Slow-Cooker Beef Bolognese Sauce - RECIPE - Gluten-Free

Slow-Cooker Beef Bolognese Sauce – RECIPE – (Paleo & Gluten-Free)

Mmm ever have a dinner that was just so damn delicious it amazes you that you even created it yourself? That was the case with this slow-cooker beef bolognese recipe that I am about to share with you. Once all of the initial prep work is done you are pretty much good to go! This meal was so hearty and delicious and a perfect meal for a cool autumn day. My husband ending up having two heaping platefuls and my family of 3 polished off the entire two-pound beef roast.

Slow-Cooker Beef Bolognese Sauce - RECIPE - Gluten-Free

Slow-Cooker Beef Bolognese Sauce – RECIPE – Gluten-Free

This is a wonderful meal that you can prep in the morning and have waiting for you when you get home from work. I love how you can just toss food into a slow-cooker and the slow-cooker does all the work for you. This is a no-fuss simple and easy recipe to create.

Slow-Cooker Beef Bolognese

Slow-Cooker Beef Bolognese

What Is Beef Bolognese Sauce?

A typical beef bolognese sauce consists of beef, carrot, celery, and onion with plenty of tomatoes. My Slow-Cooker Beef Bolognese recipe contains pretty much all of those ingredients. I did swap out the onion for shallots though because I feel that shallots lend the dish a more exceptional flavor. This sauce simmers low and slow for 6 hours and results in the most flavorful, fork-tender beef.

Also, instead of using ground beef to make the Slow-Cooker Beef Bolognese Sauce I used a two-pound chuck roast. The chuck roast lends this dish a heartier texture and gives the sauce a nice, rich flavor.

How To Create The Slow-Cooker Beef Bolognese Sauce

This recipe starts off with browning the beef roast meat in some ghee. At this time, the shallots, celery, and garlic are also added to the pan to soften them up before adding them to the slow-cooker. You are going to need some good quality tomatoes to create this dish. In my recipe, I used the Muir Glen Fire-Roasted Diced Tomatoes. Muir Glen is a brand that I trust and if you have been following along here for a while that is my go-to brand for all of my tomato need.


Gluten-Free Slow-Cooker Beef Bolognese Sauce

Gluten-Free Slow-Cooker Beef Bolognese Sauce

Slow-Cooker Beef Bolognese Seasonings

Every good pasta sauce needs those essential seasonings to take it to the next level and delight the palate. One of the obvious seasonings in an Italian pasta sauce is garlic powder. Garlic powder gives your meat a nice, robust flavor in addition to the minced garlic you will be adding. As I say, you can never have too much garlic! I am a huge fan of garlic in my recipes and always prioritize squeezing some in.

I also added some oregano and some basil to this sauce. You can also just use a shaker bottle of Italian seasonings in place of those. Those are the herbs that are going to give this beef bolognese sauce its Italian flavor. I also decided to add in a pinch of nutmeg to this pasta sauce. You can also do a tiny pinch of cinnamon as well (it is not listed in the recipe but it still goes well with the beef).

Choosing A Gluten-Free Pasta For the Beef Bolognese Pasta Sauce

There is a whole universe of gluten-free pasta available now for us folks eating a gluten-free diet. I am a big fan of Banza and their line of chickpea pasta. I found that if you undercook by a minute and give them a little rinse in a colander after draining, you will have a great gluten-free al dente noodle.

Banza has a variety pack of their pasta available on Amazon and it ships free with Amazon Prime.

I have found that Ronzoni also has great gluten-free pasta and it is also a very economical option. I find that this pasta often comes out al dente and has a great firm texture. I hate soggy gluten-free pasta. I never end up with soggy, sad pasta when I use Ronzoni.

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Give It A Whirl Girl - Best Stocking Stuffers of 2018 Gift Guide

Best Stocking Stuffers of 2018 – Gift Guide – Friday Faves

Welcome to this week’s installment of Friday Faves over here at Give It A Whirl Girl. This week I am sharing my favorite stocking stuffers of 2018 with you. These items are perfect for gift giving for the foodie in your life. Everything here on this gift guide is food and drink related. I love putting together these shopping guides so I can share with you the best of the best. I hope that you find this gift guide to be helpful with your Christmas shopping efforts.

 

Christmas 2018 Tackle Box – DYLAN’S CANDY BAR

Dylan’s Candy Bar is a great go-to brand for candy and this 2018 Tackle Box contains all the goodies to satisfy your family or friend’s sweet tooth. This would be a wonderful stocking stuffer for a child or an adult who is young at heart. This Dylan’s Candy Bar Tackle Box includes Gummy Christmas Trees, Candy Cane Licorice, Chocolate Santas, Hershey’s Kisses and more! Available at Nordstrom.

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Dylan's Candy Bar 2018 Tackle Box

Dylan’s Candy Bar 2018 Tackle Box

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Yummy World Large Flaco Taco Plush Toy – KIDROBOT

This adorable taco plush from Yummy World is available at Nordstrom and this is sure to put a smile on anyone’s face this Christmas.

Tacos not your thing? Be sure to check out the Yummy World French Fries, ramen noodles, banana, jelly beans, candy twists (Twizzlers), and fiery puffs (Cheetos).

Yummy World Taco Plush

Yummy World Taco Plush

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Sugarfina 3-Piece Rose All Day Candy Bento Box

This Rose candy bento box from Sugarfina is available at Nordstrom. It includes three varieties of rose candies (Rose All Day, Sparkling Rose Bears and Rose Roses) to satisfy your sweet tooth. I have a bit of an obsession with the Sugarfina brand of candy. It is gourmet candy and the taste is exquisite.

Be sure to check out Sugarfina’s holiday collection that is currently available. Sugarfina has a Happy Holidays Candy Trunk that is available on their website and it is chock full of delicious and delectable Sugarfina candies!

There is also a unique Vice Collection to satisfy those who have a liking for adult beverages.

 

Sugarfina 3 Piece Rose Candy Bento Box

Sugarfina 3 Piece Rose Candy Bento Box

Sushi 9-Piece Chocolate Set MAGGIE LOUISE CONFECTIONS

Stun the sushi fanatic in your life with this stunning set of candy by Maggie Louise Confections. I am a huge sushi lover and I know that I would just be over the moon thrilled to try these and give them a whirl!

  • Includes one white chocolate lemon; two white chocolate ginger mini cubes; one white chocolate wasabi piece with chocolate caramel and sea salt; three milk chocolate sushi pieces with peanut butter candy; three dark chocolate sushi with mocha crunch and one white chocolate tile

Be sure to check out more from this line of gorgeous chocolate!

 

Sushi 9-Piece Chocolate Set MAGGIE LOUISE CONFECTIONS

Sushi 9-Piece Chocolate Set MAGGIE LOUISE CONFECTIONS

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Harry & David Moose Munch Gourmet Popcorn Holiday Collection

Mmmm I love gourmet popcorn and Harry & David does not disappoint with this line of Moose Munch, which is gourmet popcorn. These popcorn tins are perfect for gift-giving during the holidays and come in a wide variety of fun flavors. I have posted the links to four of the flavors below but there are more to choose from! These are currently on sale for $9.99 (at the time of publication).

Harry & David Moose Munch Gourmet Popcorn Canister (Milk Chocolate)

Harry & David Moose Munch Gourmet Popcorn Canister (Milk Chocolate)

 

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BigMouth Novelty Gifts Guide & A Giveaway

BigMouth Food Novelty Gifts – Gift Guide + #GIVEAWAY

BigMouth is a brand that makes a loud statement with their fun and unique novelty gifts. I put together this novelty gift guide in hopes of making you laugh and smile and find the perfect gift for the person in your life that has a great sense of humor, and knows how to cut loose and have fun! These novelty gift items from BigMouth would also be excellent for gift giving if your family or friends participate in a white elephant gift exchange.

If you are in the market for novelty gifts you are in the right place! I included some fun coffee mugs, wine glasses, snow tubes, beach blankets, a beer mug, and some pool floats in this novelty gifts guide. Novelty gifts are always fun to give. Christmas should be a memorable time and novelty gifts like this are true conversation starters and laughter initiators.

If you are an Amazon shopper and have Amazon Prime these novelty gift items include free two-day shipping. Not an Amazon Prime member yet? No problem. Sign up and start your FREE 30-day Amazon Prime trial today.

If you would like to shop from this novelty gifts guide, simply click the links or the images to shop. Easy peasy!

BigMouth Inc. Mornings Suck! Funny Gift Coffee Mug 20 oz.

This huge 20-ounce novelty mug is a steal at only $5.99 (at the time of publication). The face of this mug says, “MORNINGS SUCK!” and it has a multicolored lollipop handle. I had to put this at the top of my novelty gift guide because this mug is hands down my favorite from BigMouth and you are not going to find a better deal on this mug than what Amazon is offering it at (and it ships for FREE with Amazon Prime).

BigMouth Inc. Mornings Suck! Funny Gift, Coffee Mug, 20 oz. Huge Mug

BigMouth Inc. Mornings Suck! Funny Gift, Coffee Mug, 20 oz. Huge Mug

BigMouth Inc Stemless Wine Glass (On Cloud Wine)

Attention wine lovers! You are seriously not going to find a more amazing and incredible wine glass out there for the rainbow-obsessed person in your life (me! me!). This Cloud Wine stemless novelty wine glass is not only adorable and creative but chances are, you are not going to knock this one over.

BigMouth Inc Stemless Wine Glass (On Cloud Wine)

BigMouth Inc Stemless Wine Glass (On Cloud Wine)

Big Mouth BigMouth Giant Frosted Donut Snow Tube Ride On

Now here is something fun for the donut lover in your life! This is a pink glazed donut themed snow-tube ride-on inflatable.

Check out the other food-themed snow tubes below. These novelty gifts would make a memorable gift!

There is also a cheeseburger, peppermint, and slice of pizza available on Amazon. This is sure to produce and result in a good time next time the snow falls. I live in Michigan and I know my 8-year-old daughter Chloe would have a blast playing in the snow with this sled.

Big Mouth BigMouth Giant Frosted Donut Snow Tube Ride On

Big Mouth BigMouth Giant Frosted Donut Snow Tube Ride On

BigMouth Inc Giant Inflatable Taco Pool Floats, Durable Pool Tube with Patch Kit

Next up is a fun taco pool float from BigMouth brand. I know, I know it is winter but if you live someplace warm or are patient enough to wait for the return of summer then this BigMouth taco pool float would be perfect for the Mexican food lover in your life.

Big Mouth Inc Giant Inflatable Taco Pool Floats, Durable Pool Tube with Patch Kit

BigMouth Inc Giant Inflatable Taco Pool Floats, Durable Pool Tube with Patch Kit


BigMouth Inc Unicorn Farts Mug, Ceramic Cup for Coffee and Tea with Handle, Funny Magical Novelty Cup

The rainbow unicorn farts mug from BigMouth is for the person in your life that likes to start the day with a bit of humor injected into it. This novelty mug would make a great gift and might just become the go-to mug in the gift recipients stash of mugs. I love and adore the rainbow handle on this one!

BigMouth Inc Unicorn Farts Mug, Ceramic Cup for Coffee and Tea

BigMouth Inc Unicorn Farts Mug, Ceramic Cup for Coffee and Tea


BigMouth Gigantic Cupcake Beach Blanket, Towel

These beach blankets from BigMouth come in a variety of fun food-themed designs! Which one is your favorite?

Be sure to check these novelty food towels:

 

BigMouth Inc Gigantic Cupcake Beach Blanket– Fun Beach Blanket Perfect for The Beach and Pool

BigMouth Inc Gigantic Cupcake Beach Blanket– Fun Beach Blanket Perfect for The Beach and Pool

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Perfect Keto Bar

Best Keto Snack Bars – Perfect Keto Bars For Your Keto Lifestyle

Best Low-Carb Snack Bar Review – Who Passes the Bar Exam?

 

If you landed on this page I’m guessing you are looking for the best keto snack bar. I’ve got great news for you. I found it! Perfect Keto Snack Bars are the best keto snack bars on the market today.

These have a wonderful flavor and satisfy a hunger pang. They are an awesome on-the-go snack.

When I first started out on my keto journey, I was all about making homemade fat bombs and other low-carb snacks.

But, after a few weeks, I realized that some months were crazier than others and, when I was short on time, I was left without keto-friendly options that I could easily take with me.

I found myself trying other low-carb protein bars on the market just to hold me over.

These seemed safe to eat based on the label but I would eventually get kicked of ketosis despite what the package promoted.

I knew there had to be a better option out there and luckily that is how I discovered these snack bars by Perfect Keto. And these are exactly what I have been looking for.

Perfect Keto Bar

Perfect Keto Bar

What Are Perfect Keto Bars?

Perfect Keto Bars are the only low-carb protein bars on the market that are actually optimized for a healthy ketogenic diet. Unlike other bars, you will not find any cheap fillers, artificial ingredients, or added sugars and sugar alcohols of any kind. You also will not see massive amounts of protein and a small amount of fat like your typical protein bars.

Perfect Keto spent a huge amount of time perfecting these bars to create a satisfying snack that will not kick you out of ketosis. 1 year and 18 different iterations to be exact.

Dr. Anthony Gustin even went so far as to test his bar against 3 other popular low-carb protein bars to see how it affected his blood sugar.

I was shocked by what he discovered.

This is a MUST watch video if you are even mildly interested in keto, metabolism, and snack food.

Too long; Didn’t watch: Quest and Dang bars spiked his glucose by 20-30 points and Bulletproof spiked it by 40 points for 5 hours!

