Julie's Creative Lifestyle

Crochet Face Scrubbie

Wednesday, February 27, 2019



Hello blog friends.  I have this really cute and quick crochet project to share with you.




I was so happy when I received an email recently from a blog friend Diane, who suggested that I try and make some crochet face scrubbies and she left me a link to the pattern. 

One afternoon I decided to try and make one.  It was pretty simple to make once I figured out the crochet pattern.

I think these are a great idea to use for removing makeup and to wash your face instead of using cotton rounds.  After you use the scrubbies and they get dirty, just put them into a mesh zippered bag and toss into the washing machine to clean.

Take a look below to find the details to make your own crochet face scrubbies.


Face Scrubbie and L'Occitane Soap

Face Scrubbie

Yarn Label

Yarn Label


Crochet Face Scrubbie















Details to Make Crochet Face Scrubbie


Yarn:  Sugar 'n Cream White Cotton Yarn

Crochet Hook:  US Size H

Crochet Pattern:  HERE



This is a great gift idea for Mother's Day, Birthday, or you could start them now for Christmas gifts.  You can make the scrubbies and then pair it with fancy soap.



Crochet Face Scrubbie and L'Occitane Soap


Thanks Diane, and blog friends.  I love getting suggestions and feedback from you regarding my crochet and knitting projects.  



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


Julie

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Cooking and Crafting with J & J #181 and Features

Monday, February 25, 2019



Who else is tired of Winter?!?! We are, but we have had some amazingly tasty dishes for you all to check out! 

 We also love seeing how you all are coping with the LONG winter months! :)




Co-Hosts



Plucky's Second Thought



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Features


Jess' Picks:


 
Healthy Cashew Chicken recipe


 
Easy Hot Mocha recipe with a French Press 


  Julie's Picks:


 
New Sew Mardi Gras Mask


 
Easy Beef and Broccoli 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
Inlinkz Link Party



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Easy Beef and Broccoli

Wednesday, February 20, 2019





Hello blog friends.  Do you ever run out of ideas for making a weeknight meal?  I do.  

I was so happy when I saw one of my blog/Instagram friends, Shirley from Intelligent Domestications post up on Instagram (intelligent_domestications), a photo of beef tips that she made for her dinner.

I also saw that Shirley had her crockpot recipe posted up on her blog too.  I hope you will all stop by her Instagram and blog and check out her Crockpot Beef Tips and Gravy recipe.

Well, just by looking at that photo it gave me the idea to make beef strips and broccoli for dinner.  I decided that I would just make mine on the stove.

Below you can see my Beef and Broccoli cooking on the stove.  This is the easiest weeknight meal and everyone will love it.




I love it when I am inspired by my blogger buddies to make recipes that I see on their blogs and on Instagram.  Thanks Shirley from Intelligent Domestications for inspiring me to make this awesome and delicious dish.  

It reminds me of a Chinese takeout dish that we often get when we order Chinese food.




I decided that I would make Instant Pot Rice as a side for the beef and broccoli.  You can serve this dish with anything you like on the side.





EASY BEEF AND BROCCOLI





INGREDIENTS:

I package of beef strips
1 jar of beef gravy
1 small package of frozen broccoli
1 tablespoon olive oil

DIRECTIONS:

In a large skillet add to the pan olive oil and beef strips.  Cook the meat until it is all the way cooked through and no more pink in meat.  Next add in gravy and broccoli and cook them all together until broccoli is done and tender.

Meanwhile you can cook your rice on the stove or in the Instant Pot.

**  For Instant Pot Rice recipe you can click HERE.




Yummy Beef and Broccoli!


Thanks for stopping by and I hope I've inspired you to cook up this easy weeknight meal!



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


Julie



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Cooking and Crafting with J & J #180 and Features

Monday, February 18, 2019



We're so glad you all are back and on board with the new Link Up system! 

You all really upped your game this week with the amazing treats and crafts that you all are working on! :) 

 Cannot wait to see what's in store next time!



Co-Hosts


Plucky's Second Thought



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Features


Jess' Picks:


 
Green Onion and Cheddar Biscuits recipe


 
Grandma’s Cherry Delight recipe


Julie's Picks:


 
Newborn Crown Crochet Pattern


 
Baked Cod Fish 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
Inlinkz Link Party



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Birthday Dinner at Misi

Thursday, February 14, 2019


Hello blog friends.  I celebrated my birthday a few days after Christmas.  We decided to celebrate by having dinner at a restaurant called Misi.  I'd love to share with you our awesome dinner there.





