If you love entering giveaways to win free prizes, I am hosting 2 awesome giveaways on my social media accounts! I wanted to share the news with you all on this gorgeous Saturday afternoon! Enter to win Skinny Dipped Almonds on my Instagram, and a Modern Cone gift card on Facebook. On Facebook, you need to look for the pinned post. Keep reading to find out how you can win! I also have a Skinny Dipped Almonds coupon to share with you if you are curious about them and want to give them a whirl! They are one of my favorite go-to snacks!
CLICK HERE or click the image below to enter the Skinny Dipped Almonds giveaway. GOOD LUCK!
You can find out more about Skinny Dipped Almonds in my review on the blog. I also have a special money-saving Skinny Dipped Almonds coupon so you can save on your order at Skinny Dipped Almonds. These dipped almonds are one of my favorite snacks. They come in a wide variety of mouthwatering, indulgent flavors!
Today I am sharing my Ice Cream Lovers Gift Guide with my lovely readers on this day of Friday Faves. Are you an ice cream addict? I sure am and especially this time of year with summer approaching. I honestly could eat ice cream or frozen yogurt every single day, I love it that much! This Ice Cream Lovers Gift Guide is chock full of all the ice cream goodies that your heart (and tummy) desires! I have included ice cream dishes, spoons, ice cream makers, candy sprinkles and more! Keep reading my ice cream gift guide and tell me what products you will be giving a whirl!
THE ICE CREAM LOVERS GIFT GUIDE
Ice Cream Kitchen Items
No ice cream lovers gift guide would be complete without the basics. I have included some ice cream dishes, ice cream spoons, ice cream makers and more! In the comment section feel free to let me know what ice cream items you will be adding to your Amazon wishlist!
I have never seen a spoon that was more perfect than these for ice cream! This set of 4 ice cream spoons has a long handle and also includes an ice cream sundae resin decoration at the top of the handle. Each one has a different look and appearance.
Oh my goodness gracious! How darn cute is this ice cream whisk from Kate Aspen!?!? Totes adorbs, am I right??? (insert a lol here for me being so cheesy and so corny)
Now, this right here is one of those items that you really don’t need but you love it so much you just can’t pass it up! This Kate Aspen whisk would be my go-to whisk if I had the pleasure of owning it!
Have you ever wanted to create your very own batch of ice cream or frozen yogurt? The Cuisinart ice cream maker will bring on the smiles this summer when you have that ice cream craving. The Cuisinart ICE-21PK is also capable of creating frozen yogurt or sorbet. What flavor of ice cream, frozen yogurt, or sorbet will you be enjoying?
Are you curious and interested in having a very unique dessert experience? Well here you go! This dessert maker from Yonanas is capable of whipping up a batch of soft-serve ice cream or nice-cream (vegan ice cream made with ripe bananas. The choice is yours and this Yonanas soft serve maker makes it possible to enjoy ice cream that is dairy-free. The Yonanas 987 soft serve maker is the most durable, strongest, and quietest dessert maker around.
The DASH Waffle Bowl Maker is a neat little small kitchen appliance that can take your next frozen sweet treat to a whole other level! It is not just for sweets though and that is what makes this appliance so cool! You can get creative with it and make so savory chicken and waffles! And guess what? You can also create taco bowls with the DASH Waffle Maker. It won’t break the bank either! This is an affordable appliance, and it also comes in two other colors: pink and red!
Top Your Next Frozen Treat With Ice Cream Toppings & Ice Cream Sauces
Let’s start off this ice cream lovers gift guide with some fun ice cream toppings and ice cream sauces! I don’t know about you but I sure do not enjoy eating boring or bland ice cream. I love to dress up my ice cream with sauces and toppings. Can’t just have a scoop or two… I need the real deal in ice cream sundae form!
These Jordan’s Skinny Mixes and Jodran’s Skinny Syrups are a must-try for your next sweet ice cream treat! Best part about these syrups is that they are guilt-free… ZERO SUGAR, ZERO CALORIES, and ZERO CARBS! You can use these syrups to top your ice cream, use them in a milkshake, or get creative and whip up some homemade ice cream!
With flavors like Mermaid (.tropical citrus, coconut, a little pineapple and a lot of magic)
and Unicorn, (A magical swirl of creamy frosting, tart blue raspberry and a hint of cotton candy)
Not a fan of weird dyes in your food? Try these naturally colored candy sprinkles from a brand I love and trust… Wilton! This is a 5 pack assortment of candy sprinkles and jimmies, all colored by nature! These are not just for ice cream sundaes either. Top your cake, brownies, and donuts with these.
Check out the other products available from Wilton HERE.
I just had to add one more candy sprinkles topping to my ice-cream gift guide! Here I am featuring a brand that I absolutely love and am always impressed by… Sweetapolita! Just look at these stunning and eye-catching candy sprinkles! They truly are the greatest I have ever seen. Sweetapolita sprinkles are for the gourmet!
Curious about creating your own from-scratch ice cream at home? Check out these ice cream cookbooks from Jeni’s Ice Cream! This book is written by Jeni Britton Bauer and inside you will find some fascinating dessert recipes and ice cream recipes!
Ben & Jerry’s ice cream is a pure DELIGHT to eat and puts my mind into a state of BLISS!
I want this and I need this book of sweet treats in my life! Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream & Dessert Book is a bestselling book, and for good reason! This book is jam packed with frozen goodies to please your palate!
Here are just a few of the ice cream desserts that you can create with this book:
Rolo Cup Ice Cream
Kahlua Ice Cream
Banana Ice Cream (several mix-ins can be included with this too!!)
