Champagne Powder / 1-22-19

Champagne Powder Tuesday EveryOne
Well we have had a long weekend and we should be well rested and ready to go. Ok so much for pie i the sky dreams, with weather storm throughout the Midwest and Northeast and unseasonable colder temperatures in the South. Those of you who like this kind of stuff have been out on any slope steep enough to slap boards under your feet and let gravity take its course and see you to the bottom. But this is a new week, a new beginning, yes I know it’s Tuesday and we are already down one day but life is, so we need to take what has been dealt us and deal with it. The mountain this week is sheer ice and straight up and straight down. It is going to be a fast and long week and we need to be prepare for the fast and the furious, (they should name a movie like that.) But with smart thinking and focused planning we will make it through together. Now we need ice hikers on today, and our ice pics in hand, so let’s get them on. Along the way we will come on those in hurting ways, physically, mentally, as well as emotionally. Be ready to stop, listen, and help in whatever way we can, then see them to the next care center. Now let’s get this day going and find our way to the starting line and let’s go make us a most Happy, Happy all day long as no one else is going to do it for us.
Your Morning Coach
Steve Gimmi
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Holidays & Observances:
National Blonde Brownie Day
National Southern Food Day
Answer Your Cat’s Questions Day
Roe vs. Wade Day
International Hoof-Care Week: 22-25

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Piddock Fridays / 1-18-19

Piddock Fridays EveryOne
Hallelujah, Amen Rise and Shine and get ready to do the boggy woogy waddle all throughout the day. We have arrived at this glorious day we call FRIDAY. Ya it’s still cold out there but this is a Friday and next week is a short week. So how much better can it get? STOP IT we went through this yesterday, Many of us still have mortgages to pay, a car payment and we like eat, so get the attitude adjusted right now and let’s put on that happy face. Speaking of putting on, let’s put away the hikers and pull out the sprinters, and grab that visor while you’re at it and ditch that staff. The theme? You haven’t figured it out yet? They are all different types of Clams. Today we are on a marathon sprint from start to finish as we have a job to do, projects to complete and objectives to see through to the end. This is a day if we have done our jobs correctly through the week should be more of a tidying up kind of day. And if roadblocks and detours come up they will not rattle our cages or throw us off track in completing out day on time and in good fashion. Just because it is Friday does not give us a day off from helping others. Hard times and bad luck do not take a days off and neither can we. So as we come on those in true need we will take the time to stop, listen and lend a hand, then see them to the next care station. Then back on our way to the finish line. We need to concentrate on finishing with quantity as well as quality. Doing a half shot job just to get to the end will only come back to bite us in the butt next week. So do it right and do it well and do it like it’s your last great work to be done and that’s what you will be remembered by. So are you ready? Are you set, then let’s get to the starting line and go, go, go and let’s go make us a most Happy, Happy all day and all holiday weekend long.
Your Morning Jester
Steve Gimmi
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Holidays & Observances:
National Gourmet Coffee Day
Peking Duck Day
Thesaurus Day
Winnie the Pooh Day
Bean Day
International Fetish Day
Week of Christian Unity: 18-25

National Popcorn Day – 19
National Tin Can Day – 19
Robert E. Lee Day – 19
World Day of Migrants and Refugees – 19
World Quark Day – 19
Bald Eagle Appreciation Days: 19-20
International Snowmobile Safety and Awareness Week: 19-27

National Buttercrunch Day – 20
National Cheese Lover’s Day – 20
National Coffee Break Day – 20
Penguin Awareness Day – 20
Camcorder Day – 20
Celebration of Life Day – 20
Inauguration Day – 20
National Disc Jockey Day – 20
National Sanctity of Human Life Day (or Pro-Life Day) – 20
Stephen Foster Day – 20
World Religion Day – 20
World Snow Day – 20
Clean Out Your Inbox Week: 20-26
Healthy Weight Week: 20-26
Hunt For Happiness Week: 20-26
National Activity Professionals Week: 20-26
National CRNA (Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists) Week: 20-26
National Handwriting Analysis Week: 20-26
National School Choice Week: 20-26
Sugar Awareness Week: 20-26

