Julie's Creative Lifestyle

Zucchini Bread Recipe

Saturday, August 31, 2013

Are you all having a fun Labor Day Weekend?  Summer is coming to an end and I wanted to share with you a super easy recipe for Zucchini Bread.  Here is what mine looked like when I finished baking it.

These are the ingredients I used with shredded zucchini.


2 cups Bisquick baking mix
1 1/2 cups shredded zucchini
3/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup vegetable oil
3 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/2 cup chopped nuts

Heat oven to 350 degrees.  Grease bottom only of loaf pan, 9x5x3 inches.  Beat all ingredients on low speed, scraping bowl constantly, 30 seconds.  Beat on medium speed, scraping bowl occasionally, 1 minute.  Pour into pan.  Bake until wooden pick inserted comes out clean, 50 to 55 minutes.  Cool 10 minutes; remove from pan.  Cool completely before slicing.  Store in refrigerator.

You are going to love this recipe and it was so easy and fun to make.  This recipe makes one loaf and let me know if you bake this and how your family liked it.

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Multi Color Crochet Baby Poncho Set

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Hello everyone, I hope you are all enjoying your week.  This is my latest crochet baby poncho set that I have finished crocheting and I will be adding this to all the crochet and knit projects that I have made for our annual Crochet Sale at our church.

Please Note:  I do not have the pattern for the poncho or hat available.

I really enjoyed crocheting the set and it will look adorable on a baby girl.  The yarn I used is Red Heart Baby Econo in the color Rainbow Sherbet.  

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London Trip - Day 4, 5, and 6

I am going to combine my London Trip day 4, 5 and 6 into this post as we have been back from the trip a month.  We had a wonderful time and I do hope to visit England again some day.

 We walked to Hyde Park and then spent the day shopping.

Here is the famous department store Harrods.

My daughter and I spent the day shopping.

I love this building that Starbucks is in.

This is right outside of Buckingham Palace.

There are such beautiful statues outside the gates of the Palace.

Here you can see the gates outside Buckingham Palace.

This plaque was on the grounds of Buckingham Palace.

This area is called Piccadilly Circus.

I loved my trip to London, England and I enjoyed sharing with you all my pictures.  I hope that someday you will all get the chance to visit England and I know you will all love it as much as I did.

Incase you missed Day 1 - HERE
Incase you missed Day 2 - HERE
Incase you missed Day 3 - HERE

Wishing everyone a wonderful weekend.

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Crochet Baby Blanket

Monday, August 19, 2013

For any of my new followers on my blog I would like to let you know that I work all year round crocheting and knitting items for our annual Fall and Christmas Fair at my church.  I attend a crochet/knit meeting every Tuesday morning for a get together for all the members in the group.  We all knit and crochet for the fair that is held the week before Thanksgiving every year.  We also make items for the poor and for hospitals.  I usually like to make scarves and baby blankets and I have belonged to this group for ten years now.

Our Christmas Fair at our church is approaching soon and I finished crocheting this baby blanket last week that I will give to sell at the fair.  This blanket is an extended granny square and I like the yellow, blue and pink colors because it can be used for a baby girl or baby boy.  I made it so that it will fit into a baby infant carrier or in the bassinet.

Look at the edging I crocheted on the end of the blanket.

Here is what the baby blanket looks like folded up.

The yarn I used is James C. Brett, Rio, Shade RT17, Dye 6025.

If you would like to make this blanket the post to make a granny square is HERE and you just  keep crocheting the granny square into a blanket.  I usually make 25 to 30 rows and then put a crocheted edge all the way around the blanket.

I love crocheting extended granny square baby blankets because they are an easy project for me to crochet while I am at my crochet meetings or watching TV.  I will be sharing more projects that I have made for the sale.  I hope I have inspired you in some way.

Thanks everyone and enjoy.

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London Trip - Day 3

Friday, August 16, 2013

The morning started when we met our friends Joe and Christina at the train station in London.  We drove to Windsor Castle and spent the day sightseeing with them.

 Here you can see Queen Elizabeth's Foot Guards.  Windsor Castle is the oldest and largest occupied castle in the world and it's the official residence of Queen Elizabeth and the royal family.

The castle grounds are large and here are a few photos of it.

If you look closely you can see a sign that says Please Keep Off the Grass and I thought it was so cute to see a dog on the grass!  The dog must belong to one of the workers.

