Julie's Creative Lifestyle

Happy Halloween 2018

Wednesday, October 31, 2018


Hello friends and Happy Halloween!





This year at my house I will be giving out Halloween pretzels for the trick-or-treaters!




I will be giving out pretzels because in years past I bought large bags of assorted candy and only have a few trick-or-treaters come to my house.  I would have a lot of leftover candy and then give it out to the ladies in my knit and crochet group.  





I will dress Bosco in his pumpkin costume to greet the trick-or-treaters!  We love looking at the cute costumes on the kids.

My sweet Bosco just turned 11 years old on October 15th!


Bosco in his Pumpkin costume


I hope you all have a fun time and don't eat too much candy!  LOL!

Enjoy the rest of the week and have a good weekend.

Julie

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Cooking and Crafting with J & J #167 and Features

Monday, October 29, 2018



Happy Halloween!!

 The week is finally here and before you'll know it, we'll be roasting Turkeys! :)

 ENJOY THE WEEK and the TREATS!!




Co-Hosts



Plucky's Second Thought

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Features


Jess' Picks:



Banana Crumb Muffins recipe



Create Your Own Creepy Scarecrow tutorial



Julie's Picks:



Halloween Bloodshot Eyes Cookies recipe



Easy Baked Chicken 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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TJ's Banana Bread Mix Muffins

Wednesday, October 24, 2018




Hello friends.  I can't believe it's already the end of October!  

Can you believe that next week is Halloween?

I feel like the holidays are going to fly by so fast!

Well, today I'm sharing the easiest Banana Muffin Recipe.  :)






I love visiting Trader Joe's and on a recent trip there I picked up a box of TJ's Banana Bread Mix.

I was in the mood for something fun and easy to bake.  Making the banana bread mix into muffins was the perfect idea!

I used the muffin recipe right off the box and I used creamed butter instead of vegetable oil as in the picture below.  I added in two ripe bananas and they were the perfect add-in.


Some add-in ideas:

Ripe banana, coconut, berries, walnuts, or peanut butter frosting.

NOTE:  These muffins can also be put in the freezer for another time to eat.  When I want a quick snack I just take out one muffin and put in the micro wave oven for about 20 to 30 seconds.  These muffins tastes so good nice and warm.


What you'll need



Trader Joe's Banana Bread Mix Muffins



Ingredients

Trader Joe's Banana Bread Mix
2 large eggs
1/3 cup creamed butter
3/4 cup water
2 ripe bananas, mashed


Directions

Preheat conventional oven to 325 degrees F.  Grease muffin tins with butter.  Place mix in a large mixing bowl.  Add eggs, water, mashed banana, and mix together until blended.  Fold in creamed butter.  Do not overmix.  Pour batter into tins and bake until golden brown; 20 - 25 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.




SO GOOD AND YUMMY!



What is your favorite thing to bake for fall?





To see another banana bread recipe I made you can click here.

Thanks for stopping by and enjoy the rest of the week and weekend!



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


Julie

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Cooking and Crafting with J & J #166 and Features

Monday, October 22, 2018




Trick or treat, smell our feet...check out all these amazing submissions from some amazing bloggers!! :)




Co-Hosts


Plucky's Second Thought



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Features



Jess' Picks:



Make your own Coffee Tray tutorial



Halloween Mason Jars tutorial




Julie's Picks:



Witchipoo Halloween Poncho tutorial



Mac and Cheese Muffins 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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Crochet Granny Square Baby Blue Beanie

Wednesday, October 17, 2018


Hello friends.  I hope you are all having a nice week and enjoying the fall weather.  :)

I recently crocheted a baby sweater I made and shared with you last week.  If you missed that post and want read about it, than you can click HERE.

I decide to make a matching crocheted baby beanie since I had more left over yarn.



Crochet Granny Square Baby Beanie



This pattern is easy to follow and it can be found here.  Some of the stitches in this beanie pattern remind me of a granny square.  I thought that the hat and sweater would make a nice set and look cute together.

I will be donating this crochet baby set to our annual crochet/knit sale held next month at my church.

You can see below what the baby beanie and baby sweater look like together.  You can get creative and use any baby yarn and colored yarn you like for this project.




Crochet Baby Beanie and Crochet Baby Sweater


DETAILS:

The pattern to make this crochet baby beanie can be found here.

The yarn I used for this beanie is Red Heart baby yarn.  You can use whatever baby yarn or colors you like for this project.

I also used a size US I crochet hook.


I enjoyed making this crochet baby beanie and I'm happy that it matches with the baby sweater.  I hope I've inspired you to crochet this baby beanie or even crochet the whole set!


Thanks for stopping by and enjoy the rest of the week and weekend.


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


Julie



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Cooking and Crafting with J & J #165 and Features

Monday, October 15, 2018




Guys, it's almost Halloween!! Can you believe it?! 

 It definitely took a turn weather-wise this week and now it feels like Fall...finally!! 

 We definitely hope all of our submitters are safe from the hurricane this week!! 

 We cannot wait to see what you all create this week!!