Perfect Keto Bars increased his glucose by 3 units. That is about as much as you would expect from standing up or sitting down.

I stick to these Keto Bars since they will not stimulate increases in my blood sugar and I know there arere only high-quality ingredients inside.

Most people can easily pronounce every ingredient in these Keto Bars too:


Organic almond butter & almonds. Almonds are low in carbs and loaded with monounsaturated fats, fiber, vitamins, and minerals, which keeps me feeling full for longer and gives me a nice dose of micronutrients. And since Perfect Keto only uses organic almond butter and almonds, I do not have to worry about nasty pesticide exposure that comes with other brands.

And it is not just these high-quality ingredients that make this keto bar stand out.

Why Are Perfect Keto Snack Bars better than other snack bars?

I am all for trying out different low-carb protein bars. But, as I have learned the hard way, not all low-carb bars can be trusted.

Dr. Anthony Gustin proved this in his recent comparison of 4 popular low carb protein bars.

Because of that, I am skeptical when it comes to trusting labels. And you should be too.

Luckily, I have already done my due diligence on this bar so you do not have to.

I highly prefer these Perfect Keto Snack Bars. The flavor of them is phenomenal. I love the chocolatey taste and these bars really fill me up and satisfy me.

Here is why these Perfect Keto Snack Bars made the cut over other options available out there:

About Perfect Keto Snack Bars

About Perfect Keto Snack Bars

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Fun Foodie Fashion - Friday Faves - Shopping Guide

Fun Foodie Fashion- Friday Faves Shopping Guide

Christmas is right around the corner, so today I created this Friday Faves shopping guide full to the brim with fun food fashion. This apparel is perfect for the food lover in your life. This food fashion is not for the faint of heart though. The clothing pieces in this collection are loud and bold. Anyone rocking this stuff will definitely be standing out in a crowd these cool designs. Some of these items make great stocking stuffers as well. The foodie socks would be great for that. There are quite a few hoodies in this list. I love the allover print designs that are available nowadays.

The convenience of Amazon

All of these fun food fashion finds can be found on Amazon. If you are a Prime member you will receive two-day shipping for free!

Not a Prime member? No problem! Sign up for a free 30-day trial.

Click the links or the images to shop! Hope you enjoy this Friday Faves list. I had fun creating it for my readers.

Silver Lilly Hooded Pizza Jumpsuit – Adult Pepperoni Pizza Costumeir?t=kimberlyriple 20&language=en US&l=li3&o=1&a=B0775N3QGR - Fun Foodie Fashion- Friday Faves Shopping Guide

Here is the epitome of fun foodie fashion! This pizza is looking mighty fine on this one-piece pizza adult onesie, isn’t it? I hosted a wine and onesie party last year and my sister wore this to my bash. This would be the most perfect gift for the pizza lover in your life and I know we all know one! It looks like it would be warm and cozy for those chilly winter days.

 

ilver Lilly Hooded Pizza Jumpsuit - Adult Pepperoni Pizza Costume

Silver Lilly Hooded Pizza Onesie

Blizzard Bay Men’s Sequin Cheeseburger

Ugly sweaters are all the rage nowadays and with great reason… they are a ton of fun to wear! Ugly sweater parties are seemingly popping up everywhere. This sparkly sequin cheeseburger sweater is perfect for the burger obsessed person in your life!

Blizzard Bay Men's Sequin Cheeseburger

Blizzard Bay Men’s Sequin Cheeseburger

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Every sushi lover needs at least one pair of sushi leggings in their wardrobe! Am I right?? I love the print on these fun sushi leggings. These super soft, breathable leggings also come in the color white. They are also available in pale green.

YERTBVZ Women's Skinny Yoga Pants Sushi Fashion Jogger Pants Workout Running Leggings

YERTBVZ Women’s Skinny Yoga Pants/ Leggings Sushi Print

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Rock ‘Em Socks has some top-notch fun food designs of their designer socks for the foodie in your life. These fashionable socks are made to last and have a durable design for everyday wear. Rock ‘Em socks come in a variety of awesome designs. Be sure to check out Amazon for more socks. Socks are always a welcome stocking stuffer!

Cake and Ice-Cream Food Buffet Rock 'Em Socks

Cake and Ice-Cream Food Buffet Rock ‘Em Socks

iscream Girls’ Double Sided Shoulder Purse with Zipper Closure, Sweet Treats Collection

This is an adorable rainbow cupcake purse for the sweet little girl in your life or for you if you are a kid at heart! I believe that this purse would make any girl smile with delight!

iscream Girls' Double Sided Shoulder Purse with Zipper Closure, Sweet Treats Collection

iscream Girls’ Rainbow Cupcake Purse

 

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PIZZA SOCKS BOX Pepperoni 4 pairs Cotton Socks Made In Europe Unisex Funny Gift!

More pizza! Sure, why not!? This Pizza socks Box is super duper cool and is ready for gift giving. Three pairs of pizza printed socks are contained within a cardboard pizza box. There are several different styles to choose from as far as the toppings go. There is also a neat little variety pack available with three different pizza socks: Hawaiian, pepperoni, and Italian. These pizza socks would be the ultimate stocking stuffer.

PIZZA SOCKS BOX Pepperoni 4 pairs Cotton Socks Made In Europe Unisex Funny Gift!

PIZZA SOCKS BOX Pepperoni 4 pairs Cotton Socks Made In Europe Unisex 

 

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Halloween Candy Brownie Pizza

Halloween Candy Brownie Pizza – Gluten-Free – RECIPE

Halloween has come and go and now you probably have a gigantic bowl of Halloween candy. Am I right? Are you wondering what you can do with it? I had the most excellent idea to create a leftover Halloween candy pizza with some white chocolate “cheese” drizzled on top. I used Pamela’s Products gluten-free brownie mix to create this sensational, sinful dessert. Creating your very own leftover Halloween candy brownie pizza is simple to do and it will satisfy all of the chocolate candy lovers in your family.

Leftover Halloween Candy Brownie Pizza

Leftover Halloween Candy Brownie Pizza

Cheat Day waiting to happen!

If you are a regular follower of my blog then you will know my philosophy of eating:

Eat healthy so you can have dessert!

I eat primarily healthy most of the time. We try to eat as paleo as possible and feel that this diet benefits me the most. I also feel as though I do not want to deprive myself of the fun things in life so I do occasionally devour some sweets that are not on the spectrum of a Halloween diet. Halloween might bring out the worst in me. My daughter, Chloe, received quite a bit of loot this year and it sits in a big black cauldron. The temptation is always there to eat, eat, eat candy. It’s hard to resist and I give in and indulge often. No regrets here though. I know I will get back on track soon after the holidays are over.

Pamela’s Products Gluten Free Chocolate Brownie Mix

For my Halloween Candy Brownie Pizza, I went with Pamela’s Products Gluten-Free Brownie Mix. There were a few different brownie recipes on the back of the package and I went with the butter recipe and I used my 4th & Heart ghee in place of regular butter. The ghee gives it an incredible richness and makes for one excellent tasting brownie. This mix from Pamela’s Products results in a perfect batch of decadent, fudgy brownies that does not disappoint.

Halloween Candy Brownie Pizza before going in the oven

Halloween Candy Brownie Pizza before going in the oven


Using up all of that delicious Halloween Candy

If you are following a gluten-free diet, be sure to check those labels. Items like Kit Kats are not gluten-free and you will want to avoid using candies like that as a topping. M&M’s, Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups, and Snickers bars go great as brownie pizza toppings. I especially love topping this pizza with M&M’s because of the color that they give off.


Halloween Candy Brownie Pizza with Halo Top Candy Bar ice-cream

Halloween Candy Brownie Pizza with Halo Top Candy Bar ice-cream

Final thoughts

This was simple and easy to do. My daughter also enjoyed helping out with the toppings! You can have your whole family join in with the topping of the Halloween Candy Brownie Pizza. This brought pure joy to us when we chowed down on it. We were all ooo’ing’ and ahhh’ing. It is best served warm and topped with some ice-cream. We used Halo Top’s Candy Bar ice-cream.

 

Question time!

Does this recipe inspire you to make a Halloween Candy Brownie Pizza? Do you have any other creative ideas for using up leftover candies?

 

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Halloween Candy Brownie Pizza - Gluten-Free - RECIPE
Need to use up that leftover Halloween candy? Why not try out this decadent recipe for a Halloween Candy Brownie Pizza? This is something that I know your family will enjoy and it is also fun to create. Have your children assist with placing the toppings on it. Then finish it off with a drizzle of white chocolate "cheese"! It is totally optional but I highly suggest topping it with some ice-cream and serving the brownie pizza warm.
Halloween Candy Brownie Pizza
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 Minutes
Cook Time 13 Minutes
Servings
Slices
Ingredients
Brownie
White chocolate "cheese"
Ice-Cream (optional)
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 Minutes
Cook Time 13 Minutes
Servings
Slices
Ingredients
Brownie
White chocolate "cheese"
Ice-Cream (optional)
Halloween Candy Brownie Pizza
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Use a large bowl and place brownie mix inside. Slowly incorporate the other ingredients (coconut oil, ghee, egg, and water) and mix together until well incorporated. The batter will be thick.
  3. Spray a pizza pan with coconut oil spray and smooth the brownie mixture onto the pan.
  4. Place Halloween candies on top of the brownie mixture.
  5. Place the Halloween candy brownie pizza in the oven for 12-13 minutes.
  6. Using a small saucepan you will create the white chocolate "cheese". Place 1/2 cup white chocolate chips in pan with one tablespoon of coconut oil. Have burner on low-medium and stir until the chips are melted down.
  7. Drizzle the white chocolate onto the pizza.
  8. Using a knife or pizza cutter, slice your Halloween candy brownie pizza into 8 even slices.
  9. (Optional) Top with ice-cream
  10. Serve and enjoy your brownie pizza!

Best Christmas Gifts For The Home Kitchen - A Gift Guide - Give It A Whirl Girl

Best Christmas Gifts For The Home Kitchen – A Gift Guide

Can you believe that it is already November? Christmas sure is approaching us so quickly. Yikes! I don’t know about you but I do love to get my shopping started as early as possible so I don’t have to stress out right before the holiday. It is never a good idea to procrastinate when it comes to the holidays. I put together this Christmas gift guide of kitchen items to make that foodie in your life happy on Christmas day.

As a foodie and home chef, I know that anything on this gift guide would bring me some happiness and joy on Christmas day. Anything here would be the ultimate gift. I have searched high and low on Amazon to compile this list of kitchen favorites. I even included a few gift cards at the end. Gift cards for Christmas are always a great idea. I know I sure do love to spend them.

Everything on this gift guide is available for free 2 day shipping with Amazon Prime. Not a Prime member? No problem! Sign up for a free 30-day trial.

Be sure to check out my Amazon storefront for more ideas!

Instant Pot DUO60 6 Qt 7-in-1 Multi-Use Programmable Pressure Cooker, Slow Cooker, Rice Cooker, Steamer, Saute, Yogurt Maker and Warmer

At the time of publication, this Instant Pot Duo 60 6 quart pressure cooker is on sale for $69.95! The regular price of this Instant Pot is $99.95. This is an incredible deal to snag one of these for yourself or a Christm as gift for the home chef in your life. I am starting to think that maybe every kitchen should have an Instant Pot inside it.

This little contraption is a big-time multitasker in the kitchen. It has the capabilities of a pressure cooker, slow cooker, rice cooker, steamer, yogurt maker, a warmer, and you can saute your food with it. This is great for cooking meats, soups, stews, poultry, beans, and more! The sky is the limit with this Instant Pot and there are recipes all over the place for using this. Also available:

Instant Pot DUO60 6 Qt 7-in-1 Multi-Use Programmable Pressure Cooker, Slow Cooker, Rice Cooker, Steamer, Sauté, Yogurt Maker and Warmer

Instant Pot DUO60 6 Qt 7-in-1 Multi-Use Programmable Pressure Cooker, Slow Cooker, Rice Cooker, Steamer, Saute, Yogurt Maker and Warmer

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NuWave Brio 6 Quart Digital Air Fryer With Accessory Kit

All aboard the air fryer train! This is a must-have essential small appliance for the modern day kitchen. I love my air-fryer from NuWave. This is hands down the best way to create a healthy batch of fries for your family. Who doesn’t love fries!? Healthy fried chicken too?? That is something I can be on-board with. This NuWave air-fryer would make an excellent Christmas gift and the recipient of this gift will love you forever.

NuWave Brio 6 Quart Digital Air Fryer – Black with NuWave Brio Air Fryer 3 Piece Gourmet Accessory Kit - 6 Quart

NuWave Brio 6 Quart Digital Air Fryer – Black with NuWave Brio Air Fryer 3 Piece Gourmet Accessory Kit – 6 Quart

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All New 2nd Generation Echo Show With Alexa, 10-inch screen, premium sound

The all new Echo Show is a great addition to the home kitchen to assist with recipes and recipe videos. This Echo Show would be an excellent Christmas gift to assist the home chef that you love and adore. You can ask Alexa anything and she will most likely give you the answer. I have asked Alexa several questions while cooking and I am grateful for Alexa’s help.

The ultimate kitchen companion! Watch recipe videos, set timers, and alarms, and also add items to your shopping list. You will wonder how you ever survived without this once you have the conveniece of an Echo Show in your kitchen.

All New 2nd Generation Amazon Echo Show

All New 2nd Generation Amazon Echo Show


Keurig K475 Single Serve K-Cup Pod Coffee Maker with 12oz Brew Size, Strength Control, and temperature control, Programmable, Black

Here we have another kitchen necessity. No kitchen is complete without a good coffeemaker. The great thing about the Keurig coffeemaker is that you can brew single cups. In the morning here I start out with a full pot of coffee and have a few cups in the morning. The Keurig would be great to have when all you want is a single cup.

