January 16, 2016

Saturday Show & Tell Link Up!

Welcome to the first of many Saturday Show and Tell Link Ups!


One of my favorite parts of blogging is seeing all the unbelievably creative things that people can do. So, here is your opportunity to show off your stuff! This bi-monthly link up will be open every other Saturday. Completed items are great, as are works in progress! You can brag about the latest updates to your room makeover, gush over your most recent sewing project, or make us jealous with your gorgeous scrapbook spreads! If your creative juices are flowing, this is the place to let us see what you're working on!

After the link up party has closed, you can find each of the recipes on my Wally and Jules: Saturday Show & Tell Pinterest Board. I may even feature a few of my very favorites on my Facebook Page!

Here's how to link up - and a few rules to follow:

1.) Enter the link to your show-off post (not to your main blog page) in the link list below. Anything goes - from cross stitch projects, to sewing, from decoupage to furniture restoration!

2.) Post my Saturday Show & Tell button on your blog so all your friends can join in the fun, too! 

3.) Take a moment or two to check out a few of the links that strike your fancy - leave a comment or follow them if you are so inspired! It's a great way to make new blogger friends, as well as learn about some new crafts!

4.) Answer the weekly question in the comments section below and have fun!
If you could master one skill you don't currently have, what skill would you want to learn? 


January 5, 2016

Tuesday Treats Link Up

Happy 2016! And welcome to the first of many Tuesday Treats Link Ups!

Wally and Jules

Since I am so constantly inspired by the recipes I find on blogs I follow, I wanted to start a bi-monthly opportunity for my readers to share their favorite recipes and treats from their blogs! Anything goes - from amazing appetizers to magnificent main courses...and don't forget the decadent desserts! What delicious dishes have you made recently?

After the link up party has closed, you can find each of the recipes on my Wally and Jules: Tuesday Treats Pinterest Board. I may even feature a few of my very favorites on my Facebook Page!

Here's how to link up - and a few rules to follow:

1.) Enter the link to your recipe post (not to your main blog page) in the link list below.

2.) Post my Tuesday Treats button on your blog so all your friends can join in the fun, too! 

3.) Take a moment or two to check out a few of the links that strike your fancy - leave a comment or follow them if you are so inspired! Not only is this a great opportunity to expand your cookbook, but you can also find some excellent blogs to follow in the process!

4.) Answer the weekly question in the comments section below and have fun!
What are your New Year's resolutions this year?





January 2, 2016

Gift Guide - January 2016

Gift giving is one of my favorite things - and just because the holidays are over doesn't mean that you can't find someone the absolute perfect present! If you're looking to cheer someone up or find a spectacular birthday gift for your favorite January baby, look no further!

This month's featured items were all found on Etsy and I can't think of anyone who wouldn't absolutely love to have each and every one of these items! Links to purchase each item are below - so prepare to open your wallets!


1. Snowflakes Rolling Pin by GoodyWoodyCompl - What a unique gift for your favorite baker! Both beautiful and useful! {$29}

2. Coffee Cup Cozy Knit Mug Warmer by AutumnAndAmber - As a coffee, cocoa, and tea lover myself, I would love this beautiful knit mug accessory! {$14}

3. Personalized Snowflake Necklace by CrystalSongJewels - I have the perfect person in mind for this gorgeous piece of jewelry! {$29}

4. Chunky Knit Blanket by CosenzaStore - Nothing says winter like snuggling up under a cozy blanket and drinking tea while losing yourself fin a great book! {$115}

5. Rustic Wooden Snowman by LittleZebrasBoutique - I love snowmen decor - this little guy would be great both indoors or outdoors! {$22}

Happy shopping, friends! What's your favorite gift to give in the cold, winter months?

September 10, 2015

Life With a Side of Insanity...

Oh, where to begin? Life has taken some exciting and interesting turns lately - and I couldn't be more thrilled about all the changes!

First of all, I am absolutely, completely, and utterly enamored with my new job. Working for the American Cancer Society and doing my part to make a difference in the fight against cancer - how can life get better than that? It has absolutely been an adjustment, but I wouldn't have it any other way. My first big event happened last week and I was very pleased with how it turned out (blog post coming soon) and it made me fall in love with what I do even more! I can't believe that my BIG event is less than two months away! Good gracious, I have some SERIOUS work to do!

Speaking of having tons of work to do, there's some big news in the world of Wally and Jules! G and I bought a house! Not only did we buy a house, we bought a 1960's-hasn't been updated in 50 years-covered all over in wallpaper-olive green and gold adorned house. It may be dated (and that's an understatement) but there is so much potential!

