Julie's Creative Lifestyle

2020 January Bucket List

Monday, January 13, 2020


Hello blog friends.

Today I'm thinking about a bucket list of things I hope to do for January now that things have quieted down from the holidays.





1.  Drink Hot Chocolate


I am usually a coffee drinker but I plan on spending one afternoon relaxing with a mug of hot chocolate and marshmallows.  YUM!

2.  Dream Of Being On The Beach


I love looking back and remembering how we took our family vacation and went to the beach last year in Vietnam.

3.  Plan Our Next Vacation  
We can start to plan and think about where we would like to take our next family vacation.

4.  Read a Good Book  


I look forward to reading a new book for 2020.  I enjoy spending my afternoons reading a few chapters in a good book.

5.  Make Homemade Soup


I plan on making a lot of homemade soups like my instant pot lentil soup recipe.

6.  Organize My Home  
Now that the holidays are over I want to organize the house.  I plan to organize my holiday decorations and other areas in the house.

7.  Cook and Eat Healthy Food


I plan to cook healthy foods for dinner like my easy baked codfish recipe.

8.  Get Back into My Exercise Routine


I plan to keep a daily routine at the gym.  I hope to use my elliptical machine when there are days that I can't get to the gym due to bad weather. 

9.  Have a Spa Day
I would like to have one day where I can have a spa day.  I want to have a facial since my face gets very dry in the winter.  Going to the nail salon to have a manicure/pedicure is always fun and relaxing for me.


10.  Watch Netflix Shows


I like watching some of my favorite Netflix shows and I also want to add some new shows or movies to my list.  One of the shows I enjoy watching with my husband is Jerry Seinfeld's Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee when we both need a good laugh.  This holiday season my husband I watched The Irishman and The Two Popes. We both enjoyed watching these good movies together.  Please be warned that The Irishman is a LONG movie if you want to see it.  It's 3 hours and 30 minutes long, but worth watching!  Do you have any good shows or movies to recommend?


What are some things on your Bucket List for January?




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


Julie




Read more »

Most Popular Posts From 2019

Monday, January 6, 2020


Hello blog friends.  HAPPY NEW YEAR!  

I had a great time celebrating the holidays with family and friends and I hope you did too.  I missed all you and now it's time to get back to blogging.

WOW!  It's my first blog post of 2020!  This is the first time I'm doing a recap of my Top 10 Most Popular Blog Posts.

I thought it'd be fun to take a look at those blog posts again.




























 THANK YOU BLOG FRIENDS!  It's because of you that I continue to blog.  I appreciate all of your visits to my blog and your comments.    

I hope you enjoyed looking at my top 10 blog posts from last year.  It was a blast blogging in 2019, and I'm hoping for the same in 2020.      

HAPPY 2020!





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


Julie


Read more »

Christmas Wishes 2019

Monday, December 23, 2019



Hello blog friends.  

Are you all ready for Christmas?



Well, things are starting to slow down here at 
Julie's Creative Lifestyle.




I will be taking a blogging break to spend time with family and friends.  

I'll be attending some holiday parties and celebrating my birthday.  






Wishing you all a happy holiday filled with wonderful moments.  

Have a Merry Christmas 

And



See you all in the New Year!

Julie xo



Read more »

Yummy Carrot Cake Recipe

Monday, December 9, 2019


Hello blog friends.  

I have this delicious carrot cake recipe to share with you.



During the late summer, my college girl had some friends visiting from out of town.  They decided one evening that they wanted to bake a carrot cake.   The cake they baked tasted so good that I thought it would be a nice dessert idea to serve for the holidays.




If you follow my notes in the recipe, baking this cake is even easier.

I hope you enjoy baking this easy and moist carrot cake.  Your guests will love this cake as much as my family.





CARROT CAKE RECIPE

*  The recipe was found at Live Well Bake Often and made by college girl and her friends.





INGREDIENTS:

For Carrot Cake:

2 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup vegetable oil
4 large eggs - room temperature
1 1/2 cup light brown sugar
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
3 cups grated carrots, lightly packed

For Cream Cheese Frosting:

1 (8 oz.) package brick-style cream cheese, softened to room temperature
1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened to room temperature
2 cups powdered sugar
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

DIRECTIONS:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.  Spray two 9-inch round cake pans well with non-stick cooking spray and set aside.  In a large mixing bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, and salt until well combined.  Set aside.  In a separate large mixing bowl, whisk together oil, eggs, brown sugar, granulated sugar, applesauce, and vanilla extract until fully combined.  Add the grated carrots into the wet ingredients and mix until well combined.  Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and mix with a whisk until well combined, making sure not to over mix the batter.  Pour the cake batter evenly between both prepared pans.  Bake at 350 degrees F for 30-35 minutes or until the tops of the cake are set and a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.  Remove from oven, transfer to a wire rack, and allow to cool in pans for 20-25 minutes.  Once the cakes have cooled, remove the pans and return the cake to the wire rack to finish cooling.

