Corn Grit Friday / 8-31-18

Corn Grit Friday to you EveryOne
Howdy to you friends and many greetings to you this find feathered Friday. What a way to end a week and start a holiday weekend. That’s right if you have forgotten that Monday is Labor Day and many of us have off. Sorry to you service folks that aren’t able to have off. So this blessed day for the rest of us is like a mad dash to do all we can with quality, morals and ethics as we should to do the job that needs done today and go for the gold to no end in all we do and say. First up,, oh wait, theme this week, has been Grains,, yup grains, the stuff we eat, the stuff farmers grow, and the list goes on. So back to, First up, get rid of them hikers and go for the sprinters, put the staff away and get out a good visor and a lot of suntan lotion, and go as light as you dare so that nothing hinders you, binds you or would catch on anything to hold you back. No just cause we are workin for the weekend does not mean we get to forget those in need, we will still stop, we will still listen and we will still help them in whatever way we can and see them to the next care station. The road is going to seem extremely long today cause we want to get threw it so badly, it will be hot, it will be full of cactus needles, and maybe even a few quicksand pits but we will get there and we will finish strong, finish honestly, and finish with no regrets. So let’s get it all together and go, go, go and do it all honorably and worthy of any who would come in contact with your work. Now let’s get it to the line and go make us a most Happy, Happy not just for the day but for the whole weekend long. And let’s blaze this day last day of August like no other and put a whole new meaning to attitude of gratitude in all we do and say.
Your Morning Thinker and Thunder
Steve Gimmi
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Holidays & Observances: Holiday Weekend Edition
National Trail Mix Day
Eat Outside Day
Love Litigating Lawyers Day
National Diatomaceous Earth Day
National College Colors Day
National Matchmaker Day

National Gyro Day – 9/1
National Cherry Popover Day – 9/1
Building and Code Staff Appreciation Day – 1
Calendar Adjustment Day – 1
Chicken Boy’s Day – 1
Cow Chip Throwing days: 1-3
Emma M. Nutt Day – 1
Franchise Appreciation Day – 1
International Day of Awareness for the Dolphins of Taiji – 1
National Buffalo Chicken Wings Days -1-3
National Cowgirl Day – 1
National No Rhyme (Nor Reason) Day – 1
National Tailgating Day – 1
National Writing Date Day – 1
Random Acts of Kindness Day or Be Kind Day – 1
Save Japan’s Dolphins Day – 1
Toy Tips Executive Toy Test Day – 1
World Beard Day – 1
International Enthusiasm Week: 1-7
National Nutrition Week: 1-7
Self-University Week: 1-7

National “Grits for Breakfast” Day – 9/2
International Bacon Day – 9/2
Blueberry Popcycle Day – 9/2
Bison-ten Yell Day – 2
Bowling League Day – 2
National No Patrick Day – 2
V-J Day – 2
National Waffle Week: 2-8
Substitute Teacher Appreciation Week: 2-8

National Welsh Rarebit Day – 9/3
National Baby Back Ribs Day – 9/3
SkyScrapper Day – 3
National Day of Prayer for Victims of Hurricane Harvey – 3
Labor Day – 3
Great Bathtub Race – 3
National Payroll Week: 3-7