The outside is pretty cute as is...there are a few updates that are needed (and some serious landscaping) but overall, not too much to do here. 
Wowza! Those are some AWESOME 60's style wrought iron room dividers! And see all that glorious wallpaper? Nice. 

The kitchen, complete with the original wall oven from 1968! Still works! Appliance updating, cabinet painting, new flooring, and new hardware will be starting soon!

I don't even have words. This room has major potential, but it's going to take a lot of work. I think this will be my biggest challenge. Plan: whitewash the brick, remove the shelving in front of the windows, new flooring, new paint, and removing the huge ceiling fan. Maybe some recessed lighting? Maybe we just burn the whole room down and start over? :) 

This room might be my favorite in terms of wallpaper. So. Much. Green. 
Between lots of job craziness and renovating a house, I'm pretty sure that it's official - we've gone round the bend! As hard of work as tearing down wallpaper has been, I've actually really been enjoying the projects. We've pulled out all the carpet and have managed to get most of the wallpaper down (except for a few tricky spots). I do believe there is a special place in the depths of hell for people who wallpaper over wallpaper....or even worse, wallpaper over wallpaper that has been painted on!

It's a work in progress, but I can't wait to show you all the after pictures. If it turns out even close to how I'm imagining it in my head, it's going to be a great end result!

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July 6, 2015

Chicken Fried Rice Recipe

If you know me, you know that I am not a cook...not even remotely. There are about five dishes that I can make successfully (seven if you count Kraft Macaroni and Cheese and Ramen Noodles, which are totally legit dishes in their own rights), but otherwise, the cooking gene has absolutely eluded me! Luckily for me, G is a fantastic chef and he cooks our meals nearly every night.

However, this is one of the recipes that I can make - so you know that it's going to be easy. It's also the recipe that I get requests for most often, so you know that it's going to be delicious! I promise, you won't be disappointed!


Ingredients:
- 4 cups cooked white rice
- Chicken, pork, shrimp, or other meat of your choice (I prefer chicken)
- 1 lb. bacon
- 1 medium sized white onion, chopped
- 5 eggs
- Ginger (either fresh or powdered is fine)
- Soy sauce
- Salt and pepper

Directions:

1. Start cooking your rice - once it's completely cooked, set aside. 


2. Prep your meat selection. I typically cook up a few chicken breasts in the oven while my rice is cooking. This is also a great way to use up your leftover rotisserie chicken or pork chops. Any meat choice will do, but the most popular are chicken, pork, or shrimp.

3. Prep your eggs. This can be a little tricky at first, but once you get the hang of it, I assure you it's pretty simple. Crack your eggs into a small bowl and mix well. Add salt and pepper to taste. Then, you're going to make a sort of "egg pancake". Pour the egg mixture into a hot skillet (use non-stick spray if your skillet is not stick-free) and let it cook. Once it has cooked, you're going to flip the egg onto the other side and allow it to complete cooking for a bit. This usually goes pretty quickly - I doubt you'll need more than two minutes total. 



4. Remove your "egg pancake" from the skillet and slice into strips. Set aside. 

5. It's onion chopping time - try your best not to tear up. I am rarely successful in this endeavor! Set aside.

6. Now it's time for the best part - BACON! Slice up the bacon into small pieces...I usually end up with 1"x1" squares. All your prep work is finally complete! Time to do some real cooking! Put the bacon in the skillet and cook until crispy. Leave the bacon in the skillet and DO NOT DRAIN THE GREASE




7. Separate the grease from the bacon by scooting the bacon to one side of the skillet. Use the bacon grease to cook down the onion. Remember...I said this recipe was delicious. I never said it was healthy! ;)


8. Add the ginger to the bacon grease and onion mixture. Start small - this is a very important part of this recipe, but a little can go a long way. You can always add a little more later! 

9. Toss all the ingredients into the skillet that were previously prepped and set aside - rice, chicken, and eggs. Mix everything together and saute for a few minutes. 




10. Add soy sauce to taste. This is another ingredient that you may want to add slowly and gradually - it's always easier to add more than to take away! Give it a little taste - if you feel like your fried rice needs more ginger, now is the time to add more!


11. ENJOY!


If you decide to give this amazing recipe a try, I would love to hear what variations you tried to make it your own! I think that's one of the best parts of this particular meal - you can add or remove any ingredients you want to really make it work for you and your family. What additions did you make? 
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March 23, 2015

Spring is Here!

