My Honest ButcherBox REVIEW – A Trustworthy Source Of Top-Quality Meats Delivered To Your Doorstep Each Month

ButcherBox REVIEW – A Trustworthy Source Of Top-Quality Meats Delivered To Your Doorstep Each Month

Today I would love to spread the word about how fantastic ButcherBox is in my special ButcherBox review on this Tried It Out Tuesday! If you love to cook with top quality meats like 100% grass-fed and grass-finished beef, free-range organic chicken, and heritage breed pork then ButcherBox is going to blow your mind! ButcherBox only ships out the best high-end meats. I will be sharing with you some ways to use the beef that you receive from ButcherBox. I included a way to use the beautiful 36oz chuck roast and a great way to serve up the gorgeous ribeye steak.

The ButcherBox meat delivery service keeps up to their promise of delivering quality, convenience, and value.

Super Duper MOIST Cake Balls by Give It A Whirl Girl

How I Created These Colorful, Super Duper MOIST Cake Balls With Instant Pudding Packets

This past weekend was Mother's Day weekend and I wanted to do something special to celebrate it. My husband and I had some kid-free time and we came up with the grand idea of creating these Super Duper Moist Cake Balls together! Ok, I lied, it was actually ALL my idea and I just employed his help. Does that mean I can call him Give It A Whirl Boy since he helped me with one of my blog projects? Keep reading to find out how I added a secret ingredient to make these cake balls the moistest cake balls you ever did have.


GIVE IT A WHIRL GIRL - ALL ABOUT ME - KIMMY RIPLEY

Question & Answer Time With Give It A Whirl Girl & A Ton Of Photos! Get To Know Me!

I wanted to do something a little different today and instead of sharing reviews and recipes I want to share some details about ME, in case anyone was wondering who I am! My name is Kimmy Ripley and I am from the city of St. Clair Shores in Michigan. I am very very VERY passionate about food and drink. I try my best to always eat with an open mind and I live for the thrill of trying out new things. This Give It A Whirl Girl food blog was started last June and it such a big joy to share my food and drink experiences with you all!

Today I will be sharing 10 questions and answers on the blog so you can get to know me better! There are going to be a ton of photos in this post so get ready! I know some people who "read" blogs don't read and just check out the photos, so if you are one of those people you are in luck today!


Mozzarella Stuffed Meatballs RECIPE by Give It A Whirl Girl (Slow-Cooker)

Huge Mozzarella Stuffed Meatballs RECIPE (Slow-Cooker) Oozing With Melty Cheese (Gluten-Free Option)

I have a special recipe to share with you all today! This past weekend I invited my mom over for a special Sunday dinner. I love having family over and preparing a tasty dish for them. So today I am sharing my Mozzarella Stuffed Meatballs recipe with my loyal readers. This recipe is a family favorite and this meal will surely fill you up! These meatballs are stuffed with oozy mozzarella cheese pearls and they are mighty huge meatballs!


MENGK BLENDER REVIEW & A Dragon Fruit Smoothie RECIPE by GIVE IT A WHIRL GIRL

MengK 1500W High-Speed Professional Blender REVIEW & A Dragon Fruit Smoothie RECIPE

Today I would love to share my experience with you that I recently had with my new blender in this MengK blender review. This blender is quite simple to use and it is built like a professional blender. When I received my blender I was astonished by how professional the model looked and I was excited to give it a whirl with a dragon fruit smoothie bowl recipe. My hopes for this blender were that it would be capable of blending up frozen fruit because I am a huge smoothie fan and every blender I have ever owned prior was a big letdown to me. Keep reading this MengK blender review to find out how it performed in my test.


Zesty Spaghetti Sauce RECIPE With Ancient Harvest, Tri-Color Pepper, Ground Beef, & Italian Sausage - Slow-Cooker by Give It A Whirl Girl

Zesty Spaghetti Sauce RECIPE With Ancient Harvest Pasta, Tri-Color Peppers, Ground Beef, & Italian Sausage (Slow-Cooker)

I am just going to come out and say it... this is some thick ass sauce right here y'all! This sauce is nowhere near being skimpy and naked. We got it all going on over here with grass-fed ground beef, ground Italian sausage, three colors of bell peppers, oodles of minced garlic, half an onion, and a whole lot of basil and oregano! How does that sound? Keep reading to find out how I made this set-it-and-forget-it sauce.


