Creative Ways Link Party #55 and Features

Hey there, Friends! So glad to see you here this evening! Hope you've had a wonderful week so far. I don't know if I've told you lately, but your presence here truly makes me smile. I am beyond grateful to have you spend part of your week sharing with us here at the Creative Ways Link Party.


Here are some of the awesome posts from last week's party. You all rocked it! So many fabulous posts to choose from. As usual, it was not easy...

This Strawberry Matcha Roll Cake by Sweet & Savory by Shinee looks sweet and refreshing. I've never tried matcha, but she sure makes it look tasty!

The Crazy Craft Lady took some castaways and turn them into something special. These Nautical Stripe Chalk Painted Jars would be a great way to bring a beachy vibe to your home this summer!

Diana Rambles brought these scrumptious Oven Toasted Spinach Ravioli to the party. What a fabulously easy appetizer!

I am completely smitten with this Proverbs 32 Art for a Girl Room by Five Marigolds. Love the touch of gold that illuminates God's Word. 

Table for Seven brought Cookies and Cream Popcorn to the party. I can't think of a better way to add a little fun to an old standby. How can it not be fabulous? It's got Oreos in it!

If you're starting to gather ideas to keep the kiddos busy this summer, be sure to add this Stained Glass Butterfly by Typically Simple to your list! I love how colorful it is!

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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    Paper Bag Wrapped Flowers ~ Just a Little Something

    Hi Friends! Hope you enjoyed the nice long weekend. Ours was pretty rainy most of the time, but we did manage to have a couple of fun outings... just the girls. Hubby and my son were up in Oklahoma catching up with an old friend and watching a few college baseball games at the Jr. College World Series. From what I heard, it was a good, albeit wet, time. As May comes to a close, many of you may be scrambling for last minute gifts for teachers or just a little something to thank someone for touching your life. These Paper Bag Wrapped Flowers are the perfect "just a little something" gift.

    Need a small gift for someone? Try wrapping a simple garden flower in a brown bag tied off with raffia. Frugal and sweet!

    We recently wrapped up a few of these for sweet teachers in our lives before the last day of classes. I just love the unassuming packaging on these.

    Need a small gift for someone? Try wrapping a simple garden flower in a brown bag tied off with raffia. Frugal and sweet!

    The recipients can choose what to do with the flowers - allow them to continue blooming in the plastic pot or transplant them to their own flower gardens, where they'll think of you each time they see it.

    Simple wrapping turns an ordinary garden annual into a sweet gift!

    Here's what you need: lunch-size brown paper bags, raffia, small flower in disposable pot, chalkboard tag, and optional sandwich-sized plastic ziplock bag(not shown).

    Simple wrapping turns an ordinary garden annual into a sweet gift!

    Take the brown paper bag and fold down the top two to three times.

    Simple wrapping with a chalkboard tag turns an ordinary garden annual into a sweet gift!

    Using chalk or white paint pen, write a message on the tag.

    Need a small gift for someone? Try wrapping a simple garden flower in a brown bag tied off with raffia. Frugal and sweet!

    Set the flower pot inside the ziplock bag and then inside the paper bag. The ziplock will keep the moisture from the bottom of the plant away from the paper. Tie raffia around the bag, loosely cinching it in around the bottom of the flowers. Attach the tag to the raffia band.

    Simple wrapping with a chalkboard tag turns an ordinary garden annual into a sweet gift!

    Deliver to your favorite recipients as a sweet little thank you for all they do to make your life easier.

    Simple wrapping with a chalkboard tag turns an ordinary garden annual into a sweet gift!

    These would also make adorable table decorations for backyard cookouts, graduation parties, or even casual get togethers. Frugal and cute... my favorite combination!

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    Food for the Soul ~ John 1:16

    Wishing you a beautiful Memorial Day Weekend! May you always know the love and grace the Father showers down on you! 


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    Sweet Heat Baked Beans

    {Stubb's Legendary Bar-B-Q provided sauces for this recipe, but all opinions are 100% my own.}

    Well, it's May and that means that BBQ season is upon us. Time to clean up the grill grates, check the propane tank, and bust out the barbecue tools. While the meat is usually the star of dinner, side dishes run a close second. One of our favorite side dishes to grilled chicken and burgers is baked beans, or as my daughter has always called them, "sweet beans". On this Memorial Day weekend, the kick-off for grilling season, I thought I'd share this recipe for these delicious Sweet Heat Baked Beans.

