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


ZenSweet Sugar-Free Gluten-Free Baking MIx GIVEAWAY by Give It A Whirl Girl

GIVEAWAY! ZenSweet Baking Mixes & Monk Fruit Sweetener REVIEW (Gluten-Free & Sugar-Free)

I recently had the pleasure of giving ZenSweet’s gluten-free and sugar-free products a whirl. ZenSweet products can be incorporated into your paleo or keto diet. Their products are sweetened with monk fruit and do not contain any refined sugars or wheat products. The great thing about ZenSweet baking mixes is that they will taste like they were made from scratch but the mixes only need 1 or 2 ingredients to be created and the final product tastes completely homemade! I was very impressed with the chocolate chip cookie mix that I started out with on my ZenSweet product venture. Keep reading to learn more and then enter the giveaway to win a variety pack of baking mixes and monk fruit sweetener. read more


Year In Review - 2018 - Give It A Whirl Girl - Top 10 Blog Posts

Year In Review – Top 10 Posts At Give It A Whirl Girl For 2018

HAPPY NEW YEAR TO ALL OF MY READERS!

It has been a great year for 2018 over here at Give It A Whirl Girl! I started up this blog in early June and it has been one hell of an awesome ride! At the start of 2018, I made a new year’s resolution to start a blog. I am so happy to say that it was one of my new year’s resolutions that I actually stuck to and accomplished. read more



GOODIE GIRL COOKIES REVIEW by Give It A Whirl Girl

Goodie Girl Cookies Review – Have A Gluten-Free Cookie For Goodness Sake!

I recently had a chance to give Goodie Girl Cookies a whirl and I am here today to share my experience with these scrumptious gluten-free cookies with you! Welcome to my Goodie Girl Cookies review! I have a feeling you are going to absolutely love these! I came across this brand of cookies while browsing Amazon. These cookies are perfect for those of us who consume a gluten-free diet. Goodie Girl Cookies has several different flavors available for their cookies.

I will admit that I am a sucker for packaging. Aren't you just really love the design of Goodie Girl Cookie's packaging?? I sure am and it really caught my eye. The adorable little girl on the packaging is just so sweet. That is the kind of face I make when I eat way too many cookies!


Novelty Gift Guide For Foodies

Last-Minute Novelty Gift Guide For The Foodie In Your Life – Perpetual Kid & Amazon Shopping Guide

This is a novelty gift guide for those last-minute gifts for the foodie in your life. These gifts are perfect for the foodie that also has a sense of humor and loves to indulge in humor. Whether you are shopping for a specific foodie in mind or looking for the most ultimate white elephant gift, I have got you covered with this novelty gift guide. 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!


Gluten-Free Shopping Guide - Healthy Hot List by Give It A Whirl Girl

Gluten-Free Food Shopping Guide – Healthy Hot List Part 4

Today I have compiled this list of gluten-free food that I am just dying to try! I searched high and low on Amazon to bring you a list of my top 10 favorites that are on my wishlist. Many of these items are also paleo and keto-friendly and you can easily incorporate these gluten-free items into your healthy diet and lifestyle.

Real Good Foods Gluten-Free, Low Carb Pizza

You can find Real Good Foods at their online store or on Amazon. Their pizzas are offered as a chicken crust pizza or a cauliflower crust pizza. Amazon currently has a $15 off clippable coupon. read more


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


The Best Holiday Gifts For Foodies - Gift Guide by Give It A Whirl Girl

Best Holiday Gifts For The Foodie – Gift Guide

This gift-guide is chock full of the perfect gifts for the foodie in your life. This foodie gift-guide has a variety of different food-related items that will surely put a smile on the recipient's face. Hopefully, you can find an item in this foodie gift guide that will make for a very memorable gift. I know I would be completely and totally happy and content with anything from this gift-guide.


