Julie's Creative Lifestyle

Five on Friday - Happy Halloween

Friday, October 30, 2015


I'm happy to be joining Amy from Love Made My Home for her Five on Friday Series.

I am taking five minutes of my day to share five things.


I'm sharing 5 things I love about Halloween:






1)  I like picking out the candy that I give out to the trick or treaters who come to our house.  One year I bought candy that we did not like (so that I would not cheat and eat it before Halloween) but not this year!

2)  I love eating (sneaking) some candy and chocolates while I give it out to the trick or treaters.  I've also cheated a little bit already on the candy.  Hehe.  I bought 2 large bags of candy this year.  Last year we had a lot of trick or treaters and I used up 1 large bag.  So we'll see what happens this year.

3)  I enjoy giving out the candy to the kids and looking at their cute costumes.  (I do not enjoy looking a big kids with no costumes on)!

4)  My dog Bosco has a new Halloween costume this year and will be dressed up as super dog.  He will help me give out candy to the trick or treaters.

5)  I love looking at the houses decorated for Halloween.  In our neighborhood we have some houses that are decorated with orange lights and a lot of cute and scary decorations.

Do you like Halloween?  I'd love to know!

HAPPY HALLOWEEN!!






Wishing you all a safe and Happy Halloween!


I hope you all have a wonderful weekend and see you all back here on 
Monday for Cooking and Crafting with J & J.


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Please visit Amy's Five on Friday Series at Love Made My Home.




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

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Thanks everyone and Enjoy!

Julie

Some Fall & Halloween Fun

Thursday, October 29, 2015


Hi friends.  I hope you are all having a nice week and getting ready for Halloween.  




Here at our house I love decorating for Halloween with cute decorations.  In our house we do not like scary or skulls or anything bloody.    

I did not buy any new Halloween decorations for inside the house this year.  I just used the crochet pumpkins that I made last year to add into my mantel.  I also crocheted a ghost that hangs from my mantel. 

I added into my window box on my stoop some small scarecrows and as you can see the flowers are still blooming and have not died.  I love mums and have them too on the steps will some small pumpkins.  I also have a ghost hanging on my front door.

How do you decorate for Halloween - Cute or Scary?


To see my fall mantel, you can click HERE.

To see my crocheted apple, you can click HERE.

To see my crocheted pumpkins, you can click HERE.

To see my crocheted ghost I made for Halloween this year, you can click HERE.


As you can see I have been motivated this year to crochet some of my own decorations.  It's fun and I did not spend a lot of money on the yarn.  

I know many of you have made your own awesome decorations for fall and Halloween.  Thanks for keeping me motivated to make my own decorations!

P. S.  - Some of you may recognize this photo from Instagram.  If you would like to follow along with me on Instagram you can just click HERE.

Have a great day and see you tomorrow and if not ....

Wishing you a Happy Halloween!


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Thanks everyone and Enjoy!

Julie



Wordless Wednesday - Bosco's Costume

Wednesday, October 28, 2015


(And Not so Wordless)



 A few weeks ago while I was shopping in Michael's, I bought Bosco his costume for Halloween.  Here he is dressed up as Superman or Superdog?  Haha, that's my cutie!  He will be wearing his costume all day on Halloween!

Bosco also sends Halloween wishes to everyone and we hope you have a great day!



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Thanks everyone and Enjoy!

Julie

Cooking and Crafting with J & J #22

Monday, October 26, 2015

Cooking and Crafting with J & J Link Up


It's getting tougher and tougher to choose "features" each week! 

 You guys are doing your job, that's for sure! 

 We love talking with each and every one of you each week and that's what totally keeps us going with this Link Up! :)

 Thanks again for everything!

Please visit our Pinterest Features Board at
Cooking and Crafting with J & J



Co-Hosts

Plucky's Second Thought



Features


Jess' Picks:


Nancy on the Homefront - Applesauce Gingerbread




Our Life in a Click - Book Page Pumpkin



Marilyn Treats - Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Scones

Julie's Picks:


Heaven is Smiling Above - 30 Minute Beef Stew




Little Treasures - How to Read Crochet Charts - Autumn Leaves



I was lucky to sample the Rugelach myself from Ms. Toody Goo Shoes and it tastes AMAZING!  To read about our blog luncheon with another blogger please click HERE!

Ms. Toody Goo Shoes - Brown Sugar & Walnut Rugelach

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 projects, recipes, tips, and tricks; also, we really hope all of our readers will participate!

Cooking and Crafting with J & J Link Up

Meet Up With Two Bloggers!

Saturday, October 24, 2015


Hello friends!  I hope you are all having a nice fall weekend.  I've been super busy this week and apologize if I have not visited some of you.  Please know that I read all of your lovely comments and I thank you.