 

Keurig K475 Single Serve K-Cup Pod Coffee Maker with 12oz Brew Size, Strength Control, and temperature control, Programmable, Black

Keurig K475 Single Serve K-Cup Pod Coffee Maker with 12oz Brew Size


Rachael Ray Cucina Hard Porcelain Enamel Nonstick Cookware Set, 12-Piece

Cookware always makes an excellent Christmas gift. This is one thing that I feel I can never have too much of. The colors available from Rachael Ray’s line of cookware are outstanding!

This cookware set includes the following items: 2-Quart Covered Saucepan. 5-Quart Covered Dutch Oven, 5-Inch Mini Skillet, 8-1/2- and 10-Inch Skillets, 11-1/2-Inch Covered Skillet, Slotted Turner, Slotted Spoon, Solid Spoon.

 

Rachael Ray Cucina Hard Porcelain Enamel Nonstick Cookware Set, 12-Piece, Lavender Purple

Rachael Ray Cucina Hard Porcelain Enamel Nonstick Cookware Set, 12-Piece, Lavender Purple

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Ninja Smart Screen Blender with 1000-Watt Base, 4-Auto-iQ Programs, Touchscreen Display, Total Crushing Pitcher, Recipe Book (CT650), Black

Know a foodie that needs a kickass blender in their life? Here is the perfect Christmas gift for them. This Ninja does it all with its intuitive design. Take your next smoothie to a whole other level with this Ninja blender.

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Clean Eating With The Sun Basket Meal Kit

Clean-Eating With The Sun Basket Meal Kit – Special Offer Inside

I recently had the pleasure of trying out one meal kit subscription box from Sun Basket. If you are not familiar with Sun Basket, their meal kits are all about clean-eating and healthy, organic ingredients. They offer vegetarian subscription boxes for those eating a plant-based diet, and there is a paleo option for those who follow a gluten-free diet. My family tried Sun Basket for one week and we had 3 meal kits delivered. We were highly satisfied with all three meals and I plan on ordering more subscription boxes in the future. I went with the paleo box and it was love at first bite!

You can sign up for Sun Basket right now and receive 50% off your first order. Simply click the banner below to get started.

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Seared Steak with Brussels Sprouts and Chipotle Mustard Vinaigrette (Sun Basket)

Seared Steak with Brussels Sprouts and Chipotle Mustard Vinaigrette (Sun Basket)

Sun Basket has clean-eating meal kits for everyone’s diet

Sun Basket makes it easy to order meal kits based on your diet. I ordered the paleo box and all of my meals were gluten and grain-free.

There are 18 options available on the menu at Sun Basket. Many meal kits only offer a fraction of that to choose from. I love that Sun Basket has so many menu items to choose from!

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Mediterranean Tomato Braised Cod from Sun Basket

Mediterranean Tomato Braised Cod from Sun Basket

Only the best ingredients go into your Sun Basket

All of Sun Basket’s ingredients are sourced from organic produce and premium meats that are antibiotic and hormone free. The seafood is all wild-caught. The eggs are all pasture-raised organic eggs.

Recipes are also free from:
Added sugars, processed ingredients, and preservatives

Organic ingredients!

Expect nothing but the best from Sun Basket! Here is their statement about the organic ingredients that they provide:

Sun Basket strives to source organic produce 100% of the time. Currently over 99% of our produce is organic
We develop our recipes to use the best the season has to offer, so some ingredients may be different than depicted
Mother Nature can be fickle. On the rare occasion that we are unable to meet our organic promise, we’ll let you know with a note in your basket
All our tofu is made from organic, non-GMO soybeans
We are a USDA-certified organic handler, and all organic ingredients are clearly labeled on delivery (source)

First impression of Sun Basket

My first Sun Basket subscription box arrived on-time on a Tuesday morning. This was perfect for me because I was hoping to receive my dinner kit before dinner time on Tuesday. I have ordered other meal kits previously in the past and they came much too late in the day to prepare them that day for our meal and I had to wait until the next day to prep and prepare my dinner.

My Sun Basket box was quite heavy from the ice-pack that was packed inside. The box was insulated well throughout and all of my ingredients were kept cold. When I opened up my first box everything was inside individual meal kit bags and labeled. The meats were kept separate from the fresh produce ingredients, which was great. There were no loose items and everything was super fresh and all of my ingredients looked beautiful. You can tell that Sun Basket takes great pride in the meal kits that they ship out just by looking at the quality of the ingredients.

Sun Basket Meal Kit Subscription Box

Sun Basket Meal Kit Subscription Box

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Ground Italian Sausage Gluten-Free Goulash - RECIPE

Italian Sausage Goulash With Banza Pasta- RECIPE (Gluten-Free)

Want your house to smell great? Did you say yeah? I have the slow-cooker recipe for you then! This recipe is for goulash made with ground Italian sausage and gluten-free Banza chickpea pasta. I know goulash is typically made with ground beef… I am fully aware. There are no rules when it comes to cooking. You can just make things up as you go along and do your own twist on a traditional recipe. That is exactly what I did here. I love the taste of ground Italian sausage and it is so much more flavorful than ground beef. Ground Italian sausage is so wonderful in any type of tomato sauce recipe and that is why I chose to use it for this crockpot full of goulash today.

Gluten-Free Ground Italian Sausage Goulash

Gluten-Free Ground Italian Sausage Goulash

Gluten-Free Goulash with chickpea pasta

This is an easy fix! Banza pasta swoops in to save the day with their gluten-free chickpea pasta. There are various shapes to choose from. I believe elbow pasta goes best with goulash but rotini would be a great choice too.

Ground Italian sausage makes everything better

I love ground Italian sausage. It has a much more potent flavor than plain ol’ ground beef. I chose this protein for my meal just based on the flavor of the meat. The ground sausage already has some seasoning in it. Goulash needs paprika though so I added a hefty amount to season it (one tablespoon). I also added some more Italian seasonings to the meat and peppers. A great goulash relies heavily on seasonings so don’t be afraid to bust out the seasonings!

Yummy bowl of ground Italian Sausage Goulash

Yummy bowl of ground Italian Sausage Goulash

Simplicity with the slow-cooker

I believe you will love the simplicity of this slow-cooker recipe. There isn’t too much work involved. The browning of the ground Italian sausage is one small extra step but it is so worth it in the end. While you brown that meat you also soften up the peppers and infuse the whole dish with flavor. Once that step is done you simply place it in the slow cooker with some fire roasted diced tomatoes and let it cook on low for 5-6 hours.

Cooking the pasta

I don’t cook the noodles in the slow-cooker… ever. I think they turn to mush and make the meal kinda starchy. So another simple step here is to just boil the noodles in a separate pot. Once my Banza is cooked and drained I give it a nice rinse with the water from the sink, give the colander a good shake, and then mix the pasta into the goulash and serve.

Final thoughts

This recipe is a sure people-pleaser. It can be created for 3-4 people, in my case only 3 because we each had a large serving of it. I went up for seconds, I just had to do it! The Banza chickpea pasta was perfect for this dish. Banza is definitely one of my go-to brands for gluten-free cooking. This dish also goes great with cheese! Any cheese will do. For my goulash, I went with a shredded Parmesan. I’m sure some shredded cheddar would also be a great addition.

Have you ever created goulash? Fill me in and let me know your secrets for a winning dish of goulash!

Scroll down the page for this simple recipe and I do hope you enjoy this meal!

Ground Italian Sausage Goulash

Ground Italian Sausage Goulash

 


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Fresh Sushi At Kroger - Tried It Out Tuesday

Fresh Sushi At Kroger – Tried It Out Tuesday

Fresh sushi at Kroger? Sure is and I got brave and ventured over to Kroger on Friday to try out some of that beautiful, fresh sushi. I don’t consider myself a sushi snob but I do prefer my sushi to be as fresh as possible. At the present time, my favorite place to grab some fresh sushi is at the Inyo Restaurant in Ferndale, MI. Their sushi is top-notch, creative, and beautifully plated. To save some money and some time, I gave the fresh sushi at Kroger a whirl and it did not disappoint. For the record, the Kroger that I visited is located in Roseville, MI in the 13 Mile Rd & Little Mack location. This store is fairly new and it is my go-to place each and every week.

Pretty huge selection of fresh sushi at Kroger

As you can see in the photos below, Kroger has a nice selection of fresh sushi available. Their sushi is made fresh each morning and often times you will see someone working at the station and creating more. If there is a sushi chef at the station you can even request a fresh roll of sushi or customize it to your liking.

Presentation

The sushi is presented beautifully. I was in awe of all of the beautiful colors from the sushi. Looking at stuff like this dazzles my eyes and makes my tummy growl a bit. All of the sushi looked super fresh and nothing there turned me off. I wanted to give it all a whirl. You can tell that they pour their heart and soul into this sushi. Sushi is an art form and a craft. Their rolls were impressive considering it is at a grocery store.

Different types of fresh sushi at Kroger

Kroger offers a wide variety of sushi including both cooked sushi and raw sushi. For those that fear eating raw sushi, Kroger has your back with plenty of non-raw choices.

I was even amazed to see that Kroger had a sushi burrito available for $10. I am definitely going to give that a try someday and that will be a first for me because I have never tried a sushi burrito. There was also a poke bowl available. That is another dish that I plan on trying out in the near future.

Pricing of the sushi

I feel that the prices of this grocery store sushi is also pretty reasonable. For basic rolls like a California Roll you can get quite a bit of sushi for around $6.00. The fancier rolls are higher in price but the taste justifies it.


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Healthy Hot List - Birthday Cake Flavor - By Give It A Whirl Girl

Birthday Cake Flavor – Protein Galore – Healthy Hot List

Here is another edition of my Healthy Hot List featuring all health food items that are birthday cake flavor! Protein galore over there today!! I am completely obsessed with this flavor profile right now. Possibly because birthday cake flavor conjures up some great childhood memories. Who doesn’t love birthday cake? I feel as though that is a universal flavor that most people can get on-board with. Often times in life our first taste of sweets and sugar is from the first bite of birthday cake at our first birthday party.

This list is chock ful of birthday cake flavored items that focus on protein. I sure could use a boost in my protein and these items make it convenient to get in your daily recommended intake.

Optimum Nutrition Protein Cake Bites, Whipped Protein Bar, Flavor: Birthday Cake Flavor, 12 Count

I just had to go ahead and put one of my favorite birthday cake flavor items here at the top of the Healthy Hot List. I love these little bite-sized tasty morsels from Optimum Nutrition. Each package contains 3 Cake Bites and each 3-piece serving is going to give you a generous 20 grams of protein. If birthday cake flavor is not your jam you probably won’t be into this list but Optimum Nutrition has some other flavor offerings: Chocolate Dipped Cherry, Red Velvet, New Chocolate Frosted Donut, Mint Chocolate, Peanut Butter, Fruity Cereal, and Blueberry Cheesecake.

Optimum Nutrition Birthday Cake Bites

Optimum Nutrition Birthday Cake Bites

FITCRUNCH 6-Layer Birthday Cake Flavor Whey Protein Bars by Chef Irvine- 12 Pack

This is a 12 pack of birthday cake flavored whey protein bars. These are packed with that cake flavor that you crave in not just one layer, but 6 layers! These birthday cake protein bars come in at 30 grams of protein and only 6 grams of sugar. If you are following a gluten-free diet, you are in luck because these bars are also gluten-free! There is also a variety pack available with four different Fit Crunch flavors.

FIT CRUNCH Birthday Cake Flavor Whey Protein Bars

FIT CRUNCH Birthday Cake Flavor Whey Protein Bars

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Buff Bake Birthday Cake Flavor Protein Cookies – 12 Count Package

Kudos to Buff Bake for creating a soft baked birthday cake flavor protein cookie. I absolutely love these as a quick snack. These are some giant cookies and sometimes I only eat half and save the other half for later. Each cookie has 16 grams of protein. They are also a great source of fiber with 15 grams per serving. These are great cookies for those who are gluten-free.

Buff Bake Birthday Cake Flavor Protein Cookies - 12 Count Package

Buff Bake Birthday Cake Flavor Protein Cookies – 12 Count Package

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ir?t=kimberlyriple 20&language=en US&l=li3&o=1&a=B07FQYDNNZ - Birthday Cake Flavor - Protein Galore - Healthy Hot ListBuff Bake also has an incredible Birthday Flavor Cake Protein Almond Spread. This nut butter is low in sugar and high in protein. There are 11 grams of protein per 2 tablespoon serving.

Buff Bake Birthday Cake Protein Almond Spread

Buff Bake Birthday Cake Protein Almond Spread

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It is pretty obvious and clear that Buff Bake loves to represent that birthday cake flavor! Here are some Protein Sandwich Cookies from Buff Bake.

Protein Sandwich Cookies - 12 Grams of Whey Protein Snacks, Gluten Free, Non-GMO (Birthday Cake, 8 Count, 1.79 oz)

Protein Sandwich Cookies – 12 Grams of Whey Protein Snacks, Gluten Free, Non-GMO (Birthday Cake, 8 Count, 1.79 oz)

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Grenade Carb Killa Protein Bars, Triple-Layered Deliciously Crunchy High Protein Bar -Birthday Cake Flavor, 2.12 Ounce (Pack of 12)

These birthday cake flavored protein bars from Carb Killa have awesome packaging, will give them credit and props for that. There are 23 grams of protein in each bar, tons of fiber, and only 1 gram of sugar. These are also gluten-free. Hook a girl up! There are a ton of other flavors available so why not go with a variety pack!