National Granola Bar Day – 21
National New England Clam Chowder Day – 21
Martin Luther King Jr. Birthday – 21
National Hugging Day – 21
Squirrel Appreciation Day – 21
National Crowd Feed Day – 21
National Day of Service – 21
National Hugging Day – 21
Rid The World of Fad Diets and Gimmicks Day – 21
Tu B’Shvat – 21
No Name Calling Week: 21-25

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Gaper Thursday / 1-17-19

Gaper Thursday EveryOne
Oh what a beautiful morning, Oh what a beautiful day, and yes we use anything we can from anyplace if it works to put a smile on our faces, even musicals like Oklahoma. So what’s cookin’ this-morning, the gentle breezes that are blowing through the tree top are just,, let’s face it they are down right, dang-on cold. I know it’s January and so many of us have been blessed to not be buried up to our gizzards in snow like we were last year by this time of the year. So although it is cold out there, the sun is shinning, we are up and moving about, (however so slowly that may be) and we are the down slope side of the mountain. For a Thursday how much better could it get?, Oh who’s the wise guy who said independently wealthy and retired? We all have our dreams but for those of us who are still working we have places to go,, things to do and people to see, so let’s get this started out by pulling on those hikers and taking hold of that staff for another day. To those of you who think this is only for the working class and not you retirees, get a life, although it be your second season of life, I know many of you out there, have more to do then just sit around waiting for the mortician to show up and carry you away. So stop with the what’s this got to do with me. You are out and about everyday. You meet with people, you have influences on others and you can help effect someone else’s day in a positive way. So get it together and let’s do something positive today, not just for yourself but for everyone you come in contact with. Now along the way we will encounter those how are hurting and are in need of help. We will take the time to stop, listen and lend a hand in any way we can, then see them them to the next care center. A reminder that this day is a major work day cause we need to start rounding up the loose ends and the wild wigglers and get them headed all in the right direction. This is the work horse day of the week as I like to call it and we have lots to do and much to get accomplished including getting off this mountain and out past the tree line. So enough of the yammering and let’s get ourselves to the starting line. It’s time to get this day underway and go make us a most Happy, Happy all day long.
Your Morning Penguin
Steve Gimmi
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Holidays & Observances:
National Hot Buttered Rum Day
Ditch New Years Resolutions Day
Cable Car Day
Get to Know Your Customers Day
Hot Heads Chili Days: 17-18
International Mentoring Day
Judgment Day
Kid Inventors’ Day
National Bootleggers Day
Popeye Day
National Fresh Squeezed Juice Week: 17-23

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Staying Healthy & Onion Beer Roast Beef / 1-16-19

