Julie's Creative Lifestyle

Spring Wreath

Thursday, March 31, 2016

Hello friends, I hope you all had a nice weekend and a Happy Easter if you celebrate it.

Today I'd love to share with you this Spring Wreath I made last year.  Back in March of 2015, I was invited to be a guest blogger on Tuula's blog called Thrifty Rebel Vintage for her Think Pink Monday and I shared how to make this easy wreath. 

I love crafting and spring, so I thought I would share with you again how to make this fun and easy Spring Wreath!

The best part about making this wreath is that there is no hot glue gun involved.  


I went to Michaels to buy all of the supplies that were needed to make this wreath.


Supplies Needed:

Foam Ring
2 Large Fake Flowers (with clips on the back)
A Roll of Burlap


3 Packages of Smaller Fake Flowers in the colors white, light pink, darker pink
Ribbon
Felt Easter Eggs
Bunnies


Steps to Make the Spring Wreath:

Take the foam ring and tape the burlap onto the back of the ring.  Then wrap the burlap all around the ring to the end and tape.  Next tie ribbon onto the ring and wrap all the way around the ring.  Next add the two big flowers onto the side of the wreath by clipping them onto the ribbon.


Next add in the smaller flowers and bunnies by tucking them into the ribbon.


The felt easter eggs have peel backs that you can just stick onto the wreath.


This is what the wreath looked like when I was finished decorating it.  This wreath is so easy to make and can be made in minutes.  The best part is there is no hot glue gun needed!



I hope I have inspired you to just have fun and make a Spring Wreath!

Thanks for stopping by and wishing you all a wonderful weekend.  We look forward to seeing you 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 #44 and Features

Monday, March 28, 2016

Cooking and Crafting with J & J Link Up


We hope you all had one fantastic Easter! We definitely had some great Easter links this past week!

 Now lets bring on the Spring (hopefully?!) posts!! :)

Please Visit Our Pinterest Features Board at:


Co-Hosts


Plucky's Second Thought






Features


Jess' Picks:


Kleinworth & Co. - Candied Lemon Slices


Nancy on the Homefront - Chocolate Chip Coffee Cake


Creating My Way To Success - Traditional Scottish Shortbread


Julie's Picks:


Ramblings of a Southern Girl - Semi Scratch Strawberry Cake


Little Brags - Our Easter Entry 


Homemade by Amalia - Happy Days Are Here Again


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

Super Easy Lasagna Recipe

Thursday, March 24, 2016




Hello friends, would you like a piece of lasagna?  Well, I'd love to share with you this super easy and delicious recipe.  We love it so much and I enjoy making this when we are entertaining family or friends.  This is always great to make and serve for any holiday.

The trick to making this fast and easy dish is using no-boil noodles and no meat.

I made this for dinner recently and it tasted so amazing.  It was so easy to make and assemble.  I made a large batch for dinner and there was enough pieces left over for the next day.


Pair this with Italian bread and a salad and you have a meal for dinner, a party, or a special occasion.



SUPER EASY LASAGNA RECIPE

Makes 10 to 12 servings.

Ingredients:

1 jar of spaghetti sauce (or you can use your own homemade sauce)
1 3/4 cup (15 oz.) ricotta cheese
1 egg
1/2 teaspoon dried basil leaves
1/2 teaspoon dried oregano leaves
1 box oven ready lasagna, uncooked (I used Ronzoni)
4 cups (16 oz.) shredded mozzarella cheese
1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese

Directions:

1)  Remove noodles from package.  Heat oven to 350 degrees F.  Have sauce ready to use.  2)  In a small bowl, stir together ricotta cheese, egg, basil, and oregano.  

ASSEMBLY:

1)  In a 13x9x2 inch baking dish, spread 3/4 cup of spaghetti sauce on bottom of pan.  2)  Place 3 pieces of uncooked noodles crosswise over sauce.  Pieces should not overlap or touch side of pan since the noodles will expand when baked.  3)  Spread 2/3 cup ricotta mixture evenly over pasta.  Spread 3/4 cup spaghetti sauce over ricotta mixture evenly covering pasta completely; sprinkle with 1 cup mozzarella cheese.  4)  Repeat these steps 2 and 3 TWO more times.  Top with remaining 3 noodles and spread remaining spaghetti sauce over noodles; sprinkle with remaining mozzarella and Parmesan cheese.  5)  Cover with foil.  Bake 30 minutes; remove foil.  Bake 10 to 15 minutes or until hot and bubbly.  Let stand 5 minutes before cutting.  Serve with additional sauce, if desired.

Done!

**  Extra pieces can be stored in a container to use for another time. 

**  The directions to make this lasagna were from the box of Ronzoni noodles.


Wishing you all a wonderful weekend and a Happy Easter.  Don't forget to visit us 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





I'm a Lucky Winner

Tuesday, March 22, 2016


Hi everyone!  I hope you all had a wonderful weekend and start to the new week.  I just want to say, thank you blog friends for coming to visit me and for leaving comments all the time!  A big THANKS also to each and everyone of you that come and link up your lovely projects each week at our Monday Cooking and Crafting with J & J Link Up.  We really appreciate your loyalty, support, and creativity!

I recently entered a giveaway that Kim from Exquisitely Unremarkable  had for her three year blog anniversary.  I was so pleasantly surprised to find out HERE that I was the WINNER!


I had to look at her email twice because I was so shocked and surprised that I had won her gorgeous spring bag that she was giving away!

I found this lovely thank you card when I opened up the box.


I have already filled the bag up with my crochet project (a crochet scarf) and my crochet/knit supplies and it's ready to go for my next crochet meeting, which is today!  I will enjoy using this beautiful spring bag and thanks again Kim for your lovely giveaway.


