Are you willing and eager to try something new in life? Why not try some unique & interesting Japanese candy and snacks? Over here at the Give It A Whirl Girl blog we are all about trying out new and unique foods and the Japanese candy and snacks fit right in perfectly! There is a very wide assortment of Japanese candy and snacks in this gift guide and there is something for everyone. Many of these Japanese candies come in some unusual flavors, such as lychee flavor and milk flavor. I am always trying to encourage others to eat with an open mind. My intent behind this list is to open you up to some new and exciting flavors and foods.
Do you know what the word KAWAII means? In Japanese, the word kawaii means cute.
Everything here on this gift guide ventures into the realm of cuteness! These candies would be perfect for gift giving to a child or an adult who is young at heart. The packaging on all of these Japanese candies and snacks are adorable, creative, colorful, and interesting to look at.
These products are all available on Amazon and they include free 2-day shipping if you are an Amazon Prime member.
This is a fabulous assortment box to help kick off this list here! This is $30.00 on Amazon (at the time of publication) and it ships free with Amazon Prime. This variety pack contains 15 premium pieces of Japanese candy and snacks. This assortment is perfect for gift giving as well if you are looking to give someone a memorable gift.
Ramune is a popular Japanese drink that has a marble inside of it! No kidding! Don’t worry though, you are not going to choke on the marble. The marble is trapped inside. Leave it to the Japanese to come up with such a fun and innovative drink! Mad props to them! This variety pack of Japanese Ramune soda includes 8 fun flavors to delight your palate. It includes pineapple, coconut, grape, melon, lychee, strawberry, orange, and original flavor.
Wowza! Check out this variety pack of Japanese Kit Kat candies. Kit Kat is HUGE in Japan. It saddens me that we do not have these fun flavors in the US, but lucky for us, this is available on Amazon with free 2-day Prime shipping. This is also super excellent for gift-giving. I know that if I ever received this variety pack it would make for one hell of a memorable gift and I would savor each and every bite.
Hi-Chew is one of my all-time favorite Japanese candies! These are the flavors that are included in this variety pack: Strawberry, Grape, Green Apple, Mikan, White Soda, Cola, Pineapple, Lemon Squash. If you like candies that have a chewy texture then you will absolutely love Hi-Chew candies.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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).
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 gift guide, simply click the links or the images to shop. Easy peasy!
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).
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.
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.
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.
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!
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!
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.
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!
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.
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!
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.
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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
What a time to be alive right? It’s 2018 and there are so many smart products on the market today. These smart home kitchen 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.
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!
9 APPLIANCES IN 1: Cook meals in mere minutes & in less than half the time also get instant access to recipes!
and warm, all in ONE electric appliance.
This pressure cooker also has several different cooking programs to choose from:
14 EASY-TOUCH COOKING PROGRAMS
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.
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 gourmet candy gift 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
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.
Here is the perfect gift for the sushi lover in your life! This is one of my favorite items from this gourmet candy gift guide. 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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
Large or small macaroni
This would be a wonderful gadget for making some gluten-free noodles at home. Nothing beats fresh pasta!
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.
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.
Food creations made from cast iron cooking essentials
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!
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
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.
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.
This is a grill and griddle duo from Lodge. This fits conveniently over two stove burners. This grill and griddle duo would be super to have for your next big Sunday breakfast. You can use the griddle for pancakes and the grill for some breakfast sausage and big fat strips of bacon. Did I hear a tummy growl?
This here is a versatile cooking essential for baking up your next batch of biscuits, cupcakes, and other desserts. Each cavity is 3 1/4″. The surface of this is non-stick and this comes preseasoned and ready to cook with.
This is a gorgeous cast iron kettle for your next tea party. This is a beautifully crafted kettle and contains an internal tea infuser. I am thinking this would be perfect for my next cup of matcha tea.
