Julie's Creative Lifestyle

Hello First Day of Spring 2019

Wednesday, March 20, 2019




HELLO BLOG FRIENDS.

GOODBYE WINTER, HELLO SPRING!





Yay!  We all survived the winter and today is the first day of Spring!





Spring is one of my favorite seasons.  I love that the weather starts to get warmer and flowers start to bloom.

I also like that it stays lighter outside and it gets darker later in the evening.




It seems like after a long winter you see more people out and this is when I enjoy taking long walks with my dog Bosco.  Even Bosco seems to have a pep in his walk and we seem to meet a lot of other people walking their dogs too.







Spring is the time of year, when it is summer in the sun and winter in the shade.
- Charles Dickens




Wishing you all a wonderful first day of Spring!




Hope you all have a great day and see you all soon.







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Julie


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Cooking and Crafting with J & J #184 and Features

Monday, March 18, 2019



We hope you all had a fabulous St Patty's day! 

 Next up?? EASTER! Lets see what you all are up to!



Co-Hosts


Plucky's Second Thought



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Features


Jess' Picks:




 
Bingo cards Printable freebie


Julie's Picks:


 
Easy Soft Tone Spring Tablescape


 
Crochet Face Scrubbie



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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Happy St. Patrick's Day 2019

Friday, March 15, 2019



Hello blog friends.  I love celebrating St. Patrick's Day and for the past few years I've posted this recipe for Irish Soda Bread on the blog.  


Irish Soda Bread is one of my favorite breads and I was so happy when this recipe was given to me by our friend and his mom who was from Ireland.




This recipe is so simple and easy to make and tastes best made warm right out of the oven and smothered with some butter.




I bake this bread every year and I hope you will enjoy this Irish Soda Bread recipe as much as we do.





IRISH SODA BREAD RECIPE

INGREDIENTS:

3 cups regular flour
1 egg
1 1/3 cups buttermilk
1/2 stick margarine
1 cup raisins
1/4 box caraway seeds
3 teaspoons baking powder 
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup sugar
(Dash of nutmeg or cinnamon - if desired)

DIRECTIONS:

All ingredients at room temperature

Use shallow greased 9" baking tin.  Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.  Bring raisins to boiling point only.  Drain and cool.  Sift together all dry ingredients.  Rub in margarine.  Beat egg and buttermilk together.  Add to mixture using a wooden spoon.  Fold in raisins.  Mixture will be on the dry side- light dough.  Roll into baking tin.  Smooth top with spoon.  Bake 15-20 minutes at 400 degrees.  Reduce temperature to 350 degrees for 35-40 minutes.  Cool on rack thoroughly.  Glaze with melted sugar (2 tablespoons) in 1/2 oz. boiling water.  Top of cake only, sprinkle top with cinnamon sugar.  Slice and serve with butter.

Enjoy!

**  NOTE:  I did not use the caraway seeds or the sugar glaze on top of bread that the recipe calls for, and it still tasted amazing.







Have a wonderful Friday and weekend.


WISHING YOU ALL A HAPPY ST. PATRICK'S DAY!






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Julie

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Three Things - March

Tuesday, March 12, 2019



Hello blog friends.  Welcome to Three Things March.

I am joining Laura from The Horton Family for her Three Things Series.  Laura doesn't have a link party, but we all write and answer the writing prompts for each month.  It will be posted on the second Monday of the month.

I am sharing mine today since I co-host with Jess on Monday's the blog party Cooking and Crafting with J & J.

Here are the Three Things Question and Answer Prompts.



1.  Do you believe in luck?  Why or why not?



Yes, I believe in luck.  What I believe is that we make our own luck.  I really think that your approach and attitude to life makes a big difference in how things will turn out for you.   If we are an unhappy person or have a bad attitude than bad and unlucky things will happen in your life.  I believe that if you are a happy person, have a good attitude, then good things will happen to us and we will be a lucky person.  I feel so lucky to have a fun loving husband, daughter, and friends.  Of course, I also feel so lucky to have you as my blog friends.


2.  What was your favorite thing about yesterday or today?


My favorite thing was going out for breakfast with my husband to a local Italian eatery.  They have the best food and desserts and it's a favorite spot for many in our neighborhood.  I enjoyed spending some time with my husband and catching up with what is new.  I had for breakfast a spinach frittata and my husband and I shared a toasted prosciutto bagel with coffee.  Needless to say, it was a favorite day for me!


3.  Show us the last picture you took and a short description of it.


It's been very cold and snowy where I live.  One night recently I just curled up on the couch with my dog Bosco.  The crocheted blanket that I'm wrapped up in was made by one of my husband's aunts.  This blanket is so old but it's so warm and cozy.  I enjoyed cuddling with Bosco while I watched TV.





