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Homemade Pesto Sauce Recipe

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

This year my daughter and her friend planted basil on Earth Day back in April.  They planted the basil from seeds and and it grew into large basil plants.  To use it up I decided to make Pesto Sauce.

Below is the basil planted from seeds and it grew so big.

I picked 2 cups of fresh basil leaves to make the pesto sauce.

I made tortellini pasta with the Pesto Sauce.  You can use any kind of pasta you like!

This pesto sauce tastes so amazing and I made it for my family two times already!

Homemade Pesto Sauce Recipe

Makes 1 cup


2 cups fresh basil leaves, packed
1/2 cup grated Parmesan or Romano cheese
1/2 cup olive oil
3 medium garlic cloves, minced
salt & pepper to taste


Combine all the ingredients in a food processor or blender and pulse a few times.  Stop and scrap down the sides with a plastic spatula.  Done.

Serve over cooked pasta.

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Vacation to California - Day 1

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Hi friends!  It feels so good to be back blogging again and I hope you all had a nice weekend.  While I was on my blogging break my family and I took a vacation to Los Angeles, California for a week.  I have been home now for one week since last Sunday.  I'm finally over the jet lag and I even felt it for a few days while I was on vacation.  I'd love to share with you my trip.  

The day started when we woke up early at 4:00am to get ready for a 7:00am flight to Los Angeles, California.  I read magazines and slept a little on the plane.  The flight was good but they did not serve any food on our 6 hour flight, only water, tea, coffee or soda.  My daughter and I were hungry when we were almost to our destination and we decided to wait to have lunch when we arrived in CA.  

Once we arrived in California and left the airport, we got our rental car and decided to have lunch at IN-N-OUT BURGER.  Boy am I glad that we waited to have our lunch!  It is so amazing!  

They have the best burgers and fries!  The burgers taste like the ones from Shake Shack and they are so juicy and good and the fries are homemade! You have to try IN-N-OUT BURGER if you are in the area and to see the link click HERE.  

We then settled ourselves and relaxed a little at our friends house where we were going to stay for the week.  I love our friends house and I felt like I was staying at a spa for the week!

These are photo's of our friends backyard and pool area.

Once we were all settled in we took a walk to Venice Beach, Los Angeles at the canals.  The canals are very similar to the ones in Venice, Italy giving this part of Los Angeles it's name.  Many people don't even know this part of Venice Beach or of it's existence.  It was so pretty and peaceful there.  I'm glad I got to see this part of California and take pictures of it.

I love this tree below and a lot of lanterns were hanging in the tree.  It looks so unique and I love the way it hangs over the sidewalk and water.

I'm so glad that I took pictures of my trip because it already feels like a dream!  I will be sharing more of my California trip so stayed tuned everyone!  

Incase you missed Day 2 click HERE

Incase you missed Wrap of California Vacation click HERE

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Christmas in July!

Friday, July 25, 2014

Today I'm joining Natasha at Keeping the Christmas Spirit Alive 365 for a Christmas in July link party. 

I decided to post this easy recipe to make Homemade Cheddar Dog Biscuits.  I made these biscuits and posted it last December and to see that post you can click here.  My dog Bosco really loved these biscuits that I made for his Christmas present last year and I would love to share them with you too. 

Here you can see how much my dog Bosco loves these biscuits!

Cheddar and Applesauce Homemade Dog Biscuits
Total Time:  25 minutes
Prep: 15 minutes
Cook: 10 minutes
Yield: 30 treats
  • ¾ cups whole wheat flour (or rye flour or brown rice flour)
  • ½ cup cheddar cheese, grated
  • 3 tablespoons all-natural applesauce
  • 2 tablespoons water
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Combine all ingredients in a large mixing bowl.
  3. Knead dough on a lightly floured surface and roll out to about half an inch thick. Cut treats with a cookie cutter and place on a parchment-lined baking sheet. Bake for about 10 minutes, or until treats are firm to the touch.
  4. Before freezing or storing, allow cookies to cool and harden, about 50 minutes.
Adapted from the book Beagle: Smart Owner’s Guide

 NOTE: The treats typically last up to 1 - 1 1/2 weeks in the fridge.  If you don't plan to use up all the treats right away, they can be frozen.

