Creative Ways Link Party #52 and Features

Welcome to the 52nd Creative Ways Link Party! I can hardly believe it's been a year of partying with you all! Thank you so much for spending a part of your week with us!


I'm not quite sure why my crafting mojo is off lately, but I'm still whipping up things in the kitchen. Here's what I shared since the last party in case you missed them the first time...


I chose this week's features based on a Mother's Day theme... posts that might inspire you to serve up something delicious to your mom or maybe whip up a heartfelt card or DIY gift.

Since Mom gets to be queen for a day, I think she should be able to have dessert first! I'm thinking this Twix Brownie Trifle from All She Cooks would be the perfect sweet treat!

I love just about any food that I don't have to make for myself. That being said, out-of-the-ordinary salads always tempt my tastebuds. This Smoked Turkey, Cherry and Feta Salad by Yesterfood would definitely put a smile on my face if it was served to me on Mother's Day, or any day really. 

These Mini Fruit Pizzas that Sweet and Savory by Shinee brought to the party would make the perfect addition to a Mother's Day Brunch table. 

Now that the food is taken care of, it's time to make our way to the gifts... This Happy card by Paper Seedlings would be such a sweet way to express your love and appreciation to Mom. I'm going to have to try the flower trick she used!

Over the Apple Tree found an adorable way to reuse a pickle jar. I adore this Crochet Jar that she made. What a pretty holder for Mom's craft table or even makeup brushes!

One last gift for Mom, one that will help her relax and look back over the lovely day she just enjoyed with you... Lemongrass Ginger and Rose Bath Salts by My Life Cookbook.

If you missed these wonderful posts, be sure to click through their links to check them out! 

To see some of the past features, check out my Creative Ways Link Party Features Board on Pinterest. I'm hoping that will bring your posts even more exposure! I hope you'll follow along! 


Link Party Guidelines
  • Please link up to 3 of your family-friendly DIY Projects, Crafts or Recipes...your Creative Ways
  • Please link to a specific post on your blog, not just your home page.
  • Please do not link up Etsy shops or giveaways.
  • Please follow Posed Perfection by clicking on one of my pretty, colorful buttons on the sidebar, and let me know so I can follow you back.
  • I'd love for you to add the party button to your post, a visible link back on your post, or a link on a party page. We want your creative friends to join us too!
  • Be sure to visit at least 2 links and leave some comment love. 
  • By linking up to this party, your are giving authorization for your projects/recipes to be featured with a photo and a link back to your blog.
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    Remember, this is a party... be sure to mingle! Please don't link up and run. Visit a couple of the posts above yours and just practice kindness. We all want to hear, "Great job!"
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    Avocado Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies ~ Cookie of the Month

    Welcome to May's Cookie of the Month post! The special ingredient for May is chocolate chips, in honor of National Chocolate Chip Day on May 15th. While I could have just posted a standard chocolate chip cookie, I had an extra avocado that needed to be used. (I hate to let those go to waste.) The wheels started spinning and before I knew it, I had made up a batch of these Avocado Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies.

    No one has to know the secret ingredient in these yummy Avocado Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies.

    Let me just say, they were devoured by my peeps. I hope you love them as much as my non-avocado-loving people did! They are a soft cookie, full of chocolatey oatmeal goodness. I may have even had a couple for breakfast. ;-)

    No one has to know the secret ingredient in these yummy Avocado Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies.

    What's great about using avocado is that it replaces some of the less-than-healthy fats with good heart-healthy fats, and you can't taste the difference. Avocados are also higher in potassium than bananas and they are loaded with fiber and antioxidants. I big puffy heart avocados.

    Avocados take these cookies to the next delicious level!

    Here's what you need: avocado, butter, brown sugar, eggs, vanilla, all purpose flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, quick oats, and chocolate chips.

    Lots of health benefits for substituting avocado for other fats.

    Start by creaming together mashed avocado, butter and sugar.

    Avocado Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies process.

    Next add in eggs, one at a time, and then vanilla.

    Avocado Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies process.

    The dry ingredients come next, followed by the oats and chocolate chips.

    Avocado Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies process.

    Drop by teaspoonful onto baking mat and flatten with a glass dipped in water.

    Avocado Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies process.

    Bake at 350 degrees until golden, or about 18 minutes.

    Avocado Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies process.

