iGrill Grill Thermometer

The iGrill is the new grill, cooking and barbecuing thermometer!

The iGrill grill thermometer is a digital wonder.


Gift Guide Age Recommendation:­  18+




            Full disclosure:  I am not an avid griller.  And, it’s winter time.  I was not going to test this grill thermometer in the freezing cold.  I am an avid home cook and I use my oven, a lot.  I think I have gone through 3 or 4 thermometers in the past 5 years.  Some of them got frayed wires from overuse, some broke during one of my many moves and some were not great to start with. 


            I tested out the iGrill  grill thermometer while making pork chops in the oven.  Pork is not a meat that I want to serve undercooked.  And, I hate cutting into meat to check its “doneness.”  Releasing the juices to test meat is not my preferred method.  Using a good digital thermometer is my favorite way to make sure my food is cooked correctly. 


How the iGrill works:

Setting up the iGrill grill thermometer with your iPad, iPod or iPhone is pretty easy since the iGrill has Bluetooth.  All I had to do was download the iGrill app from iTunes (it’s free), sync the device and start cooking!  The app display was very user friendly.  There was even a user manual in the app to help me out if I got confused.  I didn’t, but it was nice to have the manual. 

I should point out that you don’t have to sync the device with an iPad or iPod to use it.  I tried it without and, I have to admit, I would not recommend using the iGrill solo.  The display is not great in sunlight (my kitchen has a really bright window that I need to get blinds for) and there are cheaper thermometers on the market that you program, stick in your meat and check 30 times until it is done.  Maybe you listen for the alarm, but I don’t hear mine over the TV two rooms away….


What I really like about the iGrill:

The iGrill grill thermometer comes with 2 probes!  This would be especially great if I were cooking chicken and steaks on the grill.  I chose to use both because I had some thinner chops (for my son) and some thicker chops (mainly, for my husband).  I was easily able to take out the thin pork chops when they were done and wait a bit until the thicker chops were done.   In case you never thought about it, those probes get HOT!  It was nice to not have to take the probe out of one pork chop and place it in a thicker one (I’m not very coordinated with oven mitts). 

            If you order the ambient temperature probe (I did not purchase one since I am not smoking any meat in my oven this winter) you can set a high temp alert and a low temp alert.  I think this would allow many a dad to watch more football and spend less time checking their thermometers on the grill.  Or, if they are smoking meat over night, it would probably allow them to get more restful sleep instead of worrying that their smoker might be too cold. 

            The biggest perk of all is that I did not have to be in my kitchen to use the iGrill grill thermometer.  It was really great to carry my iPod with me and watch the temperature rise as my pork chops cooked 2 rooms away. 


            I recommend the iGrill for any home cook or grill master who already has (or is getting this Christmas) an iPad, iPod touch or iPhone .  I especially think that anyone who uses a smoker would be thrilled to receive this gift if you combo it with the ambient temperature thermometer.



Where to Buy


            Priced at $79.99 for the iGrill ($99.99 for the Essential iGrill Gift Pack), you can purchase the iGrill directly from their Website.      


            For my fellow Amazon shoppers, you can purchase an iGrill HERE!       


Reviewed by: Nicole


Note:  iDevices supplied me with one iGrill thermometer for review.  No other compensation was received.  The review in this post is honest and my own.

Kuhn Rikon Ultimate Can Opener with Auto Attach Feature


Gift Guide Age Recommendation:­  17+

To view the Make Life Special YouTube Holiday Gift Guide featuring the Kuhn Rikon Ultimate Can Opener in a gift basket, click here:

Holiday Gift Basket with Kuhn Rikon Ultimate Can Opener


The Kuhn Rikon Ultimate Can Opener is the exact opposite of a one task wonder tool.  In fact, I think the title of “can opener” doesn’t quite do it justice.  This opens a lot more than cans!  The Kuhn Rikon Ultimate Can Opener can help you open jars, bottles, cans and pull tabs.

I’ll admit that I’m not great at opening cans.  Thank goodness my husband thinks it is cute that my electric can opener is my kitchen nemesis.  I can never get it locked into place correctly and struggle to no end to open cans.  I think the Kuhn Rikon Ultimate Cane Opener has solved my problem!


