Amazing Morning / 3-30-18

Amazing Morning EveryOne
Wonderful Wacky greetings to you, it’s time to raise the flags, blow the kazoos, and beat the bamboozlers. It’s time to get up, rattle the brains and shake those booties, it a wonderful day to be Friday, all day long. Now first we must do is to take those dear hikers and toss them to the back of the closet as far as you can, put away that staff in the umbrella stand as we will have no need for it today. Then dig out them sprinters and clean out the grippers, pull them on quickly and lace them up neatly. We have a race to run that will take us all day, but when we get to the end we can say let the party begin. Yes folks this is the day we have been waiting for, the day we started out but five ago to get to and we have arrived at the start of this glorious day. Now there’s no time to snooze or take a cat nap along the way. No time to sit back and waste time on our hands, and sitting and rocking like there’s nothing to loose is nothing to choose on a day like today. So think twice what you carry, be light as you can, and make like a bee line to the start so we can finish with style. Now just cause it’s Friday don’t think we can pass any parties along the side that might need our hand and our time. We still have a responsibility to help out where we can, and offer whatever we can to help see they get to the end. So let’s get it going and get it together, cause now is the time to give it our all and make the most of all we can give. Time it is, so let’s get it going and go make us a most Happy, Happy not only all day buy all weekend long. Happy Easter to all.
Your Morning Comrade
Steve Gimmi
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Holidays & Observances: Easter Weekend Edition
National Hot Chicken Day
National Turkey Neck Soup Day
Good Friday
National Doctors Day
Grass Is Always Browner On The Other Side Of The Fence Day
I Am In Control Day
Passover Begins at Sundown
Pencil Day
Take a Walk in the Park Day
Torrents Day
Virtual Vacation Day
World Bi-polar Day
World Marbles Day

National Oysters on the Half Shell Day – 31
National Clams on the Half Shell Day – 31
National Clam Day – 31
Oranges and Lemons Day – 31
Bunsen Burner Day – 31
World Backup Day – 31
Cesar Chavez Day – 31
International Hug A Medielvalist Day – 31
International Transgender Day of Visibility – 31
National Crayon Day – 31
National Prom Day – 31
National “She’s Funny That Way” Day – 31
Terri’s Day – 31
NanoDays: 31-4/8 Link

National Soylent Green Day – 4/1
National Sourdough Bread Day – 4/1
April Fool’s Day – 4/1
Easter Sunday- 4/1
International Fun at Work Day – 4/1
International Tatting Day – 4/1
American Crossword Puzzle Days – 4/1-3
Atheist Day – 4/1
Boomer Bonus Days – 4/1
Library Snap Shot Day – 4/1
Myles Day – 4/1
National Fun Day – 4/1
Plum Pudding Day – 4/1 (Note: Eaten on Easter. But, if eaten on 12/25 it’s Christmas Pudding Day.)
Poetry & The Creative Mind Day – 4/1
Reading is Funny Day – 4/1
Sorry Charlie Day – 4/1
St. Stupid Day – 4/1
US Air force Academy Day – 4/1
American Indian Awareness Week: 4/1-7
APAWS Pooper Scooper Week: 4/1-7
Bat Appreciation Week: 4/1-7
Golden Rule Week: 4/1-7
Laugh at Work Week: 4/1-7
Medication Safety Week: 4/1-7
National Blue Ribbon Week: 4/1-7
National Public Health Week: 4/1-7
National Window Safety Week: 1-7
Oral, Head and Neck Cancer Awareness Week: 4/1-8
Testicular Cancer Awareness Week: 4/1-7
World Hula Week: 4/1-7

