Creative Ways Link Party #20 and Features

Well, hello there! Happy you could join us for another fun Creative Ways Link Party! I'm absolutely thrilled that you've chosen to spend part of your week here at the party sharing what you've been working on and supporting your fellow bloggers! It just makes my heart go pitter pat!


So, last week, I couldn't narrow the features down to my usual six to fit into the nifty collage I like to do, so I just put up the big pictures of your features. Apparently, it was a hit, so I will keep on doing it like that. As hard as it was, I did manage to keep the features to six this week. Here's what caught my eye from last week's party (in no particular order, I might add):

 Caramel Apple Oatmeal Bars by Annie's Noms
Annie has got another winner on her hands. These bars look good enough to eat for breakfast!

 Jello Mold Pumpkins by Duct Tape and Denim
I fell in love with these immediately. Perhaps it's because I have some old jello molds from an estate sale that have been dying for a new life. Aren't these darling?

The temperatures dipped here in the South for a few days and it had me craving this delicious-looking soup. 
 Dual Greeting Welcome Mat by Bumble Bree Blog
I love a good knockoff! This door mat is just plain adorable!
Marty is always so good about perking up what she has by adding a little bling and sparkle. So pretty!

Blueberry Swirl Muffins by My Life of Travels and Adventures
Love the vibrant color of these muffins and I know my family would love them since the blueberries aren't whole.

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!

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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    I would love for you to start following me on BlogLovin' to ensure you get the latest posts. I can't wait to see all your Creative Ways!


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    Gourmet Chocolate Cake Mix Cookies

    Not too long ago, I needed a treat to take to a friend's house for a pool party they were having. Of course, I hadn't been to the store and was scrambling to find ingredients for a batch of cookies. Then, like a beacon in the night, I saw a chocolate cake mix in the recesses of my pantry. (cue the Hallelujah chorus) I pulled it out and got right to work on these Gourmet Chocolate Cake Mix Cookies.

    Gourmet Chocolate Cake Mix Cookies

    I call them that because they sincerely tasted like those gourmet ones you might pick up at your grocer's bakery. They were easy to make and cost a fraction of the price you'd pay at the store.

    Gourmet Chocolate Cake Mix Cookies Ingredients

    Here's what you need: cake mix, eggs, butter, oil, vanilla, and chocolate chunks(not pictured).

    Gourmet Chocolate Cake Mix Cookies

    Start by mixing together the cake mix, eggs, butter, oil and vanilla until blended together.

    Gourmet Chocolate Cake Mix Cookies

    Stir in chocolate chunks and drop by teaspoonful onto baking pan with liner. Bake for 8-10 minutes and remove from oven. Allow the cookies to cool for a few minutes on the pan before removing to wire rack to cool completely. Enjoy with a tall glass of milk!

    Gourmet Chocolate Cake Mix Cookies

    Gourmet Chocolate Cake Mix Cookies

    1 (18.25 oz.) chocolate cake mix (any brand will do)
    1/2 cup softened butter
    2 eggs
    2 Tbsp. vegetable oil
    1 tsp. vanilla
    1 1/2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chunks

    Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a baking sheet with a baking mat or parchment paper. In large bowl combine cake mix, softened butter, eggs, vegetable oil, and vanilla, mixing until completely blended. Stir in the chocolate chunks. Drop by teaspoonful onto prepared pan. Bake for 8-10 minutes and remove from oven. Allow cookies to cool for a few minutes on baking sheet before removing them to wire rack to cool completely.

    So, the next time you need chocolate cookies STAT, you've got your shortcut recipe to come to the rescue! I love the convenience of cake mixes! Have you ever made cake mix cookies? What's your favorite flavor combination?

    Here are some other cake mix desserts:
    Crazy Good Cookie Bars

    Mix and Roll Sugar Cookies

    2 Ingredient Pineapple Angel Food Cake Bars

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    Food for the Soul ~

    Hi Friends! Happy Sunday to you, or happy day...if you're reading this during the week ;-) I'm so glad you're here for a visit. The kids and I have been reading through some of Paul's letters in the New Testament, and I came across this Galatians 5:1 verse recently.


    Although I am a Christ follower, I see how easily I allow myself to burdened by the "yoke of slavery" once again. This slavery amounts to unhealthy comparisons from the way my home looks, to the subjects in school I am teaching my kids, even to how my kids should behave or how "romantic" my husband should be. Friends, these comparisons are downright toxic. Of course, we should hold to a certain standard. But, should that be what we see in the glossy pages of magazines or the scrubbed and polished blog posts?  What if we held ourselves in our trouble areas to the standard that God's Word puts out for us, rather than what we are bombarded with each and everyday? Just something I've been thinking about... Are there areas of your life that you have allowed yourself to be enslaved to? Will you join me in laying them down before the Cross? Let us live with the freedom that was purchased at a very high price!

    Have a wonderful week!
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    Creative Ways Link Party #19 and Features

    Hi Friends! Did you have a good week? We made it through our first week of school and are plowing through this full week's schedule too. I'm still trying to get a handle on balancing homeschooling, keeping up the house, and sharing any of my creative endeavors with you. It's a juggling act for sure! Thanks for inspiring me each week at this Creative Ways Link Party!


