Archive for July, 2018

While on vacation earlier this month, I was fortunate to take a day trip on the ferry from Boston to Provincetown (on the very tip of Cape Cod). Of course, I had to snap these bikes I spotted just as I step off onto MacMillan Pier.

While staying with my great friends just south of Boston, they took me on a kayaking trip of the islands around Hingham Harbor – which was a real treat. I took this picture looking out of the harbor into Boston harbor with the city’s glimmering skyline in the background on the perfect summer’s afternoon.

Of course I can’t pass up the opportunity to check in on Mount Chocorua every time I pass by when I am back in New Hampshire, like I was a couple of weeks ago. This is just one of the many shots I took this time around.

I found the best use for all that zucchini that is ubiquitous at the farmers’ markets this time of year – this recipe for Zucchini & Ricotta Tartlets from the fine folks at Rachael Ray Every Day magazine.

About the recipe for Zucchini & Ricotta Tartlets from Rachael Ray Every Day magazine:

“Unroll piecrusts; using a knife, cut out four 6-inch rounds. In bowl, mix ricotta and pesto; season. Spread over dough, leaving 1-inch border. Arrange zucchini over cheese; brush with oil. Sprinkle with walnuts. Fold dough edges up over the edges of the filling; crimp. Bake at 400° until crust is browned, 30 minutes.”

Find the recipe for Zucchini & Ricotta Tartlets from Rachael Ray Every Day magazine here.

See all the great recipes from Rachael Ray Every Day magazine here.

I love this picture of a young man enjoying a street festival – one of several that pop up all over Chicago all summer long. And look – the Uncle Nearest Premium Whiskey billboard I featured yesterday is in the background.

One of the highlights of my little summer vacation back in New England last week was a visit to the biking trails that run along the Cape Cod canal. It was a a gorgeous day and was great to get out on the trail and watch all the people out enjoying the day – biking, picnicking, fishing, and all the other great joys of summer. Here is a snapshot of my bike with the Sagamore Bridge – one of the two connections from the mainland to the Cape.

Here is a picture worth taking – a billboard I spotted in Chicago for a whiskey I had never heard of before – Uncle Nearest Premium Whiskey. So I snapped a picture and sought a bottle out – and I am here to report it is pretty good.

About Uncle Nearest Premium Whiskey: Uncle Nearest Premium Whiskey is made using local ingredients from Tennessee. Our Tennessee Silver is an intricate 11-step, 25-day process utilizing a one-of-a-kind triple charcoal mellowing system that was hand-drawn and fabricated by engineers, exclusively for Uncle Nearest. No other whiskey in the world utilizes this proprietary process.”

I am oddly obsessed with the Brass Palm Tree Sculpture I found from the fine folks at Chairish.

About the Brass Palm Tree Sculpture from Chairish:

“Super fun brass palm tree sculpture. Perfect for summer porch, near fireplace or entryway. The tallest tree is 43”H, second 36”H, third 31”H.”

The only problem is this thing is almost $500 and a little over my budget for such things right now. But I do have a birthday coming up.

Find the Brass Palm Tree Sculpture from Chairish here.

Visit Chairish – “where design lovers buy and sell” – here.

I can’t pass up a bike without taking a few pictures of it – which should be painfully obvious to Lost Cowboy fans. Here’s a shot I took last month while on a visit to Chicago.

There are few better contemporary chroniclers of history right now than Candice Millard. I have raved about her works in the past, most notably Hero of the Empire, and The River of Doubt.

Most recently I picked up an earlier book from Miss Millard, Destiny of the Republic: A Tale of Madness, Medicine and the Murder of a President, and I am glad I did. The book is an account of James Garfield’s rise from poverty to the American presidency. Now pretty much all I knew of President Garfield is he was one of those who were assassinated in office. Now, thanks to the gifted abilities of Ms. Millard to capture history and turn it into a compelling narrative, I have a full appreciation for the man and his legacy.

About Destiny of the Republic: A Tale of Madness, Medicine and the Murder of a President by Candice Millard: “James Abram Garfield was one of the most extraordinary men ever elected president. Born into abject poverty, he rose to become a wunderkind scholar, a Civil War hero, a renowned congressman, and a reluctant presidential candidate who took on the nation’s corrupt political establishment. But four months after Garfield’s inauguration in 1881, he was shot in the back by a deranged office-seeker named Charles Guiteau. Garfield survived the attack, but become the object of bitter, behind-the-scenes struggles for power—over his administration, over the nation’s future, and, hauntingly, over his medical care. Meticulously researched, epic in scope, and pulsating with an intimate human focus and high-velocity narrative drive, The Destiny of the Republic brings alive a forgotten chapter of U.S. history.”

Destiny of the Republic: A Tale of Madness, Medicine and the Murder of a President by Candice Millard is available from Amazon and other fine booksellers everywhere.