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Cooking and Crafting with J & J #128 Features

Monday, December 25, 2017



We want to first thank EACH and EVERY one of you that have linked up with us in 2017!! 

 We appreciate you all more than you'll know as this Link Up would not be what it was this year without you all! 

 We look forward to each week in picking out our Features and we must admit, each week it's never easy! :) 


 We will be back on January 8th with a BRAND NEW LINK UP, but until then, we are going to take the time to enjoy the holidays with our families! :) 


 Here's to a WONDERFUL Holiday Season and a HAPPY NEW YEAR!! CHEERS TO 2018!!





Co-Hosts

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Features


Jess' Picks:



Chicken Broccoli Casserole recipe



Homemade Fortune Cookies recipe



Mini Spaghetti Meatball Appetizer receipe



Julie's Picks:



Gifts from Miz Helen's Country Kitchen 2017



New Year's Eve Ball 2 Options tutorials



Pepperminit Mochatini Cocktail recipe



Our Link Up will be back JANUARY 8th!!

See you soon!


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Mason Jar Gifts Ideas

Wednesday, December 20, 2017


Hello friends.  Can you believe next week is Christmas?  Are any of you ready with all of your gifts?  Well, I have a few last minute gift ideas that you might like.

I love giving mason jar gifts to my neighbors and friends in my various groups.  Mason jar gifts are fun and so easy to make.  All you need to make these gifts is a mason jar, ribbon, a tag, and chocolates or candy of your choice.


Below you will find the links to the blog posts I did on how to make last minute mason jar gifts.


Chocolates in a Mason Jar Gift


I made back in December of 2015 chocolates in a mason jar HERE and this was so easy to make.  Mason jar gifts make gift giving easy and are perfect for teachers, neighbors, and even the hostess at a holiday party.

I made some of these for the ladies in my crochet group last year and they all enjoyed this gift and the chocolates.  You could even make them look cute and use Christmas colored M&Ms inside the mason jar.  How about making homemade cookies and putting them in the mason jar?




Reindeer Droppings Mason Jar Gift



Last year I received this reindeer droppings mason jar gift from my teen's Christmas Fair held at her school.  I loved this gift idea and I enjoyed eating the raisinettes that were inside the decorated mason jar.  I thought this was such a cute idea and it really gave me a good laugh.

If you would like to make one of these reindeer dropping mason jar gifts, then you can click HERE.  If you don't want to use the raisinettes then you can use brown M&Ms.


Hope you all have fun and enjoy making these last minute mason jar gifts.


NOTE:  This will be my last post for December 2017.  I am taking a break to spend time with my family and friends.  Wishing you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

I will be doing one last post on Monday December 25, 2017 to post the features from our Cooking and Crafting with J & J Link Up!  




Click HERE to see the great parties I will be linking up to!


Julie






Cooking and Crafting with J & J #128 & Features

Monday, December 18, 2017


Hello all!! THIS IS IT! The last Link Up until after the holidays. 


 We will be posting the Features on Christmas, but will not be back with a new Link Up until January 8th so we can take the time to enjoy the holidays with our families! :) 


 So let's see what you got ONE LAST TIME in 2017!! :)




Co-Hosts

Plucky's Second Thought



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Features


Jess' Picks:



Mint Dark Chocolate cookies recipe



Gingerbread Muffins recipe



Rustic DIY Christmas Luminary tutorial



Julie's Picks:



Bacon Pecan Chocolate Chip Cookies recipe



Christmas Home Tour 2017



Trendy Plaid Decoupage Candle Holder tutorial




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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Making Crochet Christmas Ornaments

Wednesday, December 13, 2017


Hello friends.  I know Christmas is almost here, but I wanted to share with you the crochet star and Christmas tree ornaments that I made a few years ago.  I really enjoyed making these and I even made some for a Christmas ornament exchange that I participated in a few years ago.

You will see below the white cotton star ornament that I made.

These crochet star ornaments are very simple to create and make a perfect last minute gift or you can even use for your own Christmas tree.

You could even use the stars on a present with a gift tag and that would look really pretty.


CROCHET STAR

Crochet Christmas Star



For the pattern and details to make the crocheted star, you can click HERE.

These stars would look great made in different colors.  You could even crochet them for the summer holidays in patriotic colors.

I hope I've inspired you to create these cute stars.



CROCHET CHRISTMAS TREE

Crochet Christmas Tree



I was so happy when I found the pattern to crochet these Christmas tree ornaments that I made a few years ago.  These are so easy to crochet and would look perfect on your Christmas tree.  To see the pattern and details to make the trees, you can click HERE.

I think a great idea for the trees is to make them into a banner and hang it on your mantel or somewhere in your house.

I hope you like this idea for last minute crafting and make these crocheted ornaments.



Thanks so much for stopping by and hope you all enjoy the rest of the week and weekend.

Don't forget to visit us at Cooking and Crafting with J & J Link Up.


Click HERE to see the great parties I will be linking up to!


