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Friday Favorites - The Middle of September

Friday, September 20, 2019

Hello Blog Friends and Happy Friday!

I can't believe it's already the middle of September.  😲

1.  Lunch Date

I enjoyed another lunch date at a local cafe in our neighborhood.  This cafe makes such healthy sandwiches and this time I had a falafel sandwich with a small salad.  We shared the yummy sweet potato fries. 

2.  Out Smarting the Squirrels!

The squirrels had been eating my tomatoes as seen below.  It was so frustrating to see the half-eaten tomato thrown on the ground.  I outsmarted the squirrels and picked the tomatoes before they could get to them!  Haha.

3. Unique Yard

While taking a walk in my neighborhood I spotted this front yard.  I thought it looked so interesting and cute at the same time.

4.  Cute Cat

I recently spotted this cute calico cat in my yard.  It just sat on the ledge looking at me.  :)

5.  Rice Cooker Purchase

We tested out a new mini rice cooker.  It works great and it was only $15 on Amazon.  

6.  Barnes & Noble Cafe

We had our once a month meet up two weeks ago at Barnes & Noble Cafe.  I enjoy seeing my friends once a month to knit and crochet in the cafe.  I started making a crochet baby blanket a few weeks ago and this project should keep me busy for a while.  

7.  The Goldfinch Movie

I read the book The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt back in March.  The book was over 700 pages long which I enjoyed reading.  I was so happy to finally see the movie last weekend.  The movie is about a young man whose troubled childhood leads him to the world of art forgery after his mother dies in a terrorist attack during his time in a museum while taking interest in a painting called the Goldfinch.  I don't want to give away anymore about the movie but it's a must see.     

Thanks for stopping by.  Have a happy Friday and weekend.

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Sheet Pan Sausage & Peppers

Monday, September 16, 2019

Hello blog friends.  

I have another easy sheet pan dinner to share with you.

This is a super easy weeknight meal that everyone is sure to love.  While the sausage and peppers were baking I made my Instant Pot White Rice

I hope you all enjoy this dish as much as my family!

What You Need To Make This Dish:



1 package of sweet sausage - cut into small pieces
4 peppers - cleaned & cut up 
olive oil
salt & pepper to taste


Heat oven to 400 degrees F.  Take a large baking pan and line it with tin foil.  Spray pan with cooking spray such as PAM.  Add cut up sausage and peppers to the sheet pan.  Add on top olive oil, salt, and pepper and mix all together.  Place pan in the oven and bake for 1 hour. 

Sheet Pan Sausage & Peppers

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A Mini Trip to the Jersey Shore

Friday, September 13, 2019

Hello blog friends.   

I am excited as today is Mr. JCL's birthday and we will be going out to a restaurant to celebrate.  

My husband and I took a mini-vacation in the middle of August for a few days.  I'd love to share with you our time at the Jersey Shore.

We stayed at The Island Guest House Bed & Breakfast which is located in Beach Haven, New Jersey.

We both stayed at the Inn about 27 years ago so it was nice to return.

We had a cute room with a king-size bed that came with a small bathroom and shower.

The owners run the Inn with their daughter.  It was so clean and the owners were so pleasant and accommodating.

They had a big kitchen to use for coming back from the beach for flavored water and baked goodies. 

They gave us free beach badges, and a beach bag to use for the beach.  You could even ride a bike, or relax on a lounge chair.

We were greeted each morning with a different breakfast menu.  They had pancakes, eggs, hot oatmeal, blintzes, fruit, bagels, and toast.  We always ate a good breakfast.  :)

We enjoyed sitting outside to relax with our breakfast or afternoon snack.

We had beautiful beach weather on the first day we arrived.  The next few days were cloudy and we had some rain.  We always made sure we went to the beach for a few hours.

We brought with us a little cooler for our drinks and lunch on the beach.

We finally made it to The Gables restaurant.  We made sure to make reservations a few days ahead of time.  The atmosphere, food, and service were excellent.

The location of the Inn was convenient since we could walk to the beach, restaurants, and stores. 

We ate dinner again at Carmen's like we did last year.

