Julie's Creative Lifestyle

Niagara Falls - Part 2

Wednesday, April 26, 2017


Welcome back to Part 2 of my Niagara Falls, New York vacation.  If this is your first time visiting this post about my Niagara Falls trip, then you can click HERE to read all about the start of our vacation and Part 1.


niagara falls trip @ Julie's Creative Lifestyle

We arrived at Niagara Falls in the early evening after a long train ride from New York City.  The Amtrak train - Maple Leaf - took us about 10 hours due to some train troubles.  The train should of taken about 8 1/2 hours without delays, but it was worth it.

We were able to see pretty views along the way and we did not have to worry about driving our car.  I liked that we could relax and be able to read, walk around, there were restrooms, and also available were various drinks and snacks to purchase, and free wifi.

To read more about Niagara Falls you can click the link HERE.  We had dinner and then decided to take a short walk from the restaurant to the Falls.

Below you can see it was getting dark.  Across the falls you can see the Skyline Tower, which is an observation tower, all lit up in green because it was St. Patrick's Day, March 17, 2017.

niagara falls @ Julie's Creative Lifestyle

The beautiful Niagara Falls at night time, and across the falls is Canada.

niagara falls @ Julie's Creative Lifestyle

I really love the way the falls looked all lit up in red.  Below the falls there was a boat that had a huge light that showed up a red color that lit up the falls.  It made the water falls look so pretty.

niagara falls at Julie's Creative Lifestyle


That night when we arrived back at our hotel room after our walk to the falls, we saw an awesome fire works display right outside our hotel window.  The show lasted for about 25 minutes and it was so nice to watch and see the fire works light up the sky.

The next morning we could see that it was snowing out and this was our view outside our hotel room, Wingate by Wyndham.

You can see one of Niagara Falls oldest churches, called St. Mary of the Cataract, and you can see the Seneca Niagara Resort & Casino in the distance.


Another view below looking outside our hotel window to the left.  That large building was also where we walked for our awesome St. Patrick's Day dinner at the Third Street Retreat Eatery and Pub.  We had an awesome dinner and green beer to celebrate the occassion.


After we had our breakfast in the lobby, and we were happy that it was included in our stay, we took a 15 minute walk down to the falls.

The view was not too clear due to the snow that was falling, but it still looked beautiful.  If you look right across the falls you can see the clouds covering part of the Skylon Tower.


Below is the view looking across the falls into Canada.


Even though parts of the falls were covered in snow it looked so beautiful.  I thought that we were going to get soaked from the water but we were lucky that it wasn't windy out.

niagara falls at Julie's Creative Lifestyle

The weather was cold but we were bundled up.  It was kind of nice to be sightseeing during off season and not be hot and sweating in the summertime.

We had plenty of room to go right up to the rails and look at the falls without large crowds blocking our view.

niagara falls at Julie's Creative Lifestyle

niagara falls at Julie's Creative Lifestyle


I really enjoyed the two days we had visiting Niagara Falls.  I hope I have inspired you to visit this beautiful scenic spot sometime for your next vacation.

Have you ever been to Niagara Falls?  I'd love to know.


Wishing you all 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 #94 & #93 Features

Monday, April 24, 2017

Cooking and Crafting with J & J


Summer is right around the corner! Can you feel it?! 

 We certainly can tell from the submissions this week! :) 

 So many great ones to choose from! You all are awesome!!



Please Visit Our Pinterest Features Board At:



Co-Hosts

Plucky's Second Thought



unnamed



Features



Jess' Picks:



Tin Can Pine Cone Planeters



Cracker Barrel Chicken Casserole



Creamy Red Potato Salad


Julie's Picks:



Pork Roast with Spicy Peanut Sauce



No Greenhouse? No Problem!



Fire Pit with Pea Gravel and Pavers


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

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




Cooking and Crafting with J & J #93 & #92 Features

Monday, April 17, 2017

Cooking and Crafting with J & J


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



unnamed



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!! :)



Cooking and Crafting with J & J Link Up

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

Cooking and Crafting with J & J #92 & 91 Features

Monday, April 10, 2017

Cooking and Crafting with J & J

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:
Cooking and Crafting with J & J




Co-Hosts

Plucky's Second Thought



unnamed



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!! :)



Cooking and Crafting with J & J Link Up