Blueberry Jam Sundae
Cantaloupe Ice Cream (say what??? CANTALOUPE~! Well, that would be a first for me and I am eager to give it a whirl someday!)
Last but certainly not least is this variety pack sampler of freeze-dried ice cream. This variety pack contains 5 fun flavors: strawberry, banana, peach, apple, and grape. These freeze-dried ice creams are ready to eat and do not require any freezing.
Question time! Tell me what your favorite item is from this ice cream lovers gift guide and then you need to fill me in and tell me what your favorite flavor of ice cream is!
I will tell you mine! I spent my entire childhood being obsessed with Superman ice cream followed by mint chocolate chip ice cream. Then one day I tried out cookie dough ice cream and my mind was blown! I believe that cookie dough ice cream will always be my top favorite!
For me, the combination of some vanilla ice cream with those little cookie dough pieces mixed in is pure bliss for me!
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New product alert! And this new product is also a limited edition item! Today I am sharing my Tasty ice cream review with you. I just recently discovered that my local Kroger store carries these new ice cream pints from Tasty and they are available in four fun and very delightful flavors. Tasty ice cream pints feature some super-duper creamy ice cream with the addition of unique mix-ins. The flavor combinations of these Tasty ice cream limited edition flavors are not only creative but make for one memorable ice cream experience! Tasty ice cream succeeded in slapping a big fat smile onto my face with these sweet treats!
These Tasty ice creams are the perfect treat for your next indulgent “cheat day”. I often opt for the healthier, better-for-you ice creams like Enlightened and Halo Top but sometimes you just have to give into to that sweet tooth and have a bit of sugar. No sweat… just get back on track with your diet and lifestyle the next day. YOLO (you only live once) so why not just give in to the temptation and enjoy that pint of ice cream?!?!?!!! Remember my blog tagline is “Eat Healthy So You Can Have Dessert” so just keep that in mind ok?
Tasty Ice Cream Review
The 4 Limited Edition Tasty Ice Cream Flavors
Vanilla Galaxy Twist
This flavor here is for the rainbow candy sprinkles enthusiast (me!!). The Vanilla Galaxy Twist is going to blast you off into euphoria while chowing down on this pint. The ice cream flavor also has silky blue frosting swirls with a vanilla ice cream base. In this out-of-this-world delicious ice cream pint, you are also going to enjoy some caramel stars, chocolate chunks, and cosmic crunch. Tasty really went all out with this fun flavor! I don’t think ice cream gets any better than this folks!
Peanut Butter S’mores Smash
With the Peanut Butter S’mores Smash flavor of Tasty ice cream this is where two flavors collide and marry into one hell of an awesome flavor! The ice cream itself has a peanut butter flavor and inside you are going to experience some marshmallowy goodness and miniature peanut butter cups. And to take this flavor to a whole other level you will also enjoy a sprinkling of graham cracker crunchies and a fudge swirl mixed throughout.
Chocolate Caramel Pretzel Crunch
This flavor is for the chocolate lover and connoisseur! Inside this Tasty ice cream pint, you will find some smooth and creamy chocolate ice cream mixed with pretzel bites and a dreamy salted caramel swirl! Yes please and YUM!
White Chocolate Raspberry Lava Cake
The White Chocolate Raspberry Lava CakeTasty ice cream pint is like my dream flavor here! This unique flavor features a white chocolate ice cream combined with raspberry ribbons and swirls along with some get this… CHUNKS OF CAKE! Oh my goodness gracious! I kinda hate to say it but this ice cream pint is one that I would honestly hoard just for my own sweet self. I am head over heels in love with anything that is raspberry flavored and when you throw some cake into the mix? BLISS! Pure bliss!
Tasty Ice Cream Nutrition Facts
As you can see in the nutrition facts label below this is an indulgent treat. The nutrition facts vary by flavor. The one shown in the photo below is for the Chocolate Caramel Pretzel Crunch flavor. If you give in to your desires and lose control AND eat that whole pint you are going to set yourself back a whopping 710 calories. Might just have to run a marathon to burn that all off. Am I right?
One serving contains 25mg of sugar. If you eat the whole pint you will be consuming a massive amount of sugar, a total of 65mg. As mentioned earlier in this post, these ice cream pints are reserved for a cheat day treat. It is ok to have a sugary treat every now and then. I believe in eating with balance. What I do is eat healthy and clean most of the time and then allow myself to indulge in a not-so-good-for-you treat. I don’t want to deprive myself of the fun things in life (like ice cream).
Final thoughts on Tasty ice cream
Gotta say these four limited edition ice cream pints were thoroughly enjoyed by my little family of 3! I truly hope that my Tasty ice cream review inspires you to hunt these down and give them a whirl! I’m going to give some mad props to Tasty for offering up these creative ice cream flavors. I also really enjoyed the delicious creaminess and texture of the ice creams. I am looking forward to Tasty releasing some more ice cream pints. Pretty sure I will be a regular buyer of this brand.
It is so hard to resist eating the entire pint all by your lone self because they are just that good!
If you are a regular reader over here at Give It A Whirl Girl, you can probably tell by now that one of my major weaknesses is ice cream. I love to review it and I love to blog about it. And finally, I love to eat all of it! In the near future, I will be reviewing more ice creams since summer is fast approaching and I can’t think of a better sweet treat to eat than ice cream when it is warm out.
What flavor of Tasty Ice Cream will you be indulging in on your next cheat day? Leave me a comment and let me know which Tasty Ice Cream pint you will reach for first!
