Julie's Creative Lifestyle

Mother's Day Wishes

Friday, May 10, 2019








A Mother's Love

Of all the special joys in life, the big ones and the small,
A Mother's love and tenderness is the greatest of them all.

- Anonymous





Wishing all my blog friends a 

wonderful weekend and a HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY!

Julie xo


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Sending Birthday Wishes

Wednesday, May 8, 2019


Dear D,



We are sending you sweet virtual hugs today on your birthday!

  This will be our first time not spending it with you.  We will miss you but we know you will have a fun time celebrating with your friends.

Time has flown by so fast and we had some really fun times with you.  You loved our family vacations and getting your hair braided.




Some of the best times we had with you at the beach.  

Here you are all sassy with your ice cream.




You are such a beautiful daughter and we love you very much.

Remember to always smile, you are the best!




HAPPY BIRTHDAY

LOVE, 

MOM, DAD, AND BOSCO


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A Visit To The Flower Show

Tuesday, May 7, 2019


Hello friends.  I hope you all are enjoying the week.  

I love spring and flowers and the perfect way I like to get inspiration for gardening is to visit the Macy's Flower Show.

I did not realize it but the last time I visited the show was in 2016.




It was a beautiful spring day and my husband and I decided to head into the city to see all the spring flowers showcased at Macy's.





Each year Macy's welcomes spring with the flower show and this years theme was space age "Journey to Paradisios" - Operation:  Inspriation.





The whole first floor was decorated with so many assorted flowers and floral arrangements.

Below you can see this huge floral arrangement with a space ship at the top.




The displays featured more than 5,000 different kinds of plants, trees, and flower species.

I love the gorgeous orchids and hydrangea flowers shown below.





The flower show began on March 25th and the displays last for two weeks until April 7, 2019.

Another gorgeous arrangement and space ship.




While walking along if you looked up could see more flowers at the tops of the displays.


I was so amazed at the beautiful mannequins and the pretty futuristic dresses.








Macy's unveiled the floral displays complete with floating planets, rocket ships, extraterrestrial looking plants, and cute aliens.


The Macy's Flower Show is free and if you love flowers as I do, then it's a fun way to celebrate spring. 






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Julie
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Friday Favorites - May

Friday, May 3, 2019



Hello blog friends.  Yay!  I'm so happy it's Friday and the beginning of May.  

I had a nice week and I'm really enjoying my spring walks.   

Today I'm sharing some of my Friday Favorites.




1.  Dollar Tree 

I was in the Dollar Tree store recently and they have such a nice selection of gardening items.  While I was there I bought some plant labels, a cute welcome rock, and a wall hanging.  If you have time check out all of the gardening items.  They also have the cutest items to make a Fairy garden.







2.  Spring Flowers

While I am on my walks with my dog Bosco I see so many beautiful spring flowers.




Some of you might have recognized some of these flowers on my Instagram @brklynhousewife.





3.  Shoe Shopping

I was shopping in the Famous Footwear store recently and I spotted these Birkenstock sandals.  The price was just too good to pass.  My daughter was so excited that I bought them for her.  Her and her friends call them Berkies.  LOL.  


4.  Easter Eggs

Last Sunday many celebrated Greek Easter and my neighbor gifted us with three red Easter eggs she made for us.  It was so sweet that she thought of us and even made one for our college girl.



5.  Olivia's Romantic Home

I am obsessed with watching Olivia's Romantic Home craft videos on YouTube.  Olivia loves Dollar Tree and makes so many crafts with items found at the DT store.  I also follow her on Instagram.  

Below she posted up this cute watering can she painted and added DT flowers.




I also discovered Olivia's Romantic Home from the blogger Penny's Vintage Home.  If you like to make easy crafts then I suggest you visit Olivia's blog and her YouTube videos.
I love her shabby chic style and I bet you will too.



Thanks for visiting and hope you have a happy Friday and weekend.






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Julie

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Cauliflower Salad

Thursday, May 2, 2019


Hello blog friends.  HAPPY MAY!

I am on a Cauliflower kick.  I posted a recipe back in April for Roasted Cauliflower and Pasta that is so easy to make and it tastes delicious.

Well, in our house we all love eating salads in the summer or any time of the year for that matter. 
How about you?  Do you like eating salads?

I have this really delicious salad to share with you.  It's a Cauliflower Salad.




I enjoyed eating this cauliflower salad with a small lettuce salad on the side for my lunch.

OR...

You could even serve this salad as a side dish with your fish, chicken, or steak dinner.

This cauliflower salad is a great change from having macaroni salad, coleslaw, or potato salad.  The secret to this salad is that there are no potatoes in it, so it makes it lighter and a little healthier to eat.




This recipe calls for six slices of bacon.  You can make baked bacon using my easy recipe here.