If you are going to dive into the world of cast iron cooking you will need to be equipped with the proper tools to take great care of your new pans. This kit includes:
Pan and Grill Scraper
and Scrub Brush
I highly recommend getting a can of the seasoning spray so you can keep your pans in tip-top shape. After cleaning your pan it is advisable to oil it up and this spray is perfect for keeping the pan well-coated.
This is another great cast iron cooking maintenance bundle that will help promote the life and longevity of your pans. This bundle includes soap and oil that will improve the seasoning of your pans. The oil is made up of highly refined coconut oil and enhanced with food grade essential oils. These products will reduce rusting of your pans.
Here is a versatile cookbook that will teach you everything that you need to know about cast iron cooking. This cookbook is chock full of recipes for breakfast, lunch, appetizers, dinner, and my favorite part~ dessert!
Want to see how easy it is to cook a steak in a cast iron skillet? Watch the video below:
The question of how to clean and care for cast iron often arises. Here is an informational video from Lodge that breaks it down:
Final thoughts on these cast iron cooking essentials
I hope you enjoyed this cast iron gift guide. These cast iron cooking essentials will have you on your way to creating delicious meals at home. Just make sure you take great care of these cast iron items. They do need some love and TLC. If you do that for them, these cast iron cooking essentials will last you a lifetime and they can be passed on to other generations.
Question Time! Have you ever tried cooking with cast iron? What is your favorite meal to cook with it? Leave me a comment and let me know.
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.
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.
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!
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!
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.
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!
Healthy Food Items That Made The Cut For My Healthy Hot List Part 3
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.
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!
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.
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.
Have you seen my latest vegan/gluten-free cheesecake recipe? If you want to get on-board the healthy cheesecake train then you are going to need a good food processor to get the job done. This Cuisinart model seems like a good one to go with based on the great reviews of it. This is the one I have my eye on when I decided to upgrade. Food processors are a necessity in the kitchen if you want to crank out some healthy food. I also use mine for whipping up nice-creams.
As many of you already know I am a huge fan of Primal Kitchen but there is another brand out there that I have a lot of love for too and that is Tessemae’s. These salad dressings and sauces are Whole 30 compliant and paleo-friendly and only contain natural ingredients. This variety pack has everything that you need to get on your way to an awesome salad or an incredible meal. This variety pack contains the following products: Organic BBQ Barbecue Sauce, Organic Ketchup, Hot Buffalo Sauce Marinade, Organic Creamy Ranch Dressing (or Marinade), Organic Creamy Caesar Salad Dressing, Organic Habanero Ranch Dressing (or Marinade), Organic Lemon Garlic (for Dressing or Marinade), and (1) Organic Balsamic Vinaigrette Dressing.
Veggie noodles are all the rage these days and for good reason~ they are good and they are lower in carbs than traditional pasta noodles. I have this model of spiralizer from Paderno and I have had it for a couple of years. It is still going strong and the blades are still sharp. This model comes with six different blades so you can create a variety of faux noodles. There are numerous vegetables that you can use to create veggie noodles. What I love most about these veggie noodles is that they actually taste great and can liven up a dish.
This mushroom coffee by Four Sigmatic is known to boost brain function. The ingredients inside this coffee can improve focus, concentration, creativity, and productivity. I could totally use something like this in my morning routine.
I actually discovered this Epic Bar through a Free Friday Download at my local Kroger store. I got this flavor as a freebie to try and it was love at first bite and really fulfilled my primal-eating instinct. It was my first encounter with trying bison meat and it was both sweet and savory. These Epic Bars are a great snack when you need to refuel your body.
What healthy food items caught your eye this week on my Healthy Hot List? Will you be ordering anything so you can give it a whirl? Leave me a comment and let me know.
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 health 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 health food 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
Healthy Hot List Part 2 – Must-Have Health Food Products
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!
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.
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.
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. (source)
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)
You can save on your order at Primal Kitchen with my special Primal Kitchen coupon code
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!
