Creative Ways Link Party #49 and Features

Hi there! Welcome to this week's Creative Ways Link Party! I'm so glad you choose to party with us each week! I know there are lots of link ups and I am so grateful that you take the time to stop by here. I love seeing what you've been working on. 


So many great posts were shared last week. I knew it would be hard to choose features, but here are the posts that made me take second looks...

I loved this simple DIY Wood Slice Hanging Planter by The Hatched Home. Rustic and pretty, it would be the perfect planter for my breakfast area!

My Life Cookbook brought these delicious Pork Tacos with Cilantro Dressing and Coconut Tortillas to the party. So colorful and full of healthy ingredients! 

I'm completely smitten with this Family Room over at Gates of Crystal. The soft colors paired with chunky industrial pieces and traditional style is the perfect blend to create a beautiful cohesive space.

Wow! Wow! Wow! I am definitely going to be making up a batch of these Skillet Cinnamon Rolls by A Day in Candiland! An easy shortcut makes these the perfect sweet breakfast to serve to your family.

Isn't this DIY Ikat Wall Decor by Hopelessly Ever After just adorable? I love the pop of color against those soft green walls in her powder room! 

Last, but not least, It Is a Keeper brought this yummy No Bake Strawberry Chiffon Pie to the party. Sweet and fluffy, this pie is calling my name!

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, "Well done!"

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    Food for the Soul ~ Jeremiah 17:7

    Hi Friends. Hope your weekend has been wonderful so far. We've had soccer games, baseball games and a musical audition... just your average weekend in spring ;-) All the while, we've been cheering on our kiddos, encouraging them to do their very best. Sometimes the outcomes are in their favor and what they want. Other times it goes the way of their opponents or foes. One of the most important things for them to grasp in these opportunities is that their identity is not wrapped up in their triumphs or their failures. It's a good lesson for us too.

    Our identity needs to be in Christ and what He has already accomplished at the cross. Knowing that we put forth our very best effort and left the results up to the LORD is where our confidence will blossom. Whether it's battling it out in a soccer game or navigating the intricacies of relationships, our confidence cannot merely be in our efforts or our own deceptive feelings. Sometimes there is more to the story than a "win" or "loss" on the scoreboard. We don't always know what the lessons are to be learned. But, if we know that the God of the Universe loves us (enough to send His Son to die for us), then we can be confident that He is working all things together for our good and His glory. 


    Christ is the One that should be our HOPE, and our confidence should be in HIM. When we stand on the Rock, we will not be shaken. One of my favorite old hymns is My Hope Is Built. It speaks to this very idea...

    My hope is built on nothing less
    Than Jesus’ blood and righteousness.
    I dare not trust the sweetest frame,
    But wholly trust in Jesus’ Name.


    Refrain
    On Christ the solid Rock I stand,
    All other ground is sinking sand;
    All other ground is sinking sand.


    When darkness seems to hide His face,
    I rest on His unchanging grace.
    In every high and stormy gale,
    My anchor holds within the veil.

    Refrain
    His oath, His covenant, His blood,
    Support me in the whelming flood.
    When all around my soul gives way,
    He then is all my Hope and Stay.

    Refrain
    When He shall come with trumpet sound,
    Oh may I then in Him be found.
    Dressed in His righteousness alone,
    Faultless to stand before the throne.

    Refrain

    Wishing you a beautiful week, my Friends! 
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    Creative Ways Link Party #48 and Features

    Hi Friends! It's my favorite day of the week... the day we get to share what we've been up to at the Creative Ways Link Party! I'm so happy to have you here.


    Here's what I've been up to since the last party...



    Ready to see what caught my eye from the last party? As usual, there were so many great posts to choose from it was difficult to pick which ones to feature.

    Simply Gloria shared these Blueberry Frozen Custard Pops with us. Delicious, cool and creamy... perfect for those warm Spring and Summer days that are coming!

    I am always amazed at what My Love 2 Create comes up with! This Pottery Barn Knock Off Rustic Clock is spot on! In fact, I think I like hers even better theirs!

    I have only had short ribs once, and I was so blown away by them. Although I haven't made them myself, The Kitchen Wife makes it look easy and even more delicious with her Guinness Braised Short Ribs Over Polenta

    I am utterly and completely in love with Simply Suzanne's Spring-Inspired Table with Ranunculus, Grass and Hand-blown Brown Eggs. The colors make my heart sing!

    This Brownie Butter Cake looks like the best of two worlds! What a great dessert for upcoming graduation parties, or really anytime the mood strikes you! (which would be often for me)

    Decor to Adore showed us How to Create a Smooth Painted Finish on an Exterior Metal Door. I just love the color she chose... so welcoming!

    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.
      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>

      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, "Well done!" photo signature_zpsd4bb4d5b.png

      Peanut Butter Cup Sandwiches ~ Cookie of the Month Club

      It's the first Monday of the month, so it's time for another Cookie of the Month creation. This month the featured ingredient is peanut butter. I saw these Peanut Butter Cup Sandwiches in an old cookbook a while back and knew that this would be the cookie recipe to bake. Let me just say that it was extremely difficult to save a few cookies to photograph, as my family circled me like sharks in the kitchen.

      Peanut butter perfection! These Peanut Butter Cup Sandwiches combine two favorites... candy and cookies.

