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

Best Christmas Gifts For The Home Kitchen – A Gift Guide

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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NuWave Brio 6 Quart Digital Air Fryer With Accessory Kit

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

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

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

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

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

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

All New 2nd Generation Amazon Echo Show

All New 2nd Generation Amazon Echo Show


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

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

 

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

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


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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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Day of the Dead - Friday Faves - Home & Kitchen

Day Of The Dead Home & Kitchen – Friday Faves

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

Bling Sugar Skulls Floral 15 Ounce Handpainted Wine Glass by Lolita

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

Bling Sugar Skulls Floral 15 Ounce Handpainted Wine Glass by Lolita

Bling Sugar Skulls Floral 15 Ounce Handpainted Wine Glass by Lolita

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

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

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

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

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

Fiesta Skull and Vine Luncheon Plate

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

Fiesta Skull and Vine Luncheon Plate

Fiesta Skull and Vine Luncheon Plate

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

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

Vitamix A3500 Brushed Stainless Blender

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

Vitamix Blender

Vitamix Blender

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

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

Lily's Chocolate Variety Pack Candy Bars

Lily’s Chocolate Variety Pack Candy Bars

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

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

TRUWOMEN Daydreaming About Donuts

TRUWOMEN Daydreaming About Donuts

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

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

Oh My Spice Birthday Cake Flavor

Oh My Spice Birthday Cake Flavor

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

Clean Eating Print Magazine Subscription

Clean Eating Print Magazine Subscription

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Shopping At Tastemade – Friday Faves

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!

Click the links or images to shop!

Dana’s Bakery – Macaron Making Kit

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.

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BergHOFF Apero Dinner Party Serving Set

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.

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Aura Glass Aerating Wine Glasses With Coasters – Rainbow Chrome

I just had to spot a rainbow, didn’t I? These unique wine glasses totally caught my eye. These glasses enhance the flavor and aroma of your wine AND it is spill-proof. LOVE!

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Eat Your Coffee Bars – Variety Pack of 8

Looking for an energy surge in your day? I have tried these bars before and they will give you a much-needed energy burst if you are having a sluggish day.

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Counter Culture Coffee – HOLOGRAM – The Coffee You Probably Don’t Know About But Should!

Counter Culture Coffee Hologram

It was a great mail day because this fresh new bag of coffee showed up on my doorstep. I ordered the Hologram blend from Counter Culture Coffee on the Nordstrom website, where you can even get free shipping on it! I knew I would love this coffee from the moment I opened up the bag. If happy had a smell to it, it would smell a lot like this Hologram coffee. Once you open the bag and realize how inviting this coffee is you have to brew a pot!

This roast is not the least bit heavy, quite the opposite. If bright and light blends appeal to you then this coffee would be perfect for you. It has a very smooth taste with hints of fruit and chocolate. It is a whole bean coffee so time to dust off that coffee grinder and put it to work. Coffee from fresh ground beans is always best anyway. This coffee might also go great in a French Press. Hmmm… now I might just need to try that!

By the way, did you know that it is true that the lighter roasts of coffee have a higher caffeine content? Yup… it is true! You can read more about this HERE. I need caffeine to give me a jolt because without it I feel sluggish throughout the day. I always had the misconception that a bold, dark roast had more caffeine to it. Wrong!

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Take Flight And Start Your Day With A Healthy & Nutritious Thunderbird Bar – Tried It Out Tuesday

I am so happy to be an Ambassador to this great company Thunderbird Bars. Now is the time for me to spread the word about these amazing bars to my readers. I want to let you in on a little secret… these bars are amazeballs! The best thing about them is that they are all natural and made with REAL FOOD ingredients: fruits, nuts, seeds, and spices. If you are vegan, following a paleo diet, and are looking for a no-added-sugar treat, Thunderbird Bars are for you! You have to trust me on this, these bars are an excellent snack and they are especially great while on-the-go and the hunger hits you. I have been eating these for the past month now and I feel the need to spread the word about them.