    Remove to wire rack to cool completely. Serve with milk or coffee.


    Avocado Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies
    (makes about 3 dozen)

    1 medium ripe avocado
    1 stick salted butter, softened
    1 1/2 cups brown sugar
    2 eggs
    2 tsp. vanilla
    2 cups flour
    1 tsp. baking soda
    1/4 tsp. salt
    1/2 tsp. baking powder
    1 1/2 cups quick oats
    1 1/2 cups mini chocolate chips

    Cut avocado in half and scoop the flesh into bowl; mash up with fork. Cream together the mashed avocado, softened butter and brown sugar until it is fluffy. Add eggs one at a time, followed by vanilla. Stir until thoroughly incorporated. Slowly mix in flour, baking soda, salt and baking powder.  Stir in quick oats and mini chocolate chips just until combined.  Cover and chill for at least 1 hour.

    Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Line a baking sheet with baking mat or parchment paper. Drop spoonfuls onto the mat 2 inches apart. Flatten the dollops with glass dipped in water. Bake for 18 minutes, or until golden brown. Remove to wire rack to cool completely. Repeat with remaining dough. Makes about 3 dozen cookies.

    No one has to know the secret ingredient in these yummy Avocado Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies.

    So, there you have it... May's Cookie of the Month challenge using chocolate chips. I hope you'll give these a try the next time you have an extra avocado. Some of my bloggy friends are sharing their chocolate chip cookie recipes today too! Stop by and check them out!

    Cowboy Cookies from Kelli's Kitchen
    Malted Milk Chocolate Chip Cookie Sandwiches from Tastes of Lizzy T
    Corn Flake Chocolate Chip Cookies from Bake or Break
    Brown Butter Hazelnut Chocolate Chip Cookies from A Cookie Named Desire
    Chocolate Chip Cookie Pops from Jen's Favorite Cookies

    Need a couple more out of the ordinary chocolate chip cookie recipes to try?




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    I'm linking up at some of these great parties and

    Food for the Soul ~ Psalm 104:33

    Hello, sweet friends! We have a couple of cardinals that visit our backyard daily. I love hearing the familiar calls that they send out to their mates, and am always enthralled when we spy them in our trees. Their persistent melodies are reminders to me of our praise to the Lord. They, too, should be persistent throughout our days. Whether we are happy or sad, our voices and hearts should always be praising our Heavenly Father... because He is worthy to be praised.


    Wishing you a beautiful week of joy and peace!
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    Creative Ways Link Party #51 and Features

    Happy Wednesday! Thanks for stopping by to share your latest and greatest projects with us here at the Creative Ways Link Party! I am always astounded at the creativity you all bring to the party each week.

    In case you missed my posts since the last party, here's what I've shared in the last week.

    Ready to see what posts caught my eye from the last party?

    Once Spring makes its appearance, I can't help but think about all things lemon. From the bright, cheery color to the delicious tartness. Making It In The Mountains must feel the same way. She shared the post 16 Lovely Lemony Desserts

    The DIY Dreamer always amazes me with her adorable and simple tutorials. These DIY Cute as a Button Earrings are no exception. My daughter was eyeing these and is planning a trip to the craft store as I type this!

    Alli Renee Blog used a cast off to create this adorable and useful Farmhouse Mail Holder. Great tutorial on achieving that galvanized metal look.

    This Easy Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream shared over at Memories by the Mile looks so creamy and delicious! I can't wait to try this simple recipe!

    Greco Design Company shared this cool DIYAntique Laundry Sign. This was an excellent tutorial on achieving the vintage look and the letter transfer process!

    Finally, these Paper Peonies by Ash and Crafts took my breath away. Love the soft pink and ivory together!

    If you missed these wonderful posts, be sure to click through their links to check them out! 

    To see some of the past features, check out my Creative Ways Link Party Features Board on Pinterest. I'm hoping that will bring your posts even more exposure! I hope you'll follow along! 


