Julie's Lifestyle

Julie's Lifestyle

Meet Up in Union Square

Wednesday, June 22, 2016


Hi everyone, I hope you're enjoying the week.  I belong to a small group of knitters and crocheters that get together and meet at the Barnes & Noble Cafe in Union Square, New York City, once a month.

I look forward to this meet up, and since I was early, I decided to take a few photos of the area to share with you.

Below is a statue in Union Square Park of Abraham Lincoln, and there are many other statues, trees and benches, with people just sitting and enjoying the park.


I just love how pretty the park looks, and there are even tables to sit at and perhaps eat lunch.


There is also the amazing Union Square Greenmarket which has many different vendors selling all kinds of fresh vegetables, fruits, plants, flowers, and food from many farms.  This is so fun to visit and shop for various items.



These cute blooming sunflowers are one of my favorite summer flowers.


Finally, I arrive at the Barnes & Noble Cafe and sit with my friends, enjoying coffee, looking at crochet magazines,  and crocheting potholders!

Some of you may recognize my crochet potholders from Instagram.  You can follow along with me HERE @brklynhousewife.  I look forward to becoming new IG friends.


I really enjoy our meetings and it's sometimes fun to see the reaction and smiles on peoples faces when they see us knitting and crocheting together.

Have you ever knitted or crocheted in public?

By the way, while I was in Barnes & Noble, I had some time to look at the books.  I was so looking forward to reading a new book, but believe it or not I didn't see any that I wanted to read.  If you are reading any good books, and have any recommendations, please let me know in the comments area.



If you would like to make one of these potholders, you can click HERE for the pattern.  The cotton yarn I used is Sugar'n Cream, Holly Jolly Prints.  The crochet needle is US size I. 

Thanks for coming along with me for my little tour of the park, greenmarket, and Barnes & Noble.

If you would like to see more of my crochet creations, click HERE, and my knitting creations, click HERE.

If you are ever in New York City, please take the time to visit this area, as there's a lot of shopping, restaurants, the park, and of course Barnes & Noble Book Store.

I hope you all enjoy the rest of the week and weekend.



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

Thanks everyone and enjoy!

Julie

Cooking and Crafting with J & J #54 & #53 Features

Monday, June 20, 2016

Cooking and Crafting with J & J Link Up


We continue to have SO many incredible submissions each and every week! And obviously the thanks goes out to all of you! :) 

 We hope you enjoy these Features and cannot wait to see what you all Link Up this week! :) 

 As always, we thank you all again for all the support!


Please Visit Our Pinterest Features Board at:



Co-Hosts


Plucky's Second Thought







Features



Jess' Picks:


I Wasn't Expecting That - Long Life Raspberry and Bergamot Jam




Play Dates to Parties - DIY Cinder Block Pallet Outdoor Bar




The Country Chic Cottage - DIY Patriotic Banner




Julie's Picks:



Love Made My Home - Crochet Covered Hanger & Shawl




Foxy's Cottage - Vintage Garden Gate




At Home With Jemma - DIY Americana Wreath


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

Sausage and Potatoes

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Hello blogging friends.  I hope you are all enjoying the week so far.


Today I have a fast and easy recipe to share with you that is made in the oven.  It's Sausage and Potatoes.

The best part about this meal is that there are only a few ingredients needed and one large pan.

This is also a great meal to make in the oven, when the weather does not permit to use a grill.

Below is everything prepared and ready to be put in the oven.

Before the oven.....



The Sausage and Potatoes all cooked and golden brown.  Yum!

And After the oven.....



SAUSAGE AND POTATOES RECIPE

INGREDIENTS:

1 large onion - peeled and chopped
3-5 potatoes - peeled and chopped
6 sweet sausage links - cut into small pieces
olive oil - 4 Tablespoons
salt and pepper to taste
Mrs. Dash Seasoning

DIRECTIONS:

Preheat Oven to 400 degrees F.  Take large baking dish and drizzle a small amount of olive oil in bottom of pan.  In baking dish add sausage, potatoes, and onion.  Then mix that together with the olive oil and seasonings.  Put pan into oven and cook for 45 minutes to 1 hour.  Check often and toss everything until potatoes are golden and sausage is cooked through.

Enjoy!




Do you have any favorite oven recipes that enjoy cooking for dinner?  

To see and try more of my awesome recipes, you can click HERE.


Wishing you all a wonderful end of the week and weekend.  Jess and I will see you all back here on Monday for our Cooking and Crafting with J & J Link Up!  :)



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

Thanks everyone and enjoy!

Julie


Cooking and Crafting with J & J #53 & #52 Features

Monday, June 13, 2016

Cooking and Crafting with J & J Link Up


Wow, we had SO many incredible submissions last week...we actually broke a record on the number of Link Ups! So we thank you all, obviously! :) 

 We cannot wait to see what you all Link Up this week! :) As always, we thank you all again for all the support!