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Grand Greetings / 3-29-18

Grand Greetings EveryOne
Oh what a beautiful morning, Oh what a beautiful day, yes sir-ee Bob (Ok whoever Bob is) it’s not just gonna be, it already is a beautiful day. How do I know, let’s first start with we are both up and about, alive and well, (in being, nothing to do with a cold or ailment). We have been able to get our lazy bones out of the bed this morning, pick out something to wear if we choose, head to the kitchen for something for breakfast of our choosing and head to and office to be productive, (ok to those retired, you have your own set of agendas you adhere to each day so put in whatever you do to be productive and if you are not productive shame on you). This is our workhorse day of the week, we need to make as much hay as we can, make sure that all jobs are pointing in the right direction by the end of today so that we are well organized for the final stage. It will not be easy, nothing will be a gimmi (pardon the spelling if you must, gimme but understand the pun ha ha). We will need to work for all we get today, all we struggle through, all we accomplish. Working to make every step and every decision count for all we can get out of it. So as beautiful as it is we can not take anything for granted, so be awake, be alert and be ready for all that is about to come. While through all this we will come on those in much greater need than anything we may ever encounter, be ready to listen, to lend a hand, to lead to help. It is more than just a responsibility to our human brother or sister, it is part of our DNA to help one another and meet their need in their darkest hour. Be ready at any moment, and be open to what needs done. Now it is time for us to get on our way and go make us a most Happy, Happy out of whatever we go through or comes our way.
Your Morning Journeyman
Steve Gimmi
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Holidays & Observances:
National Chiffon Cake Day
National Mom and Pop’s Business Owners Day
Smoke and Mirrors Day
Knights of Columbus Founders Day
Little Red Wagon Day
Manatee Appreciation Day
National Vietnam War Veterans Day
Niagara Falls Runs Dry Day
Texas Loves The Children Day

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Brews/Vines& Distilleries April-May 2018 & Chip Cheesecake / 3-28-18