Tis the season to have the sniffles, snuffles, wheezes, and whatnots. Working at home I am very fortunate not to be around a lot of people, so my chances go way down. Until you count in Monday night Bible Study and Worship Team rehearsal, Church on Sunday morning followed by a run to the store. Oh then there is BJ’s on Saturday and have to get there for the demo/tastings and maybe a stop at Starbucks and Christmas Tree Store. But the one thing I can get past is my co-office dweller, she wants to come into the office sick or well and wants to contaminate me as well. Oh wait that is the wife and I am kindda obligated to allow her into her office space in our home office. LOL, but let’s face it, I really am lucky in that I don’t have to go into an office where, the only reason we call in sick is for a sunny mental health day, why would anyone take off work for feeling bad, that’s not fun. Or work in the child care industry, whether a toddler preschool program or up to high schoolers. Both are as bad as the other as parents need to work and kids need to be in school, and with it they bring all their crud and croup. However I will say my downfall comes when it is snowing like a bandit outside and schools and offices are closing, my boss really could care less what the roads look like and still expects me to sign in to my computer and work, healthy or not. Ok so the benefits are this, I don’t have to be around other sick adults, I can go to work in my slippers and night attire, I can eat my cereal and drink my coffee and don’t have to worry if I spill it. But I will say I do miss the camaraderie with my office mates, and the potlucks, but fighting the traffic driving into the office. Having the get up and hour before actual work time to get dressed, get my coffee, and then out the door I do not miss. So the work at home thing is helping me take of myself but where in the work did the other half pick it up and I am sure she will want to share it with me. No thank you, she can keep it. LOL. So what about you, have you been able to dodge the cold and flue bugs? Are you able to detour around or away from those hot spots? I hope so or if not I hope you are taking care of yourself. Be smart when taking those walks on the beach at lunchtime, or after work when you take your pooch for their afternoon walks, or just going to the stores. We might live on Cape Cod but we still have a lot of year rounders and we still can get sick. So do what you can, eat right, take your vitamins, and get plenty of rest. Ok so two out of 3 ain’t bad, here is to staying healthy all winter, long. Have a great and wonderful, especially if you can do it right here on old Cape Cod, but please come healthy we don’t want your germs LOLOLOLOL.
Small business report time; I have a newbie by the name of Washashore Bowties, find them online at washashorebowties.com, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and more and at local craft fairs and artisan shows. I found them at Cape Cod Beer’s Saturday show. Their specialty is bow ties, handmade, hand crafted ties. They will help teach you how to tie it if you have never owned one before. They also do dog collars and matching leashes. As we were talking they noted that they are looking at adding some additional lines of things for both the pet category as well as the bow tie and accessories part. Keep an eye out for these guys, they are fun and have some fun and unusual items available.
Another small business on the grow is Nautically-Northern Handmade Jewelry, find at http://www.nauticallynorthern.com, Facebook and Instagram. She has been going since 2016 and is starting to make headway into the local jewelry market and is being recognized by other groups. She has necklaces, cuffs, bracelets, and different styles of all and she is willing to work with to customize if you would like. Check Laurel out and her story online then seek her out and what she has to offer.
Last up, food world, what and where to go during the off season and is anything really open? Really is that a legit question, is anything open, wow do you live under a rock or buried under a sand dune? Ok I’m not talking Eastham, Wellfleet, or Truro, but hold on, there are even places out there that are open, like the Local Break in Eastham, Yes I have eaten there and it is a darn good place. It is homey and local in every sense of the word and just good down home grub, they are right off Rt 6 on the east side of the street. Then there is Hole-in-One and there are others. But I am talking about Orleans to Dennis Yarmouth to Hyannis to Mashpee or Sandwich to Falmouth. You are right if you say the number of places open from May through September are fewer, but there is so many good places you could eat a a different place every night of the week for more than two months maybe even three. So whether a great hamburger at Red Nuns in Dennis Port or good home cooking at Jasons. Guapo’s in Orleans, or the Yarmouth House in West Yarmouth. Red Jacket also in West Yarmouth to Black Cat in Hyannis or what about PortSide Tavern. There are several varieties of restaurants in Falmouth and there are some nice opportunities in Sandwich. Folks, the list is so long that I could just spend a whole blog listing them all. So this winter, get out there and support one of our local eating establishments. We have them at all levels for all depths of wallets and purses. Hope to see you out there. Oh and no I don’t have the money to eat out every night, so I am picky and choosy, but I do try to get out a couple times a month. So when I say I know a good deal I mean it.
Welcome back my friend to the little hut by the beach that is always occupied and working. Yup we are always on the go. This girl works through wind, rain, sleet, snow, hail, and other stuff that heaven only knows what it is. We go whether the weather is good or bad, daytime or nighttime. clear or foggy, I think we even out do the postal service when it come to being on the go. Anyway, we have 2 primary functions, first to warn ships of the dangers off the shores and coasts of bodies of land. Second to landmark the coast and the harbors to guide the ships into the correct port of call. The life guard or life saving stations came after the lighthouses and were originally staffed by volunteers from the local communities nearby. After awhile there were in many areas where there were high concentration of shipping issues hired staff. But as time goes and advancement in technology those individual life saving stations joined together with what was known as the US Revenue Cutter Service that was actually formed in 1790, the US Lighthouse Services merged with these two in 1939 and came into what we now call and know as the US Coast Guard. (Check out the History of US Coast Guard on Wikipidia and goCoastGuard.com. You can also google history of the Coast Guard or Lighthouse Services for more information and to get it right as I am sure i screwed something up along the way). Anyway the point is we have been around a lot longer than most people think and we have been helping people find their way on both sea and land and eventually by air. Today most of the lighthouses have been modernized and are no longer maned by any staff. Also with the new GPS technology lighthouses are becoming less needed. Although if you ask a fisherman who has been out to see for a while seeing that light beacon when heading home is a real encouragement and to recreational boaters who do not have the latest and greatest technology, we are still the main source when weather changes happen and fog rolls in or when snow squalls kick up and create white outs. Today we are used a lot for weather reporting and tracking and other environmental tracking and monitoring scientific stuff. Yes stuff is a technical term around here. Anyway, these stations, towers and houses have been around for a long time. Here on the highlands and cliffs of the outer Cape we have been around since the last 1700s and are some of the oldest in the country. Check out Cape Cod Lighthouses.info or google lighthouses of CapeCod for more information on most present and past Cape Cod Lighthouses. Well, I hope I have peaked your interest in what we do and how we got here. I will continue to try to expand on our services here and what we do throughout the year and share a story or two of our humble light house and station and those along the Atlantic coast side of Cape Cod. Until next time have a great and wonderful, especially if you can do it right here on old Cape Cod.
So tis the time of the month that we are on the main course, What to do that we have not done before or what can I offer that is not a repeat of prior years. Well I have enough recipes and cookbooks to keep me in business for years and not repeat the same recipe, maybe the same subject but not the same recipe. The thing is that I stay away from all cookbooks that are by any reputable chef, duo or group. second I stay away from the Internet as much as possible. I may take my cues from them but I do not copy them. If you find a recipe that either is very similar, or close to word for word it is pure coincidence and the place I got it must have copied or it was a pass around that got picked up. What I do love to steal from are churches, social groups, employee cookbooks, old newspaper clippings, and handwritten recipes. These are for the most part, tried and true recipes and normally are reasonable with the ingredients. Yes you can find like on line but I prefer getting my recipes that are more than 25 years old and the older the better. So in this years main event category again all are from my first go tos, the old (no younger than 25-30 years old) church, and social groups cookbooks. What is it you ask, Surf and Turf, odd numbered months are Turf and even numbered months will be Surf. I have a lot of good things, some I have already tried others I will be trying along with you. So hope you come back each 3 week for a main course and see what will inspire you do get busy cooking in a Cape Cottage Kitchen. Now on with the show:

