Archive for August, 2019

…watch for all the great sights and finds!

FF: The Lover’s Picnic Set from SunnyLife

Vacation means picnics, on the beach, in the park, or just about anywhere. A picnic with someone special is even better – which is why I love the Lover’s Picnic Set I found from the fine folks at SunnyLife.

About the Lover’s Picnic Set from SunnyLife:

“The picnic grass is always greener on the Sunnylife side. Grab a partner and pack for pairs with the Azule Lovers Picnic Set.”

Find the Lover’s Picnic Set from SunnyLife here.

Visit SunnyLife online here.

FF: The Painted Leaves Pouch Set from Minted

Meanwhile, when my friends and I travel, we each put money into a “kitty” which in turn pays for everything we do together – dinners, drinks, provisions for the house, admissions, whatever. It keeps things in order and emliminates the bookkeeping. We also purchase a new pouch to keep the kitty in, much like the Painted Leaves Pouch Set I found from the fine folks at Minted.

About the Painted Leaves Pouch Set from Minted:

“Store your essentials in style. These limited edition brass-zippered pouches feature fresh fabric prints from our community of independent artists, artfully paired in a chic set. The set includes two sizes, perfect for travel and everyday items like pens, cords, toiletries, and more. Made from durable 100% cotton.”

Find the Painted Leaves Pouch Set from Minted here.

Visit Minted online here.

My long-awaited late summer vacation to Cape Cod is coming up next week. There are so many things I am looking forward to doing on the trip, but there will be a lot of down time, which I hope to be spending floating around in an inflatable raft (on the calmer and less shar infested bay side of the Cape of course). If I had a little more imagination, I would have planned to purchase a float like the Stinson Float from the fine folks at The Nice Fleet.

About Stinson Float from The Nice Fleet:

“Large inflatable round float of 1,2 m (47 inches) in diameter on the motif of swimmers evoking the retro atmosphere of Stinson in California.  Ideal for brightening up and having fun in a swimming pool or for a seaside holiday.”

Find the Stinson Float from The Nice Fleet here.

Visit The Nice Fleet online here.

Remember Mad Libs from when you were a kid? Or maybe you don’t. Either way, it’s time to rediscover (or discover) Mad Libs and have some fun. Just in time for my vacation next week, I have found Vacation Fun Mad Libs, and I know my friends and I are going to have a blast filling in the blanks and having some laughs.

About Vacation Fun Mad Libs:

“Kids complete page after page of vacation theme stories by supplying the parts of speech indicated, then read the entirely silly story back and roar with laughter! Even if you’re not on vacation, you’ll love filling in the blanks and creating your own stories about ‘Cave Exploring’ and ‘Driving in the Car,’ among many others. Whether you’re home by yourself, or spending the night at a friend’s house, try playing Vacation Fun Mad Libs& for kicks.”

Vacation Fun Mad Libs is available from Amazon and other fine booksellers everywhere.

This is not your nana’s beer koozie – the Standard Bottle Holder from the fine folks at Bottle Keeper – perfect for your seltzer too!

About the Standard bottle holder from Bottle Keeper:

“Insulated to keep your beer colder, longer, and protected from breakage, The Standard 2.0 is made for the typical 12 oz bottle such as Bud Light and Corona, has durable powder coated, metallic and printed finishes, and lots of color options to choose from. Oh yeah, there’s also a bottle opener in the cap and a tether to keep it attached.”

Find the Standard bottle holder from Bottle Keeper here.

Learn more about Bottle Keeper here.

When a colleague asked me several months ago about my thoughts for her family vacation on Cape Cod, I sang the praises of the area of the Cape that I love – the part near the tip before Provincetown, especially Wellfleet. Over the months as her vacation came closer, I gave her tips about things to do in addition to the fun of P-Town and the awesome beaches of the National Seashore.

I mentioned the great galleries in Wellfleet, the culinary finds, the theater, the nature walks, and bike trails. I am please to say my colleague and her family had a great time staying in Eastham, and checked out many of my recommendations. Not long after, the New York Times travel section’s Lisa W. Foderaro posted a piece titled 36 Hours on Outer Cape Cod – “Wine-tasting, bird-watching, biking and gallery-hopping: In the Outer Cape towns of Eastham, Wellfleet and Truro, there’s plenty to do both in and out of the water.” It was pretty much the itinerary I gave my colleague and many of the things I will be doing myself when I triumphantly return to Cape Cod in a few weeks for my traditional late summer vacation.