I hope you all enjoy this salad as much as my family does.  You'll want to make this a new side dish for your lunch or main meal.

You can even double this recipe for the salad if you are hosting or going to a big party. 





CAULIFLOWER SALAD





INGREDIENTS:

1 bag of frozen riced cauliflower - cooked and cooled
1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese
1/3 cup mayonnaise
1/4 cup red onion - chopped
6 slices bacon - for baked bacon (See Recipe) - diced
2 hard-boiled eggs - cooled, peeled, and diced
1 teaspoon mustard
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper

DIRECTIONS:

Add cooked and cooled riced cauliflower to a large mixing bowl.  Fry or bake 6 slices of bacon, for baked bacon (see recipe at the above link in the recipe) let cool and cut up into small pieces.  Add all the remaining ingredients to the bowl of cauliflower.  Stir well to combine.

Done!



I was inspired to make this salad by visiting a while ago @ramblingsofasoutherngirl on Instagram who posted a photo of cauliflower salad.




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Julie
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A Visit to Times Square and a Restaurant

Thursday, April 25, 2019


Hello friends.  I hope you all are enjoying the week.

I recently had dinner in New York City.  I headed into the city to meet my husband, his cousin, and a friend who was in town from Singapore.  

In order to get to the restaurant, I had to walk through Times Square.  Below are some photos I took on my walk to meet my husband before we went to the restaurant.

You can see in the photos the huge crowd of people.




I spotted a person below dressed up in the Statue of Liberty costume.  Crazy me wanted to get closer so that I could get a better photo.




Below a photo of Spider-Man and the Statue of Liberty.




The street was closed off from cars and you can see people sitting down at tables.  I am always in awe when I am in TS and love looking very quickly at everything.  Unfortunately, the weather was not that good as it was a dark and rainy evening.




Whew!  I made it to the Pret A Manger where I met my husband.  Times Square gets so crowded with a lot of people.  I call it the zoo!  LOL.

I love the city but that area is just a little too crowded for me.  I do love seeing that area and all the lights and buildings lit up at night.  I also enjoy visiting Times Square every December to see a Broadway show for my birthday.  :)




We had a reservation at the restaurant Sushi of Gari.  It's a Japanese restaurant located at 347 West 46th Street.  There are three other locations in the city and one in Hollywood, California.  



Below is the sushi bar where you can usually see all of the sushi chefs making the sushi.  They also have other tables to sit at.  I am sorry I did not get a photo of the inside of the restaurant but you can get an idea from the photos below.




All four of us sat at a table below on the right.


We all had cold Saki to drink and I can't believe I actually ate all 13 pieces of sushi shown below.  It consisted of different cut pieces of fish with white rice on the bottom.  The others had just fish with no rice and they all kept on eating for two more rounds.





After we finished eating dinner we decided to all share a few desserts.  It was such a fun evening out with family and friends.  We always enjoy eating the fresh sushi at Sushi of Gari restaurant.

Do you like eating sushi?  Have you ever been to this restaurant?  





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Julie



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Roasted Cauliflower and Pasta

Tuesday, April 23, 2019




Hello blog friends.  I often run out of ideas for what to make for dinner.  I enjoy trying out different recipes and food with vegetables and pasta.

I decided to make for dinner one night roasted cauliflower and pasta.  

I have a husband who absolutely LOVES cauliflower.  Well, let me tell you this dish was a HUGE hit with him.  He LOVED it!


What You Will Need


One head of cauliflower cut up into small pieces and roasted.


The roasted cauliflower and pasta all prepared and mixed together.

This dish is perfect for a weeknight or weekend meal.





ROASTED CAULIFLOWER AND PASTA RECIPE






















INGREDIENTS:

1 head of cauliflower, cut up into small pieces
3-4 garlic cloves, cut up
1/4 cup of olive oil
1 pound bag of pasta shells
dash salt, for pasta water & dash of salt for cauliflower
dash pepper
1/4 teaspoon dried parsley
1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes

DIRECTIONS:

Prepare roasted cauliflower, but drizzle at least 1/4 cup of olive oil on top of cauliflower.  Directions for roasted cauliflower can be found here.  Add to the pan of cauliflower, olive oil, garlic, parsley, hot pepper flakes, salt, and pepper.  Roast the cauliflower.  Meanwhile, cook the pasta shells according to the package or box.  Drain pasta and add the roasted cauliflower into the pot.  Stir everything together.  Add grated Parmesan cheese to each serving of pasta.



Yummy Cauliflower and Pasta Dish!



I hope I've inspired you to try cooking cauliflower and pasta for dinner.  Let me know if you try it and how you liked it.  :)




Thanks for stopping by and see you all next time.




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Julie


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