This week’s recipe: Onion Beer Roast Beef

3-4 lb roast beef (that’s just 1 roast 3-4 lbs)
1 can beer, (please like wine only use what you would drink)
1 can water
1 pkg onion soup mix
fresh mushrooms, sliced (I like to mix my shrooms in recipes like this)

Put all ingredients in with roast beef and cook in 350 degree oven, covered. Cooking time will vary depending on size of the roast and how well you done you like your roast. To help keep moist, baste every so often. The broth also make excellent gravy.

GeoDuck Wednesday / 1-16-19

GeoDuck Wednesday EveryOne
It’s that wacky wonderful way of a day we call Hump-day, up and over day, halfway-day and a host of other things. But what this day means more to me is that when we get to the peak of the mountain and take that next step over the line we are closer to the finish line than back to the starting line. That’s right, closer to the finish line, can we get a big ya hoo? So let’s get this day started right by pulling on those hikers and taking hold that staff. We need to be like mountain goats today both on the way up and the way down the back side. When we get to the top, we need to plant our flag then take a few moments to look back and just see how far we really have come so far this week. Then turn and make a mental map of where we need to go, pick up our stuff and get moving. Too often we think the top is end of the day and it is only the half way point. We want to get lazy and relax up there and the air is thin and will affect our judgement if we stay to long. Now we need to keep our awareness about us and when we come on those in great need we must take the time to stop and listen then lend a hand in any way we can then see them to the next care center. Then we need to make like a bunny and get hopping on our way. I mean fly like an eagle not like a turkey. We need to,,,,, what?,,, just get on with it? why? I was just starting get get to the good ones? Oh, that bad? your no fun, but oo-k if you insist. The journey continues, the adventure carries on, and there are still more opportunities that lie before us. So, let’s do as the sun is doing and rise to the occasion and let’s go make us a most Happy, Happy all day long. Not cause we have to but cause we want to.
Your Morning Guru
Steve Gimmi
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Holidays & Observances:
National Fig Newton Day
International Hot and Spicy Food Day
National Quinoa Day
Appreciate a Dragon Day
National Nothing Day
Appreciate A Dragon Day
Civil Service Day
Fig Newton Day
Nothing Day
Religious Freedom Day
Without A Scalpel Day
Self-help Group Awareness Month
Self-Love Month
Shape Up US Month
Teen Driving Awareness Month
Train Your Dog Month
Thyroid Awareness Month
Unchain A Dog Month
Walk Your Pet Month
Worldwide Rising Star Month