Bob’s Red Mill is a brand that I rely upon heavily for quality products. I have tried several in their line and have never felt let down. This Wonderful Bread Mix is gluten-free and results in a wonderful, fluffy loaf of bread. Considering the fact that this bread is gluten-free, it does a great job of mimicking regular whole grain bread. You can read more about this bread mix on my two posts on the blog: HERE and HERE.
This supplement by Garden of Life is something that I recently came across that intrigued me. Drinking kombucha gets expensive when you add up all of those bottles. This supplement has all of the healthy gut benefits that you will find in kombucha and it comes in capsule form. This supplement is great for boosting energy and your immune system.
This is a product I have actually tried quite a few times. Without going into too much detail or getting graphic, this gentle cleanse by Purely Inspired will release any backed up waste that you are walking around with and storing in your body. I take my capsules and in the evening I am ready to go! This product never gave me diarrhea but it sure did clean me out after a week of taking the capsules.
I have tried several multivitamins that are on the market today and so far this one by NatureWise has been my favorite. I felt my best while taking this. The main thing that sucked me into purchasing this multivitamin was that it supports brain health. The older I get, the more brain fog I am getting. This supplement did seem to improve mental focus and did give me a boost in energy. I did not have any ill side effects while taking this and it was gentle on my stomach.
Have you tried any of the health food products on this list? What health food item do you want to try out?
Leave me a comment and let me know.
DISCLAIMER: I am not a health or medical professional. This content is for entertainment purposes only and not to be taken as any medical advice. Please consult with your doctor before taking supplements if you have any health concerns. I am not responsible for any side-effects that may occur from supplements and vitamins listed here.
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For this week’s Friday Faves, I curated a collection of iridescent home and kitchen items. These rainbow items can all be found on Amazon. If you are anything at all like me you are going to want it all. I really do love this collection of Friday Faves this week and would love to have all of it in the Give It A Whirl Girl kitchen. I have everything listed here that you need from dinnerware to drinkware in this iridescent gift guide.
I think the truth is out by now about my addiction to anything rainbow. It is an obsession I have had since I was a little girl. Rainbows dazzle my eyes and my senses. When I see a rainbow and all colors combined it brightens my day and it gives me a reason to smile and put on a happy face.
I blogged about the sister set to this Pearl colored Mikasa dinnerware collection. I love both sets of this line. They have a tantalizing pearlescent luster finish. This dinnerware would be best for special occasions. If the service for 4 set price is too steep, why not just splurge on one single place setting? This line also includes an oval platter and a vegetable bowl that shimmers and shines. Who else here wishes they could have it all? Me! Me! Me!
These stunning hand blown glasses from Mexico would be the perfect glass for your next beverage. They have a mesmerizing swirl appearance. The great thing about these is that they are great for everyday use and these can be washed in the dishwasher. I am really loving the iridescent look of these glasses.
I actually do own this same sipping cup but, sadly, mine is just plain and it does not have the beautiful rainbow iridescence to it. I do enjoy drinking some tropical adult drinks in mine or a nice cold, salty blue margarita!
This set of 16 pieces of flatware will appeal to your senses. They sure are dazzling to my eyes. This set is designed to have a comfortable feel and that is something that your houseguests will appreciate.
Last but certainly not least, here is another iridescent item that I have the pleasure of owning, and truth be told… this is my absolute favorite cup to drink from! Keep your drink icy cold and let it shine!
What iridescent home or iridescent kitchen item(s) from this list of iridescent gift guide are you crushing on? Leave me a comment and let me know.
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I would like to start up a new regular feature on the blog featuring items that I have used and fallen in love with. I will be calling this the Healthy Hot List. These are all health food items that I have given a whirl and want to spread the word about so this fits in perfectly with my Tried It Out Tuesday weekly feature. These are healthy foods that can fit into your routine.
