Food for the Soul ~ Psalm 92:4-5

Hello, dear friends! I'm so happy to have you visiting today! Have you had a good weekend so far? Ours was rather dreary, weather wise. But, there's a silver lining to all the clouds... I was able to stay at home (no more ball games this season ~ Hallelujah!) and clean, organize, and rearrange things. Basically, I got to nest. I took the time to take care of the material things the Lord has blessed me with. 

I find that when we are running around, going from activity to activity and not spending much time at home on weekends, we tend to let our responsibilities fall by the wayside. I usually stay on top of the laundry, the dishes, and the cooking, but all the other clutter stuff just doesn't get taken care of and then it multiplies... exponentially. In the process of the clutter multiplication, my joy is zapped. I am no longer able to enjoy the things the Lord had graciously bestowed on me. I am no longer being a good steward of the things He has entrusted to me. 


This weekend I took steps to get things under control. With the holidays upon us, I don't want a disorganized, messy house to keep me from practicing sweet hospitality. I want to enjoy all the pretty decorations of the season without being stressed by the clutter. I want my home to reflect the beauty of the Lord.  Mostly, I want to strip everything away to get to the heart of this blessed season... Thankfulness and Christ.

Wishing you all a wonderful week! May you be filled with the joy of the Lord!
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Creative Ways Link Party #29 and Features

Hey Friends! It's been a chilly week around here, how about in your neck of the woods? The cool weather doesn't seem to be slowing down your creative juices, though! You keep bringing awesome posts to the Creative Ways Link Party to share with us all. I'm so glad you're here again this week...


Here were just a few of the stellar linkups from last week:


Love this clever PB-Inspired "Joy to the World" Globe by The Crazy Craft Lady. Looks almost exactly like the original and gets me thinking about Christmas decorating!


What could be better than a Pumpkin Spice Bundt Cake? Such a simple and beautiful cake by The Painted Hinge.


BrePurposed turned a castoff utilitarian file drawer into this amazing Arles and Aztec statement piece.


I love homemade cranberry sauce. Hello Creative managed to make it even better with The BEST Cranberry-Pineapple Relish. I can't wait to try this flavor combo!


Simply beautiful is what I'd say about the Give Thanks Centerpiece by Garden UP Green. 


I can hardly wait to make up a batch of these Turkey and Stuffing Sliders by The Kitchen is my Playground after Thanksgiving!

If you missed these wonderful posts, be sure to click through their links to check them out! What have you been working on this week? I can't wait to see!

I've started adding the features to my Creative Ways Link Party Features Board on Pinterest. Hoping that will bring your posts even more exposure! I hope you'll follow along! (The features from the last few parties are on there as well!)


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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    Are you following me on Facebook? If not, I'd be thrilled if you popped over there to "like" my page. To have a better chance of getting my posts into your Facebook feed, leave a comment or like a post when you see it too.  I can't wait to see all your Creative Ways!

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    Creamy Southwestern Soup

    Hi there, friends! Hope your week is off to a great start. We've been bundling up under blankets all weekend... first at the baseball fields on Saturday and then Sunday afternoon at home. With the chilly and damp weather we've had, even a snow flurry or two, it was definitely the right atmosphere for a hearty soup! So if you're looking for a new soup recipe to add to your lineup, you've come to the right place. This Creamy Southwestern Soup will hit the spot!

    Although hearty and delicious, this Creamy Southwestern Soup will have them begging for seconds!

    Creamy Southwestern Soup

    1 lb. ground beef
    1/2 cup chopped onion
    olive oil
    Garlic salt
    4 oz. cream cheese
    1 (15 oz.) can diced tomatoes (I pulsed mine in the food processor a few times.)
    1 small can diced green chiles
    1 (15 oz.) can black beans, drained
    1 small can shoe peg corn, drained
    16 oz. beef broth
    1 tsp. taco seasoning
    1/2 tsp. cumin
    salt & pepper to taste

    Over medium heat brown onions in olive oil. Add in ground beef and cook until no longer pink. Drain off the fat. Reduce the burner to low. Cut up the cream cheese into cubes and add in to the ground beef, smashing in with back of spoon until no lumps remain. Add in tomatoes, green chiles, black beans, corn and beef broth. Season with cumin, salt, pepper and taco spices. Stir to combine and allow to heat through completely. Serve with corn bread or tortilla chips.