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Cockle Tuesday / 1-15-19

Cockle Tuesday EveryOne
Great greetings this find feathered morning. Great? You bet, first we survived Monday, Second we woke up this morning, third most of us are in a decently warm dwelling, fourth were or are able to forage for something to put into our stomaches, fifth, we can look out a window and see bird and squirrels and rabbits and so much more. Great? Yes, it is as we get another chance at finding something new to exciting opportunities, and to get some of the things corrected we screwed up yesterday. And we get another chance at bring a little joy into someone near us’ life. So go get those hikers pulled on and grab hold that staff, we have another segment of this mountain to conquer and we will need all the support we get find. Something that just popped into my head, you know how those people who are just so bubbly in the morning. Those singers, those whistlers, hummers, those irritating people that you would just like to smack up side the head at 7am for being so chipper? Just remind yourself they are only doing that it cover up that they forgot to take a shower this morning and really don’t want anyone coming near them, or they are just trying to hide the fact they have problems too. LOL, I know that’s not always so and there are so just disgustingly joyful morning people, but there are far fewer of those folks then those who are just trying to make it through life one day at a time. So as we meet the needs of those who have fallen around us and take the time to listen to their needs and see them to the next care center, remember most of us have to work at this morning thing, and the more we do the easier it becomes. Are any of us perfect at it, heck no, cause life it not perfect, but we can chose to do what we can and do it to the best of our abilities. With all that, let’s get this day on the go and do what we must, and do what we can to make us a most Happy, Happy all day long, cause really? No one else is going to do it for us.
Your Morning Coach
Steve Gimmi
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Holidays & Observances:
National Bagel Day
National Fresh Squeezed Juice Day
National Strawberry Ice Cream Day
National Hat Day
Alpha Kappa Alpha Day
Humanitarian Day
National Radon Action Month
National Skating Month
National Soup Month
National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month
National Stalking Awareness Month
National Sunday Supper Month
National Volunteer Blood Donor Month
Oatmeal Month

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Razor Monday / 1-14-19

Razor Monday EveryOne
Happy morning to you, and may the sun shine upon your back all day long. Welcome to a new week, a new journey, a new adventure, with opportunities just waiting to happen. Sometimes it’s hard to write these cause I end up biting my own self in the butt. Then again a lot of these morning gigs and jots are more for me anyway. After nearly 33 years with the same company getting up and getting motivated to go to work is not what first comes to mind. So in doing these morning letters I am really trying to jump start my morning and keep from falling into old habits of just starting the day with nothing but grumblings. I need to remind myself there really are new things out there, there are opportunities, some come our way just because, others because we go and seek them out. But in all we do if we start it out with a cloud or a shadow over our heads and spirits, any good has a hard chance of making its way through to us and we start not seeing what should be seen if we had, had a better disposition about ourselves to start the day. And on top of that, who wants to be around grumps and goblins? Seriously? Do you want to even be around yourself when you are being a total butt? No so why would others, so let’s start there. If we start our mornings looking for good things, and I mean from the time our eyes open and our feet hit the floor, get that attitude going in the right direction. I don’t care if you are a religious or faith based person or not, but I will admit that goes a long way in helping. I have talked a lot about an attitude of gratitude, no always easy but in traveling through new journeys and adventures, this goes a long way for folks around you, known and unknown. It has been shown that those with a happy disposition have more opportunities and better opportunities than those that have a neutral or dark disposition. So as we get this morning going, if you can take something from it to help your day get started and give it a boost, great. If it is just a reminder that what you already know and are doing is what needs to be done, great. But we all need reminded sometime or other and it is just good to know others struggle at the same things we all do. So with all that, we need to get those hikers on and take hold that staff, this climb is going to be a normal uphill battle. Along the way we will come on those in true hardship hurting need. We will take the time to stop, listen and then see them to the next care center. Now, let’s get focused and get moving and go make us a most Happy, Happy, cause that’s what we do.
Your Morning Friend
Steve Gimmi
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Holidays & Observances:
National Hot Pastrami Sandwich Day
Dress Up Your Pet Day
Caesarean Section Day
International Kite Day: 14
National Clean Off Your Desk Day
Organize Your Home Day
Ratification Day
Learn to Ski and Snowboard Month
Menudo Month
National Be On-Purpose Month
National Braille Literacy Month
National Clean Up Your Computer Month
National Codependency Awareness Month
National Glaucoma Awareness Month
National Hot Tea Month
National Mail Order Gardening Month
National Mentoring Month
National Personal Self-Defense Awareness Month
National Personal Trainer Awareness Month
National Polka Music Month Link
National Poverty in America Awareness Month

