Creative Ways Link Party #87 and Features

Welcome to the last Creative Ways Link Party of 2015! I hope you had a wonderful Christmas. If you follow me on Instagram, you've probably seen that the kids and I drove to Lubbock to spend a few days with my parents to weather the Winter Storm Goliath with them. It has been a doozy! We were finally able to get out on the roads today. Cabin fever had definitely set in. Anyway, I'm so glad you're here and that you've stopped by to share what you've been working on. I so appreciate you! I hope you have a wonderful New Year's Eve! All the best to you in 2016! Until next year...


The plus side of being snowed in is that I got to check out a lot of the posts you all brought to the party last week. Here are some of my favorites:


I adore these Nativity Stocking Hangers by My Love 2 Create... so simple and pretty.


White Chocolate Peppermint Mousse by Cooking on the Front Burner would be the perfect dessert after any holiday dinner.


Everyday Living shared the most beautiful Heart of Christmas Tablescape. I really like the color combination with the oranges and pine branches mixed in with the Christmas red. 


My Sweet Mission brought this delicious Hot Cheesy Mexican Taco Dip. This would definitely be a big hit at your next get together.


I really appreciate the craftsmanship of this Ikea-Inspired Desk by Life, Love and Thyme. This would be the perfect solution for my house.


Giggles Galore brought this yummy Cranberry Orange Sparkling Punch. What a great beverage for holiday parties!

As always, if you missed any of these posts, be sure to click through their links to check them out! 

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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    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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    Food for the Soul ~ 2 Corinthians 9:15

    Hello friends. I hope you've had a wonderful weekend celebrating with friends and family. We had a nice Christmas at home and then the kids and I got up early Saturday to drive to Lubbock to spend a few days with my parents. (Hubby had to stay behind to work.) As I type this, we are facing the Goliath Winter Storm. The wind is whipping and the sleet has been pelting the windows for about an hour. They are expecting several inches of snow to fall and blizzard-like conditions through Monday morning. We'll be hunkering down to wait out the storm, but at least we'll be together. What a blessing that is!


    I have so many things to be grateful for today...family and friends, safe travels, warm homes, delicious food to eat... but most of all, I am thankful for the gift of Jesus.
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    Christmas Home Tour

    Merry Christmas, Friends! I realized I never got a post out about my decorations this year, besides the  Vintage Truck Entryway. So, here is the Christmas Tour you've been waiting for ;-)

    Christmas Home Tour featuring beloved collections.

    If you've followed this blog for very long, you've probably heard me say that I like to "make do" with what I have. Christmas decorating is no different. I love bringing out the Christmas collections that I have acquired over the years, and filling up our Christmas tree with ornaments we've made and ones we've picked up in our travels.

    Tin bucket with frosted holly leaves and Christmas Greenery

    So, welcome to our home, you were probably greeted at the front door with our Names of Jesus Wreath. It is still one of my favorites. As you come in the door, you'll see this old white tin bucket filled with some frost-covered holly leaves and greenery, as well as a fun red and white gingham ribbon. It complements the entryway table decor.

    Vintage Truck Entryway Table

    You may have already seen the Vintage Truck with Christmas Trees Entryway table. If not, here's a glimpse of it.

    Beloved Snowman Collection perched on top of armoire.

    Moving into our living room, you'll see part of my Snowman collection perched on top of an armoire. These are some of my favorites.

    A Christmas tree full of love and memories!

    Our tree is so very special to me. This year, I let the kids do most of the decorating. They each have a box of ornaments that I add to every year. One day, they will have a box of ornaments to take with them to decorate their own trees when they are adults. Each ornament is a trip down memory lane. From travel souvenirs to handmade creations to my set of German glass ornaments, every one is special.

    Christmas mantel featuring large pre-lit Tree Classics wreath and painted wooden panels.

    Occasionally, there will be a new addition to our decor, like this year's 32" Pre-Lit Noble Fir Wreath from Tree Classics. I thought I was going to be putting it on the front door, but then inspiration struck on the mantel. I hung the wreath in the middle and flanked it with the carved wood panels I made over for the fall mantel I shared.

    Rustic wooden box filled adorned with shiny colored glass balls and Joy nativity in front.

    The rustic wooden box filled with bright glass ornaments and the JOY nativity is the perfect centerpiece under the wreath. I tucked in a little greenery, added a shiny finial and wrought iron clock, and called it good.

