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My Girlish Whims Book Club #11

You will notice a theme with 3/4 of the books I'm sharing on this round-up...they are all pretty much summery & beachy reads because I closed out this summer with a week-long vacation to Chincoteague Island in August and that is what I felt like reading while on vacay!

Chincoteague is somewhat of a touristy beachy town in the summer, but it is also much more of a "sleepy" beach town than most beach resorts. I did a whole lot of relaxing while on our trip and not much else. Lounging in hammocks reading, drinking wine on our deck overlooking the bay...

...reading in boats while ON the bay, reading on the beach, more wine drinking, family time...it was the perfect vacation and the perfect time to relax and get some reading done!

Here is the round-up of my three summery reads and the most recent pick for my in-person book club as well.  Just because summer is almost ending doesn't mean you still can't read some of these as well ;) and you can catch my last round-up here!

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The Blue Bistro

By Elin Hilderbrand. Synopsis from Amazon:

Elin Hilderbrand, author of the enchanting Summer People and The Beach Club, invites you to experience the perfect getaway with her sparkling new novel.

Adrienne Dealey has spent the past six years working for hotels in exotic resort towns. This summer she has decided to make Nantucket home. Left flat broke by her ex-boyfriend, she is desperate to earn some fast money. When the desirable Thatcher Smith, owner of Nantucket's hottest restaurant, is the only one to offer her a job, she wonders if she can get by with no restaurant experience. Thatcher gives Adrienne a crash course in the business...and they share an instant attraction. But there is a mystery about their situation: what is it about Fiona, the Blue Bistro's chef, that captures Thatcher's attention again and again? And why does such a successful restaurant seem to be in its final season before closing its doors for good? Despite her uncertainty, Adrienne must decide whether to open her heart for the first time, or move on, as she always does.

Infused with intimate Nantucket detail and filled with the warmth of passion and the breeze of doubt, The Blue Bistro is perfect summer reading.

After reading multiple Elin Hilderbrand novels, I have to say I think this is my favorite one so far! The book actually started just a little slow for me, and I wasn’t immediately infatuated with Adrienne as the protagonist.  She comes across as slightly immature and flighty at the start of the book, but I think that actually helped the storyline as we got to watch her “grow up” a little in this book and made the story a little more endearing.  Many of Elin’s novels feature a love story and this book is no different, but I actually liked that the love story was not the complete sole focus of the book.  It was a part of it, but there was so much other drama to follow in the story besides just the relationship between Adrienne and Thatcher.  Truly my favorite thing about this novel was getting an insight into how a busy and fancy restaurant operates.  The restaurant truly became a character itself that you grew to love and appreciate and wonder why and how they would ever want to close it down! I read this book while on vacation in Chincoteague Virginia and this book was finally the last push I needed to book my own trip to Nantucket! This book is actually based off of the real life restaurant “Galley Beach” in Nantucket and after reading countless Nantucket books, I finally had to book my own trip! I’m visiting at the end of September and you better believe I made dinner reservations at Galley Beach for the first night of our arrival! I can’t wait to eat in the same restaurant where this book was set.  If a book is good enough to make me actually book an entire vacation to the island and make dinner reservations somewhere wayyyy more expensive than I would normally eat…you know it’s gotta be good! This is a must read for sure!

Your Whims Wednesday #373 {And Features}

Time for another Your Whims Wednesday Party!

Here are some of my favorites from last weeks party:

Just Here for the Boos Hoop Art by Busy Being Jennifer
"just here for the boos" hoop art and Boo-ing the Neighbors gift!

Sparkling Apple Pie Cocktail by Our Crafty Mom
Crisp And Delicious - Sparkling Apple Pie Cocktail Our Crafty Mom

Paper Mache Dollar Tree Pumpkins by The Fogue Abode
dollar tree pumpkins, paper mache music sheet pumpkins, dollar tree pumpkins diy

DIY Bloody Halloween Glasses by Birds Party
DIY Bloody Halloween Cocktail Glasses  - learn to create this edible blood effect to decorate your cocktail glasses and make them all creepy and spooky! by BirdsParty.com @birdsparty

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Now... onto this weeks party!

