Julie's Creative Lifestyle

Costco Find - Avocado Oil

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

I have a blog friend Heather, who blogs at Our Life in a Click , who does blog posts from time to time on different Costco finds that she loves and she shares about them.

I thought that would be fun and that I would do a blog post and share what I have found and love there too!


One a recent trip to Costco I found this avocado oil which I love.  I use it for cooking and I put it in my salads with vinegar.

Avocado oil is supposed to be really healthy for you, and if you would like to read more about this product you can here.


 


When I visited Heather's blog Our Life In a Click recently, she had shared here about Mateo's Gourmet Salsa.



I am constantly shopping in Costco and I was so happy when Heather suggested to try out this salsa.  

We love salsa and chips to snack on in our house.  I went out and bought this for our family, and we all really love it.  It tastes so good and has a little bit of a kick but to it and yet it's not too spicy.

Thanks Heather for suggesting this salsa, as you can see by the photo above, we really like it.

I hope to also share in the future some Costco finds that I love too.

Have you tried any of these products from Costco?


Thanks for stopping by and I hope you enjoy the rest 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 #112 & Features

Monday, August 28, 2017

Cooking and Crafting with J & J


We had SO MANY new Link Ups last week and we want to welcome each and every one of you!! SO much fun to have you and to see what you all have been up to recently! 

 It's back to school time so there's been a lot of fun crafts and treats that have been shared! :) Have a great week and cannot wait to see what you're all up to!


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Co-Hosts

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Jess' Picks:



DIY Industrial Pipe Desk Shelves



Cotton Wreath Made from a Cotton Garland



Puff Pastry Individual Tomato Tarts



Julie's Picks:



Golden Pineapple Tablescape



Master Linen Closet Makeover



Pinterest Inspired Recipe-Tortellini Olive Salad


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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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Corn on the Cob Made in Minutes

Wednesday, August 23, 2017




Hello friends.  I love eating corn on the cob and back in the middle of June, I did a blog post on making corn on the cob in the crock pot.  To see that blog post, it can be found here.  

Well one of my blog buddies, Linda from Life and Linda, left me a comment saying this:

Hi Julie, it is always great to find different ways to cook food. i haven't tried that one yet, but i always appreciate more helpful hints. I also use the microwave with wax paper. 1-2 minutes each in the microwave does wonders.




I did not know I could make the corn on the cob in the microwave oven!  

I decided to try it out, and boy does it just taste delicious and it cooks so fast.  I have been cooking my corn on the cob, in a large pot filled with water, then cooking it for about 20 minutes in boiling water until done.

Wow, I wish I had known about this years ago.  If you read this Linda, thanks so much for this easy way to cook corn on the cob.  I also want to thank you for all of your help with the recipe generator.  I  love the way this recipe looks!


Below you will find a fast and easy recipe to make Corn on the Cob in the Microwave Oven.






Yield: 4

Microwave Corn on the Cob

prep time: 10 MINScook time: 8 MINStotal time: 18 mins
You can have corn on the cob made in minutes.

INGREDIENTS:

Microwave Corn on the Cob
  • corn
  • wax paper

INSTRUCTIONS:


  1. Shuck fresh corn. Wrap each ear of corn in wax paper. Microwave for 2 minutes per ear of corn. (For 4 ears of corn - 8 minutes).
  2. Remove from microwave and open carefully. Done.
Created using The Recipes Generator




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

Jess and I will see you all 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 #111 and Features

Monday, August 21, 2017

Cooking and Crafting with J & J


Summer is wrapping up really quick...sad isn't it? However we're starting to see some amazing Fall recipes and crafts being submitted! SO MUCH FUN! 

Who doesn't love Fall flavors and activities?! We cannot wait to see what else you guys start submitting within the next few months! :)



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Jess' Picks:




Cream of Soup mix



How to Make a Dried Hydrangea Wreath



Meyer Lemon 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 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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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.
Created using The Recipes Generator




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 .




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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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