Julie's Creative Lifestyle

Julie's Creative Lifestyle

Knit Sweater and Crochet Hats

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Hello friends.

I was recently visiting at my mom's house and she shared with me this knit sweater that she made.  My mom made this sweater to fit a child.  I told her that I loved the style, the yarn, and the stitching.  The yarn she used is green with small specks of different color yarn mixed in.

What really made me happy was that she told me that I could donate it to our knit/crochet sale that we have each fall at my church.

If you read this mom, I just want to say thanks for this lovely sweater.  Someone will be very happy wearing it!



I love this sweater and I hope to someday make one similar to this.  My mom is a very talented knitter and this is where I became fascinated by yarn many years ago.  My mom and aunt taught me how to knit one summer many years ago, but I can only knit scarves and cowls.  I will have to challenge myself to knit a sweater sometime.

Below are some crocheted hats I made that look almost like the same yarn my mom used on the sweater.  The yarn I used is not as heavy and thinner than the yarn my mom used .  I made two different styled hats and I like the hat I crocheted with the small flower.




The first crochet hat I made I'm not sure about what pattern I used for this since I found it on Pinterest.  I also added the lower bottom part of the hat using the single crochet stitch.  The flower pattern can be found HERE.  The yarn I used for the hat was worsted weight yarn given to me to use by our crochet/knit groups stash yarn we have.  There was no label on the yarn.  You can use whatever yarn you like and the crochet hook is a US size I.  

The second crochet hat seen above to the right is made in a different style for a child.  The pattern to make this hat can be found HERE.

The hats I crocheted are for a child and I found them not too difficult to make.

I hope I've inspired you to crochet a hat and have fun making one.

Have you crocheted or knitted anything lately?


Thanks for stopping by.  Enjoy the rest of the week and weekend!  Jess and I will see you all back here on 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




Cooking and Crafting with J & J #102 & #101 Features

Monday, June 19, 2017

Cooking and Crafting with J&J


Summer is definitely here and we've had some amazing submissions this week that we so wish there were enough hours in a day to try them all! :) 

 From recipes to crafts, you bloggers are definitely a talented bunch and we love having you share your crafts each and every week! :)


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Co-Hosts

Plucky's Second Thought



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Jess' Picks:



Crock Pot Pierogies And Sausage



How to Cook a Whole Chicken in the Crock Pot



No-Churn Coffee Ice Cream



Julie's Picks:



Patriotic Wreath ~ Dollar Store Craft Challenge



Front Porch Makeover



Fruit Brûlée



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

Crock Pot Corn on the Cob

Wednesday, June 14, 2017




Hi friends.  I hope you are all enjoying the start of summer.

Thanks to everyone who stopped by last week to link up to our 100th Cooking and Crafting with J & J Link Up and Giveaway that I co-host with Plucky's Second Thought.  We really appreciate all of you talented bloggers who linked up all of your projects with us!


And speaking of talented bloggers.....


Last year I had a blogger link up to our Monday Cooking and Crafting with J & J Link Party that I co-host with Jess from Plucky's Second Thought.   Angie shared a blog post on how to make Crock Pot Corn on the Cob.  You can see her post for the recipe HERE.

When I saw that recipe, I just knew that I wanted to try and make it too.  Well, I made the corn on the cob that way, and it tasted so good and it was so easy to make.

What I love about using the crock pot, is that you do not have to be standing over a hot stove to make it.  Meanwhile, I can be doing other things while the corn is cooking.

Just make sure that you have the time to cook the corn in your crock pot before your dinner or BBQ.





It's so easy to prepare and you will be so happy that you won't be cooking over a hot stove.

**  Since the last time I used that oval crock pot to make the corn on the cob, the lid broke and I had to throw away the pot.  I wanted to replace the lid with a new one  but they don't make those lids anymore.  I now use a round shaped crock pot that used to be my mother-in-laws.  I love that crock pot, but now I'll have to break the corn in half to fit in my round shaped pot.



I hope you try this way to make your corn on the cob.  Let me know if you cook it this way, and how you liked it.

Thanks Angie from The Country Chic Cottage for sharing this way to make corn on the cob.  I will definitely be making my corn this way this year too.



If you would like to see another way to make corn on the cob, just stop by Jess from Plucky's Second Thought to see how she makes it.




print recipe

Crock Pot Corn on the Cob
This is the perfect way to make crock pot corn on the cob and stay cool in the kitchen.
Ingredients
  • (shucks removed) corn
  • aluminum foil
  • butter
  • salt
  • crock pot
Instructions
Wrap each ear of corn in aluminum foil with 1/2 tablespoon of butter and salt to taste. Wrap tightly to make sure that butter does not leak out. Add all of your ears of corn to crock pot. Cook on low for 4-5 hours or high 2-3 hours. Remove carefully from crock pot as the corn will be hot.
Details
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Click HERE to see the great parties I will be linking up to!

Thanks everyone and enjoy!

Julie


Cooking and Crafting with J & J #101 & #100 Features

Monday, June 12, 2017

Cooking and Crafting with J & J


We loved all of you celebrating our 100th Link Up this past week. We had so much fun and loved seeing what you all were up to, reading your sweet comments, and then meeting all the new Link Ups! :) 

 We have a winner in our $25 Starbucks giveaway...see below! :) 

 As always...link up, share with us what you've been up to, and see what others are up to! Thank you all for coming back each and every week! :)


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Jess' Picks:


BBQ Sauce



Popovers



Everything Bagel Chips


Julie's Picks:



Fried Okry



Happy Campers Sign



Cauliflower Fried Rice


GIVEAWAY WINNER

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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!! :)


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Crochet Baby Blanket and Hats

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Hello friends and Happy June!  The weather is really crazy here and it feels like winter.  I will be happy when it warms up and summer will finally arrive!  LOL.

