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Well, it’s been a crazy week or so. Summer pretty much ended on cue after Labor Day with cooler days (relatively but better than the more than 50 days that were over 90 degrees this summer) and some much needed rain. Which means some good things still happening in the garden – still some tomatoes, tons of peppers, and the first of my eggplants to harvest.

I love a good card game, but inevitably the old deck of cards start getting bent and ruined by all the handling and food and drink – but the Dry Decks Playing Cards I found from the fine folks at Nod Products – are waterproof which makes them pretty resilient and washable. And you get to choose from some pretty cool designs, like the Dry Deck featuring cats wearing glasses (right).

About the Dry Decks Playing Cards from Nod Products:

“Perfect for outdoor or indoor gatherings, our 100%-plastic Dry Decks are the best waterproof playing cards around. They repel water, won’t stick together and are easy-to-clean! So, whether your’re playing by the pool or huddled around your kitchen table don’t worry about cannonballs or spills!”

Find the Dry Decks Playing Cards from Nod Products here.

 

I love finding a good old true crime story that I previously knew nothing about. Until I picked up today’s read, Zero at the Bone – The Playboy, the Prostitute, and the Murder of Bobby Greenlease by John Heidenry, I had no idea of this crime, but was transfixed from the very first page.

About Zero at the Bone – The Playboy, the Prostitute, and the Murder of Bobby Greenlease by John Heidenry:

“In 1953, six-year-old Bobby Greenlease, the son of a wealthy Kansas City automobile dealer and his wife, was kidnapped from his Roman Catholic elementary school by a woman named Bonnie Heady, a well-scrubbed prostitute who was posing as one of his distant aunts. Her accomplice, Carl Austin Hall, a former playboy who had run through his inheritance and was just out of the Missouri State Penitentiary, was waiting in the getaway car with a gun, a length of rope and a plastic tarp. The two grifters thought they had a plan that would put them on the road to Easy Street; but, actually, they were on a fast-track to the gas chamber. Shortly after they snatched the little boy, the two demanded a ransom of $600,000.00 from the Greenlease family and it was paid; but, Bobby was already dead, shot in the head by Hall and buried in a flower garden behind the couple’s house, exactly where his body was found by police shortly thereafter. The Greenlease ransom was the highest ransom ever paid in the US to that date and the case held the US transfixed in the same way the kidnapping of the Lindbergh baby had done decades earlier. In a bone-chilling account of kidnapping, murder and the dogged pursuit of a child’s killers, John Heidenry crafts a haunting narrative that involves mob boss Joe Costello, a cast of unsavory grifters, hardboiled detectives and a room at the legendary, but now razed, Coral Court Motel on Route 66.”

Now living in Kansas City where the crime took place 65 years ago, I feel I have a little more understanding of my adopted home town and its gritty past.

Zero at the Bone – The Playboy, the Prostitute, and the Murder of Bobby Greenlease by John Heidenry is available from Amazon and other fine booksellers everywhere.

OK, this is so random (even more random than my regularly random posts), but I adore the Finlayson Elefantti Pot Holder Set I found from the fine folks at Finn Style.

About the Finlayson Elefantti Pot Holder Set from Finn Style:

“Shield hands from heat and add an element of fun to cooking and baking with the Finlayson Elefantti Potholder Set. This won a design competition back in 1969 and has been a mainstay favorite every since. The clean-lined cuties form a herd in a chic black-and-white colorway on the 100% cotton squares, padded for protection.”

Find the Finlayson Elefantti Pot Holder Set from Finn Style here.

See all the great Finnish-designed products from Finn Style here.

There are still plenty of plump ripe seasonal tomatoes to pick up at the farmers’ market – which makes it a perfect time to try this recipe for Bacon-Spinach-and-Couscous Stuffed Tomatoes I found from the fine folks at Southern Living magazine.

About the recipe for Bacon-Spinach-and-Couscous Stuffed Tomatoes from Southern Living:

“We love beefsteak tomatoes because they are meaty, firm, and perfect for stuffing. Brush the inside of each hollowed-out tomato with bacon drippings to make them extra smoky and savory. As the tomatoes roast and soften, their tangy juices enhance the bacon, spinach, and couscous stuffing.  You can easily swap out the couscous for rice, orzo, or quinoa.”

Find the recipe for Bacon-Spinach-and-Couscous Stuffed Tomatoes from Southern Living here.

See all the other great recipes and fun feature from Southern Living here.

