Archive for February, 2019

FF: The Organic Container Garden Collection from Fruition Seeds

I have had a container garden every year for quite a while now, and look to be better every year. Now, the fine folks at Fruition Seeds are going to help me out with their special collection of seeds selected especially for containers – their Organic Container Garden Collection.

About the Organic Container Garden Collection from Fruition Seeds:

“Container gardening is so rewarding, though not as simple as it would seem. Having the right seeds and the right soil go a long way. These varieties are easy to grow and compact as well as drought tolerant, making them perfect for your containers, wherever they may be. We have short videos below to inspire you and classes on-farm and online to help along the way! Contains one packet each of: Spacemaster 80 cuke, Genovese basil, Italian parsley, nasturtium, Deluxe Mesclun Mix and Dwarf Blue Vates kale.”

Find the Organic Container Garden Collection from Fruition Seeds here.

Visit Fruition Seeds online home here.

FF: The Organic Non-GMO Brussels Sprouts Seeds from High Mowing Seeds

The fine folks at Vermont-based High Mowing Seeds offer a great line of organic seeds, including Organic Non-GMO Brussels Sprouts Seeds – which I am bravely going to try growing this year.

About the Organic Non-GMO Brussels Sprouts Seeds from High Mowing Seeds:

“As their name indicates, Brussels sprouts, are native to Belgium, but their predecessors were originally cultivated in Rome. The “sprouts” are actually buds that grow in the crook between the leaf base and stem of the plant and are most closely related to wild cabbage, which they resemble in miniature. Brussels sprouts are high in vitamins C and K, and the phytonutrient sulforaphane, which has been found to increase the body’s production of detoxifying enzymes.”

Find the Organic Non-GMO Brussels Sprouts Seeds from High Mowing Seeds here.

Visit High Mowing Seeds online home here.

Today’s read is more evidence that a true life story can be more compelling than the best fiction: Code Name: Lise – The True Story of the Woman Who Became WWII’s Most Highly Decorated Spy by Larry Loftis.

Playing out like a really good World War II-era spy movie, you have to stop every now and then to remind yourself this is the true story of Odette Sansom, whose mission, love, pursuit and capture will enthrall and ultimately inspire you.

About Code Name: Lise by Larry Loftis:

“The year is 1942, and World War II is in full swing. Odette Sansom decides to follow in her war hero father’s footsteps by becoming an SOE agent to aid Britain and her beloved homeland, France. Five failed attempts and one plane crash later, she finally lands in occupied France to begin her mission. It is here that she meets her commanding officer Captain Peter Churchill. As they successfully complete mission after mission, Peter and Odette fall in love. All the while, they are being hunted by the cunning German secret police sergeant, Hugo Bleicher, who finally succeeds in capturing them. They are sent to Paris’s Fresnes prison, and from there to concentration camps in Germany where they are starved, beaten, and tortured. But in the face of despair, they never give up hope, their love for each other, or the whereabouts of their colleagues.”

Code Name: Lise – The True Story of the Woman Who Became WWII’s Most Highly Decorated Spy by Larry Loftis is available from Amazon and other fine booksellers everywhere.

I have mentioned many times before about my love of a fine charcuterie and/or cheese board. Now I have found the perfect utensils to go along with the boards I make at home – the Wooden Cocktail Forks I found from the fine folks at Michigan Sloyd.

About the Cocktail Forks from Michigan Sloyd:

“Perfect for hors d’oeuvres, appetizers, and cheese boards. Pickles, olives, cheese, deli slices, etc. All utensils are finished with knife cuts only, never sanded. After finish carving, they are lightly coated with a mix of walnut oil and beeswax. To maintain, wipe clean with warm water after each use. Avoid using excessive soap and soaking in water. Never put a wooden utensil in the dishwasher. Recondition dry utensils using Michigan Sloyd Wood Balm.”

Find the Cocktail Forks from Michigan Sloyd here.

See all the fine wooden utensils from Michigan Sloyd here.

The fine folks at Ecrandal Handmade Copper Cookie Cutters make some very special cookie cutters, but right now as we prepare for Valentine’s Day we are really digging their Heart Shaped Cookie Cutter.

About Ecrandal Handmade Copper Cookie Cutters:

“Our Ecrandal cookie cutters are known around the world for their exquisite quality, beautiful designs, and perfect cuts! What sets us apart?  Here are a few of our special details and care that goes into the forming of our heirloom cutters. First to start off with a high-quality product you must begin with the best materials.  Our copper is made by Revere, the original US made copper.  For those of you that don’t know, Paul Revere not only warned us that the British were coming, but he was also a talented Silver and Coppersmith.  We are proud to purchase our copper from a company that uses copper that is made in the USA and has such a rich history! Every one of our copper cookie cutters is hand-crafted by Eric without the use of any automated machinery.”

Find the Heart Shaped Cookie Cutter from Ecrandal Handmade Copper Cookie Cutters here.

Learn more about Ecrandal Handmade Copper Cookie Cutters here.

FF: Michter’s US1 Kentucky Straight Bourbon

I love finding new bourbons, and Michter’s US1 Kentucky Straight Bourbon is new to me and I am happy to have found it.