Here are the Write with Me - 3 Things - writing prompts for April.  They are to be posted on the second Monday, April 8th.

Hope you come join us in April!




Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!


Julie xo


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Cooking and Crafting with J & J #183 and Features

Monday, March 11, 2019



Get your green out this coming weekend!  It's here!! 

 Here's hoping that little green man makes your week the best one ever!! :)




Co-Hosts



Plucky's Second Thought



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Features


Jess' Picks:


 
Pistachio Bread with Walnuts recipe


 
McDonalds Copycat Homemade Shamrock Shake recipe


Julie's Picks:


 
St. Patrick's Day Floats for Kids recipe


 
Irish Soda Bread 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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Friday Favorites

Friday, March 8, 2019






Hello blog friends and Happy Friday!  

Here are some of my Favorites I'm loving right now!




1.  Green Book Movie



My husband and I went to the movies last weekend to see Green Book.  We both enjoyed seeing it after knowing that it won for best picture at the Oscar Awards.  If you have not seen this movie yet, I would suggest you don't miss this one.


2.  Estee Lauder Matte Liquid LipColor


I was so happy when I discovered this Matte Liquid LipColor back in the fall when I visited the Bloomingdales store.  I knew I wanted to buy some new lipstick and I headed straight for the makeup counter.  The sales associate at Estee Lauder helped me pick out this bright pink lipstick.  This color is called Pink Zinc and the price is about $28.  I like how this liquid matte lipstick stays on my lips throughout the day and doesn't wear off.  I usually wear a nude shade lipstick but I'm glad the sales associate suggested this bright pink color.   She said that it's good to wear bright lipstick during the winter months to brighten up your face.



3.  Rimmel Scandeleyes Mascara


I don't know if some of you know this, but I am obsessed with mascara.  I decided to give this Rimmel mascara a try and I was pleasantly surprised at how nice this over the counter mascara works.  It made my lashes look really long and it was so easy to apply.  I bought this mascara at Walgreens and I also liked how inexpensive this mascara costs.



4.  Bath & Body Works Handsoap


During the holidays I bought some Christmas presents from Bath & Body Works.  While I was in the store I decided to treat myself to new hand soap.  I thought this bottle looked so cute with the snow scene and I have this sitting on our main bathroom counter.  I always smile whenever I use this soap.

I will be swapping out this bottle of hand soap soon to a spring bottle.




5.  The Righteous Butter Body Moisturizer by Soap and Glory



I absolutely love this cream!  I was gifted this cream a year ago for Christmas and I have used it on my hands every night before bed.  This cream makes my hands feel so soft and this is not a greasy feeling cream.  Since I ran out of this cream recently I am looking forward to buying this again. 


6.  Spring at Barnes & Noble Bookstore


I was happily surprised when I went to visit Barnes & Noble Bookstore for my monthly knit/crochet meetup.  The first floor of the store was decorated so nice for Spring and Easter.  There were so many different bunny decorations and assorted spring wreaths, Easter books for children, baskets with decorated Easter eggs.  It just made me smile when I looked around at the decorated tables knowing that Spring is right around the corner.




Have you tried any of these products?

Wishing you all a Happy Friday and weekend.  :)








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Julie

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Instant Pot Tuna Noodle Casserole

Tuesday, March 5, 2019


Hello blog friends.  I hope you are all staying nice and warm even though Spring will be here in two weeks.  When the weather is cold I like making comforting meals for dinner.





One of the ways I can make a quick meal is with the Instant Pot.  I love using the IP for making a lot of weeknight meals.

I have made this dish, Tuna Noodle Casserole in the Instant Pot so many times.  You can see in the photo below, it's still in the pot and just made.




I just added in 4 cups of fresh spinach leaves instead of peas.

You can make this dish with peas, spinach, or any veggies that you like.  I wanted to change things up a bit and use spinach instead of the peas.

I hope you'll enjoy and try out this delicious and easy recipe for IP Tuna Noodle Casserole. 


Instant Pot Tuna Noodle Casserole Using Spinach


Instant Pot Tuna Noodle Casserole Using Peas



Instant Pot Tuna Noodle Casserole







Instant Pot Tuna Noodle Casserole

Ingredients
  • 1- 7oz. can - drained tuna
  • 1- 12 oz. bag egg noodles
  • 1- 15oz. can - drained peas or 4 cups of fresh spinach leaves
  • 2- 10 1/2 oz. cans cream of mushroom soup
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 3 1/2 cups water
Cooking Directions
  1. Place pasta in the Instant Pot and cover with water. Add tuna, peas or fresh spinach leaves, and soup on top of the pasta. Cover lid and place on Manual High Pressure for 4 minutes. Do a quick release. Next stir in cheese and mix all together.  
  2.  Done.




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Julie




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