MunchPak Review & Discount

MunchPak Coupon – International Snack Box Review – Snacks From All Around The Globe

I recently received a MunchPak in the mail. Talk about a great mail day! There was a little smiling, happy face on the box and it turned out to be quite a terrific mail day. Whenever there are snacks or food involved with my mail it brings me a ton of happiness and joy. MunchPak is a subscription box service that delivers snacks from around the globe to your door each and every month or you can choose to get a box every other week. They have several different options that you can choose from. Keep on reading to find out how you can save a $3.00 off with my special Munchpak coupon code on your first box. There are many ways to customize your box and you can even shop in their online store to choose your snacks.
MunchPak Coupon/Discount Code

MunchPak Coupon/Discount Code

Let me tell you why I love MunchPak

What I love about MunchPak is that it is a fabulous opportunity to try out new snack food products. In my small subscription box, I received six different snacks. You know me, always wanting to try new foods and giving things a whirl. I live for the thrill of this. My soon-to-be 9-year-old daughter Chloe is the same exact way. She came home from school and saw this MunchPak box and it brought a ton of excitement to her day. We took turns opening up the products and trying them out. It was a really great experience with my daughter and it really encourages her to eat with an open mind. Chloe even exclaimed, “these are the best barbeque chips I have ever had”. She had a ton of fun trying these snacks out with me.

MunchPak.comDifferent options available

MunchPak has different options available so you can customize your shipment. They offer three different sized boxes: 5+ snacks, 10+ snacks, and 20+ snacks. Snack boxes start at the low price of $9.95 and currently, all Paks are shipping free of charge. You can also choose your delivery frequency. They have options for delivery every two weeks or once a month.

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Items that I received in my MunchPak

My snack box included six new-to-me international snack foods. There was a mix of sweet and savory snacks in my MunchPak. I have never seen these snacks ever in my life. So imagine my excitement and my surprised face when I opened up my box. The really neat thing about this snack box is that these snacks come from all over the globe. Each snack is labeled with the country that it originated from.

As you can see in the photos below there are some pretty unusual countries like Israel and Turkey. I do not ever think to try foods from these countries because their availability in the US is sparse. So this is the wonderful thing about the MunchPak. They bring the snacks to you!

ChickChak Everything Flavored Snacks

ChickChak Everything Flavored Snacks

DeeBest Sour Super Dooperz Apple Flavor

DeeBest Sour Super Dooperz Apple Flavor

Double Dutch Maple Stroopwafel

Double Dutch Maple Stroopwafel

Zazers Roundz Mixed Fruits

Zazers Roundz Mixed Fruits

Tomahawk Chips BBQ Flavor

Tomahawk Chips BBQ Flavor

Cadbury Curlywurly

Cadbury Curlywurly

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Sourpuss Gift Guide - Housewares, Etc For The Alternative Lifestyle

Sourpuss Housewares, Etc For The Alternative Lifestyle – Gift Guide

Sourpuss is a brand that I have been head over heels in love with for quite some time. They specialize in clothing that is anything but mainstream fashion. In addition to clothing, Sourpuss has some unique home and kitchen items for your alternative lifestyle. These houseware designs from Sourpuss are sure to stand out from the crowd and are anything but typical. These items in this gift guide are perfect for the foodie in your life. This post is a round up of my favorites that can all be found on Amazon.

Warning: There will be some foul language in this Sourpuss Gift Guide so if that offends you go clutch your pearls someplace else.

If you would like to do some shopping from this Sourpuss gift guide, simply click the images or the links that are provided.


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.

Here is how I created this 3 Bean Chili with Paleo Powder

 

 

3 Bean Chili Farty Party RECIPE with Paleo Powder COUPON

Paleo Powder seasoning

Let’s start off here with the seasoning that I got a chance to try. I used Paleo Powder Pink to season my chili and it was my first time giving this a whirl! This is an all-purpose seasoning that is the perfect match for a big batch of chili. Paleo Powder offers a great variety of paleo-friendly seasoning. I chose the Paleo Powder Pink for this recipe because of the chili powder, cumin, and cayenne pepper. Those three seasonings are essential for tasty chili. I love this seasoning because it has everything I need to season the chili. Ingredients for Paleo Powder Pink are listed below.

