Thursday, September 21, 2023

Amazon Finds: 10 Entertaining Steals

10 great entertaining deals from Amazon!

I've found some great deals on Amazon for all your entertaining needs this Fall and beyond.  Everything from linens to serving dishes to charcuterie boards.  I've got you covered here.  Check out the items below for some of the best deals on Amazon's entertainment ware.



Pumpkin Charcuterie Board - made from 100% Acacia wood 12"x13" - $29.99

Don't you just love this??? This is a great board to use for all your Fall and Halloween parties.  Use it as a cutting board, décor for your kitchen, and makes a great charcuterie or snaking board.  They also have a cute leaf shaped board that's perfect this time of year.


Stoneware Pitcher - Beautiful small pitcher 6.25" - $29.99

This can be used as décor in your kitchen and will suit most decorative styles.  It can also be used as a vase to hold faux or real flowers.  Serve water or juice in style to your family or guests.


Wooden Handled Appetizer Forks - set of 6 $12.98

These are the perfect item for all your appetizer needs.  I've had my set for 4 years and they the same as the day I got them.  I use them for my charcuterie boards or cheese and fruit platters.  Great serving utensil.


Mango Wood Salad Servers - $16.99

I've had these salad servers for several years and they are really nice.  Long handles make it easy to toss salads.  They come in 8 different colors, I have the white ones.  Perfect for any kitchen and make serving so easy.


Fall Pumpkin Paper Napkins - 6.5" x 6.5" $15.99

Gorgeous paper napkins bring in all the colors of fall with the look of a painting.  The colors are modern and yet still rustic.  Add a special touch to your buffet, Thanksgiving dinner, Friendsgiving, Autumn picnic, cocktail hour, or fall get together!


White Ceramic 10" bowlsWhite Ceramic 10" Bowls - set of 4 $31.19 (limited time deal) plus 5% coupon

These are big beautiful bowls.  I use these as serving bowls for side dishes, pasta bowls, soup or chili bowls, and salad bowls.  They are very versatile, elegant, and sturdy.  A really great all purpose bowl that will serve both your entertaining needs and everyday family meals.


Stainless Steel Serving Utensils - set of 6 $18.99

You know how the dryer eats one of the socks?  Well I have a drawer that eats my serving utensils!  I can never seems to have a whole set so I bought these.  Now I have 2 sets.  They are BEAUTIFUL.  It comes with 2 forks, 2 slotted spoons, and 2 serving spoons.  Great for all occasions and the upcoming Thanksgiving and Winter Holidays.  A must have when entertaining!


White ceramic serving platters - set of 3 $29.99

3 platters in 14" &12" & 10" sizes with a gold rim, are staples in my home.   I use them when serving dinner family style and for special occasions such as dinner parties, Thanksgiving and Christmas, serving New Years Eve appetizers.  Perfect for every entertaining opportunity.  They are so versatile you can use them for everything from main dishes to bread plates.  Elevate your food presentation!


Cotton Linen Tablecloth - $20-$30 depending on size

Everyone needs a great tablecloth.  This is a  beautiful neutral tablecloth with a delicate embroidered leaf motif.  I love the muted colors and delicate vine motif.  It is very elegant for entertaining yet simple enough for everyday dining.  It's a great Fall seasonal layer to your table.


Wood rustic cake stand with acrylic dome and White elegant cake stand- $29-$39

A cake stand has a multitude of uses other than holding a cake.  Try breakfast pastries, a cheese board, fresh fruit, cupcakes or muffins, or even appetizers.  The wood one above is a 6 in 1 cake stand that you can turn it over and use as chip and dip, punch bowl, snack compartment tray.  This one is very versatile.

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Wednesday, September 13, 2023

Flatbread Pizzas with Corn and Prosciutto

Amp up your pizza night with my Flatbread Pizzas with Corn and Prosciutto.  Loaded with the flavors of garlic, crispy prosciutto, fresh corn, and gooey cheese. A tasty yet light dinner in a flash!


Flatbread Pizzas with Corn and Prosciutto

We love standard pizzas but sometime we want to change it up a bit.  To make pizza quickly and without all the fuss of making homemade dough or rolling out store bought dough I turn to flatbreads for the base.  We have a great brand called Stonefire Authentic Flatbreads that I just love using for so many things.  Usually I get one of their packages of Original Naan to make quick pizzas with but the grocery store was out of them and instead I found that they now make Artisan Thin Pizza Crust.  They are very similar in texture to the Naan but have an 8" round pizza shape and come in a pack of 4.  

