Julie's Creative Lifestyle

Happy Halloween 2017

Tuesday, October 31, 2017




Hello Friends!  HAPPY HALLOWEEN!






I love celebrating Halloween in our house.  I also enjoy decorating the inside and outside of my house.  I do not like to put out any scary decorations either.  We like our decorations to be on the cute side.  

I usually decorate my mantel with fake fall leaves, pumpkins, and apples.  I fill up decorative crates with the handmade pumpkins that I crocheted for our house and for my friends.  I made them in the colors dark orange and white.  HERE is how you can create them.  I even made crocheted apples, and if you want to see them, just click HERE.

One year I crocheted a little white ghost.  I like to hang it from my mantel and if you would like to see how to crochet a ghost, then you can visit HERE.

When I decorate the outside of my house I usually decorate with pumpkins and mums on the steps of my stoop.  I have a few scarecrows in different colors that I mix in with the flowers and I like to put a ghost on my front door. 


Halloween Outside my House 2015


If you would like to can see that blog post I did back in 2015, then you can click HERE.


Wishing you all a happy and safe Halloween!

Don't eat too much candy.  LOL. 


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

Thanks everyone and enjoy!

Julie

Cooking and Crafting with J & J #121 and Features

Monday, October 30, 2017



You guys always make it so hard for us each week to choose the features!! 

 SO MANY FUN THINGS TO TRY TO EAT AND DRINK! :) 

 Hope you all have a great week...HAPPY HALLOWEEN!! :) No tricks this week...just some good treats!



Please Visit Our Pinterest Features Board at:


Co-Hosts

Plucky's Second Thought



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Features


Jess' Picks:



Fall Antique Wood Sign



Homemade Pumpkin Apple Butter recipe



French Onion Chicken Noodle Casserole recipe



Julie's Picks:



Frosted Ginger Cookies recipe



Fabric Pumpkin tutorial



Chicken and Mushroom Stuffed Acorn Squash recipe



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 Shopping Trip to Purl Soho in NYC

Wednesday, October 25, 2017


Hello friends.  I went to lunch at Jack's Wife Freda, in New York City, with my niece back in August.  I posted about this awesome restaurant recently.  If you missed that blog post, than you can read about my luncheon HERE.




We both decided after lunch to go yarn shopping at Purl Soho in New York City.  If you are not familiar with this store than you can read about it HERE.

My niece also loves yarn, and she likes to knit scarves, hats, and shawls.  We had so much fun visiting the store and when I asked if it was ok to take photos of a few things, they said yes!  Well, I took a lot of photos and I hope you enjoy looking at them.




The wall above and the window below were displayed with books, knitting kits, all kinds of colorful yarn, and fun creations.




On the opposite wall, there are large shelves, filled with so much fun and colorful yarn to choose from.

I spent a while looking at all of the yarn displayed on the shelves, and I happily decided to treat myself to some pretty yarn.  I bought three skeins of this yarn Alpaca Pure, in the color Gray Fig, to knit a scarf using the seed stitch.  The seed stitch is a nice stitch, but you have to be careful and pay attention as not to mix up the stitches.

I did not realize when I was paying for the yarn that I mistakenly picked up a skein of yarn that was $26, thinking that it was $19.  This will be a splurge present for myself when the scarf is finished.  I could of bought two skeins of yarn, but I am going to make either hand warmers or a cowl with my left over yarn.

I have not made a scarf for myself in a long time, because I almost always donate my creations to the church sale in November each year.




Below are some knitted hats on display.  Aren't they cute?  I love the beautiful stitching on the knitted grey and pale pink hats.




The store has some really neat books.  This one below is for arm knitting.  It sounds like a really interesting craft to try out.  I think this is great for people who don't know how to knit with knitting needles.



Arm Knitting Book


Weaving on looms seems to be all the rage right now.  Displayed below are small weaving looms.  There were so many shelves full of pretty fabrics to choose from for sewing projects.




Weaving Looms and Fabric



I thought the colorful string looked like fun to make bracelets.  The store has all kinds of different crafts to choose from.

They also have a huge wall to buy different knitting and crochet items, pom pom makers, embroidery, sewing, and weaving items.



Assorted colored string to make bracelets


Below are some pretty shaped pot holders that were on display.  I really love the colors of the cream and grey pot holders.



Rectangular Shaped Pot Holders


Don't these red and white round pot holders look awesome?  I am so inspired to make these round pot holders.  If you visit Purl's website HERE, than you can see all of their free patterns.  They have the pattern to make these potholders there.



More Pot Holders in a Round Shape


I have never made a shopping bag before, but I love the one below that they had on display.

I think those scarves made with the thick yarn would be fun to make too.  I love using thick yarn and large knitting needles to make cowls and scarves.




Thick scarves hanging and a bag full of yarn



I bought all of that yarn, and then the funny thing is my niece said that she wasn't going to buy anything at all in the store.  Well, I said that you have to since you came all this way, and you love yarn!  P.S.  My niece bought two skeins of yarn to knit a hat.

The store provides great service, which is that if you buy yarn then they will wind it for you for free.  You just can not return the yarn after that for any reason.

I can't wait to visit Purl Soho again for yarn shopping and lunch in Soho.

I hope I've inspired some of you to do some fall and winter crafting.  Do you have anything on your needles?  Do you have any yarn shops in your area that you love visiting?