    Nutcracker collection on top of piano.

    Since my daughter is the one who sits at the piano and plays the most, I let her do the decor on top of the piano. These guys might look familiar from my Dining with Nutcrackers Tablescape from last year.

    Treasured nutcrackers take center stage on the piano.

    She decided to use our small collection of nutcrackers and even added in some mercury glass candleholders for a little more bling.

    Gingerbread man collection in the dining room.

    Well, that about does it. I do have my gingerbread collection in the dining room, as well as pretty impressive wintery Lego scenes under cloches (courtesy of my daughter). Unfortunately, I didn't get a picture of those.


    I do hope you have a wonderful Christmas with those you hold most dear, and that your heart is filled with the kind of JOY that comes from knowing the love of the Savior.
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    Creative Ways Link Party #86 and Features

    It's here! It's here! The week of Christmas is here! I'm beyond grateful that you are here too to celebrate the gift of creativity we've all been given. Welcome to the 86th Creative Ways Link Party! I hope you'll find some fun last-minute Christmas crafts, recipes and gifts to whip up, as well as great tips to get your new year off to a great start. Oh, and if I don't "see" you again before Christmas, I hope you have a wonderful time celebrating this holiday with those you hold most dear.


    Before we see what you've been up to, let's check out some of my favorite posts from last week's party!


    Still need to whip up some treats to take to holiday gatherings? These No Bake Nougat Bars by Simply Stacie look amazing!


    I loved how Dining Delight put together this gorgeous Rustic Christmas Sideboard. Central to the decor is the beautiful Holy Bible and a cross... a reminder of the Reason for the season.


    Sweet and Savory by Shinee brought this delicious Pesto Artichoke Dip to the party... I imagine you'd be the "hostess with the mostest" if you served some of this to your guests!


    How adorable are these DIY Christmas Ornaments from A Blissful Nest? She has a sweet printable to go along with them if you wanted to give them to friends. I am sucker for those mini bottle brush trees!


    Running Away? I'll Help You Pack shared these adorable Reindeer Cookies.... Can you spot what cookie cutter she used? So clever!


    Because the heart and soul of Christmas is the celebration of the birth of Jesus, I had to include this beautiful Christmas Nativity Collection by Home to Cottage. I love how she found a way to make Him the focus of her decorating on this antique cupboard. 

    As always, if you missed any of these posts, be sure to click through their links to check them out! 

    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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      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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      Food for the Soul ~ James 1:17

      So very thankful for the perfect gift that was given to mankind over 2000 years ago. Have you unwrapped the gift of Jesus?


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      Creative Ways Link Party and Features

      Well, hello there! Happy Wednesday to you! Can you believe we are just over one week away from Christmas? If you're like me, you're still tweaking decorations and planning out what to serve on Christmas. To keep the creative juices flowing, let's get right to the Creative Ways Link Party, shall we? You're bound to find some fun ideas to implement!


      First, here were some of the posts from last week's party that made my heart go pitter-pat:


      What's not to love about this vintage bike all decked out with clearance poinsettias for Christmas? My Thriftstore Addiction has a way with making old things beautiful again. 


      These Polar Bear Paw Cupcakes by One Little Project are absolutely adorable! What a fun treat to take to classroom parties this week!


      I would love to wrap myself up in this gorgeous Tassel Throw Blanket DIY by Tidbits. Perfect for those chilly evenings by the fire. 


      Are these Gingerbread Deer by From the Family with Love not the cutest things ever?!? I don't think I'd have the heart to bite into them, they are so darling. 


      Mommy in Sports shared these 5 Simple DIY Holiday Centerpieces. They are each beautiful and seem like they'd be a cinch to put together. 


      Finally, these Eggnog and Cranberry Muffins by Annie's Noms would be the perfect Christmas morning treat before digging into the presents. I love this flavor combination of tangy cranberries and the sweetness of eggnog!

