FF: The Star Spangled Paper Plates from the Caspari Collection

Your Fourth of July party deserves something better than dollar store plates (although as  you know I am a big dollar store fan) so spring for something a little nicer, like the Star Spangled Paper Plates I found from the fine folks at Caspari.

About the Star Spangled Paper Plates from the Caspari Collection:

“Star Spangled Square Paper Salad Dessert Plates per package, 7¼” x 7½”. Available in a dinner, salad, or dessert plate. Ideal for 4th of July, Memorial Day and Labor Day events.”

Find the Star Spangled Paper Plates from the Caspari Collection here.

See all the great products from Caspari here.

FF: The Sausages from Bacon Freak

So, what to put on those plates? Well before you go for the boring old hot dog, I beg you to check out the sausages from the fine folks at Bacon Freak – yes BACON FREAK.

About the Sausages from Bacon Freak: “What Makes These Sausages So Good? Big Fork Sausages are all-natural, artisan sausages made in Chicago using local ingredients. They are minimally processed and naturally encased and the meat comes from hogs raised outdoors in the Midwest by independent farmers. They contain no preservatives, MSG, nitrates, nitrites, hormones, antibiotics or artificial flavors. The flavors of each sausage variety were created by a chef for optimum flavor and they contain 20% less fat than bacon.”

Try the Big Fork Chicken & Bacon Sausage (above right): “Chicken bacon sausage is made from free-range chickens raised on Amish farms. Paired with hardwood smoked, nitrate-f12 oz and contains 4 sausage links.ree bacon. This all-natural sausage is naturally encased, without any water, preservatives, hormones, or antibiotics added, just pure ingredients like sea salt and brown sugar. Naturally smoked using a blend of Hickory & Applewood hardwood. Each package is 12 oz and contains 4 pre-cooked sausage links.”

See all the great – and I mean great – products from Bacon Freak here.

There is a lot to love about the fine folks at Ezra Arthur who “believe in heirloom quality men’s goods handcrafted in America and designed for life.”

Like their Ezra Arthur + Max Sprecher Signature Straight Razor (above right):

“This signature razor features a full-sized 8/8″ 1/4 hollow ground blade intended to last several lifetimes. The blade is forged from 01 carbon steel which has a Rockwell hardness of 63. This gives the blade a hardness that is favorable for honing a sharp and long-lasting cutting edge.”

…and their gorgeous burgundy No. 2 belt (right):

“Strong and durable, this elegant belt will be with you for years to come. The No. 2 belt is made with an English bridle leather tanned by Hermann Oak of St. Louis, Missouri.”

About Ezra Arthur:

“Ezra Arthur is owned by four brothers who honor their grandfather by crafting lifestyle accessories worthy of his name.”

Learn more and visit Ezra Arthur online here.

It is hard to believe for some of us that Princess Diana will be gone 20 years ago this August. Which means there are young adults out there who were not around when she was alive and do not know how special she was. Now, as part of Penguin/Radom House’s wonderful “Who Was” series of books for children, Princess Diana is introduced to new generations in Who Was Princess Diana? by Ellen Labrecque and Nancy Harrison, with illustrations by Jerry Hoare.

About Who Was Princess Diana? by Ellen Labrecque and Nancy Harrison: “A shy twenty-year-old girl stepped out of a horse-drawn coach and into the world spotlight, capturing the imagination of millions as a real life fairytale princess. Although the storybook marriage didn’t have a happy ending, Diana learned to use her fame as a way to champion charitable causes near to her heart. She became the People’s Princess by humanizing the image of the royal family and showing care and concern for all people, including the homeless, the sick, and others in need.”

The great thing about the “Who Was” series is that it provides background of historical and pop culture figures past and present (it is “Who Is” for those still alive) for children to get into the conversation. In addition to Princess Diana, the series has scores of volumes ranging from Who Is Winston Churchill to Who is Lucille Ball.

Who Was Princess Diana? by Ellen Labrecque and Nancy Harrison is available from Amazon and other fine booksellers everywhere.

Learn more about Penguin/Radom House’s “Who Was” series here.


I discovered London-based artist and designer Robin Lucas when I spotted a really cool lampshade he created featuring a jungle tiger (right). When I went to explore where this really cool piece of art came from, I discovered the whole world of Mr. Lucas’s illustrations and fell in love with them.

About artist and designer Robin Lucas:

“Robin Lucas is an artist and designer. From an early age, he has always had a sketchbook on the go and holds a particular fascination for the natural world, history, gardens and interiors. A keen collector of books, art, and curiosities; Robin uses these interests to create a natural dialogue between interiors and his work.”

