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

HAPPY NEW YEAR TO ALL OF MY READERS!

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

On June 6th I was at home and I was recovering from an umbilical hernia surgery when I got the idea to follow through and fire it up. I had no clue or idea what the heck I was doing when I started (I don’t think anyone knows lol). I started to read and research how to do this whole blog thing. Still to this day I am feeding my brain with knowledge about blogging. Seems as though there is always something new to learn if you are going to make a job out of blogging.

I am so happy and pleased to say that I absolutely love blogging and this is something that I will definitely be sticking to for a very long time. I have always been passionate about food. I live for the thrill of trying new foods (giving them a whirl) and I am also very much in love with cooking. It made perfect sense to take all of this into consideration and start blogging about these passions of mine.

And here you have it, folks! Here is my top ten list of the most visited posts for 2018.

GIVEAWAY – Chocolate – Happy Holidays & Thank You

Chocolate bars for the giveaway
Chocolate bars for the giveaway

This was a recent giveaway that I ran on my own over here at Give It A Whirl Girl. Truth be told, I am a bit obsessed with trying out any and all chocolate products so I put together this prize pack to send off to one lucky reader! I had a great time hosting this giveaway and putting this together on my own. Really am envious of the winner of this prize pack because all of these chocolate confections are out of this world amazing. Really am hoping that they are loving their chocolates!

GIVEAWAY – Kettle & Fire Bone Broth Review and Coupon Code

White Chicken Chili made with Kettle & Fire Chicken Bone Broth
White Chicken Chili made with Kettle & Fire Chicken Bone Broth

This was another great giveaway with a brand that I know, love, and trust~ Kettle & Fire. Their bone broths are not only healthy but very nutritious as well. I made the most incredible ground chicken white chili with their chicken bone broth and shared the recipe on my blog.

Get Empowered With TRUWOMEN Protein Bars – Product Review & A Giveaway

TRUWOMEN bars
TRUWOMEN bars

Here is one of my very first posts at Give It A Whirl Girl and I am truly shocked that it landed a spot in my top 10 list of my most visited posts. This was the first giveaway that I conducted on the blog and I partnered with TRUWOMEN to do this giveaway for a variety pack of their bars. Their bars are top-notch and come in fun flavors such as Daydreaming About Donuts and Oh Oh Cookie Dough!

Kawaii Bubble Tea Is The Place You Want To Be – Boba Review In Clinton Township, Michigan

Kawaii Bubble Tea Boba drink (honeydew, with almond milk, green tea, and passionfruit jelly)
Kawaii Bubble Tea Boba drink (honeydew, with almond milk, green tea, and passionfruit jelly)

This was a very fun post to do for my blog! I reviewed Kawaii Bubble Tea in Clinton Township. I had arranged a meeting with the owner and I interviewed her over a bubble tea and a delightful tray of fresh macarons. My daughter and my hubby tagged along for this venture and it was a great time to be had for all!

White Elephant Gift Guide At Perpetual Kid & A Giveaway

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

I partnered with Perpetual Kid to do a giveaway for a gift-card to their online store. This was a fun giveaway to co-host because Perpetual Kid has a very unique online store. I created a white elephant gift guide to go along with this giveaway and found some very funny gag gifts to share.

Fat Stack Of Gluten-Free Pancakes With Enjoy Life Foods – Product Review, Recipe, & Giveaway

Stack of Enjoy Life Foods natural color pancakes with rainbow sprinkles
Stack of Enjoy Life Foods natural color pancakes with rainbow sprinkles

For this post I reviewed one of my favorite brands- Enjoy Life Foods. I created a fat stack of some fun gluten-free pancakes and then I decided to throw in an Amazon gift-card and do a giveaway.

New York Deli In St Clair Shores – Restaurant Review

New York Deli in St Clair Shores, MI - Baked Cod
New York Deli in St Clair Shores, MI – Baked Cod

The New York Deli in St. Clair Shores, MI is one of my family’s go-to restaurants in our neighborhood. For this post I did a review of the restaurant. I went with one of my usual dinners that night~ baked cod with steamed broccoli.