This wonderful gadget has 5 ways to help you out in the kitchen:

  1. Opening Cans – this can opener auto attaches and it doesn’t cut through the top of your can.  It slices along the side of the can!  So, no more tuna juice on my hands or all over my can opener!
  2. Opening Pull Tab Cans – the “parrot head” looking part of the gadget slips under pull tabs and (because it is a lever) rock it towards you to open the can.  No more damaged manicures while opening my seltzer!
  3. Bottle Cap Opener  – this part is pretty self explanatory, but I’m glad that it’s built in!
  4. Lid Lifter – this part is pretty ingenious, to me anyway.  In the past, it was not uncommon to see me banging my jelly jar lid with a knife to break the suction so that I could twist it open.  I no longer have to go medieval on my jelly jars!  This gadget has a built in lid lifter to break the seal!
  5. Twist Bottle Opener – just flip the bottle cap opener over and it has a grooved opening to place over your stubborn bottles.  It’s really nice to be able to open a 2 Liter Soda Bottle without having to take it to my husband…..


I think that this would be a wonderful gift for the college student in your life who is starting out on their own (and in need of EVERYTHING).  That being said, I think that anyone with arthritic hands/wrists would greatly benefit from this gadget since you don’t have to grip two handles to hold it in place while you open a can.  Oh, and don’t forget the moms on your list!  We always appreciate anything that makes our lives easier!


Where to Buy

For $16.75, plus shipping and handling, this wonderful can opener is available thru QVC!  To order, Click Here:  QVC Kuhn Rikon Ultimate Can Opener

Reviewed by: Nicole


Note:  QVC graciously supplied me with a lilac Kuhn Rikon Ultimate Can Opener for review.  No other compensation was received.  The review in this post is honest and my own.



Coyote Oaties Gourmet Cookies For the Dessert Table or For Santa…

Coyote Oaties Cookies are perfect for all of the hungry elves in your house!  They are homemade ooey-gooey oatmeal cookies  that remind me of cookies my Grandma baked!  Each Coyote Oaties batch is made fresh everyday and shipped that same day.  The scrumptious Oatmeal & Chocolate,   Oatmeal & Walnuts, or Oatmeal with Raisin and Walnut Cookies may even arrive still warm!  Or how about their Dark Chocolate Cashew Coyote Oaties or Peanut Butter Dark Chocolate Cashew Coyote Oaties?  And their list of delicious cookies doesn’t stop there!  They also feature White Chocolate Maccadamia Coyote Oaties, Milk Chocolate Walnut Coyote Oaties and Cherry White Chocolate Almond Cookies.  Everyone at our house LOVED these cookies!

Every cookie is made from the freshest ingredients available;  whole rolled oats, creamery butter, and cage free eggs.  You won’t find preservatives, trans fats or any of those artificial ingredients that you can’t pronounce.  You also won’t find white sugar or white flour.  These delicious cookies come from a quaint cookie bakery nestled  in the historic district of downtown Glendale Arizona where you’ll find the proprietors — Annette and Rebecca (a mother and daughter team).  

Even if you don’t know much about someone on your Holiday Gift List ( such as your kid’s school teachers, music teachers, dance teachers, etc) you can bet that they love cookies!  Who doesn’t?  Then pass it on….you can give them a Coyote Oaties Gift Certificate or make them a gift basket as I have done here……

I just included a cute little Holiday Tea Pot for their enjoyment with a selection of the Coyote Oatie cookies….What a welcome gift!

To view the YouTube Video of me making this Holiday Gift Basket, click here:  Coyote Oaties Gift Basket Video.

These amazing cookies can also be ordered in a Customized Engraved Wooden Crate  with a special Happy Thanksgiving, Happy Holiday’s message or even a company logo!  They would also make a great hostess gift for this busy holiday season.

Check out the Coyote Oaties Website:  www.Coyoteoaties.com and order yours online today.  Or, you can call them at 877-939-3949

I received samples of Coyote Oaties Cookies for this review and Holiday Gift Guide.  No compensation was received.  These are my true and honest opinions.


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