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Oyster Mushroom Friday / 1-11-19

Oyster Mushroom Friday EveryOne
Wakey, wakey, let’s rise and shine it’s FRIDAY and we are ready to rock this party all the way to the house. This is what we have been waiting for, this is what we have been working so hard to obtain. This is what we have been looking forward to since Monday morning. So let’s shake a leg and get that brain out of the hay and get your feet on the ground. First up changing out the hikers for the sprinters, and putting that staff back in the umbrella stand and grabbing the visor to shade your eyes from the blazing sun. We have a lot of work to get done today but the prize at the end of the day is a party that will happen all weekend long. I know that the first thoughts are to find that rocking chair on the porch and just let the day happen, but we can not take this day sitting down. Remember the world does not slow down or stop just because we are not ready to take on a day, but will leave us in it’s dust. So let’s get it going this morning and give it all we’ve got to do our best and leave nothing behind to question. The theme? You want to know what the theme is? Well things that you can pickle, yup, cranberries, radishes, beans, I was surprised at some of these and there are more, but we will save those for possibly another day. Now that we have that out of the way let’s remember tough times and despair do not take a day off. Those that want to take advantage of others, or rob them of their joy do not know when to stop. So when we come those who are in hard times for whatever reason we will take the time to stop and listen and help in whatever way we can and see them to the next care center. Now let’s get this day going as the sooner we begin the sooner we finish. Whatever goal you have before you, a goal line, a net of some kind, a checkered flag or just a tape to break at the end of the run, fix your eyes on it and run like there is no tomorrow. With a smile on face and the wind at our backs we can do this in no time and have no regrets when all is said and done. Now let’s go finish this week in style and go make us a most Happy, Happy not just for today but for all weekend long.
Your Morning Jester
Steve Gimmi
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Holidays & Observances; Weekend Edition
National Hot Toddy Day
National Milk DayStep in a Puddle and Splash Your Friend’s Day
Learn Your Name in Morse Code Day
National Human Trafficking Awareness Day
Cuckoo Dancing Week: 11-17

National Marzipan Day – 12
National Curried Chicken Day – 12
National Glazed Doughnut Day – 12
Feast of Fabulous Wild Men Day – 12
National Pharmacist Day – 12
Eagle Day – 12
Kiss A Ginger Day – 12
National Hot Tea Day – 12
National Vision Board Day – 12

National Gluten-Free Day – 13
National Peach Melba Day – 13
International Skeptics Day – 13
Make Your Dream Come True Day – 13
Bodhi Day (Rohatsu) – 13
Korean American Day – 13
National Sticker Day – 13
National Sunday Supper Day – 13
Public Radio Broadcasting Day – 13
National Mocktail Week: 13-19