This report will be for April and May only, as June will start our monthly events updates for the season and go through September. I am hoping to have an extra local get more involved this year so I can expand this segment. I will also do what I can to those Breweries, Vineyards/Wineries and Distilleries that want to be involved and if they don’t I will do the occasional mention but I will devote my time to those that want to be apart of this venture. With all that, One of my tried and true faithfuls Cape Cod beer. Bless my contact she gives me so much I hardly know what to do with it so I will suggest please go to http://www.capecodbeer.com and go to the evens page to get the full scoop and then to the release calendar for what beers they are pouring and what ones are coming out and when. So with all that on with the show;
First up something that is good for all of 2018 Mug Club Membership, wow get it as a gift for the beer lover in your life or just get it for yourself. This is a great way to enjoy Cape Cod Beer. Next Pop-Up Cape Cod Saturdays 11am – 4pm Enjoy a # ShopLocal Makers’ Market at Cape Cod Beer! Sip a pint while you browse handmade goods from local artisans. Check out the list of possible vendors that could pop-up from Saturday to Saturday. So don’t miss a weekend you might be missing something special. You like your pooch, you like your beer, now take your pooch with you to the brewery; Yappy Hour – 2018 Dates!Monthly social with your furry friend – the 2nd Tuesday of every month from 4PM-6PM! Another exciting event; Pseudoscience & Archaeology: The Indiana Jones Effect – 4/2 From H.P. Lovecraft to Indiana Jones and Doctor Who, the impact of the entertainment industry on archaeology is examined. This is THIS MONDAY, so check it out if you want to attend. Now check this one CCB Birthday – 4/13 It’s our birthday! Celebrate 14 years of beer, friendship & fun with us! Live music, local oysters & more. FREE admission. PINTwood Derby – 4/21 need They say more, and Cask Ale – Monthly Real Ale Release! next up 4-27. That was just April, now for some May highlights: Cape Cod Beer Cycle/Run Club Every Monday, starting May 7th (excluding holidays)Bike or run with others & enjoy a pint after. Next 3rd Annual Cape Cod Beer Race to the Pint Sunday, May 6th 5k with an afterparty that includes food, drink & live music! Also; Something’s Brewing on Cape Cod Monday, May 14th Sample offerings from premier Cape Cod chefs – all to benefit No Kid Hungry. Curiosity Untapped: Cape Wildlife Center Monday, May 21st Learn how you can help Cape Cod’s baby animals in the wild and last for this report; Farmers Market Meets Happy Hour Every Friday, starting May 25th Farmers, bakers, artisans, musicians & more. Folks go to the website and see all that is going on this is only a smattering of what is happening and it does not do it justest to all they have going on.
The next faithful is Truro Vineyards/South Hollow Distillery. First up as of April 2 they are adding hours being open. As many have known they have been been open Saturday – Mondays through the dark months. Now Beginning April 2nd we will be open Friday-Monday from 11am-5pm (Sunday 12pm-5pm) Tastings from a half hour after we open until 4:30 each day. $10.00. Next up: April 28th- We are planning an Artist Gallery Day where local artists will come set up outside and they will have the opportunity to display and sell their work. This should be really fun so come and check it out. May 19th- Monica Rizzio is performing and guess what (this is actually will 100% be happening). Sometime in May- Julez Weinberg is planning to come back to do casual cocktail demonstration. No tentative dates yet so keep your eyes on the events page at trurovineyardsofcapecod.com. Also something to remind you about, if you are not a member of the Truro Wine Club you really need to check it out. You don’t have to live on the Cape to belong, they do ship. So get to the website and click on the tab labeled Wine Club (hum really original here) but its your gateway to getting a wine shipment 4 times a year with tasty selections, from the winery. Also when you come and visit you get discounts on just about everything, no not everything but just about. So check them out online then come see them, do a tasting and take a bit of liquid Cape Cod home with you, I promise you will not be disappointed.
Last year we started getting some input from the newer owners of Cape Cod Winery in East Falmouth. I am happy as can be that they are willing to keep us fed with updates and events this coming year as well. I was excited last year to see what they were doing and how they had made some really great headway in bringing back the Cape Cod Winery brand. Folks they continue to do updates and tweaks to every part of the winery. And the tasting room is really nice place to meet the owners and get familiarized with all the liquid goodness they have to offer. The great news is staring in April and running through May they will be open for tasting Saturday and Sundays 12 – 4. They are located at 4 Oxbow Rd. E Falmouth, MA or online at http://www.capecodwinery.com. As we get more updates and info we will pass it along. We are hoping for great and wonderful tastings from our friends in East Falmouth.
Well I am hoping to hear from a few others as I have spoken to a couple and they have shown interest so here is opening we can get you more and more. Next report will be the last week in May and that will be for June’s updates. Enjoy our great breweries, vineyards and distilleries and remember please drink responsibly in all situations.
Well now I think I can get in a few words before the old guys takes over and steals my tablet and starts typing away. Problem is I’m not seeing him anywhere around. But I think I can hear him coming up the path, that lead to the beach. Howdy folks, Oh wait a minute my souther draw is still tagging along with me, ya’ll know they talk funny down that, well they think we talk funny, don’t know how they can say that cause we all know we talk normal. Anyway I’m thinking no one is ready this to hear us talk about talking. Easter is this weekend and we have got a huge Easter Egg Hunt going on for the kids. I’m telling we have been planning this even while we were away. we have an area for the little kids and areas for those a kids that aren’t so little, and we even have a wish I was a kid area. And that is where I was just at planing and hiding eggs in that area. I will wait to put the special eggs out until the morning of, cause just in case there is an Easter grinch we don’t want to loose a lot of the special fun eggs we have for the wanna be kids. So if you don’t have anyplace to go after Sunday go to meetins, then come on up and plan an Easter afternoon with us, festivities start at 1 promptly. That so you can get home and change before coming cause you gonna be down in the grubs rummaging through all kinds of things to find them eggs. And with all that, I am planning to have the station and the lamp tower open for the first time this year. And no there will be no eggs in the buildings. I have already been watching all the weather folks making their guesses at what it’s suppose to be like and by golly they all agree, sunshine and decently warm. So again I hope you can find the time to come and check us out. Now once we open this weekend we will be open on the weekends from here until season Memorial Day. From Memorial Day to middle of June open Thursday through Sunday, then from mid June through Labor day we will be open every day of the week. I hope you are getting as excited as we are about warm weather and getting out and seeing all that we remember and what has changed. Now I better get going, as I want to be sure the tower and lamp room are spic and span clean. And I know the Mrs is working hard on the station quarters. Hope to see you all soon if not this weekend please be sure to come visit us sometime this summer. Bye now and have a great and wonderful, especially if you can do it right here on old Cape Cod. ,,,
Ok folks he is off and running again, just a word to all you our there, please note this is a fiction lighthouse, and a fictional station, and the old guy and his wife are fictional. The events may be happening somewhere, and there are plenty of lighthouses up and down the Cape that this could be any of them. So please come Sunday don’t be driving up and down looking for this specific spot, but do attend your local house of worship, join a sunrise service on the beach (if you need one join the one at Nauset beach at 6:15am, several churches joining together for one great sunrise time.) Find a place doing egg hunts and go hunt. I love all my readers here, but I have had a couple seriously looking for this specific lighthouse or wanting to come visit and I wish it did. The effort is to gain your interest in lighthouses and their heritage and go check them out and learn.
Let the cheesecakes roll on, well after this week we are all going to need some sweets and something very yummy. Lent will be over, Passover will have passed and we will need something tasty to welcome Spring in as everyone knows that April 1st is the real date that spring arrives. I don’t know why, I know spring starts calendar wise in March, but seriously there have been too many times that, that white stuff comes down, and an occasional April but most of us live in denial and that really does not happen. But flowers spring up, trees start to bud leaves and kitchens get baking cheesecake. You’ve never heard of that? Well I don’t know where you’ve been but that’s what it is, so take a look at this recipe, it is a little lengthy as it gives the recipe for the crust as well as the filling and topping. So get it together and right after you finish spring cleaning you will have this ready to sink your teeth into and melt away with. Now on with the show:

This week’s recipe: Chip Cheesecake

Crust:
1 1/2 cup quick oats, uncooked
1/2 cup finally chopped nuts
1/2 cup firmly packed brown sugar
1/3 cup butter, melted

Combine all ingredients, and mix well. Press firmly onto bottom and sides of ungreased 9-inch springform pan, Forming 1 1/2″ rim. Bake in preheated 350 degree oven for around 20 minutes or until golden brown. If shrinkage occurs, press bottom and sides of crust back into place while still hot with metal spatula. Cool about 10 or more minutes.

Filling:
2 pkg cream cheese softened (8 oz each)
1/4 cup sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
3 eggs
1 cup sour cream or sour coffee cream
1/3 cup semi-sweet chocolate pieces coarsely chopped

mix together cream cheese, sugar ad vanilla, mixing at medium speed in electric mixer until well blended. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each added. Blend in sour cream and gently fold in chocolate pieces. Pour into prepared crust and bake n preheated 325 degree oven for about 1 hour. Loosen cake from rim of pan. Cool completely before removing rim.

Topping:
1 can cherry pie filling (21 oz)
1 Tbsp Brandy

Combine pie filling and brandy and spoon evenly over cake, spreading to edges. Chill at least 6 hors or overnight before serving.

Wicked Wednesday to you / 3-28-18

Wicked Wednesday to you EveryOne,
And a happy, happy Hump day, and all that a mid week greeting can bring. Yes folks while we were huffing and puffing our way along the trail we have been making some wicked ways up this mountain. By mid-day we will be reaching the top of this giant, we will want to plant that flag and leave our mark that we did make it. But then take the time to look back and appreciate just how far we have come, then turn and make that mental map were you need to go next, then move off the other side of the mountain. The top is not where we are to finish this week or this day. This is only the half way point. So do not loose track of your time at the time and get caught daydreaming your afternoon away and be left looking for camp in the dark. This has been a great week so far, not easy to any extent, but there is much that has been done and much accomplished. But we have so much more that lies before us to explore and to journey through. So make the final climb to the top with vigor and vim and give it all you’ve got, then watch your steps as you begin your decent. Be open to those along the way that are hurting and in need. Stop and listen to what their needs are and help in any way you can and see them onto their next stop. Then return to your ways and and spread whatever light, warmth and wisdom you can along the way. Now get them hikers on and laced up well, take hold your staff and don’t be afraid to use it as needed, and let’s go make us a most Happy, Happy through all situations all day long.
Your Morning Guru
Steve Gimmi
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Holidays & Observances:
National Black Forest Cake Day
Something on a Stick Day
Weed Appreciation Day
Barnum & Bailey Day
Virtual Advocacy Day
Whole Grain Sampling Day