Grenade Carb Killa Protein Bars, Triple-Layered Deliciously Crunchy High Protein Bar - Suitable Meal Replacement for Weight Loss, Birthday Cake, 2.12 Ounce (Pack of 12)

Grenade Carb Killa Protein Bars, Triple-Layered Deliciously Crunchy High Protein Bar – Suitable Meal Replacement for Weight Loss, Birthday Cake, 2.12 Ounce (Pack of 12)

NOOSH Keto Almond Butter (Birthday Cake Flavor, 15 Count) – Perfect on the go Keto snack. All Natural, Vegan, Gluten Free, Soy Free

I stumbled upon this birthday cake flavor nut butter by Noosh yesterday and was instantly intrigued. I love that this is a keto, vegan, gluten-free on-the-go tasty treat. You will receive 15 servings of birthday cake flavor almond butter in convenient packaging so it is portable. If you are following a low-carb diet this nut butter would incorporate right into your carb-conscious diet with only 2 grams of carbs per serving.

NOOSH Keto Almond Butter (Birthday Cake, 15 Count) - Perfect on the go Keto snack. All Natural, Vegan, Gluten Free, Soy Free

NOOSH Keto Almond Butter (Birthday Cake, 15 Count) – Perfect on the go Keto snack. All Natural, Vegan, Gluten Free, Soy Free


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Vegan & Gluten-Free Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Recipe

Paleo Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Cheesecake RECIPE (Vegan, Gluten-Free)

Saturdays are my favorite days of the week to get in the Give It A Whirl Girl kitchen and whip up a tasty treat for my family to enjoy. This weekend I created a vegan and gluten-free, no-bake Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Cheesecake. Is there anything in this world better than edible chocolate chip cookie dough? Hell no! This Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Cheesecake is completely safe to indulge in and does not contain any eggs which are typically found in cookies. The filling is of this cheesecake mimics the real deal quite well and my little family of 3 absolutely loved this faux cheesecake recipe.

I think that it is a universal idea that raw cookie dough is the bomb! When I was a little girl and my mom whipped up a batch of cookies I always had to have a taste of the cookie dough on the spatula. I would give it a good lick and the taste of raw cookie dough is pure, straight up comfort food! Am I right?

Raw cookie dough almost always has eggs in it, and let’s face it… raw eggs can get you sick with salmonella nowadays and that is the last thing in the world that anyone needs. This recipe is perfect for those that admire that taste of raw cookie dough. If you don’t feel like creating an entire cheesecake with this recipe, go ahead and just create the filling and indulge in that with a spoon or use something to dip in it. The filling on its own makes a great dip!

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Cheesecake

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Cheesecake

Vegan-friendly and gluten-free Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Cheesecake

Vegan-friendly and gluten-free Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Cheesecake

Creating the Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Cheesecake

This cheesecake has a very rich taste thanks to the 4th & Heart ghee that I used. If you are able to get hour hands on the 4th & Heart vanilla ghee I am sure that would be fantastic in this recipe as well. In my cheesecakes, I always go with coconut oil but for this one, I swapped that out for ghee since chocolate chip cookies are full of butter. The ghee turned out the be a wise choice. When I took that first bite of this cheesecake I knew that using ghee in this recipe was a smart decision. I used coconut oil a couple months ago to make a cookie dough cheesecake, and while it was delicious this recipe with the ghee knocked it out of the park!

It may seem as though this recipe has a lot of ingredients. If you have a well-stocked pantry, chances are you already have most of the items on the ingredient list. There are also some kitchen items, such as a good-sized food processor, that you will need. A springform pan is essential as well in order to create a cheesecake.  A standard 8-inch size will do. If you use anything larger you will have to increase the amount of the ingredients in the chocolate ganache topping.

Most of the ingredients

Most of the ingredients

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Cheesecake crust

The first step of this recipe is to create the crust of the cheesecake. For the crust of this cookie dough cheesecake, I used a mix of Medjool dates, raw almonds, almond flour, finely shredded coconut, maple syrup, cacao powder, ghee, and some pure vanilla extract. This results in a chocolatey crust due to the added cacao powder. If you do not want a chocolate crust, simply just omit the cacao powder. The crust is gluten and grain-free. The crust has a nutty texture (from the almonds) and the perfect amount of chocolate flavor.

Crust ingredients in the food processor

Crust ingredients in the food processor

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough chocolate crust pressed into a springform pan

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough chocolate crust pressed into a springform pan

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Cheesecake filling

The filling is composed of raw cashews, almond flour, coconut flour, ghee, maple syrup, lemon juice, coconut sugar, and vegan dark chocolate chips. This is the part of cheesecake that is all about that edible cookie dough flavor. The soaked cashews mixed with that little bit of lemon juice, believe it or not, are going to imitate a cheesecake. This type of formula with the cashews and lemon juice is very versatile and you can totally get creative here with your non-dairy, vegan cheesecake. I posted some other recipes for cheesecakes at the bottom of this post.


Filling made... just need to stir in some chocolate chips

Filling made… just need to stir in some chocolate chips

Filling smoothed out over the crust. Just needs a chocolate ganche topping.

Filling smoothed out over the crust. Just needs a chocolate ganche topping.

Close up of the Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Cheesecake

Close up of the Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Cheesecake

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Cheesecake topping

For this Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Cheesecake, we are going to top it off with a simple chocolate ganache that is only 2 ingredients: vegan dark chocolate chips (from Enjoy Life Foods) and just a dab of coconut oil to smooth it all out. This is my daughter’s favorite part of any cheesecake that I create. Gee, I wonder why? Could it be because she is a chocolate lover like myself? This is the first part that she always goes for when I cut her a slice.

Melting down some dark chocolate chips for the topping

Melting down some dark chocolate chips for the topping

Slice of Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Cheesecake

Slice of Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Cheesecake

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Day of the Dead - Friday Faves - Home & Kitchen

Day Of The Dead Home & Kitchen – Friday Faves

TGIF and welcome to my curated list of Day of the Dead home and kitchen favorites. Day of the Dead will soon arrive so don’t be unprepared and stock up now on all of your sugar skull needs! Day of the Dead (also known as Dia de los Muertos) falls on November 2nd. There is a belief that the spirits of the dead visit families on October 31st and leave on November 2nd. This is a day to celebrate the life of those who are no longer with us and to honor them. These home and kitchen items can be used specifically for the holiday or if you are like me and love skulls, these items are fantastic for year-round use.

Most of these Day of the Dead home and kitchen items are available on Amazon and ship free with Amazon Prime. If you are not an Amazon Prime member you can sign up for a FREE 30-day trial. Please click the links or the images if you would like to shop. Have fun and happy shopping! There is still time to order your Dia de los Muertos items.

Williams Sonoma Day of the Dead Serveware (Mixed Salad Plates)

This Day of the Dead set by Williams Sonoma features four pieces porcelain serveware the showcases various sugar skulls with vibrant flowers. This set includes 4 salad/appetizer plates and each plate has a different sugar skull design.

Williams Sonoma Day of the Dead Serveware (Mixed Salad Plates)

Williams Sonoma Day of the Dead Serveware (Mixed Salad Plates)

Day of the Dead Liberty Tabletop Calavera 65 Piece Flatware Set for 12

O! M! G! I am totally in love with this flatware set and I need it in my life! Quite honestly, this might just be the coolest set of flatware I have ever seen. This is a 65-piece set from Liberty Tabletop and is enough for twelve people. There is a stunning sugar skull design on the handle. These are beautifully crafted and made in the USA. Wow, your guests with this gorgeous set of stainless steel flatware.

Liberty Tabletop Calavera (Skull) 65 Piece Flatware Set for 12 Made in USA

Liberty Tabletop Calavera 65 Piece Flatware Set for 12 Made in USA

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Fiesta is really all the rage with me at the current time! Earlier this year I purchased six place settings in a myriad of rainbow colors. I am slowly going to add more to my collection over time (really want it all!!). This is a frosted glass set of 4 with a sugar skull design on the face.

Officially Licensed Fiesta Skull and Vine Sugar 16-Ounce Frosted Tapered Cooler Glass Set of 4

Officially Licensed Fiesta Skull and Vine Sugar 16-Ounce Frosted Tapered Cooler Glass Set of 4

There is also a frosted old-fashioned set available. If you are not into the frosted look Fiesta has a clear design available in cooler size and old fashion size.

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Pacific Giftware Colorful Day Of The Dead Skull Head Ceramic Drinking Mug

This ceramic stoneware mug features a painted sugar skull with a skeleton arm/boney hand handle. I absolutely love this coffee mug and I can totally envision using this mug year-round for my morning coffee.

 

Pacific Giftware Colorful Day Of The Dead Skull Head Ceramic Drinking Mug

Pacific Giftware Colorful Day Of The Dead Skull Head Ceramic Drinking Mug

Bling Sugar Skulls Floral 15 Ounce Handpainted Wine Glass by Lolita

This elegant, hand-painted Day of the Dead wine glass by Lolita features floral blooms, butterflies, skulls, and crystals. This is a gorgeous wine glass that you can sip your next wine from. This would be the perfect addition to anyone’s wine glass collection.

Bling Sugar Skulls Floral 15 Ounce Handpainted Wine Glass by Lolita

Bling Sugar Skulls Floral 15 Ounce Handpainted Wine Glass by Lolita

Day of the Dead Coffee – Bold Roast Whole Bean by Day of the Dead Coffee

This 16oz Day of the Dead whole bean coffee has a bold taste and is composed of 100% Pure Premium Arabica Beans.

This coffee is also available as a light roast, as well as a medium roast.

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Day of the Dead Coffee - Bold Roast Whole Bean by Day of the Dead Coffee

Day of the Dead Coffee – Bold Roast Whole Bean by Day of the Dead Coffee

Fiesta Skull and Vine Luncheon Plate

I am head over heels with this entire Skull and Vine line by Fiesta. I recently did an entire blog post about my top ten Fiesta items available at Macy’s and this plate made the cut! Dinnerware by Fiesta is so durable that it even comes with 5-year chip protection. These items are dishwasher-safe, oven-safe, and microwave-safe. I think of Fiesta as heirloom pieces that are designed to last a lifetime.

Fiesta Skull and Vine Luncheon Plate

Fiesta Skull and Vine Luncheon Plate

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Olga's St Clair Shores Restaurant Review

Olga’s Lunch Date With My Mom – Restaurant Review

It has been a while since my mother and I have dined out together. My mom is my best friend and I always look forward to our get-togethers. Yesterday she invited me out to lunch at Olga’s in St. Clair Shores, MI. I love Olga’s and haven’t dined there for at least a couple of years so I was very excited and pumped to go there. My mom had located a Groupon for Olga’s and it was a great deal, way too good to pass up! Today I will be reviewing the Olga’s location in St. Clair Shores, MI.

We arrived fairly early on in the day and there were a few tables of people dining. It was not busy and I loved that because I was hangry and starrrrrving! Our waitress was pleasant and prompt. Our food arrived in a timely manner and everything was absolutely great from start to finish. Continue reading to find out more about the food that we gave a whirl!

Olga's in St Clair Shores, MI

Olga’s in St Clair Shores, MI

What’s for lunch at Olga’s?

I am still trying to maintain a gluten-free diet and dining out at a restaurant is often challenging. I feel very limited on what I can order. I viewed the menu before coming here and I really liked what I saw for the seasonal offerings. I was planning on ordering the Kale and Roasted Apple Salad with Chicken but when I inquired about the seasonal menu when we got there the waitress informed me that they did not have a seasonal menu. I was a little stumped because it is on Olga’s website. Bummer! Oh well.

Interior of Olga's Kitchen in St Clair Shores

Interior of Olga’s Kitchen in St Clair Shores

For starters

Even though I eat mainly gluten-free sometimes I take a chance and order something that does have gluten in it and that was the case with the Quinoa Harvest Salad that I orderd for an appetizer. I do not believe I have Celiac Disease but gluten often puts a big-time damper on my mood (depression and fatigue) and I also try my best to avoid gluten because I like to stick with a paleo-ish diet. Wondering what was in this dish?

Golden quinoa, wheat berry, red pepper, almond, currant, romaine, Olga’s herb dressing

This was a fabulous small plate to kick off my lunch at Olga’s. All of these ingredients combined to make a great appetizer for me. I loved the taste and texture of this. The Olga’s Herb Dressing was a big hit with me! Not sure of what exactly was in the dressing but whatever herbs they used, they nailed it and this really hit the spot!

Olga’s has some great appetizers and small plates on the menu. When I went to Olga’s back in the day I would order the Spinach Pie every single time. Olga sure whips up a tasty spinach pie. The Greek Curly Fries looked appetizing. They probably put Arby’s curly fries to shame. They are served with a garlic-yoghurt sauce, feta, and rosemary.

Quinoa Harvest Salad

Quinoa Harvest Salad

Gala Apple Pecan Salad for me!

So instead of ordering a salad from the seasonal, limited time only menu, the Gala Apple Pecan Salad really caught my eye on the menu. It is fall, after all, and I can not think of a better topping on a salad this time of year than apples! The salad sounded pretty exciting to me! It consists of field greens, Gala apple, red onion, feta, cranberries, candied pecans, and a white balsamic to top it with. I ordered mine as a medium and I added some grilled chicken to it. The other meat options include grilled chicken, Atlantic salmon, flat iron steak or Olga’s seasoned beef and lamb (at an additional cost).