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Oats Thursday / 8-30-18

Oats Thursday EveryOne
Just seemed to go with what I deem the workhorse day of the week. Welcome to another wild and wacky installment of Thursday’s wonderful day of wicked workings. Some people feel it is hard to gather oneself for a Monday morning, others for deadman Tuesdays, others has hard to believe others things Wednesdays are wickedly bad, and a few dread freaky Fridays. Me I don’t dread or fear any day, but I do realize that Thursdays are a pull together day from what has been going on all week. We want it all lined up nice and neat by the end of the day so Fridays aren’t chaotic and crazy, but we also know that there are are going to be some things out there that just will give us fits right to the end no matter what we do, so those we need to give special care to, so we are not left with a mess on our plates at the end. You know what I mean, we have all been there so let’s get it started by pulling on those hikers and taking full hold of that staff and start making our way to the starting line. With as much going on we would like sometimes to just push our way through an forget, or bypass everything around us to just get done what we need to get done. But that is not that case, we need to take the time, be on the lookout and when we come on those in dire need of help, stop, listen and do what we can to lend a hand, then see them to the next care station. I know sometimes it’s an inconvenience but it is what is right and we will do it with smile that can heal many wounds. Once we have seen to their needs, then back on the road and the strive to the finish line. We will get there and we will do it in style to the best of our abilities. And through it all, from beginning to end we will go make ourselves a most Happy, Happy all day long cause we know, no one is going to do it for us.
Your Morning Waddling Penguin
Steve Gimmi
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Holidays & Observances:
National Toasted Marshmallow Day
National Cabernet Sauvignon Day
Frankenstien Day
International Day of The Victims of Enforced Disappearances
International Whale Shark Day
National Grief Awareness Day
National Holistic Pet Day
Chuckwagon Races: 30-9/2
National Sweet Corn Week: 30-9/3

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September Brews, Vines and Spirits Report & Grilled Scallops & Orange Skewers / 8-29-18 blog

Ok this is the last of the summer reports from our breweries, wineries and distilleries. After this we go on the quarterly reports. Now September is a happening month. Let’s start with Truro Winery, located in North Truro off 6A and Shore road, also home off South Hollow Distillery. First up are two big, no huge happenings. The report comes in with: In September we have our Grape Stomp & Music Fest is Sunday September 23rd, 2PM-6PM. Live music, cocktails, wines by the glass, and delicious food.FREE admission and parking. Blackfish food truck will be open.Join us for the Truro Treasures weekend closing party that has become the event of the season! Bring your beach chairs and blankets and sip away, and enjoy live music from 2pm-6pm. Get your dancing shoes (or bare feet) ready! The annual Grape Stomp will begin at approximately 3pm, with the children going in first. We hope to see you there! Last tour and tasting are both at 1pm. Music starts at 2pm. Then comes Vinegrass Music Festival (bluegrass festival) is Sunday, September 30th, this is another great day of Rhythm & Roots by the vines. Enjoy LIVE music all day, wine by the glass and Twenty Boat Rum and Dry Line Gin cocktails! Blackfish food truck will be open. Bring your beach chairs and blankets: It’s going to be another great festival.vingrass.org to tickets and information. 6 bands, big stage, local vendors. The Vinegrass Organization’s mission is to enhance the cultural quality of life through the production of American Rhythm & Roots concerts and festivals. We will preserve and foster this traditional American genre of music through scholarships, workshops and instruments, ensuring its place for generations to come.
Something that is not overly publicized is their new Dry Line Barrel Reserve Gin. This is a limited release, barrel rested gin has been aged for a year in American and Hungarian Oak wine barrels, for a full-bodied, nuanced flavors of juniper and citrus, tranforming every pour into an exceptional drink gin. You are familiar with their Dry Line Small batched Hand Crafted White Gin,, but this new release is something special. Get it while you can cause it is limited. Ok check out their website for store hours and weekend tastings during our second season, and remember just cause the seasons change the winery is always open.
Next up is Cape Cod Beer, find them at 1336 Phinneys Lane, Hyannis, near BJs off RT 132, on online at https://capecodbeer.com/ or facebook and Twitter and Instagram. First up the important stuff what is brewing this September: we have coming
Dunkel-Weizen, Tide Jewels Saison and Narrow Lands New England IPA and a Pilot Beer (leave your growler at home on these) called Lone Galaxy IPA (actually available 8-31, this will have a tropical fruitiness about it, perfect for this summer oppression still going on. Next up are a few of the notable events; Craft Beer Cask Fest – September 8 @ 2:00 pm – 6:00 pm guest breweries, live music & food trucks! This is a ticked even and a 21+ only event so check out the events page. Next is the 3rd Annual Bee Ball – featuring a limited edition pilot beer made with local honey from Honeypots Hives in Provincetown. Ok for me that in itself sounds like a wicked good brew. This takes place September 15 from 5pm – 8pm. ATTN TICKETS SOLD ONLY IN ADVANCE all ages welcome. All registration fees and merchandise purchases are donations to the BCBA, what a great event. Then last but not least is the Cape Cod Oktoberfest – our annual celebration of beer! September 22 from 11am – 4 pm. Yes it’s FREE Admission OR Get your VIP Package with access to an exclusive VIP beer line, an official event t-shirt, a pretzel & a half liter souvenir mug with two tickets to fill it with beer (1 liter total) for a nominal fee. Folks this is only a smattering of events happening please go to the website and check it all out. This business is not just about beer, it’s about Cape Cod and a happen place. You don’t want to miss anything that is going on here.