Julie




Cooking and Crafting with J & J Link Up #127 & Features

Monday, December 11, 2017


Hope you all are having a fantastic Holiday Season full of fun, crafts and food! :) 

Enjoy these amazing submissions from some amazing Bloggers to help keep you in the holiday spirit! :)





Co-Hosts

Plucky's Second Thought



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Features



Jess' Picks:




Gingerbread Fudge recipe



Elf and Santa Hat Candy Jars tutorial



Christmas Holiday Card Holder with a Frame tutorial



Julie's Picks:




Red Velvet Cream Cheese Thumprint Cookies recipe



Mini Christmas Stocking Ornaments tutorial



Where Do I Store All My Christmas Decor



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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Crock Pot Applesauce Pork Roast

Wednesday, December 6, 2017




Hello, friends and Happy December.  I can't believe it's the beginning of December already!  How did the year go by so fast?  LOL.  😯

Well, I really enjoy using the crockpot during these busy days during the holidays and the long winter months.  I love the way the kitchen smells when a roast is cooking in the crockpot.

I have this super easy and delicious Crock Pot Applesauce Pork Roast to share with you.




The easy part about this recipe is that you just add your vegetables to the bottom of the pot, and then add your roast on top of the vegetables.  The juices from the pork roast make its own gravy that cooks right in the crockpot.

I added carrots and celery to the pot, but you could even add in cut up potatoes and onions.





Yield: 8-10 Servings

Crock Pot Applesauce Pork Roast

prep time: 15 MINScook time: 4 hourtotal time: 4 hours and 15 mins
This is an easy and delicious Crock Pot Pork Roast recipe.

INGREDIENTS:


  • 2 1/2 lb. pork tenderloin
  • 1 1/2 cups applesauce
  • 3/4 cup of water
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 packet Lipton Recipe Secrets Onion Soup Mix
  • 12 small carrots - cut in half
  • 3 celery stalks - chopped small
  • crock pot
  • cooking spray

INSTRUCTIONS:


  1. Spray bottom of crock pot with cooking spray.
  2. Put all vegetables in the bottom of crock pot.
  3. Add the pork tenderloin on top of the vegetables.
  4. Season pork with applesauce, envelope of onion soup mix, water, salt and pepper.
  5. Cover and cook pork tenderloin for 4 to 5 hours on LOW setting.
  6. Check the roast after 4 hours, and then see if done. If not done cook for an additional hour.
  7. Serve pork roast with the vegetables and the gravy that has formed from the crock pot.
Created using The Recipes Generator


This makes an easy weeknight meal or it's even the perfect meal for the holidays.

I hope you all enjoy this easy crockpot pork roast recipe as much as my family does.






Thanks so much for stopping by.  Hope you all enjoy the rest of the week and weekend.

Jess and I will see you all back here on Monday for our Cooking and Crafting with J & J Link Up.


Click HERE to see the great parties I will be linking up to!


Julie


Cooking and Crafting with J & J #126 & Features

Monday, December 4, 2017



We are knee deep into the Holidays and all that comes along with it!! Recipes, crafts, etc...we love it all and love seeing what you all come up with!! 

 Thanks goes out to all of you for making this Link Up what it is today!!



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Plucky's Second Thought



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Features


Jess' Picks:



Christmas Tree Serving Tray tutorial



Christmas Tree for Small Spaces tutorial



Felt Christmas Trees tutorial



Julie's Picks:



Vintage Inspired Christmas Porch Decor



Easy Hot Chocolate Spoons recipe



Easy Light Up Canvas Art tutorial



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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Yarn From Purl Soho and Knit Scarf

Wednesday, November 29, 2017


Hello friends.  I hope you are all having a nice week.  Did you all have a nice Thanksgiving?  I did and I'm really enjoying eating all of the leftover food.

Well, I love yarn, as most of you know, and at the end of the summer, my niece and I visited the store Purl Soho.

I did a blog post recently HERE on my trip to Purl Soho and just in case you missed that post you can read all about it.  If you are not familiar with the store then you can read about it HERE.


Purl Soho - New York City


I had a wonderful time shopping in the store and bought some really beautiful yarn, to knit a scarf.

Below is a photo of the yarn I bought.  It's called Alpaca Pure in the color Gray Fig.  I love this yarn because it's so soft and the color sort of reminds me of a fig.  It sometimes looks like a dark purple color or a shade of brown.



Alpaca Pure Yarn in the color Gray Fig



I have a little bit of the scarf started and I am knitting it in the seed stitch.  I love working on this scarf a little bit at a time, in the evenings while I'm watching tv.

I am not a fast knitter.  I know this will take me a while to complete, but at least I do not have to rush to finish it for any reason.

This knit scarf is the seed stitch and I am working on size 9 US or 5.5 mm needles.  I also cast on 21 stitches.





I love that I'm knitting this scarf for myself and I hope to have this finished in time to wear for winter.

I will show you all a photo of the scarf when I am finished knitting it.  Haha, this will be an incentive for me to finish making it!

Are you working on any knit or crochet projects right now?  

I know a lot of you are busy with the holiday's right now but a homemade scarf makes a great Christmas present idea.


Thanks so much for stopping by.  I hope you enjoy the rest of the week and weekend.

Jess and I will see you all back here on Monday for our Cooking and Crafting with J & J Link Up.



Click HERE to see the great parties I will be linking up to!


Julie