I had the lucky opportunity to have another blog meet up yesterday in New York City in the Times Square area.



Guess who I met?  I had lunch with Amy from Ms. Toody Goo Shoes ( If you remember we met for coffee during the summer.  It was one of the hottest days of summer too!  If you missed that post you can read that HERE ).  

And with..... Ginnie from Hello Little Home!

And don't forget my first meet up I had with Mary from My Dogs My Garden and Mary when I was on vacation in California back in June.  If you missed that post you can read it HERE.

We had lunch at HB Burger & Bar which is right in Times Square, New York City.



We had a nice lunch of veggie burgers and salads that were so good.  We all had so much fun getting to know each other and talking and sharing about our blog stories.

Sorry, but we all forgot to ask the waiter to take a photo of us together!

We all had so much fun and we are looking forward to our next blogger luncheon.

Amy was so sweet and thoughtful and gave Ginnie and I each a package of homemade Rugelach.  To see the recipe to make your own you can visit Amy's blog post HERE.


Here is the Rugelach in the really cute carton that Amy made.  It tastes amazing!  Thanks Amy.



Kim from Exquisitely Unremarkable and Janet from Rosemary and Thyme could not meet with us for the luncheon and you were both missed.  We hope to meet up in the future.

Blogger friends are the Best!

Enjoy the rest of the weekend.  See you all here on Monday for Cooking and Crafting with J & J.



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Thanks everyone and Enjoy!

Julie

Boo! A Crochet Ghost!

Friday, October 23, 2015



Hello friends!  With Halloween fast approaching I decided to make a crochet ghost.  I made this in no time and I'd love to share with you how I made it.

This easy craft took me about 2 hours tops to make.



CROCHET GHOST

What you will need to make the ghost:

Yarn:  White Red Heart Yarn - for ghost
           Black Red Heart Yarn - for eyes, to tie around ghost, & to hang
Crochet Hook:  US Hook size I
Cotton Fill

ch = chain
hdc = half double crochet

Directions:

Chain 22
hdc in second ch from hook.  Continue with hdc all the way to end of row.  When you get to the end of row ch 2 and turn.  Continue this way until you have 14 rows done.  Weave in both ends of yarn.  This will now look like a square shape.  Take a small amount of cotton filling and form into a ball.  Place this in middle of the crocheted piece.  Take a long piece of cut black yarn and tie a bow around the neck of the ghost.  Sew in two eyes with black yarn and add a long piece of yarn at the top of ghost and then tie a knot at the end to hang up.

Done.

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Have a wonderful and boo-ti-full weekend!

See you all on Monday for Cooking and Crafting with J & J Link Up!



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Thanks everyone and Enjoy!

Julie



Wordless Wednesday - Pumpkins!

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

 (And not so Wordless)




I really love this pumpkin display!  Don't you?



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Thanks everyone and Enjoy!

Julie

Cooking and Crafting with J & J #21

Monday, October 19, 2015

Cooking and Crafting with J & J Link Up


We still continue to thank each and every one of you for all of this success!

Jess and I are excited to see what you will share with us this week!


Please visit our Pinterest Features Board at
Cooking and Crafting with J & J

Co-Hosts

Plucky's Second Thought



Features


Jess' Picks:



Best of Long Island and Central Florida - Healthy Pumpkin Ice Cream



Sadie Seasongoods - Vintage Light Fixture Halloween Moon



Honey and Birch - Salted Chocolate Granola



Julie's Picks:



The Enchanting Rose - Shredded Beef Enchiladas



Much More Creative - Halloween Treat Bags



Fabby's Living - Harvest Stew Soup For Cold Weather

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 projects, recipes, tips, and tricks; also, we really hope all of our readers will participate!


Cooking and Crafting with J & J Link Up

Impossibly Easy Vegetable Pie

Friday, October 16, 2015



Hi friends, I'd love to share with you this recipe I found on Pinterest.  This easy and delicious recipe is from Betty Crocker.  The nice part about this recipe is that there is no pie crust.

I have been making this Vegetable Pie for a few months and it's a family favorite.  This makes a great meatless dish paired with a salad on the side.  I hope I have inspired you to make this for lunch or dinner.


IMPOSSIBLY EASY VEGETABLE PIE

Ingredients:

2 cups chopped broccoli or sliced fresh cauliflower 
1/3 cup chopped onion
1/3 cup chopped green bell pepper
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese (4 ounces)
1/2 cup Original Bisquick mix
1 cup milk
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
2 eggs

Directions:

Heat oven to 400 degrees F.  Grease 9 inch pie plate.  Heat 1 inch salted water to boiling in medium saucepan.  Add broccoli; cover and heat to boiling.  Cook about 5 minutes or until almost tender; drain thoroughly.  Stir together cooked broccoli; onion, bell pepper and cheese in plate.