      You have to make these... and soon! Raid your kiddo's Easter basket for the Reese's peanut butter cups, or hit up the seasonal candy clearance at the store to pick up the bite-sized candies. Your children will love you and your hubby will sing your praises... unless you hide them and eat them all yourself.

      Peanut Butter Cup Sandwiches Ingredients

      Here's what you need: peanut butter, butter, brown sugar, flour, egg, vanilla extract, baking soda, salt, and peanut butter cup candies.

      Peanut Butter Cup Sandwiches

      Beat butter and peanut butter together on medium speed.

      Peanut Butter Cup Sandwiches

      Gradually add sugar, beating well. Add in egg and vanilla; beat until thoroughly combined.

      Peanut Butter Cup Sandwiches

      Combine flour, soda and salt. Add to butter mixture, stirring until it is all incorporated.

      Peanut Butter Cup Sandwiches

      Cover and chill for at least 1 hour.

      Peanut Butter Cup Sandwiches - flattening with fork in criss-cross pattern.

      Shape dough into 48 (1 tsp. each) balls. Place them two inches apart on cookie sheet lined with baking mat. Dip fork in water and make criss-cross pattern on each cookie.

      Unwrapping peanut butter cups for cookies.

      Remove wrappers from candies and set aside. (Try not to eat the bowl of peanut butter cups, and you might want to hide them from your family members... just sayin'.)

      Topping peanut butter cookies with peanut butter cups.

      Bake for 10 minutes. Cool slightly on cookie sheet before removing to wire racks to cool completely. On last batch, flip cookies over and place peanut butter cups in the middle. Return to oven for 1-2 minutes to soften peanut butter cups.

      Sandwiching peanut butter cups in peanut butter cookies.

      Remove from oven and top with cooled cookies, pressing to form sandwiches. Repeat with remaining cookies.

      Peanut butter perfection! These Peanut Butter Cup Sandwiches combine two favorites... candy and cookies.

      Peanut Butter Cup Sandwiches (makes about 2 dozen small sandwich cookies)

      1/2 cup butter, softened
      1/2 cup peanut butter, creamy or crunchy
      1 cup packed brown sugar
      1 large egg
      1 tsp. vanilla
      1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
      1/2 tsp. baking soda
      1/2 tsp. salt
      24 bite-sized peanut butter cups

      Beat butter and peanut butter together on medium speed until creamy. Gradually add sugar, beat well. Add egg and vanilla; beat well. Combine flour, salt and baking soda. Add to butter mixture and beat to thoroughly combine. Cover and chill dough for one hour. Remove wrappers from peanut butter cups and set aside.

      Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Shape dough into 48 balls (about 1 tsp. each). Place dough balls 2 inches apart on lightly greased cookie sheet or cookie sheet lined with a baking mat. Dip a fork in water and flatten cookies with criss-cross pattern.

      Bake at 350 degrees for 10 minutes. Cool slightly on cookie sheet before transferring to wire rack to cool completely. Repeat process for remaining dough.

      After cooling the last batch of cookies slightly on the cookie sheet, flip them over so that criss-cross side is on the bottom. Place a peanut butter cup in the center of the cookie and return to oven for 1-2 minutes to soften the peanut butter cups. Remove from oven and top with cooled cookies, pressing to form sandwiches. Repeat process with the rest of the cookies.

      Peanut butter perfection! These Peanut Butter Cup Sandwiches combine two favorites... candy and cookies.

      I love how this peanut butter cookie recipe turned out...slightly crispy with a chewy center. And it only gets better when you sandwich a peanut butter cup between two of them. Depending on how big your cookies are, you could put two bite-sized peanut butter cups in the middle of the sandwiches. Or, you could buy the king-size cups... As you can see, I have a problem when it comes to peanut butter cups. They are not safe around here. ;-) Enjoy!

      Check out some of my fellow Cookie of the Month Club members' peanut butter cookie recipes: 
      Chocolate Peanut Butter Ice Cream Sandwiches from Jen's Favorite Cookies
      Peanut Butter Cut Out Cookies from Tastes of Lizzy T 
      Peanut Butter Oatmeal Cookies from Bake or Break
      Chocolate Peanut Butter Chip Cookies from The Cooking Actress
      Rolo Peanut Butter Blossoms from That Skinny Chick Can Bake
      Peanut Butter and Jelly Thumbprints from Crumb: A Food Blog
      Peanut Butter and Syrup Cookies from Kelli's Kitchen
      Peanut Butter Compost Cookies from Gotta Get Baked
      Reese's Peanut Butter Cookie Cups from 365 Days of Baking and More
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      Food for the Soul ~ Easter Sunday ~ Matthew 28:6

      He is risen! He is risen, indeed! Happy Resurrection Sunday! Wishing you and yours a wonderful Easter holiday!


      May your hearts rejoice in the truth that Jesus has conquered sin and death. He has paid for our sin with His blood, and He has made us righteous in the eyes of our Father. How Marvelous! It makes me want to sing the chorus of this old hymn...


      How marvelous! How wonderful!

      And my song shall ever be:
      How marvelous! How wonderful!
      Is my Savior’s love for me!



      Have a Blessed Easter, my friend! Thanks so much for stopping by today!
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