Archive for January, 2018

OK, something new for me to worry about: the North and South Poles reversing their electromagnetism and destroying life on Earth as we know it. Such is a prospect discussed in the fascinating new book The Spinning Magnet: The Electromagnetic Force That Created the Modern World–and Could Destroy It by Alanna Mitchell. More than scaremongering, Ms. Mitchell weaves a compelling tale of science and history – and the history of science – and Earth’s electromagnetism which will change the way you will think of this big blue marble we call home.

About The Spinning Magnet by Alanna Mitchell:

“Award-winning journalist Alanna Mitchell’s science storytelling introduce intriguing characters–from the thirteenth-century French investigations into magnetism and the Victorian-era discover that electricity and magnetism emerge from the same fundamental force to the latest research. No one has ever told so eloquently how the Earth itself came to be seen as a magnet, spinning in space with two poles, and that those poles have dramatically reversed many time, often coinciding with mass extinctions. The most recent reversal was 780,000 years ago.”

As someone who never had a mind for science, I appreciate a book that does not dumb things down but presents the information in an accessible narrative that not only makes me feel smarter, but actually makes me smarter.

The Spinning Magnet by Alanna Mitchell is available from Amazon and other fine booksellers everywhere.



OK, you may have sticker shock when you see the nearly $70 price point for today’s find – Prepd Pack. But when you see how cool and versatile the Prepd Pack is you will realize it is well worth the investment, as it will truly be the last lunch container solution you will ever need. Really. It is that cool.

About Prepd Pack:

“Slimline, stylish and durable, each Prepd Pack is handcrafted from high-quality, natural bamboo and a precision engineered polymer. The case has a secure enclosure that keeps everything in place. Whether you want one large main and a side or smaller meals throughout the day, the Prepd modular containers are designed to allow absolute flexibility and freedom. They are also stackable keeping your fridge neat and organised.”

And Prepd Pack can be customized in many configurations. When was the last time you have a lunchbox with accessories?

Check out Prepd Pack and fall in love with it here.

Cordings in London is one of those places that you can’t believe still exists. They are a classic purveyor of fine outfittings for gentlemen – and ladies – for things like a shoot in the country or other old school English past times. Well, their products are of the highest quality and work for those of us who stay in town as well as those with country pursuits. I love Cordings’ classic Cartridge Bag – made to hold rifle cartridges for your grouse shoot – but makes a cool everyday bag.

About the Cartridge Bag from Cordings:

“Made in England, in our House Check. Smart and practical. Traditional Bonding Method. Brass Fittings. Fully Lined in Cotton Twill. Adjustable Shoulder Strap.”

Find Cordings’ Cartridge Bag here.

Visit Cordings of London online here.

FF: Greenberg Smoked Turkeys

I was saving this until Thanksgiving season, but just couldn’t wait – you need to treat yourself to a Greenberg Smoked Turkey.

About Greenberg Smoked Turkeys:

“When you serve Greenberg Smoked Turkey, you’re sharing in an East Texas family tradition that spans four generations. It all started when my grandfather began smoking turkeys for family and friends in a corner of his dairy barn. Word spread about his delicious gifts, and by the 1940s my father fulfilled the family’s first official order—an unsolicited request from 100 miles away in Dallas. Not much has changed since those days. We still smoke turkeys the way my grandfather did—seasoned with our family spice recipe and slow-cooked over a hickory fire. We still do business the way my father did—a family-run operation that we oversee daily. We have been blessed with customers who continue to spread the word far and wide about our turkey’s distinctive flavor. Our business has grown as more and more people discover why Greenberg Smoked Turkey is a treat that is not to be missed, so much so that around 200,000 customers make us a part of their holiday season each year.”

You have to love the place that owns the “gobblegobble” URL!

Learn more and place your Greenberg Smoked Turkey order here.

FF: The Persimmon Butter from Clif Family

Now for something completely different…

Let’s all try the Persimmon Butter I found from the fine folks at Clif Family.

About the Persimmon Butter from Clif Family:

“Tart, sweet and hearty, our persimmon butter comes from brightly pumpkin-hued, succulent Fuyu persimmons. Full of warm fall flavors and spices, it makes a unique and delicious gift for the adventurous foodie.”

Find the Persimmon Butter from Clif Family here.

See all the great products on offer from Clif Family here.

Ohhh Big Daddy!

Yeah, I am loving the Bespoke Big Daddy Tote I found from the fine folks at Corron. Not only is it a great size and of the highest quality – you can have it customized with a hand painted monogram or image.

About the Bespoke Big Daddy Tote from Corroon:

“In the iconic Soussevlei dunes of Namibia, Big Daddy is the tallest of them all. Its dramatic sands rise up over 365 meters high. Our Big Daddy is a roomy leather boat and tote, with a detachable clutch that snaps out for smaller adventures. And just as these iconic sand dunes change from brown to red as they age, this beautiful, soft leather will get even better over time.”

This is not an inexpensive tote – but an investment and a statement – and something that you will have forever.

Find the Bespoke Big Daddy Tote from Corroon here.

Find all the quality items from Corroon here.

It is slow cooker season and I have been hauling out mine ever few days to make some nice hearty meals to keep me warm during this very cold winter. I am always on the lookout for new recipes for the slow cooker, and yeah, always trying to eat better and take better care of myself. Now I found the solution to both those quests, The Healing Slow Cooker – Lower Stress, Improve Gut Health, Decrease Inflammation by Jennifer Iserloh, with photography by Alice Gao.