Olga's salads on the menu

Olga’s salads on the menu

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Mindblowing Smart Home Products For Your Kitchen - Shopping Guide

Mindblowing Smart Home Products For Your Kitchen – Shopping Guide

What a time to be alive right? It’s 2018 and there are so many smart products on the market today. These devices are just mindblowing to me. Their capabilites are astounding. This shopping guide has everything that your kitchen needs for next level, smart cooking. These products are intelligent and will help you cook with ease and peace of mind.

These smart kitchen products can all be found on Amazon. Click the links or the images to shop. These items ship with Amazon Prime 2-day shipping. If you are not yet an Amazon Prime member be sure to sign up for a 30-day FREE trial.

Crock-Pot Wemo Smart Wifi-Enabled Slow Cooker, 6-Quart, Stainless Steel

This is a product that I would be thrilled to have in the Give It A Whirl Girl kitchen. This smart slow-cooker would be especially perfect for this time of year for me since that is when I use my slow-cooker the most. I love making roasts, soups, and chili in my slow-cooker. My current slow-cooker is not smart though and this one is! Cook time and temperature is controlled through the Wemo app so you can control everything with the convenience of your phone. This smart slow-cooker has three available heat settings. This would be a fabulous gift for Christmas this year for someone who is passionate about cooking. How about me? Hint! Hint!

Crock-Pot Wemo Smart Wifi-Enabled Slow Cooker, 6-Quart, Stainless Steel

Crock-Pot Wemo Smart Wifi-Enabled Slow Cooker, 6-Quart, Stainless Steel


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ir?t=kimberlyriple 20&language=en US&l=li3&o=1&a=B00IPEO02C - Mindblowing Smart Home Products For Your Kitchen - Shopping GuideMealthy MultiPot 9-in-1 Programmable Pressure Cooker 6 Quarts with Stainless Steel Pot, Steamer Basket, instant access to recipe app

This is one heck of a smart kitchen product!

9 APPLIANCES IN 1: Cook meals in mere minutes & in less than half the time also get instant access to recipes!

  • Pressure cook
  • slow cook
  • saute
  • steam
  • make cakes
  • pasteurize
  • make yogurt
  • cook rice,
  • and warm, all in ONE electric appliance.

This pressure cooker also has several different cooking programs to choose from:

14 EASY-TOUCH COOKING PROGRAMS

  • Poultry
  • Meat/Stew
  • Bean/Chili
  • Soup
  • Saute /Simmer
  • Cake
  • Rice
  • Multigrain
  • Porridge
  • Steam
  • Slow Cook
  • Keep Warm
  • Yogurt
  • and Pressure Cook

Another neat thing about this pressure cooker is that you can gain instant access to a database of recipes that would be compatible with your pressure cooker. See the informative video below if you would like to learn more about this smart pressure cooker.

Mealthy MultiPot 9-in-1 Programmable Pressure Cooker 6 Quarts with Stainless Steel Pot, Steamer Basket, instant access to recipe app

Mealthy MultiPot 9-in-1 Programmable Pressure Cooker 

Ninja Blender/Food Processor with Intelli-Sense Touchscreen, 1200-Watt Smart Sensor Base, Spiralizer, 72oz Pitcher, 64oz Bowl, and 24oz Cup

This smart blender by Ninja has a touchscreen and several different options for the food you are preparing. This blender will lend a big hand in the kitchen with its capabilities:

  • Smoothie (total crushing pitcher)
  • Frozen drink
  • Ice cream
  • Snowcone
  • Puree (precision processor)
  • Chop
  • Dips
  • Dough
  • Smoothie (high-speed blender cup)
  • Extract
  • Refresher
  • Dressing
  • Spaghetti (spiralizer blade)
  • Fettucine

I have never seen a blender device that had a spiralizer option so this is truly a first for me! It comes with an Auto Spiralizer attachment so you can whip up a batch of fruit/vegetable noodles.

Ninja Blender/Food Processor

Ninja Blender/Food Processor

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Cheeseburger Casserole From SkinnyTaste

Cheeseburger Casserole From SkinnyTaste – Tried It Out Tuesday

I recently came across a Cheeseburger Casserole recipe from SkinnyTaste and I was intrigued so by it, I just had to give it a whirl! I would have never even thought of enjoying a cheeseburger in casserole form until I saw this brilliant recipe of hers. My family really enjoys their cheeseburgers and we love our pasta too so this seemed like a winner winner cheeseburger dinner!

If you are not familiar with SkinnyTaste be sure to check out her website for some brilliant recipes that will help keep you on track with a healthy lifestyle. I made a gluten-free version of her Cheeseburger Casserole and my family enjoyed this recipe. I will be whipping up this dish again in the near future. Keep reading to hear more about this unique casserole dish.

Cheeseburger Casserole is a simple & easy recipe

What I really loved about this recipe from SkinnyTaste was the simplicity of creating it. The recipe was easy to follow and the ingredients were very simple to prepare. I started out by boiling the pasta and browning the beef. There was very little prep involved. I used two shallots in this recipe and had to slice those, easy peasy! The recipe calls for garlic as well and I just use my trusty Spice World squeeze bottle. I love simple recipes… who doesn’t?? They are wonderful on busy weeknights or when you are feeling too lazy to cook.

 

Ingredients I used for the SkinnyTaste Cheeseburger Casserole

Ingredients I used for the SkinnyTaste Cheeseburger Casserole

Gotta have my grass-fed beef in my Cheeseburer Casserole!

I recently made the switch to grass-fed beef. Grass-fed beef is not only more beneficial to your health but I believe it tastes better than regular beef. The grass-fed beef that I purchase at Kroger is also organic. That means that the cows graze on pesticide-free grass. Grass-fed cows also mean that the meat is free from added hormones that are typically given to cows. Sometimes I think of my body as an automobile. Your body needs good to fuel to run. You don’t want to put crappy fuel into your car so why would you want to put bad fuel into your body? Grass-fed beef costs a bit more than regular beef but I believe that the added benefits are worth the extra cost.

A few modifications to the Cheeseburger Casserole recipe

I made a few modifications to her recipe for my family. Instead of using an onion I used two sliced shallots. I discovered shallots earlier this year and prefer their taste and often swap onions for shallots now. I also incorporated some onion powder to the meat while browning it. I love the added flavor that onion powder lends to ground beef. Also, instead of using Dijon mustard I went with my favorite mustard by Boar’s Head. The mustard is a Delicatessen style and it gave the dish a wonderful flavor.

Browning the grass-fed beef

Browning the grass-fed beef

Grass-fed beef, tomatoes, shallots, and minced garlic

Grass-fed beef, tomatoes, shallots, and minced garlic

 

Gluten-free eating

Another swap that I did with this dish was that I used gluten-free noodles. I use Kroger’s ClickList and wanted some rotini pasta but they were out of stock and they gave me penne pasta instead. That was fine with me but I do think that rotini would have been best. I used Ronzoni brand and I believe that they do make a very tasty gluten-free noodle. I don’t think they taste much different than regular pasta. This dish would have been great with Banza’s chickpea pasta as well. They are another one of my go-to brands for gluten-free pasta.

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Gourmet Candy Shop at Nordstrom - A Shopping Guide

Gourmet Candy Shop At Nordstrom – Shopping Guide

The gourmet Candy Shop at Nordstrom has a great variety of gourmet items and I’m going to break it down into my top 10 favorites today in this nifty shopping guide. You’ll feel like a kid in a candy shop while browsing Nordstrom’s big variety of gourmet items! Many of these candies carry a hefty price tag but no candy is too rich form my blood. I have curated this list of my favorites that I found, and these would be a perfect splurge item for yourself or a gift someone who is sweet and deserving in your life. Christmas is coming up so you might possibly see something here that would make a memorable gift. These items would also be perfect for a birthday gift.

Having some candy every now and then isn’t going to kill you. Over here at Give It A Whirl Girl I promote a healthy lifestyle and diet primarily but that doesn’t mean our lives have to be void of fun. I have my Cheat Day moments every now and then and I never beat myself up over it. You know the YOLO saying? Well, it’s true. You only do get one life to live so if you want the candy have the candy!

If you are following a gluten-free diet please make sure you read the ingredients in these candies.

Click the links or the images to shop at Nordstrom

 

8-Piece Gold Collection Deluxe Gourmet Candy Box Set – DYLAN’S CANDY BAR

Dylan’s Candy Bar is a brand that comes to mind when I think of gourmet candy. Nordstrom carries many items from Dylan’s Candy Bar line of products. I really fell in love with this set!

Wow the chocolate lover in your life with this 8-piece Dylan’s Candy Bar to-die-for collection.

Includes:

  • Strawberry- and champagne-infused dark chocolate
  • Dark chocolate molten cake
  • Deeply dark chocolate
  • Madagascar vanilla bean-filled milk chocolate
  • Toasted coconut milk chocolate
  • Sea salt caramel-filled dark chocolate
  • Caramel fig-filled dark chocolate
  • Berry medley dark chocolate bars
8-Piece Gold Collection Deluxe Box Set DYLAN'S CANDY BAR

8-Piece Gold Collection Deluxe Box Set DYLAN’S CANDY BAR

Corona Light 3-Piece Gourmet Candy Gift Set – SUGARFINA

Love beer? I recently fell in love with beer earlier this year. Hated it my whole entire life and always thought it tasted like pee. I enjoy a good craft beer every now and then and I really enjoy going to breweries and ordering a flight of interesting beers. This 3-piece Sugarfina Corona set at Nordstrom includes Corona Light gummies, Corona Sour Lime Slice gummies, and bottle opener. If you have a beer-lover in your life this gift would be superior to give! This is on my wishlist and I will treat myself to this someday.

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Sugarfina Corona Beer 3 Piece Gummy Candy Set

Sugarfina CoronaBeer 3 Piece Gummy Candy Set

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Sushi 9-Piece Gourmet Chocolate Set – MAGGIE LOUISE CONFECTIONSshow?id=m21Yqj7RA1A&bids=357944 - Gourmet Candy Shop At Nordstrom - Shopping Guide

Here is the perfect gift for the sushi lover in your life! This set by Maggie Louise Confections contains the following: Includes one white chocolate lemon; two white chocolate ginger mini cubes; one white chocolate wasabi piece with chocolate caramel and sea salt; three milk chocolate sushi pieces with peanut butter candy; three dark chocolate sushi with mocha crunch and one white chocolate tile.

Sushi 9-Piece Chocolate Set MAGGIE LOUISE CONFECTIONS

Sushi 9-Piece Chocolate Set MAGGIE LOUISE CONFECTIONS

Gift Set LOLLI AND POPS – TOPP’D

What really caught my eye in this gift set from Topp’d is that Smokin’ Smores bar! I have a weakness for anything that is s’mores. The combination of chocolate with the marshmallows is like a party in my mouth when I take a bite into it. This gourmet candy gift set includes some favorites from Topp’d and contains the following items: Includes Smokin’ S’mores Topp’d Bar, 12-Flavor Fruit Bears, Milk Chocolate Sea Salt Caramels and Milk Chocolate, Dark Chocolate and Gimme S’more Signature Dessert Bars

Topp'd Gift Set LOLLI AND POPS

Topp’d Gift Set LOLLI AND POPS

Spooky Sweets Gourmet Candy Bento Box – SUGARFINA

This Sugarfina bento box contains a trio of gruesome, sugary treats: Zombie Brains, Sugar Skulls, and Pumpkin Patch. I tried out some Sugarfina candy earlier this year and though it is pricey, the quality of their candy exceeds excellence. This is gourmet candy at its finest.

Sugarfina Spooky Sweets Candy Box

Sugarfina Spooky Sweets Candy Box

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Halloween Fiesta At Macy’s Shopping Guide – Friday Faves

TGIF! It is Friday so you know what that means… FRIDAY FAVES! This week I am so thrilled to present to you the line of Halloween Fiesta items available at Macy’s. I have a huge addiction to Fiestaware. I recently got my first set of Fiesta products in the summer and I am head over heels in love with it all. If you are looking for beautiful and durable dinnerware, Fiesta is the way to go. This is a shopping guide to the best Halloween items available.

Halloween is hands down one of my favorite times of the year. It is a time to cut loose and have some fun. Last year my family was a pack of rainbow unicorns. This year my daughter is going out as a creepy babydoll in one of my favorite vintage dresses.

If I had the funds all of this Halloween Fiesta would have a place in my home. The frightful designs are delightful! For those that are in the Halloween spirit year-round you could most definitely use these fine pieces throughout the year. I know that I would. I have a love affair for anything with a skull or skeleton design. The Fiesta Skull and Vine pieces are my favorite out of this collection. They are available in white or black designs and my eyes are in love with the black line.

Fiestaware is dishwasher safe, oven-safe, and microwave-safe. It also comes with 5-year chip protection. I have had my Fiesta since summer and have not gotten a single chip or scratch in any of my dinnerware and I use it for each and every meal. These are some very well-crafted pieces.

Click the links below, images, or banner to shop!

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Fiesta Skull and Vine Sugar Lunch Plate

This Fiesta plate has a Dia de los Muertos-inspired design on it and there are several coordinating accessories to go with this plate. You can grab the coordinating pieces for your collection:

Fiesta Skull and Vina Lunch Plate

Fiesta Skull and Vine Lunch Plate

Fiesta Skull and Vine Sugar Border Chop Plate

This is a generous-sized plate. This would be perfect for serving up your next big slab of ribs or whole chicken. Dimensions for this particular plate are diameter 11 3/4 Inches, and height 1 1/4 Inch.
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Fiesta Skull and Vine Chop Plate

Fiesta Skull and Vine Chop Plate

Halloween Fiesta Moon Witch Lunch Plate

This spooky witch plate is the perfect size for your next Halloween meal. Fiesta lunch plates are 9″ Dia. x 1.125″H. This green plate depicts a witch on a broomstick flying over the moon. There is also a coordinating coffee cup to go with this witch plate.