Co-Hosts


Plucky's Second Thought



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Features



Jess' Picks:



Slow Cooker Mustard Pork Roast With Sauerkraut recipe



Crockpot Dark Roast Beer, Coffee Chili recipe



Julie's Picks:



Harvest Glow Tablescape



Boo! A Crochet Ghost!



Let's get to the Link Up!!


Now is your chance to link up your favorite crafts and recipes blog posts! Julie 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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Friday Favorites

Friday, October 12, 2018


Hello friends.  Happy Friday!

My Friday Favorites are.....


1)  My Fairy Blog Mother



I am so happy I had a mini blog makeover!

If you've visited my blog recently, you might have noticed that last week, I had a few changes done to my blog look.

I had a new Header, Pinterest Pin It button, Share It buttons, Read More button added, and some yellow accents to the side bar.  I love the way it looks now with the accent color yellow added.

It's been about two years since I last had any changes done to my blog.  I really wanted an update but nothing too major to be done.  I just wanted a few tweaks to improve the look and function of my blog.

I had my blog friend Linda from Life and Linda do a few blog design changes to my blog.

Linda is a very talented blog designer at My Fairy Blog Mother.  Linda designs many Blogger websites and it was such a pleasure to work with Linda.  She works with you and is professional and works in a timely fashion.

If you are in need of a blog makeover or you want a new blog, please visit Linda, you will be happy you did!

If you read this Linda, thanks so much for the mini blog makeover.  I love it!

KEEP CALM AND KEEP BLOGGING




2)  The Movie - A Star is Born





Last weekend my husband and I went to the movies and we saw A Star Is Born starring Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga.  Wow, let me tell you this movie was so good and I loved it!  Bradley Cooper directed the movie and he stars in it and both he and Lady Gaga's performances were amazing.

The movie is about a musician who helps a young actress find fame, even as age and alcoholism send his own career into a downward spiral.

If you have the chance don't miss this movie.


3)  My New Longchamp Bag


Longchamp Le Pliage Collection Tote Bag


I recently went shopping at the Longchamp Store.   I bought the Le Pliage Collection Tote Bag - Small - in the color Gun Metal.

These bags are all the rage right now and can be seen on so many people of all ages.  When my teen bought this bag in the Large size, in the color Navy, to use for college, and I saw how nice it was, I knew I wanted one too!

I love this bag because I can fit so much into it and it's perfect for everyday use.

These bags can be folded up into a small envelope and are great for traveling since they can fit into a travel carry on bag or suitcase.


4)  My New Fall Mums 

Last week I visited a stand in my neighborhood that had mums in many different colors.  I planted
these colorful mums and arranged them on my stoop.





 I even added the cute Harvest decoration from The Dollar Tree Store.  You all might recognize the decoration I bought from my Dollar Tree Haul.  I love the way the mums look and it brightens everything
up.





Have a nice weekend and see you all next week.







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


Julie






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Crochet Baby Blue Sweater

Wednesday, October 10, 2018



Hello friends.  In the very beginning of the summer, I was excited to crochet a baby granny square sweater.

I made one a long time ago found here and in the photo shown below.  I crocheted the sweater with thin yarn.





This time I decided I would try to crochet another sweater using a thicker type of baby yarn in a light blue color.  I had this yarn left over from a granny square baby blanket that I made for my niece.

I really enjoy making baby granny square blankets for family members who are expecting to have a baby.



Crochet Baby Sweater



I found an easy pattern that I liked when I was searching for one on Pinterest.  The pattern can be found here.

The sweater pattern calls for making 12 granny squares.  If you can crochet a granny square and sew them together than you will have no problem making this baby sweater.



Granny Square


Once I had all of the granny squares made I then started crocheting them together.  I thought that it would be easier but then I changed to sewing them together.  When you crochet the squares together it leaves a ridge in the middle of the seam.


Sewing the granny squares together


I enjoyed working on this sweater and it comes together very fast.  I will be donating this to our annual crochet/knit sale this fall at our church.


Sewing the Baby Sweater


DETAILS:

The pattern can be found here.

For crocheting this baby sweater I used Red Heart baby yarn.  You can use any kind of baby yarn you like for this project.

For crocheting this baby sweater I used a US size I crochet hook.


If I crochet any more baby sweaters with this pattern, I will make one in a larger size next time.  The baby sweater shown above is a size that will fit a very small baby.

I hope I've inspired you to make a baby sweater too.  If you start this project now than you will have enough time to make one for a Christmas gift.  These baby sweaters make great baby shower gifts too.

Coming soon you will see the crocheted baby hat I made to match this sweater.



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


Julie



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Cooking and Crafting with J & J #164 and Features

Monday, October 8, 2018



We love looking at your fun holiday crafts and yummy meals you all are going crazy over!! 

 Who doesn't love this time of year?! SO much fun!! 

 And we still have about 3 more months left of holiday crafting! :) 

 We cannot wait to see what you all create this week!!




Co-Hosts


Plucky's Second Thought



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Features


Jess' Picks:



Jack-O-Lantern Treat Jars tutorial



Crockpot Cider Braised Pork Roast recipe



Julie's Picks:



Pumpkin Coffee Cake Donuts recipe



Crockpot Baked Ziti 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!! :)



Cooking and Crafting with J & J Link Up
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