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

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

Here is a look at my dinner plate from Thanksgiving! I have a little bit of everything on my plate: roasted turkey, redskin mashed potatoes with French butter, Brussels sprouts, wild rice stuffing with mushrooms and cranberries, White Castle stuffing, Clean Bean (green bean) Casserole, ambrosia, sweet potato casserole, and my favorite~ Everything But The Kitchen Sink Cranberry Sauce! I am hoping to do a recipe post soon for my famous cranberry sauce. I can turn any cranberry-sauce-hater into a lover! So far it has worked with two haters in my family.

Thanksgiving Holiday Platter
Thanksgiving Holiday Platter

Today I will be discussing Thanksgiving and how we pulled it off. I could not have possibly made this day possible without the help and support of my family. My mom, Kathie, was a huge help. She purchased the turkey and a great majority of the food that was served. Money is super tight right now with my family so I was very grateful that she pitched in (big time) to help me create this feast.

My mom bought the 19-pound turkey and an electric roaster to cook the turkey in. I spotted the roaster when we took a trip over the Costco and I thought it would be a great idea to cook the turkey in there so we could free up the oven space for the side dishes that needed to be warmed up. Turned out to be the best idea ever!

My stepmom, Evelyn, was also a huge help. She came over early on Thanksgiving to help my mom and I prep. Evelyn brought over an appetizer and a side dish to pass as well. The appetizer that she brought was unique. They were bacon-wrapped water chestnuts. Sounds strange, doesn’t it? Well, they were delicious. These got gobbled up pretty quick. For a side dish, she brought her famous sweet potato casserole. My stepmom was incredibly helpful with the kitchen clean up as well. That helped me tremendously.

 

Prepping for the Thanksgiving holiday

 

Paleo & Vegan (Gluten-Free) Pumpkin Spice Cheesecake

The day before Thanksgiving, I did what I could to prep for the big day. The first thing that I did was I created my Pumpkin Spice Cheesecake. This is my favorite fall dessert at the moment. I wanted to get that done early because the cheesecake needs to set for at least six hours. I gave it plenty of time to set by creating it the morning before the holiday. I have a recipe for this paleo/vegan cheesecake on my blog. I did modify the recipe just a tad bit. Obviously, I did something different for the topping. Instead of creating a whipped cream with coconut cream I topped this cheesecake with a ton of walnuts and pecans. I wanted to make it extra nutty. I purchased a can of non-dairy, almond milk whipped cream to top it with. Instead of using the spices individually I used a jar of pumpkin pie spice.

Paleo & Vegan Pumpkin Spice Cheesecake topped with walnuts and pecans
Paleo & Vegan Pumpkin Spice Cheesecake topped with walnuts and pecans

Paleo cranberry sauce

I also busted out my slow-cooker the day before Thanksgiving to make my paleo cranberry sauce in advance. This is one of those set-it-and-forget-it recipes. I love cranberry sauce and my cranberries have the power to turn cranberry sauce haters into lovers! My husband never eats cranberry sauce. Guess what? This year he did! And I know that he enjoyed it because he helped himself to some for his leftover plate. This cranberry sauce is simple to make. I call it my Everything But The Kitchen Sink Cranberry Sauce! There are many ingredients that go into it but it is very easy to create. There are no refined sugars in this cranberry sauce. I use an entire bottle of pure maple syrup to sweeten it. I also use fresh-squeezed orange juice, orange zest, two ambrosia apples, walnuts, and pecans to create the sauce. The apples are a nice, welcome addition and the nuts give it a great texture. The sauce is heavily seasoned with pumpkin pie spice. I picked up a bottle of the Spice Hunter’s Pumpkin Pie Spice at Nino Salvaggio’s in St Clair Shores. This pumpkin pie spice seemed like a wonderful blend of spices. It worked out well in my Pumpkin Spice Cheesecake too, so the funds I spent on it was a great investment.

Ingredients Cinnamon, ginger, lemon peel, nutmeg, cloves, cardamom, star anise, fennel, black pepper

You can pick up a bottle of this awesome pumpkin spice seasoning on Amazon. I highly recommend using this Spice Hunter blend for all of your fall flavored foods.

Everything But The Kitchen Sink Cranberry Sauce
Everything But The Kitchen Sink Cranberry Sauce

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Skinny Dipped Almonds COUPON, REVIEW, and Instagram GIVEAWAY – Healthy Snack That Is Not Skinny On Taste

If you are a health nut and you also love to indulge a bit in a tasty treat then Skinny Dipped Almonds might just be your go-to snack when you are having a snack attack! In this Skinny Dipped Almonds review, you can save with my Skinny Dipped Almonds coupon code! I have also added an update to this post with a Skinny Dipped Almonds giveaway that I am currently hosting on Instagram. Keep reading to find out how you can save and also enter to win a variety pack of one of my go-to snacks!

