Julie's Creative Lifestyle

Niagara Falls - Part 1

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Hello blog friends, I hope you are having a nice week.  While I was away on my blog break, we decided to take a mini vacation to Niagara Falls, New York.  


niagara falls @ Julie's Creative Lifestyle


Niagara Falls is such a beautiful place to visit and I'm happy we decided to go during off season.  The weather was cold, but there were no huge crowds to look at the falls.  

We took an early morning Amtrak train ride out of New York City, and we arrived at the Falls in the early evening.  The train ride was long but pleasant and we had wonderful views outside our train window.  The train also had wifi, plenty of leg room, bathrooms, and we were able to purchase snacks, sandwiches, and beverages.

Once we arrived at the Niagara Falls train stop, we took a short taxi ride to our hotel.  To read and learn more about Niagara Falls you can click HERE.

We stayed at the Wingate by Wyndam Hotel, on the New York side, and we were very pleased with our hotel, the room, and breakfast was also included with our stay.  

Below are a few photos of our stay at the Wingate hotel.  We even had a microwave oven in the room and were able to make coffee or tea.


1)  The Wingate Hotel                               2)  The Lobby
Wingate hotel - Julie's Creative Lifestyle
3)  The bedroom                                        4)  The Lobby


We arrived in the early evening on Friday March 17, 2017 - St. Patrick's Day!  ☘☘

We took a short walk to the Third Street Retreat restaurant for an Irish Dinner.

Third Street Retreat Restaurant - Julie's Creative Lifestyle


Here are a few photos of the restaurant.  We both had green beer with our meal, which was a first for me and very festive!  There I am in the bottom left photo, standing outside of the restaurant.  There was a lot of snow on the ground and I was so happy to be bundled up with my warm coat and Timberland boots.  

Restaurant in Niagara Falls - Julie's Creative Lifestyle


Here is a closeup of the green beer.  I think our waiter had a fun time making our drinks!

Green Beer - Julie's Creative Lifestyle


I decided to have a rueben sandwich which consisted of rye bread, thousand island dressing, corned beef, Swiss cheese, and sauerkraut.  I also had a healthy house salad on the side.  Boy was my meal delicious!

Rueben Sandwich - Julie's Creative Lifestyle


My husband decide to have fish and chips, which I sampled.  It was the perfect choice for St. Patrick's Day!

Celebrating St. Patrick's Day - Julie's Creative Lifestyle


We then took about a 15 minute scenic walk to the falls.  Haha, we both really needed that walk after our great meal.  I will have for you soon the next part of our Niagara Falls trip.

Thanks everyone for visiting and I'm looking forward to sharing with you more of my trip!  😀



Take care and enjoy the end of the week and weekend.  Jess and I will 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




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Monday, April 17, 2017

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First of all, we want to share a WARM welcome to all the newbies that joined us this week...we definitely had a lot of you and we are so happy you're here!! 

 Secondly, we hope you all had a fantastic Easter holiday! 

 We've had some AMAZING Easter crafts and recipes that were linked up over the past week! It was so hard to choose features this week!! :)


Please Visit Our Pinterest Features Board At:

Co-Hosts


Plucky's Second Thought



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Features



Jess' Picks:





Creamy Ham Chowder




Southern Scalloped Tomatoes




Easter Decor Inspiration



Julie's Picks:





Spring Crochet Bunting Necklace




Turkey Meatballs




Weekly Wall Calendar


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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Happy Easter 2017

Friday, April 14, 2017


WISHING YOU ALL A 


HAPPY EASTER!


Enjoy the holiday and weekend.  Jess and I will see you back here on Monday for our Cooking and Crafting with J & J Link Up.


Julie xo

Spaghetti Pie Recipe

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Hello everyone.  I hope you are all having a great week and getting ready to celebrate Easter. 



I love Spaghetti Pie and I have this easy to make recipe to share with you.  This recipe brings back memories of my husband, daughter, and I going to visit at my husband's Italian Aunt and Uncle during Easter week for lunch.

My husband's Aunt would be in the kitchen making so many of these pies for family and friends, but she always made time for us to visit.



My husband's Aunt would serve us slices of this warm pie for lunch, and then give us the rest of the pie to bring home!

At home if I make this spaghetti pie I serve it with a salad on the side.  I love this pie so much that I decide to share the recipe with you.

I hope you enjoy this spaghetti pie as much as we do!  😀






Spaghetti Pie

Recipe by Julie @ Julie's Creative Lifestyle
Prep time: 15 minutes
Cook time: 1 hour
Total time: 1 hour 15 minutes
Ingredients
  • 1 pound cooked spaghetti
  • 6 eggs
  • 1 cup Pecorino Romano cheese
  • 1 tablespoon black pepper (you can use less)
  • 1 cup milk
Cooking Directions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Let spaghetti cool before mixing. Mix all ingredients together. Spray a large pan with cooking spray. Add everything to the pan. Add little dabs of butter to the top of the pie. Bake for 1 hour. Let cool before cutting pie into pieces.
NOTE:  This recipe calls for milk, but I substituted it with Almond milk.  


