Julie's Creative Lifestyle

Making Pesto Sauce From Basil

Wednesday, August 16, 2017




I love growing basil each summer.  It's so easy to plant and it grows very fast.  A few years ago I did a blog post on making pesto sauce from the basil seeds that we planted.

This year I bought the little basil plant (shown above) from Home Depot's garden section and planted it in a large container.


It's so easy to make pesto sauce, and below are all the ingredients you need to make your own.  Some recipes call for pine nuts, but I leave them out of my recipe.




I added the ingredients to my NutriBullet, and then blended it for a few seconds.

**  If you do not have a NutriBullet, you can blend yours in the blender or food processor.




Below you can see how it's blended in the NutriBullet.




The pesto sauce can be made in minutes!  Below you can find the recipe to make your own Pesto Sauce.







Yield: 1 cup

Homemade Pesto Sauce

prep time: 15 MINScook time: 15 MINStotal time: 30 mins
You can make this easy homemade pesto sauce using fresh basil leaves.

INGREDIENTS:


  • 2 cups fresh basil leaves
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 3 garlic cloves
  • salt to taste
  • pepper to taste

INSTRUCTIONS:


  1. Combine all of the ingredients in a food processor or blender. Pulse for a few times.
  2. Stop and scrape down the sides with a plastic spatula. Done!
  3. Serve over cooked pasta.
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Below you will find a chart for how long you can keep Pesto in the refrigerator or freezer.




I made the pesto sauce and then added it to Rotini pasta.  This pesto pasta dish tasted so good and fresh.  It's perfect for a summer dinner, and it can be used as a side dish to chicken, fish, and meat.





I hope you enjoy making and eating pesto sauce as much as we do!


Thanks everyone for stopping by.  I hope you enjoy the rest of the week and weekend.

I will be ready to help co-host Jess 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 and #109 Features

Monday, August 14, 2017

Cooking and Crafting with J & J Features #109



Welcome to all the new participants! So glad to have each and every one of you here!! So much fun meeting new and talented bloggers.

Julie will be taking another week off for personal reasons, but lets all send HUGE hugs to Julie!! Have a great week and cannot wait to see what you're all up to!

To Link Up to Link Party #110 Please visit Jess HERE .




Co-Hosts

Plucky's Second Thought



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Features


Jess' Picks:




How to Make Bakewell Meringues



Italian Scalloped Tomatoes



DIY Tray from an Old Coke Crate


Julie's Picks:




Bees!



Floral Arrangement Ideas



Black Bean & Mushroom "Meatballs"


To Link Up to Link Party #110 Please Visit Jess at her blog HERE.


Thanks Julie

Double Crochet V Stitch Scarf

Wednesday, August 9, 2017



Hello friends.  I'm happy to be back from my blog break!

Back in May I learned how to crochet the seed stitch and you can read that post HERE.  Well, I am on a roll and I wanted to learn another new crochet stitch.  I wanted to make a scarf using the Double Crochet V Stitch.

I found the Double Crochet V Stitch very easy to learn, and I had this scarf made in only two sittings!  I love working on projects that do not take a long time to make.

This is such a fun stitch to learn and above is the link to learn this stitch.  You can also find a pictured tutorial on how to learn the double crochet V stitch in this book HERE.


Double Crochet V Stitch


I searched Pinterest to find an easy pattern using the double crochet V stitch to make this scarf.  The link to this pattern can be found HERE.

This pattern was so easy to follow and I love the way the scarf came out.  I enjoy crocheting simple and not too large of a project in the summer months too.  I usually will make scarves, cotton dish clothes, or pot holders, since the yarn is cotton like the ones I made HERE.

I used Red Heart White worsted weight yarn and a US I crochet hook.  You can use this scarf pattern, found above, and use any colored yarn you like.

I started another scarf in this stitch using a variegated yarn from Red Heart - Icelandic E300_3952 that can be found HERE.





I will be donating this scarf to our crochet sale that we will be having at our church this fall.  I love making homemade crochet and knit scarves and cowls.  I think they are my favorites to make.

