Top 10 Crafts/DIY/Tips of 2014

This is it! The last day of 2014. This has been quite a year. While there were many triumphs and milestones accomplished (new blog design and we now have a teenager in the house), it was also a year of trials and sadness (false accusations and several people whose lives seemed to be cut short). Although we knew the Lord was with us through it all, I am ready for a new year, full of hope and exciting possibilities. I'm ready to shake the dust off my boots and hit the ground running!

Before moving on into 2015, it's probably a good idea to take a look back at the best posts of this last  year. Yesterday, I shared the Top 10 Recipes of 2014 and today I'm bringing you the Top 10 Crafts/DIY/Tips of 2014.

Some are on the list because of the number of page views, others are there because I loved them so much when I posted them I wanted to share again... just in case you missed them the first time ;-) Hopefully, all of them will inspire you to use everyday items in new ways to create beautiful things and solve household problems.

How to Make an Easter Garden-Top 10 Crafts/DIY/Tips of 2014

Magnetic Graffiti Memo Board-Top 10 Crafts/DIY/Tips of 2014

Sports Mom's Survival Bag-Top 10 Crafts/DIY/Tips of 2014

Burlap Wrapped Carrots-Top 10 Crafts/DIY/Tips of 2014

Green & White Kitchen Table Vignette-Top 10 Crafts/DIY/Tips of 2014

Drop Cloth Heart Pillows-Top 10 Crafts/DIY/Tips of 2014

Whimsical Paper Feathers-Top 10 Crafts/DIY/Tips of 2014

How to Clean Silverware Marks from Corelle Dishes-Top 10 Crafts/DIY/Tips of 2014

Valentine's Day Paper Strip Heart Garland-Top 10 Crafts/DIY/Tips of 2014

Clevercat Litterbox Knock-Off-Top 10 Crafts/DIY/Tips of 2014
(apparently there are a lot of cat owners out there who need this)

So, now that you are all caught up on the top posts of the last year, I want to wish you all the best in 2015. May your lives be full of all that brings you joy!

*** Don't forget to stop by and share what you've been working on at the Creative Ways Link Party. It started last week and will go on until Monday, January 5th. ***
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Top 10 Recipes of 2014

Well, another year has come and gone. Is it just me, or does it seem like the years are passing by quicker? I'm so thankful for all of you who have supported Posed Perfection over these last couple of years. I love sharing the recipes that I serve to my family with you. I hope that I've inspired you to experiment in the kitchen more, making do with what you have in the pantry or refrigerator. 

Posed Perfection's Top 10 Recipes of 2014

Simple recipes and meals that I pull together from what I have on hand are king around our house. Here were the Top 10 Recipes from 2014 based on your page views and shares:

Copy Cat Lemon Chicken Greek Salad- Top 10 Recipes of 2014

2 Ingredient Pineapple Angel Food Cake Bars- Top 10 Recipes of 2014

Gluten-Free Blueberry Cobbler- Top 10 Recipes of 2014

Perfect Peach Cobbler- Top 10 Recipes of 2014

Bean & Bacon Soup- Top 10 Recipes of 2014

Sopapilla Cheesecake Bars- Top 10 Recipes of 2014

Super Simple Salsa Verde Chicken- Top 10 Recipes of 2014

Delicious Fudgy Dairy-Free Brownies- Top 10 Recipes of 2014

Stuffed Pepper Skillet Casserole- Top 10 Recipes of 2014

Kit Kat Piano Cake- Top 10 Recipes of 2014

Here's a bonus for you... 10 more recipes for when you buy the family-size package of ground beef!
10 Family Dinners That Start with Ground Beef- Top 10 Recipes of 2014

There you have it, the top 10 recipes of 2014 from our kitchen to yours! I hope you enjoyed this little trip through the last year of recipes. If you missed any of them when they were first published, be sure to click on the link to see the full recipes. Wishing you a new year full of creativity in the kitchen!
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Food for the Soul ~ Matthew 7:7

Hello, dear friends! I hope you had a wonderful Christmas. We were able to spend a few days at my parents' house over the holiday. It's always time that I treasure. 

As we go into the New Year this week, I can't help but reflect on 2014. There were great moments of triumph and perseverance through trials, many happy memories. There were also times I tried to do things on my own, in my own strength, only to experience failure and disappointment. I also look back and see the dear souls who are no longer with us...lives forever changed. 

I don't know about you, but I'm ready for some new beginnings. I'm ready to see what good things 2015 will bring! 

Food for the Soul ~ Mattheew 7:7

May our hearts be humble enough to ask the One who created all things to step into our lives and make us whole as we enter this new year! Wishing you a week of sweet reflection and new beginnings!