A Trio Of Frozen Custard Parfaits At Erma’s Frozen Custard In St Clair Shores, Michigan

Peanut Butter & Jelly Parfait at Erma's Frozen Custard in St Clair Shore, MI
Peanut Butter & Jelly Parfait at Erma’s Frozen Custard in St Clair Shores, MI

Erma’s Frozen Custard is another St. Clair Shores place of business. I did a review of their frozen custard stand and each of my family members got a parfait of their choosing. My family always enjoys our outings with frozen treats!

Party Hardy With A Yasso Frozen Yogurt Treat – Product Review Of Party Animal Froyo

Yasso Frozen Yogurt - Party Animal
Yasso Frozen Yogurt – Party Animal Sundae

It is kinda sorta hard for me to believe that one of my very first posts at Give It A Whirl Girl has generated so much traffic. This post gets a lot of traffic from Google search. I had zero knowledge at the time on how SEO worked but somehow I managed to get this post to show up well in the results.

I had a great time reviewing the Yasso Frozen Yogurt. I ended up making a delicious sundae with the Party Animal flavor. For the topping, I added some marshmallow to it, candy sprinkles, and three frosted animal cookies. And let us not forget about the cherry on top! Every splendid sundae needs to be topped with one of those!

Good Day Chocolate Supplements For Children – Go Back To School In Good Health

Good Day Chocolate Supplements for kids
Good Day Chocolate Supplements for kids

And last but not least, this post was for Good Day Chocolate Supplement for kids. I had also reviewed the adult line of supplements from this brand. I partnered with Good Day Chocolate to do a giveaway for a variety pack of their supplements on my Instagram page.


Give It A Whirl Girl Blog Goals For 2019

Improve photography

I know, I know! One thing I need to improve upon here at Give It A Whirl Girl is my photography and I am going to make it a priority to get better at this in 2019. I need to get the funds to improve my equipment first. I would love to get some proper lighting equipment and a new DSLR and a great lens to go on it. Anyone want to send $2000 my way because I think that is what it will take to be where I need to be!

Better blog design

Honestly, I am not 100% in love with the blog design over here at Give It A Whirl Girl. I play around with different themes every now and then to see if I can find a better style. In 2019 it will be a top priority to get a better design here, a logo, and also a nice photograph for my short bio.

More giveaways

As you can see in my top 10 list, the giveaways generate a good amount of traffic. Traffic is great! I also love hosting these giveaways and partnering with brands that I love and endorse. I feel like the giveaways are a great way to give back to my loyal readers. To me, they are a great way of saying thanks!

More restaurant reviews

You can also see that in this top 10 list there are some restaurant reviews that received quite a bit of hits. I enjoy doing those as well and I admit, I have been slacking on doing them. They do make me a bit nervous to do. I am going to attempt to come out of my shell more and bring more local hot spots to my readers.

More reader engagement

One thing that I need to improve upon also is that I would love to gain more reader engagement. Comments on my posts bring a great amount of happiness and joy to me. I love knowing that someone took a few minutes out of their day to read a post of mine. In 2019 I will be investing more time in blog promotion so I can spread the word about my posts far and wide!

 

Question Time!

What would you like to see more of over here at Give It A Whirl Girl in the new year?

Also, do you have any new year’s resolutions you would like to share?

Leave me a comment and let me know.

 

 

 

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Kitchen Gadgets

New York Deli In St Clair Shores – Restaurant Review

For me, Fridays have always been about seafood and fish. There is just something about getting a tasty fish dinner on a Friday. Technically it wasn’t dinner today, but a late lunch at New York Deli in St. Clair Shores, MI. My main focus of this blog is about trying out new things. New York Deli is not new for me. My family and I are regulars here. I am going to go and assume that this restaurant has a lot of regulars because the delicious food keeps bringing them back. Hmmm or could it be all about the pickles? Maybe the corned beef? The Reubens? Let’s investigate! Seriously though, if you have been living in the area of this restaurant and have not yet visited you are the one missing out!

New York Deli in St Clair Shores, MI
New York Deli in St Clair Shores, MI
New York Deli in St Clair Shores, MI
New York Deli in St Clair Shores, MI
New York Deli in St Clair Shores, MI
New York Deli in St Clair Shores, MI
New York Deli in St Clair Shores, MI
New York Deli in St Clair Shores, MI

All about New York Deli St. Clair Shores

You want to know what I love about this place? It is the only restaurant that I have ever dined at that greets you with a bowl of juicy pickles. Sometimes if you polish off that bowl of pickles your nice waitress will ask you if you want more. The obvious answer is always YES!