High Protein Crepes

Thank you Vital Proteins for sponsoring this post so I can share the recipe for these high protein, easy to make crepes!

I'm the type of person that is incapable of sleeping in on the weekends and ALWAYS wakes up hungry. It seems so early and miserable if my alarm ever goes off at 5:30AM during a week day, but for some reason my eyes often shoot open at 5:30am on a Saturday of their own accord.  I mean, really???

Since I often find that way too early to actually get out of bed for a weekend day, I normally lay around in bed for awhile, scroll on my phone, and start planning what type of breakfast I want to make! I typically plan my breakfast out in advance during the week days, but I don't plan for breakfasts on the weekend and just make whatever I'm in the mood for.  One recent Saturday morning when I was up at the crack of dawn I started craving some CREPES!!! I did some scrolling, looked at a few different recipes, then finally tried my own version at about 7am when I got out of bed and let me tell you: they were GOOD!!!

So good that I've been craving them every weekend since! The best thing about these crepes is that they are super high in protein from using Vital Proteins Banana Cinnamon Collagen Whey in the recipe. Along with starting your morning packed with protein, you will also get added health benefits: this supplement combines grass fed whey protein with collagen, probiotics, and natural hyaluronic acid for better hair, skin, nail and even gut health!

You can fill/top the crepes with whatever you are in the mood for, but I've been a fan of caramelized bananas, peanut butter, and a "cheesecake" filling using greek yogurt! Even if you don't have much on hand you can really make these crepes with only two ingredients: whey protein and egg whites.  I added a little sweetener and vanilla extract to my crepes for added flavor, but as long as you have egg whites (I used carton egg whites but regular whites separate from an egg would be fine too)  protein powder, and either a mini frother or a little elbow grease with a whisk, you can easily make this breakfast pretty quickly.

When you add in all the toppings and fillings this breakfast actually packs over FIFTY grams of protein in it! Come prepared with your appetite, or split a serving with someone sweet in your life ;)

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Your Whims Wednesday #372 {And Features}

Time for another Your Whims Wednesday Party!

Here are some of my favorites from last weeks party:

Fall D├ęcor by The Fogue Abode

Pumpkin Spice Waffles by Delightful E Made
 The ultimate fall breakfast! These Pumpkin Spice Waffles are great for a weekend brunch, and even better for freezing and toasting for an easy weekday breakfast. Made with simple ingredients, these delicious pumpkin waffles will be a new family favorite!

Haloween Monster Treats Using Kataifi Dough by All That’s Jas
Fuzzy and mummy looking kataifi monsters recipe

Bacon Trapped Water Chestnuts by Simply Stacie
Bacon-Wrapped Water Chestnuts - Everyone goes NUTS over this easy appetizer. Whole water chestnuts are wrapped in bacon and marinated in a sweet/savory sauce.

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

Now... onto this weeks party!

Your Whims Wednesday #371 {And Features}

Time for another Your Whims Wednesday Party!

Here are some of my favorites from last weeks party:

Fall Embroidery Hoop Wreath by Lolly Jane
fall embroidery hoop wreath

Ginger Peach Moscow Mule by Delightful E Made
A delicious twist on the classic Moscow Mule recipe! Made with just a few simple ingredients, this Ginger Peach Moscow Mule combines the cold, crisp flavors of ginger beer with fresh peaches. Cheers!

Chile Relleno Breakfast Casserole in a Mug by Home Cooking Memories
Chile Relleno Casserole in a Mug Recipe

Peaches and Cream Salad by Butter with a Side of Bread
This easy Peaches and Cream Salad only has 4 ingredients and comes together in less than 5 minutes.

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

Now... onto this weeks party!