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Modern Cone is a fairly new ice-cream shop to hit the city of St. Clair Shores, MI. This ice cream shop is formerly known as Ashby’s Ice Cream shop. I am so excited about the change that has come to this location. This past weekend we were actually looking for a new frozen-yogurt or ice cream shop to visit and we stumbled upon Modern Cone on Yelp. The photos that I saw on my Yelp app totally and completely sucked me in. So for Tried It Out Tuesday this week I am sharing my Modern Cone review with you. If you are in the Detroit area (or St. Clair Shores would be even better) you need to check out Modern Cone. Their extensive menu is super duper exciting for the ice cream enthusiast. You will find yourself coming back for more and more after your first visit! I am always looking for new and interesting foods to try out and Modern Cone was the most perfect content to share with my readers.
My Modern Cone Ice Cream Review
My first impression of this ice cream shop was the super duper friendly staff! There were two people working when I came in and they were both very friendly and both were helpful. It is always reassuring to go into a new establishment and be welcomed by some joyful staff members.
Modern Cone is a decently-sized little ice cream shop. There are several ice cream flavors to choose from, an exciting menu board, and also an adequate amount of seating for those who wish to enjoy their ice cream on the spot. Check out the menu board below.
Create Your Own Stacker
Modern Cone offers up one of these lovely items known as a Stacker. You can order a Stacker off the menu board or create your very own!
The bottom of the Stacker gets 2 toppings & sauce
Ice cream layer
2 toppings & sauce
More ice cream!
For the topping of your Stacker, you choose two toppings and a sauce
Easy peasy and endless possibilities! I look forward to trying more Stackers off their menu and then venturing into creating my own.
Regular size Stackers sell for $6.00 and the large size sells for $8.00. To me, this is a very reasonable price for a sundae that is not only delicious but memorable too!
Our Two Ice Cream Stackers and a Modern Cone
I ended up splurging on the Cereal Killer sundae, my hubby got a I Want S’more (s’mores flavor), and my daughter Chloe got a double-scoop ice cream cone with rainbow sherbet and cotton candy. It was really hard to narrow down my choice to just one because the Stackers that Modern Cone offers all sound enticing to me. I consider myself an ice cream enthusiast so I can’t wait to return to Modern Cone and give more of these creative icec ream concoctions a whirl!
I have never in my life had an ice cream sundae with cereal on it but now seems like a good time to start! My Cereal Killer Stacker included strawberry ice cream with a variety of different breakfast cereals (Fruity Pebbles, Trix, and Lucky Charms) and it was then topped with a white chocolate sauce. Talk about a unique ice cream experience! Yeah yeah yeah I know this sounds like diabetes that is ready to happen in a cup BUT I do not treat myself to confections like this often so all is good! I was long overdue for a Cheat Day treat and this Cereal Killer Stacker satisified my sweet tooth!
They also have “NACHOS”!
I was really intrigued by the section of the menu where it said NACHOS! This ice cream shop puts a delicious spin on nachos and they came up with dessert nachos. Yep… you heard that right! With the nachos, you get two flavors of ice cream, your choice of 3 different toppings, and two dessert sauces.
Other Items Available On The Menu
There is a great variety of items available on the menu here. Indulge in an Ice Cream Cookie Sandwich or Cookie Ala Mode! Few things in life beat the winning combination of a warm cookie paired with some scrumptious ice cream so I bet you a million bucks that I will be trying out both of these frozen treats!
If you don’t want to try out something wild and crazy then Modern Cone has you covered with more traditional fare like milkshakes, sundaes, cones, Italian Ice, slushies, and even a pup cup perfect for your pooch!
What is next for me at Modern Cone
I already have my mind made up (I think!) for my next visit to Modern Cone. I need that Fruity Explosion! The Fruity Explosion comes with vanilla ice cream but I am leaning towards swapping that out for some Blue Moon or cotton-candy!
I am sharing this Modern Cone review today because I want to inspire you all to get off your butt and head on over here! This was my first ever visit here and I was absolutely blown away by the menu choices.
Ice cream shops like this are a dream come true for me because I am not into ordinary… give me extraordinary!
This place is anything but boring. When you go to an ice cream shop like this you are in for a real treat. The menu is so creative and it really has inspired me to want to go back for more! I want to give it all a big whirl! Lucky for us, we actually live within walking distance to Modern Cone. I am feeling like I hit the jackpot by discovering this unique and modern place!
What Stacker do you want to order at Modern Cone? Check out the Modern Cone menu board in this post and let me know!
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.
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.
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.
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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.
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.
Wondering how I naturally obtained this lovely shade of hot pink in my bowl of nice-cream (vegan ice-cream)?? Easy! I owe it all to the cactus pear, also known as the prickly pear. The flesh of a cactus pear, when combined with a banana, will give you this gorgeous magenta hue. This cactus pear nice cream recipe is a healthy dessert that will most definitely make your child excited for a yummy treat that is naturally sweet from nature with no added sugars. Other ingredients in this frozen treat are frozen pomegranate, two frozen bananas, some coconut milk and Enjoy Life Foods Dark Chocolate Raspberry Protein Bites. This is a much healthier alternative to traditional ice-cream and I always enjoy creating this and serving it at home. Super simple and easy to do too!
Nice-cream is the vegan and paleo version of ice-cream. It is dairy-free and lactose-free.
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A good food processor comes in handy for making vegan nice-creams at home. You will also want to prepare in advance for making this by freezing two sliced up bananas overnight. Also, chill a can of full-fat coconut milk in the refrigerator overnight for best results. If you have a can of coconut cream on-hand that makes for even better results, a lot more creamy, but coconut cream is usually around $4 a can and coconut milk works just fine.