To Make Cream Cheese Frosting:

In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, or in a large mixing bowl using a hand-held mixer, beat the cream cheese until smooth.  Add the butter and mix for 30 seconds - 1 minute until well combined and smooth.  Add in the powdered sugar and vanilla extract and continue mixing until fully combined scraping down the sides of the bowl as needed.

To Assemble the Cake:

Level the tops of each cake with a knife or cake leveler.  Place one of the cakes on a cake stand, top with a little over 1/2 cup of frosting, and smooth it out into one layer.  Place the other cake on top and use the remaining frosting to frost the top and sides of the cake.  Top with pecans or other toppings of choice if desired.


NOTES:  This is where we changed around part of the recipe.  This is what we used to make the cake.

For Easy Cream Cheese Frosting:  

1 can Betty Crocker Cream Cheese Frosting or Duncan Hines Cream Cheese Frosting
1 Bundt Pan - Sprayed with Cooking Spray



                                                                               
YUMMY CARROT CAKE




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


Julie

Read more »

Successful Crochet Sale 2019

Thursday, December 5, 2019


Hello blog friends.

We had our annual Christmas Knit/Crochet sale recently that was held at our church fair.  I'm happy to report that our sale was a success.




We had one table filled with so many knit and crochet items that we all made for the sale.


The club meets each week to work on the items we make throughout the year.

We had a $1 raffle for the sweater, hat, and scarf set, which was a great idea.  The sister that used to run the club has retired.  Our new head of our club fashioned the sweater set as seen below.

One of the happy customers buying a raffle ticket.





The ladies work so hard throughout the year knitting and crocheting for the sale.

You can see the huge amount of knit and crochet items we all made. 




The happy winner can be seen below fashioning her new sweater and hat set that she won.


I couldn't wait until Christmas to give Bosco his new blanket.  One of the talented ladies in our group made his new blanket.  Bosco is happy to lay on this new warm and cozy blanket.  



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

 



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


Julie

Read more »

Crochet Christmas Mittens Ornament

Monday, December 2, 2019



Hello blog friends.  Happy December! 🎁

I am so excited to share with you these Crochet Christmas Mitten Ornaments I made!



I wanted to crochet something cute to add to my Christmas tree and to give out to friends.





I was so happy when I found these cute mini crochet Christmas mittens to crochet at the blog Posh Pooch Designs.

This crochet designer has an awesome website with so many free crochet patterns and a YouTube channel.





I started making these back in October to give me enough time to make as many as I wanted.  The fun part about this project is that they work up fast.




You can use yarn in any color scheme that you like.  This is the perfect way to use up any leftover yarn.

These mittens make the cutest gifts for Christmas.  You could add money or even candy to put inside the pocket.  

I hope I have inspired you to make these ornaments.


CROCHET CHRISTMAS MITTENS ORNAMENT



WHAT YOU'LL NEED:


INSTRUCTIONS:

YARN:  Acrylic yarn in any color you like
CROCHET HOOK:  US size I - (it's what I used)
PATTERN:  HERE 
NEEDLE:  To weave in ends
SCISSOR:  Use to cut yarn



CROCHET CHRISTMAS MITTENS ORNAMENT




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


Julie

Read more »

Happy Thanksgiving 2019

Monday, November 18, 2019


Hello blog friends.

I wanted to wish you all a Happy Thanksgiving early.  

I will be hosting Thanksgiving at my house this year.  I will be busy cleaning, food shopping, and cooking.




I will be cooking a delicious turkey and many more side dishes.





I made Corn Pudding Muffins for Thanksgiving last year and I'm sharing the recipe with you again.





CORN PUDDING MUFFINS

Serves:  24 Muffins and Plus 12 Mini Muffins



INGREDIENTS:

2 - 8.5 oz. packages of Jiffy cornbread mix
1 - 14.75 oz. can creamed corn
1 - 15.25 oz. can corn - drained
1/2 cup milk
1/2 cup sour cream
2 eggs - beaten
salt and pepper to taste
muffin cup liners

DIRECTIONS:

Heat oven to 350 degrees F.  Add all of the ingredients into a large bowl.  Stir until everything is combined.  The batter should be lumpy.  Line muffin pan with liners.  Pour batter into cups until 2/3 is full.  Bake in 350 degrees F oven for 25 - 35 minutes.  It's done when toothpick is inserted and it comes out clean.





YUMMY CORN PUDDING MUFFINS



HAVE A HAPPY THANKSGIVING!

I hope you all have a wonderful time celebrating with family and friends. 




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


Julie
Read more »