Julie's Lifestyle

Julie's Lifestyle

Happy Valentine's Day 2016

Friday, February 12, 2016

Hello Blogging Friends.  Valentine's Day is in a few days and I'd  love to share with you some inspirational ideas.  I have a fun recipe and an easy and quick crochet project that I've made in the past.  I hope you all enjoy!


Lobster Tails Recipe





Crochet Tea Cup Cozy and Pattern



WISHING YOU ALL A VERY

HAPPY VALENTINE'S DAY!!

Have a wonderful weekend and see you all next week.


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

Thanks everyone and enjoy!

Julie








Wordless Wednesday - Winter Storm Jonas 2016

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

(And not so Wordless)



This is a photo I took, while I was looking outside my dinning room window when we had the blizzard.  It started snowing on January 22, 2016 until the 24th.  We had so much snow that it's total was 26 inches (2 feet).  There was so much snow outside that it came all the way up to the top of the car tires.  I love the way the snow drifts look.  We were so lucky that the snow melted within a few days.  Since then we had another small snow storm in total of 3 inches of snow.  This week we have also had a few snow flurries but no accumulation of snow.   

Have you had any snow in your area this winter? 


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

Thanks everyone and enjoy!

Julie

Cooking and Crafting with J & J #37 and Features

Monday, February 8, 2016

Cooking and Crafting with J & J Link Up


Well it's here, Valentine's Day week! Don't let it slip by without taking advantage of some of these great ideas! :)


Please Visit our Pinterest Features Board at:


Co-Hosts

Plucky's Second Thought



Features


Jess' Picks:


My Husband Has Too Many Hobbies - Watercolor Valentine



Everyday Made Fresh - Peanut Butter Hot Chocolate



Much More Creative - Valentine Tags


Julie's Picks:

Krafty Owl - DIY Flower Pot Pen Holder



Sweetbriar Dreams - The Chocolate Melting Pot



Jenerally Informed - Valentine's Day Book Marks


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 projects, recipes, 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

Five on Friday - Catching Up on Things.

Friday, February 5, 2016

Hi friends, today I'm joining Amy from Love Made My Home for her Five on Friday series.


Today I'm sharing five things I would like to take the time to catch up with.

1)  MAGAZINES - I love reading magazines and I have so many that I need to catch up with.  I have been so busy these past few weeks with getting ready for the holidays and then taking down all of the Christmas decorations and packing them away.  I just have not had the time to sit and read or the ambition.  I would like to find some time to relax and do this.

2)  CROCHETING - I love crocheting, but I want to be more motivated and inspired to work on different projects and stick to it.  I sometimes start working on something and then I loose interest or get too busy or I'm just too tired to crochet.  The crochet lap blanket that I'm currently working on is half way finished.

3)  ORGANIZE - I want to focus on organizing some areas of my house.  I have a guest room that we do not use too often that needs to be organized.  I tend to use this room as a storage room, wrap Christmas presents in, and to dump everything else that I'm not using in.  I want to straighten other areas of my house too.  I think wintertime is perfect for organizing since we are not outside that much.

4)  BOOKS - I have not read a book that I have enjoyed reading in a long time.  I am happy to report that yesterday I was invited over to my friends house and she had so many mystery books for me to choose from to read.  I picked out Mean Streak by Sandra Brown and three more mystery books.  We then had tea and cake and I had a lovely afternoon.  I was so excited yesterday that I read three chapters in the book already.  I am happy to be back reading again.

 5)  MEAL PLANNING - Now, I love cooking different recipes, and I get excited when I find a new one that I like, but I'm terrible with meal planning.  I sometimes wait all the way until the late afternoon to decide what to make for dinner.  I want to try and plan a few meals to make for dinner during the week.  Then I need to make sure I have all of the ingredients to make those dishes.


Thanks for stopping by and listening to my Five on Friday.  Please visit Amy at Love Made My Home for her Five on Friday series and to see what other bloggers will be linking up.

Wising you all a wonderful day and weekend.


