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

Cotton Candy Cloud Protein Pancakes (Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free, and Egg-Free)

Hey guys and gals! Going to make this post short and sweet because I already blogged today but I have to tell you all about my brinner (breakfast for dinner) that I shared with my daughter, Chloe! May I present to you (drumroll please) Cotton Candy Cloud Gluten-Free and Egg-Free Protein Pancakes!  These cotton candy pancakes had the most fascinating taste and texture. It was like eating carnival food but it is healthy-ish!

Gluten-Free, Egg-Free Cotton Candy Cloud Protein Pancakes
Gluten-Free, Egg-Free Cotton Candy Cloud Protein Pancakes

Ingredients used in the Cotton Candy Cloud Pancakes

Here are some of the ingredients I used. Missing in the photo is the Lorann Cotton Candy Flavor Oil and the candy sprinkles I used. I used up the rest of that oil and now I have bubblegum flavor on the way. Oh my goodness!

Some of the ingredients used for the Gluten-Free, Egg-Free Cotton Candy Cloud Pancakes

I used Bob’s Red Mill Gluten-Free Pancake Mix for the first time and it won’t be the last time. That mix was amazeballs!

I also used Chef Shamy’s Honey Butter Vanilla Bean and Barleans Butter Flavored Coconut Oil. All of these ingredients added up to a super amazing fluffy cloud-like pancake. I subbed the egg with the butter flavored coconut oil because I was out of eggs. Oh well! It worked out fab in the end.


Extra protein in the pancakes!

Also, for added protein for the milk, we went with Bolthouse Farms Unsweetened Protein Plant Milk. An 8 oz serving of that milk has 10g of protein… woohoo!

Gotta have my candy sprinkles!

I mixed some sprinkles into the batter because why not? They are not going to kill me. I think the pancakes themselves are healthy so a little added sugar won’t hurt.

Gluten-Free, Egg-Free Cotton Candy Cloud Pancakes
Gluten-Free, Egg-Free Cotton Candy Cloud Pancakes


 

Cotton Candy Cloud Protein Pancakes - Gluten-Free, Egg-Free
Cotton Candy Cloud Protein Pancakes – Gluten-Free, Egg-Free

What I loved most about this pancakes were their light and fluffy texture and that is why I am calling them cotton candy clouds. I loved the lightness of these pancakes and they tasted marvelous. I am really proud of the outcome of this recipe I came up with. My only regret is not making enough for both of us, and we had to share this plate. I’m greedy and I wanted my own plate!

What do you enjoy for brinner (breakfast for dinner)? Are you more into sweet or more into savory? My brinners are almost always sweet.

Want to learn more about the products used to create these cotton candy pancakes?

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

Yesterday and the day before were both dreary, overcast days in Michigan. I really needed a plateful of something to cheer me up. In times of need, we often turn to comfort food. Pancakes, for me, definitely fit the bill for that! I also decided to inject some color to them for added smiles! I have been opting for more gluten-free food products in my diet. I have been feeling a whole lot better both physically and mentally. I have been keeping track of my diet and I have come to the conclusion that gluten somehow affects my mood and I often feel run down and fatigued. So for now I am just doing my best to avoid it and keep my gluten intake at a minimal amount.

I am a big fan of Enjoy Life Foods products. I am currently obsessed with the dark chocolate chips and it is the only brand I buy now. They offer a line of gluten-free, vegan, products that are free from several other allergens (wheat, peanuts, tree nuts, dairy, casein, soy, egg, sesame, sulfites, lupin, mustard, fish, shellfish & crustaceans). Their products are created in an allergen-free facility. You can enjoy their foods with confidence that they will do your body good.

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I tried out the Enjoy Life Foods pancake and waffle mix a couple times before and my daughter and I loved the finished product. They don’t hold up well for waffles but they do make a wonderful pancake. The taste of these pancakes was on point! I would never even know they were gluten-free because they taste just like regular pancakes.

I wanted to amp it up a bit so I swapped out the water and used Bolthouse Farms Unsweetened Plant Protein Milk instead. An 8 oz serving of this milk is a whopping 10 grams of protein. I also used a mashed banana in the mix to add in some fiber. A banana has approximately 3 grams of fiber.

I also added some Simple Truth natural food coloring to the pancake mix. I am not a fan of artificial dyes in my food so I wanted to give this a whirl. Unfortunately, the colors are not as vibrant as the artificial ones but they are still fun to eat. Next time I make these I will experiment more with the amount I use (probably needed to use more). The batter was colorful and bright but when the pancakes were cooked the color faded. Perhaps you will have more luck with the colors!

Now let’s get busy with the recipe!

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Products I used to make the banana protein Enjoy Life Foods pancakes.

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 cups Enjoy Life Pancake & Waffle Mix
  • 1 1/2 cups Bolthouse Farms Plant Protein Milk
  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil
  • 1/2 mashed banana
  • Simple Truth Natural Food Color
  • Pure maple syrup (optional)
  • Candy Sprinkles (optional)

Recipe:

  1. Prepare your batter by placing the mix, milk, and oil into the bowl and stir until no lumps remain.
  2. Mash 1/2 of a ripe banana and then incorporate this into the mix.
  3. Using 6 bowls, place a small amount of batter into each bowl and add food coloring to each bowl until you have red, orange (red & yellow combined), yellow, green (blue & yellow), blue, and purple (red & blue).
  4. Warm up a tiny bit of coconut oil in a pan, just enough to give it a thin non-stick coating.
  5. Place the batter into the skillet or griddle one color at a time. You may have to do a couple batches to get all 6 pancakes cooked. I used two large skillets simultaneously with 3 colors in each pan.
  6. Cook the pancakes on a medium setting. Flip the pancakes when the edges are noticeably formed. After flipping continue cooking until thoroughly cooked.
  7. Remove pancakes from pan and top with maple syrup and/or candy sprinkles. Enjoy!
Stack of Enjoy Life Foods natural color pancakes with rainbow sprinkles
Stack of Enjoy Life Foods natural color pancakes with rainbow sprinkles

Hope you enjoy this fun recipe for Enjoy Life Foods gluten-free pancakes! What Enjoy Life Foods product do you think you would enjoy? Check them out RIGHT HERE!

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