About The Healing Slow Cooker – by Jennifer Iserloh:

“This collection of 60 set-it and forget-it recipes aims to support a variety of wellness goals for optimal health. From Detox and Calm to Rebuild and Strengthen and more, each chapter’s recipes utilize specific ingredients that help lower stress, decrease inflammation, and improve gut health. Combining the convenience of a slow cooker with accessible ingredients like ginger, mushrooms, chocolate, and turmeric, these dishes are simple enough for home cooks of any skill level. Each chapter comes with a detailed guide to the featured healing ingredients, making it easy to explore how they benefit the body. Start the journey to healthful eating with the flip of a switch!”

More than just providing great recipes, this book gives you permission to experiment and try something new – with ideas for things you never thought to put in your good old slow cooker.

The Healing Slow Cooker – by Jennifer Iserloh is available from Amazon and other fine booksellers.


There is still a lot of winter left – despite what the little critter may tell us next week – but my mind is already thinking summer. Which is why I fell in love with the hammocks from the fine folks at Yellow Leaf Hammocks. Just looking at their great hammocks has me dreaming of lazy warm days that are bound to return at some point.

About the hammocks of Yellow Leaf Hammocks:

“Free-flowing weaves contour perfectly to your body for weightless napping. Breezy, loose-knit design keeps you cool on hot days. Super-soft yarn feels great on skin and prevents the dreaded “waffle-imprint”. Anti-flip designs mean you can nap without worrying about spilling out.  Weathersafe + colorfast Performance Yarn for durable + lasting outdoor performance (“lazy-proof” hammocks can be left out all season). Meticulously 100% handwoven (it takes 6-7 days to create each Signature Hammock). Roomy hammocks expand to share without squishing.”

But wait, there’s more! In addition to offering these great hammocks, Yellow Leaf Hammocks is committed to making a positive impact for people and communities – their hammocks are handmade in Thailand by people who otherwise would not make a living wage.

Learn more about the hammocks and mission of Yellow Leaf Hammocks here.

I was on the current charcuterie craze bandwagon long before it was a thing, and will be riding it long after the hipsters move on to other things. So, for me, an investment in a fine serving board – like the Wood Server Trays I found from the fine folks at Montes Doggett – is very much worth it.

About the Wood Server Trays from Montes Doggett:

“Perfect for entertaining, it can be used to serve your favorite bread, cheese and appetizers. Cleans easily with soap and warm water. Use this board as décor on your table, hang for convenient storage.”

I found these trays on my own – but when I went to Montes Doggett’s site I learned that they are also one of Oprah’s “Favorite Things” – Oprah and Lost Cowboy together can’t possibly be wrong.

Find the Wood Server Trays from Montes Doggett here.

Check out all the great products from Montes Doggett here.

FF:  The Double Strength Madagascar Vanilla Extract from Savory Spice

I love vanilla and put it in all sorts of things. When vanilla extract is in order, you can get the basic kind at your local supermarket, or you can splurge and get the Double Strength Pure Madagascar Vanilla Extract I found from the fine folks at Savory Spice.

About the Double Strength Madagascar Vanilla Extract from Savory Spice:

“Pure double strength vanilla extract made from the highest quality Madagascar “Bourbon Islands” vanilla beans. Twice the amount of beans are used to make the same amount of single strength vanilla, making it possible to use half of the amount of extract called for in a recipe. This not only is slightly more economical, but is helpful when using extract in a white icing or any other application where you want to alter the color as little as possible.”

Find the Double Strength Madagascar Vanilla Extract from Savory Spice here.

See all the spices and related products from Savory Spice here.

FF: The White Wolf Tea from Bellocq

Meanwhile, I am in love with the White Wolf Tea I found from the fine folks at Bellocq – with a hint of vanilla and other great tastes to make the perfect winter blend.

The White Wolf Tea from Bellocq:

“Prominent notes of cedar, star anise, and mint evoke expansive Western frontiers, hay and saddle leather, cedar and snow, for a truly exceptional white tea blend. This wintry tea evokes the almost surreal warmth of a morning sun dawning over a frosty landscape and the smoldering charity of an erstwhile, starlit campfire.”

Find the White Wolf Tea from Bellocq here.

See all the fine teas from Bellocq here.

I’m still going through my Christmas gifts. By the way, isn’t it strange that just a few weeks after Christmas it is like it never happened? Oh well, I guess that is what makes it a very special holiday. Anyway, one of the best gifts I received was the really cool Pets Rock puzzle made by the fine folks at Ceaco – fine makers of puzzles right here in the USA.

About Ceaco:

“Welcome to Ceaco! We are so grateful that you have found your “fit” here. Since our start in 1987 we have remained true to our mission: To create high quality, innovative and challenging jigsaw puzzles and to provide hours of family fun. We pride ourselves on developing and maintaining long standing relationships with some of the finest artists of our time. Our talented team of designers and marketing professionals are always searching the world over for developing trends, emerging artwork, and new technologies involving printing, die cutting, and unique puzzle materials. Our purpose is clear: to continue to be in the forefront of our industry and create a product that combines family entertainment with a distinctive aesthetic.”

Check out all the cool puzzles from Ceaco here.