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My Skinny Dipped Almonds Review

I just recently had a chance to sample three different flavors of Skinny Dipped Almonds. I tried out the Dark Chocolate Cocoa, Greek Yogurt Pumpkin Spice, and the Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter. Skinny Dipped Almonds come in two additional flavors as well: Dark Chocolate Espresso and Dark Chocolate Raspberry. These three bags of almonds went pretty quick in my home and we all enjoyed these flavors. Consider me a fan for life! I really do need to get my hands on the other flavors.

Skinny Dipped Almonds (Dark Chocolate Cocoa, Greek Yogurt Pumpkin Spice, and Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter)
Skinny Dipped Almonds (Dark Chocolate Cocoa, Greek Yogurt Pumpkin Spice, and Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter)

Not So Skinny Taste

Don’t let the name “Skinny Dipped” fool you because these almonds are certainly not lacking in flavor, in fact, each flavor that I sampled is actually bursting with flavor! Skinny Dipped Almonds are whole roasted almonds that have a hint of maple sugar, a touch of sea salt, and a skinny layer of dark chocolate on them. These are created with ethically-sourced artisan chocolate and organic ingredients. Skinny Dipped Almonds does not use any artificial colors or flavors in their snack.

No funky ingredients… just real food.


Skinny Dipped Almonds Are Nutritious Nuts

Looking for a protein punch? These almonds are a fantastic source of protein! 15 Skinny Dipped Almonds will give you 4 grams of protein and it is so easy to eat more than 15 of these delicious morsels. I could easily eat an entire bag in one sitting! If you need a boost in fiber, Skinny Dipped Almonds comes in at 2 grams of fiber per serving (15 almonds).

Skinny Dipped Almonds nutrition facts
Skinny Dipped Almonds nutrition facts

 

Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Skinny Dipped Almonds

The Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter reminds me so much of eating a Reeses Peanut Butter Cup. This dipped almond has a layer of dark chocolate on it and a dusting of some creamy, dreamy peanut butter.

The Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Skinny Dipped Almonds can be found online and in Target stores. They will be available at Skinny Dipped’s online store soon.

Skinny Dipped Almonds - Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter
Skinny Dipped Almonds – Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter
Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Skinny Dipped Almonds
Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Skinny Dipped Almonds

Dark Chocolate Cocoa

The Dark Chocolate Cocoa is the nut for all of the chocolate-holics out there. This is like a double dose of chocolate. This almond is dipped in dark chocolate and has a dusting of cocoa powder on it.

Skinny Dipped Almonds -Dark Chocolate Cocoa
Skinny Dipped Almonds -Dark Chocolate Cocoa
Skinny Dipped Almonds -Dark Chocolate Cocoa
Skinny Dipped Almonds – Dark Chocolate Cocoa

Greek Yogurt Pumpkin Spice

Last but not least, we have the Greek Yogurt Pumpkin Spice Skinny Dipped Almond. I will be flat out honest here… I am not a PSL fan but this pumpkin spice almond actually turned out to be my favorite of the bunch! This nut has a thin layer of Greek yogurt on it almond with maple sugar, sea salt, and a sprinkling of pumpkin spice. This flavor here just screams FALL!

The Greek Yogurt Pumpkin Spice Skinny Dipped Almonds are limited time only and available only at select Target stores. So don’t hesitate and be sure to pick up a bag of these on your next Target trip!

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Skinny Dipped Almonds blog post UPDATE (4/28/19):

Here is a little update on Skinny Dipped Almonds for you! There is a new flavor in town and it is Dark Chocolate Mint! I also had a chance to give Skinny Dipped Almonds Dark Chocolate Raspberry a whirl as well as the Dark Chocolate Espresso!

If you are on Instagram don’t miss out on my Skinny Dipped Almonds GIVEAWAY

that is taking place until May 17th 11:59 PM.

Skinny Dipped Almonds GIVEAWAY with Give It A Whirl Girl

Variety of Skinny Dipped Almonds
Variety of Skinny Dipped Almonds – Make sure you are following Give It A Whirl Girl on Instagram

 

Final thoughts

If you are a nut-lover and you have a passion and longing for chocolate I believe you would absolutely love these Skinny Dipped Almonds. One other thing about these that I forgot to mention is that they are a fantastic portable snack. Finding a snack that travels well easily is always a major plus so you can snack on-the-go.

Skinny Dipped Almonds coupon code!

So you want to give them a whirl! Now what?

Skinny Dipped Almonds currently has free shipping on orders over $30 and here comes the great part… use my special Skinny Dipped Almonds coupon code GIVEITAWHIRL15 to save 15% on your first order of these awesome dipped almonds.

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I need those nuts now!

If online shopping is not your thing and you want these right away use the handy store locator tool to find out where you can snag a bag, or two, or three! I can tell you this, some Targets do carry these. That is actually how I discovered these. I bought the raspberry flavored almonds and it was love at first bite!

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You can find out more about Skinny Dipped Almonds on their Facebook page or Instagram.

 

Question Time! What flavor looks most appealing to you? Will you be ordering your first batch of these Skinny Dipped Almonds? Leave me a comment and let me know.

 


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