 

Fiesta Witch Plate

Fiesta Witch Plate

 

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Kitchen Gadgets - Give It A Whirl Girl

Kitchen Gadgets You Need For Next Level Cooking – Top 10

It is time for another one of my top-lists that I enjoy putting together for my readers. Today I will be talking all about kitchen gadgets that can simplify your life and take your cooking to the next level. There are so many gadgets available now in 2018 and I wish I had space and storage to hoard them all. I searched Amazon to bring you some of my current favorites.  Some of these products just blow my mind. So grateful for the brilliant minds that come up with these gadgets.

These items are all in stock and ready to be shipped with Amazon Prime.

Not a Prime member? You can sign up for a free 30-day trial. I am telling you, you will be hooked once you try out Amazon Prime. I can not imagine my life without it.

Non-Stick Burger Press Patty Maker by Twisted Chef

Let’s kick things off here with this burger press kitchen gadget. I love whipping up burgers in the Give It A Whirl Girl kitchen and this sure would come in handy. This will also help you make stuffed burgers! Love sliders? This kit also includes a press for little slider patties.

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All-In-One Sushi Making Kit | Sushi Bazooka, Sushi Mat & Bamboo Chopsticks Set + 3-in-1 Avocado Slicer

A long time ago I tried making my own sushi and failed miserably. Well, it is 2018 and what a time to be alive! Now we have a kitchen gadget to help with the painstaking process of making perfect sushi. May I present to you the Sushi Bazooka! With this gadget you simply open the device, fill it up with your favorite sushi ingredients, close it up, and then squeeze out the perfect sushi roll! It doesn’t get any easier than this folks! And to sweeten the deal it also includes an avocado slicer so you slice up your avocado with ease.
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ir?t=kimberlyriple 20&language=en US&l=li3&o=1&a=B01ENK4UV2 - Kitchen Gadgets You Need For Next Level Cooking - Top 10KitchenAid KSMPEXTA Gourmet Pasta Press Attachment with 6 Interchangeable Pasta Plates

I own a KitchenAid stand mixer and I love how versatile it is with the attachments that are out there. This kitchen gadget for your mixer will help you crank out some fresh pasta. It includes six different plates:

  • Spaghetti
  • Bucatini
  • Rigatoni
  • Fusilli
  • Large or small macaroni

This would be a wonderful gadget for making some gluten-free noodles at home. Nothing beats fresh pasta!

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KitchenAid 3.5-Cup Food Chopper, Guava Glaze

This KitchenAid kitchen gadget will simplify your chopping routine in the kitchen. Yes, it is another KitchenAid product… huge fan over here! This is a versatile kitchen gadget and it is capable of chopping up anything from onions to nuts. It has 2 different speeds and a pulse option. Not digging that pink color? There are 19 different colors to choose from.

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Gourmia 3 In 1 Handle Push Cutter, Mango, Apple Slicer & Corer With Bonus French Fries Blade, 3 Stainless Steel And Interchangeable Blades

This kitchen gadget has three uses. It can cut a mango properly (cutting mangos is so hard!), core an apple, and create French fries out of your potatoes.

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Cast Iron Cooking Essentials Top 10

Cast Iron Cooking Essentials For The Home Chef

Today I will be talking about some cast iron cooking essentials for the home chef. Here is a little story for you as well. A couple years ago I received some cast iron pans and accessories for my birthday. I will be honest and say I was not very thrilled at the moment to receive them and I would have rather received something else. I had no idea what I was going to use them for. Back then I was just getting my feet wet with cooking and I was not as passionate about it as I am today.

When I look back on the day when I received them, I laugh a little now. I am totally in love and infatuated with cast iron cooking. I use my pans frequently now and I also would like to build up my arsenal of them. And if you care for these items properly they can last you a lifetime! These are some heavy duty items and with a bit of TLC they will not let you down.

I really enjoy busting out my cast iron and cooking my meals with it. In fact, my current favorite way to prepare my steak is with my cast iron. I promise you that you will get the most tender and juicy steak when you use a cast iron pan. I will not even throw my steak on the grill anymore. Cast iron is the way to go! See the photos below for a couple of juicy steaks I recently created with my cast iron pans.

Cast Iron Medium Rare Ribeye Steak with Chimichurr

Cast Iron Medium Rare Ribeye Steak with Chimichurri

Cast Iron T-Bone Steak

Cast Iron T-Bone Steak

Cast iron is great for savory meals but it also great for sweets. Have you ever had a warm, giant cast iron chocolate chip cookie? No? Then what are you waiting for? Check out these two cast iron cookies I recently created. Nom nom nom!

Cast Iron Snickedoodle Cookie with gelato

Cast Iron Snickerdoodle Cookie with gelato

Cast Iron Chocolate Chip Cookie with ice-cream

Cast Iron Chocolate Chip Cookie with ice-cream

I broke down my cast iron favorites in this list today.  Some of these tools I already own and the others are currently on my wishlist.  These items were all found while browsing Amazon and if you have Amazon Prime you will receive free shipping and receive them in a couple of days so you can quickly get started. I

If you are not yet an Amazon Prime member, no worries! Right now you can .sign up for a 30-day free trial

And here we go with another one of my top 10 lists that I really enjoy creating and sharing with you.

Lodge Essential Cast Iron Pan Set

This is a wonderful cast iron starter set from Lodge. This is the most trusted brand when it comes to cast iron cooking. This cooking set includes:

  • grill pan
  • a skillet
  • a griddle
  • pot holders
  • handle holders
  • and a scraper

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Staub Cast Iron 5.75-qt Coq au Vin Cocotte – Turquoise

Staub is another great brand that comes to mind when I think of cast iron cooking. If you are looking for a great pot to cook your next chicken in, this 5.75-qt Coq au Vin will hold a whole chicken that is up to 5 pounds in weight. It comes in several different color options and it is also dishwasher safe. This Coq au Vin isa designed to help your meal retain moisture and not dry out.

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Le Creuset Signature Enameled Cast-Iron 5-1/2-Quart Round French (Dutch) Oven, Palm

Le Creuset is an innovator in the cast iron cooking world. I absolutely love the green color on this dutch oven. If you are not digging the color there are 12 different color options. I believe every kitchen needs to have a dutch oven on hand and Le Creuset is a brand that is designed to last a lifetime. This dutch oven can withstand temperatures up to 500 degrees.

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BD's Mongolian Grill in Sterling Heights, Michigan

bd’s Mongolian Grill in Sterling Heights, MI – Our Visit and Review

bd’s Mongolian Grill is the place to be if you want to build your own stir-fry and be the chef of your own meal. You choose the meat, veggies, sauces, and seasonings. Once your bowl is complete you take it up to the big grill and watch the meal cook right before your eyes. This is a great place to dine with family and friends and your meal will definitely give you something to talk about.

I have a long, long history with bd’s Mongolian Grill. It actually used to be my favorite place to dine at while I was a teenager in the 90’s. I even had my high-school graduation in one of the large dining rooms at one of the original locations in Royal Oak, MI. When I was growing up I was fascinated with this place. Just the thought of having an empty bowl and filling it up with various meats/ seafood, vegetables, sauces, and seasonings was enough to excite the inner chef in myself.

Flash forward to a couple of days ago and it was my first visit in years since the price dramatically increased. We had a coupon for two bowls for $20 and we ordered a kid’s meal for my daughter, Chloe, as well. If you would like to locate a coupon for bd’s Mongolian Grill be sure to check your local papers because that is where I located mine. Coupons always give us a big incentive to go out to eat so I am always scouring our papers for deals.

 

BD's Mongolian Grill interior in Sterling Heights, MI

bd’s Mongolian Grill interior in Sterling Heights, MI

BD's Mongolian Grill serve yourself stir-fry bar in Sterling Heights, MI

bd’s Mongolian Grill serve yourself stir-fry bar in Sterling Heights, MI

How bd’s Mongolian Grill Works

You can check out the menu online for your bd’s Mongolian Grill location that you choose to visit. The menu is simple and to the point. At this restaurant, you get to be the chef and the creator of your final concoction, or you can view one of the menu cards and use that as a guide.

The possibilities of what your stir-fry will become are endless here at bd’s Mongolian Grill. No two bowls are ever the same!

Meat/Protein

There are several protein choices to choose from up at the serve-yourself bar. They provide everything from beef, chicken, sausage, pork, seafood, and some other options. If you are a vegan, the great news is that you can also come up with a great meal here. Just go ahead and skip the meat area. This area here also has a few noodle options available if you would like pasta in your stir-fry.

BD's Mongolian Grill meats section of the serve-yourself stir-fry bar

bd’s Mongolian Grill meats section of the serve-yourself stir-fry bar

Tons Of Fresh Veggies To Choose From At bd’s Mongolian Grill

This is the area where the bowl really starts to kick into high gear that you are building. There is a large serve-yourself area that has several vegetables and other toppings to choose from. This area also includes some eggs that can be incorporated into your bowl. I always have to have my egg and I get two for the Asian dish that I love to build.

bd's Mongolian Grill veggies area

bd’s Mongolian Grill veggies area

The veggie station at bd's Mongolian Grill

The veggie station at bd’s Mongolian Grill

Veggies galore at bd's Mongolian Grill

Veggies galore at bd’s Mongolian Grill

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Friday Faves Halloween Party Essentials

Halloween Party Essentials – Friday Faves

Welcome to this week’s Friday Faves where I break down my favorite Halloween party essentials on Amazon. The concept of my blog is to eat healthy so you can have dessert. So this week we have some Cheat Day treats. It is Halloween time, after all, so might as well enjoy all of the tasty treats going around. I have some items here that can also incorporate adult beverages in them. Get creative! The possibilities with some of these Halloween items are endless.

 

Nordic Ware Haunted Skull Cakelet Pan

Here is something that I absolutely love and want so freaking bad! You can really get creative in the kitchen with this and whip up some tasty treats for your Halloween party. This pan is used mainly for baking sweet treats but I once saw something online where someone used this to create little-stuffed pizzas.

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Enjoy Life Halloween Chocolate Candy Minis Variety Pack, Soy-free, Nut free, Gluten free, Dairy free, Non-GMO, 6.3 Ounce, 4 Count

Imagine my excitement when I found out that Enjoy Life Foods has Halloween candy that is free from common food allergens. I saw this on Twitter and I am so happy to see a brand that keeps allergies in mind. These are also made with all natural ingredients. I could totally see myself pigging out on these candies.  I am so very much in love with their chocolate and I would love to have these in my life! Pass these out at your Halloween party!
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Tovolo Zombies Pop Molds, Flexible Silicone

I am really digging these Zombie Pop Molds because these can actually be a healthy treat. Just add some fresh fruit juice and you will have yourself a healthy zombie treat! These would be great ot serve up at a Halloween party. I think this would be a memorable treat for your guests. This also might be another thing you can play around with and get creative with some adult beverages. Wink! Wink!

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Fred SWEET SPIRITS Day of the Dead Cookie Cutter/Stampers, Set of 4

I know, I know Halloween and Day of the Dead are two separate things but close enough to make this Friday Faves list. I love these sugar skull cookie cutters and this would be a fun project for making cookies with my daughter, Chloe. Serve up some of these at your Halloween party and you will have some happy guests.

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Must-Have Healthy Food Products (Gluten-Free, Vegan, Paleo, Whole 30, or Keto) Healthy Hot List – Part 3

Hello friends and readers! On this day I will bring to you more of my top items on my Healthy Hot List. This list contains healthy food and the products that will also help you create them. The healthy foods that I have included in this compiled list are for a variety of diets: gluten-free, vegan, paleo, Whole 30, or keto. I also figured that this week I would throw in a couple products as well that will help you create your own healthy foods at home. The ones that are included here are quite essential for a kitchen that cranks out healthy eats. I am really wishing and hoping for everything on this list this week. Enjoy and I hope you see something that catches your eye!

Vitamix A3500 Brushed Stainless Blender

A Vitamix blender has been the most wanted item on my wishlist for some time now, at least a couple of years now. These are professional grade machines that are known for getting the job done. These dream machines will help you whip up your next smoothie bowl, soup, nut butter, or nice-cream with ease. I think a good blender is a necessity in the kitchen if you want to create healthy food and the Vitamix blender would be a great place to start.

Vitamix Blender

Vitamix Blender

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LILY’S Chocolate – Super Variety – 1 Of Each Flavor Creamy Milk, Almond, Coconut, Salted Almond Milk, Original, Crispy Rice – 3 Ozir?t=kimberlyriple 20&language=en US&l=li3&o=1&a=B008H4SLV6 - Must-Have Healthy Food Products (Gluten-Free, Vegan, Paleo, Whole 30, or Keto) Healthy Hot List – Part 3

I have yet to try Lily’s Chocolate but I have been curious about it for some time now. This variety pack contains the following flavors: Creamy Milk, Almond, Coconut, Salted Almond Milk, Original, Crispy Rice. A variety pack seems like the way to go for a newbie like myself. Lily’s Chocolate is sweetened with Stevia and contains fewer calories than your regular chocolate bar. These chocolate bars contain only, non-GMO products. Sign me up for some of that healthy chocolate!