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Daikon Thursday / 1-10-19

Daikon Thursday EveryOne
Great morning greetings to you, this is one of those mornings that I could have just stayed in bed and slept the morning away. But I need to pull my feet out from under the covers and plant them firmly on the frozen floor. What am I thinking? The bed is so much more appealing and warm and snuggly. But we have a long day ahead of us and we have been pulling at so many straws this week that it’s time to start pulling them together. So let’s open the eyes and shake the cobwebs out of from between the ears. Brush the bird’s nests out of your hair and get your thoughts focused on what needs to be done. So let’s get those hikers on and take hold of our staff, as the journey down the back side of this mountain is not the easiest. We need make it down past the tree line and out into the clearing. But that does not mean we can not have fun at this, right? Well, some? Remember all work and no play makes one frumpy, grumpy and dumpy, So as we work our way through this morning, finding out that we have two unmatched socks on, you put your shirt or blouse on inside out, or worse something else is inside out, we need to be sure to take a few laugh breaks and smile a bit or we will all crack and break. Oh well, morning humor sometimes is like looking for needle in a haystack, or those raisins in the bran cereal you bought on sale last week which turned out not even to be store brand. Oh well, before we get too lost in all this, we better get our stuff together and make our way to the starting line. Along our journey today we will come on those in true need, those who have lost hope, those who are physically not able to continue their travels, those who have hit hard times to such a point that done know which way to turn. We will take the time to stop and listen, then lend whatever hand we can and see them to the next care center. Now let’s move this party on and let’s do all we can to make this day as bright and cherry as possible. It is up to us to see that we start this day on the right foot and when all is said and done we can say this was a great day, regardless of what comes our way. Now is the time to get it together and go make us a most Happy, Happy in all we do and say today.
Your Morning Penguin
Steve Gimmi
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Holidays & Observances:
National Bittersweet Chocolate Day
National Oysters Rockefeller Day
Houseplant Appreciation Day
Peculiar People Day
League of Nations Day
National Cut Your Energy Costs Day
International Brain Teaser Month
International Change Your Stars Month
International Child-Centered Divorce Month
International Creativity Month
International New Years Resolutions Month for Businesses
International Quality of Life Month
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Cape Winter Weather & Roasted Garlic Potatoes / 1-9-19

