There is this spot on my counter where I leave my butter to warm when I have it intended for a baking project. My husband knows not to use that butter. But sometimes (many times) I will have an itch to bake something without previous planning. The trouble with that is that my butter is cold. Can you cream cold butter? No. In fact, I actually broke a beater blade on cold butter.
So what is a gal to do? Take the stick of butter straight from the fridge and put it into the microwave for 12 seconds. Softens the butter without melting it. Perfect.