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Warming Greetings / 3-27-18

Warming Greetings EveryOne
Hey, what can I say, winter can not get it’s grubby little fingers out of our spring, so I am thinking more than just warm fuzzy thoughts to try to warm our hearts and attitudes up. I’ve heard a few of you our there have had hearts as cold as old man winter’s frozen pointy fingers. As we journey into day two of this wonderful last week of March, let’s keep looking upward to find the sun and direction to warmer days and places. Let any light we can find fall on our faces and bring a smile that might just be the spark that brings warmth to someone else. Be open to receiving all that is good and sharing it with any and all that come your way. We can control how we feel to a great extent and when we let that radiate from with us it will be caught by others and the light will spread and shine. So as we travel along the path and trails today, be open for those that have fallen on hard times and need an ear, need a hand, just need some encouragement and be that one the reach out and give it, not cause we expect anything in return but because it is our duty to humanity. Now isn’t it time we get those hikers pulled on and laced up, take hold that staff, and make our way to the starting line. Todays journey is all uphill and full of roots, stumps, rocks and pitfalls, but we will stick together and make it to our next checkpoint. Now let’s get it together and go make us a most Happy, Happy all day long and spread it where ever we go.
Your Morning Coach
Steve Gimmi
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Holidays & Observances:
National World Whisky Day (this I can get into)
National Spanish Paella Day
National “Joe” Day
Celebrate Exchange Day
Education and Sharing Day
National Education and Sharing Day
Quirky Country Music Song Titles Day
Viagra Day
World Theatre Day
American Diabetes Association Alert Day

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Sunshine Greetings / 3-26-18

Sunshine Greetings EveryOne
Yes folks its a bright and sunny morning, somewhere, someplace, and where ever I choose to make that spot in my life and in my mind. So let’s get the attitude smile on and get ready to limeade out of limes and marmalade out of kumquats, cause there are going to be some really sour situations out there and we need to be ready to make the best of it all. The weekend wasn’t bad, but those days are yesterday and behind us. Tomorrow is yet to come and we can not predict what tomorrow will bring, but today is the present and what is on our plates and what we have to work with. So let’s take it one bite, one sip, and one day at a time and well will do all we can to make the best of everything that comes our way. Now along the way we will find those that are in desperate times, we will take the time to stop, listen and help in anyway we can. Remember much of life is what you put into it that is what you get out of it. We are one step, one paycheck, one breath from being in their shoes, so be alert and be generous as you can. Do it not for for the glory, or what you can or will even get out of it, but do it for your fellow human brother or sister. Now time to get those hikers on, grab hold your staff and let’s get to the parade on its way. It’s time to go make us a most Happy, Happy all day long not just for ourselves but everyone around us.
Your Morning Friend
Steve Gimmi
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Holidays & Observances:
National Nougat Day
National Spinach Day
Make Up Your Own Holiday Day
Legal Assistants Day
Live Long And Prosper Day
Purple Day