Thanks so much for stopping by.  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 #120 and Features

Monday, October 23, 2017


Are you ready for HALLOWEEN?! IT'S ALMOST HERE!! 

 Definitely check out the amazing-ness below that our awesome submitters want to share with you all!! 

 We just love each and every one of you talented bloggers!! :)



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Co-Hosts

Plucky's Second Thought



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Features



Jess' Picks:



Bisquick Beer Biscuits recipe



Stuffed Pepper Casserole recipe



Instant Pot Pressure Cooker Corn Chowder recipe


Julie's Picks:



Easy Weeknight Stop Top Vegetarian Chili recipe



Hats in the Round



Little Breakfast Treat - Garden Station DIY



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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Banana Bread Recipe

Wednesday, October 18, 2017




Hello friends and Happy Fall.  

I love baking all kinds of breads during the fall and winter months.  

Today I have an easy recipe to make Banana Bread.




This recipe does not have any walnuts in it, but you can add them or anything else extra that you might like.  

When I baked this bread, I used one half cup of whole wheat flour, but if you only have regular flour that is fine to use too.


Yield: makes one loaf

Banana Bread Recipe

prep time: 10 MINScook time: 55 MINStotal time: 65 mins
This is an easy and delicious banana bread recipe.

INGREDIENTS:


  • 2 to 3 ripe bananans, peeled
  • 1/3 cup melted butter
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • pinch of salt
  • 1/2 cup of sugar
  • 1 large egg, beaten
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup of flour
  • 1/2 cup of whole wheat flour

INSTRUCTIONS:


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit and butter a 4x8 inch loaf pan.
  2. In a mixing bowl, mash ripe bananas with a fork until completely smooth. Stir the melted butter into the mashed bananas.
  3. Mix in the baking soda and salt. Stir in sugar, beaten egg, and vanilla extract. Mix in the flour.
  4. Pour the batter into your prepared loaf pan. Bake for 50 minutes to 1 hour at 350 degrees F, or until tester inserted into the center comes out clean.
  5. Remove from oven and let cool in the pan for a few minutes. Then remove the banana bread from the pan and let cool completely before serving.
  6. Slice and serve.
Created using The Recipes Generator


I hope you all enjoy this banana bread recipe as much as my family does.  




Thanks for stopping by!  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 #119 & Features

Monday, October 16, 2017


We love having each of you here each and every week!! This Link Up wouldn't be what it is without all of you! So this is our time to say thanks! :) 

Now check out the amazing, talented bloggers below! :)


Please Visit Our Pinterest Features Board at:


Co-Hosts

Plucky's Second Thought



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Features



Jess' Picks:



DIY Football Snack Bags tutorial and Tailgating Party Tips



Halloween Candle Mug Craft tutorial



Pancake Mix recipe for Pumpkin Spice Cupcakes



Julie's Picks:



Fall Sweater Wreath tutorial



Hawaii Pork Hash recipe



Halloween Mantel with Black and White



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 Visit to Jack's Wife Freda - Soho

Wednesday, October 11, 2017


Jack's Wife Freda - Soho Lafayette location


Hello friends.  I love visiting different parts of New York City.  I was recently there with my niece and we went to Soho.  I love going to Soho as there are so many designer boutiques, big chain stores, art galleries, high end restaurants, and nightlife.

What I like to do best, is to go have lunch, and then do some retail shopping.  😀

We went there at the end of August and we decided to have lunch at the restaurant Jack's Wife Freda.  This popular restaurant was recommended by my teen, who has been there with her friends for lunch.

The day we met for lunch, the weather was nice and warm, and I took this photo while waiting for my niece to arrive.  It's such a small and cute place to eat and they had some tables set outside.

If you do decide to visit this restaurant, it can get really busy, since it's so small inside.  You might have to wait outside, but we were lucky as there was no wait for a table.



Jack's Wife Freda



Below is a small map of the location to the restaurant Jack's Wife Freda, located on Lafayette Street, in Soho.  The streets are narrow, and some of them are even cobblestone streets, and the area has so many small shops and restaurants.






We both decided to sit inside to eat our lunch.  I took a quick photo of the menu.  The food is just so good and I love the breakfast and lunch menu.  The food is American-Mediterranean and they have a wonderful food selection to choose from.

The next time I visit I hope to sample the dinner menu.



Part of the lunch menu at Jack's Wife Freda - Soho



Shown below is a sample of the dinner menu at the Lafayette Street location.  The other location of the restaurant is on Carmine Street.





I really liked the breakfast (not shown on this menu) and lunch selection of food.  The decision was made, we both decide to eat breakfast since it was early afternoon.


Mediterranean Breakfast


I chose the mediterranean breakfast.  It consisted of two eggs over easy, a chopped salad, with avocado and pita bread.  I had fresh ice tea to drink that I really enjoyed.

My niece picked the breakfast bowl (sorry no photo of that) and that consisted of eggs, quinoa, kale, spaghetti squash, and avocado and a fresh watermelon drink.


Mediterranean Breakfast at Jack's Wife Freda - Soho


The restaurant even has a cookbook that you can buy and make some of their delicious recipes!






Have you been to the restaurant Jack's Wife Freda yet?  I'd love to know.


Jack's Wife Freda



If you have visited any other restaurants in New York City that you like, please let know in the comments section.



Thanks for the visit today.  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