I was so happy and surprised when my husband made and got reservations for our dinner at a local restaurant called Misi.  This restaurant is so hard to get a reservation and you need to book it at least a month in advance.

Luckily, my husband follows them on Instagram, and he was able to book the reservation with them that way.  I love that my husband used social media to get the reservation!


This restaurant celebrates food by making homemade pasta and vegetable antipasti by simple Italian cooking.

When you walk into the restaurant the kitchen is open and you can sit there and eat your dinner and watch everyone working and cooking in the kitchen.  We did not sit there as we had a large table to ourselves to eat our delicious meal.


The menu at Misi


My husband, daughter, and I decided that we would share eating three appetizers to begin our dinner.  We started off with marinated peppers with marjoram and whipped ricotta crostini, grilled baby artichokes with mint salsa verde, and sauteed peppers.
  



We all decided that we would also share four pasta dishes for our main meal.

Strangozzi, pork sugo, nutmeg, parmigiano

Corzetti, Italian broccoli, pine nuts, mint

Chickpea Pappardelle

Spaghetti, fennel pesto, sicilian almonds


We were so full by this point and totally enjoyed tasting all of our pasta and vegetables.  Since we were celebrating my birthday, we still had room to eat dessert.

I had a chocolate gelato and a decaf single espresso.  I was so excited to eat the ice cream that I forgot to take photos of the other flavored gelato.


Chocolate Gelato


Decaf Single Espresso


This was such a nice dinner and the perfect way for me to celebrate my birthday with my family!




Before I go I want to wish you all a HAPPY VALENTINE'S DAY!

I hope you all have a fun time however you celebrate this day.  💗





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


Julie

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Three Things - February

Tuesday, February 12, 2019



Hello blog friends.  Today I am joining in with a new blogger to me, Laura from The Horton Family.  

Laura will be doing a new series called Three Things Write with Me, on the second Monday of every month.  There will not be a link up but if you would like to read about the details you can HERE.

I thought that this would be a fun writing prompt to participate in.  I did not post mine yesterday since Jess and I do the link party Cooking and Crafting with J & J on Monday's.  I will just have to do mine on the second Tuesday of the month.

Here are the writing prompts for February.



1.  Describe one way you've recently shown love to others.

One of the ways that I have shown love to others is when I drove three ladies in my crochet group home from our holiday luncheon party in the beginning of January.  It was so cold out and most of the women in our crochet group do not drive and they either walk or take a car service when they go out.  I was happy to show some love and help them out and drive three of the women of the group home after the party.  I was happy that I made them happy.  :)


2.  What verse, song, or quote inspires you in your current situation.


I am loving this quote right now:

Life is like riding a bicycle.  To keep your balance, you must keep moving.  By Albert Einstein.

I recently started going back to the gym in January after taking some time off from the holidays.  If you missed that post, you can read it HERE.  I just want to keep moving by walking and exercising at the gym so that I can stay healthy.  


3.  The quality I admire most in others is?

Ok.  For me there are a lot of qualities I admire in a person.  One of them is Generosity.  You have a friend or family member in need?  You know someone that needs cheering up or that needs to confide in you?  This quality is no problem for a generous person who has plenty to give emotionally.  They will give to other people in whatever way possible.  I love that in a person and I try to teach this value to my daughter because it will get you far in life.  This is one of the qualities I love about my husband and he will go out of his way and be generous to his family and friends.  :)



I hope you will play along and join in for next month for the second Monday in March.  Here are the writing prompts for March.




If you read this Laura, thanks for a fun writing series and I'm looking forward to the writing prompts for March.





Julie xo
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Cooking and Crafting with J & J #179 and Features

Monday, February 11, 2019



You may had noticed last week that we had a brand new Link Up system.  It's still with InLinkz, however it's their new Link Up version.  We got word that the old version may become extinct.

 Yes, it's different than it was before, but you can still link up 3 posts each week and nothing has really changed - except for the process of linking up.

 We noticed our submissions were down quite a bit, but we hope you'll give it a chance and allow us to make this Link Up the best it can be as it has been. :)



Co-Hosts

Plucky's Second Thought

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Features


Jess' Picks:




Drunken Chicken Tomatoes recipe


 
Pink Lemonade Cookies recipe 

  Julie's Picks:





 
Easy Crochet Fingerless Gloves 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!! :)



Cooking and Crafting with J & J Link Up
Inlinkz Link Party



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