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Dobro jutro / 3-23-18

Dobro jutro EveryOne
Waka waka meatballs people it is time to go, go, go. Yes it is folks it is F-R-I-D-A-Y, that’s right we have made it all the way through to the final day. But this is no time to take a nap, no time to find a rocking chair on the porch and take it easy, and no time to play la-la-land. So take them hikers and toss them to the back of the closet and pull out them sprinters and lace em up tight, and you can put away that pole as you are not going to need it today as you will want to be as light as possible. Although the road to the finish line is flat, it will be long, and hot and there are hazards along the way. So stay awake and stay alert and be ready for anything to come your way. But we will get from there to there with a smile on our face and a song in our heart, so let’s do all we can to make it the best day we can. Now remember there are still those along the way that are in a hurting way and still need our help, just cause it is Friday is no excuse to overlook or pass them by. We still need to stop and listen and lend a hand in any way we can. No let’s get the visor on and get to the starting line and let go, go, go make us a most Happy, Happy all day and all weekend long. And remember this weekend is Palm Sunday, don’t know about it, check it out and be ready to read the rest of the story to the end. Now let’s get this day on tt’s way.
Your Morning Cheerleader
Steve Gimmi
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Holidays & Observances:
National Chips and Dip Day
National Chia Day
National Melba Toast Day
National Puppy Day
Near Miss Day
National Tamale Day
OK Day
World Meteorological Day
American Crossword Puzzles Week: 23-25

National Tortilla Chip Day – 24
National Chocolate Covered Raisins Day – 24
National Cocktail Day – 24
Be Mad Day – 24
Earth Hour – 24
Endometriosis March Day – 24
National Chocolate Covered Raisins Day – 24
International Day for the Right to the Truth Concerning Gross Human Rights Violations and for Dignity of Victims – 24
Take Your Parents To The Playground Day – 24
Violations and for Dignity of Victims – 24
World Tuberculosis Day – 24
World Irish Dancing Week: 24-4/1

National International Waffle Day – 25
National Lobster Newburgh Day – 25
Pecan Day – 25
Feast of the Assumption Day – 25
Palm Sunday – 25
International Day of Remembrance of The Victims of Slavery and The Transatlantic – 25
International Day of The Unborn Child – 25
International Day of Solidarity with Detained and Missing Staff Members – 25
National Day of Celebration of Greek & American Democracy – 25
National Medal of Honor Day – 25
Old New Year’s Day – 25
Pecan Day – 25
Tolkien Reading Day – 25
Holy Week: 25-31
International Phace Syndrome Awareness Week: 25-31
National Cleaning Week: 25-31
National Protocol Officer’s Week: 25-31
Pediatric Nurse Practitioner Week: 25-31
National Physicians Week: 25-31
Greeting it in Bosnian

Mirëmëngjes / 3-22-18

Mirëmëngjes EveryOne
Good morning blue and sunlight filled skies, how do you do. It’s another beautiful day in the neighborhood and I am raring to go, how but you? No? Why not? This is no time to get down in the dumps or blue in the tudes (attitude). Get that body of your’s engaged with that brain and let’s get the two step boogie happening to the starting line. We need to do some shaken and baken today and make this day our own. We need to up the anti and put that smile back on our face even if we have to work at it, sometimes we just need to do it and make it work. This day is our hay making day when we will make our way through the forest and get off this mountain and clear the tree line. It will not be easy as all the jobs we are working on will need attention to line them up and get them ready for the finish. So time to get those hikers on and laced up well, and take hold that staff so you have something to steady on as we tramp on down this muddy hill. The journey is not through and neither is our responsibility to help those in hurting ways. So as we come on them be ready to stop and listen and lend a hand in any way we can and see them to the next checkpoint. But now is the time for us to get it to the line and get ready for this day to go and let’s do it in style while we make us a most Happy, Happy all day long.
Your Morning Journeyman
Steve Gimmi
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Holidays & Observances:
National Water Day
Coq Au Vin Day
National Goof Off Day
As Young As You Feel Day
Data Innovation Day
International Day of The Seal
National Goof-off Day
Tuskegee Airmen Day
World Day for Water (aka World Water Day)
World Day of Metta
Greeting is in Albanian

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Life on the Cape March ’18 & Shrimp, Bacon & Corn Chowder / 3-21-18