So has the weather been goofy this year or what? Although I have heard from the old timers and honestly the not to old timers remember the days when there was at least several days in January and February that those who enjoyed golfing could go up to Highland Links and play 9 holes or 18 if the you wanted to play it twice. They remember not so long ago when what we are going through now was more then norm than the exception. Maybe I’m getting a complex here as it seems ever since I showed up it has been either one extreme or an other and not necessarily in a good extreme. I remember several years ago my son and a good friend of his came up here in March and we took a trip up to P’town. It was one of the worst cold winters in a long long time as they said. We walked out on MacMillan Warf with the wind whipping so hard. There was a fishing boat at the end of the pier completely caked in ice and the guys were preparing to go out again. What a scene, I wish I had taken a camera with me to capture the moment. But I think the shutter would have frozen shut before I could have taken the picture. I remember a in recent years all the rain that came up and down the coast and the widespread erosion that happened and the change in Chatham Harbor and the Camps out on the breakers. I remember that snow dump we got, and the wife taking the dog out for his walk. He is a 14 pound Pomeranian who would just get to the end of the driveway and bound over the plowed snow banks while she would try to climb over them and get stuck straddling it as he started down the plowed road. Normal ? What’s really normal around here. I think the normal is maybe the alway changing constant in question weather, that we experience every year. If you want warm, well go south, if you want for sure snow, go inland and north to the mountains. But if you want change, want interesting, want nothing like anyplace else, well? Stick round, cause Cape Cod winter weather is just that, always changing, always different, never quite predictable and just, well sometimes weird. But we keep on going, we never stop, and we certainly never give up. So come on out to the Cape this winter and check us out. There is more to do here then there are changes in the weather. Have a great and wonderful especially if you can do it right here on old Cape Cod.
Local business report: first up I am going Cape Cod Beer is back in full swing after having a holiday break. First and foremost you want to stay up with their busy schedule of evens go to their website and sign up for their new letter, I’m serious, they have more going on than I could ever cover in this blog. But one thing I want to note and that is on Saturdays the are doing what is called Popup CapeCod Artisan Market , were they are bringing in local crafters and artisans, and on many occasions Underground bakery is there, YUM. So if you think CapeCod Beer is only about beer, think again, think community and giving a place to help others through the winter. Website? http://www.capecodbeer.co,
So my other helpers Truro Vineyards, yes they are open through the winter as well. They are open Fridays – Sundays with last tastings at 4:30. Wine Tastings every half hour on hour and half hour; Spirit Tastings every half hour on the :15 and :45. And if you have not considered yet, they have the wine club, please get in touch with them and please, tell them that CapeCod Rockhopper sent you, just saying, do it please. Anyway, events are being added to the events pages and as the weather returns warmer so will the evens. Stay tuned to what happening at http://www.trurovineyardscapecod.com
One last big note, Saturday January 26th from 2pm – 5pm at Kappy’s Fine Wines and Spirits is putting on their Winterfest. If you have never been to one of Kappy’s tasting events you have got to check this out if you are a beer lover. What is even more spectacular is that it is not just the Hyannis location but the Falmouth location as well. Over 30 breweries at both locations. Check out their website at http://www.Kappys.com and click on either Falmouth or Hyannis for the location nearest you and hope to see you there.
Welcome back and Happy New Year, I heard through the grapevine that the young shmuck of a writer ended up doing the whole article himself. Something about me being preoccupied or something. I think he got caught in the kitchen to long on purpose and just slipped out without me. LOL Not really I was actually with a fun group that was very interested in this old gal. You know the light house, the tower, the lamp room. Where have some of you been, To you newbies I apologize, its the deer in the headlights look I’m getting from some of my long time readers. Every now and than I need to remember to go back to the beginning and remind us all what this place is all about. The Lighthouse the old gal as I affectionately refer to her as has been here for many many decades. She was one of the first they tell me, and one of the last to keep one of us keepers around and allowed to fiddle and fool with all the toys and gadgets that fill this place. They have modernized her to a degree as they need to for the safety of those in the shipping industry and the airborne industry. Wait a minute? You didn’t realize this is where the beacons at the airports all came from? Hang on there a moment, you mean I got a few of you? Well remember back with aviation started there wasn’t the navigational stuff they have today. And as aviation took off, (no pun intended there) those that flew at night would do so by following the beacons across the country and would literally fly from beacon to beacon to get to their destination. Sort of the same way many early Captains would travel up and down the sea coast being guided by the light house beacons to get to the right harbor. Over time like ships, the navigational equipment has gotten to a point that has nearly put many of us out of business. I guess that is progress or so they tell me. For right now we still can prove our worth and need with the smaller recreational boaters and many of our commercial fisherman, although even they are being required to get all that fancy stuff, and it is in reality for their own safety. But if you ask me, there is nothing more comforting then seeing that light beacon out on the water and knowing your harbor is close by. Well I’m taking up way more space that is necessary, I hope you all come back and visit me week by week. I am sure I will repeat myself, but I also hope in the long run to spur you on to do you own investigation and research on lighthouses, first here on Cape Cod then all over New England and then further from there. The history is so great and we have so many stories to tell. Well that’s it for this round have a great and wonderful, stay warm and I pray our light is always burning for anyone who needs us. Until next time have a great and wonderful especially if you can do it right here on old Cape Cod.
This year I am going with a double theme for the side dishes. Odd number months are roasted vegetables and the even months some kind of vegetable salad. As always I will try to keep things that are easy, not too many ingredients and none that are too far out in no-mans land, you know the weird stuff you have to google to figure out what it is. Anyway there will be some old favorites that you just might want a new twist too or are a new cook looking for a recipe that just reminds you have growing up. I hope to cover all bases and just have fun, and if nothing else poke your thinking and prod your tastebuds to remind you cooking doesn’t have to be difficult and that it’s a whole lot cheaper than eating out. So let’s get cooking. Oh and for anyone who cares, None of these recipes are mine at this time. You can find most of them in 3 or more places on the web or in a host of cookbooks. I take no credit unless I specifically note it as such. So no one come to me saying I saw this some place and you stole it, nope I take no claims in them other then saying I did my own digging and dug them up. Now let’s get cooking.

This weeks recipe: Roasted Garlic Potatoes

3 heads garlic, split in half
3 Tbsp Olive Oil
2 lb Potatoes, peeled and diced
1 stick butter, cubed
Salt, Pepper
Heavy Cream

Preheat the oven to 450 degrees. Place garlic on a pie pan or in a garlic roaster, drizzle with olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Place in the oven and roast for 35 to 40 minutes or until tender and golden brown. Remove from oven and cool. Squeeze or remove the garlic cloves from the head and place in a small bowl. Using a fork, mash the garlic until smooth. Place the potatoes in a pot of salted water and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to a simmer and cook until fork-tender or about 15 minutes. Remove the pan from the heat and drain. Place potatoes back in the pot and return to the heat. Stir the potatoes constantly for 2 to 3 minutes to dehydrate. Remove potatoes from the heat and add the garlic and butter. Using either a hand held masher or a large fork, mash butter and garlic into potatoes. Add enough cream until desired texture is achieved. The potatoes should be sort of lumpy. Season with salt and pepper. Garnish with parsley. You can use a hand better, however you will loose the lumpy consistency if you do.