Julie's Creative Lifestyle

HAPPY NEW YEAR for 2016

Tuesday, December 29, 2015



(photo from graphics fairy)


Hello blog friends.  I hope you all had a nice Christmas.  I know I did, as I enjoyed visiting with our families and friends.  I still have more family to visit with this week.  The holiday season seemed to have flown by so fast this year.  It did not feel like Christmas here as the weather was so unusually warm and in the 60's.  I liked it though as it made shopping for presents easier for me.    

I will miss the holidays but I'm also looking forward to the new year and the quiet time of January.  I will be taking down and packing away all of the Christmas decorations next week and organizing everything.  We all plan on eating healthier now that the holidays will be over soon.  The new year is the perfect time to do all of these things.

I had a fun year blogging and I enjoyed getting to know some of you better.  I was also able to have the wonderful opportunity to meet some of you bloggers in person.  In case you missed those posts you can read about them HERE and HERE.  I think that that was my highlight of the year!

I also started in the beginning of June working with Jess from Plucky's Second Thought running with her our Monday link up party called Cooking and Crafting with J & J Link Up!  I have had so much fun with that and I enjoy looking at and reading about the projects, recipes, and crafts everyone links up each week.  You are all so talented and creative.  Thanks for joining us each week as we appreciate it so much.  I want to thank you all for making blogging fun and enjoyable for me.

I look forward to a new year blogging with you all!  THANKS EVERYONE!!

Jess and I will see you all again back here on Monday for our Cooking and Crafting with J & J Link Up!

WISHING YOU ALL A HAPPY AND HEALTY NEW YEAR!

Thanks everyone and enjoy!

Julie

Cooking and Crafting with J & J #31

Monday, December 28, 2015

Cooking and Crafting with J & J Link Up


We hope your Christmas time was relaxing, memorable, and simply amazing! 

 But guess what?! 2016 is right around the corner.  We hope that you all have a very safe and prosperous New Years! :)

Please visit our Pinterest Features Board at:



Co-Hosts


Plucky's Second Thought






Features


Jess' Picks:

Winnie's Blog - Cinnamon-Swirl Eggless Shortbread Cookies


Paper Seedlings - Tag It


Inside The Fox Den - Christmas Wreath Pull Apart Crack Bread


Julie's Picks:

Cynthia Banessa - Crochet Snowflake Burlap Coasters


Cranberry Morning - Christmas Cake Recipe


Our Life In a Click - Ornament & Yarn Ball Wreath


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!

PLEASE READ THE RULES!! :)


Cooking and Crafting with J & J Link Up

Last Minute Mason Jar Gift & Merry Christmas 2015

Tuesday, December 22, 2015


Hello blog friends.  Christmas is in a few days and I'd love to share with you a last minute gift idea.

It's Chocolates in a Mason Jar!!


This is such an easy last minute gift to make and give to anyone on your Christmas list.


Here is what you will need to make a Mason Jar Gift:

Mason Jar
Tag
Ribbon
Wrapping Paper
Candy or Chocolates


Directions:

You need to take the inside lid off of the mason jar.  Next take the lid and place on back side of wrapping paper.  Trace a circle with the lid and cut out circle.  Take tape and place on back of the circle and place on top of lid cover.  (This covers the writing on the lid).  Next take ribbon and tie onto the mason jar.  Attach the tag onto the ribbon. 

Done!!


This is a fun and easy way to make your gift look prettier for gift giving! 

I will be taking the rest of the week off to finish up last minute preparations for Christmas.  I still have shopping, wrapping, and baking to do.  Thank you so much for your lovely visits and comments to my blog as I appreciate them all!  Jess and I will see you all back here on Monday for our Cooking and Crafting with J & J Link Up.

Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!


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

Thanks everyone and enjoy!

Julie




Cooking and Crafting with J & J #30

Monday, December 21, 2015

Cooking and Crafting with J & J Link Up


Can you even believe that it's Christmas time?! We can't! Where did 2015 go?! Holy cow! 

We definitely want to take the time to thank each and every one of you as you've definitely made Cooking and Crafting with J & J what it is...and we could not have done it without the ones who link up each week and the ones who check out each link up each week!  

 We hope you all have a very, Merry Christmas! :)

Please visit our Pinterest Features Board at:

Co-Hosts


Plucky's Second Thought






Features


Jess' Picks:

Confessions of The Perfect Mom - DIY Snowmen


Sweet Things - DIY Christmas Wreath


Moola Savings Mom - Sweet & Sour Chicken


Julie's Picks:

The Enchanting Rose - Primitive Country Christmas Pillow


Across The Blvd. - Snowman Candle


Saw it, Pinned it, Did it - Melting Snowman 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!

PLEASE READ THE RULES!! :)


Cooking and Crafting with J & J Link Up

Amy's Card Swap

Friday, December 18, 2015



Hello Blog Friends.  I decided to participate in a Christmas Card Swap that Amy from Love Made My Home was hosting.  This is my first time participating in Amy's card swap.  Amy hosted one last year but I missed it, so I signed up this year and I'm so glad I did.  

It was so much fun as we did not know the person who we were sending our cards to.  Amy organized who were going to be paired up with.

This is the lovely handmade card I received in the mail.



Amy paired me up with a blogger from England named Jules who blogs at A Hidden Jem.  Jules embroidered the pretty snowflakes on the card.  
Thank you Jules for a lovely handmade Christmas card.

Thank you Amy for organizing this fun exchange and I look forward to participating in it again next year.

You can also visit Amy's blog HERE to see the Christmas cards that the other participants received.


Wishing you all a wonderful weekend and see you all back here on Monday for 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

Eggnog Pancakes Recipe

Wednesday, December 16, 2015


I was inspired to make Eggnog Pancakes recently, when Gina who blogs at Kleinworth & Co. linked up this recipe to make them at our Monday Cooking and Crafting with J & J Link Up.

