Archive for July, 2016

slmIt is that time of year when the bounty of fresh off the vine tomatoes are way too good to pass up. But who can eat so many tomatoes? Well, I have been looking for new recipes to try that use tomatoes in ways that I would not ordinarily do. I have long been intrigue by the idea of fried green tomatoes (and not just from the movie) which is why I am going to try this recipe for Fried Green Tomatoes with Buttermilk-Feta Dressing I found from Southern Living magazine.

A tip from the recipe for Fried Green Tomatoes with Buttermilk-Feta Dressing from Sothern Living:

“When a few breadcrumbs dropped in the oil sizzle, it’s ready for frying! Fry fresh from the garden tomatoes, in batches, until golden brown and crispy. For a more powerful flavor, substitute blue cheese for feta.”

Find the recipe for Fried Green Tomatoes with Buttermilk-Feta Dressing from Sothern Living.

Find all the great recipes and other features of Southern Living here.

saveAs long as there are children suffering in the world there will be a need to support organizations like Save the Children.

About Save the Children:

“Save the Children invests in childhood – every day, in times of crisis and for our future. In the United States and around the world, we give children a healthy start, the opportunity to learn and protection from harm. By transforming children’s lives now, we change the course of their future and ours.”

Learn more about Save the Children and how you can support their important work here.

FF: The Swim Trunks Spring 15 Bag from Swoozies

ffbHave you ever wanted something special to keep your swimsuit in on the way to or from the beach? Neither have I. But now that I found the Swim Trunks Spring 15 Bag from the fine folks at Swoozies, I really need one.

About the Swim Trunks Spring 15 Bag from Swoozies:

“The perfect solution to storing your swim gear – a soft, perfectly designed bag for your swim trunks! Pick up this bag, and you’re all set for summer!”

Find the Swim Trunks Spring 15 Bag from Swoozies here.

See all cool products from Swoozies here.

FF: The Old Bay Latte Mug from Log Cabin Crafts

ffaI have featured several enamel mugs in the past, I can’t help it, I love the things. But I really like the Old Bay Latte Mug I found from the fine folks at Log Cabin Crafts.

About the Old Bay Latte Mug from Log Cabin Crafts:

“This enamel latte mug is also a tumbler with a handle. It has bold yellow, red and black colors.”

Find the Old Bay Latte Mug from Log Cabin Crafts here.

See all the perfect items for you cabin from Log Cabin Crafts here.

gtsI love all manner of tomato soups, but the Green Tomato Soup I found from the fine folks at Low Country Produce is really something special.

About the Green Tomato Soup from Low Country Produce:

“Our Green Tomato Soup is definitely the most unique product that we make. Green tomatoes, ham stock, capers, cayenne pepper, garlic and olive oil make for a very interesting soup! For an easy, beautiful luncheon soup, serve it warm or chilled and top with sour cream and fresh dill. If there is a chill in the air, heat and top with shredded chicken, shredded Mexican cheese and sour cream. Yum!”

Find the Green Tomato Soup from Low Country Produce here.

See all the great products from Low Country Produce here.

succIf you know someone who is into the adult coloring craze and just so happens to like succulents (plants) then you will be thrilled to find the newly released Sensational Succulents: An Adult Coloring Book of Amazing Shapes and Magical Patterns by Debra Lee Baldwin (Author), Laura Serra (Illustrator).

About Sensational Succulents by Debra Lee Baldwin and Laura Serra:Sensational Succulents combines two popular trends: coloring for adults and succulents. Featuring 75 illustrations drawn by Laura Serra and based on photographs from Debra Lee Baldwin’s bestselling books, it is filled with a huge array of succulents, the relaxing patterns that naturally occur in the plant world, fun mandalas made up of plants, and hours of restorative, creative fun. The illustrations appear on only one side of a high-quality paper that supports a variety of mediums, including pencils and markers.”

When you buy this book as a gift for said person and they shower you with praise – just remember who told you about it first.

Sensational Succulents by Debra Lee Baldwin and Laura Serra is available from Amazon and other fine booksellers.