PALEO POWDER PINK INGREDIENTS: Himalayan pink salt, chili powder, garlic powder, black pepper, onion powder, white pepper, cumin, cayenne pepper

Paleo Powder Pink

Paleo Powder Pink

About Paleo Powder

If you are looking to stock your pantry with some wonderful and versatile seasonings then you are definitely going to want to see what Paleo Powder has to offer! These seasonings will fit in perfectly to your healthy lifestyle and healthy diet. All seasonings at Paleo Powder are free of MSG, certified paleo, and Whole 30 approved. The seasonings are made of only all-natural ingredients and are free of artificial colors and flavors. They only use pure ingredients to make Paleo Powder so you can enjoy these spices with peace of mind!

Check out their online store to see what Paleo Powder flavors are available:

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Have a Farty Party with 3 cans of beans!

Beans beans beans the more you eat the more you toot! Every good chili needs to have a ton of beans. For this 3-bean chili, I went with dark kidney beans, black beans, and pinto beans. This was a great combination of beans. Within a few hours of eating this chili, I did begin to feel the power of the Farty Party! Beans are not part of a paleo diet but I just had to have them. I have had paleo chili before and I always feel like I’m missing out by not having my beans.

Farty Party Chili ingredients

3 Bean Farty Party Chili ingredients

Chowing down on a good amount of beans is beneficial to your health big time! Beans are an excellent source of protein and fiber. Beans are also a great source of antioxidants. Eating beans can lower your risk or cancer and they are also known to improve heart health.

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3-Bean Farty Party Chili With Paleo Powder (Gluten-Free)

3-Bean Farty Party Chili (Gluten-Free)

Final thoughts

I really do believe you will fall in love with this simple and easy to do Farty Party Chili recipe. This is a wonderful hearty chili that will warm you up on a cold and chilly winter day. This recipe is perfect for the cool weather and it is also a people pleaser. My little family of 3 woofed this bowl down and were eager for seconds. We all joined the Clean Bowl Club with this meal. We all enjoyed the flavor of this chili from the Paleo Powder seasoning. I will be adding more of their seasonings to my arsenal in the panty.

Be sure to scroll down and check out the recipe for this 3 Bean Farty Party Chili.

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3-Bean Farty Party Chili With Paleo Powder (Gluten-Free)
This is a recipe for 3- bean, tri-color bell pepper chili. This chili is seasoned to perfection with Paleo Powder seasoning. It is hearty and delicious and it will warm you up on a chilly winter day.
3-Bean Farty Party Chili With Paleo Powder (Gluten-Free)
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 5 hours
Servings
servings

Ingredients
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 5 hours
Servings
servings

Ingredients
3-Bean Farty Party Chili With Paleo Powder (Gluten-Free)

Instructions
  1. Gather up your ingredients. Dice your bell peppers and onion. Warm two tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil in a large saute pan.
  2. When oil is warm add your ground beef, diced onion, and minced garlic.
  3. Once beef is browned a bit you can add in your diced bell peppers. Give it a good stir and add 2 tablespoons of Paleo Powder, garlic powder, onion powder, garlic salt, and ground black pepper.
  4. Cook the beef and pepper for a few minutes. Once the meat is browned and peppers are softened you can add this to your slow-cooker.
  5. Drain beans and give them a rinse. Add the beans to the slow-cooker. Add in your can of fire roasted tomatoes and tomato paste. Season with salt and pepper and add in one more tablespoon of Paleo Powder.
  6. Set slow cooker to low and cook for 5 hours.
  7. Eat and enjoy!

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.

