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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    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
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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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      A Golden Autumn Tablescape

      Hello Friends! I'm so happy to see you here today. It's been a while since I've shared a tablescape with you, hasn't it? As you may have seen in a post last week, we had the pleasure of having my parents in town for a long weekend. My mom is all about making things pretty and she loves doing tablescapes. Having her here was just the motivation I needed to do a little more fall fluffing before we start preparing for Christmas decorating. She and my daughter were instrumental in getting this Golden Autumn Tablescape pulled together.

      Embracing the golden hues of Autumn, this tablescape paves the way for a cozy dinner with friends and family.

      It all started with these old wooden buckets I picked up on clearance at Dillard's this summer for just a few dollars each.

      Golden Autumn Tablescape ~ wooden bucket fall arrangement

      While I was working in the kitchen preparing dinner, the girls were creating these beautiful rustic arrangements with faux leaves, gourds, berries, dried lotus pods and artichokes. (I got the artichokes in a Bountiful Basket one week and never got around to cooking them. I just let them dry out on the counter to use in floral arrangements. No sense in wasting them, right?)

      Golden Autumn Tablescape ~ wooden bucket fall arrangement

      Next, the runner was brought out and we started looking for some candles. The little golden votives were a find at the Dollar Tree a couple of years ago when I put together a Casual Fall Tablescape.

      Golden Autumn Tablescape

      Out came my trusty white dishes, layered with some ticking-striped napkins... another fun clearance find from the same shopping trip as the wooden buckets.

      Wooden bucket arrangement with bowl of apples

      We added in a bowl of apples for more color and a little more interest.

      Golden Autumn Tablescape with pinecones at place settings

      Each place setting was adorned with a pinecone. For an extra sweet touch, a little tag with a handwritten name could welcome each guest.

      Golden Autumn Tablescape with pinecones at place settings

      Here and there along the runner we scattered some small pinecones and added in a few white dishes to fill in the space.

      Golden Autumn Tablescape with rustic fall bucket arrangements

      The table is all set. A wooden cutting board with some yummy breadsticks beckons the guests to come to the table to partake in a delicious meal prepared by loving hands. Are all your Thanksgiving plans set? Are you hosting at your house this year?
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