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Your Whims Wednesday #347 {And Features}

Time for another Your Whims Wednesday Party!

Here are some of my favorites from last weeks party:

Reversible DIY Velvet Clutch by The Style Safari
spoonflower reversible DIY velvet clutch

Cheesy Cheddar Cauliflower Rice by Low Carb Delish 

Hello Spring Hoop Art by Busy Being Jennifer
Hello Spring - Geo Style Hoop Art - BusyBeingJennifer.com

White Washed Wooden Cross by Refresh Living
This is a great way to use up scrap wood and old glass jars. This post gives directions on how to make a wood cross using reclaimed wood or barn wood.

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Now... onto this weeks party!

Easy DIY Multi-Strand Strung Necklace

Learning how to make a basic strung necklace is one of the easiest concepts of jewelry making. All you really need is beading wire, a clasp, crimp beads, and regular beads! After you have the basic technique down you can alter the styles and shapes of your beads to make dozens of different kinds of necklaces.

To jazz things up even more, adding multiple strands to the same necklace gives you a designer looking necklace that still just uses one of the most basic jewelry designing techniques! 

Even though I love to experiment and try new techniques and ways to make jewelry, at the end of the day there is nothing wrong with a basic strung necklace.  This cute purple multi-strand necklace came together really quick and easy but now is the perfect accessory to wear with a plain purple sweater dress for a cute and girly outfit.

 Let me show you just how easy it is to make your own DIY multi-strand necklace!


I got all the supplies for this necklace from Cousin Corporation. You will need beading wire, crimp beads, a toggle clasp, split rings, split ring pliers, needle nose pliers, and wire cutters as well as an assortment of beads.  I used dark purple oval beads, dark purple round beads, silver spacers, light purple faceted tubes, and light purple faceted round beads.


Start by cutting a long piece of beading wire using needle nose pliers 

Healthy Chocolate Collagen Loaf (With Hidden Veggies!)

Thank you Vital Proteins for sponsoring this post so I can share the recipe for this chocolate loaf that tastes just like a sweet dessert but is actually packed with tons of fruits and veggies!

GUYS. I'm so excited to be sharing this chocolate loaf with you! First and foremost: it tastes amazing.  Like legit: tastes just like a slice of chocolatey deliciousness complete with mini chocolate chips and everything. But SURPRISE: I had to go and make it healthy and stuff it with some really good-for-you ingredients.

There are actually 18 DIFFERENT KINDS of fruits and vegetables in this loaf. Say whatttt??? Yup. 18!!! The largest quantity definitely comes from one of my favorite starchy veggies: sweet potato! Mashed sweet potato is used in this loaf to cut back on the amount of flour needed and to also add extra moisture. The result?? Soft, chocolatey, moist deliciousness that I promise tastes nothing like an actual sweet potato.

So where do the other 17 veggies/fruits come from? No- you don't need to break out a food processor to start grinding up 17 other veggies.  All you need is a scoop of Vital Proteins Collagen Sports Greens!

This collagen supplement from Vital Proteins is a POWERHOUSE of nutrients.  First and foremost: one serving includes 26 grams of protein from both collagen peptides and watermelon seed protein (a natural, plant based protein) so you get all the added health benefits of extra protein and collagen including healthy bones, joints, ligaments, skin and hair tissue. On top of that, it also includes 17 organic fruits and vegetables such as organic wheatgrass, organic kale, organic lemon, organic raspberry, organic spinach, organic acerola cherry and more.

Woah. That's a lot of stuff to stick in one loaf.  So the most important question...does is actually taste good??? Or like...organic watermelon kale loaf??? Have no fear - I promise it tastes delicious.  I baked this on a Friday night when my boyfriend got stuck out of state from work due to a snow storm.  He made it home the next day and tried the loaf without any idea of what was in it and declared it one of my best recipes yet! He's been enjoying it for breakfast and I've been enjoying it as my afternoon snack lately with some nut butter spread on top.

Crazy to say because it is MARCH but I'm actually typing this during ANOTHER snow storm that just hit us in Pennsylvania. Surprise surprise...my boyfriend got stuck out of state for work due to the weather AGAIN from a canceled flight.  I do miss him...but I'm not sad about the fact that I can polish off the rest of these leftovers without having to share ;) This loaf is a great source of healthy carbs so I think I'll gobble up a slice or two before heading out to shovel myself out.  We are supposed to get between 10-14 inches of "heart attack" heavy snow so I'm going to need some extra fuel to get through it!!

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Your Whims Wednesday #346 {And Features}

Time for another Your Whims Wednesday Party!

Here are some of my favorites from last weeks party:
DIY Spring Centerpiece from Glass Jars by Refresh LivingWhat a great way to reuse old glass food jars! I suppose you could paint other animal faces on these, or just leave them as spring colors, too. Such an easy DIY spring decoration for Easter!

Surprise Easter Bunny Cake by All That's Jas
Surprise Easter Bunny Cake - All that's Jas

Floral Boho Wreath by Home Made Lovely
floral boho spring hoop wreath hanging on white closet door

Mint Irish Iced Coffee Cocktail by Home Cooking Memories
Mint Irish Iced Coffee Cocktail Recipe

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

Now... onto this weeks party!

Pork Chops with Apple Date Shallot Bone Broth Sauce

Thank you Vital Proteins for sponsoring this post so I can share this recipe for a hearty and healthy pork chop dinner that is topped with an amazingly flavorful apple, date, shallot bone broth sauce!

I moved in with my boyfriend last May and even though I was over at his place all the time before I officially moved in,  I want to wow him with a yummy dinner the first weekend I was there as an "official" resident. I had cooked for him plenty of times before, but wanted to make sure he knew that I had game in the cooking department ;) Our schedules vary and we are both pretty busy during the week so I don't cook for him most nights so after I was finally moved in and settled I wanted to have a really nice meal to celebrate being officially moved in!

I ended up cooking pork chops with this apple, date, shallot sauce and my boyfriend officially declared it one of the best things he had ever eaten.  Wohoo! Mission accomplished :) It has been 10 months since I moved in and cooked that meal so I figured it was time to make it again since it got such high approvals the first time around!

It takes just a little bit of prep work to prepare the sauce and the pork, but overall is a pretty simple recipe.  Pair it with some kind of roasted veggie and you have a very hearty and healthy dinner full of flavor!  The sauce that tops these pork chops is SO good. Garlic, shallots, apples and dates all get cooked down together to make a savory yet sweet sauce that compliments the pork so well. 

The sauce gets further flavor AND added health benefits from the Vital Proteins bone broth collagen I used in it! I never knew you could get powdered bone broth before I started using this product from Vital Proteins and now I can't imagine using anything else! I would always waste SO MUCH cooking liquids like bone broth or chicken stock because I would open a whole carton for a recipe...and then not need to use it again before the carton would expire in the fridge 5 days later. So wasteful! With the powdered bone broth all you have to do is mix a scoop with 8oz of water whenever you need bone broth: no waste necessary. As with all collagen products by Vital Proteins, it also includes so many added health benefits including enhanced digestion from better gut health supported by the collagen peptides and better joint health because the hyaluronic acid in bone broth and collagen enhance strength and flexibility in joints!

If you ever need to prove to someone you are a good cook, give this recipe a shot! Hah, my boyfriend would have invited me to move in with him even if I was a terrible cook ;) but luckily cooking is something I really enjoy and I was so happy to serve such a flavorful and healthy meal for us both to celebrate moving in, and glad that it is such a tried and true recipe that 10 months later it turned out delicious again as well!

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