Paleo Root Vegetable Pot Roast RECIPE by Give It A Whirl Girl (Slow-Cooker, Gluten-Free)

Paleo Root Vegetable Pot Roast RECIPE (Gluten-Free, Slow-Cooker)

I think you are all going to fall in love with this simple and easy slow-cooker paleo root vegetable pot roast recipe! This is pure comfort food right over here! This dish was created with a chuck roast, carrots, parsnips, and one really huge turnip! This paleo pot roast gets its fabulous flavor from one of my favorite seasonings, Herbs de Provence. Not only is this meal pure comfort food on a plate, but this paleo & gluten-free dinner is simple to create at home.

Paleo Root Vegetable Pot Roast RECIPE by Give It A Whirl Girl

Paleo Root Vegetable Pot Roast

Roast preparations

First things first though. Let’s discuss this Root Vegetable Pot Roast from the beginning. The meat is the highlight of the meal after all. The first thing I do for a slow-cooker roast is salt and pepper that slab of meat, throw it on a hot saute pan with olive oil, let it sizzle and brown. When you brown your meat you lock in the juice of the meat and your meat will be so tender when dinner time rolls around. I used a small 2 pound roast for this recipe but I believe you could use any chuck roast up to three pounds. If you are looking for a great deal on a chuck roast, I have had great success with shopping at Kroger. read more


Instant Pot Aura REVIEW by GIVE IT A WHIRL GIRL

Why Your Kitchen Needs The Instant Pot Aura Multicooker REVIEW & RECIPE For Italian Sausage Pasta Sauce

The Instant Pot Aura is a multi-cooker that will replace ten common appliances in your kitchen. Even though this small appliance carries the Instant Pot name, this device is not a pressure cooker. And guess what? I am completely and totally fine with this small appliance not being a pressure cooker. I guess I am what you would consider old school when it comes to cooking and have always preferred a slow-cooker method over pressure cooking. This Instant Pot Aura review will show you the many functions of this multicooker device for your kitchen. read more


Greek Caulipower Pizza RECIPE Gluten-Free, Vegetarian

Greek Caulipower Pizza RECIPE With Primal Kitchen (Gluten-Free, Vegetarian)

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 Caulipower crust 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.


Maple Pecan Energy Balls (Gluten-Free, Vegan) GIVE IT A WHIRL GIRL

Maple Pecan Energy Balls RECIPE -No-Bake- Gluten-Free & Vegan Healthy Snack

This Maple Pecan Energy Balls recipe features a new product that is available from Justin’s. I used the Maple Cashew Butter to create these addictive little snack balls. This is a simple and easy-to-do no-bake recipe and anyone could create this! This maple pecan energy balls recipe is also gluten-free, and vegan… woohoo!

If you can’t locate this maple flavored cashew butter you can still use the nut butter of your choice. You will still be getting the maple pecan flavor from the maple syrup and pecans, it is just that this particular maple-flavored cashew butter will give you a burst of added flavor. read more


Bison Chili RECIPE with Paleo Powder

Bison Chili RECIPE With Paleo Powder (Gluten-Free, Slow-Cooker)

Looking for a fantastic bowl of chili to warm you up on a cold winter day? This Bison Chili recipe is perfect for those days when you just need a big bowl of comfort food. The bison chili recipe that I am sharing with you today features my favorite go-to seasoning by Paleo Powder. This bison chili is also chock full of beans and bell peppers. I used three different types of beans in this chili and I also used three different colors of bell peppers. This bison chili recipe is for your slow-cooker. You allow it to simmer all day and then when dinner-time rolls around you will have a big bowl of warm, hearty chili awaiting for you. This is a simple and easy recipe and it will be in regular rotation in your kitchen.


