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

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

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

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


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. read more


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. read more


Hosting My First Thanksgiving by Give It A Whirl Girl

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

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


Clean Eating With The Sun Basket Meal Kit REVIEW by Give It A Whirl Girl

Sun Basket REVIEW & COUPON – Clean-Eating Subscription Box Meal Kit – Special Offer Inside

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


Mindblowing Smart Home Products For Your Kitchen - Shopping Guide

Mindblowing Smart Home Products For Your Kitchen – Shopping Guide

What a time to be alive right? It’s 2018 and there are so many smart products on the market today. These 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. read more


Cast Iron Cooking Essentials Gift Guide by Give It A Whirl Girl

Cast Iron Cooking Essentials For The Home Chef – Gift Guide

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.


Primal Kitchen Honey Mustard Pork Chops With Bacon-Wrapped Brussels Sprouts and Fingerling Potatoes & A Primal Kitchen Coupon Inside - Give It A Whirl Gir

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

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


Paleo Bison Chili Recipe

Paleo Bison Chili With Tri-Color Peppers (Gluten-Free) Recipe

I have only had bison once in my life and it was a stew that I created. My little family of 3 was so pleased with it so I decided that this week I would purchase a package of organic ground bison from Kroger and create a chili with it. I also wanted this chili to be paleo so there are no beans in this chili and it is gluten-free as well. One of the highlights is that is does have three colors of bell peppers in it: red, orange, and yellow. I love a chili that is chockful of peppers! My chili just has to have peppers in it. I also had a chili seasoning packet from Spice Miser and I decided I would give that a whirl this week too. Spice Miser never disappoints. I picked up that spice packet on my last trip to Eastern Market.


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Marley Spoon Review & Discount – $30 OFF Your First Box – Simple & Easy Meal Kit Subscription Box

How does Marley Spoon work?
Each week Marley Spoon has several different meals that you can select from. They have a huge archive of recipes… over 18,000!  Each week there are ten different meals you get to select from. They really do have a wonderful variety of meals and they all look and sound so amazing it is kind of difficult to narrow it down. I want it all!

You can choose the meal kit that suits your family needs. They offer boxes for two people and they also offer boxes that can feed 3-4 people. You can choose to get 2, 3, or 4 Marley Spoon meals per week. It is entirely up to you and you get to customize your plan.

Each week Marley Spoon offers an exciting menu featuring a variety of meats and a large selection of different vegetables. There are meals suitable for dinner as well as lunch.

Marley Spoon also has meals to suit a variety of dietary lifestyles. I choose to eat gluten-free so I received two meal kits that were friendly to my diet.

There are some quick dinners provided, one-pot meals, kid-friendly meals, and salad options.

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My daughter, Chloe, whisking up some eggs for our pizza crust

The Importance Of Teaching Children How To Cook – Educating Chloe On How To Make A Pizza From Scratch

Last night we came home from the Dally In The Alley and decided it would be a great night to make a from-scratch pizza. Instead of having my 8-year-old daughter, Chloe, sitting around killing time on her Ipad I told her to put my apron on and get busy in the kitchen with me. Making a pizza like this is quite the task and I figured this would be a wonderful opportunity to teach my daughter a variety of useful things in the kitchen. Today I will be talking about a few good reasons why it is of utmost importance to get your child busy in the kitchen as well. 


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Cooking Essentials For The Home Chef – Friday Faves

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.


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It Has Been An Awesome Four Months!

Happy 4 month anniversary to Give It A Whirl Girl! I started up this blog four months ago on June 6th. I was recovering from a hernia operation when a lightbulb went off in my mind! I had to fire it up and get the ball rolling on starting up a blog! My number one passion in life is cooking and baking. It was also my new year's resolution to get a blog up and running. It took me half a year of planning to finally take my first step. I am so incredibly grateful for my husband, my daughter, and my mother for holding my hand along the way!