I love the costume on these girls, they were standing just outside the castle grounds.

We stopped at the pub in the white building to have a Shandy and drinks to refresh ourselves before our next destination.  A Shandy is beer with lemonade in it and for the recipe and post you can find it HERE.

We drove to Henley-On-Thames and had lunch at a pub called The Angel.  This was our view of the water, boats, ducks, and birds.

We all had fish and chips and it was so nice to sit outside the pub watching everything.  The fish and chips are amazing.  Then we walked around the town.

There were tables set up in the middle of the street selling items.  Here you can see a cheesemonger with his cheese that he was selling.  Our friend Joe bought some cheese to take home to his Mom and Dad.

Here is a table with cake stands and various tea cups.

After walking around the town we set out to see Oxford University.

We then set out for Golders Green, which is a short drive outside of London to see Joe's Mom and Dad for tea and cookies.

It was a wonderful day sightseeing and I think that this was my favorite day of our trip in London.

I want to welcome to my blog all my new followers.  Thanks, I hope you enjoy and I love all of your sweet comments.

Wishing everyone a wonderful weekend.



I am on Twitter, Ravelry and Pinterest.  My username is @brklynhousewife.  Please don't forget to follow me on Bloglovin too!  All of my crochet/knit creations and recipes are on my Pinterest Boards, so please have a look there also.  

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Crock Pot Oatmeal

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Hello everyone!  Here is an easy way to make Oatmeal in the crock pot.  

If you set it up the night before, in the morning you will have it hot and ready to go for breakfast.  

This recipe was made with Steel Cut Oats and it makes a big difference in taste, it's amazing.

Crock Pot Oatmeal

Makes 4 Servings


1/2 cup of Steel Cut Oats
2 cups of water


Spray crock pot with Pam (non-cook spray).  Add water to pot and stir in oats and mix.  Let cook on LOW for 7 1/2 hours.

This recipe is a healthy breakfast to have waiting for you in the morning.  You can add whatever fruit you like and add either milk or half and half.  Enjoy!

Thanks everyone and enjoy.


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The Perfect Summer Day

Sunday, August 11, 2013

My husband and I had the perfect day yesterday!  We both packed up sandwiches, snacks and drinks and headed early to the beach.  My daughter did not come because she went to stay at a friend's house for the weekend.  It felt so good to be at the beach together and I read some of my book The Shoemaker's Wife by Adriana Trigiani and magazines and my husband read the newspaper.  We were not able to go swimming because the water was too cold but it felt so good to sit and watch the ocean and just relax.  Here is what our perfect day looked like.

Now don't you all feel relaxed just looking at all these pictures?  Here are pretty flowers that I saw when I was walking my dog Bosco last night.  Soon there will be fall flowers planted and the season will change.

I feel a little sad because soon summer will be over and my daughter will be going back to school.  I do love the way everything is so care free in the summer, don't you?  I hope your weekend was as nice as mine.

Thanks everyone and enjoy.


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London Trip - Day 2

Friday, August 9, 2013

Day 2 of our trip was a long day of sightseeing.  Every morning we would get up early and have our morning breakfast at Pret A Manger and then head out for sightseeing. We took a sightseeing bus called the Hop-On Hop-Off Bus that took us all over London.  We bought a 24 hour ticket and it was so easy and fun to just sit in a double decker bus.

We took a boat ride down the Thames River and you can see Big Ben.

You can see the London Eye in the distance which is a giant ferris wheel located on the South Bank of the River Thames.

Here is a girl dressed up as a British Flag standing outside a store.  She looks so cool.

In the evening we went to dinner at the Glassblower Pub.

This is the inside of the pub and we were seated on the right.

This is the cover of the menu.

My daughter had fish and chips.  Look how good this looks!

My husband had banger's and mash.  Which is sausage and mashed potatoes.

I had shepherd's pie with peas and carrots.  We all enjoyed our traditional british dinner.

After dinner we walked around and did more sightseeing.

I hope you enjoyed looking at the pictures from our second day on vacation.  Please stay tuned and check back for more updates.

Wishing everyone a wonderful weekend.



I am on Twitter, Ravelry and Pinterest.  My username is @brklynhousewife.  Please don't forget to follow me on Bloglovin too!  All of my crochet/knit creations and recipes are on my Pinterest Boards, so please have a look there also.  

Thanks everyone and enjoy.

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