Lily's Chocolate Variety Pack Candy Bars

Lily’s Chocolate Variety Pack Candy Bars

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TRUWOMEN Plant-Based Protein Bars, Daydreaming About Donuts (12 Count) | Non-GMO, Vegan, Gluten Free, Kosher, Soy Free, Dairy Free, Healthy Snack Bar, Natural Ingredients | 12g Protein

TRUWOMEN is one of my favorite brands of protein bars and this Daydreaming About Donuts bar ranks pretty high on my list of faves. I don’t know about you but I sure do crave junk food sometimes and this bar satisfies my craving. These bars are vegan and only contain natural ingredients (cassava flour, brown rice protein, roasted almond butter and lightly sweetened with organic cane sugar). Be sure to also check out I Scream For Orange Cream, Oh Oh Cookie Dough, Smother Fudger, Saltyicious Almond Love, Zamn Good Zesty Lemon.

TRUWOMEN Daydreaming About Donuts

TRUWOMEN Daydreaming About Donuts

Birthday Cake Protein Packed Flavor Topper, Gluten-Free, Non-GMO, No Preservatives, No Fillers, and No Artificial Flavoring (Birthday Cake, 4.25 Ounces)

This birthday cake flavor topper is created by Oh My Spice and is a protein powerhouse with two grams of protein per 1/2 tablespoon serving. It is suggested to top your favorite oatmeal, smoothie, or popcorn with this flavoring. I think it would be great with some vanilla ice cream or Greek yogurt as well.

Oh My Spice Birthday Cake Flavor

Oh My Spice Birthday Cake Flavor

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I am a subscriber to this Clean Eating magazine and I absolutely love it. It is full of healthy food recipes and educational articles about how to eat clean. I have learned a lot by reading this magazine and I find it to be quite inspiring. Clean eating does not have to be bland or boring. This magazine is chockful of wonderful meals to help you stay on track.

Clean Eating Print Magazine Subscription

Clean Eating Print Magazine Subscription

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Dark Chocolate Raspberry Cheesecake Recipe (Paleo, Vegan, Gluten-Free)

Decadent. Dark. Vegan Dark Chocolate Raspberry Cheesecake recipe coming up for you! Did I forget to mention healthy? This dark chocolate raspberry cheesecake is full to the brim with an assortment of nuts and a mix of some frozen and fresh raspberries. This recipe is gluten-free, vegan, almost paleo, dairy-free, and does not contain any added refined sugars. Because fruit is also known as nature’s candy, the sweetness of this cheesecake is derived from the fruit and maple syrup rather than added sugars.

Vegan Dark Chocolate Raspberry Cheesecake Recipe (Gluten-Free)

Vegan Dark Chocolate Raspberry Cheesecake Recipe (Gluten-Free)

It all starts with a chocolate crust for this dark chocolate raspberry cheesecake

The base of this vegan dark chocolate raspberry cheesecake is going to be a chocolate crust made mostly with pitted dates, cacao powder, ground up almonds. There are a few other ingredients in the crust that you will need. This recipe calls specifically for cacao powder, not cocoa powder. There is a notable difference between the two. I did do a little write-up about the benefits of cacao powder awhile ago on my blog. Chocolate in its purest state (cacao) actually has numerous health beneifts. The darker the chocolate, the better health-wise!

I use the cacao powder by LivFit. A one-pound bag goes for around $8.00 on Amazon and this bag will last a long time and come in handy for many other recipes. I have been using this bag of cacao powder for months now and still have a decent amount left. A little bit of cacao powder goes a long way!

To make the chocolate crust you will also need some raw, unsalted almonds. These do not get completely ground up in my food processor and the almonds give the vegan dark chocolate raspberry cheesecake a great texture.

The chocolate crust of this vegan dark chocolate raspberry cheesecake will also need some pitted dates. The pitted dates will not only sweeten your crust naturally but will also help keep all of the ingredients together (dates are very sticky). I suggest soaking your dates in some hot water for a few minutes and chopping them up before proceeding with putting them in the food processor.

The raspberry filling… the heart of the cheesecake

The main component of the filling of this vegan dark chocolate raspberry cheesecake is actually raw cashews! Say what?!?!? Yes, I said cashews and you heard me properly. You will be using an entire pound of raw cashews for the filling that are soaked overnight to soften them up. You can get away with using more affordable, lightly-salted cashews but please steer clear of regular salted ones or you will make an ugly face when you take the first bite of your salty (ugh) cheesecake! This is a sweet cheesecake so please do avoid making it a salty one or else you will be sorely disappointed.

Give It A Whirl Girl with the Vegan Dark Chocolate Raspberry Cheesecake before the ganache

Give It A Whirl Girl with the Vegan Dark Chocolate Raspberry Cheesecake before the ganache

Obviously, you will be using a bunch of raspberries as well. I actually went with a bag of Kroger’s Simple Truth Organic Raspberries for the filling and it turned out to be a great choice. So, I used frozen raspberries for the filling and I used a pint of fresh for the topping. I don’t know about you, but I sure go crazy for anything that is dark chocolate raspberry. To me, those two ingredients when married together, result in a match made in heaven. I feel pure bliss and I feel like I am on Cloud 9 while consuming this combination.


Thick chocolate ganache to top it all off

For the topping of this vegan dark chocolate raspberry cheesecake, I used my favorite brand of dark chocolate chips from Enjoy Life Foods. Not only are their dark chocolate chips vegan-friendly but they are also free from several common food allergens. I always play it safe and use this brand in my recipes and their chocolate chips are a family fave. My daughter and I are actually known to just snack on them straight out of the bag, they are that great!

The ganache turned out pretty thick from using one cup of chips combined and melted down with a tablespoon of coconut oil. I used an 8-inch springform pan for the cheesecake and I believe you can cut down and use 3/4 of a cup for a thinner chocolate shell. That is just my presumption and guess though. You can always try that and add more if needed.

Vegan Dark Chocolate Raspberry Cheesecake

Vegan Dark Chocolate Raspberry Cheesecake

A nice slice of the Vegan Dark Chocolate Raspberry Cheesecake

A nice slice of the Vegan Dark Chocolate Raspberry Cheesecake

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Garlicky Greek Caulipower Pizza Recipe

Greek Caulipower Pizza With Primal Kitchen – Recipe (Gluten-Free)

If you are not a fan of garlic it might just be time to walk away from this post. Today I will tell you how I created a Garlicky Greek Caulipower Pizza using a blank crust from Caulipower and some Primal Kitchen Greek Vinaigrette. You can adjust this recipe to your taste with the garlic but the amount that is noted in here is for garlic lovers only. This is believe it or not, my first time ever having a Greek pizza. I love Greek food so I kind of had an idea in my mind that everything would turn out wonderful to me. Guess what? I nailed it and that is why I am sharing this recipe to you for my Greek Caulipower Pizza! This pizza does not contain any meat so it a vegetarian pizza and would be perfect for any veggie lover.

Garlicky Greek Caulipower Pizza With Primal Kitchen

Garlicky Greek Caulipower Pizza With Primal Kitchen

Caulipower Crust – The Greek Pizza All Starts Here

If you are looking at my post and my photos here and are drooling a bit and craving this Greek Caulipower Pizza then you are going to need your base to start with. This was my second time trying the Caulipower crust. I bought a veggie Caulipower pizza not too long ago and dressed it up with some additional toppings. This time I wanted to be the artist and the chef and create my own on a blank slate. The blank Caulipower crust pack contains two crusts and if you want you can double this recipe so that you have two Greek Caulipower Pizzas. The recipe has enough servings and slices for two people. That is of course unless you have a huge appetite and can eat an entire pizza by yourself.

The Power Of The Caulipower

Let’s talk a bit about why I love this Caulipower crust so much.

First of all, it is paleo friendly. If you do not add any cheese this pizza will fulfill your paleo diet needs.

Secondly, we all know that cauliflower crust is all the rage these days because it is low-carb. A cauliflower crust pizza is leaning in the guilt-free direction of things. You can take a peek at the nutrition facts below (source). A serving size is considered 1/3 of the pizza and considering this is pizza it only comes in at 17 grams of carbs. A regular pizza is at least twice that amount and averages about 36 grams of carbs for just one slice (source)!

Nutrition facts for blank Caulipower Crust Source: http://eatcaulipower.com/product/paleo-cauliflower-pizza-crust

Nutrition facts for blank Caulipower Crust

And third, this Caulipower crust is nice and crisp! Often times a cauliflower crust can result in sogginess from the moisture that can be found in cauliflower. If you ever make your own crust you really have to squeeze the moisture out. I made my own cauliflower crust last year and while it was good, the texture of it was mushy. I did not get enough of the moisture out. Caulipower takes the frustration out of cauliflower crust. These blank crusts have endless possibilities.

ngredients used for Garlicky Greek Caulipower Pizza

Ingredients used for Garlicky Greek Caulipower Pizza

Garlic. Garlic. And More Garlic!

There. I said it three times so you get the point. This Greek Caulipower Pizza recipe is chockful of garlic. I put three heaping tablespoons of it in the blender with my Primal Kitchen Greek Vinaigrette. When I need minced garlic I skip the knifework and I grab my Spice World Minced Garlic. My knife skills suck if I am going to be honest here and minced garlic can be tricky. I really need to improve in the knife department. Spice World does all of the work for you and they are my go-to brand. They do also have an organic minced garlic available and I often try to use that but my Kroger was out the last time I shopped so I just went with regular.

Bring On The Cheese Please

A Greek Caulipower Pizza would not be Greek if it weren’t for the feta cheese! No Greek pizza is complete without feta. For this recipe, I went with a blend of feta and a mozzarella. I used one small container of Kroger’s Simple Truth Feta Cheese and I used a handful of Tillamook mozzarella, which is my favorite shredded mozzarella cheese.

Greek Toppings

For the rest of the toppings on this Greek Caulipower Pizza, I used cherry tomatoes, sliced kalamata olives, pepperoncinis, and half of a slivered and sliced shallot. Next time I make a Greek pizza I am going to add some sliced beets to it. I think beets would have been awesome on this pizza, so now you know! You might just want to add them to yours.

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Warm Sunbutter & Raspberry Jelly Sandwich On Bob’s Red Mill Bread

Bob’s Red Mill Wonderful Gluten-Free bread mix once again over here in the Give It A Whirl Girl Kitchen. This time I was craving a peanut butter & jelly sandwich so I ventured into the kitchen to make my own loaf of bread. I also had some jars of Sunbutter Sunflower Seed Spread that I needed to try out and a jar of Herkner Farms Champagne Raspberry Preserves that I picked up at Devries & Company 1887. I had all of my ingredients and all I kept thinking about was how this would be the greatest wannabe peanut butter & jelly sandwich of all time. This was my first time giving Sunbutter a whirl and I was so excited to try it.

Bob's Red Mill Gluten-Free Wonderful Bread, with Sunbutter, and champagne raspberry jelly sandwich

Bob’s Red Mill Gluten-Free Wonderful Bread, with Sunbutter, and champagne raspberry jelly sandwich

It all starts with Bob’s Red Mill 

Oh boy… I am blogging about this Wonderful Bread Mix once again! Let me tell you this… this gluten-free mix truly is wonderful and that is why it is in the name of the product. I have a problem getting my gluten-free breads to fluff up when I use my own recipe and ingredients. Maybe it is just me but my gluten-free bread do not rise up much. Bob’s Red Mill does include a yeast packet with the mix and that is probably why this mix results in a soft and fluffy loaf with the perfect bread crust. I had a wonderful feeling that this fluffy bread would pair well with my Organic Sunbutter Spread.

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Primal Kitchen Honey Mustard Pork Chops With Bacon-Wrapped Brussels Sprouts and Fingerling Potatoes & A Discount Inside

Here we go again with Primal Kitchen. I am surely obsessed with using these marinades for my meals. I used the Honey Mustard Vinaigrette once again last night but this time I marinated some pork chops. The Honey Mustard, to me, is one of the most versatile in the line of Primal Kitchen, alongside the Balsamic Vinaigrette.  We also had some thick cut slices of honey bacon from Dearborn Brand to wrap our brussels sprouts up with. And as requested by my daughter, we had to have some more air-fryer red fingerling potatoes, which are her favorite side dish at the moment. You add up all of these ingredients and it results in one hell of a delicious paleo, primal Honey Mustard Pork Chop dinner!

Primal Kitchen Honey Mustard Pork Chops With Bacon-Wrapped Brussels Sprouts and Red Fingerling Potatoes

Primal Kitchen Honey Mustard Pork Chops With Bacon-Wrapped Brussels Sprouts and Red Fingerling Potatoes

Primal Kitchen Honey Mustard Pork Chop Marinade

This is where the fun all begins, with the Primal Kitchen Honey Mustard Vinaigrette & Marinade. I had two decently sized center cut Simple Truth pork chops to work with. I grabbed myself a Pyrex casserole dish and marinating the pork chops from early morning to dinner time. That was plenty of time to infuse them with the sweet and tangy honey mustard flavor that we all know and love so much! I was so excited for this Honey Mustard Pork Chops and I could not wait until dinner time rolled around.

Primal Kitchen Honey Mustard & Simple Truth Center Cut Pork Chops

Primal Kitchen Honey Mustard & Simple Truth Center Cut Pork Chops

The cast iron grill pan was used for these Honey Mustard Pork Chops, of course! How else would I cook up a hunk of meat? I rave so much about this grill pan, I know, but I really hope it inspires someone out there to give it a whirl. It is the best method for cooking several different types of meat. I think of it as a kitchen necessity!