The New York Deli has a great menu with really decent prices. They offer a wide variety of items and have something for everyone on their menu. My husband, Joe, is often a burger guy and I am an entree gal. Since it was Friday and I was craving fish I had to go with my usual~ baked cod with steamed broccoli on the side.  Joe had a hardcore craving for a burger today so he went with a cheeseburger.

I have a few photos down below of just some of their offerings. There are plenty more than shown here. You can view their entire menu HERE. They have soups, salads, sandwiches (including build-your-own deli sandwiches), burgers, pita & wraps, entrees, and a section with Italian foods. I have never dined here for breakfast but I did see that they have some breakfast foods available here. I will have to come early someday and explore that part of the menu more.

New York Deli in St Clair Shores, MI - You always get started with pickles!
New York Deli in St Clair Shores, MI – You always get started with pickles!
New-York-Deli-N-Restaurant - St Clair Shores, MI - Menu
New-York-Deli-N-Restaurant – St Clair Shores, MI – Menu
New-York-Deli-N-Restaurant - St Clair Shores, MI - Menu
New-York-Deli-N-Restaurant – St Clair Shores, MI – Menu
New-York-Deli-N-Restaurant - St Clair Shores, MI - Menu
New-York-Deli-N-Restaurant – St Clair Shores, MI – Menu

New York Deli has a daily special menu available. They offer up six varieties of soups and a wide array of dessert offerings. Personally, for me, I am all about that Seafood Chowder. The Seafood Chowder is fully stocked with all the seafood you can fill into a soup cup. Cup runneth over! Check out the images below. They frequently serve overflowing cups of soup, nothing to complain about there, the more the merrier!

New York Deli in St Clair Shores, MI
New York Deli in St Clair Shores, MI Daily specials for Friday
New York Deli in St Clair Shores, MI - Seafood Chowder
New York Deli in St Clair Shores, MI – Seafood Chowder
New York Deli in St Clair Shores, MI - Seafood Chowder
New York Deli in St Clair Shores, MI – Seafood Chowder

I often like to venture out and try new things but sometimes things are just so damn good you gotta keep coming back for more. That is exactly what I do at New York Deli. Their Baked Cod dinner is cooked and seasoned to perfection. It is served with a side of potatoes but I try to do low-carb so I swap the potato out for a vegetable, in this case, broccoli. The cod is nice and meaty fish. It never has that putrid fishy taste that some restaurant fish dinners serve up. It is flaky fish and goes great with a little tartar sauce and a whole lot of fresh lemon juice.

New York Deli in St Clair Shores, MI - Baked Cod
New York Deli in St Clair Shores, MI – Baked Cod

Joe was very pleased with his cheeseburger and he said it really hit the spot for him. I gotta say, it did look pretty fine! I could see the cheese just oozing around and it had all of the right fixings on it. He did manage to join the Clean Plate Club and pack it all in. It solved the hunger crisis that he was having.

Burger & Fries at New York Deli St Clair Shores
Burger & Fries at New York Deli

We did not order dessert, though it did sound tempting. We might go out later for a frozen treat. New York Deli has a considerably good amount of desserts to choose from: cakes (including Bumpy Cake), pies, cheesecake, rice pudding, and ice-cream.

All in all, we were very gratified by our delectable meals at New York Deli. My daughter is away on vacation now but she also really does enjoy dining there with us too. I forgot to mention above that they do have a children’s menu. I do wish the children’s menu had some more choices available, that might be my only slight complaint but it seems that is the case with most restaurants.

 

Question Time! Have you ever been to the New York Deli and what do you enjoy there? They are famous for their Corned Beef dinner and their Reubens and I have tried both. I can attest that they are indeed satisfying.

 

If you haven’t yet tried out the New York Deli and you decide to try it I really hope that you enjoy it as much as me and my family do!

 

Want to give New York Deli a whirl?

New York Deli Location


St Clair Shores

25008 Little Mack, St. Clair Shores, MI 48080

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Clinton Township

40700 Garfield Rd., Clinton Township, MI 48038

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