The Enjoy Life FoodsDark Raspberry Protein Bites were a wise choice here as a nice-cream topping. I chopped them up small and placed them on top. The dark raspberry flavor is actually my favorite flavor of all the Protein Bites and it paired nicely with the flavors of the cactus pear and pomegranate. It also gave this bowl of nice-cream a boost in protein, which is always welcome, especially if you are following a vegan diet.
Cactus Pear Nice Cream Recipe
Cactus Pear Nice Cream RECIPE With Pomegranate & Enjoy Life Foods Protein Bites
This simple and easy to do gluten-free and vegan nice cream recipe results in the prettiest of pink nice creams you have ever seen.
2 Bananas (Frozen)
1 Cactus Pear
1/2 cup Pomegranate (Frozen)
6 Enjoy Life Foods Dark Raspberry Protein Bites
1/2 cup Full-fat organic coconut milk (Chilled overnight in fridge)
Place the frozen bananas, cactus pear, pomegranate, and chilled coconut in the food processor.
Blend until smooth.
Remove cactus pear nice-cream from food processor bowl.
To the nice cream with small chunks of Enjoy Life Foods Protein Bites. I used the Dark Raspberry.
Divide into two bowls.
Serve, eat. and enjoy!
Final thoughts on the cactus pear nice cream recipe
I do believe that you will love this hot-pink cactus pear nice cream recipe if you do decide to give it a whirl. It is super unique in its flavor and unlike anything I have ever tried! I am extremely happy with the results of mixing these ingredients together. I was not sure what the outcome would be, but I got brave in the kitchen and I have no regrets!
If you are looking for a healthier alternative to ice-cream that is dairy-free and contains no added sugars, you should try making vegan and glutern-free nice creams at home. They are very versatile and you can get creative by whipping them up and experimenting with different ingredients. As a base, I usually use two frozen bananas and make sure I have a can of chilled coconut milk (it must be full-fat and not light coconut milk) on-hand to make this. This will result in approximately 2-3 servings. Most often it is just my daughter and I sharing but sometimes my hubby wants some too.
You can read more about the Enjoy Life Foods Protein Bites on a previous blog post:
Tony’s I-75 restaurant is located in Birch Run, MI. This place is not for the faint of heart. It is not the place to go for a light meal. And it might just be a heart-attack waiting to happen. This establishment will literally put an entire POUND OF BACON on your sandwich. Do you want an omelet? They will put a DOZEN OF EGGS in there. Not kidding. This is a family restaurant that serves up meals of EPIC proportions. They are famous for their serving sizes and they are also famous for the bacon that they serve up here. It is a bacon-lover’s paradise and dream come true here. Did you know that they use up 11,000 lbs of bacon weekly? It is true, read on in my Tony’s I-75 restaurant review!
My Tony’s I-75 Restaurant Review
About Tony’s I-75
Tony’s I-75 restaurant has been around for nearly seven decades. This place is a Michigan classic. If they had a motto I believe it should be, “go big or go home”. It is a once a year tradition for our family to dine here in the summer. This is not the kind of place you should be going to every week. I wish they included nutrition facts on the menu because the amount of calories here would be off the charts.
If you are in a hurry to eat you will often be confronted with a line out the door. Even on a weekday afternoon, there is a line to get in here. The building is not large enough to accommodate the demand. It is a small, cramped restaurant and I wish they would expand to a larger building but they have been at that location for decades and I doubt they are going anywhere. It is worth the wait though and the line does move fairly quickly.
Tony’s I-75 restaurant not only serves giant portions of food but they also have a massive menu. They have anything ranging from sandwiches, soups, salad, burgers, subs, dinners, seafood, Italian, and Mexican. And save room for dessert! You can not leave Tony’s without dessert.
There is also a decent children’s menu. I highly recommend the kid’s spaghetti with the giant meatball. My daughter ordered chicken strips this year. The portion size for children is very reasonable and they don’t go overboard with kids, which I think is totally cool.
Because the menu is so big, I did not capture a photo of every page of it but I tried my best to give you a good idea of what they offer and the prices. Their prices are very reasonable considering the amount you receive. You can view the entire menu online at their website.
Tony’s I-75 menu
My BIG meal at Tony’s I-75 restaurant – Antipasto Salad and boy was it ever huge!
I often like to go for the seafood here. If you like clams they are jumbo clams. I am talking gargantuan! That is what I typically order but this year I went with the Antipasto Salad. This was my first time ordering a salad here so I wasn’t sure what to expect. When it was brought out my first thought was that it was a beautiful salad. It had all the fixings of an antipasto salad and the portion size was colossal. There was one problem though, my mozzarella cheese was not on my salad. I didn’t realize this at first. It took a few minutes to flag down our waitress but she apologized and was helpful in getting me my cheese. The salad came with a house-made Italian dressing and it was the perfect addition to my plate. The dressing was sensational, and there was excitement in every bite of this salad. I really appreciated the addition of green olives. I never had an antipasto with green olives.
My mom’s gigantic burrito at Tony’s I-75 restaurant
You should see the size of my mom’s burrito that she ordered~ MASSIVE! We were all stunned when this burrito came out because I have never in my life seen one this large. Somehow my mom managed to pack half of this in and took the other half home for leftovers. When you dine at Tony’s I-75 restaurant you do often leave with a doggy bag because most meals are impossible to finish for the average person.
My husband’s pizza sub at Tony’s I-75 restaurant
Joe ordered a pizza sub and the size of that did not disappoint! He tried to take it on and eat the entire the whole thing but he failed! Wondering what was on this monster sub? It came with, ham, pepperoni, mushrooms (Joe left these off), pizza cheese, pizza sauce.
