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As a recurring feature, our team combs the Web and shares some amazing Amazon deals we’ve turned up. Here’s what caught our eye today, March 23.

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Ehang GHOSTDRONE 2.0 Aerial with 4K Sports Camera, iOS/Android Compatible, Black/Orange for $284.99 (list price $399.99)

Bluetooth Headphones, TOTU Wireless V4.1 Stereo Noise Isolating Sports Sweatproof Headset with Mic for iPhone 7 Samsung Galaxy S7 and Android Phones [Upgraded Version], Black for $18.99 (list price $39.99)

Kinsa Smart Stick Digital Thermometer – Medical Thermometer with Fever & Health Tracking for Children and Adults for $14.60 (list price $19.12)

Anker 60W 10-Port USB Wall Charger, PowerPort 10 for iPhone 7 / 6s / Plus, iPad Pro / Air 2 / mini, Galaxy S7 / S6 / Edge / Plus, Note 5 / 4, LG, Nexus, HTC and More for $33.59 (list price $99.99)

Bluetooth Speakers,TaoTronics 14W Stereo Wireless Portable Speaker Pulse X from Dual 7W Drivers, Strong Bass, High Definition Audio, Built-in Microphone for $20.99 (list price $55.99)

TaoTronics Bluetooth In Ear Headphones Wireless Earbuds Sports Magnetic Earphones with Built-in Mic (Sweatproof with IPX5 Splash Proof Rating, aptX Stereo, Up to 7 Hours Talk Time, Ceramic Antenna) for $26.99 (list price $35.99)

Plugable USB 2.0 Digital Microscope with Flexible Arm Observation Stand for Windows, Mac, Linux (2MP, 250x Magnification) for $29.70 (list price $59.99)

TOTU BT-2 V4.1 Bluetooth Headphones Wireless Music Stereo Sports Headset – Red for $24.99 (list price $69.99)

Anker PowerCore 20100 – 20000mAh Ultra High Capacity Power Bank with Powerful 4.8A Output, PowerIQ Technology for iPhone, iPad and Samsung Galaxy and More (White) for $37.99 (list price $79.99)

UGREEN 3.5mm Male to Female Extension Stereo Audio Extension Cable Adapter Gold Plated Compatible for iPhone, iPad or Smartphones, Tablets, Media Players for $5.99 (list price $8.99)

[Upgraded] Anker 2-Port 24W USB Wall Charger PowerPort 2 with PowerIQ for iPhone 7 / 6s / Plus, iPad Air 2 / mini 3, Galaxy S Series, Note Series, LG, Nexus, HTC and More for $10.99 (list price $29.99)

WizGear Universal Air Vent Magnetic Car Mount Holder with Fast Swift-Snap Technology for Smartphones and Mini Tablets, Black for $7.99 (list price $16.99)

SoundBot SB520 3D HD Bluetooth 4.0 Wireless Speaker for 15 Hours Music Streaming & Hands-Free Calling with Passive Sub Woofer, Built-in Mic, 3.5mm Audio Port (Silver) for $39.95 (list price $129.99)

ATGOIN Bluetooth Headphones, Wireless 4.1 Earbuds Stereo Earphones, Noise Cancelling Sweatproof Headset Secure Fit for Sports with Built-in Mic for $16.99 (list price $66.99)

Rowkin Bit Charge: Stereo Wireless Headphones with Portable Charger. Bluetooth Earbuds, Smallest Cordless Hands-free Mini Earphones Headset w/ Mic & Noise Reduction for Running and iPhone (Space Gray) for $129.99 (list price $259.99)

Aerb RFID Blocking Sleeves 12 Credit Cards 2 Passports Holders for Identity Theft Protection, Set of 14 for $7.99 (list price $19.99)

Selfie Stick | Use as GoPro Pole and Monopod | Camera Mount | Go Pro Accessories Kit | Use with iPhone 6 and 7 and Hero 3 4 5 Black Silver | New Grip Handle (No Bluetooth) for $24.95 (list price $35.88)

Spigen Kuel OneTap AP230T CD Slot Phone Mount Universal Car Phone Holder With Low Profile Design for iPhone 7 / 7 Plus / 6S / 6S Plus / Galaxy S7 / Galaxy S7 Edge / LG / Nexus for $18.99 (list price $29.99)