Last for this report is Cape Cod Winery in East Falmouth on Oxbow Rd or on the web at capecodwinery.com. First up they are going strong through Septembers, Check out there events page for details. Friday nights with live music from 5pm – 8pm through September the 21st. On Wednesday the 12 from 6pm – 8:30pm Museums on the Green-Wine Tasting & Special Lecture about our East Falmouth neighborhood by Lewis White. And their hours of operations is: September 4th through October 8th: Monday: 12pm-4pm (open Labor Day & Columbus Day), Tuesday: CLOSED, Wednesday: 12pm-4pm, Thursday: 12pm-5pm, Friday: 12pm-8pm LIVE MUSIC 5PM-8PM!, Saturday: 11am-5pm, Sunday: 12pm-4pm. This is no longer an up and coming,, they are here and they have terrific wines to offer and have a coming wine club. So be sure to check them all out.

Last notes, please remember that although we are missing updates from Hog Island, Devil’s Purse, Nautabout, Barnstable Brewery, Cisco (on Nantucket), Shoal Hope CidarWorks and I am sure I am missing someone. Cape Cod really is a destination for Wineries, Craft Beers and Craft Distilleries. Hope you have enjoyed and please let them all know you read the CapeCod Rockhopper either through CapeCodToday.com or on my own blog CCRockhopper.com. Maybe we can encourage others to become more involved in upcoming or next years postings. Have a great and wonderful and please be a responsible drinker.