And the moment you have been waiting for! Tony’s I-75 banana split!
Once a year when we come to Tony’s 1-75 we take advantage of their enormous banana split. There were 4 adults at our table plus one child (my daughter). We usually cannot finish this heavyweight dessert but this year we tackled the banana split and ate the whole entire thing! I felt like a pig afterward (oink oink) but I kept on using that spoon as a shovel to shove more and more ice-cream into my mouth. I deserved the little bellyache I had on the car ride home.
Final thoughts about Tony’s I-75 restaurant
Overall we were satisfied with our meals. We all left with full bellies and smiles on our face, that is for certain. We will continue with our yearly tradition for meeting up here once a year. For weeks leading up to it, we are always all talking about that banana split. That dessert is truly the highlight of the meal for me. This is a great restaurant for family dining and I think that everyone in the area should experience this place at least once in their lifetime. I am hopeful and optimistic that this Tony’s I-75 restaurant review will inspire you and your family to give it a whirl someday. It is most definitely worth the drive!
Have you ever been to Tony’s I-75? What do you enjoy ordering there? Leave me a comment and let me know what you like! If you have never been to Tony’s I-75 restaurant what appealed to you on their menu?
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.
I have been living in this area of Southeast, Michigan all of my life. I have driven past Apple Annie’s in Roseville, MI numerous times, way too many to count. I have always been curious about how their food was. Last night my family and I finally gave it a whirl. We try to be thrifty while dining out and we had a coupon from a local paper. I have always heard that they were famous for their soups and that was plenty enough to get me to try it out because I love having a nice cup of soup to go with my dinner. On their website, they mention that they were voted best soup in Michigan for two years in a row. That was a claim I was willing to find out for myself. We also stopped by Roger’s Bulk Candy & Ice-Cream after dinner. Read more to get the deets!
Apple Annie’s in Roseville, Mi
My two loves at Apple Annie’s
The first thing you notice while coming inside the restaurant is the dessert cases. There were fresh baked cookies, brownies, and I even spied with my little eyes Sanders Bumpy Cake, which is one of my all-time favorite cakes. Apple Annie’s is not only a restaurant but a bakery as well. They offer up freshly baked fruit pies, deliciously appealing bakery desserts, and specialty loaves of bread.
Dessert cases at Apple Annie’s
Dessert cases at Apple Annie’s
We sat down and looked over the menus. I sure made a great first impression for me. They specialize in traditional fare but also have some exciting items on the menu. I was really impressed with the soup list (as shown below). I had to inquire to the waitress about Kapusta and the Forest Gump Soup, since I had no idea what those were. Kapusta is a Polish soup with kielbasa and potatoes in it. The Forest Gump, which I should have know, had shrimp in it duh! Bubba Gump shrimp anyone??
I really was torn on what to order here because there were a lot of great options I could go with. I almost ordered one of the summer specials that was a pineapple half stuffed with salad and fruit. Gosh, that sounded amazing! I went back and forth in my mind and when the waitress finally showed up I told her that I was going to be brave and try out the Kapusta for the first time in my life. I figured that soup would pair well with the cabbage rolls so I ended up ordering that. I have not had stuffed cabbage in who knows how long? It’s really been that long! I love that dish but never cook it at home because I would be the only one here eating it, unfortunately.
Joe ended up going with the Dinner Chicken Pot Pie. He was going to go with a regular ol’ cheeseburger and I talked him into that. He orders a cheeseburger pretty much everywhere we go, or fajitas. Chloe had a decent children’s menu and I was hoping she would order something a little healthier but she really wanted a cheeseburger and fries. I was fine with that.
Apple Annie’s Soup-of-the- Day list
Apple Annie’s summer specials
I received my soup and my eyes lit up. It looked so wonderful! I was excited to try out my kapusta for the first time and it did not disappoint. It was like a Polish explosion in my mouth. I really could have sat there and devoured a bowl of this soup. I see why they were voted for top soup in Michigan. I couldn’t think of a single thing that I did not enjoy about this soup. A big plus for me was there were many chunks of kielbasa and plenty of diced potatoes. It was a thick and hearty soup.
Joe, on the other hand, had chicken noodle soup. I did not try it but he said it was a bit on the salty side. I think he is just really adjusted to the way I cook at home and I use a minimal amount of salt in my food. When we dine out nowadays, food often does come across heavy on the salt side.
The soups came out with a basket of warm, freshly baked bread. I took a little taste but let me daughter have my dinner roll. She and Joe enjoyed the bread very much.
So now for the dinners! In the photo below I showcase our two dinners: Dinner Chicken Pot Pie and the Cabbage Rolls dinner.
Do I get a trophy or a badge? I did somehow manage to stuff three golabkis at Apple Annies, a pile of mashed potatoes, and some steamed carrots into my skinny frame! I was stuffed to the gills with food. We did not order dessert at Apple Annie’s but maybe next time! Overall, I was highly satisfied with my meal. Chloe was delighted with her meal. Joe did not particularly care for his pot pie. He said he would give Apple Annie’s another chance. I’m sure next time he will just be safe with his burger. For myself, I will definitely be exploring other items on the menu. Apple Annie’s was delicious! Delcious!
If you would like to learn more about Apple Annie’s check out their website HERE. There is a Roseville location and a Clinton Township location for your convenience. You can view the entire menu online so you will have an idea on what you might order when you visit. The menu is quite big and has so many great items on it, it is hard to narrow it down to one choice. Hope you enjoy your experience at Apple Annie’s as much as I did!