Omaker Reversible Micro USB Cables (2 Pack, 3.3ft) Nylon Braided Charging Cords for Android Devices for $10.99 (list price $39.99)

LEGO Star Wars Captain Rex’s AT-TE 75157 for $82.00 (list price $119.99)

Contigo SnapSeal Byron Vacuum Insulated Stainless Steel Travel Mug, 24oz, Matte Black for $12.51 (list price $14.99)

Crock-Pot SCCPVL610-S 6-Quart Programmable Cook and Carry Oval Slow Cooker, Digital Timer, Stainless Steel for $34.30 (list price $59.99)

BLACK+DECKER CM1160B 12 Cup Programmable Coffee Maker, Digital Control Programmable Coffee Maker, Black/Stainless Steel for $19.99 (list price $29.99)

Rubbermaid 17.3 Cup FreshWorks Produce Saver Food Storage Container, Large, Green for $10.22 (list price $16.99)

2-Tier Stainless Steel Dish Drying Rack Utensil Holder with Drain Board, Chrome 17L x 9.25W x 10.5H Inches for $27.99 (list price $29.99)

Bellemain Heavy Duty Aluminum Half Sheet Pan, 18″ x 13″ x 1″ for $10.50 (list price $32.95)
Colonel Popper Popcorn Maker – Blue for $12.97 (list price $24.99)
AROCCOM Ceramic Chef Knife, 6″ Cutlry Kitchen Knife with Sheath Black Handle, White Blade for $11.99 (list price $39.99)

All-Clad E785S264 HA1 Hard Anodized Nonstick Dishwasher Safe PFOA Free 8-Inch and 10-Inch Fry Pan Cookware Set, 2-Piece, Black for $59.96 (list price $90.00)

Vremi 15 Piece Nonstick Cookware Set – Kitchen Pots and Pans Set Nonstick with Cooking Utensils – Non Stick Cookware Set PTFE and PFOA Free Oven Safe Basics Pots and Pans – Black for $40.99 (list price $90.00)

Zojirushi SL-JAE14SA Mr. Bento Stainless Steel Lunch Jar, Silver for $42.99 (list price $66.00)

Olive Oil and Vinegar Sprayer Set by Cookisy for Portion Control Cooking and Baking, Includes Silicone Funnel (3 pcs) for $19.95 (list price $29.95)

Freshware 15-Pack 1 Compartment Bento Lunch Boxes with Lids – Stackable, Reusable, Microwave, Dishwasher & Freezer Safe – Meal Prep, Portion Control, 21 Day Fix & Food Storage Containers (28oz) for $11.99 (list price $19.99)

Digital Kitchen Scale by Zerla – Versatile Food Scale – Weigh Snacks, Liquids, & Foods – Accurate Weight Scale within .05 oz. for $11.99 (list price $29.99)

EHME Extra Long Stainless Steel Drinking Straws Set of 6 for 20 oz & 30 oz Yeti and RTIC or Other More Brand Tumblers Ramblers Cups+2 Free Cleaning Brushes for $6.99 (list price $12.99)

Glasslock 18-Piece Assorted Oven Safe Container Set for $38.78 (list price $44.99)

Popsicle Molds Set – BPA Free – 6 Ice Pop Makers + Silicone Funnel + Cleaning Brush + Ice Cream Recipes E-book – by Lebice for $7.99 (list price $11.95)

Brita 10 Cup Stream Filter as You Pour Water Pitcher with 1 Filter, Rapids, BPA Free, Lake Blue for $29.94 (list price $34.99)

Hamilton Beach 49980A Single Serve Coffee Brewer and Full Pot Coffee…

Who Is “Little Debbie”?

Michael C. asks: Was there ever a real Little Debbie or is she a fake mascot like so many other brand people?

Little Debbie
Images Courtesy of McKee Foods Corporation and Women of Distinction

Who is Little Debbie? The simple answer is that she’s the straw-hat-wearing, blue-eyed little girl on the front of the box of delicious confectioneries like Oatmeal Creme Pies, Honey Buns and whatever Star Crunches are. However, that’s not all she is. “Little Debbie” is also the Executive Vice President of McKee Foods, the eight-decade-old still family run company that makes all of these treats – plus Zebra Cakes and Cosmic Brownies. Her real name is actually Debbie McKee-Fowler and here’s how she became the face – and Executive Vice President – of the company that makes Swiss Rolls.