      As always, if you missed any of these 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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        The Best Ever Brisket with Stubb's Hickory Liquid Smoke

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

        Well, I have a confession to make. I hope I won't lose too many readers over this one... We did not have turkey on Thanksgiving... we didn't even have ham. I know, shocking, right? Growing up, we always had turkey on Thanksgiving and then ham on Christmas. That was just the way it was. But, when I got married, my world was rocked in more ways than one. We usually had Thanksgiving with my in-laws, while my MIL was alive. My husband and one of his brothers had always preferred ham to turkey, so their mom would always make sure both were available.  That kind of became the standard. If we had the meal with my side of the family, hubby would just eat a little bit of the turkey and fill up on all the sides (not a bad idea). This year, it turned out that we had Thanksgiving dinner just as our small nuclear family. It seemed like the perfect time to bust out of the traditional turkey/ham fare and do something different. So, along with most of our "traditional" sides, we had the Best Ever Brisket!

        Stubb's Hickory Liquid Smoke is the secret to the Best Ever Brisket. It's so good, they'll ask for seconds!

        Most people think of brisket as the star of a Fourth of July barbecue. Let me assure you, this brisket recipe is good enough for any occasion! I wrote this recipe down sometime in the 1980s. We had had it at a family gathering with cousins, and I made sure I got the recipe. Somehow in my tween years I must have known that one day I would share it with my own family and they would love it as much as I did as a kid.


        When I got my latest box of Stubb's products to sample, I knew exactly what I was going to make... this brisket. Along with some great rubs and BBQ sauce, I received a bottle of their Hickory Liquid Smoke. I remembered that that was one of the key ingredients of the brisket recipe. The wheels in my head started turning... "What if we had brisket for Thanksgiving?" After running it by the family, it was a go. My daughter could not get enough of this meat. She kept remarking that it was the best meat she had ever had. So, are you ready to find out how to make it for yourself?

        With just a few ingredients, a little prep work, and a few hours, you'll have the best tasting, most tender and flavorful meat you've ever had.

        With just a few ingredients, a little prep work, and a few hours, you'll have the best tasting, most tender and flavorful meat you've ever had.

        Best Ever Brisket

        Start by trimming any visible fat.

        Best Ever Brisket

        Next, season with your favorite salt-free blend. The original recipe called for Nature's Seasoning. I'm not sure if it is even still sold in stores.

        Best Ever Brisket

        Place the meat inside a large cooking bag placed in a glass cooking pan.

        Best Ever Brisket

        Sprinkle with one packet of onion soup mix.

        The secret to the Best Ever Brisket is Stubb's Hickory Liquid Smoke.

        Combine 1/4 cup Stubb's Hickory Liquid Smoke and 1 1/2 cups water.

        The secret to the Best Ever Brisket is Stubb's Hickory Liquid Smoke.

        Pour all around the meat and a little bit on top of the meat as well. Seal bag and poke 3 holes in the top of it. Place in preheated oven and bake for 4-5 hours, basting periodically. 

        The secret to the Best Ever Brisket is Stubb's Hickory Liquid Smoke.

        Remove from oven and allow to rest for about 10 minutes before slicing against the grain with a sharp knife.

        The secret to the Best Ever Brisket is Stubb's Hickory Liquid Smoke.

        When the brisket is sliced, place in a serving dish and pour the juices over. This just adds to the juiciness of the meat. 

        Stubb's Hickory Liquid Smoke is the secret to the Best Ever Brisket. It's so good, they'll ask for seconds!

        Best Ever Brisket

        1/2 Brisket (3 lbs)
        salt, pepper, garlic powder, and any other seasonings
        1 packet dry onion soup mix
        1/4 cup Stubb's Liquid Smoke
        1 1/2 cups water
        large cooking bag

        Preheat oven to 250 degrees. Trim all excess fat from the brisket. Season both sides of meat with garlic powder and a little bit of salt and pepper or your favorite seasoning blend. Place meat in large cooking bag. Crumble dry onion soup mix over the top of the brisket. Mix together 1 1/2 cups water and 1/4 cup Liquid Smoke. Pour around the meat and some on top also. Seal the bag and punch three holes in the top. Bake at 250 degrees for about 4-5 hours. (1 lb. meat = 1 1/2 hours) Baste a few times during cooking time. Remove from oven and let rest for 10 minutes. Slice against the grain.

        Stubb's Hickory Liquid Smoke is the secret to the Best Ever Brisket. It's so good, they'll ask for seconds!

        Perhaps you'll start a new tradition this Christmas... or New Year's Day. Believe me when I say, this Best Ever Brisket is the perfect way to shake things up a bit. We ate leftovers for a couple of days, and no one ever tired of the brisket.
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