How To Get A Tender And Juicy Ribeye Steak With Herbed Ghee In A Cast Iron Pan - Give It A Whirl Girl

How To Get A Tender And Juicy Ribeye Steak With Herbed Ghee In A Cast Iron Pan

Can you think of anything better than a big juicy steak for dinner? Nope! Not me! This is definitely a favorite for my whole family . You only need a few simple things to obtain a tender and juicy steak in the kitchen. First things first, you will need a cast iron pan. I am a true believer in cast iron and I won't even throw a steak on the grill anymore. I get the best results with my Lodge Cast Iron. You will also need an herbed ghee or you can make your own herbed ghee with a few ingredients: garlic powder, rosemary, and thyme. The herbed ghee is going to make your steak burst with flavor. It is so simple to do and the results are spectacular. It requires only minimal effort.


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A Day Of Good Eats With Good Family

We had an awesome day yesterday full of good eats and great times with family. I got super lucky and won a prize pack from Coleman Naturals on Facebook. I won a variety of organic hotdogs and sausages. As soon as I received my prize pack I knew I had to host a family get-together. I am always looking for an excuse or reason to have people over and cook for them. It brings me a lot of happiness and joy putting a party/family gathering together. Is there really anything better in life than having your good family come together to have a day full of great eats? So we had some hotdogs, sausages, potato salad, macaroni salad, and corn on the cob. It all added up to a scrumptious meal. My sister also brought some side dishes and my mother-in-law brought a fruit tray. We had quite a few healthy foods to eat. 


HelloFresh Swedish Meatloaves w/ homemade garlic mashed potatoes, roasted carrots, and currant jam

Get Cooking With HelloFresh – REVIEW – Gourmet Food Meal Kit Subscription Box

I have been an on and off again subscriber to HelloFresh for years. HelloFresh sends out meal kits weekly with all of the ingredients inside and a recipe card. As long as you follow the instructions on the recipe card you will end up with a mindblowing meal that is so great you will wonder how you even accomplished it. The recipes are unique and inspire you to get out of a rut in the kitchen and whip up something with gourmet flavor. The prices are reasonable for what you get. The meals, for me, always come out fantastic, like something you would order at a nice restaurant. I have never been let down or disappointed by any of my HelloFresh shipments.


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Paleo Turkey & Turmeric Chili – Gluten-Free – A Healthier Approach To Chili

It seems a bit early in the year still for chili but temps are cooling down a bit here in Michigan and I so ready to make my first batch on Sunday night. This version that I created was totally paleo (gluten-free) and this time around to keep it paleo I avoided kidney beans, which I usually do love to use in my chili. I also usually use ground beef and I switched it up and went for a lean ground turkey. The added turmeric was a nice touch as well. My husband and I reveled in this bowl of comforting chili. There is just something so comforting about eating chili. It is always satisfying and it is also so simple to make!


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Homemade Alfredo Sauce With Garlic & Lemon Served With Gluten-Free Sweet Potato Noodles – Awesome Sauce With Chef Shamy

Sometimes there is a dinner so phenomenal I just have to share. My husband and I had an appetite for some Fettuccine Alfredo. That is a dish that I used to make often and I have made it so much that I now have my sauce totally perfected. My secret to a great cheesy sauce like this is to use quality ingredients and you gotta have some fresh lemon juice and red pepper flakes. Keep reading to learn more!


Smashmallow Brownie Pie Recipe

Make A Gluten-Free SmashMallow Brownie S’mores Pie to Celebrate National Smores Day – RECIPE

Heads up! National S'mores Day is August 10th this year. You can not celebrate the day without some delicious marshmallows. Look no further than to Smashmallow!  I came across their marshmallows a few months back and fell in love with the delightful flavors that they have available. These are no ordinary marshmallows... these are next-level!

The great thing about these marshmallows is that they are made with organic cane sugar, they are non-gmo, and they are naturally gluten-free.

Smashmallows are available in flavors such as: Strawberries & Cream, Cinnamon Churro, Mint Chocolate Chip, and Cookie Dough.