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.


Serves:  24 Muffins and Plus 12 Mini Muffins


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


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.



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

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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.



YARN:  Any worsted weight yarn in any color you like
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. 


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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.

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.

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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



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


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.


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

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