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Merry Christmas

From our family to yours... We wish you a Merry Christmas!

Cherish the Gift sent from above, 
Lying in a manger, wrapped up in love. 
To die for our sins, Jesus was sent, 
Calling His people to turn and repent. 

Accepting His gift of mercy and grace 
Will bring you to glory and face-to-face
With the loving Father
Whose Son died in your place.

During this season of presents galore, 
Forget not the Gift that means so much more...

"For God so loved the world, that He gave 
His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him 
shall not perish but have eternal life."
John 3:16

May you enjoy the blessings of this Christmas season, and may Christ's love rule in your hearts in the New Year!
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Creative Ways Link Party #34 and Features

Merry Christmas! Okay, I may be a tad early, but I wanted to be the first to wish it to you ;-) I appreciate you stopping by each week to see the latest and greatest in blogland and to support one another. It makes my heart swell two sizes to think that you choose to spend part of your week here with me. Thanks so much for stopping by tonight to share what you've been up to lately. I thought I'd start the Creative Ways Link Party early and run it longer to give you more time with family and friends, and to see if there is any last minute inspiration from others that could help us all out for Christmas and New Years. ***This party will stay open until January 5th. The first Creative Ways Link Party of the New Year will be Wednesday, January 7th at 8pm Central.***

So, here are some of the wonderful linkups from last week's party. I was absolutely blown away by the delicious recipes and projects you all linked up!

This BĂ»che de Noel, or Yule Log, by Platter Talk looks positively divine. I love how detailed the frosting is.

Bless'er House shared some tips about How to Decorate for Christmas for Next to Nothing. Lots of great ideas. I need to keep my eyes open during the year for deals!

Isn't this Rich Holiday Fruit Bread by Yesterfood just gorgeous? Looks like the perfect dessert for the Christmas table!

Ms Moozy's Open House linked up her 2014 Holiday Home Tour. To say I was impressed would be an understatement. So many beautiful places in her home. I happen to love these NOEL letters. Go check it out... you won't be disappointed. 

Simply Suzanne's brought along her giant Old Fashioned Gingerbread Cookies. They are such happy little things! Her recipe sounds delicious too.

I loved this Nutcracker Welcome by Everyday Living. Those almost life-sized nutcrackers certainly make a statement. They actually posted several decorated spots outdoors. Their fruit fan over a garage door at the end of the post is just stunning! You need to see it!

Bitz & Giggles shared this delicious Cranberry Party Punch. Not only is it beautiful, but the flavor combo sounds amazing too!

Last, but not least, these Knock-off Crate & Barrel Ornament Trees by Little Red Brick House for Domestically Speaking are such a sweet welcome to holiday visitors. 

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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    Cozy Felt Pine Cones

    Are you feeling the Christmas crunch yet? Well, to take your mind off of all you still need to accomplish, I have a quick little craft for you today. I had several readers ask about these Cozy Felt Pine Cones when I posted my Holiday Home Tour and it just didn't seem right to wait until after Christmas to share how to make them.

    These Cozy Felt Pine Cones are a cinch to make and so fun too!You just need felt, egg shapes and glue. Easy Peasy!

    If you're feeling ambitious, you could whip up a few of these as ornaments or toppers for Christmas gifts. Or, perhaps you'll want to add some pine cones to your winter decor over the holiday break. Either way, don't be surprised if you can't stop making these cuties.

    Mollie Makes Magazine

    I first saw them in the Mollie-Makes Magazine I got for Christmas last year. I was absolutely smitten  from seeing them on the cover and knew I'd be making some. It just took me a year to get around to it. Are those colors not gorgeous? So, the talented lady who made them also happens to be a blogger. She has the detailed tutorial for them posted on her blog.

    Cozy Felt Pine Cones mixed in with real ones on the woodsy entry table.

    If you want to make some of these Cozy Felt Pine Cones for yourself, head over and visit Amber at Salt Tree. Her instructions are so easy to follow and there was no point in repeating what she had already done. The basic supplies you'll need are sheets of craft felt (9x12), sharp scissors, hot glue gun, glue sticks and foam eggs (or you can repurpose plastic Easter eggs like I did).

    These Cozy Felt Pine Cones are a cinch to make and so fun too!You just need felt, egg shapes and glue. Easy Peasy!

    I made up several of them to use on My Tranquil Christmas Mantel and my entryway table. I even made up some fun fuchsia ones. As much as I loved the bright colored pine cones, I opted for the more natural colored ones in the decor. I'm thinking I may have to make a garland of felt pine cones for next year. I have a good start already!