Since I donate a lot of the crochet projects I make during the year, I love to make fast and easy projects like this scarf I made. 

Hope you have fun making a double crochet V stitch scarf!


Thanks for stopping by and enjoy the rest of the week and weekend.

Jess and I look forward to seeing 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 #109 and Features

Monday, August 7, 2017

Cooking and Crafting with J & J


Was so fun looking at all of your submissions this week and getting to know some of you as well! We have so many talented bloggers that show up each and every week to make this Link Up what it is and we couldn't do it without each and every one of you!! :) 

 Julie is back!! WELCOME BACK JULIE!! :) 

 Let's all have a great week and we cannot wait to see what you're all up to!


Please Visit Our Pinterest Features Board at:


Co-Hosts


Plucky's Second Thought



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Features



Jess' Picks:



Gluten-free Dairy-free Hot Chicken Parmesan Sandwiches



Cinnamon Cream Cheese Dip



Homemade Cheese-its


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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Cooking and Crafting with J & J #107 Features & ANNOUNCEMENT

Monday, July 31, 2017

Cooking and Crafting with J & J #107 Features
and ANNOUNCEMENT




What a great week for submissions! We loved checking out each and everyone of the recipes and projects! 

 Looks like you guys are having so much fun this summer!! :) 



 I will be taking the week off, but Jess will be here to host another Link Up as we'll welcome Julie back next week!! :) 

TO LINK UP THIS WEEK, PLEASE VISIT JESS AT PLUCKY'S SECOND THOUGHT HERE


 Have a great week and cannot wait to see what you're all up to!


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



Co-Hosts


Plucky's Second Thought

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Features

Jess' Picks:




The Best Stewed Tomatoes Ever




DIY Vintage Books




Cheesy Pull-apart Garlic Rolls



Julie's Picks:




How To Create A Cottage Style Garden




Mediterranean Cod Sheet Pan Dinner Recipe




Pastel Rainbow Baby Blanket




ANNOUNCEMENT!

I WILL BE TAKING THE WEEK OFF FROM THE LINK PARTY AND BLOGGING!

IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO LINK UP TO THE LINK PARTY #108, PLEASE VISIT JESS HERE


THANKS EVERYONE AND SEE YOU ALL BACK HERE ON MONDAY AUGUST 7TH!


Julie

Various NYX Cosmetics

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Hello friends.  It's it's been a while since I did a makeup post!

I love NYX Cosmetics and there is a store in my area that I love visiting once at least once a month.  When I visit the store, I usually buy maybe one or two items at a time.

I now have a small collection of NYX Cosmetics that I'd love to share with you.


Various NYX Cosmetics



NYX Lingerie

 NYX Lingerie - Photo Above

I love this matte lip gloss so much and it goes on smooth and dries to a matte finish.  This lip gloss will last on my lips for hours (which I LOVE!).  The lip colors range in the nude family.  The price of them is normally about $7.  To see the link for these matte lip glosses, you can click HERE.

The 1st lip color - Bedtime Flirt - This is a very light tan nude color.
The 2nd lip color - Exotic - This looks like a dark peach color.


NYX HD Eye Shadow Base


NYX HD Eye Shadow Base - Photo Above

This is a nice base that glides on your eye lids smooth and then dries within a few minutes.  When you apply this base to your eye lids you only need a small amount of it, like a dot.  I like this eye shadow base but it's not my favorite.  The reason why is because I tend to have very oily eyelids and this works just ok on me.  This eye shadow base costs $7.  You can read more about this product HERE.



NYX Lip Liner


NYX Matte Lip Liner - Photo Above - This is the 1st lip liner at the top of the photo.

I used to use an Avon lip liner that I loved for years but have since changed to this lip liner.  This matte lip liner works well when applied to my lips, and it comes in many colors.  I really love that these lipliners only cost $4.  I use this lip liner before I apply any type of lipstick or lipgloss.  I always use a natural colored lip liner to go with any color lipstick or lipgloss.  Click HERE to read more about this matte lip liner.