Thunderbird Bar Pecans + Goji + Pistachio in Eastern Market, Detroit, MI

Thunderbird Bar Pecans + Goji + Pistachio in Eastern Market, Detroit, MI

Thunderbird Bar - What We DO

There are ten flavors available for Thunderbird Bars and every single one of them is delish!

No boring flavors over here! These bars are unlike every other bar I have experienced. As you may already know, I live for the thrill of trying new foods. These flavors do not disappoint one bit and they satisfy my hunger. Their flavor combinations are unique and each and every single one of them delivers a satisfying taste.

Thunderbird Bars Variety Pack

Thunderbird Bars Variety Pack

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Gourmet Candy For The Sweet Tooth Afficonado – Friday Faves

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!

Rose 3 Piece Candy Bento Box by Sugarfina – This three piece set contains three different types of rose gummi candies.

Sugarfina Rose 3 Piece Gift Set

Sugarfina Rose 3 Piece Gift Set (gummy candies)

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!

Pop The Champagne Candy Gift Set by Sugarfina

Pop The Champagne Candy Gift Set by Sugarfina

Dylan’s Candy – Bar Gummy Bear Bank – Who doesn’t love gummy bears? How can you not? These candies will always be reminiscent of my childhood.

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Dylan’s Candy Bar – Gummy Bear Bank

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.

Dylan's Candy Bar - Tackle Box of Gummy Belts

Dylan’s Candy Bar – Tackle Box of Gummy Belts

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.

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Lolli And Pops Dessert Signature Bar Set

Charbonnel et Walker Chocolate Truffles In A Heart-Shaped Box – They had me at mouthwatering champagne truffles! Be still my heart!

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Chocolate Truffles in Heart Shaped Gift Box CHARBONNEL ET WALKER

Marie Antoinette Cookie Bites by Stud Buckets – This bucket is overflowing with confetti-colored birthday cake flavored cookies. Non nom nom!

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Marie Antoinette Cookie Bites STUD BUCKETS

Discovery Collection 12 Piece Chocolate Gift Set by Neuhaus – I have had the pleasure of trying this brand of chocolates before and they are absolutely divine. This set includes 12 assorted pralines in white, milk and dark chocolate.

Discovery Collection 12-Piece Chocolate Gift Set by Neuhaus

Discovery Collection 12-Piece Chocolate Gift Set by Neuhaus

Chocolate Mint Meltaways by Chicago Classic Confections – Mint and chocolate will always be a classic combo. When chocolate and mint get married it is true bliss.

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Chocolate Mint Meltaways CHICAGO CLASSIC CONFECTIONS

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.

Hologram Whole Bean Coffee Blend COUNTER CULTURE COFFEE

 

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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Sugar Booger Donuts, Coffee Cardamom Steak, And A Trip To Wally’s Frozen Custard

I always try to make my Sundays all about awesome food. I always make a big deal about Sunday supper. It has to be something special. It needs to be mindblowing. I also like to prepare some sort of brunch for us. Yesterday was a success and I achieved pretty much everything that I wanted to. We had homemade baked donuts in the morning, tender & juicy t-bone steaks for dinner, and an ice-cream sundae at Wally’s Frozen Custard large enough to feed an elephant!

The morning kicked off with what I am calling, “Sugar Booger Donuts”. Natural food coloring is weird. Green often achieves its color with spirulina, which is a superfood blue-green algae substance. Did you know that Fruity Pebbles are gluten-free? They sure are so these donuts were gluten-free for the win! Here is the part that killed them for me though, for this recipe I tried out Stevia to sweeten them. Usually, in my baking, I stick with raw money or pure maple syrup, or if I have to I will use coconut sugar. The Stevia was a big turn-off to me with the final product. While edible, they just were not as delicious as the other natural sweeteners that I use.

For fun, I made a glaze for the donuts and topped them with Fruity Pebbles, which is a cereal that I avoid having in my pantry. I bought a little individual serving size tub for a dollar at Kroger just for the sake of using them as donut topping. My daughter was in shock to see Fruity Pebbles in the house. Sugary, processed cereals are a big no over here. I had mixed feelings about using them as a topping too. They are like eating pure sugar. Way too sweet for me. I still do want to try a Lucky Charms topped donut someday. I might enjoy that more since that was my favorite cereal while I was a little girl.

