Julie's Creative Lifestyle

Happy Thanksgiving 2019

Monday, November 18, 2019


Hello blog friends.

I wanted to wish you all a Happy Thanksgiving early.  

I will be hosting Thanksgiving at my house this year.  I will be busy cleaning, food shopping, and cooking.




I will be cooking a delicious turkey and many more side dishes.





I made Corn Pudding Muffins for Thanksgiving last year and I'm sharing the recipe with you again.





CORN PUDDING MUFFINS

Serves:  24 Muffins and Plus 12 Mini Muffins



INGREDIENTS:

2 - 8.5 oz. packages of Jiffy cornbread mix
1 - 14.75 oz. can creamed corn
1 - 15.25 oz. can corn - drained
1/2 cup milk
1/2 cup sour cream
2 eggs - beaten
salt and pepper to taste
muffin cup liners

DIRECTIONS:

Heat oven to 350 degrees F.  Add all of the ingredients into a large bowl.  Stir until everything is combined.  The batter should be lumpy.  Line muffin pan with liners.  Pour batter into cups until 2/3 is full.  Bake in 350 degrees F oven for 25 - 35 minutes.  It's done when toothpick is inserted and it comes out clean.





YUMMY CORN PUDDING MUFFINS



HAVE A HAPPY THANKSGIVING!

I hope you all have a wonderful time celebrating with family and friends. 




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


Julie
Read more »

Crochet Towel Holder

Monday, November 11, 2019


Hello blog friends.  

I have another crochet project to share with you.

I recently made some crochet towel holders.



I made these to donate and sell at our annual crochet and knit sale we host each year at our church.  Our church sale will be held the weekend before Thanksgiving. 





I know these are retro but I thought these towel holders would make nice gifts for the holidays or to use for stocking stuffers.  You can pair them with a holiday towel and they'll look festive.



I had fun making these with different colored yarn.  The fun part is they are a quick project to crochet.  You do not need a hair rubber band to use for the ring on this towel holder.









CROCHET TOWEL HOLDER



DETAILS TO MAKE CROCHET TOWEL HOLDER

YARN:  Any worsted weight yarn in any color you like
CROCHET HOOK:  US size I
PATTERN:  This pattern was found on YouTube by crochet designer Nautical Moon




I hope you visit Nautical Moon on YouTube and crochet these fun towel holders. 

HAPPY CROCHETING!



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


Julie
Read more »

Friday Favorites - November

Friday, November 8, 2019

Hello blog friends.  Happy November.

I'm happy to share with you my Friday Favorites.




1.  Celebrating My Blogiversary

I can't believe today is my 7th-year Blogiversary!  I am amazed that I've been blogging for this long.  I continue to blog because of you and you keep me inspired and motivated to be creative.  I look forward to your blog visits and your sweet comments.  I like the blog friendships I've made with you and I'm thankful that some of you have even made my recipes and crochet projects.  I appreciate you and cheers to blogging with each other.
THANK YOU!



2.  Thanksgiving Recipes

I like looking at the recipe ideas in my magazines.  I hope to try out a few for the holiday season as I will be hosting Thanksgiving at my home this year.




3.  Apple Pie

I enjoy making an apple pie for Thanksgiving.  I posted on the blog a few years ago this Semi Homemade Apple Pie recipe.  It's so easy to make and perfect for the holidays.



4.  Monarch Butterfly

I spotted a few weeks ago this monarch butterfly.  I was surprised that it stayed on the ground for such a long time.



5.  Fall Vignette

Fall is one of my favorite seasons.  I recently spotted this pretty fall vignette with the pumpkins, mums, pansies, cabbages, and corn stalk.  Some of you might remember this photo on my Instagram @brklynhousewife.




6.  Recent Visit 

We visited our college girl a few weeks ago.  It was a beautiful fall weekend.



We were also happy to see John Legend perform for her college.  He is such an amazing singer and performer and we LOVED seeing the show.



We had breakfast the next morning at a popular cafe.  I enjoyed my pretty latte and egg on a croissant sandwich.



7.  Recent Book

I just finished reading Meet Me in Monaco by Hazel Gaynor and Heather Webb.  I was so interested in reading this book after it was given 5 stars and recommended by the Preppy Empty Nester.  It's the love story of a perfumer in Monaco and an American journalist.  It also involves Grace Kelly's wedding.  I'm sure you'll enjoy reading this book too.  




Thanks for stopping by.  Have a happy Friday and weekend.






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


Julie

Read more »

Instant Pot Frozen Chicken and Potatoes

Monday, November 4, 2019




Hello blog friends and Happy November.  

I love cooking fast and easy weeknight meals as many of you may know.  One of the ways I can accomplish this is by cooking a meal using my Instant Pot.

I usually have frozen chicken cutlets in the freezer to thaw for a weeknight meal.  One day I didn't take out of the freezer the chicken cutlets.  Instead, I decided to make this chicken dish using the frozen chicken in the Instant Pot for a quick meal.

I was amazed at how this dish came out tasting so fresh and delicious.  I also made Instant Pot White Rice as a side to go with this meal.  

This chicken dish reminds me of Chicken Stew.  If you like using the Instant Pot, I hope you'll try out this easy weeknight meal.