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

Thanks everyone and enjoy!

Julie

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Monday, April 10, 2017

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Easter is on it's way and we've definitely had some neat crafts linked up this past week! Oh, and don't forget all of the tasty Spring dishes too! 

My goodness...when are you all going to invite us over for a nice treat?! :) 

And did I mention...JULIE IS BACK! :) WELCOME BACK JULIE!! Lets all have a great week and cannot wait to see what you all submit!

Once again, thanks Jess and everyone for the welcome back!  I enjoyed seeing your submissions this week and it feels great to be back!  😀


Please Visit Our Pinterest Features Board At:
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Co-Hosts

Plucky's Second Thought



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Features



Jess' Picks:



Find It Fix It or Build It

How to Build a Picture Frame with a Printable



While I Linger

Wood Planked Walls



Krafty Owl

Baked Corn Casserole



Julie's Picks:



Rosemary and Thyme

Jelly Bean Centerpiece



My Thrift Store Addiction

Chocolate Covered Berry Bouquet



Intelligent Domestications

Clay Pot 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 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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A Winter Walk in New York City

Wednesday, April 5, 2017




Hello blog friends.  I am so happy to be back from my blog break!  I totally enjoyed my time away and missed you all!

I recently had a meeting to go to on the upper east side of Manhattan, in New York City.  When my meeting was over, I decided to take a stroll right near Central Park.  The day was brisk and cold, but taking in the sights and taking these photos made the walk worthwhile!

Please sit back and enjoy the walk with me!  😀


These trees looked so barren and cold, but you can see the beautiful clouds in the sky just peeking through.



As I was walking, I loved seeing this lady sitting on the bench with her dog, just laying right on the ground besides her.  You can see right after that hug tree the buildings in the background.


What I found very strange was that this walk was so refreshing and very quiet.  I kept looking behind me to see if there was anyone walking and there weren't any people.  There were no huge crowds of people and no loud honks from the cars and taxi cabs.  It's so hard to believe that the city can be very quiet at times.

One the left of me is the Church of the Heavenly Rest, and it's located at 2 East 90th Street.  It's an Episcopal church.  It's also located right across the street from Central Park and the Carnegie Mansion; also know as the Cooper Hewitt Museum.



The Cooper Hewitt Museum is a design museum, located on the upper east side of Manhattan, at 2 East 91st Street.  The link for this museum can be found HERE.

If you look at the tree branches in this photo, you can see that the trees are starting to bud with little leaves.



Below this granite and bronze monument is know well to runners and walkers who enter it's terrace stairway to the Reservoir at Fifth Avenue and 90th Street.



This view of the Reservoir I found to be so beautiful, with those white clouds that reminded me of cotton candy.



I just loved this photo of the water, the tree branches sweeping across the sky, and the manhattan skyline.



I loved this photo so much that I made a watercolor scene using the Waterlouge app!  Using this app makes your photos look like watercolor and sketched photos.





I just love this huge old tree with the museums in the background.  Soon spring will be here and this tree will be blooming full of leaves.  Is anyone excited about spring as much as me?



This is the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum which is located at 1071 5th Avenue.  Fifth Avenue is also known as Museum Mile.  The link to this museum can be found HERE.



This is the end of my short walk!  Thanks for coming along and I hope you all enjoyed this short walk with me.  If you have not been or visited the upper east side of Manhattan in New York City, then I suggest you come and have a visit.  There are so many museums to visit, restaurants, and of course shopping.  The spring and summer are a wonderful time of year to take a stroll and sightsee.

When was the last time you took a leisurely stroll?


Thanks everyone for stopping by and have a wonderful end 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 #91 & #90 Features

Monday, April 3, 2017

Cooking and Crafting with J & J Link Up


Easter is on it's way and we've definitely had some neat crafts linked up this past week! Oh, and don't forget all of the tasty Spring dishes too! My goodness...when are you all going to invite us over for a nice treat?! :) 

 And did I mention...JULIE IS BACK! :) WELCOME BACK JULIE!! Lets all have a great week and cannot wait to see what you all submit!

Thanks Jess and Everyone!  I'm so happy to be back and I can't wait to see all of your projects!


Please Visit Our Pinterest Features Board at:


Co-Hosts


Plucky's Second Thought



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Features


Jess' Picks:


Simply Stacie - BLT Salad


Culinary Envy - Spring Chicken Cookies


KBB Crafts - Felt Easter Peeps Basket

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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