    Link Party Guidelines
    • Please link up to 3 of your family-friendly DIY Projects, Crafts or Recipes...your Creative Ways
    • Please link to a specific post on your blog, not just your home page.
    • Please do not link up Etsy shops or giveaways.
    • Please follow Posed Perfection by clicking on one of my pretty, colorful buttons on the sidebar, and let me know so I can follow you back.
    • I'd love for you to add the party button to your post, a visible link back on your post, or a link on a party page. We want your creative friends to join us too!
    • Be sure to visit at least 2 links and leave some comment love. 
    • By linking up to this party, your are giving authorization for your projects/recipes to be featured with a photo and a link back to your blog.
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      Would you like to get notifications for the Creative Ways Link Party posts and the other recipes and projects I post throughout the week? Make sure you SIGN UP TO GET EMAILS delivered right to your mailbox so you don't miss a thing! You'll find the place to follow right under the pretty social media buttons on the sidebar. I can't wait to see all your Creative Ways!

      Remember, this is a party... be sure to mingle! Please don't link up and run. Visit a couple of the posts above yours and just practice kindness. We all want to hear, "Great job!"

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      Chicken Tamale Casserole

      We eat a lot of chicken in our house. Grilled, baked, shredded... we like it all ways. However, as the chief "chef" of the family,  I often get stuck in a rut either just grilling the chicken or combining it with a cream-of-something soup and noodles. We needed something different. We needed excitement! That's when this Chicken Tamale Casserole came to the rescue. 

      Tired of the same chicken dishes? You have to try this Chicken Tamale Casserole! This crowd pleaser is full of flavor with just the right amount of spice!

      I have a whole Pinterest board dedicated to chicken dishes for inspiration. I rarely follow a recipe exactly and almost always have to make to make substitutions or adjustments to spices. Not too long ago, I ran across a spicy chicken recipe and knew I needed to attempt it. So, attempt it I did... with a few tweaks. And, boy oh boy, was it ever good!

      Tired of the same chicken dishes? You have to try this Chicken Tamale Casserole! This crowd pleaser is full of flavor with just the right amount of spice!

      This casserole packs a punch! You can add more heat to it if that's what your family likes. We've got some people with "delicate" taste buds in our house, so I try to keep things a little more on the mild side. 

      All the flavors of tamales are baked into this spicy Chicken Tamale Casserole!

      Chicken Tamale Casserole (adapted from Pinch of Yum)
      (serves 8)

      1 (8 1/2 oz.) box corn muffin mix (Jiffy)
      1 (14 3/4 oz.) can Cream Style Corn
      1 (4 oz.) can chopped green chiles (drained)
      1/3 cup milk
      1 egg
      1 1/2 Tbsp. taco seasoning, divided
      1/4 tsp. Cayenne pepper (optional)
      1 (10 oz.) can red enchilada sauce
      2 cups cooked, shredded chicken breast
      3/4 cup shredded Colby-Jack cheese
      sour cream
      chopped avocados

      Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Coat bottom and sides of  2 quart casserole dish with cooking spray. Combine the first several ingredients (muffin mix through Cayenne pepper- using only 1/2 Tbsp. taco seasoning) and stir until all ingredients are moistened.  Pour into prepared pan and bake for 20-30 minutes, or until golden brown and almost set. In separate bowl, toss shredded chicken with remaining taco seasoning; set aside. Remove corn bread from oven and pierce liberally all over with fork. Pour entire can of enchilada sauce over the surface. Top with coated chicken and sprinkle with cheese. Return to oven and bake for 15 minutes at 400 degrees, or until cheese is melted. Remove from oven and let rest for 5 minutes before serving. Serve with chopped avocados and sour cream.


      So, what do you think? Are you ready to spice up your chicken repertoire with this delicious casserole? How about putting it on your Cinco de Mayo menu? You could pair it with some Homestyle Salsa and chips and a Mexican Fruit Salad for a complete food fiesta!
      Tired of the same chicken dishes? You have to try this Chicken Tamale Casserole! This crowd pleaser is full of flavor with just the right amount of spice!
      Now, I'll be honest. I've never actually tamales before. I used to work with a guy whose family would make big batches of them every Christmas. After hearing that they used the bathtub for part of the process, I kinda lost interest in ever making them myself. Honestly, whenever I eat tamales, I can't help but wonder if they too have been made in a bathtub... which then makes me wonder if I should even be eating them. Well, since discovering that I can get the same tamale taste in casserole form, I no longer have to worry... and I guess I can put off cleaning the bathtub too. ;-)

      I have to ask, have you ever made tamales before? If so, was a bathtub used in the process?

      Need more Cinco de Mayo inspiration?




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