It was 1933 and the country was in the throes of the Great Depression. Nearly a quarter of the nation was unemployed and bread lines went blocks; in short, many were desperate, including O.D. and Ruth McKee who had lost most of their money due to a bank failure. What the couple did still have, however, was a 1928 Whippet car. According to McKee Foods’ official history, this was when O.D. started selling five-cent Virginia Dare Cakes made by Becker’s Bakery out of the back of said vehicle. By the next year, business was good enough that they were able to purchase a Chattanooga, Tennessee bakery, Jack’s Cookie Company.

In what was a unique arrangement for the time, Ruth became a full managing partner in the business with her husband. While O.D. traveled the state making sales and coming up with some innovative ways to produce new product, she baked, managed the office and took charge of the few employees they had. They were, as the company’s official history put it, “ideal business partners because her cautious, conservative nature was the perfect complement to his risk-taking, adventuresome spirit.”

Years later, Jack McKee would explain that his parents had “a unique opportunity during the Great Depression and they took a risk.” A few months later, the bet seemed to be paying off with the bakery moving to a larger location down the street.

But all wasn’t perfect. In 1934, they took on Ruth’s father, Symon King, as a partner. It’s not clear why they did this, perhaps they needed…

Apple Roses Are as Easy to Make as They Are Beautiful

Though there is something rewarding and cathartic about baking a finicky, labor-intensive dessert, I would be lying if I said I didn’t enjoy an easy, though still fancy-looking sweet thing. Apple roses are not only deliciously warm and comforting, but they’re just plain pretty, and a cinch to make.

My boy Justin Chapple can walk you through the whole process in the video above, but all you’ll need is a few apples, some puff pastry, cinnamon sugar, and…

Save Time and Money With These 15 Delicious Sheet Pan Meals

Feel like you’re constantly stuck in a dinner rut? Don’t turn into the drive-thru lane again for a quick dinner solution. Instead, use sheet pan meals to cook a delicious dinner, all in one pan.

The best part about sheet pan meals is that there are endless options. Below are 15 recipes, but feel free to tweak them to your desire. These meals are practically foolproof. (See also: 10 One Pot Meals That Will Transform Dinner)

1. Ultimate Chicken Nachos

Nachos can’t really be dinner, can they? You bet they can, and your family will love you for it. Spread an overlapping layer of chips on your metal sheet pan, then top with grated cheese, cooked chicken pieces, diced tomatoes, corn kernels, and canned pinto or black beans. You can even add sliced jalapeños if you’d like.

Bake at 400º for 10 to 15 minutes. Immediately sprinkle chopped cilantro on the finished chips. Top with your favorite wet ingredients (sour cream, guacamole, salsa, etc.) and enjoy!

2. Ratatouille

You won’t miss the meat in this dish. Use a mandolin or vegetable slicer to save time. Cut Yukon potatoes, zucchinis, yellow squash, and eggplant into small coin shapes. Next, open a can of tomato puree and add a thin layer on your sheet pan. Season with salt, then arrange the sliced vegetables in an overlapping fashion. Drizzle the vegetables with olive oil and season with salt, pepper, and Italian seasoning.

Bake the ratatouille for 35 minutes in a 375º oven. Sprinkle with goat cheese and serve with crusty bread for a complete meal.

3. Lemon Garlic Salmon and Green Beans

Baking salmon on top of green beans, or a vegetable with a similar cooking time, makes for a yummy, heart-healthy meal.

Layer the green beans on a nonstick sheet pan. In a small bowl, mix ½ cup of olive oil, the juice of two lemons, a dash of salt, pepper, Parmesan cheese, and Italian seasoning. Dip the salmon fillets in the oil mixture and then lay them skin side up on the green beans.

Broil on high for eight to 10 minutes. Make sure the oven is fully hot before sticking your fish in, and check the fish at the eight-minute mark. It should flake easily with a fork.

4. Cilantro Lime Chicken Fajitas

Cut raw chicken breasts, onions, and bell peppers into strips. In a bag or bowl, mix ½ cup of oil, ¼ cup lime juice, finely chopped cilantro, and a packet of taco seasoning….