    These Sweet Heat Baked Beans are the perfect side dish for all your grilled meats!

    I was recently asked to partner up with Stubb's Legendary Bar-B-Q to create some recipes for the upcoming grilling season. They sent me a box chock full of sauces and marinades to try out. Talk about "happy mail"! I love that all their sauces, rubs, and marinades are made with real ingredients and contain no artificial preservatives flavors, colors MSG or high fructose corn syrup. I was more than willing to grill up some dinner and sample their selection.

    These Sweet Heat Baked Beans are the perfect side dish for all your grilled meats!

    Last week, when we had a quick break in the rain, I fired up the grill to make some chicken. Normally, I'll buy canned baked beans for the side dish and doctor them up a little with brown sugar and a touch of mustard. However, there were no baked beans in the pantry. As usual, necessity was the mother of invention.  All I had on hand was a couple of cans of Great Northern Beans... no doubt because I had planned on making some white chicken chili at some point. The chili never got made, so the cans just sat... and sat. I thought I might be able to pull off my own version of sweet beans with the help of some Stubb's Sweet Heat Bar-B-Q Sauce. The result was this batch of Sweet Heat Baked Beans... It certainly lives up to its name and definitely wakes up the tastebuds!

    These Sweet Heat Baked Beans are the perfect side dish for all your grilled meats!

    Here's what you need: Great Northern Beans, Stubb's Sweet Heat Bar-B-Q Sauce, molasses, brown sugar, onion, bacon, ketchup and mustard.

    These Sweet Heat Baked Beans are the perfect side dish for all your grilled meats!

    Sweet Heat Baked Beans

    2 cans Great Northern Beans, drained, but reserve liquid
    1/3 cup Stubb's Sweet Heat Bar-B-Q Sauce
    1/4 cup ketchup
    1 tsp. yellow mustard
    2 Tbsp. brown sugar
    1 Tbsp. molasses
    3 slices bacon, chopped then cooked
    1/2 cup onion, finely chopped
    salt and pepper to taste

    In frying pan, cook bacon to desired doneness; set aside. Discard all but about 1 Tbsp. bacon grease. Add onions to pan and cook until translucent. In bowl, combine beans, Stubb's Sweet Heat Bar-B-Q sauce, brown sugar, bacon pieces, onion, molasses, ketchup, salt and pepper.* If the mixture is too thick, stir in some of the liquid from the beans. Pour into 2 quart baking dish. Bake for 30 minutes, or until bubbly.

    *You may want to taste the mixture before adding the brown sugar and molasses to adjust the sweetness according to your tastes.

    After grilling the chicken, we topped it with more of the Stubb's Sweet Heat Bar-B-Q Sauce, for added punch to the meal.

    These Sweet Heat Baked Beans are the perfect side dish for all your grilled meats!

    Need a side dish to round out your Memorial Day cookout? You'll love these Sweet Heat Baked Beans! In case you need some more ideas...

    Here are some other great BBQ side dishes:




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    Creative Ways Link Party # 54 and Features

    Welcome, welcome! So glad to see you here this week! I know this is a terribly busy time for many of you with spring sports wrapping up, school days winding down and summer vacations to plan. I am ever so grateful that you spend part of your week here with me at the Creative Ways Link Party. I love seeing what you're up to and all the creative projects you are sharing.


    Here are some of the great posts that caught my eye from last week's party:

    Fun Home Things showed us this adorable Patriotic Summer Wreath! I love the simplicity of this project... and the chevron ribbon!

    Faith Filled Food for Moms shared these delicious Homemade Tostada Bowls. I'm definitely going to have to try these for an upcoming Mexican food night! 

    I love this Upcycled Barn Door that Joy in Our Home made from cast aways and left overs! What a fabulous way to add interest to your interior doorways! 

    Oh, my goodness! These Salted Margarita Truffles by Lamberts Lately look like they would just melt in your mouth! This is a fabulous summer treat!

    Speaking of summer, how cute are these Summer DIY Tin Can Lanterns by Greco Design Company? I'm definitely going to be making these with my kiddos this summer!

    Swanky Recipes shared these incredible Upside Down Pineapple Cupcakes. I am seriously drooling all over my laptop.  I can't wait to give these a try!

    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
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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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