Once again the food was so good and we enjoyed our meal.  My husband ate fish and I had scallops.

It rained one day so we decided to take a drive off of Long Beach Island.  We planned to do some shopping and have dinner.

Below you can see that it rained so hard that the streets and stores were flooded with a lot of water.

We enjoyed eating dinner at IHOP which is off of the Island.  I just love having pancakes for dinner!

We enjoyed our mini-vacation at the beach.  We look forward to visiting every year and I can't wait to return next summer.

Thanks for stopping by and have a happy Friday and weekend.

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We Remember

Wednesday, September 11, 2019


The terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001 changed our lives forever.

In commemoration of the Eighteenth Anniversary of the attacks on the United States we honor all of the victims who died.

Let us also remember all the firefighters, police officers, and emergency personnel who gave their lives to save others.

Our thoughts and prayers are with those families who lost loved ones.

Julie xo

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Pear Cobbler

Monday, September 9, 2019

Hello blog friends.  

I love cobblers now that it's cooler weather and fall will be here soon.  In fact, I enjoy eating cobblers at any time of the year.  

I recently made a pear cobbler since I didn't have any apples on hand.

The pear cobbler tasted so delicious and it was the perfect dessert to satisfy my craving for something sweet but not too sweet.

This type of dessert is perfect to serve at a potluck dinner or even a BBQ.  

I love baking cobblers so much that I made this peach cobbler for a family party.  



3 - 4 cups fresh pears, not peeled and sliced
1/4 cup raisins
1 cup sugar, divided
1 stick butter, melted
3/4 cup flour
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup almond milk
1 egg


Heat oven to 325 degrees F.  Mix the pears and raisins with 1/2 cup sugar and let stand.  Put melted butter in a 2-quart baking dish.  Combine all the dry ingredients, including 1/2 cup remaining sugar.  Mix well.  Whisk together almond milk and egg in a mixing bowl.  Slowly combine with the dry ingredients to make a batter.  Pour this batter over the melted butter.  Do not stir.  Spoon pears and raisins over the batter.  Do not stir.  Bake in a heated oven for 50 to 60 minutes or until browned and pears are tender.  Remove the cobbler from the oven and cool.


Serve warmed or cool with ice cream or whipped cream.

You can also add cut apples or any type of nut to this recipe.

For this recipe I just used cut up pears (I didn't peel them).

*  You can also add less sugar if you like.

I hope I've inspired you to bake a cobbler.  

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Friday Favorites - Hello September

Friday, September 6, 2019

Hello everyone and Happy Friday!


1.  A Quick Visit to Grand Central

I recently made a quick stop into Grand Central Station to meet someone.  While I was there I took a photo of this famous clock at the ticket booth.

2.  Some Makeup Finds

I discovered this Tarte Shape Tape concealer after it was recommended by my college girl.  I love the coverage it gives for my under eye dark circles.  I also use it on other areas on my face.  This concealer is sold exclusively at Ulta Beauty.

Once the fall comes I will be using this powder foundation. It covers some of my imperfections on my face without having to use a liquid foundation.

I bought a few makeup sponges to use with the powder foundation shown above.

3.  Packing Cubes

I love these packing cubes by Shacke Pak that I bought in the spring from Amazon.  The set comes with four cubes and a sack for dirty laundry.  These packing cubes are just perfect to use to keep all of your clothes organized.  I have used them for two trips this summer and I will get a lot more use out of them.

4.  Seeing a Broadway Show

My husband and I enjoyed going to see the show Hamilton with my brother and sister-in-law.  The show was amazing and we all loved the singing and dancing.  It's a show you don't want to miss.

5.  Another Longchamp Bag

While on our recent trip to Asia I bought another Longchamp bag.  Even though the bag looks brown the color is olive.  I am looking forward to using this bag for fall.   

6.  Insta Love

Last week I posted a recipe for Pesto Sauce on my Friday Favorites HERE.  I was so happy to see on Instagram that Ping from @espritdelavie_ping made the Pesto Sauce and posted a photo of it.  Ping, I'm glad you were inspired to make the sauce.

Thanks for stopping by.  Have a happy Friday and weekend.

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