Next stop was dessert. We have been overindulging a bit in the ice-cream as of lately. I admit that I have an ice-cream problem… a real true addiction. I could eat every single day in the summer. We ended up visiting Roger’s Bulk Candy & Ice-Cream in Eastpointe, MI again. Our last banana split there was totally epic. You can read more about my first experience at Roger’s in THIS POST HERE.
We decided we would share another banana-split once again for the three of us. We mixed it up just a bit this time around. We went with Blue Moon with chocolate on top, Amaretto Cherry with strawberries on top, and Superman with pineapple on top. Of course we also needed a heaping mountain of whipped cream and rainbow candy sprinkles. We also had to have our three maraschino cherries on top. I think every kid always gets a kick out of eating the cherries on top!
We were met with service and a smile at Roger’s. The staff there is very friendly and always willing to help. The girl who waited on us was patient and created a gorgeous banana-split worthy of an Instagram post.
Today is Saturday and I don’t have a clue what I am making for dinner tonight. Actually, I would rather go out on a date night since it is just me and hubby for two whole weeks!
I might just maybe be making from-scratch pizza one more time for Joe and I. I ordered a Paleo Pizza Crust mix from Thrive Market and I am super curious about it. It could be something else other than pizza too because I got a great haul of Primal Kitchen dressings and marinades delivered yesterday. Decisions, decisions! I do have some great meals planned for the week. Chloe will be up-north in Oscoda, MI for two whole weeks so I will only be cooking for two for a while.
Did you have a great meal this weekend, or do you have a fabulous meal planned for dinner tonight? Leave me a comment and let me know what is cooking.
Comments are always welcomed and I enjoy getting them. To be quite honest, I get excited just to see that I have a comment to read and reply to!
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! Keep reading to find out more about this ice-cream shop in my Wally’s Frozen Custard review!
Sugar Booger Homemade Donuts
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.
Coffee Cardamon Steaks For Dinner
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.
T-bone steak with coffee cardamom rub
T-bone steak with coffee cardamom rub and mini rainbow carrots with cardamom ghee
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.
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.
Wally’s Frozen Custard Review
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 Frozen Custard 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 few things you can choose from are oatmeal, bagels, and muffins.
The 911 sundae is a steal at $9.11 at Wally’s Frozen Custard and is the most perfect sweet 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.
Wally’s Frozen Custard 911 Sundae
Wally’s Frozen Custard 911 Sundae
Wally’s Frozen Custard 911 Sundae
If you would love to give Wally’s Frozen Custard 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.
Question Time! Did you eat anything marvelous over the weekend? I am so curious so please leave me a comment and tell me about it!
Find out more about Wally’s Frozen Custard in St. Clair Shores!
This week’s Friday Faves will focus on items that will help you along your way with baking. I will include some baking essentials and also some other items that look worth splurging on! This will be part one of this list. There are a ton of other baking items out there that I have my eye on so I will do another baking essentials list in the near future.
I have recently fallen head-over-heels in love with baking. It is something that I am very passionate about. I know the appearance of my baked goods is not yet top notch like a professional’s work. My baking technique is something that I am determined to perfect so someday I can have some drool-worthy looking goodies. I will say this, though, the flavor is usually spot-on and I do nail that! Some will say that is all that matters but I also want my baked goods to look more visually appealing.
I already have a KitchenAid mixer on my countertop and it has a permanent home there. I have the smaller one with a black, glittery finish. I would consider a stand mixer an essential item for a person who is serious about baking. These mixers are heavy duty and designed to last a lifetime. How pretty is this pink (Guava Glaze) color? Love!
A hand mixer is another essential tool for the at home baker. These will help combine ingredients. This particular KitchenAid model comes in 5 speeds and is also available in a huge variety of colors. This Green Apple color just so happens to be my favorite.
This immersion hand blender comes in a variety colors. It has an ergonomic handle and can perform different blending techniques. These are a great kitchen gadget that can also help with other tasks in the kitchen and not just used for baking.
I own a set of Circulon bakeware in the chocolate color and I am totally impressed with the quality. Their line has a truly wonderful non-stick coating on it and I have never had any problems getting my items to come out of these pans. This set is wonderful for getting you started on your baking journey and I love that this set includes a cake pan with a cover.
We have all heard the expression, “You will feel like a kid in a candy shop”. Yesterday I was that kid in the candy shop! Last night I came up with the grand idea to visit Roger’s Bulk Candy and Ice-Cream in Eastpointe, MI. As you may already know I often promote a healthy lifestyle and a healthy diet. I believe in living your life and having fun every once in a while though. I feel that eating should be all about BALANCE. I regularly opt for healthy meals but sometimes I like to just cut loose and enjoy whatever the heck I want.
I heard about Roger’s Bulk Candy and Ice-Cream on the news just recently. I could not believe that I lived in the area of this place for so long and had no clue that it even existed. When you first step foot inside you will see an explosion of color, candy, and the huge variety of ice-creams that are available. This place just looks absolutely fun from the first moment that you get a peek inside. This place is floor to ceiling candy wherever your eyes looks.
This was a very exciting excursion for my 8-year-old daughter, Chloe. We ended up going there on a whim and planned it out as a surprise for her. We did not tell her where we were going, we just drove over there.
We had a blast walking around the store and looking at all of the candy that you can help yourself to. It is a bulk candy shop and the candy is sold by weight so you can buy as much or as little as you want. If your sweet tooth is calling, this is the place to be.
Roger’s has been in business for 12 years now. They have over 500 types of candy and they have something for everyone. Seriously, if you have a problem finding a candy to take home with you then maybe you have a problem lol! Most of the candies here are nostalgic candies that date back to your childhood. Seeing these candies sure did bring in a tidal wave of memories!
