding roads of the mountain.  My husband and teen did that with the tour guide and with about 6 other people in the group.  I did not do the biking, as I was happy to stay in the van and take photos and see the sights down the mountain.




Another day we took a long drive to see the Road to Hana.  It is a long and winding road that takes a few hours to get to, with gorgeous views of the water.




Along the way are many small stands that sell all kinds of fruits and snacks.  From one of the stands we bought delicious homemade banana bread.  It made the car ride fun!




We stopped to stretch our legs and look at the pretty views.  I really enjoyed taking photos along the way.



I love the way all of those pretty trees looked shading the road.



Going home from our car ride we stopped at this quaint area called Paia, where we walked around to sightsee, and shop.  We then had dinner at a local restaurant called Milagros Food Co.  I had a really delicious tasting fish taco with rice and beans, and the food tasted great after a long car ride.




On the road to Hana has so many pretty waterfalls and this is just one of them.




When we weren't sightseeing we would go to the pool and beach each day.  We would then go for a drive and have dinner at local restaurants and then maybe go shopping at the local mall.  It was so helpful to have our rental car as we were able to eat off of the hotel grounds and to drive around sightseeing.

After a wonderful vacation in Hawaii, it's now time to say goodbye and head back home.  This is a photo looking outside the airplane window at the Honolulu airport.



I really loved my Hawaiian vacation, and I am so happy I was able to visit.  I hope to someday return to this beautiful travel destination and see the other islands.  

Thanks so much for coming along with me, as I enjoyed sharing with you photos I took of our Hawaii trip.





Click HERE to see the great parties I will be linking up to!

Thanks everyone and enjoy!

Julie