Business report, I did not go with the expectations to put this first growing Cape business in, but as I was at the craft show this past weekend at Drummer Boy in Brewster I stopped over to the Farmers Market. First a word about that. Folks just because first season is coming to an end Labor Day weekend does not mean the farmers markets around the Cape cease to exist or operate. Now there may be a few roadside farmers stands that do but not the farmers markets. Now Labor Day weekend Brewster Farmers Market will not be happening, that’s 9-2-18, but they will be going the following three Sundays after that. If you have seen on printed material that it was to end the 16th well they decided to continue it through the Sunday 9-23. This is the time of year you want to be there, Be sure to take cash or a check, however Brewster Historical Society that runs this has a token option that you can buy and use for exchange if you forget and only have your card. The tokens are only usable for edible goods but there is that option. So check your local to how long through second season they go through and support our local growers.
Now while I was there I ran into (ok not physically) Kala-Matta Foods out of East Sandwich. Where to find, try the Cape Cod farmers Markets,(check the schedule) Osterville Harvest Fest, and other farmers markets or on Facebook. Another place you can discover more about Kala-Matta Foods is get the last summer issue of Cape Cod Edible Food Magazine. That will tell you more about this growing company than I could in a month of business reports. But they are into some ridiculously delicious Hummus and what better to eat hummus with but with pita chips that stand up the dip but don’d steal the show from the hummus yet can be eaten alone or with other spreads and dips. I’m telling you this stuff is wicked good and needs to be had. And to boot on top of it’s almost healthy. Hey have 3 flavors of hummus available besides the chips. If you cant make it to the farmers markets, they are available at Peterson’s in Yarmouth Port and Ring Brother’s in South Dennis. Check it out and then scarf it down. I will say, it helped when I asked for a business card as usually do, he hands me a bag of the pita chips instead and tells me that’s his business card. So I just make that disclaimer, but honestly if it didn’t taste good, I could easily have let it side under the table and just whoops.. So thank you Jerry Matta for sample and yes I will be buying more, yummm.
Next up isElixir Confections, Find them online at either Elixirconfections.com or on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/ElixirConfectionsCapeCod/ or even better in person at the many farmers markets around the Cape. Straight from there facebook about: Elixir Confections is a gourmet chocolates and pastries business where mother-daughter duo, Rose & Felicia Rocque, hand craft their latest creations!. Folks the best thing I can say about this duo is mountains of yummy goodness. As you are out and about watch for Elixir then share the experience. If you need or have a special occasion you need something for, give them a call and talk about a special order, they would be happy to help you out.
Last is an unusual business in that we has no facebook, no website and does most by word of mouth. The is Leather by Leslie of Harwich. She does,, wait for it, leather goods. wow bet you did not see that coming. But seriously, there are leather workers and there are leather crafters, she is the later. She has just about any kind or size bag, woman’s bags, man bags ( I particularly likes the saddle bad.) Her work is more for the ladies but I telling you men, she has products that would work well or she can customize. Trust me how many of us really like sitting on our wallets or what do we do with our keys, phone, if you carry a tablet, Im telling you it’s not a bad thought, we all went through the laptop bag time, then all off a sudden that stopped when we can get it all on our phones or a tablet, but still. I know she will be at the Harwich Cranberry Festival coming, and she does other craft shows closer around Harwich. Be prepared guys to have your ladies wanting her stuff, or maybe I should be warning the ladies to hold on to their guys. This lady is good.
Hello everyone, how do you do? Other than feeling like I’m a lobster in a pot of boiling water, we are having great, ok very hot and sticky weather. I am praying by the end of the week we can get a break on this for Labor Day weekend. Wow has it been extremely active around here. I think more folks are coming out and climbing the tower to see if they can spot any great white sharks instead of climbing to see the actual lamp room and beacon. But I will take the visitors for whatever reason they show up for, cause once they are in the station or the tower itself they are a captive audience and that’s my cue to tell the history of the life station and light house. How over the years the number of travelers and sailors that have been helped from the Cape waters. I also get to tell them how the coast line has changed over the years, and how the light house has had to be moved now twice, and hoping that the last one was far enough back that it will hold up for at least until the last part of this century. Then of course I get to take them down and over to the station house and let the Mrs talk to them about how the keepers lived and spent their time. May of the keepers were single men in groups of 2 to 4 depending on the time of year and shipping seasons. Someone always had to be awake or make sure someone was up every few hours to heck on the lamp oil and make sure the light did not go out or make sure if the fog rolled in that the horn was sounded. Then of course she finishes up by taking them to the kitchen where she has her cranberry oatmeal cookies waiting. I know the season is coming to an end, but second season is just around the corner. So for now we are going to keep going on with regular hours, we are scheduled to start having the kids in next week during the mornings but will have to keep an eye on the weather so the kids don’t get to hot. But I think we are going to try to stay going till at least through the second weekend of September then start cutting back on the open public hours during the week and stay open on the weekends, then keep that till Columbus Day then we will be open by appointments only mostly for groups and kids, and then the holidays and the lights and special occasions. But you can still come out and go to the lookout deck and walk the grounds there is always something new to see. So I hope you have had a great summer and have had been able to come out here to this wonderful spot of land we call old Cape Cod. Until we meet again,,,,
Well this wonderful time of the when there are 5 Wednesdays in the month, which means I get to go appetizer hunting, and seafood to boot. Now the problem, which really is not a a problem, is that most of these could go either as an appetizer or a main course, the difference would be how many you put on one skewer, and now many skewers you make per person. Up front, this is not my recipe but as I say, I look for recipes that come up more than once in a search and or in my cookbooks and recipe cards and that i really can’t swear where the recipe started. So if you find it someplace, ok great, but it ain’t the only place, trust me on that one. So this is a fairly simple, easy recipe, It is grilled which is great with all the summer heat going on, quick in time so you could grill during pregame or half-time and still not miss a play. So if you like Scallops and grilling you will love this recipe, so let’s roll up the sleeves and get this cooking game going, especially before I start dribbling all over the keyboard.