I know this might sound like a broken record but what is up with the weather. As I sit and finish another weeks bog up all I hear is the sound of mix precipitation on the skylights and out the slider on the tarp that covers the firewood on the deck. And to thing there is possibly another right behind this for this next weekend Palm Sunday. So what good has happened this week, First the front store door is on. After a not so small sizing problem I will say the folks at Larson Doors went out of there way to get our not so little problem resolved. I am most appreciative of all they did, and seriously we love the look of it, could not be more pleased. Something else that has gone fairly well is that I saw my surgeon since we last spoke and they put me back on something to help my nervous system. Back surgery really messes with the nerves and just since end of last week seeing a major change and difference, almost makes one think I may actually feel a bit more normal and beach life may just return. yah. Ok so some of you are asking why talk about these seemingly trivial things, well some out there think that living on the Cape is always filled with beach life year round and everyone is retired or are millionaires that don’t have to do much. Well there are many of us, actually the year rounders that are working stiffs, we still have to get up every morning and do a job to pay the mortgage, put food on the table, get kids to school and do the daily chores everyone else does. And actually being a visitor, vacationer or part timer gets to see more of the Cape and the things to do here than most of us who live year round. The driveways still need shoveled and we still deal with power outages and some with coastal flooding. The Cape is a wonderful place to be, but sometimes outsiders just wanting to get here to live forget, it’s not always a day on the beach, and the bills and laundry still need done. But I have to say, after work I am seven minutes from either side of the Cape, and even in the colder weather beach combing is a fun thing to do or go see if you can spot any snowy owls. Life may not be as glamorous as a lot would like to think, but even with bills to pay, housing upkeep is a little more intense and costly, I would not give up, getting up, looking out my window and know that I am on a very special place. But I have to say, and sooooo ready for Spring and Summer, it has been one long wicked wass winter. Have a great day in all you do, especially if you can do it right here on old Cape Cod.
This week with the weather we have not been out much so business shopping has not been on the top priority. But one place that I can note is the Candy Company located at 975 MA-28, South Yarmouth and open from 9:30-8:30 every day weather permitting. You can also find them on Facebook. You might think, nah thats just a kids place, well you would be totally wrong. They have one of the largest collection of Jelly Bellies I have seen, they have home made chocolates, they have candy bars that are from by-gone years (don’t worry they are fresh as they are made in smaller batches for specialty shops like this one). They have soft candies and hard candies, American candies to German candies. So although the kids and grand kids will love and their dentists will love this place but so will you adults of any age will find this a fun place to go. Best part you don’t have to buy in large quantities, but buy more smaller amounts and more varieties. Go check them out, it’s a wonderful place to explore.
Well, first of all folks, if any of you think that it’s my fault for bring this weather back from Florida I am soo sorry, but really it was not me. Trust me if I had my druthers I would be asking for more seasonal temperatures and a whole lot less precipitation at least less of the frozen stuff. But it is what it is and being a hearty New Englander we’ve seen it all before and we know in the end that it will all even out and Spring will eventually sprung. What just bits is that we can’t get a lot of the out door clean up that really needs done. I have done a little as a couple days ago the sun was shining so I was able to get the grounds at least cleaned up from all the broken sticks and tree branches that had blown down. But other than that. However we have been working hard on freshening up the inside, putting on a new coat of paint in some of the rooms and doing some hardy cleaning. The tower and lamp room will be last as we really need warmer weather to work in there as there is no heat in the actual tower or lamp room. But I have been up there quite a bit checking out the landscape and seeing what we have to work with come late April and May, and then when season comes. Where are we going to put all the people, where are they going to park, where are the boats going to run into trouble, from where are we going to launch the dinghies and launch boats. And it looks like we may need to build us a new pier to tie up the skiff. So much to do and so little time, but as usual I know when the weather does break I will put out the word and we will have a team show up to help. We have such great volunteers around the Cape. So I hope you are weathering the weather well and that you are staying warm and dry. Please be sure to put us on the planner for when you come to the Cape to come visit us, we will be looking to see you all. Until than that have a great and wonderful, and especially if you can do it right here on old Cape Cod. Looking to see you real soon.
As I started to research this recipe I found about 3 or 4 primary recipes that were offered and tagged from 3 to 4 food recipe sites. Some have near same wording and a couple same brand ingredients. I am just going to post it, let you know I took it from and unnamed source and have taken any reference of brand names out of it so not to infringe on a brand name. But I just want to declare this is not my recipe and I lay no claim in coming up with it. Now with all that said anything I have added I will note as my add, but seriously like all recipes, look it over add what you want take away what you want and make it your own. Maybe you switch out Crab for the Shrimp, maybe you just add Crab. Then again what about Lobster or Calamari, the recipes I give you are to try as is then play with them to make them better or different for you and your family. So give it a try and enjoy, especially since it seems old man winter is not going to give up without a fight. Now on with the show,

