Smoked Salmon Canapes with Wasabi Crème Fraiche

1 sheet frozen puff pastry
¾ cup crème fraiche
4 t. prepared horseradish
2 t. prepared wasabi
6 oz. smoked salmon, cut into 36 equal pieces
36 fresh dill sprigs

Heat oven to 400 degrees. Roll pastry into 12” square. Cut into 36 small squares. Bake on baking sheet 12-15 minutes. Cool.

Combine crème fraiche, horseradish, and wasabi. Mound ½ t. on each pastry. Top with a piece of salmon and garnish with dill.

I brought this to a neighborhood dinner and games party. Everyone went crazy over it. It is so beautiful and delicious.

Submitted by: Stacy from Portland OR

Muffuletta Crostini

1 3oz. jar stuffed olives, chopped
1 sm can sliced black olives
1 sm jar sliced kalamata olives
¼ cup fineley chopped red onion
2 Tbl olive oil
2 Tbl fresh lemon juice
2-3 tsp horseradish
1=2 tsp dried basil
1 lg clove garlic, minced

Mix all ingredients and pour over 1 pkg. cream cheese and serve with crostini.


Submitted by: Stacy from Portland OR


Apples & Dip

3 oz. cream cheese
1 cup powdered sugar
3 large Granny Smith apples
½ cup caramel sauce
2 T. pecans

Mix the first two ingredients and put in fridge for 30 minutes and cover.

In the meantime, slice apples and dip in lemon juice.

Remove cream cheese mixture from fridge and top with caramel sauce and then with pecans.

My dear friend Samantha makes this and it is yummy. She is my friend that hates to cook, but always has the best stuff. This is nice when you need a quick bite of something sweet with a group of girls. Soak the apples in pineapple juice so they don’t get brown.

Submitted by: Tracy from Give Simple

Flatbread Pizza

Individual Serving:

-1 flatbread (of your choice, I use the “light”)
-Bottled pasta sauce (of your choice)
-Grated Cheeses (of your choice)
-Chopped Toppings (of your choice)
-Olive Oil (just a bit)

-Lay out flatbread on foil covered or oil-sprayed baking sheet.
-Drizzle a bit of olive oil over the flatbread.
-Smooth on pasta sauce (as desired)
-Lay on your favorite toppings (olives, onion, etc.)
-Sprinkle cheese(s) on top (parmesan, mozarella, etc.)
-Drizzle a bit of olive oil over top.
-Bake in 400 oven for about 15 minutes or so, until edges are browned & cheese is melted.

Quick, Delish, Healthy!Cheers! This is great for a quick snack, light meal, appetizer fare, lunch, anytime you have a taste for pizza but don’t want take-out or to go out! I came up with this on my own one day just looking for something to eat that was fast and healthy, low-cal, low-carb, low-fat, low-salt, etc.

Submitted by: Joy Hotson from Humble TX

Think Ahead for two or more gifts!

Do you struggle to come up with just the right gift for Mom, your sister or a close friend? The simple solution is to think big picture. Look for something she will love that comes with multiple components. Once you try this, it becomes easy to think ahead so that Mother’s Day, her birthday and a holiday gift all fall into place. Or for your best friend, a hostess gift, her birthday, a holiday gift, a thank you, all become effortless.

Here are some great gift ideas:

French Bull Melamine: Pick a pattern, and you’ll have wonderful, useful, coordinating gifts to last for years! Start with dinner plates, add salad plates, bowls, tumblers, serving pieces, and apron, oven mitts, napkins, coffee cups – the possibilities are amazing.

Wild & Wolf Gardening Tools: I confess, this is the strategy for my mom, the depression era baby who hates getting gifts that are not useful! Start with the trowel / fork set, then the pruners, then the fantastic watering can. There is also a coordinating water bottle.

Lollia: With variations like Imagine, Wish, and Relax, this ultra girly Bath & Body Line makes a lovely gift. The can’t miss product: Shea Butter Hand Crème. Magazine Beauty Editors from Lucky to Allure to Self all agree, this stuff is amazing. We always give a large tube for home or office with the adorable Petite Treat tiny tube for her handbag. The other can’t miss product: Bubble Bath! Oprah magazine has recommended this not once, but twice. If she loves a bath, this will impress her.

Pine Cone Hill: Super Soft Robe for one occasion, coordinating cozy cotton or flannel pajamas for another occasion. And possibly a throw for her favorite chair.

Black Bean Chipotle Dip

1 can black beans, drained and rinsed
1 block cream cheese, softened
1 cup raspberry or plum chipotle sauce
1 cup grated cheddar cheese

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

2. Mash the black beans with a fork into the bottom of a pie plate or sqare serving dish. Spread cream cheese over beans. Cover with chipotle sauce. Sprinkle cheese.

3. Bake for 15 minutes or until cheese is melted.


This delicious and simple dip is the perfect companion to chips or crackers. This recipe is always a hit at any gathering. I’ve carried it to volunteer meetings, parties and pot lucks.