We ended up getting a little variety bag of sour candies. Then it was time to figure out what we were going to get at the ice-cream area of the shop. There is a huge assortment of ice-cream available and if you are seeking out something a little healthier, Roger’s does offer smoothies made with fresh fruit.
We decided we would order a banana-split and share it. This was no ordinary banana-split either. We did not go with the basic vanilla, chocolate, and strawberry. We wanted a colorful, Instagram-worthy banana-split with some fun flavors. We chose Superman, cotton candy, and anniversary cake. We had the usual toppings on it: strawberry (on the Superman), pineapple (on top of the cotton candy), and chocolate (topping for anniversary cake). We really were not sure how this would all pan out but this really did come together as a memorable banana split that we all enjoyed!
If you are local to this spot definitely stop in and give it a whirl! This was a wonderful experience for all of us. We also really enjoyed the helpful and friendly staff. Roger’s Bulk Candy & Ice-Cream will surely put a smile on your face.
What is your favorite kind of candy that takes you back to your childhood? My favorite has always been those little raspberry and blackberry candies. Leave me a comment below!
Pretty much obsessed with everything on this list! I have composed a list of gift ideas for the foodie in your life or go ahead and splurge on yourself! All day and night I live in a world where I dream of food. I really should start dressing myself in head-to-toe food clothing. This list features some of the best of the best of food fashion.
I am a big fan of Folter’s line of dresses and I own a few. Owning this adorable sushi dress is definitely one of my goals to achieve one day. I would be thrilled to rock this dress on my next sushi date.
Taco Cat Board Shorts Here is something for the man in your life! The graphics on these shorts are totally crazy but in the greatest way.
JXStar is another great line of clothing for the little girl in your life. My Chloe Pearl does own this dress and it is one of her favorites. This is the perfect dress to wear on your next trip to the ice-cream shoppe.
So we have reached the end of my Friday Faves list. What are you crushing on? Leave me a comment and let me know!
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You know what? We eat our mistakes here. Sometimes you end up with a happy accident. Well, that happened today! There were two obstacles that I had to overcome in the kitchen today. It was one of those days where everything seems to go wrong but in the end, it turns out alright.
The first hiccup in the kitchen occurred during lunch. I used Enjoy Life Foods gluten free pancake/waffle mix and put some LivFit cacao powder in the mix to make chocolate waffles. I have been craving breakfast foods like crazy and I had a craving for some waffles.
I forgot to spray the waffle maker to make it nonstick sooooo…
Here are my chocolate [messy] waffles topped with Enlightened Red Velvet ice-cream. I was so lucky that I was able to salvage these waffles because they tasted incredible. It was my first time trying out this gluten-free waffle mix. Enjoy Life is free of many common allergens: wheat, dairy, soy, sulfites, peanuts, tree nuts, casein, egg, and more! That makes this mix vegan and paleo friendly!
My daughter and I grabbed two forks and fought over every bite… it was that good! The presentation was not there but the flavor combo of the waffles with the ice-cream was on-point! And we also had to add a bit of maple syrup because a waffle is always deserving of that.
If you are looking for a healthy option for ice-cream look no further than to Enlightened! The entire pint of this particular flavor is only 280 calories and only 5g of net carbs. I will be doing a post in more detail soon about this product. The Red Velvet paired perfectly with the chocolate waffle. This flavor has a cream cheese frosting and chocolate flavor.
The second obstacle that happened was during the dinner hour. I was whipping up more breakfast food. Whenever I have breakfast for dinner I like to call it “brinner”. This time I was making some paleo-friendly French Toast with chia and flax seeds. I am trying to boost my fiber intake and adding those seeds really assists in some smooth moves. I also really enjoy paleo baking. I have this thing for making fresh, gluten-free breads. It brings me a lot of joy.
This particular recipe for the bread used coconut flour. I used a square baking dish and that gave me 4 nice, thick slices of bread to work with. The batter was egg-free and I used a mashed banana mixed with some unsweetened almond milk and cinnamon. I also made some caramelized bananas, using coconut sugar, to top the French Toast.
I had my bread baked and cooling on the countertop. My batter was prepped and prepared. The bananas were caramelized. All I needed to do was cook the slices that were dipped in batter. Then all of the sudden out of nowhere we experienced a power outage! It was totally unexpected because there was no inclement weather. I was a little bit freaked out at this point. How was I going to cook the rest of my dinner without any power? Thank goodness my hubby came home from work. We brainstormed and came to the conclusion that our best bet was to bust out the cast iron pan and finish “brinner” off on the grill outside. Genius plan! It totally worked too.
I am so happy to report that my little family of 3 enjoyed this meal. Each one of us joined the Clean Plate Club and were left wanting more. It was so delicious! Next time I make this dish I will be sure to have more bananas because those were like eating candy!
Cooking sure does require a lot of critical thinking and problem-solving skills. Knowing what to do when things are not going your way is critical. My two problems in the kitchen turned out awesome in the end. So when you are cooking do not be discouraged if things are not going the way you intended them to.
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Simple! Easy! Healthy! Vegan + paleo friendly nice cream! This is naturally sweet and does not contain any added sugars!
It is so simple to whip up your own small batch of ice-cream at home that is healthy and good for you! This ice-cream has the consistency of soft serve and will make about 2-3 servings.
Place your frozen bananas in a food processor or blender along with the cream of coconut or coconut milk (CAUTION: do not use any liquid from the can just the coconut), and a teaspoon of vanilla. Blend this up completely. This may take awhile with the frozen banana chunks. Also serve immediately. If you decide to freeze your batch the texture will get a bit icy so I prefer to serve right away.