If you all have a chance, please visit Kim's lovely blog Exquisitely Unremarkable as she just celebrated three years of blogging!  Kim loves blogging about home decor, crafts, and recipes.  What I love most about her blog is that all of her projects are fun and easy to make.  I hope you will visit and enjoy her blog just as much as I do!



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I also want to say a big thank you to Ping who blogs at Living This Chic Life where she loves blogging about recipes, life, and travel.  Ping enjoys cooking, and has made a few of my recipes that I have shared on my blog.

Ping recently made the broccoli slaw salad recipe that I shared with you all back in November.  The broccoli slaw is also from Trader Joe's, but you can purchase it from a different store if you don't have one in your area.


To see my recipe you can click HERE.  To visit Ping's blog Living This Chic Life and to see how she made her salad, just click HERE.

Thanks Ping for making the broccoli slaw salad recipe, as it makes me so happy to have you enjoy some of my recipes!  If you have a chance, please visit Ping and her lovely blog. 

This is one of the reasons why I enjoy you, the blogging community, for your friendships, generosity, support, and inspiration! :0)


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

Thanks everyone and enjoy!

Julie



Cooking and Crafting with J & J #43 and Features

Monday, March 21, 2016

Cooking and Crafting with J & J Link Up


It was SUPER difficult to choose from over 120 links this week, but these Features are definitely worth the time and effort we put into the Link Up each and every week. 

 Also, you, the viewers as well as the other link participants are why we do this quickly growing Link Up!! :) Thanks goes out to each and every one of you! :)

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

Co-Hosts


Plucky's Second Thought



Features


Jess' Picks:


Inside The Fox Den - Resurrection Rolls




Everyday Made Fresh - 2 Simple Seasoned Goldfish Cracker Party Mixes


Kleinworth & Co. - Potato Chip Bark




Julie's Picks:


Living On Cloud Nine - Little Irish Girl Cookies




Redo It Yourself Inspiration - Cabbage Centerpiece 



Rosemary & Thyme - Easter Tablesetting Inspiration




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!! :)


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Crochet Baby Poncho

Friday, March 18, 2016

Hello friends.  I recently made a Crocheted Baby Hat and I wanted to make a baby poncho to match and have a set.  Here is the baby poncho I made.


I was taught how to make this crocheted baby poncho by a lady in the crochet group that I belong to at my church.  I enjoyed crocheting this baby poncho and it was not too difficult to make.

Here is the detailing at the neck of the poncho.  I also weaved through a crocheted chain to use to tie it together.


The pattern that I used can be found HERE.  Any kind of baby yarn and colors can be used to make this baby poncho.  I used Red Heart yarn in multi colors.  The crochet hook I used was a US size H.

I made a few of these for the sale that we had at my church last November.  They were a big hit and I decided to crochet another one for this year too.

Back in 2013 I also made a crochet baby poncho and hat set, and to see it you can click HERE.

I hope I've inspired you to make one for the next baby or grandchild that comes along.


Thanks for stopping and wishing you all a wonderful weekend.  See you all 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




Irish Soda Bread Recipe

Tuesday, March 15, 2016



Hello friends, I hope you are all enjoying the week.  I love celebrating St. Patrick's Day and I love Irish Soda Bread!  I have this easy and delicious recipe to share with you just in time for St. Patrick's Day.  I have been making this awesome recipe for the past three years and it's a real hit in my house!

I was given this recipe from our good friend Mike, who's mom was from Ireland.  Mike made it and then he passed the recipe on to me to use and to also share with you all.

This is the bread dough in the pan ready to be baked in the oven.


Here is the golden Irish Soda Bread cooling off.


IRISH SODA BREAD

IRISH SODA BREAD RECIPE

INGREDIENTS:

3 cups regular flour
1 egg
1 1/3 cups buttermilk
1/2 stick margarine
1 cup raisins
1/4 box caraway seeds
3 teaspoons baking powder 
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup sugar
(Dash of nutmeg or cinnamon - if desired)

DIRECTIONS:

All ingredients at room temperature

Use shallow greased 9" baking tin.  Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.  Bring raisins to boiling point only.  Drain and cool.  Sift together all dry ingredients.  Rub in margarine.  Beat egg and buttermilk together.  Add to mixture using a wooden spoon.  Fold in raisins.  Mixture will be on the dry side- light dough.  Roll into baking tin.  Smooth top with spoon.  Bake 15-20 minutes at 400 degrees.  Reduce temperature to 350 degrees for 35-40 minutes.  Cool on rack thoroughly.  Glaze with melted sugar (2 tablespoons) in 1/2 oz. boiling water.  Top of cake only, sprinkle top with cinnamon sugar.  Slice and serve with butter.

Enjoy!

**  NOTE:  I did not use the caraway seeds or the sugar glaze on top of bread that the recipe calls for, and it still tasted amazing.


I hope you will be inspired to bake this awesome Irish Soda Bread and have a wonderful St. Patrick's Day!


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

Thanks everyone and enjoy!

Julie





Cooking and Crafting with J & J #42 and Features

Monday, March 14, 2016

Cooking and Crafting with J & J Link Up


We're getting closer to Spring and Easter so we hope these Features will inspire you to try something new and to maybe even share it with us! :)

Please Visit Our Pinterest Features Board at:


Co-Hosts


Plucky's Second Thought







Features




Jess' Picks:


A Tray of Bliss - Coconut Macaroons


One More Time Events - Spring Centerpieces


Creations By Kara - Yarn Wrapped Ombre Easter Eggs


Julie's Picks:


Life and Home at 2102 - Master Closet Before and After


Crochet is the Way - Lessons in Love Triangles


Down Sprigg Lane - A Beautiful Hat Box

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