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White Elephant (Secret Santa) Gift Guide at Perpetual Kid & A GIVEAWAY

White Elephant Gift Guide At Perpetual Kid & GIVEAWAY

I have some fabulous white elephant gifts included in this gift guide from Perpetual Kid. Perpetual Kid is an online store for adults who are young and heart and love to inject some fun and humor into their lives. This is a great source of novelty gifts. Besides the food-related items here, they have way more to offer beyond that. I highly recommend checking them out because they can be a one-stop shop for all of your holiday shopping needs. Perpetual Kid has something for everyone! I have narrowed down my favorite food-related items in this Friday Faves shopping guide.

Not sure what a white elephant gift exchange is?

The white elephant is also known as a Secret Santa Gift Exchange. I prefer the term White Elephant though. The rules of the game are fairly simple. There is an excellent blog post about how to do a white elephant gift exchange.

  • Let’s say there are 12 people participating in the white elephant gift exchange.
  • Everyone participating brings a wrapped gift without a name tag on it.
  • You write down the numbers 1-12 on a small piece of paper and fold it up.
  • Everybody chooses a number.
  • The person with the number 1 chooses a wrapped gift.
  • The next person can either steal the gift that #1 had or they can choose a wrapped gift.
  • If person #1 has their item stolen, they choose another wrapped gift.
  • Player #3 either steals a gift from player 1 or 2 or can choose a wrapped gift
  • You can set your own rules about how many times an item can be stolen. Some people will allow an item to be stolen once, twice, or three times. It is your choice.
  • You continue this process until person #12 goes up to steal or choose the last wrapped gift.
  • At this point, everyone should have a gift.

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Yummy World - Gift Guide - Give It A Whirl Girl

Yummy World – Holiday Shopping Gift Guide

Yummy World is a brand that specializes in fun food-related toys (plush, keychains, collectibles, etc). These toys are absolutely adorable and would also be the perfect gift for an adult who is young at heart. Over here at Give It A Whirl Girl I blog about all things that are food related and I have been busy creating gift guides for the past month. I did not want to leave the children out of these foodie gifts so today I wanted to break down my favorites that can be found on Amazon.

The Yummy World brand is associated with Kid Robot. The Yummy World items are not only too-cute-to-resist but they are great collector’s items as well. They are continuously coming up with new and exciting product offerings. They sure do have some creative masterminds working for them because their toys always have an innovative design.

If you would like to shop through this gift guide, simply click the links or the photos to head on over to Amazon. Many of these items included free 2-day Amazon Prime shipping. If you are not yet a Prime member, now is the time to get started with a free 30-day trial. This surely will come in handy for all of your holiday shopping needs!

 

Yummy World Cheezey Pie Pizza Slice 10″ Designer Plush by KidRobot

Let’s kick things off on this gift guide with an adorable 10-inch slice of pizza! This one is named Cheezey Pie. This plushie is one that I know would be a huge hit with my daughter. Her and my husband have a frozen pizza every week and it is a tradition for them.

Yummy World Cheezey Pie Pizza Slice 10" Designer Plush by Kidrobot

Yummy World Cheezey Pie Pizza Slice 10″ Designer Plush by Kidrobot

KidRobot Yummy World Flaco Taco Medium Plush

I think tacos are one of those universal foods that most people love and enjoy. Taco Tuesday anyone?? This Flaco Taco is perfect for the Mexican food lover on your Christmas shopping list! I am more of a burrito lover though when it comes to my Mexican food choices. Be sure to check out Burt Burrito!

KidRobot Yummy World Flaco Taco Medium Plush

KidRobot Yummy World Flaco Taco Medium Plush

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Dylan's Candy Bar - Gift Guide For The Sweet Tooth

Dylan’s Candy Bar – Gift Guide For The Sweet Tooth

Dylan’s Candy Bar is full of drool-worthy candy to satisfy anyone’s sweet tooth! Their gourmet candies make great gifts and they never disappoint. These are perfect candies for those days when you just need to have an anything-goes cheat day. This Dylan’s Candy Bar gift guide is full of sweets and treats for the sweet tooth afficionado.