Here I have my vanilla nice-cream topped with a blackberry & wine reduction sauce. You can find the recipe on my blog (just swap out the raspberries for blackberries).
Other examples of what you can do with this recipe are shown below. Get creative!
If you have a craving for chocolate use some about 1 tablespoon of cacao powder.
Fruit craving? No problem! Add any fruit you desire. In the photo below I used fresh strawberries. My favorite fruit mix in is dragon fruit (also known as pitaya. Those fruits can get a bit pricey so try a powder. A little bit goes a long way and still has incredible health benefits.
Does your diet need a boost in fiber? Try chia seeds in your next batch of nice cream.
Wanna pack in some protein? Top it with a nut butter. Try this one from Nuttzo.
You can add in any other mix-ins you want and top it any way that you want. The possibilities are endless here! Enjoy! Please be sure to share this post with your friends and let me know in the comments if you enjoyed this recipe.
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While browsing the frozen treat aisle at Meijer the pint of Yasso Party Animal frozen yogurt was like screaming my name… Kimmy! Kimmy! Get over here and get down and party with me! So I had no choice but to grab a pint of Yasso frozen yogurt, take it home, plop down and give it a whirl! Yasso Party Animal frozen yogurt (froyo) is one of my first product reviews over here at Give It A Whirl Girl and I’m so excited to share this information with you! I really hope this Yasso Party Animal review inspires you to give it a BIG whirl! Keep reading my Yasso review to find out how I created the ultimate froyo sundae with this Party Animal pint!
And if you are a fan of ice-cream bars great news for you~ Yasso has a collection of 16 different flavors of their ice cream bars! I snazzed my bar up a bit with a chocolate shell and rainbow sprinkles. I felt that because the bar was only 100 calories I had a little wiggle room to take it to the next level.
How To Make A Simple & Easy Chocolate Shell
To make a chocolate shell for your Yasso froyo bar, simply just melt a bit of chocolate chips in a bowl with a tiny bit of coconut oil. Microwave it in 20-second increments and stir until the chocolate is melted down to a liquid. Then pour it onto your bar and add sprinkles if your sweet tooth is telling you to do so! I really do enjoy using Enjoy Life Foods dark chocolate chips to create this chocolate shell.
YASSO PARTY ANIMAL REVIEW
The Yasso frozen yogurt pints are chock full of protein (24g per pint) but they also do not have that chalky aftertaste that other protein products contain. Yasso keeps that protein discrete but packs it in. Yasso is also lower in calories vs regular ice-cream. Let’s use Party Animal as an example here: 130 calories in a half cup serving.
You will fall in love with Yasso’s creamy texture. They use only high-quality Greek yogurt. Yasso is a healthier alternative to other ice-creams on the market but you would never even know that it is healthier for you when you are eating it. How cool is that? In the summer I often like to indulge in something cold and refreshing. I can not think of a better way to curb that craving. I feel no guilt eating Yasso and I also feel great about serving it to my daughter. Chloe is 8 years old and loves this product. So there you have it~ kid-friendly too!
I created a sundae with my Yasso Party Animal frozen yogurt. I topped it a with a sugar-free marshmallow topping, added a bit of candy-coated chocolate, some fun little-frosted animal crackers, and a maraschino cherry on top. My daughter said this sundae was the best she ever had and she really enjoyed it with the fun toppings!
Final Thoughts On Yasso Party Animal Frozen Yogurt
My family loves this line of frozen yogurt products from Yasso and we are really looking forward to trying out all of the other flavors available. I feel that the only drawback to this is the sugar content. A half-cup of the Yasso Party Animal has 16 grams of sugar. We have been enjoying the Enlightened and Halo Top ice-cream pints and their product will only set you back about 5-6 grams of sugar. So while this frozen yogurt is a wonderful, tasty treat I do not want to overindulge too often due to the sugar content. There is still that major plus side to this product though with the low-calorie content.
Store Locator & Request Form
Wondering where you can grab a few of these frozen treats?? Never fear the store locator is here! CLICK HERE to find out where you can stock up! If you can not find them in your area, spread the word by printing out this REQUEST FORM and turn it into your store manager.
I made this red raspberry wine dessert sauce on a whim last night. It paired so nicely with my my Revele white chocolate raspberry gelato. The recipe to whip up this awesome sauce is so simple and easy. Also there are no added sugars in this sauce. The raw honey will naturally sweeten the sauce.
1 pint of raspberries
2 tablespoons of a red wine. For best results use a sweet red or a raspberry dessert wine. I used Sandhill Crane Vineyards Rhapsody in Red
Wash your raspberries and place them in a small saucepan on medium-high heat along with the wine, honey, and lemon juice
Stir the mixture frequently and bring to a low boil.
I used a wooden spoon to mash the raspberries up a bit as they were warmed
Once the mixture has been boiling, continue stirring until the sauce thickens. I stirred for apx 5 minutes
Take the saucepan off the burner and allow to cool for a bit and then place it in the refrigerator allowing it to cool for at least one hour.
Enjoy your raspberry sauce on top of your favorite ice-cream, frozen yogurt, or gelato.
This raspberry gelato goes together well with some chunks of white chocolate. I love to use a high quality chocolate in my recipes and you can never go wrong with Valrhona chocolate. White chocolate and raspberry are most definitely a match made in heaven. If Valrhona is not in your budget I love the white chocolate bar from Green & Black’s. I take about one quarter of the bar and chop it up into chunks with a knife.
What do you love to top your sundae with? Do you have any fun, creative ways to dress up your ice-cream?
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