Julie's Creative Lifestyle

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




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Cooking and Crafting with J & J #125 and Features

Monday, November 27, 2017


We hope that you all had one FABULOUS THANKSGIVING HOLIDAY and hope you're not too stuffed to try some more deliciousness that our amazing friends have decided to share! :) 

 Now I believe it's also 100% acceptable to be in 100% Christmas spirit!! :) ENJOY!!


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Jess' Picks:



Double Chocolate Sea Salt Hot Cocoa recipe



Snickerdoodles recipe



Homemade Peppermint Patties recipe


Julie's Picks:



Easy Homemade Christmas Baileys recipe



DIY Customizable Rustic Wooden Calendar



DIY Vintage Book Page Snowflake Decoration



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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Thanksgiving Recipes and Giving Thanks 2017

Tuesday, November 21, 2017


Hello friends.  Thanksgiving is only a few days away, and I know a lot of you are preparing and getting everything ready to celebrate.

I will be hosting Thanksgiving this year with a small crowd of family at my house.  I love celebrating this holiday with the variety of delicious food and our family members getting together.

I thought this would be the perfect opportunity to share with you a roundup of a few of our favorite Thanksgiving and holiday recipes.  




Twice Baked Potato Recipe


Twice Baked Potatoes are the perfect side dish to serve for Thanksgiving and for the holidays.  The potatoes taste so delicious and in my family we just love them.  To make the potatoes, you can click HERE.  I hope you'll try these twice baked potatoes, as it's a favorite recipe from my mom!



Sausage Stuffing Recipe




I've made this Sausage Stuffing so many times and it tastes so good.  This stuffing is so easy to make and just a basic sausage stuffing recipe.  If you would like to make this, just click HERE.
** If you do not like any sausage in your stuffing, then you can always leave it out.  I hope you enjoy and like this as much as we do.




Stuffed Mushroom Recipe


I love stuffed mushrooms and these taste so good and delicious.  These are perfect for serving as an appetizer or with your main meal.  My husband's Aunt (who is from Italy) used to make these stuffed mushrooms for my family.  I love them so much that now I make them for us using her recipe.  If you would like to see and make them too, just click HERE.  I hope you enjoy!





Pumpkin Cake Recipe


If you love pumpkin muffins or cake, then you are going to love this recipe.  This recipe calls for just a few ingredients and to make the recipe, you can click HERE.




Thanks for stopping by and I'm so thankful for all of you!  Wishing you a wonderful Thanksgiving with family and friends.




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


Julie

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Cooking and Crafting with J & J #124 and Features

Monday, November 20, 2017


Here it is, the week where it's acceptable to eat as much as you want...and no one bats an eye! :) ENJOY!! We hope you all have a fun and safe Thanksgiving! 

In the meantime, enjoy the talented bloggers that show up each and every week! We're thankful for you all!! :)


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Jess' Picks:



Pumpkin Pancake Hearts recipe



Easy Slow Cooker Thanksgiving Turkey Breast recipe



Pumpkin Bread Pudding recipe



Julie's Picks:



5 Thanksgiving Traditions You'll Want to Start This Year



Corn Pudding recipe



Roasted Turkey recipe




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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Crockpot Baked Ziti

Wednesday, November 15, 2017




Hello, friends and Happy November!

Now that the weather is cooler and the winter months are right around the corner, I love using the crockpot to make dinner.  I'd love to share with you this easy recipe to make Crock Pot Baked Ziti.

Have you ever had crockpot baked ziti?  Well, I made this crockpot dish after finding the recipe on Pinterest.

Guess what?  It tastes so good made this way, and you would never know that this isn't made in the oven.




The best part of this recipe is that you don't have to boil any pasta.  You just add all of your ingredients to the pot and let it cook for a few hours.



I made my sauce meatless, but you can always add in chopped beef to the sauce.

This dish tastes so delicious, that you would never know that it was made in a crockpot.  This crockpot baked ziti is the perfect weeknight meal and you can even make this for a holiday party.

You can serve your crockpot baked ziti with a tossed salad and homemade garlic bread.




I hope you all enjoy this crockpot baked ziti recipe as much as my family.  Enjoy!


Yield: 6 to 8 servings

Crock Pot Baked Ziti

prep time: 20 MINScook time: 3 hourtotal time: 3 hours and 20 mins
This is an easy way to make baked ziti without boiling the pasta and using an oven.