PALEO CRANBERRY CHEESECAKE RECIPE

Paleo Cranberry Cheesecake RECIPE (Vegan, Gluten-Free, No-Bake)

Today I am sharing with you a recipe that I recently came up with for a paleo, vegan, no-bake cranberry cheesecake. This gluten-free (and no refined sugars) recipe features my homemade cranberry sauce as the star of the show. I just recently posted the recipe for my paleo cranberry sauce on my blog and I used those cranberries to come up with this holiday dessert. This faux cheesecake is not only scrumptious and delicious but you can enjoy this cheesecake without all of the guilt! If you like a dessert that is a bit on the tart side then this cheesecake might just be for you. read more



White Chicken Chili RECIPE w/ Kettle & Fire and Paleo Powder, Gluten-Free, Slow-Cooker

White Chicken Chili RECIPE (Gluten-Free, Slow-Cooker) With Kettle & Fire And Paleo Powder – COUPONS

Looking for a delicious and nutritious bowl of chili to warm you up on a cold fall or winter day? Look no further than to this mouth-watering bowl of white chicken chili made with Kettle & Fire Chicken Bone Broth and Paleo Powder Pink seasoning. This recipe that I came up with turned out simply fabulous and that is why I am sharing it with you today. My little family of 3 joined the Clean Bowl Club and even got up for seconds... that's just how great it is!


Kettle & Fire Bone Broth Review and Giveaway at Give It A Whirl Girl

Kettle & Fire COUPON & REVIEW – How I Made Healthy Chili Made With Bone Broth

Today I will be sharing my experience with Kettle & Fire Bone Broth. This is an excellent source of nutrients and a splendid way to warm up on a cold winter day. These paleo, Whole 30, and keto-friendly bone broths should be a part of your diet regimen for various reasons. There are so many health benefits to incorporating bone broth into your diet. read more


Chocolate Giveaway at Give It A Whirl Girl

GIVEAWAY – CHOCOLATE – Happy Holidays and Thank You

THIS GIVEAWAY HAS CONCLUDED. Thank you all for your participation. More giveaways soon!

I would love to wish all of my readers happy holidays and a huge thank you to all who take a moment out of their day to read my blog. I just recently hit the 6-month mark of blogging so YIPPEE and HOORAY! As a thank you I would love to gift one person ten pieces of gluten-free, organic chocolate from a wide variety of different brands. I am hosting this chocolate giveaway as a thank you to my loyal readers that have followed along on my blogging journey. read more


3 Bean Chili Farty Party RECIPE with Paleo Powder COUPON

Paleo Powder Coupon & 3-Bean Farty Party Chili RECIPE – Slow-Cooker & Gluten-Free Recipe

Today I want to fill you in on a new product that I recently tried. I used a few tablespoons of Paleo Powder seasoning in my chili and this batch of slow-cooker chili was bursting with some mouthwatering, delicious flavor! The chili that I created yesterday is what I am going to call Farty Party Chili. I used three cans of beans in it and I also used three colors of bell peppers in it. My chili just has to have beans and when I say beans, I mean a lot of beans! Also, I have included a very special Paleo Powder coupon to help you save.


3 Meal Kit Subscription Boxes and Current Deals

Meal Kit Subscription Boxes That You Need To Try – Current Deals

What a time to be alive guys and gals! There are so many meal kit subscription boxes to choose from it makes my head spin. Today I am breaking down my top 3 of all of the kits I have tried and I will share with you the top steals and deals that are currently happening. As many of you may already know, cooking is something that I am truly and deeply passionate about. These meal kits are always a pleasure to prepare and we all join the Clean Plate Club every single time.

My top three favorites will be discussed in this post. Continue reading to find out more about Sun Basket, HelloFresh, and Marley Spoon.

These meal kit subscription boxes also make great gifts for your loved ones. The holidays are quickly approaching and when you give the gift of food it is always a memorable gift to receive.

HelloFresh recipe card

HelloFresh recipe card

Ingredients for the Marley Spoon Meal Kit (Steak & Oven Fries w/ Charred Tomato Salsa)

Ingredients for the Marley Spoon Meal Kit (Steak & Oven Fries w/ Charred Tomato Salsa)

Cooking the veggies for my Sun Basket meal

Cooking the veggies for my Sun Basket meal

The great thing about meal kit subscription boxes

There are a variety of benefits and perks to trying out these meal kit subscription boxes.

