Julie's Creative Lifestyle

Americana Crochet Potholder

Wednesday, June 26, 2019

Hello blog friends.    Can you believe it's already the end of June?  I know the summer is going to fly by and next week is already the 4th of July!

I want to THANK everyone who visited my blog and left such sweet comments regarding the Birthday Oatmeal cookies I made for my daughter.  THANK YOU also to everyone who visited my daughter's blog, This Fashion Girl, left comments on her blog, and her YouTube video.  If you missed that post you can read about that HERE.

I recently crocheted these Americana themed potholders one afternoon.  

This is such a fun and easy crochet project and I'd love to share it with you.

They would look great to use for a 4th of July party.

These potholders are so simple and can be made in just a few hours.

They make great gifts and are perfect for the kitchen.



YARN:  1 Skein - Lily Cotton Sugar n' Cream - Red White & Blue
STITCHES:  (HDC) Half Double Crochet


Chain 25.
Half Double Crochet in the 3rd chain from hook.  Continue to HDC to the end of the row.  You should have 22 stitches across.
(For the rest of the potholder I crocheted in the first chain from the hook for each new row).
Chain 2 and turn your work.  HDC 22 times, chain 2 turn your work.
Continue until you have 17 rows total.
At the corner chain 12 and then make a loop and fasten off.  Weave in your ends.

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Birthday Oatmeal Cookies

Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Hello blog friends. 

It was my daughter's birthday at the beginning of May.  

When I saw a recipe for oatmeal cookies posted on Andrea's blog, Living on Cloud Nine, I knew that those were the cookies that I wanted to make.

For the first time baking Oatmeal cookies they came out tasting better then I thought they would.  

I wrapped them in a tin with Happy Birthday paper and sent them to my daughter at college.

My daughter also has a blog called THIS FASHION GIRL and a YouTube channel.  I hope you enjoy looking at her video of a week in the life of a college freshman, finals, and her birthday and opening up the box of surprise cookies.

These are photos before the cookies were baked.


This is what the first batch of cookies looked like.  The cookies came out looking like oatmeal balls!  LOL.

1st Batch of Oatmeal Cookies

For the second batch of cookies, I flattened the cookies a little bit with a spoon.

Even though these oatmeal cookies did not come out looking like Andrea's cookies, they still tasted so good and healthy. 

2nd Batch of Oatmeal Cookies

I saw these same cookies that Andrea made, posted on Carlee's blog, Cooking with Carlee.



1/2 cup butter flavored shortening
1/2 cup butter, softened
1 cup packed light brown sugar
1/2 cup white sugar
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
3 cups rolled oats
1 cup raisins


Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Blend the butter flavored shortening and butter together.  Add the sugars and blend.  Add the eggs, and vanilla and mix again.  Combine the flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, and cloves and stir into the sugar mixture.  Stir in the oats and raisins.  Drop by rounded teaspoonfuls onto ungreased cookie sheets.  Bake 10-12 minutes until light and golden.  Cool for a couple of minutes before removing from cookie sheets.  Store in an airtight container.

Yummy Oatmeal Cookies!

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Ideas for the Fourth of July

Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Hello blog friends.  

I hope that you are enjoying the start to summer and just enjoying spending time outside.

I have just returned from a two week trip to Asia.  We traveled a long distance to Singapore, Vietnam, and Hong Kong.  I am just starting to feel normal and over that jet lag.  It was such a wonderful family vacation.  I'd love for you to follow along with me on Instagram @brklynhousewife to see some of the amazing photos of our trip. 

Here are a few ideas I'd love to share for celebrating 
the Fourth of July.

If you like crocheting, how about crocheting a dishcloth.

This is a fun and easy crochet project.

You can visit HERE for the details to make one yourself.

I always have fun and enjoy crocheting Americana themed coasters.

This is another fun patriotic project to make.  To see the details, you can visit HERE.

It's always fun to make a patriotic looking drink.  Just visit HERE to make this 4th of July drink.

One of our favorite desserts is brownies.  It's always fun eating brownies at a BBQ or get together.




1 Box of Betty Crocker Supreme Original Brownie Mix
1 Large Tube of Pillsbury Chocolate Chip Cookie Mix
1 Box of Oreo Cookies


Grease bottom of 9 x 11 casserole dish.  First layer with cookie dough evenly.  Top with whole oreo cookies.  Mix brownie mix according to box directions and pour over oreos and cookie dough.  Bake according to box directions on brownie mix.  Time may vary and just be sure to check with a toothpick if brownies are cooked enough.  They can be somewhat gooey.  Best served warm.

Whatever you do, I hope you add a little creativity to your life.

Enjoy the rest of the week and weekend.  Wishing all the Dad's a Happy Father's Day.  

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