About Michter’s US1 Kentucky Straight Bourbon:

“Michter’s US1 Kentucky Straight Bourbon is made from a carefully selected mashbill that features the highest quality American corn. It is then matured to the peak of perfection. Truly “small batch” each batch of our US1 Kentucky Straight Bourbon is batched in a holding tank sized to fit a maximum of twenty full barrels, leaving no margin for “blending out” imperfection and thus necessitating excellence from every barrel. Reflecting the spirit of the Bluegrass State, Michter’s US1 Kentucky Straight Bourbon is nuanced, mellow and earthy.”

Learn more about Michter’s US1 Kentucky Straight Bourbon here.

Visit Michter’s Distillery online here.

FF: Whiskey Tumbler Candle from Wax Buffalo

Ok, what is better than a candle in a whiskey tumbler? Well, a tumbler filled with bourbon of course. But I’ll take the candle if it is one of the Whiskey Tumbler Candles I found from the fine folks at Wax Buffalo – especially the Sweet Tobacco scented candle.

About the Sweet Tobacco Whiskey Tumbler Candle from Wax Buffalo:

“With top notes of warm vanilla scented tobacco, coriander and a bit of tonka, under notes of honey blossom, and clove. This candle takes you on a memory adventure. Cozy pipes, and dimly lit bookstores, black coffee, and warm Sunday afternoons. That’s sweet tobacco.”

Find the Sweet Tobacco Whiskey Tumbler Candle from Wax Buffalo here.

Visit Wax Buffalo online here.

The fine folks at Art2theextreme are the proud purveyors of the “Original Rainbow Crayons” – which are very cool. Now, for Valentine’s Day, they offer a set of Conversation Heart Rainbow Crayons, and they make the perfect gifts for young and old.

About the Conversation Heart Rainbow Crayons from Art2theextreme:

“It’s not a box of chocolates, but something way better! This Conversation Heart set of our Original Rainbow Crayons™ is a great gift for kids, the artist in the family, or to use in your adult coloring books. This listing is for a set of 3 Conversation Heart Rainbow Crayons in a kraft gift box. We can create custom quantities and special requests through convo. We can also stamp a name or message on the box for you!”

Find the Conversation Heart Rainbow Crayons from Art2theextreme here.

Visit Art2theextreme’s online shop here.

Released just a few months ago, today’s Read is already delightfully dated. As of Sunday, a new chapter needs to be added to The Pats: An Illustrated History of the New England Patriots by Glenn Stout and Richard A. Johnson. Still, this book is chock full of the whole history of the Pats, including the tough years long before three guys named Brady, Belichick and Kraft showed up – which makes a fan (and outside observers) appreciate even more what the franchise has accomplished in the past two decades.

About The Pats: An Illustrated History of the New England Patriots by Glenn Stout and Richard A. Johnson:

“The New England Patriots have become a dynasty, though it didn’t begin that way. Love ’em, hate ’em, the Pats have captured this country’s attention like no other franchise. From two award-winning authors this is the first complete story of a legendary team and its five trophies. In the tradition of their celebrated illustrated histories of some of sports’ most iconic franchises, Stout and Johnson tell the history in full and in colorful detail. This is a lavishly illustrated tale full of larger-than-life characters – from founding owner Billy Sullivan, early stars like Syracuse running back Jim Nance and beloved wide receiver turned broadcaster Gino Cappeletti, to Hall of Famers and stars like John Hannah, Russ Francis, and Steve Grogan through to present-day stars like Tom Brady and Bill Belichick and owner Bob Kraft.”

The Pats: An Illustrated History of the New England Patriots by Glenn Stout and Richard A. Johnson is available from Amazon and other fine booksellers everywhere.

 

 

Seriously, you have to love a place called Fromagination – purveyors of fine cheeses of course. I fell a little more in love with them when I discovered their Artisan Cheese & Charcuterie Tray – which includes everything your need for a nice evening at home, with or without guests.

About the Artisan Cheese & Charcuterie Tray from Fromagination:

“Each of these trays are one-of-a-kind assortments specially selected for you by our cheesemongers from around Wisconsin and around the world. The ‘traditional’ assortment focuses on great well-aged versions of familiar cheeses like farmhouse cheddar and Dutch gouda. The ‘adventurous’ assortment gathers a selection of more exclusive cheeses that are at the peak of their flavor. Paired with your favorite beer or wine, these cheeses will be sure to please.  Each tray includes an assortment of breads, nuts and crackers and is accompanied by a description of the cheese selected for you. This tray includes three cheeses and three types of cured meats, paired with companions such as dried fruits, crackers, olives, nuts, and crostini.”

Find the Artisan Cheese & Charcuterie Tray from Fromagination here.

See all the fine cheeses and related products from Fromagination here.

I don’t know exactly what a “pixie box” is, but the fine folks at Oh Dier offer a few. But I do know that I like their Pixie Salt Cellar… a lot!

About the Pixie Salt Cellar from Oh Dier:

“Can’t decide between Himalayan pink or fleur de sel? Kosher or Hawaiian red? Store them both in Oh Dier’s new twist on their Pixie design—a double-chambered salt cellar pretty enough to leave out on the countertop. Not a chef? You can store any small treasure in it—provided it’s worth its salt.”

Find the Pixie Salt Cellar from Oh Dier here.

Visit Oh Dier online here.