  • Convenience

First of all, these meal kits are super convenient! It doesn’t get any better than this folks… fresh food delivered straight to your door. You can skip the grocery store. You choose the day that you would like to receive your meal kit and it will show up at your doorstep!

  • Customizable

Secondly, these meal kit services are very customizable. They present to you a variety of different foods on the menu that you can select from. They also allow you to choose how many meals you want to receive for the week (usually 2-3 different meals), and they also allow you the opportunity to choose from a box for 2 people or for a family of 4 people

  • Try out new recipes

My favorite part about receiving these meal kits is that they inspire me to eat with an open mind. Many of the recipes that you can choose from are not only delicious but unique. They give you gourmet flavor in the convenience of your home and you get to be the chef! Your family will be amazed by the dinner that you whip up for them.

  • Simple to follow recipes

Here is another great thing about these food subscription boxes. I have tried many meal kits and found all of the recipes simple and easy to follow.

Sun Basket

You can read more about Sun Basket in my review on the blog.

I recently tried Sun Basket’s meal kit subscription box and I was very impressed with the recipes and the quality of the ingredients that were provided.

When I gave Sun Basket a whirl I went with the gluten-free paleo meal kit. Sun Basket is a subscription service that relies heavily on clean eating. They only send out high-quality organic ingredients for your meals. You can have a bit of peace-of-mind when you enjoy your Sun Basket meal because their ingredients are only sourced from the best. They will provide premium meat and seafood (antibiotic and hormone-free) and only the freshest organic produce.

They have a few different plans to choose from to suit your diet. Sun Basket has the following meal plans available: Mediterranean, paleo (gluten-free), and a vegetarian option.

Current deals on Sun Basket

Sun Basket currently has an offer where you can receive $80 off your first four orders. With this offer, you will receive $20 off your first four boxes of the Sun Basket meal kit subscription box.

If you want to try out Sun Basket for a 2 week trial period you can save $45 off your first two boxes of food. This is split into two tiers of savings. The first box is $35 off and the second meal kit will be $10 off.

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Check out the photos below of the meals that I created with my Sun Basket meal kit subscription box.

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

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

Mediterranean Tomato Braised Cod from Sun Basket

Mediterranean Tomato Braised Cod from Sun Basket

Orange Chipotle Glazed Pork w/ Apple Slaw and Roasted Sweet Potato (Sun Basket)

Orange Chipotle Glazed Pork w/ Apple Slaw and Roasted Sweet Potato (Sun Basket)

HelloFresh

HelloFresh was actually the first meal kit subscription box that I have ever tried. They are the brand that made me fall head over heels in love with meal kits. The meal kits from HelloFresh are always a joy to cook and they are a sure people pleaser at the dinner table. HelloFresh ships out only the freshest and finest ingredients for your recipes. I have found that they are one of the easiest meal kits to prepare at home.

HelloFresh offers three plans: Classic, Family, and Veggie. You can view the menus on their website and customize your meal kit.

I have a fully detailed review of HelloFresh on my blog if you would like more details on this subscription service.

Current deal on Hello Fresh

HelloFresh has a fabulous deal taking place right now where you can receive a total of $60 off your first meal kits. With this deal you get a $20 discount on each of the three boxes.

$60 off your first three shipments of HelloFresh read more


Hosting My First Thanksgiving by Give It A Whirl Girl

Hosting Thanksgiving At My Home – My First Time Wrap-Up!

Thanksgiving has came and went. Whew! This was my first year hosting the Thanksgiving Day holiday at my home. I gotta say that I was probably nervous about the whole situation for the month leading up to it. I know that a lot of work and prep goes into pulling off this festive day. Our feast that we had here was perfect and excellent from start to finish. I was satisfied with how every single element of it came out. No complaints whatsoever here! I hope all of my readers also had a great holiday and enjoyed their big plate of food!