NYX Lip Liner - Photo Above - This is the 2nd lip liner at the bottom of the photo.

I like this lip liner but it goes on very light and is almost a nude color.  It goes well with my matte NYX lip glosses.  It works well to keep my lip glosses in place without having the gloss bleed outside of my lips.

The 1st matte lip liner is the color - Soft Spoken 
The 2nd lip liner is the color - Peekaboo Neutral


Have you used any NYX Cosmetics before?  I'd love to know.

I highly recommend visiting a store that sells these cosmetics.  I know you won't be disappointed! 😀



Thanks for stopping by and enjoy the rest of the week and weekend.


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

Thanks everyone and enjoy!

Julie


Cooking and Crafting with J & J #107 and #106 Features

Monday, July 24, 2017

Cooking and Crafting with J & J


August is right around the corner, that means School is almost back in session and Summer is almost over! HOW SAD!! :( 

 Why not celebrate and create some amazing crafts and dishes to close out the summer?! 

 We definitely have had some great submissions for you all to check out!! ENJOY YOUR WEEK! :)


Please Visit Our Pinterest Features Board at:





Co-Hosts

Plucky's Second Thought



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Features


Jess' Picks:



Copycat Samoas




Painted Vintage Clock




Creamy Chicken Noodles



Julie's Picks:



Slow Cooker Greek Lamb




Back to School Teacher Gifts: Pineapple Coconut Sugar Scrub




Lackluster Lingerie Chest is Now Pretty in Pink



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

Baked Cod Fish Recipe

Wednesday, July 19, 2017




Hello everyone, I hope you all had a great summer.

Well, with the warmer weather here, now is the perfect time to have fish for dinner.

I love making fish for dinner during the summer months and it cooks up so fast and it's really healthy for you too.

Eating fish is an important source of omega-3 fatty acids. These essential nutrients keep our heart and brain healthy. Two omega-3 fatty acids found in fish are EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid) and DHA (docosahexaenoic acid). Our bodies don't produce omega-3 fatty acids so we must get them through the food we eat.


Below are the cod fish filets that I added to a large pan.  Inside the pan I added lemon juice and water.



Next I added bread crumbs sprinkled on top of each cod fish fillet.



To each piece of fish I added small dabs of butter.  In the photo below, the butter is already melting on top of the fish.



This is how the fish looks when it's all done baking in the oven.

If you do not wish to make the fish in the oven, then you can grill the fish.  This will be the next way that I will try and prepare the cod fish.

You can make whatever fish you like.  Flounder is also a good fish to bake this way.




I love serving the cod fish with vegetables and rice.  We always have a big salad with our dinner too.

I usually like to serve the fish with brown rice, but I had white rice left over from chinese food that we had for dinner another night.

To reheat the rice, I just put the rice in a large dish and add water and butter to that.  I put the cover on the dish and I heat it up for a few minutes in the microwave oven.

In our house we don't like to waste food.  I even sometimes put a little bit of rice mixed in with our dog Bosco's dry dog food.  He loves that.  😀

I hope you like this baked cod fish recipe.  It's so good even my teen loves it for dinner.

**  If you don't feel like baking your fish than you can also grill it.  This is another easy way to make cod fish.  You just take tin foil and spray with cooking spray, and add the fish to that, wrap it up and grill for a few minutes.








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Baked Cod Fish
This is the perfect light and healthy meal to make for dinner.
Ingredients
  • 1 pan
  • 5 cod fish filets
  • 1/2 cup bread crumbs
  • small pieces butter
  • 1/2 cup lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup water
Instructions
Set oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Take a large baking pan and add lemon juice and water to the bottom of pan. Add fish filet and sprinkle a small amount of lemon juice to each piece of fish. Next add bread crumbs to fill up each piece of fish. Now add small dabs of butter to each piece of fish. Bake for 25 minutes. Done. Enjoy!
Details
Prep time: Cook time: Total time: Yield: 3 servings




Thanks for stopping by!

Don't forget to join Jess and I 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