Stir remaining ingredients until blended.  Pour into pie plate.

Bake 35 to 45 minutes or until golden brown and knife inserted in center comes out clean.  Cool 5 minutes.

* NOTE:  If you do not have some of the ingredients on hand such as peppers or the onion this recipe still tastes great.

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Wishing you all a nice weekend and hope you will join us 
Monday for Cooking and Crafting with J & J Link Up.



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Thanks everyone and Enjoy!

Julie






Happy 8th Birthday Bosco

Thursday, October 15, 2015




Today is Bosco's 8th Birthday!

We rescued him about 7 1/2 years ago when he was a puppy and we love him so much. 

He is such a good boy and such a joy to have.  He is so friendly to people and dogs!

I will be buying him a hamburger later from McDonald's!

I know he'll LOVE that!

Bosco and I hope you all have a great day.



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Thanks everyone and Enjoy!

Julie



Stephanie's Tea Cup/Mug Exchange (4th for Me)

Wednesday, October 14, 2015


Hello Friends, I am so happy to be joining Stephanie at
 The Enchanting Rose for her 7th Annual Teacup and Mug Exchange!


The Enchanting Rose


This is my fourth Teacup and Mug Exchange that I have participated in and it's always fun to receive a fun package in the mail and to make new blog friends.

You can visit my other exchanges here:

Exchange #2 - Here
Exchange #4 - Here
Exchange #5 - Here

I was assigned to send my package to Sue who lives in North Carolina and she blogs at Pear Tree Lane Farmhouse.  Sue, I do hope you enjoyed your goodies, as I had so much fun and enjoyed gathering and making the items I sent to you.


I'd love to show you my awesome package I received in the mail from Mary who blogs at Material Girl Quilter.

This is what the inside of the box looked like when I opened it up.


Everything was wrapped up so nice and put inside a pretty box with a pretty festive dish towel and bracelet wrapped around the outside of the towel.



I love how pretty everything was wrapped in black tissue paper with the silver ribbon.


Mary wrote me such nice note and I love the card with the bear sitting in the cup with flowers.


Here are all of the wonderful goodies I received from Mary.  It felt like Christmas for me as I sat there opening up my gifts.  She included in the package a Paris themed mug with peanut M & M's (which I love), shortbread cookies, dark chocolates, different flavored hot cocoa mix, a dish towel, bracelet, and pretty box.


These are the assortment of hot cocoa's that I will enjoy drinking during the fall and winter months in my new mug.


Here is my new Paris themed mug which is perfect for a large cup of hot chocolate and coffee.


I love the pretty box that Mary included with everything.


The shortbread cookies are so amazing which I enjoyed already with my afternoon coffee.  I can't wait to have the Acai and Blueberry Flavored Chocolates.


Here is my gorgeous new mug which I have enjoyed using already.  I am waiting for colder weather to enjoy the hot cocoa in my pretty mug.



Thanks so much Stephanie for arranging your awesome teacup and mug exchanges.  I have enjoyed the ones that I have participated in so far and I have so much fun meeting new blog friends.  I look forward to participating in more of your exchanges.

Thanks Mary for this awesome package of goodies as I love everything.

If you would like to see what other people received from the Teacup and Mug Exchange, you can visit Stephanie's blog the Enchanting Rose HERE.



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

Ways to Follow Julie's Lifestyle


Thanks everyone and Enjoy!

Julie


Cooking and Crafting with J & J #20

Monday, October 12, 2015

Cooking and Crafting with J & J Link Up



We've made it to #20! WOOOOOHOOOOOO!! :)

 And to make it even better, we had 112 links last week! WHHHHHHAT?! So crazy! :)

 We still continue to thank each and every one of you for all of this success!

 Again, last week we had over: 736 views, 112 links, 193 clicks

Please visit our Pinterest Features Board at
Cooking and Crafting with J & J

Co-Hosts

Plucky's Second Thought



Features


Jess' Picks:


Sadie Seasongoods - Goulish Illumination Light Cover Ghosts



Everyday Made Fresh - Pumpkin Ginger Cookies



The Painted Hinge - Cracked Chalk Paint Leaves


Julie's Picks:



The Painted Hinge - Pumpkin Free Crochet Pattern



Have a Daily Cup of Mrs. Olson - Celebration



Cherishing the Sweet Life - Spooky Black Widow Martini & Cupcakes

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 projects, recipes, tips, and tricks; also, we really hope all of our readers will participate!


Cooking and Crafting with J & J Link Up