Many of these health food items fall within the realms of several different diets: gluten-free, dairy-free, paleo, Whole 30, keto, and vegan.
Whenever I try out a new product and I become a fan I do my best to promote these items and spread the word about them. I would love my good words for these brands to travel far and wide because they earned it with their quality health food products. Hope you enjoy this list and let me know if you have tried anything on this list.
I recently blogged about thisCaulipower pizza. I tried the veggie one out and doctored it up a bit. I was really impressed with the quality of this frozen cauliflower crust pizza. This is a low carb pizza alternative and features a gluten-free crust. The cauliflower crust mimics a regular crust quite well considering the fact that it is all veggie!
This Primal Kitchen Avocado Oil mayonnaise is a must-have in your fridge. It is paleo-friendly and Whole 30 compliant. It is also egg-free and dairy free. I have made tuna salad, potato salad, and macaroni salad with this mayo and the flavor of it was impressive.
Did you know that chocolate in its purest form is actually quite healthy and good for your body? These raw cacao nibs from Terrasoul Superfoods are an antioxidant powerhouse. Cacao nibs are also vegan-friendly. I enjoy eating these on top of my smoothie bowls or incorporating them into my nice-creams.
I consider myself a big fan of Mamma Chia. I often purchase their chia drinks and chia seeds. The squeeze pouches are an awesome on-the-go snack. These pouches come in at 70 calories and contain 1200-milligrams of Omega-3. These squeeze pouches are also a great source of protein, antioxidants, and fiber.
Here is another brand that I am a huge fan of- Enjoy Life Foods. At the moment these are my favorite chocolate chips. They are a trusted brand for me and the only brand I purchase my chocolate chips from. I usually use the dark chocolate chips. They are free from common food allergens. If you are looking for a dairy-free, vegan option for chocolate chips this is the brand I recommend going with.
Find out how I used Enjoy Life Chocolate Chips in THIS RECIPE!
A lot of talk about ghee these days! Ghee is a clarified butter with all milk solids removed. It is a dairy-free option to butter and this can replace your current butter or cooking oil with a 1:1 ratio. I use 4th & Heart ghee for my cooking and my baking. The smell of a ribeye steak cooking in some ghee is divine. I will never turn my back and go to regular butter again. Ghee not only tastes better but it also has some health benefits as opposed to butter. This variety pack includes regular ghee and a vanilla ghee, which would be great for your next baking project!
If you are looking for a lower carb pasta that is gluten-free and high in protein look no further than Banza! I have been using Banza quite often in my pasta dishes and it is one of my favorite pasta that is gluten-free. You can check out the macaroni salad that I made with Banza HERE. I whipped that up for family and even though it was gluten-free the pasta salad was a smashing success. Pro tip: undercook your pasta just a tiny bit. I always do a minute or 2 less than the suggested time on the box. I also give my pasta a rinse before serving.
If you are interested in making a vegan and paleo cheesecake raw cashews are a must! Nut Cravings has pretty reasonable prices. Raw cashews can be quite pricey! When the raw cashews (soaked overnight) are mixed with a bit of coconut milk and lemon juice you end up with a faux cheesecake filling. I honestly prefer my raw paleo cheesecakes over traditional nowadays.
Coconut cream is essential for paleo or vegan baking. If you are in need of a dairy-free whipped cream the best way to go is to use Thai Kitchen coconut cream. You simply refrigerate the can overnight and then scoop the solids out of the can (no water) and then use your whisk attachment on your stand mixer.
This week I am going to present to you a curated list of some of my favorite cooking items and some items that earned a spot on my wishlist. There are some great items here that are all available on Amazon. I think most of my readers will agree that these are some great items to have if you are a home chef. These kitchen essentials might just make you the next top chef.