You can certainly choose any type of flatbread that you would like for this pizza, but this is a good choice as well.  I decided to give our pizza a summer vibe since the weather is still hot around Los Angeles.  Instead of a traditional pizza sauce base I went with a garlic oil and topped it with fresh corn kernels, mozzarella, and prosciutto that crisps up on the oven and gives you a salty bite.  Once baked, I topped it with peppery arugula and fragrant basil and a douse of olive oil.  I must say this is one of the BEST pizzas I've made.  My husband certainly ate his portion and then some!  

Try a light and fresh pizza that is bursting with flavor for your next pizza night.  It's a winner!


What Ingredients do I need?

  • flatbreads (such as Naan by Stonefire)
  • extra-virgin olive oil
  • fresh garlic
  • mozzarella cheese
  • fresh corn kernels
  • thinly sliced prosciutto
  • arugula
  • fresh basil

Substitutions and Variations

  • Try chopped baby spinach instead of arugula
  • Use frozen corn or cut corn off the cob
  • Use any flatbread that your choose
  • Grill the flatbreads instead of baking them

Kitchen Tips and Notes

  • If using frozen corn make sure to thaw it out and pat it dry before adding it to the pizza

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Flatbread Pizzas with Corn and Prosciutto

serves 4

4 flatbreads (such as Naan by Stonefire)
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided
1 clove garlic, minced
1 cup part-skim shredded mozzarella cheese
1 cup fresh corn kernels
1 ounce thinly sliced prosciutto, torn into 1-inch pieces
1 ½ cups arugula
½ cup torn fresh basil
¼ teaspoon ground pepper

Preheat your oven to 420 degrees.

Transfer to a large baking sheet. Combine 1 tablespoon oil and garlic in a small bowl.  Baste the flatbreads with the garlic oil.  Top evenly with the cheese, corn and prosciutto.

Bake at 420 degrees for 8-10 minutes or until the crust is golden on the bottom and the cheese is melted.

Top with arugula, basil and pepper.  Drizzle with the remaining 1 tablespoon oil.

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Sunday, September 3, 2023

Mixed Berry Oatmeal Bars

Mixed Berry Oatmeal Bars are bursting with summer berries and are the perfect treat for breakfast, snacking, or dessert!


Mixed Berry Oatmeal Bars

We love granola bars but they are often filled with stuff that you don't really want.  We recently went on a late summer beach vacation and I usually bring snacks, including granola bars.  This time I decided to make these quick homemade bars for our snacks/breakfast treats.  The are easy to pull together, bake quickly, and then can be cut in to squares so they travel well.

These homemade bars are filled with healthy oats, a mix of summer berries, coconut sugar, and cinnamon.  It makes a small batch using and 8x8 square pan, and can be made in under 1 hour.  Treat yourself to some homemade bars that taste delicious and are good for you!


What Ingredients do I need?

  • frozen mixed berries
  • oats
  • flour 
  • coconut sugar
  • cinnamon
  • unsalted butter
  • cornstarch
  • fresh lemon

Substitutions and Variations

  • Use your favorite frozen fruit. peaches or mango would be good.
  • Leave out the cinnamon, or add in some ginger instead.
  • Try chocolate chips and peanut butter chips along with sliced almonds instead of fruit.
  • Add dried fruit like cherries, apricots, raisins, or cranberries instead of fresh fruit.

Kitchen Tips and Notes

  • Layer cut up bars with pieces of wax or parchment paper.
  • Use the juice that comes from defrosting the frozen fruit to pour over yogurt or use in a smoothie.
  • Leftovers will keep in the refrigerator in an airtight container for up to 4 days.
  • Heat up a bar and serve it with a scoop of vanilla ice cream for a great dessert.

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Mixed Berry Oatmeal Bars

14 - 16 ounces frozen mixed berries
1 cup rolled oats
¾ cup flour 
½ cup coconut sugar
½ teaspoon cinnamon
¼ teaspoon salt
6 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
2 teaspoons cornstarch
juice and zest from ½ a lemon

Partially defrost the berries at room temperature for about an hour.

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.  Line an 8 x 8" square pan with parchment paper.  Leave excess parchment paper so you have handles for removing the bars.

In a medium bowl, stir together the oats, oat flour, coconut sugar, cinnamon and salt.  Add the butter into the oat mixture and stir until everything evenly incorporated.  Remove a ½ cup of the oat mixture and reserve it for the top.

Press the oat mixture into the pan and press it firmly with the back of a measuring cup to compact the oat mixture and distribute it evenly.  Drain the juices from the berries and stir in cornstarch, lemon zest and lemon juice.  Pour the berry mixture evenly over the crust.  Sprinkle the reserved oat mixture on top of the berries.

Bake for 30-35 minutes, or until the bars are bubbling and the top is golden brown.  Remove from the oven and set pan on a cooling rack for 10 minutes.  Remove bars with the parchment paper and allow the oats to cool completely before cutting into squares and serving.


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