Chicken and Potatoes just finished cooking in the Instant Pot





INSTANT POT 
FROZEN CHICKEN AND POTATOES





INGREDIENTS:

5 frozen chicken cutlets
1 cup of chicken or vegetable broth
1 tablespoon minced garlic
1/4 teaspoon turmeric
1/4 teaspoon hot pepper flakes
12 small potatoes - cut up small
1 small bag of frozen mixed vegetables
1 tablespoon butter
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper

DIRECTIONS:

Spray bottom of Instant Pot with cooking spray.  Add butter, garlic, and broth into the pot.  Place frozen chicken, potatoes, mixed vegetables, and spices into the pot.  Close the lid and make sure the vent is sealed.  Press the Manual Setting/High Pressure and set to 25 minutes and natural release.

SUGGESTIONS:

You can make rice or mashed potatoes for a side and then place the chicken mixture on top.





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


Julie


Read more »

Happy Halloween 2019

Thursday, October 31, 2019


Hello blog friends.

HAPPY HALLOWEEN!




This year I will be giving out mini chocolates to the trick-or-treaters.


My dog Bosco likes dressing up in his super dog costume and he'll be my helper!





Hope you all have a fun time and don't eat too much candy!

Julie xo


Read more »

Purple Crochet Baby Blanket

Monday, October 21, 2019


Hello blog friends.

I have been working on crocheting a baby blanket and I'm happy to say that I have finally finished this crochet project.




I started working on this project back in the middle of the summer.  I would crochet a little bit on the blanket each week until I finished it.  

This baby blanket I am going to donate to our church for their holiday sale.  We will be having our annual holiday sale the weekend before Thanksgiving.

I chose a beginner baby blanket pattern that was simple to make.





Some of you may remember seeing this photo on my Instagram feed @brklynhousewife.




I used the double crochet stitch and half double crochet stitch to make this blanket.

The details to make a similar blanket are shown below.  

I hope I have inspired you to make an easy crochet baby blanket.  These make great baby gifts.






PURPLE CROCHET BABY BLANKET




DETAILS:

YARN:  Caron One Pound - Lilac 577
CROCHET HOOK:  US Size I
STITCHES:  Ch - Chain, Sk - Skip, St - stitch, SC - Single Crochet, DC - Double Crochet,
HDC - Half Double Crochet

DIRECTIONS:

Ch 57.
Row 1:  DC in 3rd ch from hook and in each ch across, turn 55 dc.
Row 2:  Ch 2, dc in each dc across, turn.
Repeat Row 2 until blanket measures 21 inches.  This is for a small blanket.  For a larger blanket 30 inches from the beginning.  Do not fasten off.

Border:

Round 1:  HDC all the way around the blanket.  For the corners add 3 HDC.
Round 2:  3 DC in 1 St, Sk 1 St, SC in St, 3 DC in 1 St.  Repeat this all the way around the blanket.
Fasten off.
Weave in ends.

NOTE:  I did not follow the exact pattern from the book I used, the yarn, or crochet hook.  Above is for the baby blanket I made.  The book pattern is Leisure Arts, Crocheting for Baby, 16 Adorable Baby Accessories.  The blanket measures 21 inches x 21 inches before the border is added on the blanket.



PURPLE CROCHET BABY BLANKET

Happy crocheting!



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


Julie


Read more »

Friday Favorites - Middle of October

Friday, October 18, 2019


Hello blog friends and Happy Friday.  

I'm happy to be sharing my Friday Favorites with you!




1.  Recent Book Read

I recently finished reading the book Sula by Toni Morrison.  I enjoyed this book and the books I've read by this author many years ago.  Toni Morrison tells the story of two girls who become friends and how their friendship ends in an unforgivable betrayal - or does it end?




2.  Maybelline Dream Urban Cover

I recently purchased at Walgreens Dream Urban Cover foundation for $12.99.   I was so happy and excited to try out this new foundation.  Dream Urban Cover also has an SPF of 50 but a smaller tube at 1.0 oz.  The coverage is lighter than the It foundation and not as thick which is perfect to use in the summer.  It Cosmetics CC Cream has an SPF of 50 and 1.08 oz. but the price tag is $39 at Sephora.    





3.  Halloween Candy

I am all set to give out this bag of candy to the kids in my neighborhood for Halloween.  Are you all ready for Halloween?




4.  Breakfast Date

Mr. JCL and I recently had another breakfast date at our local Italian eatery.  I had the zucchini frittata with a toasted everything bagel and the hubs had an egg sandwich on a bagel.  It's a nice way for us to get out and enjoy a nice breakfast together.  




5.  Organizing

I am constantly organizing different areas of my house.  I bought these three baskets to keep hats, scarves, and gloves organized in our coat closet.




6.  Fall Flowers

I love decorating the front of my house with mums and pumpkins.  The squirrels have been enjoying themselves chewing on my pumpkins.  UGH!    



7.  Bosco's Birthday

We just celebrated Bosco's 12th birthday on Tuesday.  He has been such a delight and joy to our family.  He is playful, affectionate, and loving to us and everyone he meets.  We celebrate each of his birthday's with a McDonalds hamburger without the pickle and onions, which he LOVES.  His burger was eaten within minutes.   



8.  Blogger Makes Basic Overnight Oats

I posted on the blog last week my easy recipe for Basic Overnight Oats.  Oliva from Creative Quest made the oatmeal and posted about it on her blog HERE and her version of making the overnight oats.  It makes me so happy that I've inspired some of you to try my recipes and crafts.  Thanks Oliva for making the overnight oats and glad you enjoyed this breakfast recipe.




Thanks for stopping by.  Have a Happy Friday and weekend.





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


Julie

Read more »