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Friday, January 18, 2019




From the Holidays - Part 1


1)  A Night Visit to New York City



In mid-December we drove into the city to pick up my daughter who was taking the train home from college.  I was able to capture the Empire State Building and Macy's.


2)  Our Dog Bosco



My cute and loving dog Bosco let me put this silly reindeer headband on him.  He was so funny and kept it on his head for a while.  In this photo he reminds me of a cute little reindeer.


3)  Holiday Glass



My daughter bought us this really cute glass from her college.  I have it sitting on my kitchen windowsill, and when I look at this glass it always puts a smile on my face.


4)  Holiday Baking



It was so much to fun to see my daughter and friend in the kitchen baking this Starbucks copycat lemon pound cake.  They decided to bake this cake late one evening during the holidays.  They both found the recipe on a blog and then went to the store to buy all the ingredients for the cake.  I was so impressed and amazed at how great this cake tasted.  I hope they make it again next Christmas!


5)  Baked Goodies



We all enjoyed and had a lot of sweets during the holidays.  On Christmas day we had checkerboard cake, pastries, and assorted cookies that my sister-in-law made.


6)  Costco Mac and Cheese




We never had Costco's Mac and Cheese before and we decided to try it out for part of our Christmas dinner as one of the sides.  The funny thing is my sister-in-law brought with her mac and cheese for our Christmas dinner, not knowing that we had it too.  (Great minds think alike).  To solve the problem I used my sisters-in-law for Christmas Day and we had ours a few days after Christmas.  I would definitely have the Costco mac and cheese again for another special occasion.

These are just a few favorites from the holidays.










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Julie

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Lunch and Christmas Shopping in New York City

Wednesday, January 16, 2019






Hello blog friends.  I went to lunch and did Christmas shopping in lower Manhattan during the second week of December.

My husband took the day off from work but had a business lunch meeting to attend and I came along too.  We decide to do the holiday shopping after our lunch, as we were in no hurry.

I took a few photos of the buildings located in the lower part of Manhattan along the way to the restaurant.

Below you can see part of the building that looks like a fin of a fish, it's called the Oculus Building.


A View of the Oculus Building


Look more views of the Oculus Building!







This guy below is busy looking in his briefcase for something very important!




This was our first time we ate lunch at this restaurant and we went to the lobby of the building.  I asked my husband to take a photo of me in front of this gorgeous Christmas tree.  Look how small I look next to the huge tree.  LOL!

We did not realize it but we were waiting at the wrong area and we had to go back outside to the other side of the building to get to the restaurant.




We had lunch at the restaurant called Manhatta.  It's located at 28 Liberty Street, New York, NY on the 60th floor.  We took an elevator up to the 60th floor and we were amazed at the gorgeous views of the city.


Manhatta Restaurant and Bar


For our lunch we each had appetizers but I forgot to take photos of them.  I had scallops for my main dish that tasted delicious.



My husband had trout with risotto and other vegetables.




A huge cheeseburger with onion rings and pickles for the other guest.




After our lunch we all had coffee.  I had a latte with a pretty heart design made out of the foam.





After our lunch, while still inside the restaurant, it was photo time.  We had an awesome view of the city.

This is a photo of my husband and I.  We are both camera shy.  :)




Look at these gorgeous shots I took while we looked out the window.  We were lucky to have a clear day.







After our amazing lunch, we went to do Christmas shopping in the H&M store and in the Oculus Building.  If you like shopping, then you will like the stores inside the Oculus Building.


If you ever come to visit New York City, you don't want to miss a visit to lower Manhattan.  I would suggest after sightseeing perhaps have lunch or dinner at Manhatta.



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Julie

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Cooking and Crafting with J & J #175 and Features

Monday, January 14, 2019



We honestly missed you all!  We truly love seeing what you're all up to each week and we then realize how talented you all are! :) 

We definitely have a great group of bloggers here that we cherish! :) 

 Lets go out with a BANG for 2018!




Co-Hosts


Plucky's Second Thought



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Features



Jess' Picks:



 
The Perfect Chocolate Chip Cookie recipe


 
Easy Fudgy Cake Mix Brownies recipe 


  Julie's Picks:


Voie Lactee




Crock Pot Italian Style Chili 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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Crock Pot Italian Style Chili

Thursday, January 10, 2019


Hello blog friends.  It's been awhile and I'm happy to be back from my holiday blogging break.

I really enjoyed taking the time off to spend time celebrating the holidays with my family and friends.  

I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and wishing you all a Happy New Year.

This is my first post of 2019 and I thought I would share with you a crock pot recipe.





  One of the best ways I love to warm up on a cold winter night is with a bowl of hot chili.  

I recently made crock pot chili but Italian style.  





If you like chili then you are going to love this easy recipe.  


Take a look below, and you will see the chili cooking in my brand new crock pot.  The last two crock pots I had broke.

I really missed making weeknight meals in a crock pot.  This is one of the easiest ways for me to get a good dinner on the table and I don't have to be slaving over a hot stove.  


Well, after searching in the stores, I was so happy when I found this crock pot on sale for only $20.  The crock pot may not be that fancy, but it works just perfect for me.






Below you can see the chili all cooked after cooking on High for about five hours.  

I served the chili with brown rice that I made in my Instant Pot.  The brown rice cooks so fast and comes out fluffy.

For the easy recipe to make Instant Pot Rice, you can click here.






CROCK POT ITALIAN STYLE CHILI














INGREDIENTS:

1 pound ground beef
1 onion, chopped
2 green peppers, chopped
1 tablespoon minced garlic
1/2 jar tomato sauce
1/2 cup water
1 can black beans, drained
1 can red kidney beans, drained
1 can corn, drained
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1/4 teaspoon Mrs. Dash seasoning
1/4 teaspoon hot pepper flakes
1/4 teaspoon turmeric
crock pot
non-stick spray



DIRECTIONS:

Cook beef in skillet until browned.  Pour off and drain fat from browned beef.  Spray non-stick spray into crock pot.  Mix the rest of the ingredients into the crock pot.  Cover and cook on LOW for 8 to 10 hours or set on HIGH for 4 to 5 hours or until done.

Enjoy!


Yummy Chili!






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Julie

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Cooking and Crafting with J & J #174

Monday, January 7, 2019




We're back!! 

 We hope you all had a fabulous holiday season and we cannot wait to see what 2019 holds!! 

 Let's do this!!



Co-Hosts



Plucky's Second Thought



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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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