This week’s recipe: Grilled Scallops & Orange Skewers

1 tbsp honey (for best results use raw)
2 large navel orange ( or 3 small or medium)
1 tbsp fresh grated ginger
1 pd sea scallops, (about 12-14)
kosher salt and black pepper
Old Bay Seasoning
skewers (wooden or metal)

If using wooden skewers put to soak in water as early as possible so they don’t burn. Peel, pull slices apart and clean white stuff off, then cut in half or 3rds depending on side of slice or wedge, (other way to do this to cut orange in to thinker slices, quarter then pull peal off each quarter), leave a small orange or part of one to squeeze the juice from to get 2 tablespoons (or cheat and use fresh orange juice). In a small bowl combine honey, orange juice and ginger.
If using grill non-stick spray, spray before turning on, if using oil Heat the grill, right before putting food on oil well so seafood does not stick. Thread the orange and scallops onto the skewers, starting and finishing with the orange. Season with salt and pepper, and Old Bay Seasoning. Grill for 2 -3 minutes on each side (depending on how big , don’t overcook), until the scallops are opaque throughout, then brush and baste with the sauce and cook 30 to 60 more seconds on each side.
If doing as appetizers do 2 scallops per skewers, (use small or cut in half) if doing as a main meal go 4 + per skewer)
This recipe is easily doubled or tripled or buy the number of scallops count you need, don’t guess by the pound you will pretty much always come up short.
The other things you can do with this recipe is start playing with pineapple, or other grillable fruit and try doing with a butter and garlic baste or do with scallops and shrimp and fruit then add or exchange herbs and seasonings to your taste and likings.

Buckwheat Wednesday / 8-29-18

Buckwheat Wednesday to ya EveryOne
Hump Day, Halfway day, Up and over day, Onward day, and a host of others. Thing is about today is once we make it half way though the day we will be closer to the finish line than back to the starting line. Not that we had a choice about it, but come on thing about it, the weeks been long enough so let’s take all the encouragement we can here. The journey has already been long and need to feel like we are making some kind of progress here. So when we get to that point where ever that may be for you, Stop what you are doing and plan your flag, if that is on a mountain top great, if it is marking some uncharted planet, great, if it is in the middle of a dessert, wonderful. The point is mark it, put your stamp on it and let all those who come behind you know there is hope, someone else has traveled this path before them and gone onward. But remember this is not the end of the journey for today nor the week. We are only half way through the day, check the progress you have made then not the path and way we need to move forward on and then get moving. It’s not easy, it’s not always what you or me wants to do, but we need to keep moving, keep going and push through it. Along the way we will come on those lost and in some serious need of help, we will stop, listen and lend a hand in whatever we an then see them to the next care center. Then move on, move forward, give, then keep going, help and expect nothing in return, give because it is what is right more than an obligation, remember the attitude of gratitude and put on a smile through it all. Now let’s get this day going and go make us a most Happy, Happy cause we know ain’t no one gonna do it for us.
Your Morning Guru
Steve Gimmi
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Holidays & Observances:
National Chop Suey (as American as it gets LOL)
More Herbs, Less Salt Day
According to Hoyle Day
Individual Rights Day
International Day Against Nuclear Tests
National Sarcoidosis Day
National Whiskey Sour Day
Tug-of-War Day