Learn more about artist and designer Robin Lucas and see a collection of his work here.

A couple of weeks ago when I was back in New Hampshire over the Memorial Day weekend, I stopped by the Remick Farm in Tamworth and posted about it. While at the farm I snapped this photo across the fields where you can just see the trademark peak of Mount Chocorua poking through. I thought I would share this as it is a different view than the shots across the lake I usually present. Still stunning from all angles.

The fine folks at Vet Tix exist to provide tickets to sporting and entertainment event to veterans and active service members (and their families) so they can relax, destress, and feel honored for their service.

About Vet Tix:

“Give Something to Those Who Gave. Vet Tix provides tickets to events which reduce stress, strengthen family bonds, build life-long memories and encourage service members and veterans to stay engaged with local communities and American life. We support our troops by honoring their service and providing positive family and life experiences, during and after their years of service to our country.”

Learn more about Vet Tix and how you can help here.

FF: Tom’s Town Distilling Co.

I love that small distilleries are popping up all over – which in many cases means more bourbon for us. The fine folks at Tom’s Town Distilling Co. right in downtown Kansas City is leading the charge and has some fine offerings.

About Tom’s Town Distilling Co.: “Tom’s Town Distilling Co. is downtown Kansas City’s first legal distillery since Prohibition. Drawing inspiration from the country’s most polarizing and corrupt political boss, Tom Pendergast, Tom’s Town brings to life the glamorous magnetism of the Gatsby-era. Rooted in a deco optimism, Kansas City flouted Prohibition under the Pendergast machine. ‘King Tom’s’ irreverence for federal statutes in favor of bare-knuckled local capitalism allowed his town to emerge as the ‘Paris of the Plains.’ Spirits, money, and jazz flowed like water in the city’s world-renowned fountains. Legend has it that when a newspaperman asked Pendergast how he justified ignoring the federal statutes behind Prohibition, he shrugged and said, ‘The people are thirsty.’ Today as Kansas City experiences its second cultural rebirth, the people are still thirsty. Welcome to Tom’s Town, where free spirits reign.”

Try Tom’s Town Distilling Company’s Pendergast’s Royal Gold Bourbon.

Tom’s Town Distilling Co. is located at 1701 Main Street in the great city of Kansas City, MO.

FF: Holladay Distillery of Weston, MO

Just northwest of Kansas City in the charming town of Weston, MO you will find the historic Holladay Distillery still running after more than 150 years and showing the new kids how it is done.

About Holladay Distillery: “160 years in the making, the Holladay Distillery is the oldest distillery west of the Mississippi River still located on its original site and is the proud home of McCormick Distilling Company. Nestled in the rolling hills of Weston, Missouri, the distillery is rich in history and full of surprises. We are proud to introduce you to Real Missouri Bourbon. At the Holladay Distillery you’ll find our original 160-year-old bourbon recipe cooking in a stillhouse that dates back to the mid-1800s. The grains are sourced right here in Missouri and cooked with water from the same limestone spring used by founders Benjamin and David Holladay in 1856.”

Holladay Distillery is located at One McCormick Lane in Weston, MO.

The world is full of note cards, and I have featured many right here on Lost Cowboy, but I have to say I am totally in love with the note card collection from Alexa Pulitzer, which includes this “Lucky Elephant” Note Card:

Check out Alexa Pulitzer’s note card collection here.

See all the fine stationery and related products from Alexa Pulitzer here.

Just in time for Father’s Day I offer the sweet, touching, and thoroughly amusing memoir of fatherhood, Sleepless Nights and Kisses for Breakfast by Matteo Bussola.

About Sleepless Nights and Kisses for Breakfast by Matteo Bussola: “This #1 Italian bestseller, offering a father’s observations of the everyday moments that might otherwise go unnoticed, has struck a chord with readers around the globe. Matteo Bussola is a designer and cartoonist who lives in Verona, Italy with his wife Paola; their three young daughters, Virginia, Ginevra, and Melania (ages eight, four, and two); and their two dogs. For two years, he’s been writing posts on Facebook capturing the beauty of ordinary moments with his family. Sleepless Nights and Kisses for Breakfast is the memoir that grew out of these writings. Divided into winter, spring, summer, and fall, the book follows the different seasons of parenthood and life. At times moving, and at others humorous, these writings remind people to savor the present and appreciate the simple things in life.”

What’s great about the observations Mr. Bussola makes about his everyday life in this fine book is that it gets you to think about your own life and maybe memories of those moments you just want to savor.

Sleepless Nights and Kisses for Breakfast by Matteo Bussola is available from Amazon and other fine booksellers everywhere.


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