FOUND: The London Landmarks Notebooks from Posh Totty

When I travel, I always have a notebook or two on hand to jot down notes about things I see and find that may end up as a post right here on Lost Cowboy. Now I have found the best excuse to make another visit to one of my favorite places on earth – the London Landmarks Notebooks I found from the fine folks at Posh Totty.

About the London Landmarks Notebooks from Posh Totty:

“Celebrate your love of the City of London with our beautifully hand-illustrated London Landmarks Notebook, featuring your choice of famous London landmark. Choose from four different gold foiled cover illustrations; Tower Bridge, Big Ben, London Bus or The London Eye, and choose from four stylish colours; teal, navy blue, pink or grey. Each London Landmarks Notebook is handmade to order and features a stylish matte laminated cover, with approx. 140 lined pages inside. A gorgeous gift for a London local or souvenier for a visitor.”

Find the London Landmarks Notebooks from Posh Totty here.

See all the great gift items from Posh Totty here.

FF: The Cat Notebook from the Detroit Card Co.

Meanwhile, the fine folks at the Detroit Card Co. have a great line of notebooks, like their Cat Notebook which I quite fancy (I like cats).

About the Detroit Card Co.:

“The Detroit Card Co. is a Michigan paper goods company making colorful, modern items to brighten your day, hand-drawn by Genna Cowsert. I believe in living creatively and finding what brings joy during our time on this beautiful, impermanent Earth, and I hope what makes me happy might make others happy as well. Thanks for stopping by!”

Find the Cat Notebook from Detroit Card Co. here.

Find the notebook collection from Detroit Card Co.here.

See all the great paper goods from the Detroit Card Co. here.

So I won’t be going on my traditional Cape Cod late summer vacation again this year for the second year in a row (I hope it does not become a thing) but thankfully I was able to get my fix with a few days on the Cape in July. And thankfully the fine folks at Smudge Ink can keep my Cape memories alive with their wonderful Cape Cod Map Print.

About the Cape Cod Map Print from Smudge Ink:

“From the Kennedy’s Hyannis retreat to the dunes of Provincetown, the Cape embodies the classic New England summer. Breathe in the salty air with a map of this iconic peninsula in ocean blues.”

Find the Cape Cod Map Print from Smudge Ink here.

See all the other fine prints and related product of Smudge Ink here.

The season may be winding down, but the farmers’ markets are still full of fresh, ripe, and delicious tomatoes and I for one say it is time to celebrate. Which is why I was drawn to Tomatomania! A Fresh Approach to Celebrating Tomatoes in the Garden and in the Kitchen by Scott Daigre and Jenn Garbee.

About Tomatomania! A Fresh Approach to Celebrating Tomatoes in the Garden and in the Kitchen by Scott Daigre and Jenn Garbee:

“Every spring, thousands of self-described ‘maniacs’ gather for a series of multi-day garden events for the largest tomato seedling sale in the nation: Tomatomania! CEOs and soccer moms, grandmothers and hipsters, hardcore gardeners and eager first-timers—folks from every walk of life unite to celebrate this energetic rite of spring and their shared love of tomatoes. In this practical and fun guide, Tomatomania! owner Scott Daigre provides a peek into his Ojai, California, tomato patch and details a “reality gardening” approach to growing the world’s favorite summer treat. Tomatomania! walks readers through every step of the tomato gardening process, from the earliest planning stages to those final satisfying kitchen table moments of the season. Including 20 simple yet unique recipes and numerous kitchen tips to get the most out of your tomato harvest, this comprehensive guide to growing and cooking with tomatoes will turn you, too, into a proud ‘maniac!”

Tomatomania by Scott Daigre and Jenn Garbee is available from Amazon and other fine booksellers everywhere.

When I was a little kid, some time back in the latter part of the last century, I had a clock radio with a flip clock – you know – the kind of clock that flips the numbers over like an old-school train schedule. I loved that clock and remember just watching it for hours as the minutes flipped by. That clock radio is long gone, but I can relive part of my childhood with this Flip Clock I found from the fine folks at Schoolhouse.

About the Flip Clock from Schoolhouse:

“A helpful analog reminder to put your phone down. Crafted by one of the world’s original flip clock manufacturers, in business since 1956, this expertly made timepiece features design detailing true to its mid century predecessors. The battery operated quartz German movement keeps precise time.”

Find the Flip Clock from Schoolhouse here.

See all the great home accents from Schoolhouse here.

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