Here is a look at my dinner plate from Thanksgiving! I have a little bit of everything on my plate: roasted turkey, redskin mashed potatoes with French butter, Brussels sprouts, wild rice stuffing with mushrooms and cranberries, White Castle stuffing, Clean Bean (green bean) Casserole, ambrosia, sweet potato casserole, and my favorite~ Everything But The Kitchen Sink Cranberry Sauce! I am hoping to do a recipe post soon for my famous cranberry sauce. I can turn any cranberry-sauce-hater into a lover! So far it has worked with two haters in my family.

Thanksgiving Holiday Platter

Thanksgiving Holiday Platter

Today I will be discussing Thanksgiving and how we pulled it off. I could not have possibly made this day possible without the help and support of my family. My mom, Kathie, was a huge help. She purchased the turkey and a great majority of the food that was served. Money is super tight right now with my family so I was very grateful that she pitched in (big time) to help me create this feast.

My mom bought the 19-pound turkey and an electric roaster to cook the turkey in. I spotted the roaster when we took a trip over the Costco and I thought it would be a great idea to cook the turkey in there so we could free up the oven space for the side dishes that needed to be warmed up. Turned out to be the best idea ever!

My stepmom, Evelyn, was also a huge help. She came over early on Thanksgiving to help my mom and I prep. Evelyn brought over an appetizer and a side dish to pass as well. The appetizer that she brought was unique. They were bacon-wrapped water chestnuts. Sounds strange, doesn’t it? Well, they were delicious. These got gobbled up pretty quick. For a side dish, she brought her famous sweet potato casserole. My stepmom was incredibly helpful with the kitchen clean up as well. That helped me tremendously.

 

Prepping for the Thanksgiving holiday

 

Paleo & Vegan (Gluten-Free) Pumpkin Spice Cheesecake

The day before Thanksgiving, I did what I could to prep for the big day. The first thing that I did was I created my Pumpkin Spice Cheesecake. This is my favorite fall dessert at the moment. I wanted to get that done early because the cheesecake needs to set for at least six hours. I gave it plenty of time to set by creating it the morning before the holiday. I have a recipe for this paleo/vegan cheesecake on my blog. I did modify the recipe just a tad bit. Obviously, I did something different for the topping. Instead of creating a whipped cream with coconut cream I topped this cheesecake with a ton of walnuts and pecans. I wanted to make it extra nutty. I purchased a can of non-dairy, almond milk whipped cream to top it with. Instead of using the spices individually I used a jar of pumpkin pie spice.

Paleo & Vegan Pumpkin Spice Cheesecake topped with walnuts and pecans

Paleo & Vegan Pumpkin Spice Cheesecake topped with walnuts and pecans

Paleo cranberry sauce

I also busted out my slow-cooker the day before Thanksgiving to make my paleo cranberry sauce in advance. This is one of those set-it-and-forget-it recipes. I love cranberry sauce and my cranberries have the power to turn cranberry sauce haters into lovers! My husband never eats cranberry sauce. Guess what? This year he did! And I know that he enjoyed it because he helped himself to some for his leftover plate. This cranberry sauce is simple to make. I call it my Everything But The Kitchen Sink Cranberry Sauce! There are many ingredients that go into it but it is very easy to create. There are no refined sugars in this cranberry sauce. I use an entire bottle of pure maple syrup to sweeten it. I also use fresh-squeezed orange juice, orange zest, two ambrosia apples, walnuts, and pecans to create the sauce. The apples are a nice, welcome addition and the nuts give it a great texture. The sauce is heavily seasoned with pumpkin pie spice. I picked up a bottle of the Spice Hunter’s Pumpkin Pie Spice at Nino Salvaggio’s in St Clair Shores. This pumpkin pie spice seemed like a wonderful blend of spices. It worked out well in my Pumpkin Spice Cheesecake too, so the funds I spent on it was a great investment.

Ingredients Cinnamon, ginger, lemon peel, nutmeg, cloves, cardamom, star anise, fennel, black pepper

You can pick up a bottle of this awesome pumpkin spice seasoning on Amazon. I highly recommend using this Spice Hunter blend for all of your fall flavored foods.

Everything But The Kitchen Sink Cranberry Sauce

Everything But The Kitchen Sink Cranberry Sauce