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Your Whims Wednesday #343 {And Features}

Time for another Your Whims Wednesday Party!


Here are some of my favorites from last weeks party:

5 Bottle Wooden Centerpiece by Making Joy and Pretty Things
See how I used a scrap 2x4 board and transformed it into a simple wooden farmhouse style centerpiece using 5 blue glass vases.  Add in some beautiful silk roses and you have a gorgeous, easy centerpiece!

How to Make Boho Earrings by Happy Mothering
Do you want to learn how to make your own handmade Hippie Bohemian style jewelry? Our DIY Colorful Boho Earrings with copper wire and tassels is an easy project.

Craft Room Tour by The Scrap Shoppe Blog
 Take a tour of a colorful inviting craft area and see how to make the most out of a small space!

St. Patrick’s Day Melontini by All That’s Jas
St. Patrick's Day Martini - All that's Jas 

Chicken Bacon Cheddar Ranch Stuffed Potatoes by The Kittchen
Chicken Bacon Cheddar Ranch Stuffed Potatoes--2

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Now... onto this weeks party!
 

Peanut Butter Protein Cookies

Peanut butter cookies for only 110 calories a cookie that are packed with 8 grams of protein each!


Peanut butter is pretty much my favorite food in the whole world.  If I can pick something to indulge in that's sweet, it will most likely involve peanut butter in some form or another.  I actually just got back from a weekend away in Atlantic City and I had a freaking AMAZING peanut butter crepe out a brunch on Sunday. It was a crepe filled with peanut butter and caramelized bananas and then topped with a raspberry mousse and vanilla ice cream and I'm sure was about 12,000 bagillion calories but was 100% worth every single one.

I don't like to gamble, but I love to visit Atlantic City to hang out and have an excuse to dress up fancy, eat some good food, and have some drinks!
Outfit details linked here!


Due to all the drinking and eating though the trip away is never good for my diet ;) but fun regardless and now that I'm back home and back on track I'm so glad that I had made a batch of these peanut butter protein cookies before I left! I had two cookies for my dessert tonight and they tasted delicious but only set me back 220 calories and still included 16 grams of protein!


These are completely boyfriend approved too: they are nice and moist from the peanut butter and you can't tell that they are made with protein powder at all.


Since they are made with protein powder, these cookies are actually gluten free too! I used a skinny syrup to add a little extra sweetness to the cookies without extra calories but you could probably just substitute milk like unsweetened almond milk if you don't have the syrup and if you like a sweeter cookie just add a little extra Truvia.  I do have to warn you: the batter will be VERY sticky for these so it might get a little messy while you are scooping out the cookies, but they turn out perfect so it's worth getting a little sticky for!


I might not be able to eat peanut butter crepes everyday and stay on track for my goals...but I could definitely eat these cookies every day without ruining my diet so I guess that's an ok trade off for me!!

Your Whims Wednesday #342 {And Features}

Time for another Your Whims Wednesday Party!


Here are some of my favorites from last weeks party:

Felt Leaves Hoop Art by The Country Chic Cottage
This wall hanging craft is perfect for your farmhouse home! Add felt leaves to some hoop art for a gorgeous addition to your home! The best part? No cutting machine is required!

Valentine's Day Ice Cream Love Hearts by Clean and Scentsible
Valentine's Day Ice Cream Love tarts!. These are so cute and super easy to make! // cleanandscentsible.com

Mason Jar Wall Sconces by Live Craft Love
DIY-Mason-Jar-Ideas-Sconces-Darice-7

Roasted Butternut Squash with Brussels Sprouts, Parmesan and Pecans by Taylor Bradford
Roasted Butternut Squash with Brussels Sprouts Parmesan and Pecans

How to Age a Clay Terra Cotta Pot by Repurpose and Upcycle
How to age a clay terra cotta pot with paint

Thanks to all who linked up! Grab a button if you were featured :)

 
Now... onto this weeks party!
 

Date Night at Chima Steakhouse in Philadelphia

I headed into the city tonight for a date night out at Chima Steakhouse in Philadelphia and I was so impressed with my first experience at a Brazilian Steakhouse!

Two years ago today I met my boyfriend.  We didn't start dating right away but we still consider this our "meeting anniversary" and since Valentine's day is a week night this year we used this this fun little anniversary as an excuse to head into the city for a nice dinner out! Fun fact: I was wearing this sweater dress two years ago when I first met my boyfriend and have worn it on this day every time since because it's the reason my boyfriend first started talking to me two years ago when we first met ;)

The hosts and waiters were so friendly: we were seated right away and got to try three of the specialty cocktails curated by Hop Sing Laundromat (fancy schmancy bar in Chinatown Philly) specifically for Chima that are only $10 each! The two drinks in champagne glasses are Brazilian rum and fruit based drinks called the Gaucha (cowgirl) and Gaucho (cowboy) made with raspberries and blackberries. The third drink was a Rio-Cha made with ooling tea, mint, agave and lemon. The blackberry rum drink was my favorite and my boyfriend really liked the Rio-Cha.


Healthy Collagen Chocolate Cupcakes

Thank you Vital Proteins for sponsoring this post so I can share the recipe for these healthy collagen chocolate cupcakes which are only 75 calories each with all the added health benefits of having collagen baked inside them!


Valentine's Day is right around the corner and I've got the perfect sweet little treat that you can bake and decorate for the holiday!

Now I'll be real honest here: cake/cupcake decorating has never been my strong suit.  I should probably invest in some legit baking supplies so maybe any future cupcakes I make won't look like they literally have the poop emoji on top but in a pink color....whoopsies.


But! Even though I'm not great at decorating cupcakes, I am good at making recipes for healthy treats that actually taste good! You tell me what's more important ;) I mean it's all just going into my belly anyway.


These healthy cupcakes are baked using Vital Proteins Vanilla Collagen Peptides. I really like using collagen supplements from Vital Proteins because they are sourced from only one ingredient: grass-fed, pasture raised bovine hides for a high quality source of collagen. Taking collagen supports bone and joint health, healthy hair, skin and nails and even aids in digestion. These vanilla & coconut water peptides are lightly flavored which works perfect in this sweet recipe!


Including the cream cheese frosting these cupcakes are only about 75 calories each and are super low fat and high in protein! With no oil these cupcakes are still moist, chocolatey delicious and even gluten free! It you make them - just try a little harder than I did to avoid any similarities to poop emojis when you ice them - mmhkay???

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