Spring is here in Kansas City....and it's full steam ahead! I can't believe how beautiful is has been this past week. And this weekend? Unbelievable! The flowers are starting to bloom, the temperatures have been delightful, and some of the perennials in my garden are starting to sprout up from the soil!

Found these gorgeous blooms while on a walk with the Wally dog - so pretty!
This morning when I woke up, I realized that I am getting a serious "spring cleaning" bug! I will be the first to tell you that I am not exactly a clean freak. My husband (who is the world's biggest nut about cleanliness) would absolutely agree! In fact, whenever he goes away for business, I revel in the joy and beauty of letting the dishes pile up in the sink and smile when I walk out the front door in the morning, bed unmade and pajamas on the floor. Of course, the evening before he returns from his trip becomes a super-serious cleaning frenzy night...but hey - add a few glasses of wine to that and it's not so bad!

I have a seriously huge cleaning and organizing project that must be tackled ASAP. The dreaded basement cleanout! For most people, this isn't too big of a task. But in my case, this is going to be a major undertaking. Prior to my dad getting sick, he and my mom were on the "cleaning out all the kids' stuff from the house" kick. The last time they came to visit, they brought with them a trailer of my stuff...a pretty large sized trailer. Which happened to be very, very full.

To put it in a more blunt way: my basement looks like a freaking horder house. No. Really.

Okay. So this isn't actually my basement. I'm too embarrassed to actualy post a photo of the disaster underneath my house. Who wants to come help? ;)
So, instead of actually making progress in the basement, which I should be doing, my plan for the rest of the evening is to watch Mean Girls on Netflix and relax. After all, those boxes aren't going to go anywhere!

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March 16, 2015

First Week Down!

Well, I have completed my first full week with the American Cancer Society. The verdict? I'm enamored! Everyone I have met has been so incredibly welcoming, friendly, and amazing. I know that I have a lot to learn and a long way to go to master my new gig, but I am so motivated and ready!

For the first time in my life, I have a REAL office. With a professional desk. And file cabinets. And windows...BEAUTIFUL, FABULOUS windows! It's very bare bones right now, but I did hit up Ikea for round one of Operation: Outstanding Office. Let me just say that there is some pretty serious office decor competition going on in my building. I have a long way to go, but darn it - it will be AMAZING! So far I grabbed some picture frames and some plants to add a little pizzazz.

I have a rust orange accent wall, so I was thinking I wanted a bright and funky color palette:

Here are a few pics of my very empty, very naked space - pre-decoration and pre-furnite moving around:


This is the gorgeous view from my window. I peer into the courtyard - and I just have to say, I am in love with working downtown. So much action going on and so many great places to explore!


Here are some of the fun ideas I have found on Pinterest and all around the web to make my space even more "me":

DIY Canvas Drip Painting - found at Take the Side Street

I have an awesome accent wall that is just DYING for some gorgeous, colorful art! I love this idea and the tutorial makes it look super easy!
Paper Lanters

My name is Julie and I am a paper lantern addict. Love, love, LOVE these for a fun pop of color!
Circle Garland - Etsy shop Transparent Es Decor

I have a glass panel in my office door. I think these would be a great way to add some fun, but also add a little privacy!


I can't wait to show you all my decor updates as they go! This is definitely going to be a project - I figure I'll add a few new items every few weeks until it's completed. 
I would love any fun decor suggestions from my awesome readers! What fun decorating ideas would you try if you had a blank office to decorate?

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February 28, 2015

Exciting News!

For the better part of a decade, I have spent my days in the dental industry. From the second I started at my first dental job, I have been been enamored. I loved almost everything about it - meeting new patients, learning all about fascinating procedures, assisting in the occasional procedure, and learning everything there is to know (and probably a little more) and the dental insurance industry. I have spent 40 hours a week with people I love doing something I truly enjoy...what more can you ask for?

Well, a few weeks ago, an opportunity presented itself. An opportunity that I just couldn't pass up. And while it will be difficult to say goodbye to my wonderful co-workers and patients, I am absolutely thrilled to have been offered a position where I get to spend my days helping to fight a terrible disease that I have unfortunately become far too familiar with. I am humbled, honored, and excited to be able to say that in a week's time, I will be starting my new career with the American Cancer Society.


I hope that I can make a difference. I hope that someday cancer will never have to affect anyone the way it has affected me and my family. And I hope that my dad and father-in-law are looking down and are proud of my next step. Here's to an amazing new start - fighting cancer and making a difference!

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