Please Visit Our Pinterest Features Board at:



Co-Hosts


Plucky's Second Thought






Features



Jess' Picks:


The Country Chic Cottage - Spring Mantel Decorating Ideas


Gluesticks Blog - Country Fair Inspired 4th of July BBQ


Robyn's Hobbies - Baked Donut Monday S'mores


Julie's Picks:


Poofing the Pillows - 6 Ways to Summerize Your Kitchen


Garden Tea Cakes and Me - Ideas for Handmade Wedding and Birthday Cards


April J. Harris - Cod with Mushroom and Spinach Sauce


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

Easy Knit Scarf

Thursday, June 9, 2016

Hello everyone.  While some of you are thinking about summer, I love crocheting and knitting all year long.


I recently shared with you my 5 crochet projects HERE, that I made over the winter.  Well, I made so many crocheted projects and I was just got so tired of crocheting, that I decided to knit a scarf.  I made this black scarf with thick yarn and large knitting needles.

I loved using this black yarn because it has mixed into it the colors yellow, blue, green, and purple.  I feel like this will go with any color winter coat.

It was a nice change from crocheting and I enjoyed knitting this simple scarf.

Here is the knitted scarf all finished.  I will be donating this to our annual holiday knit/crochet sale we have every fall at my church.  I now have a large bag filled with crochet and knit items that I made since the beginning of the year.




The yarn is from Lion Brand, Color Waves, soft boucle yarn in the color LAVA #353 Lot # 20594.01.   The yarn is thick and chunky and the knitting needle size is US size 13.  I looked up this yarn online at the Lion Brand website, but I don't think they make this yarn anymore.  This yarn was given to me by my mom a few years ago.  You can always use something similar in thick yarn.

I love using thick yarn and large knitting needles, which made the scarf work up faster.  The stitch I used to make the scarf is the garter stitch.  To see this stitch you can click HERE.

To see more of my knit projects you can click HERE.

I hope I have inspired you to knit a scarf using thick yarn and large knitting needles.  Are you working on any knit or crochet projects right now?



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

Thanks everyone and enjoy!

Julie




Cooking and Crafting with J & J #52 & #51 Features

Monday, June 6, 2016

Cooking and Crafting with J & J Link Up


We're back! We want to thank you all for baring with us. :) 

 We had so many amazing submissions this week that we had such a hard time deciding on the features. :) 

 As always, we thank you all again for all the support!

Please Visit our Pinterest Features Board at:



Co-Hosts


Plucky's Second Thought







Features



Jess' Picks:


Sadie Seasongoods - Hanging Herb Baskets


Simply Stacie - Chocolate Ramen Noodle Bars


Little House Living - Uses For Peppermint Oil


Julie's Picks:


Purple Hues and Me - Turn Grapevine Wreaths into a Whimsical Planter


Howling at the Moon - Jeans Short with Lace


Olla - Podrida - National Salad Month


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

Spring/Summer Gardening in My Yard 2016

Thursday, June 2, 2016


Hello blog friends.  I have recently started working on planting flowers and vegetables in my outdoor space.  The reason why I just started gardening now is because we have had such a cold spring here in the Northeast.  The weather has changed here drastically in the past two weeks from winter, straight to summer.

Come along with me and let me share with you the start of my summer gardening.


This statue of Mary is in my side garden and it's surrounded by lily of the valley flowers.  This statue and the flowers are one of my favorites spots in the garden and the flowers smell amazing.


I bought for the first time a succulent plant and I do hope I have luck with it.  I know that succulents are all the rage right now and I just had to have one.  I think it will be easy to take care of since they do not need a lot of water to grow.


I have a few handmade painted pots with assorted flowers in my yard, which I love.


I do not have a lot of space to plant vegetables.  I usually use big pots and plant herbs and a small variety of vegetables.

I love growing mint and basil plants.  I put them into one pot since I don't have too many pots.  I will see how well these do together and if they need to be separated at some point.  I also planted pepper plants in different varieties and I love using them in salads and frying them up.


Each year I plant at least 3 tomatoes plants in separate pots and different varieties.  I do not get that many tomatoes, but I love growing them and it's the best eating fresh tomatoes.


I never grew zucchini before and this is my first time.  I do hope they grow to be big.


I have this gorgeous pot of pink geraniums and assorted flowers on my front stoop that my Mom gave me for Mother's Day!  Thanks Mom, I love it!


I still have more planting to do and I want to plant impatient plants in various colors.  I am also getting a new spiral topiary for my yard.  It died; I think due to such a big snow storm we had over the winter.  I usually plant impatient plants around my topiaries and I love the way that looks. 

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you enjoyed the tour of my garden.



I will be sharing this with:




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

Thanks everyone and enjoy!

Julie