Dearborn Honey Bacon – The Star Of The Show Last Night

I cashed in some coins that I had laying around and got some dough at a coin shop this past weekend, for real! I had some coins and figured I would be better off going on one of my fun foodie adventures at Nino Salvaggio’s. A girl’s gotta do what a girl’s gotta do to get the good eats, am I right? So we went to Nino’s and loaded our little cart some new-to-us foods. I spotted the Dearborn Brand Honey Bacon. I scoffed at the $6.99 price tag, but that bacon sure was looking and sounding good. I had to have it so in it went right into my cart.  You mention bacon to my husband and my daughter and they are all ears! I got this particular honey bacon because I knew it would be the perfect bacon for my Honey Mustard Pork Chops side dish.

Dearborn Brand Honey Bacon wrapped around brussels sprouts

Dearborn Brand Honey Bacon wrapped around brussels sprouts

What I ended up doing was taking five strips of bacon and cut them in half. I looked for the big brussels sprouts and wrapped ten of those up in the Dearborn Brand Honey Bacon. I roasted them in the 400-degree oven for 30 minutes and flipped them halfway through roasting. The bacon had the right amount of crispness for us. We don’t like bacon underdone or overdone, it has to be in the middle… just perfect!

Dearborn Brand Honey Bacon wrapped around brussels sprouts

Dearborn Brand Honey Bacon wrapped around brussels sprouts

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Surround Yourself With Squash & Gourds- Tried It Out Tuesday (Dumpling & Buttercup Squash)

Have you ever gone on a squash adventure? No? Neither have I until this past weekend when I went to Nino Salvaggio International Marketplace in St. Clair Shores, MI looking for something interesting to try this week for Tried It Out Tuesday. We ended up taking home four different types of squash. In this post I will be discussing the dumpling squash and the buttercup squash that we tried.

I have written about this place before and I love going here on a fun little foodie adventure when I have a small wad of cash to blow. Some girls spend their dollars getting hair & nails done or buying trendy new clothes. Not me, not this girl right here! My family enjoys being adventurous eaters so when we have a little extra cash we like to treat ourselves to something delicious and tasty.

There is a whole world of squash out there in the universe just waiting to be discovered by you!

When you eat with an open mind you allow yourself the chance to experience new foods, new flavors. I went to Nino’s with no clear plan. I just wanted to go in there and walk out with something that I have never tried and experienced.

A little bit about Nino Salvaggio’s

Nino Salvaggio’s is a great local place that is chockful of interesting fruits and vegetables right at your fingertips. They currently have 3 locations with another added location in the works. I live closest to the smaller, St Clair Shores location, and believe it or not I have been going to this little store my whole entire life. On weekends I remember my mom taking us out to fruit markets to stock up on produce. We would go to Randazzo’s on Gratiot in Roseville and we would go to Nino’s in St Clair Shores. Honestly, I absolutely hated going to these stores when I was growing up. I thought it was boring and I would get a bit antsy and impatient and want to leave.

Look at me now! I am all grown up and going shopping for food is always the highlight of my days and I look forward to it. I just can’t seem to get enough of it.

Nino’s is bustling with people on the weekend and for good reason! They have the most beautiful displays of fresh produce that I have ever witnessed. They are super picky about what gets put out on the display for purchase, and they only put out the best of the best.

I will be writing frequently about my shopping experiences there. Other than Eastern Market, this is my go-to place for interesting eats. If you live in the area of Nino Salvaggio’s I highly recommend taking a little trip there to see what you can stock up on. There is always something new and interesting there to feed the senses.

My little haul of unusual squash

Squash that I bought at Nino Salvaggio's

Squash that I purchased at Nino Salvaggio’s: Dumpling, Buttercup, Hubbard, and Sweet Potato Squash

I am a huge fan of summertime in Michigan. I pretty love and cherish most things about summer here, minus the god-awful humidity. I do enjoy a good barbeque feast on the weekends and I do love the food during the summer BUT my favorite foods are all autumn related. I love a good, filling bowl of soup on a cold day. I love a thick & hearty stew. I enjoy eating pumpkin flavored desserts. Just last year I recently discovered that I am also a huge fan of squash. The first squash I fell in love with last year was the butternut squash. I pureed it and made some paleo soup with it and topped it with a coconut milk drizzle. And then next up I ventured into trying out acorn squash. I remember serving it as a side dish with a maple syrup drizzle on it.

So this year I was up for the challenge of taking home some new-to-me squash. Nino Salvaggio’s had a grand display of squash, pumpkins, and gourds out in the front of the store. I grabbed a shopping cart and starting asking Google a bunch of questions on my phone about these squash I was about to purchase. I filled up my cart with four varieties: dumpling squash, buttercup squash, sweet potato squash, and an orange hubbard squash. I had a general idea on what I was going to do with them. Maple syrup always goes well with roasted squash so I got myself a bottle of pure Michigan maple syrup.

I did not even step foot into the store and I already had my mind made up on what I was going to take home…  SQUASH and lots of it!

My daughter, Chloe, was scoping out the heirloom pumpkins and observing them in amazement. She fell in love with a tall white pumpkin that you can see in the photo below.

I also had to rummage through the basket of decorative gourds and bring home a few of them. We enjoyed looking at how unique each and every one of them was.

Dumpling Squash at Nino Salvaggio's International Marketplace

Dumpling Squash at Nino Salvaggio’s International Marketplace

Buttercup Squash at Nino Salvaggio's International Marketplace

Buttercup Squash at Nino Salvaggio’s International Marketplace

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Pumpkin Spice Cheesecake – Paleo & Vegan – Gluten-Free Recipe

Ahhhh fall! It is definitely feeling like fall over here in Michigan and I have the perfect Pumpkin Spice Cheesecake recipe to make your heart and soul happy. Attention all pumpkin spice lovers… you will love the no-bake, gluten-free, paleo, and vegan Pumpkin Spice cheesecake that I created. I honestly do love and prefer this over your average pumpkin pie.

This cheesecake is chockful of healthy ingredients and does not contain any added sugars. In this recipe, you will be using quite a few almonds and cashews. Believe it or not, this method works to make a dairy-free cheesecake. That little bit of lemon juice that you will add magically transforms these ingredients into cheesecake heaven! This dessert would be perfect to serve after a Thanksgiving Day feast. I have confidence that it would please even the pickiest guest will be full of bliss devouring this tasty treat.

Pumpkin Spice Cheesecake - Paleo & Vegan - Gluten-Free

Pumpkin Spice Cheesecake – Paleo & Vegan – Gluten-Free

Paleo & Vegan Crust Is Your Base

First things first! You need to work on your crust for your Pumpkin Spice Cheesecake. This crust is a no-bake crust and it is gluten-free. You will need to have a decent food processor to create this recipe. You will also need some raw almonds for the crust.

You will also need some pitted Medjool dates. If you can not find the pitted dates you can purchase dates and remove the pits. For this crust recipe, I suggest soaking your dates in hot water to soften them. The pit will be easy to remove.

This crust will also need some almond flour. I suggest going with Bob’s Red Mill because they always produce an excellent, high-quality product. Even though you will not be baking this crust the flour acts as a binder.

This recipe will also require a good amount of extra virgin coconut oil. Nothing wrong with some healthy fats!

Speaking of healthy fats, you will need some finely shredded and unsweetened coconut as well. I also used Bob’s Red Mill for this. If you are not a coconut fan, fear not! It does not have a taste of coconut to it.


Some pure maple syrup will also be needed and this will be a big part of the filling as well. Since there are no added, refined sugars in this cheesecake recipe you will need to sweeten it with something.

Pumpkin Spice Cheesecake Spices

If you have a bottle of pumpkin pie spice on-hand you can use that to spice up your paleo & vegan cheesecake. If not there are only 4 essential ingredients and you probably already have them in your spice cabinet.

For the pumpkin spice seasonings, you will need some cinnamon, allspice, ginger, and ground cloves.

These spices will give you the essence of fall in your pumpkin cheesecake dessert. Both the crust and the filling will require these spices.

Pumpkin Spice Cheesecake Filling

Time to get nutty!

Here’s the part where will be getting really nutty! You will need four cups of raw cashews that are soaked overnight to soften them. This is an important step that will result in a smooth as silk filling. Raw cashews do tend to cost more. You can get away with using more affordable LIGHTLY SALTED cashews but the preferred ingredient to use here is raw. Cashews mimic the texture of a traditional cheesecake quite well. You will be surprised when you cut that first slice out of the cheesecake and give it a whirl!

Pumpkin cheesecake has to have pumpkin, right?

Obviously, you are going to need some pumpkin for the guts of this cheesecake. For the filling, you will need a can of pure pumpkin puree. Make sure there are no added ingredients. You just want to find a can of puree that is straight up pure pumpkin and nothing else. If you want to use an actual pie pumpkin just make sure you have two whole cups of pumpkin.

Let’s sweeten this up!

You will need some pure maple syrup to sweeten this recipe up. This filling uses nearly a cup of maple in the filling and you will get some autumn vibes from this natural sweetener. When I say pure maple syrup, this is not to be confused with a bottle of Aunt Jemima pancake syrup. In paleo cooking, you have to use the real deal straight from the try and not full of high fructose corn syrup.

Lemon juice is essential for a paleo/vegan cheesecake

It is strange how this works, but combining the cashews with a couple tablespoons of lemon juice will give you the cheesecake flavor that is found in a traditional cheesecake. Do not skip out on this part. You can either use a fresh lemon or lemon juice found in a bottle.

Pumpkin Spice Cheesecake - Paleo & Vegan

Pumpkin Spice Cheesecake – Paleo & Vegan – Gluten-Free

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Must-Have Healthy Food Products (Gluten-Free, Vegan, Paleo, Whole 30, or Keto) Healthy Hot List – Part 2

Welcome to another installment of the Healthy Hot List! This is now a regular feature over here at Give It A Whirl Girl. There are healthy food items everywhere I look nowadays. People are focusing on health and wellness and fueling their bodies with healthy and nutritious foods. This is where I break down those must-have items that you just gotta try.

Some I have tried and I can vouch that they are great, while others are just sitting around on my Amazon wishlist waiting to be swept up and brought over here. I also added a few supplements to this list, two of which I have tried, and another that I want to give a whirl.

You can read Part One of the Healthy Hot List HERE

Vanilla Bean Grass-Fed Ghee Butter by 4th & Heart, Pasture Raised, Non-GMO, Lactose-Free, Certified Paleo, Keto-Friendly

4th & Heart Vanilla Ghee

4th & Heart Vanilla Ghee

Want to take your next baking project up a notch? Why not try out 4th & Heart Vanilla Bean Ghee Butter in your next recipe? When I think of great ghee this brand here certainly comes to mind. The wonderful thing about this ghee is that it is spreadable and does not require any refrigeration. Ghee is a clarified butter with milk solids removed so there is nothing here that will spoil. Available in chocolate too!
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Move over dairy coffee creamers that are laden with sugar and calories! Nutpods is my new favorite coffee cream. These are unsweetened and taste rich and smooth in my coffee. Each 1 tablespoon serving is a mere 10 calories and ZERO grams of sugar. Nutpods are made with coconut cream, almonds, and other natural flavors.

 

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Nutpods Variety Pack Coffee Creamer

Nutpods Variety Pack Coffee Creamer

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CAULIPOWER Paleo Cauliflower Pizza Crusts, Grain Free, Gluten Free, Non-GMO, Lower Carb (4 Crusts)

I bought myself a Caulipower paleo crust for a Greek pizza this week. I am excited to work with this blank canvas gluten-free crust. You can read my veggie pizza review: HERE. What a time it is to be alive with a cauliflower pizza crust that takes the place of regular pizza crust so well. The veggie pizza that I tried had a great crisp crust. No soggy cauliflower there. I have a great feeling that this paleo crust will by a go-to product for my next pizza concoction.
Caulipower Cauliflower Crust

Caulipower Cauliflower Crust

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Rao’s Tomato Basil Sauce

I have been hearing a lot about this brand of pasta sauce. This marinara from Rao’s contains only pure and natural simple ingredients and Italian tomatoes. I will say that it seems to be a bit on the pricey side but if you are looking for a high-quality sauce for your next Italian dinner look no further than to Rao’s.

No tomato blends, paste, water, starches, filler, colors or added sugar. It’s why we steam peel our precious tomatoes and use only pure Italian olive oil and fresh vegetables. And why our sauces are slow-simmered in small batches with ingredients added in the proper sequence and gently stirred. (source)

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Rao's Homemade Tomato Basil Pasta Sauce

Rao’s Homemade Tomato Basil Pasta Sauce

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Primal Kitchen – Avocado Oil-Based Mayo, Garlic Aioli, 12 oz, Gluten and Dairy Free, Whole30 and Paleo Approved

I just used this Primal Kitchen Garlic Aioli Mayo last night to whip up one hell of a tasty tuna salad with some sundried tomatoes in it! This was my first time using this mayo (I have used the regular one previously) and I love the added garlic flavor in this. Primal Kitchen takes pride in only using all natural and pure ingredients in their food. This mayo is the first avocado oil-based of its kind.

A creamy combination of garlic, lemon, and cage-free eggs, this savory mayonnaise spread is infused with real food ingredients and uncompromisingly delicious taste. (source)

Primal Kitchen Garlic Aioli Mayo

Primal Kitchen Garlic Aioli Mayo

Birch Benders Pancake & Waffle Mix Health Variety Pack, Gluten Free, Protein, Paleo, Pack of 3

Awesome pancake mix alert right over here! I have used Birch Benders to whip up some delicious and fluffy chocolate chip pancakes recently. Their mix is one of my go-to brands and I am always happy with how these pancakes turn out. This particular brand has great reviews on Amazon, and for a great reason, they are fantastic!

Birch Benders Pancake & Waffle Mix

Birch Benders Pancake & Waffle Mix


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