* I found this recipe on Pinterest and the recipe is from The Scrumptious Pumpkin.
This makes a great pet gift and the recipe is really easy and simple to make.   This recipe can also be made anytime of year for your dog.  

I do hope I have inspired you to make these homemade treats for your dog this year for Christmas!

Thanks Natasha for this fun Christmas in July link party!

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Returned From Blogging Break!

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Hello friends!  I enjoyed my blogging break so much and I'm looking forward to getting back into to blogging again.

I really enjoyed spending time with my family and we even took a vacation to California.  I will be sharing about the trip with you soon.

This is me just enjoying the California beach!

I missed you all and I'm look forward to visiting your blogs and catching up with what is new with you and what you have been creating.  

I have also decided to take a break for the rest of the summer from my Makeup Monday Series.  I will resume this in September.

Thanks friends!


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Blogging Break!

Friday, July 11, 2014

Hi friends, I am going to take a blogging break for about 2 weeks for summer!

Thanks to each and everyone of you for being so sweet and for taking the time to stop by and read my blog posts.  I really appreciate it and I will miss you all!

If you do stop by I have plenty of recipes, makeup tips, crochet and knitting to share with you!

So see you all soon!

Thanks everyone and Enjoy!


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WW - A Good Book & Iced Coffee

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Last week I was in my yard sunning, drinking homemade iced coffee and reading a good book!  To see my post on how to make homemade iced coffee click HERE.  The new book I'm reading and loving is called The Paris Wife by Paula McLain and to read about the book click HERE.

What summer drink do you like and what book are you reading right now?

Thanks everyone and Enjoy!


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Makeup Monday - Neutrogena Barrier Stick Sunscreen

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Welcome to Makeup Monday on Julie's Lifestyle.  Each Monday I will post about a certain type of makeup, nail polish, face or hair product etc.  It will be a fun place to come visit about anything to do with beauty.  

Week 23 - Neutrogena Beach Defense Water + Sun Barrier Stick

Hi friends, and welcome to Week 23 of my Makeup Monday Series.  I hope you all had a nice 4th of July weekend.  I really enjoyed mine and today I'd like to talk about this new sunscreen I bought from Neutrogena.   I was in my yard sunbathing last week and I used this sunscreen.  What I liked about it was that it just glides on and it comes in a stick form so you don't need your hands to apply it and no mess.  It did not leave a greasy feeling and I even used it on my face.  The one thing about this sunscreen that you need to be careful of is when you are applying it that you spread it evenly.  When I applied it to my shoulders I missed a few spots and it left those areas a little red.  No don't worry I did not get a bad burn! 

P.S. - Update on this sunscreen!  This past Saturday I went to the beach and I decided to give this sunscreen another try.  Guess what, it was a big mistake!  It left large red streaks on my legs and on my knees and those spots are now big red splotches.  I now have an uneven tan on my legs.  It even did the same to my face and I have a red nose, forehead and cheeks.    

I thought that this sunscreen would be great for packing in your beach bag, handbag or when traveling.  I am disappointed in this sunscreen and I will not be using it anymore.  I am very fair skinned and I burn easily if I do not put on sunscreen.  I paid $10.99 for this too and I usually use this sunscreen in lotion form or spray from Neutrogena.  I was really surprised that it did not work too good.  Oh well, I do like trying new products and this is how I find out if they are good or not.

Have you tried this sunscreen yet and did you like it or have any problems with it?  What is your favorite sunscreen?

P.S. - Update on my Gel Manicure.  My gel manicure removal was not as bad as I thought it was going to be!  This is what my nails look like now.  

I used Rite Aid Acetone Nail Polish Remover dip-it and put my nails in one at a time and let them soak for about 15 minutes.

I then used a scraper to remove the polish and this is what the scraper looked like:

I then clipped my nails and filed them and applied Essie millionails to my nails.

The funny thing is that my daughter and I thought that my nails look better now than they did before I had the gel manicure!  

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Happy 4th of July - Drink & Crochet!

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Hello friends!  Wishing you a Happy 4th of July!

I would love to share with you a fun 4th of July Red White and Blue Drink to make.

You can click below to make this drink.

If you like crocheting here is a fun American Flag Dishcloth!

You can click below for the pattern.

Have a fun and wonderful holiday weekend and see you all on Monday!

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Thanks everyone and Enjoy!

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