Submitted by: Suzy Childers from Lufkin TX

Chinese Barbeque Chicken in Lettuce Cups

1-1/2 pounds boneless skinless chicken breasts
1 large shallot, minced
8-ounce can sliced water chestnuts, drained and finely chopped
1/4 cup minced red bell pepper
1/2 cup bottled barbecue sauce
2 green onions, thinly sliced, green part only
1/2 cup water
1 teaspoon Chinese five spice powder
1 teaspoon sesame oil
2 cups cooked jasmine or brown rice
8 large iceberg lettuce leaves

Cut chicken into 1-1/2 pieces and place in a medium saucepan over medium high heat. Add shallot, water chestnuts, red bell pepper, barbecue sauce, green onions, water, five spice powder and sesame oil. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer, covered, for 30 to 40 minutes, until chicken is tender. Increase heat to high and boil rapidly until most of the liquid is evaporated, breaking up chicken with a wooden spoon. Remove from heat and set aside to cool.

To serve, place 1/4 cup rice on a lettuce leaf, spoon 1/8 of barbecued chicken on top, and fold up like a taco.

Serves 4.

This is a simple recipe, that is both tasty and fun. Guests enjoy putting together their own wraps. The five spice powder, readily available in the spice aisle, gives the chicken an exotic flavor, while the water chestnuts provide crunch. The beauty of the dish is that it comes together quickly, leaving you more time with family and friends.

Submitted by: Nancy Elliott from Houston TX

Simple Dinner Party

Want to get really caught up with your closest friends? Show an out of town guest a really good time? Get to know your new neighbors better? Introduce two single friends?

Have a dinner party! Yes, really! At your own home, where you can control the noise level, splurge on terrific wine, and stay as long as you want! It’s easier than you think to show a small group a wonderful time with a personal touch that can’t be achieved in the finest restaurants. The trick is to keep it as Simple as possible.

Simple guest list: Keep it cozy. Eight to ten is a great number. We always include at least two of our most fabulous and FUN friends to ensure everyone has a great time. We try to have someone new that our friends will enjoy meeting. Mix it up! No need to have all couples, or all people with similar jobs, politics, opinions.

Simple menu: Only three courses: Appetizer snacks, entrée served with salad or vegetables, dessert. If you want more courses than this, you don’t need Give Simple instructions! Don’t feel compelled to make everything from scratch. Buy salad or dessert from a favorite deli or bakery if you want. Present it as if you made it – use beautiful bowls, platters or trays. Ditch the carryout containers, please!

Simple drinks: Pick one thing and stick with it. Wine, or martinis, or margaritas, for example. If you aren’t a wine pro, enlist a knowledgeable friend, or get friendly with an expert at your local wine store. We serve a choice of red or white, each of which will complement the main course. If you’re a connoisseur, and want to pair wines to each course, again, you don’t need Give Simple instructions! If we have invited a guest who is a connoisseur, we’re not too proud to call and ask them to recommend based on the menu. Buy in advance of the evening; don’t have your friend bring the wine that night. We put out plenty of water, and always have a six pack of beer and diet coke stashed in the fridge. You don’t need to have a full bar, unless you have one set up at all times. Stage all the drinks, ice, glasses, etc, in an easy to reach location.

Simple appetizer snacks: Make this super easy – cheese and crackers, olive oil and bread for dipping , marcona almonds or mixed nuts, olives, veggies and dip, cold boiled shrimp – nothing elaborate and pick three of these ideas, no more! Everything should be top quality, but you don’t need a ton of choices. Put this out where you have staged the beverages, with small plates, forks and napkins. For us, this is on our kitchen island. No matter how much you want your guests to be in another room, they will want to be in the kitchen with you. Relax, it’s a compliment!

Simple entrée: Pick one of your best, something that can be made a little in advance and kept warm until ready to serve. In the summer, I like salmon burgers. In the winter I like my famous pasta with spicy sausage and tomato cream sauce. These are delicious recipes that I have made many times and they are embarrassingly easy. Osso Bucco is another really easy option – seems harder than it is. Everyone loves a family recipe you have inherited, too.

Simple Serving: For the main course, ask guests to fill their own plates, buffet style. Silverware on the table, or at end of the buffet, not the beginning!

Killer dessert: This is where we recommend going a little crazy. Buy it or make it yourself – but it should be drop dead delicious. If you buy a cake, pie or cookies, add some fresh berries. You can also drizzle plates with chocolate syrup in a matter of seconds. Smuckers makes a topping in a squeeze bottle just for this purpose, look for it near the ice cream at your grocery store. We prefer to serve dessert to each guest on individual plates with pretty presentation. Enlist help from one other person if you like. See the Easy Molten Chocolate Cakes recipe if you really want to impress your guests. A different option (all time summer guest favorite) is Make Your Own Ice Cream Sundae, with bananas, cherries, whipped cream, nuts, and three sauces.


Melamine Dishes

We just love melamine dishes at Give Simple. Why can’t everything else in life be so easy to take care of and look as nice as melamine dishes? They’re shatter resistant, kid- friendly, dishwasher safe, heat resistant (but not microwave friendly), affordable and fabulously stylish. The first time we saw melamine dishes, we were certain our customers would want them too. Every new pattern suggests a different themed party. Editors around the country agree how incredible these melamine dishes are and the trend is here to stay.