    Don't forget that we're starting the Creative Ways Link Party early this week! We're starting at 8pm central tonight instead of Wednesday!  Come back and share your latest creations!
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    Food for the Soul ~ Ephesians 2:4-5

    It's the Sunday before Christmas and today's verse coincides with the theme for the 4th candle of Advent... Love. God's Word is filled with verses about His love. One of the most famous, of course, is  John 3:16... "For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son..." It speaks to our hearts about the Gift of Jesus. Ephesians 2:4-5 is another beautiful example of just how much the Father loves His children.

    He has given us a new life! We were dead, but now are alive with Christ by His grace. What a reason to celebrate! You are treasured. You are loved. He came so that you might have abundant life! Rejoice, my friends! Merry Christmas!

    "His birth was for His death; His death was for our birth! "

    More verses for the last few days of Advent: Matthew 3:1-12, Luke 21:25-36 and Luke 2:8-20

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    Almond Crescent Cookies ~ A Secret Family Recipe

    Pssst! Hey, you! Yes, I'm talking to you... I've got a secret to share with you.... It's a recipe for Christmas cookies that you just have to make. These Almond Crescent Cookies are the perfect Christmas cookie... With a nutty, buttery flavor and powdered sugar, how could you go wrong? Okay, why be so secretive? Well, my late MIL vowed to never share this cookie recipe (and several others) that she got from a waitress at a cafe in the 1960s. She was sworn to secrecy and she kept tight-lipped for decades. Since I now have the recipes, and did not make said "vow", I thought I'd share them with you. You can keep a secret, right? 

    These delicate, delicious Almond Crescent Cookies will be the favorite at the holiday cookie exchange!

    These Almond Crescent Cookies came into my life in 1998. It was the Christmas right before I married my husband. His parents had been baking these cookies and several others for over 35 years to give to family and friends at Christmas. Once I tasted their sweet, crunchy goodness I was hooked. While we were able to share in the eating of the cookies each Christmas, it would be several years before I was entrusted with the recipe. Now, we make them every year and they get gobbled up almost as soon as they get their dusting of powdered sugar.

    The ingredients in these cookies are ones you probably already have in your kitchen: sugar, butter, ground almonds, flour, powdered sugar and vanilla.

    Almond Crescent Cookies

    Start by creaming butter and sugar together.

    Almond Crescent Cookies

    Add in ground almonds (I processed raw almonds in a NutriBullet) and then flour. (BTW, my daughter says this is the best cookie dough in the world... and there's no eggs!)

    Almond Crescent Cookies

    Roll out to about 1/4 inch thickness on a floured pastry cloth/canvas with stockinette on rolling pin. If you don't have pastry cloth and stockinette for rolling pin, you can also just roll out on wax paper. (This dough can be a bit temperamental.)

    Almond Crescent Cookies

    Cut into crescents using moon-shaped cookie cutter and place on ungreased cookie sheet.

    Almond Crescent Cookies

    Bake at 300 degrees for about 15 minutes, or until a light straw color.

    Almond Crescent Cookies

    "Frost" cookies the warm cookies with mixture of powdered sugar and vanilla by spreading the sugar on the cookies with your fingers. Allow to cool completely and store in airtight container.

    Almond Crescent Cookies

    Almond Crescent Cookies
    (makes a big batch...several dozen cookies)

    2 1/4 cups sugar
    4 sticks of butter (at room temperature)
    1 lb. ground almonds
    4 cups flour
    1/2 lb. powdered sugar
    1 tsp. vanilla

    Preheat oven to 300 degrees. Cream butter and sugar well. Add in ground almonds, then flour. Do not chill. Roll out on floured pastry cloth/canvas with stockinette on rolling pin about 1/4" thick. Cut into moons and bake for about 15 minutes or until the crescents are a very light tan color. Remove from pan to a flat surface covered with paper towels and "frost" while still warm with the following: 1/2 pound of powdered sugar sprinkled with vanilla (mix together with fork or fingers). Once the sugar and vanilla are mixed, "spread" the mixture on the cookies with your fingers. Allow to cool completely and store in airtight container. (Can be frozen also.)

    Almond Crescent Cookies

    One thing I love about these cookies, besides how delicious they are, is that their flavor can be paired with any other cookies on a plate and they don't compete. There's no over-powering mint or peanut butter aromas to contend with. They are just pure and simple goodness. I hope you enjoy them as much as we do! Before you go and make them, I need you to repeat after me. "I (state your name) do solemnly swear to keep this recipe secret all the days of my life." Just kidding... Feel free to share, share, share!
    (BTW,  I also shared this recipe as part of Three Kids and a Fish #cookiecountdown2christmas last week. You'll have to go by and check out all the yummy cookie recipes!)

    Want to know some of our other favorite holiday cookies?

    Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

    Drizzled Cinnamon Chip Cookies

    Santa's Snickers Surprise Cookies
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