    Are you ready to see this week's features? But where is that cool jigsaw collage you normally do with all the features, Nici? I'm glad you asked. Well, even if you didn't ask, I'm going to tell you ;-)

    I really had a hard time choosing features this week...as usual. But this week was especially difficult. I just couldn't seem to narrow it down to 6 features like I normally do. So, today, you'll be getting the bigger pictures of all 10 features! Let me know how you like this format. I know it will make the party post longer, but maybe you like seeing the bigger pictures? Would you like the features broken out into a separate post? Let me know, I'm all ears! Anyway, without further ado, I bring you this week's Creative Ways Features...starting with the DIY projects and ending with the food...just to get you hungry ;-)

    This one truly amazes me! It makes me want to cover up my real fireplace with a wall of birch rings. 

    Oh Deer! String Art by Curly Crafty Mom
    This was the last one to the party, but certainly made an impact on me. I love the "oh deer" caption!

    DIY Burlap Purple Cone Flowers by Purple Hues and Me
    When I first clicked on this link, I thought they were real! Love the bright color of these!

    Such a great way to use up what you have! She made this adorable piece with items she had on hand!

    I love a good repurpose, and this project is one that any of us could do. She makes it look so effortless, yet the result is cottage-industrial-chic!

    Rustic Rag Banner by Home Made Interest
    Is this not the sweetest thing? She made it for a rustic wedding's decor, but I could see it hung up in any room of my house!

    Corn Chowder by Three Kids and a Fish
    This chowder has me yearning for the cooler weather...just so I can eat soup again. 

    Bacon Ranch Potato Salad by Love Bakes Good Cakes
    This ain't your momma's potato salad! Love how this version is kicked up a notch with Ranch and bacon!

    I could go for some of this cake for breakfast! Beautiful presentation and looks delicious too!

    Caramel Apple Layer Cake by Say It With Cake
    Last, but not least, this cake ushers us into the fall season, bringing to mind harvest festivals and cozy evenings with friends. 

    Can you see why I had such a hard time narrowing down to just 6 features? I've said it before and I'll say it again. I am truly honored that you all spend part of your week linking up here at the Creative Ways Link Party. Your creativity in the kitchen and around the home inspires me! Thank you for making this party such a fun place each week!

    Thank you for spreading the bloggy love around too! This week had the greatest number of click throughs on the link ups! Every single post got at least two visits from this party. What a great show of support to your fellow bloggers! 

    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!

    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>

      I would love for you to start following me on BlogLovin' to ensure you get the latest posts. I can't wait to see all your Creative Ways!

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      Super Simple Salsa Verde Chicken

      Looking for an easy dinner solution? Have I got a winner for you! This simple recipe is both flavorful and relatively nutritious. None of those cream of something soups in this new weeknight favorite. You and your family are going to love this Super Simple Salsa Verde Chicken. 

      Super Simple Salsa Verde Chicken

      This meal comes together quickly, especially with one of my favorites from Trader Joe's...frozen pre-cooked brown rice. However, you could just as easily slice the chicken and put it in a tortilla for a yummy burrito. 

      Salsa Verde Chicken Ingredients

      Here's what you need for the main part of this dish: boneless, skinless chicken breasts, salsa verde, and shredded Mexican cheese.

      Salsa Verde Chicken Prep

      Start by filleting the chicken breasts so that they will cook evenly and quickly. (If you don't want to do this step, you will just need to increase the cooking time by 10-15 minutes.) Next, season the chicken with salt and pepper. Place in baking dish (8x8 or 7x11 for 2 breasts). Pour your favorite salsa verde over the chicken, completely covering it.

      Salsa Verde Chicken Prep

      Place pan in 350 degree oven and bake for 20 minutes. 

      Salsa Verde Chicken Prep

      Increase temperature to 400 degrees and remove pan from oven. Sprinkle shredded cheese over the chicken breasts.

      Salsa Verde Chicken Baked

      Return pan to oven and bake for additional 15 minutes or until chicken is done. (Using a meat thermometer, the temperature should register 165 degrees.) The cheese should be melted and the sauce bubbly.

      Super Simple Salsa Verde Chicken

      Super Simple Salsa Verde Chicken (serves 3-4)

      2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
      salt and pepper 
      1 bottle Salsa Verde (use enough to cover the chicken breasts ~ approx. 1- 1 1/2  cups)
      1/2 to 1 cup shredded Mexican cheese
      rice or tortillas

      Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Filet 2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts and place in 8x8 inch baking dish. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Pour Salsa Verde over the chicken, covering it completely. Bake for 20 minutes. Remove from oven and sprinkle with shredded cheese. Increase the heat to 400 degrees and return the cheese-covered chicken to the oven. Bake for additional 10-15 minutes, or until chicken is done, sauce is bubbly and cheese is melted. Serve over brown rice or sliced in a tortilla.

      Super Simple Salsa Verde Chicken

      Prepare to thrill your taste buds! This easy dish is perfect for those busy activity-filled weeknights when the same old chicken dish just won't do. Enjoy!

      Need some more chicken dinner ideas?



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