This is what the pancakes looked like when I finished making them.  This is the perfect pancake recipe to make for the holidays.


***  NOTE:  I made a few adjustments to my recipe for the eggnog pancakes.  

- Instead of using 4 cups of flour - I used Bisquick.  
- Instead of using 3-1/2 cups of International Delight Egg Nog - I used Silk Almond Nog (Original).
- This recipe also uses 1/4 cup of canola oil (which I used) but I think if I make it again, I would leave it out of the recipe.  I might try substituting the oil for applesauce.
- I added 1 chopped up banana to the recipe. 
- I left out the nutmeg because I did not have any on hand.

*** CAUTION:  This recipe makes a huge batch of the pancakes!!  I made enough for three people to eat and a large batch to freeze.



For the recipe to make these Eggnog Pancakes you can visit Gina's blog  Kleinworth & Co. HERE.

The pancakes tasted so amazing and if you like eggnog than you will want to try making these pancakes.

What made it fun was that we had them for dinner.  Have you ever made breakfast food for dinner?  Well you should try it some time.

Note:  All I have to do is take the eggnog pancakes out of the freezer on Christmas morning.  Pop them in the microwave oven, and they are ready to go!

Thanks, I hope I have inspired you to make Eggnog Pancakes.  Enjoy!!





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

Thanks everyone and Enjoy!

Julie


Cooking and Crafting with J & J #29

Monday, December 14, 2015

Cooking and Crafting with J & J Link Up


Hope you all are well and we continue to thank you all for everything that you have done to participate and help us promote this awesome Link Up!

Please Visit Our Pinterest Features Board at:

Co-Hosts


Plucky's Second Thought






Features


Jess' Picks:



Sadie Seasongoods - DIY Christmas Gift Decor


Inside The Fox Den - DIY Giant Snow Globe


Everyday Made Fresh - Snappy Ginger Snap Cookies




Julie's Picks:



Thrift My House - How to Make Faux Snow


Bakewell Junction - Fresh Pumpkin Bread


The Boondocks Blog - The Roasted Christmas Tree

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!

PLEASE READ THE RULES!! :)


Cooking and Crafting with J & J Link Up

Vicky's 3rd Annual Ornament Exchange

Friday, December 11, 2015


Hello Blog Friends.

I recently joined Vicky at Life on Willie Mae Lane for her third annual ornament exchange.

This is my third time participating in this fun exchange with other bloggers.

I enjoyed making the ornaments and gathering the goodies that I was assigned to send off to by Vicky.

I sent my package off to Sherry who blogs at Thrift My House and I'm so happy to have met a new blog friend!



My lovely gifts arrived in the mail from Debbie who blogs at She Graces Her Home in God's Beauty.  I enjoyed opening up my box of goodies when they arrived in the mail.  

Here is what arrived for me to open up.  A beautiful card, an angel cookie cutter, and a recipe to make cookies.  Pretty red Christmas gift tags, handmade by her daughter, and my blog friend, Stephanie who blogs at The Enchanting Rose, and cute snowflake tissues.   



I opened up the box and here is what the gorgeous glass angel ornament looks like.


Here is the beautiful glass angel ornament hanging on my Christmas tree.


I had tears of joy when I opened up my box to see this beautiful angel ornament and I love how it looks on my tree.  Thank you so much Debbie, I love everything and I will enjoy making cookies over the holidays.

I am so happy I joined the ornament exchange again this year.  Thank you Vicky for taking the time to arrange and organize this for us all.  I had so much fun and I'm looking forward to it again next year.  

You can visit Vicky's blog HERE to see the ornaments that everyone that participated in this exchange received.



Wishing you all a wonderful weekend and see you back here on Monday for 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



Crochet Christmas Tree Ornament and Pattern

Wednesday, December 9, 2015


Hello friends.  I have made crocheted Christmas Tree ornaments I'd love to share with you.  Last month I was so busy crocheting these for family and friends.  I really enjoyed making them and using different color combinations with the yarn I used.

To crochet your own ornament you can use this PATTERN I found on Pinterest.





The yarn I used is from Lion Brand Yarn in kitchen cotton.  You can use an H or I crochet hook.  

***  You can use whatever type of yarn you like and colors.

These ornaments are so quick and easy to make and will look so cute on your Christmas Tree.  These would even look cute attached to a gift package.  How about making them into a garland for your mantel or tree?  

For my blog friends that enjoy crocheting, I hope I have inspired you to create your own Christmas Tree ornaments.  They make nice handmade gifts for family and friends.

To make a Crochet Star Ornament, you can click HERE.

For more crochet inspiration, you can click HERE.


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

Thanks everyone and Enjoy!

Julie


Cooking and Crafting with J & J #28

Monday, December 7, 2015

Cooking and Crafting with J & J Link Up


We had SO many great posts this week that it was super hard to chose the Features! 

 We wish we could select like 20 of you! :) 

 Hope you all are well and we continue to thank you all for everything that you have done to participate and help us promote this awesome Link Up!

Please visit our Pinterest Features Board at:



Co-Hosts


Plucky's Second Thought



Features



Jess' Picks:


Inside The Fox Den - Wooden Dowel Christmas Tree



Sadie Seasongoods - Pumpkin Gingerbread Muffins



Kleinworth & Co. - Apple Crumb Cakes



Julie's Picks:


Lavender Dreams - Holiday Baking for Wednesday Wee Ones



April J. Harris - Fig and Honey Yogurt Loaf Cake



Southern Day Dreams - Tea Cups, Muffin Cups & Peat Pot Christmas Tree Accents


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!

PLEASE READ THE RULES!! :)


Cooking and Crafting with J & J Link Up