From 36 Hours on Outer Cape Cod in the New York Times: “For more than a century, since agriculture and whaling gave way to tourism, Cape Cod in Massachusetts has attracted vacationers to its many miles of pristine beaches. For those wary of the water after last year’s great white shark attacks, experiences on terra firma abound. There are nature walks and wine tastings, leisurely bike rides and gallery visits, lighthouse tours and shopping. The dining and cultural scenes have broadened, too. One way to narrow the scope of your weekend travels is to concentrate on the Outer Cape towns of Eastham, Wellfleet and Truro, all within the Cape Cod National Seashore, which protects tens of thousands of acres from development.”

Read the full piece 36 Hours on Outer Cape Cod in the New York Times here.

*BTW, I guess I kind of am a travel writer – thanks for supporting Lost Cowboy and all my randomness.

Well, my garden is going strong well into the late summer. My basil is flourishing thanks to the pruning tips of a colleague, and all varieties of tomatoes are finally ripening on the vine. But the real story of this year’s garden are the cucumbers. I have three kinds of cucumbers thriving – including a variety of yellow cukes that are really delicious.

FF: Roaming Man Tennessee Straight Rye Whiskey

Every now and then I like to divert from bourbon to sister spirits, liked the Roaming Man Tennessee Straight Rye Whiskey from the fine folks at Sugarlands Distilling Co.

About Roaming Man Tennessee Straight Rye Whiskey:

“Roaming Man Tennessee Straight Rye Whiskey boasts a bold expression of black pepper, vanilla, caramel, tobacco and oak. This cask strength whiskey entered the barrel as a pot-distilled, gold medal winning spirit resulting in a balanced barrel proof Rye Whiskey.”

Learn more about Roaming Man Tennessee Straight Rye Whiskey here.

Visit Sugarlands Distilling Co. online here.

FF: New Southern Revival Brand Sorghum Whiskey

Or something like the New Southern Revival Brand Sorghum Whiskey from the fine folks at High Wired Distilling Co.

About New Southern Revival Brand Sorghum Whiskey:

“Distilled from sorghum grown on a Mennonite farm in central Tennessee, our Sorghum Whiskey is incredibly smooth with a long finish. Sip it neat or over a single, large cube of ice for a satisfying dessert cocktail.”

Learn more about New Southern Revival Brand Sorghum Whiskey here.

Visit High Wired Distilling Co. online here.

While I am puttering around in my garden, I trim my plants with an old pair of IKEA scissors. They have been doing the trick for years but I have been thinking I need to up my game. That’s why I am eyeing the Precision Shears I found from the fine folks at Burgon & Ball – endorsed by the Royal Horticultural Society and everything.

About the Precision Shears from Burgon & Ball:

“Super-lightweight 750g, aluminium handled, razor sharp, hedge shears featuring highly pointed blades for precision trimming and shaping of shrubs and hedges. Whisper smooth action, lightweight alloy handles with grey rubber grips and cushion stops to reduce jarring. Slight angle between blades and handles makes for easy trimming of flat hedge surfaces.”

Find the Precision Shears from Burgon & Ball here.

Visit Burgon & Ball of Sheffield, England online here.

I don’t care much for seafood, and the thought of cooking it is not a very pleasant one for me, so today’s read, Provincetown Seafood Cookbook by Howard Mitcham, may seem to be an odd choice. However, I love Provincetown, and Cape Cod in general (where I will be vacationing very soon) and this book is full of local lore and history… along with the fish recipes. Yes, it is actually a cookbook that is fun to read.

About Provincetown Seafood Cookbook by Howard Mitcham:

“Provincetown’s best-known and most-admired chef combines delectable recipes and delightful folklore to serve up a classic in seafood cookbooks. Read about the famous (and infamous!) Provincetown fishing fleet, the adventures of the fish and shellfish that roam Cape Cod waters, and the people of Provincetown–like John J. Glaspie, Lord Protector of the Quahaugs. Then treat yourself to Cape Cod Gumbo, Provincetown Paella, Portuguese Clam Chowder, Lobster Fra Diavolo, Zarzuela, and dozens of other Portuguese, Creole, and Cape Cod favorites. A list of fresh and frozen seafood substitutes for use anywhere in the country is a unique feature of this lively book.  You’ll learn the right way to eat broiled crab and the safe way to open oysters. You’ll even learn how to cook a sea serpent!”

Provincetown Seafood Cookbook by Howard Mitcham is available from Amazon and other fine bookseller everywhere.