Designer Jackie Shapiro’s French Bull collection of melamine dishes are very sturdy and lightweight. All of Jackie’s French Bull tableware is fun, full of color and a great value. Give Simple offers a variety of French Bull melamine dishes and tableware that will brighten up your table. We love to give French Bull as hostess gifts, especially the fun and colorful salad servers. Give Simple offers a full range of styles including dinner plates, side plates, bowls, platters and tumblers in 4 fantastic patterns: Rings, Multi-Dot, Pink Paisley and DeVine.

Le Cadeaux designs melamine plates with a very distinct Italian flair. Their patterns are influenced by historical Tuscan and Umbrian pottery. Le Cadeaux melamine dishes are so beautifully detailed that you will think they’re ceramic until you pick one of the pieces up. The prices are so reasonable that you can afford to get all the matching pieces.

Working Class Studio is unique and their Wrought Irony dinner plates and Royal Farce side plates are easy to mix and match. They afford you the opportunity for eclectic and fun, indoor or outdoor dining. These melamine dishes look beautiful when piled high with neat stacks of appetizers. We love the fact that Working Class Studio manufactures their melamine dishes based on designs created by artists of the famous Savannah College of Art and Design. Each quarter students are selected to serve as interns that make up a design team led by studio directors. This educational institution merges fine art and function to create cutting edge design. Give Simple has experienced ongoing success with Working Class Studio melamine dishes, platters and stationery, because it represents the commitment we have to products that have enormous value and design. It’s a wonderful thing when design marries function!

Stainless Steel Wallet

Stewart Stand makes a new stainless steel wallet for men, which has a very sleek, contemporary look that says something about the man that carries it. Whether it’s the wear and tear of carrying the same wallet 365 days a year or the damage resulting from overstuffing them – even the finest leather wallet can quickly look ragged. An obvious solution is a Give Simple stainless steel wallet.

stainless steel wallet

This beautiful stainless steel wallet is a most impressive accessory for the man in your life. It is made from woven, industrial grade steel, similar to the soft yet reinforced material used to make the suits the astronauts wear in space.

Stainless steel wallets can withstand far more grueling punishment than the daily rigors a normal wallet is put through. In addition to being durable, a stainless steel wallet is flexible and as SOFT AS SILK (both inside and out). You can find a stainless steel wallet in many aesthetic options including smooth or textured finishes and driving or bifold versions.

A stainless steel wallet will feel nice in his back pocket or the inside pocket of his sport coat and he will make a handsome fashion statement when he pulls it out to retrieve something. This stainless steel wallet is unique because it is new to the market and most of his friends have never seen one. Another curious advantage: the material used in a stainless steel wallet can block radio frequencies, thereby preventing identity thieves from swiping the credit card’s info via its RFID chip — a high tech mugging that would leave a major headache.

A Stewart Stand stainless steel wallet is comparable in price to the last one your guy grabbed off the rack, but we promise one of these will last longer. These make wonderful gifts as well as being quite practical.

A great companion to the stainless steel wallet is a Stewart Stand steel money clip for the man that carries both a wallet for credit cards and drivers license and a money clip for the front pocket for easy access to cash. Made of the same space age silky soft material as the wallets, it’s another option for the guy on the go.

Stainless Steel Wallets Make Great Gift Ideas for the Man in Your Life

If you are interested in surprising the man in your life with a great gift, then you should definitely consider the benefits that only stainless steel wallets bring. At Give Simple, you will be able to find these super functional wallets, which will not only give your man the organizational tool that he needs, but these attractive wallets will also improve his look every time he needs to pay for something.

A wallet is oftentimes a man’s best friend, because without this useful and practical tool, men wouldn’t have any place for their money, identification cards, credit cards, and business cards. Since wallets are so important, you should look into providing your man with the best wallet possible, and there is perhaps no better choice than the Stewart Stand stainless steel wallet. These amazing wallets are made from high quality industrial grade steel, which means that they are much more durable than the average leather wallet, and will last longer. Despite the fact that these wallets are made from woven steel, that doesn’t mean that they are rigid; in fact, these wallets are actually super soft and very flexible. You might even be pleasantly surprised at just how soft to the touch these wallets are!

Before reading more about the durable Stewart Stand stainless steel wallets on our website, keep in mind that you will be able to choose from wallets with different features, including wallets with smooth or textured finishes, as well as attractive wallets with brown or black leather exteriors. No matter which style or color of wallet you think would be perfect for the special man in your life, you will be sure to give him a very beautiful and high quality wallet at an amazing price.

Give the man in your life a gift that he’ll really like and use! These Stewart Stand stainless steel wallets offer so many great benefits and are simply a great value. While browsing through the selection of wallets, also be sure to take a look at the Stewart Stand money clips, which can offer a lot of convenience and practicality. So what are you waiting for? Take a look at these beautiful wallets and feel free to contact Give Simple if you have any questions.

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