APBHere is a perfect find for Lost Cowboy, the American Prairie Bourbon from the fine folks at High West Distillery, who donate part of their profits to help protect the American Prairie Reserve in northeastern Montana.

About American Prairie Bourbon from High West Distillery:

“High West is dedicated to preserving and promoting the American West. American Prairie is a superb premium bourbon whiskey dedicated to one of the greatest land preservation projects of our time. The American Prairie Reserve in Montana is a 5000 Square mile land tract the size of Connecticut restored to what Lewis and Clark would have seen. High West will donate 10% of after tax profits from each bottle to the American Prairie Foundation.”

Find more about High West’s American Prairie Bourbon here.

Learn more about High West Distillery and their efforts to save the prairie here.

orgFresh fruit is always the best, but sometimes it is hard to find it, which makes products like the Pourable Fruit from the fine folks at Oregon Specialty Fruit – which allows you to have a splash of fruit pretty much whenever you want it. This fine fruit product comes in raspberry, strawberry and my choice, blueberry, which make a nice summer drink when mixed with ice cold seltzer.

About the Blueberry Pourable Fruit from Oregon Specialty Fruit: “We use all-natural ingredients. Nothing artificial is added. Ever. Just blueberries, cane sugar, water, citric acid, natural flavor, guar gum, and xanthan gum. All our products are made in our family-owned facility in Salem, Oregon. Oregon Pourable Fruit is made from all-natural, non-GMO ingredients, is certified Kosher, gluten free and suitable for vegetarians. Suggested Uses -Thaw in your refrigerator, and then simply use. Convenient and always ready for dozens of daily uses, like yogurt, oatmeal, smoothies, waffles, pancakes, desserts, beverages and more. Diced, premium berries picked at the peak of ripeness, added to a sweetened sauce. Always with real ingredients—no preservatives or artificial flavor. Found in the frozen aisle.”

Find the Pourable Fruit from Oregon Specialty Fruit here.

Check all the great fruity products from Oregon Specialty Fruit here.

From my most recent trip to Chicago…


boardVolunteer service is a great way to give back, and for many professionals, joining the board of a local nonprofit is a good way to share your talents and time with organizations that need it. The fine folks at BoardnetUSA are dedicated to matching leaders looking to join boards with the nonprofits that need the help.

About BoardnetUSA: “BoardnetUSA is a unique website dedicated to the express purpose of connecting nonprofit boards and new leaders. This site is designed to be a common technological platform for a national collaborative network of communities working locally to enhance nonprofit board governance. This growing network of Community Partners work together on common themes of populating board rooms as well as individually developing services tailored to their local market.”

Learn more about BoardnetUSA and find a good match for you here.


Just in time for your seasonal cooking, the fine folks at Urbani Truffles have rolled out their Summer Truffles.

About the Summer Truffles from Urbani Truffles: “Summer truffles are now known and appreciated all over the world. Picking season goes from May to September. Summer truffles are usually found in limestone terrains, oakwoods and pinewoods. Classic recipe is the summer truffle sauce adding the grated summer truffles to warm olive oil (warm but not boiling), a touch of garlic, salt and pepper. This sauce is used on bruschettas, spaghetti, meat, fish or you can slice on a salad to create a very special dish. Recommended quantity for portion: 1oz. We recommend consuming the truffles as soon as possible.”

Find the Summer Truffles from Urbani Truffles here.

Learn more about all the products from Urbani Truffles here.

FF: The Black Truffle Salt from Abe’s Market

ff2If you want some truffle in your life but the real thing costs too much or is just a pain – you can get your fix with the Black Truffle Salt from Abe’s Market I found from the fine folks at Abe’s Market.

About the Black Truffle Salt from Abe’s Market: “Celtic Sea Salt with black winter truffles. This is not a flavored product since there is no “truffle aroma or truffle essence” added. Truffle NC simply adds dehydrated truffle to the sea salt, for a purely delicious truffle salt. This little jar holds a great way to finish any dish that hasn’t been flavored with other competitors like heavy garlic. It’s just that — a finish — and pure truffle makes everything special. Try it on croissants, ice cream, and other confections!”

Find the Black Truffle Salt from Abe’s Market here.

See all the great “natural for the people” products from Abe’s Market here.