Julie's Creative Lifestyle

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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Easy Crochet Fingerlass Gloves

Thursday, February 7, 2019




Hello blog friends.  I hope you're all staying warm this winter as it's cold in some parts of the world.  I have a fun project that you might like to crochet and keep your hands warm this winter. 



Me Sampling the Crochet Gloves I Made!



Before the holidays, I started back at the beginning of November, making six pairs of crochet fingerless gloves for my daughter and her college friends.  I wanted to make them so that they could have a handmade gift for Christmas.

I was inspired to make these when my friend from my crochet group was making these for her daughter.  I thought that this would be a fun project for me too.

The pattern to make these crochet fingerless gloves can be found on YouTube with Fiber Spider.  You just have to type in on YouTube easy crocheted fingerless gloves tutorial and look for Fiber Spider. 







I watched the video from Fiber Spider on how to make these crochet gloves.  He explains the process really well and shows you how to make these easy crochet fingerless gloves.  It's really a lot easier to watch a video when making different projects.

I used medium worsted weight yarn that was variegated in different colors and black yarn.  I chose this kind of yarn because they can easily be hand washed and will keep your hands warm.

The stitch that I used to create these gloves is the single crochet in the back loop.

Below you can see the photos I took of the crocheted gloves I made.


2 Fingerless Gloves Made Before Sewing Them Together



Pinning the Side of Fingerless Glove with Stitch Markers



Sewing up the Fingerless Glove with the Yarn


One Set of Fingerless Gloves All Finished


6 Sets of Fingerless Gloves with Hand Cream


Fingerless Gloves and Hand Cream in a Holiday Bag


6 Sets of Fingerless Gloves 



I had so much fun making this project for my daughter and friends.  They were all so surprised and really liked the crocheted gloves.  Knowing that made me happy.  :)

I hope I've inspired you to make them too.  Stay warm everyone and see you all soon.  





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


Julie

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Cooking and Crafting with J & J #178 and Features

Monday, February 4, 2019



Guess what, SPRING is coming early thanks to Groundhog Phil! 

 That calls for a celebration!!  TIME TO CRAFT!  COOK!  BAKE! 

 Let's get creative!!





Co-Hosts


Plucky's Second Thought



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Features


Jess' Picks:


 
DIY Fabric Storage Bins tutorial


 
Spring Wreath tutorial 


  Julie's Picks:


 
Easy Appetizers for Super Bowl


 
Crock Pot Stuffed Peppers 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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Friday Favorites

Friday, February 1, 2019





Hello blog friends and Happy Friday.  I'm loving that it's February and that we all survived January.  I'm sharing a few favorites that I'm loving this week.



1.  My Magazine Subscriptions


I love and get so excited when my magazines come in the mail each month.  Instead of using up airline miles I trade them in for magazine subscriptions.  This way I get to read magazines for free.  You've got to love that!


2.  Maui Moisture Shampoo


I decide to change things up a bit and try out this new shampoo.  I really like the way this shampoo smells and it reminds me of coconuts.  I have dry hair so I use this shampoo with hair conditioner and it makes my hair feel nice and soft.  Have any of you tried this shampoo?  


3.  It Cosmetics CC Cream


I have been wanting to try out this CC Cream for a long time.  I was inspired to try it out when I saw it posted on the blog from Heather who blogs at Our Life in a Click.  I made a visit to the Sephora store and tried out a sample of it on my face.  I really like this foundation and it has great coverage.  Thanks Heather for recommending this foundation, I love it!


4.  L.L. Bean Slippers


I have been wanting new slippers for quite a while.  I received these slippers from L.L. Bean for Christmas.  These slippers work so good and keep my feet really warm.  I don't even need to wear socks with them, as they keep my feet warm and toasty.  These slippers are called Women's Wicked Good Slippers, Venetian.


5.  Three Things



I just started following a new blog to me.  The blogger is Laura from The Horton Family.  She is starting a new series on her blog.  It's called Three Things.  She is giving us three prompts and we write the answers.  She will be doing this on the second Monday of every month starting February 11th.  To see the details you can visit HERE.  Since I help run the blog party, Cooking and Crafting with J & J on Monday's, I will be doing my post on Tuesday, February 12th.  There will not be a link up, but I hope this will help some of you be inspired to write a fun post.


6.  Super Bowl Weekend



My husband is a huge sports fan and we will be watching the Super Bowl Game together on Sunday.  We plan on eating chicken wings.  Yum!  I will have different sides to go with the chicken wings, such as mac and cheese, and some kind of salad.  It will be low key this year, but we will still have fun together!



I hope you've enjoyed reading some of my favorites this week.  Have a Happy Friday and weekend!





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


Julie
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