I really enjoy crocheting during the long winter months and I made a few baby blankets and hats to share with you.

I made all of these crochet items to donate to our country craft fair our church will be hosting over the weekend.  The crochet/knit group I belong to with our church, is going to have a table set up to sell some items we all made.  I will be busy helping out for the day.  😀




This is a baby blanket and baby hat set I made.



I also made a white baby hat with a small colorful flower attached to the hat.  The pattern for the white baby hat can be found HERE.  The yarn I used for the hat is from Caron Wintuk worsted weight yarn in an off white color.  I'm not sure if this yarn is still available as it was given to me from my mom many years ago.  I used an H or I size US crochet hook.  To make the attached flower the pattern can be found HERE.  The yarn I used for the flower was thin multi colored yarn.  (I'm not sure who makes it since it did not have a label on it).  You can use any colored yarn you like.

The baby blanket I crocheted is a granny square extended and made into a blanket.  To see directions on how to make your own granny square baby blanket you can click HERE.

To make the yellow crochet baby hat you can use the pattern HERE.

The yarn that I used for the blanket and the hat is from Lion Brand Yarn in the color 157 Pastel Yellow.  The crochet hook is US size I.

I have made so many of the crochet granny square baby blankets to donate for my church fall fair and for people in my family having babies.  They are great blankets to use for an infant baby carriage.  

The baby hat is new to me as I just learned how to make them.  My next project I want to learn how to make is crochet baby booties.

I love learning new items to crochet and new crochet stitches.  Have you crocheted anything lately?



Thanks so much for stopping by and I hope I have inspired some of you to make some crochet baby items.

Enjoy your week and weekend.  Jess and I will see you all back here on Monday for our Cooking and Crafting with J & J Link Up and winner of our Giveaway!


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

Thanks everyone and enjoy!

Julie






Cooking and Crafting with J & J #100 and #99 Features

Monday, June 5, 2017

Cooking and Crafting with J & J #100


We made it to 100!! The BIG 1-0-0!! Who would have thought?! :) 

 And to thank each and every one of you that link up week after week, we have a $25 Starbucks Giftcard Giveaway! 

 Again, this is only for those bloggers who link up this week! So link up, share with us what you've been up to, and then join the giveaway below!! THANK-YOU and GOOD LUCK!!


Please Visit Our Pinterest Features Board at:


Co-Hosts

Plucky's Second Thought



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Jess' Picks:



Asparagus Proscuitto Rolls



Half-Pound Chocolate Chip Snickers Cookies



Carrot Breakfast Cookies



Julie's Picks:



Repurposing a Hat Display Stand



Ultimate Salsa Recipe



How to Make Tassel Trim Pillows


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Again, we are so happy to see each of you share and join us each and every week! To show our appreciation of your support, we are happy to announce that we have an amazing giveaway for a $25 Giftcard to Starbucks this week! The catch? You MUST participate in the Link Up! :) Sorry to all the weekly visitors out there, but we want to acknowledge and support those that true make this amazing link up what it is, week after week. :)

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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!! :)


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Lentil Salad Recipe

Wednesday, May 31, 2017




Hello friends!  I hope you all had a great Memorial Day Weekend!

I love making all kinds of salads once the weather gets warmer.  I love eating salads for lunch and with our dinner.  

I have this really easy and delicious lentil salad to share with you.

I used Trader Joe's Steamed Lentils for this recipe instead of steaming the lentils myself.  If you don't have a TJ's near you than you can buy a bag of lentils and cook and steam them.  

Below is the box of steamed lentils I used for this recipe.  



This is what the TJ's steamed lentils look like when added to a salad bowl.  I am so happy I found these lentils and they made the recipe so easy to make and assemble.


Here is the chopped up celery, carrots, and red onion.  You can add whatever you like to the salad.


This salad is so healthy and it tastes great.  It was the first time I made this salad for my family and they loved it.  I hope you all like it too.  😀  

I will be making this lentil salad for the next BBQ I host or for any that I will be attending!








Lentil Salad

Recipe by Julie @ Julie's Creative Lifestyle
This is an easy and healthy salad using lentils. It's perfect for any summer BBQ or gathering.
Prep time: 15 minutes
Total time: 15 minutes
Ingredients
  • 1 package Steamed Lentils - Trader Joe's
  • 5 small carrots - chopped
  • 2 celery stalks - chopped
  • 1/4 cup red onion - chopped
  • 6 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 6 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 1 pinch pepper
  • 1 sprinkle Mrs. Dash Original Blend Seasoning
Cooking Directions
  1. Add steamed lentils to a large bowl and mix up. Add carrots, celery, red onion and mix everything all together. In another small bowl mix the vinegar, olive oil, and seasonings together and add that to the lentils and vegetables. Mix well and refrigerate before serving.


** Please Note:  This is not a sponsored post using Trader Joe's Steamed Lentils.



This is the perfect lentil salad for your next BBQ, gathering, lunch, or dinner.  Let me know if you try this lentil salad and how you liked it.



Thanks for stopping by and I hope you all enjoy the end of the week and weekend.  

Jess and I invite you to join us on Monday for our 100th 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