We searched Amazon for the best entertaining cookbooks and now we’re sharing them with you. Note: CandysDirt.com may collect a small commission or other compensation (Bezos hug) from the links on this page. Items are priced correctly and in stock at time of publication. 

The holidays are officially here and with them come – dun dun dun – invitations to parties, get-togethers, office potlucks and, “Bring a dish to share. I don’t know, just throw something together!!” Even when you’re not the host, you’re getting roped into the “bring the best dish” game because literally everything is a competition.  If, in fact, ruling the buffet is your end game, order up any one of these incredibly handy holiday cookbooks for amazing appetizers from Amazon. Done and done.

Beautiful Boards: 50 Amazing Snack Boards for Any Occasion

Price: $22.49

What We’re Saying: The first thing we have to note is this book is a Best Seller and yet it’s like tenth on the search results list. GET IT TOGETHER, AMAZON. It features a GENEROUS “Look Inside” and you’ll kind of get lost in the pictures, they’re so good. Author Maegan Brown gives step-by-step instructions on how to build everything from After School Boards to Everyday Boards and there’s even a S’Mores Board in there. Buy this now!!!

What They’re Saying: “I love to entertain but don’t always love the effort it takes while my guests are over. This book provides so many fun ways to feed your guests without working during the party. Whether it’s a girls night in, kid party (planned or not planned), a couples night or a special occasion, you can find the perfect board to wow your friends and family.” –Kay

Buy Beautiful Boards here.

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We searched Amazon for the best Black Friday offers and now we’re sharing them with you. Note: CandysDirt.com may collect a small commission or other compensation (Bezos hug) from the links on this page. Items are priced correctly and in stock at time of publication. 

We all know Thanksgiving is a two-parter. Tradition One: Stuff yourself silly in a regrettable fashion. Tradition Two: Lose your freaking mind over every deal that dares to call itself a Black Friday offer. Now here’s the real deal – not all Black Friday offers are even that great. However, the ones we post below most definitely are so pull out your pocketbook and get ready to save big.

Echo Dot Smart Speaker with Clock and Alexa (3rd Gen)

Price: $44.99 (Save $15.)

What We’re Saying: This is the first time Amazon has offered a discount on the latest Echo. Other generations are still being sold at greater discounts, but this bad boy is the latest and greatest … so there?

What They’re Saying: “I cannot say enough about this amazon echo dot. It is WONDERFUL. Loud, crisp, and knows my voice so well. I love the size of this one … My guests have absolutely enjoyed asking questions and about the weather and especially using it with my Spotify.” –Ramona Pelham

Buy your own Amazon Echo here.

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We searched Amazon for ways to top your table and now we’re sharing them with you. Note: CandysDirt.com may collect a small commission or other compensation (Bezos hug) from the links on this page. Items are priced correctly and in stock at time of publication. 

In case you haven’t noticed Thanksgiving is way late this year and yet it still managed to sneak up on us. If you’re hosting next week and need to get festive fast, here’s a whole table you can set with a little help from us and Amazon and whoever pays your bills.

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We searched Amazon for ways to stay warm and now we’re sharing them with you. Note: CandysDirt.com may collect a small commission or other compensation (Bezos hug) from the links on this page. Items are priced correctly and in stock at time of publication. 

Maybe you didn’t notice, but it’s freaking cold outside. Cranking the heat is one way to stay warm. Moving to Florida is another, but then, Florida. If neither one of those options appeals to you, don’t sweat it, we got you ice-cold boo.

Zenstone Swedish Heated Throw

Price: $72 + Free Shipping

The Throw: Keep is classic with a heated blanket like this one from zenstone. It’s plush, it’s lush and it’ll definitely dethaw all your weary bones. It also claims to be a consumer’s choice with rapid heat technology, and it comes in Italian Microcmink. All this to say, crank. it. up.

What Buyers Are Saying: “Love this new heated blanket! It’s so soft and comfy. It heated quickly and maintained the perfect heat for me at the medium setting.” –Ashley Moser 

Buy the blanket here.

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We searched Amazon for really awesome brands and now we’re sharing one with you. Note: CandysDirt.com may collect a small commission or other compensation (Bezos hug) from the links on this page. Items are priced correctly and in stock at time of publication. 

One of the fun things about Amazon is all the different brands you can find on there that you didn’t even realize were on there. AND THEN ON TOP OF THAT, you can discover all the amazing products made by said brand. Umbra is one of those brands. You’re probably like um-who? UMBRA. You don’t even know it, but you’ve seen their stuff before and you probably love it. And yeah, it’s technically stuff that we don’t really need, but we all kind of want so I’ll hush up so we can get to it.

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We searched Amazon for killer lighting and now we’re sharing it with you. Note: CandysDirt.com may collect a small commission or other compensation (Bezos hug) from the links on this page. Items are priced correctly and in stock at time of publication. 

You know the easiest way into this write-up? Saying “get lit,” BUT WE’RE BETTER THAN THAT so instead we’ll just say light it up with this sometimes modern, sometimes quirky and always cool lighting we found while combing through Amazon one casual afternoon. We mixed it up with table lamps, sconces, pendants and flush mount. LINGO.

Now, enjoy!

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Photo via CBS DFW, Credit: Sean Bentley, Dallas

In light of the recent storms, we thought we’d dedicate this week to emergency preparedness. Since we’re not experts, we deferred to someone who is – Practical Survival Blog. Below you’ll find links to products they recommend the most. Note: CandysDirt.com may collect a small commission or other compensation from the links on this page. Items are priced correctly and in stock at time of publication. 

Last Sunday Dallas was hit with a storm that most of us likely never thought would happen. Amazingly, injuries were at a minimum so shout out, Dallas for keeping it safe. In the aftermath, a lot of us questioned whether or not we were adequately prepared so this week we’ll talk through what you can keep on hand just in case.

Briggs & Stratton PowerSmart Portable Generator

$894.20 + Free Shipping

The Generator: Amazon has this model listed as the Best Overall. It’s an inverter generator which means it’s more expensive, but also quieter. With a 1.5-gallon tank it will run for up to 10 hours and you can run your appliances and devices directly from the generator.

What Buyers Are Saying: “I bought the P3000 generator for Hurricane Irma. I simultaneously ran the items listed below, and the generator never passed a draw of 40%. The only time I exceeded 90% was when I ran a microwave oven. On a continuous 40% draw, 1.5 Gallons of fuel lasted approximately 7.5 hours. The unit was so quiet, the neighbors didn’t know it was running until they stood within 25 feet. I ran the generator for 91 hours straight (except during refueling) and there wasn’t a single issue. Items: Full size refrigerator, 300 watts of lights, 2 box fans, two 40” flat screen TVs, 1 cable modem/router, 1 laptop, 2 Roku Boxes.” –TC-FL

Purchase the generator here. 

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We searched Amazon for the best of the best Halloween decor and now we’re sharing it with you. Note: CandysDirt.com may collect a small commission or other compensation (Bezos hug) from the links on this page. Items are priced correctly and in stock at time of publication. 

If you haven’t already, it’s time to decorate for Halloween. With Amazon’s two-Day Shipping you can be creepy and kooky and just a little spooky for just shy of half a month. And you don’t have to break the bank. I mean you can, but you don’t have to. That’s all we’re saying. Cover yourself in cobwebs and let’s get to it.

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