INGREDIENTS:


  • 2 (25 ounce) jars pasta sauce (or homemade sauce)
  • 1 pound UNCOOKED penne pasta
  • 15 oz. ricotta cheese
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 dash Italian seasoning
  • 1 dash salt and pepper
  • 2 cups parmesan cheese
  • 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese

INSTRUCTIONS:


  1. Combine ricotta, eggs, and seasonings in a bowl and stir well.
  2. Grease the inside of a 6 qt. crock pot.
  3. Add 2 1/3 cups of pasta sauce to bottom of crock pot.
  4. Add 1/3 of the UNCOOKED penne.
  5. Dot on half of the ricotta mixture and spread out evenly.
  6. Add half of the parmesan cheese.
  7. Add another 2 1/3 cup of UNCOOKED penne.
  8. Dot on remaining ricotta and spread out.
  9. Sprinkle on the remaining parmesan cheese.
  10. Add the last 1/3 of the UNCOOKED penne.
  11. Top with remaining 2 1/3 cups of pasta sauce.
  12. Cover and cook on HIGH for 3 hours, or until pasta is al dente.
  13. During the last few minutes, add mozzarella cheese to the top and allow to melt.
  14. Enjoy!
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**  NOTE:  To see the link to where I found this recipe you can click HERE.
I also changed the recipe around a little bit to my liking.  I cooked everything a little longer in the crockpot so that the pasta is cooked less al dente.  I also used less pasta sauce in the crockpot than the original recipe calls for.




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


Julie
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Cooking and Crafting with J & J #123 and Features

Monday, November 13, 2017


You guys sure are keeping us busy with your submissions...look at all the YUMMY things you guys are whipping up for the upcoming Holidays!! 

Everything looks so tasty! And let's not forget all of the fun Holiday crafts!! :)


Please Visit Our Pinterest Features Board at:


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Plucky's Second Thought



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Jess' Picks:



Pumpkin Spiced French Toast recipe with Amaretto Sauce



Homemade Turkey Stock recipe – Use Your Leftover Holiday Turkey



Paper Bag Thanksgiving Wreath tutorial



Julie's Picks:



Wreath for Thanksgiving tutorial



Turkey Topped Pecan Pie recipe



Dragon Tail Scarf



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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Five Year Blog Anniversary

Wednesday, November 8, 2017


Hello blog friends.

Today is my 5th Year Blog Anniversary!


5 Year Blog Anniversary at Julie's Creative Lifestyle



I can't believe how fast the time has gone by and that it is already five years.  I remember when I first started this blog, and I had no idea what blogging was or how to write a blog post.  

I got started with this blog by the help of my teenager and she encouraged me to share my recipes and crocheting with you.  I am so happy that she suggested that I start a blog and I thank her for introducing me to the blogging world!

I have learned so much and I'm still learning a lot about blogging.  I have enjoyed finding and reading such nice blogs and making wonderful blog friends from all over the world.

I am also inspired by all of your talents and I enjoy looking at your crafts, recipes, homes, household and decorating tips, and travel vacations.  I just wish I had more time to make your recipes and crafts!

One thing that has really made me happy, is that some of you have even made my crochet projects and recipes.  I do hope that I continue to inspire all of you.

You also make me so happy by your support and sharing your projects each week, at the blog party I co-host with Jess from Plucky's Second Thought.  You guys are so awesome!

I even had the opportunity to meet some of you in person, and that was such an awesome experience for me.  I love meeting blog friends and I hope to meet more of you in person, as I continue to blog.





Thank you for the fun five years of blogging, support, and friendship.  I have loved all of your visits to my blog, and your lovely comments throughout the years.

I look forward to another fun year of blogging with you!  😀👍



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

Thanks, everyone and enjoy!

Julie
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Cooking and Crafting with J & J #122 & Features

Monday, November 6, 2017


THANKSGIVING IS RIGHT AROUND THE CORNER! WHO'S EXCITED FOR SOME TURKEY?! :) 

We are still pretty thick in Pumpkin season so we love seeing all the deliciousness you guys are creating! :) 

Have a great week and don't forget to check out all there is to see this week from the amazing Bloggers!!


Please Visit Our Pinterest Features Board at:



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Plucky's Second Thought



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Jess' Picks:



Pumpkin Pancakes recipe with Cinnamon Mousse



Pumpkin Card tutorial



Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Bar recipe



Julie's Picks:



Fall Front Porch



Overnight French Toast Casserole recipe



Preserving and Creating Holiday Traditions



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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