Circulon Symmetry Chocolate Hard Anodized Non-Stick 11 Piece Cookware Set – I actually do own this exact set of cookware from Circulon. My husband did an awesome thing for me and got these as a gift for me. I am completely in love with this cookware set. It truly does have non-stick surfaces and nothing every sticks to these pots and pans. They are also dishwasher safe, which is a huge plus because I dread handwashing. These also have a nice heavy-duty feel to them. They do not have a cheap feeling at all and feel as though they will last me quite a long time. Love this set and I highly recommend it!
Staub 5.5 Quart Round Cocotte, Graphite Grey – This is another piece of cooking equipment that I have the pleasure of owning and this piece here is my pride and joy in my collection of cooking items. Talk about heavy-duty… this piece is it! I use this dutch oven quite often in the kitchen and it is always a joy to use. It is the perfect size for whipping up dishes for my family of 3. It is oven safe to 500-degrees and another big bonus with this is that it is dishwasher safe. I enjoy using this for my pasta sauces that simmer on the stove for a couple hours. I use it for soups, and it is the most excellent pot for cooking a big batch of soup. I also use this for one pot meals. This Staub will last me a lifetime.
TGIF and welcome to this week’s installment of Friday Faves! Tastemade is a wonderful cooking and lifestyle website that has some unique items in their online shop. They offer free shipping on orders that are $49+. I am really loving the DIY kits that they offer. Those sound like fun projects to do in the Give It A Whirl Girl Kitchen. Here is a list of some of my favorite items in the Tastemade shop. Be sure to check them out because they offer some nice stuff for your kitchen and home. Many of these items would also make great gifts!
Dana’s Bakery has three kits to choose from. There is Red Velvet, Fruity Cereal, and Chocolate. Each kit contains the following: 2 mix packets, 2 piping bag, 1 piping tip, and a recipe for filling. You will be making this French pastry like a pro with this kit.
Present your guests with foods to nibble on in style. I love this serving set. Is the food included as well? Just kidding (but maybe not). Looks so delicious. This serving set has five different compartments to organize your hors-d’oeuvre.
Nordstrom is chock full of gourmet candy that you can treat yourself to or gift to a deserving friend. I truly do believe that these items here would make incredible gifts for family and friends that would be unforgettable and memorable. I curated this list of gourmet candies that are my fave at the moment. Hope you enjoy. It was difficult to choose only ten items for this list because everything in their candy shop looks fascinating. You might need to wipe drool off your screen once you reach the end of this list! Every bit of gourmet candy that Nordstrom sells is top-notch food. You won’t be let down!
Pop The Champagne Candy Gift Set by Sugarfina – This 3 piece champagne-flavored gummi bear set also included two stunning champagne flutes. Treat yourself when it’s time to celebrate something incredible! This would also be a perfect gift for a bride and groom. This set sure makes for a sweet celebration in style!
Dylan’s Candy Bar – Sour Belts Tackle Box – Wowza! Check out the flavors in this fabulous tackle box: Sour Rainbow, Sour Green Apple, Watermelon, Berry Blue, Pink Lemonade, Cotton Candy and Wild Cherry. I have a major weakness for any kind of sour candy over here, and I would just be over the moon thrilled to explore the candies in this gift set.
Lolli and Pops Dessert Signature Bar Set – Gimme gimme gimme! All of these flavors sound amazeballs! Prepare to be amazed by: Red Velvet, Gimme S’more, Jalapeño Peanut, Dark Chocolate, and Milk Chocolate flavors.
Hologram Whole Bean Coffee Blend by Counter Culture Coffee – Ok well this is not candy but it is still in the food/drink category. The word “Hologram’ really sucks me into wanting to try out this coffee. To me, it just sounds magical and a great way to start the day. This coffee had a fruity and chocolatey taste to it and that just fascinates me.
All of these gourmet foods can be found at Nordstrom. You can click the links to go directly to the items so you can throw them in your shopping cart.
TGIF! What will you be treating yourself to this week? You earned it, so you should totally go for it! Leave me a comment here and tell me what catches your eye the most from this list.
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