This week’s recipe: Shrimp, Bacon & Corn Chowder

5 slices Hickory smoked bacon, cut into small pieces
1 pd medium shrimp, peeled and divined (41-50)
2 cups sweet onion, chopped
1 Tbsp fresh minced garlic
1 tsp paprika
1/2 tsp dried thyme
1 tsp Old Bay Seasoning (my adding)
Pinch crushed red pepper (I omitted this)
2-1/2 cups frozen corn kernels
3 cups chicken stock
1 cup half and half (to reduce calories use 2% milk)
(You will want to thicken with corn starch and cold water if using milk)
Salt and pepper, to taste
Fresh thyme sprigs for garnish, if desired

In a large pot or Dutch oven on medium heat, fry bacon pieces until crispy. Transfer to a plate lined with paper towels or news paper. Drain off fat from pot, leaving 1 tablespoon, Add shrimp to pot and cook until pink (about 3-4 minutes), stirring frequently. Remove shrimp with slotted spoon and add to the plate with bacon. Leave juices in pot. Add onions and garlic. Sauté for about 3 minutes, or until onions are soft and translucent. Add paprika, crushed red pepper (and/or Old Bay Seasoning), thyme, salt and pepper. Cook, stirring frequently for 2 minutes. Add corn, chicken stock and half and half (or milk). Stir to combine. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer for 15 minutes. Using an immersion blender, blend about half of the soup until creamy. (If you don’t have an immersion blender, blend 2 cups of soup in a blender and pulse until creamy) (beware: blend small amounts at a time and hold down the top of blender pitcher while blending because there is a risk of the top blowing off and hot liquids to blow out!) and return to pot and stir well, (if you used milk instead of half and half if not thick enough at this point thicken with corn starch and cold water, do a little at a time till you reach desired thickness). Service with chopped bacon pieces.

Buongiorno / 3-21-18

Buongiorno EveryOne
Happy Hump Day to you, time to get the bunny bounce into your step and let’s get hopping in every way we can. This is a great day to be alive cause we have the opportunity to see the world from the top of this mountain in just a few hours. So grab those hikers and lace them up well and take hold that walking staff and let’s make a bead to the starting line. When we get to the top, we will want to plant that flag we have and take ownership of this week and this hill. Next we will want to take a moment and look back to where we came from and notice just how much ground we have covered. Then turn and survey all that is before us and make a mental map of where we need to be going. See all that is out there and know that it is all before you and it is all obtainable with hard work, good effort and a wicked cool attitude about it all. Then pick up your pack and get moving off the back side of the mountain and down the other side. We can, and we will, make it all the way, and we will, cause we can, do it with a wicked good outlook on everything that comes our way. Now along the way we will encounter those who are in great need, and we will stop and lend a hand in any way we can. We ready to take the time to listen where the hurt is, then meet their need and see them to the next checkpoint. Now time is at hand, let’s get this party rolling and go make us a most Happy, Happy all day long.
Your Morning Guru
Steve Gimmi
ccrockhopper.com

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