Sounds like I am hating on my donuts here. I kinda sorta am. I am definitely going to whip up some coconut flour vanilla donuts again but totally steer clear of the Stevia. I can usually tolerate Stevia in my Zevia soda but it just didn’t agree with me in baking.

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Green donuts before going in the oven

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Green Donuts with Fruity Pebbles – AKA Sugar Booger

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Green Donuts with Fruity Pebbles – AKA Sugar Booger

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Green Donuts with Fruity Pebbles – AKA Sugar Booger

Nothing special happened for lunch over here. We just snacked on some fruits. By the time 4 o’clock rolled around my tummy was growling and hangry! It might have been growling so loudly because it knew that I had t-bone steaks in the fridge. I took the steaks out and prepared a rub for them. I really wanted to try out something new with my steaks. For the spice rub I used a recipe from Do You Even Paleo. This paleo rub was superb and I would not change a single thing about it! It uses ground coffee, cardamom, coconut sugar, paprika, garlic powder, ground ginger, and salt & pepper.

I picked up a bag of baby rainbow carrots at Nino Salvaggio’s a couple days ago and I prepared them with a cardamom ghee (clarified butter). I love roasted carrots with a raw honey drizzle on them but I also wanted to try something new with the carrots. Really wanted to go for some brand new flavors last night.

After I had the rub on the steaks for awhile I heated up some ghee on my cast iron grill pan. I threw them on and heard that lovely sizzle! I cooked them medium rare, which in my humble opinion, is the only way to eat a steak. Steak needs to have that pink center. I took the steaks off the pan after I grilled each side for a few minutes and then let them rest for a few minutes.

I will tell you this… these steaks came out absolutely perfect! Everything about this steak was spot on. They were so tender and juicy and the flavor from the rub was extraordinary. I loved these steaks so much I am pretty sure we will be eating them the same way again tomorrow. Kroger had value packs of t-bone steaks on sale so we ended up getting four biggies for a great price.

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Coffee & cardamom t-bone steak with cardamom carrots and zucchini

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Coffee & cardamom steak medium rare

Chloe and I were supposed to bake a layer cake yesterday but it never happened. I have Amazon Prime and unfortunately, an extract that I had ordered did not arrive when promised. So our cake is put on hold until that extract shows up.

Me and Joe took a trip to Wally’s Frozen Custard one weekend while Chloe was away at her grandparent’s home. We ordered the gargantuan 911 sundae. No way we could finish it all but I wanted to visit this place with my daughter so she could witness this huge sundae.

Wally’s is located in St Clair Shores, MI and it is one of the most happening spots to grab a frozen treat! It has a very unique look and it appears to be like a fire station. They have plenty of tables outdoors so you can enjoy your frozen custard and enjoy the beautiful weather. They have a fantastic menu to choose from and offer something for everyone. And get this~ you can even order BREAKFAST at Wally’s Frozen Custard. For breakfast, a a few of the things you can choose from are oatmeal, bagels, and muffins.

The 911 sundae is a steal at $9.11 and is the most perfect treat for sharing. There is definitely enough to go around for a family. It includes 9 dollops of frozen custard, 9 different toppings (the hard shell is hands down my favorite topping), whipped cream & maraschino cherry.

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Wally’s Frozen Custard 911 Sundae

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Wally’s Frozen Custard 911 Sundae

The photo below is how Wally’s represents the 911 Sundae on their Facebook. I was really hoping mine would have looked more like the photo. I did ask politely for an Instagram-worthy photo (did mention I am a food blogger… I am not shy) and ours looked a lot different than this photo. The frozen custard was out-of-this-world though so we will definitely be returning. I just hope that next time ours comes out more like this photo.

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If you would love to give Wally’s a whirl you can find some money-saving coupons on their website. Just click HERE.

Hope you all had an enjoyable weekend full of good eats and tasty treats. Weekends for me are a time to splurge and indulge in whatever my heart desires. I eat healthy all week long and the weekend is a time for me to cut loose a bit.

Did you eat anything marvelous over the weekend? I am so curious so please leave me a comment and tell me about it!

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