    Creamy Southwestern Soup is perfect for the chilly nights of winter!

    This soup is both filling and delicious. It's got meat, spices and veggies...what more could a soup need? It's really easy to customize to your tastes too. I hope you love it as much we did! Now, if only it would warm up our toes as much as our tummies... ;-)

    Need more soup ideas?


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    I'm linking up at some of these great parties and
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    Food for the Soul ~ Ecclesiastes 4:9-10

    Happy Sunday to you! I'm so pleased to have you visiting my little ol' blog today. We just finished off our fall baseball season with a very chilly tournament yesterday. While I'm glad the season is finally over... before it gets any colder and any more busy, I am sad that we won't be seeing many of the families on a regular basis for a while. I'm so thankful for the sweet friendships that have come out of my kiddos playing on sports teams. It makes the time spent shivering in the bleachers so much more enjoyable when you like the people you are surrounded with. I have been truly blessed by the people the Lord has put in my life over the years, both physically and virtually. Know that my heart smiles each time I think of you.


    Celebrate the gift of friendship today! Perhaps it's your childhood friend, or college roommate, your sister or your spouse.  Whoever is in your life to sharpen you or comfort you, God has placed them there for a reason. Our earthly friendships are but a glimpse of the sweet fellowship we can have with Jesus. Have a wonderful week!
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    Creative Ways Link Party #28 and Features

    Happy Wednesday to you! Is it chilly where you are? We had an arctic blast come through here and it seems to be hanging around. Thankfully, it's just the temperatures that have plummeted, and no precipitation. However, if it doesn't warm up, we'll have icicles hanging from our noses on Saturday at my son's last baseball tournament of the season. Anyway, I guess you didn't come here for the weather report, so let's get this Creative Ways Link Party started!


    Before you share with us what you've been working on, here were a few posts that tickled my fancy from last week. (Does anyone still say 'tickled my fancy'?) These were some of the posts that I highly esteemed... ;-)

    One Bite Apple Pie Tartlets by Domestic Superhero would be my downfall. I fear I would eat 100 of them...but I'd enjoy every single one. ;-)

    These Beaded Wrap Bracelets by The DIY Dreamer are already underway in my house. My little crafter is working on one right now.

    Pizza on the Grill by All Kinds of Things sounds delicious. Love the shortcut she gives us!

    I may be making up a bunch of these Monogram Gift Tags by Shop Girl. Too cute!

    These Ginger Bread Cupcakes by With a Blast look delicious. How could you go wrong with that cinnamon cream cheese frosting?

    This Thanksgiving Tablescape by Anderson & Grant is so very pretty. I love all her special touches like the napkins and the beautiful leaf favors. 

    If you missed these wonderful posts, be sure to click through their links to check them out! What have you been working on this week? I can't wait to see!

    I've started adding the features to my Creative Ways Link Party Features Board on Pinterest. Hoping that will bring your posts even more exposure! I hope you'll follow along! (The features from the last few parties are on there as well!)


    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.
      Posed Perfection
      <a href="www.posedperfection.com" target="_blank"><img src="http://i1212.photobucket.com/albums/cc454/pianoprincessdesigns/creativewaysbutton_zps0fd67676.png~original" alt="Posed Perfection" width="250" height="177" /></a>

      Are you following me on Facebook? If not, I'd be thrilled if you popped over there to "like" my page. To have a better chance of getting my posts into your Facebook feed, leave a comment or like a post when you see it too.  I can't wait to see all your Creative Ways!


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