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

Thanks everyone and enjoy!

Julie




Macarons from Laduree

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Hello friends, I hope you are all having a nice week.  Have any of you ever tried eating a macaron before?  Well I love them and they are one of my favorites.  They are small pastries that are in the shape of a small round colorful cake, with a cream filling in the middle of the cake, and they come in many different flavors and colors.  I love how pretty they look and they taste amazing.

Over the holidays I was surprised with a small box of them, shown below, made from the bakery Laduree.  Laduree is a Parisian tea salon that began as a bakery in 1862 in Paris, France, and has many locations all over the world.  They have two locations in New York City, one in Soho that has a restaurant, and the other location is a shop on the upper east side of manhattan, that sells macarons and pastries.  To read more about Laduree, you can click HERE.

Take a look at these beauties:




Macarons are available in many different stores and bakeries such as Laduree, Whole Foods, Amazon, and Dana's Bakery in New York City.  I have had the macarons from Dana's Bakery and they taste really good and they just melt in your mouth.  The macarons from Dana's Bakery taste just as good as the ones from Laduree.  I have seen them also available in Trader Joe's and Costco.  Macarons are such a popular trend right now that you don't want to miss.   

A box of macarons would also make the perfect gift for Valentine's Day.

I would love to try and bake them sometime, but I think it's a very involved process, so I'd rather just buy them to enjoy eating instead.  Have you ever had a macaron before or baked your own?  

PLEASE NOTE:  I would also like to thank everyone who commented and gave me advice on my blog post that I did about what is going on with Google Friend Connect and my blogging frustration.  You can read about that blog post HERE.  THANKS so much for all of your comments, advice, and helpful hints, as I really appreciate your support and blogging friendship.  The blogging community is great.  I have decided not to use google plus at this time, and to have my followers follow me by Bloglovin, email, and social media.

Thanks for stopping by and see all you at the end of the week.


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

Thanks everyone and enjoy!

Julie

Cooking and Crafting with J & J #36 and Features

Monday, February 1, 2016

Cooking and Crafting with J & J Link Up

Who'da thought that it would be February already?! WOW! Where did January go?! 

 Hope you're week is a great one...and once again, we'd like to thank each and every one of you for all your support week after week! :)

Please Visit Our Pinterest Features Board at:


Co-Hosts

Plucky's Second Thought






Features


Jess' Picks:

Cooking With Carlee - Absolute Favorite Alfredo Sauce


Kleinworth & Co. - Cinnamon Roll Pull Apart Bread


Rosemary & Thyme - Chocolate Mousse


Julie's Picks:


Note Songs - Almost Mid Week With Marion


Have a Daily Cup of Mrs. Olson - A Beautiful Mess


Where Blessings Gather - Apple Blueberry Crisp for a Cold Winter's Day


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 projects, recipes, 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

Blogging Frustration!!

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Hello blogging friends.  I hope you are all having a nice day and week.  I am writing this because I'm so frustrated and disappointed with google friend connect!

GOOGLE FRIEND CONNECT

There have been some changes with google and following people on GFC.  Google now wants you to have a google account in order to follow other bloggers that way on google friend connect.  I have lost many followers within the past few weeks and it's very frustrating to me since we bloggers work so hard on our blogs!!

To read more about google details and plans you can visit my post HERE.  It's located in the middle of the page.

I used to have a google plus account,  and I had many followers there, but it just started getting a little bit too weird for me!  I think I deleted the account unfortunately.  I guess I will have to open up a new account again with the help of my techie in the family.  I am so mad and frustrated at myself for getting rid of the account.

I am so afraid that google will be getting rid of Google Friend Connect completely.  Until I figure out this mess, you can always follow along with me on Bloglovin, by email, and Social Media, which are all located on my sidebar.  

Thanks so much for all of your loyalty and support and for following along with me.  If you have any suggestions or advice, please leave a comment in my comments area on the blog.

Take care and wishing you all a wonderful day and weekend.  

Julie