This brand began and 2001 and ever since, Dylan’s Candy Bar has been making and creating gourmet candy that can please any palate. They offer a little bit of everything and something for everyone ranging from gummies to chocolates and everything in between. Everything here at Dylan’s Candy Bar would make a great gift for the loved ones in your life.

Check out the popular gifts in the gift guide section of their online store.

There is also a lifestyle section you can visit for non-edible gifts that are perfect for gift giving. I am a big fan of the apparel offered at Dylan’s Candy Bar!

Current offers and deals at Dylan’s Candy Bar!

It is Cyber Monday over at Dylan’s Candy Bar and right now they are offering FREE shipping on any order $25+ or more.

They currently have some items on sale for Cyber Monday. You can see all of those crazy deals right over here!

Also with coupon code FF25 you can enjoy 25% off your order at Dylan’s Candy Bar! read more


Cyber Monday Home & Kitchen Amazon Deals by Give It A Whirl Girl

Home & Kitchen Cyber Monday Amazon Deals – Gift Guide

Did I hear somebody say Cyber Monday? Oh my gosh, Cyber Monday is fast approaching and I want to make sure you know where the best deals are at on home and kitchen items at Amazon. Some of these deals are just too wonderful to pass up! Take the Staub for example. There is a $300 discount on that gorgeous, heavy-duty cocotte. I am so tempted to order one for myself! These home and kitchen deals would be perfect for Christmas gift-giving OR why not splurge and treat yourself to something nice??

These home and kitchen item deals on Amazon all include FREE 2-day shipping with an Amazon Prime membership. If you are not yet an Amazon Prime member now is the time to sign up. You can enjoy a FREE 30-day Amazon Prime trial.

Christmas shopping from the comfort of your home is definitely the way to go so grab a cup of coffee for yourself and get ready to shop til you drop!

 

Staub 4 Quart Round Cocotte, Black Matte

Now here is a really great Cyber Monday Amazon deal that is way too good to pass up. They currently have the 4 Quart Cocotte by Staub on sale for a little less than $100! List price on one of these babies is $407! So if you are looking to add to your Staun collection, or if this is going to be your first piece from Staub, now is the time to buy. The black one is currently on sale, as well as the Cherry color.

Staub 4 Quart Round Cocotte, Black Matte

Staub 4 Quart Round Cocotte, Black Matte

Simply Calphalon Nonstick 10 Piece Cookware Set

Calaphon is a trusted brand in the cookware universe and Amazon currently has a really great Cyber Monday deal on this set that normally sells for $149.95. Click HERE to see the current price for Cyber Monday. This 10 piece cookware set by Calaphon includes the following items:

8-inch omelet pan, 10-inch omelet pan, 1-qt covered sauce pan, 2-qt covered sauce pan, 3-qt covered saute pan, 6-qt covered stock pot, 4pcs tempered glass lids

This non-stick Calaphon cookware set is budget-friendly and has wonderful reviews.

 

Simply Calphalon Nonstick 10 Piece Cookware Set

Simply Calphalon Nonstick 10 Piece Cookware Set

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If you are looking for another great deal on Amazon for Cyber Monday there is currently a wonderful deal on Rachael Ray cookware. List price of this set is $149.99 and the Cyber Monday Amazon sale is currently $89.99.

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Here is a great sale that you have to act on super quick because this is actually an Amazon Deal Of The Day! Breville small appliances are currently marked down. Here is a great opportunity for you to get a Breville stand mixer at a great price. If you have a love and passion for baking a stand mixer is an essential tool in the kitchen. Though KitchenAid often comes to mind when you think of stand mixers, Breville has wonderful reviews on this model so you can’t go wrong with that!

This stand mixer has 12-speed settings, an illuminated bowl (how neat), comes with both a 5-quart and 4-quart mixing bowl, and a double-sided scraper beater. I currently own a KitchenAid and after scoping this one out I am leaning towards wanting this model instead. It comes equipped with great features and a price that can not be beat.

Breville BEM825BAL the Bakery Chef Stand Mixer

Breville BEM825BAL the Bakery Chef Stand Mixer

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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