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Rye Tuesday / 8-28-18

Rye Tuesday EveryOne
Yumping Yiminies Folks, and good golly gumdrops, we rock-n-rolled our way through yesterday like we was on some kind of mission or something. And gotta say that did feel pretty darn good if I dont say so myself. But we is only beginning, we have so much more to do, places to go and things to experience. This is not just a joy ride although we all would like it to be. Sometimes things are hard, unpleasant, and down right miserable, when you can have fun at what you are doing it sure does help and sometimes we just have to make to make it happen ourselves. But in whatever case or situation you are in or dealing with, rest assured that someone out there is going through the same thing you are. May not be the same spot where you are at, may not even be the same galaxy but they are an we have got to learn to lean on each other to help us make it through each day and week. So with all that time to get those hikers on and take hold that staff and get headed out the door. Remember we will come on those in true need and we need not turn a blind eye or a deaf ear, but go, listen and lend whatever hand you can and see them to the next care center. Then gather your thoughts and get on the move, as the world or the galaxy will not stop nor wait for us. So we must keep on pursing, keep on moving, keep on, keeping on throughout our day and journey, and on top of it all with a smile that could light the darkest of rooms at night. Now let’s get this day going and go make us a most Happy, Happy all day long, cause not one is going to do it for us.
Your Morning Coach
Steve Gimmi
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Holidays & Observances:
National Cherry Turnovers Day
Race Your Mouse Day
National Bow Tie Day (This day is for you Dr G. Gee)
Pony Express Day
Race Your Mouse Around the Icons Day
Radio Commercials Day
Rainbow Bridge Remembrance Day
Crackers Over The Keyboard Day

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Millet Monday / 8-27-18

Millet Monday EveryOne
Rise and shine y’all it’s a wonderful day to be alive and well. I pray the weekend was just grand for you, but whether it was or not it is the start of a brand new day and a new week. So time to put behind what has already come and gone and set our eyes forward to what lies before us. We have great opportunities and open skyways to journey and travers through. So let’s gather out things, put on the hikers, grab the staff and let’s get this day and this week rolling. If you have not been keeping track of things, this my friend is the last week of August the last hurray before Labor Day and the last week of the calendar summer. So as we wrap up this month let’s do it in style like no one else but us can do and give it all we’ve got to close out this week and this month in a blaze of glory. Than again if you can swing vacation time, more power to you and rest like there is no tomorrow. But for the rest of us, guess what? We still have to do our jobs, and that includes being open and aware of our surroundings and when we come on those in true need we take the time to stop, listen and help in any way we can, see them to the next care station then back to the journey at hand. Now whenever possible laugh, as often as possible smile, and always have an attitude of gratitude. So off the to the starting line we go and let’s go make us a most happy happy, as no one else is going to do it for us.
Your Morning Friend
Steve Gimmi
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Holidays & Observances:
National Pots de Creme Day
National Burger Day
National Banana Lover’s Day
Global Forgiveness Day
Just Because Day
The Duchess Who Wasn’t Day

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Banana Friday / 8-24-18

Banana Friday to you EveryOne
Bananas, Sunshine, Sunflowers, and a whole lot more,, that wonderful summer yellow that we just need to beam all about and all around today. We just wanna make it a nice and spicy day not to hot and not too weak. Oh ya theme of the week has been Fresh Chilies, today Banana Peppers are considered a type of chili pepper yum. But this is Friday, yes I said FRIDAY, woo hoo, So let’s do some updates. First throw those hikes to the side off the closet and grab those sprinters, next put the staff away and get out a good visor and a lot of suntan lotion, and last if you can do without,, go as light and and possible and the less is the better. Remember is has been a long week and we need to finish strong and finish not only with quantity but with quality. We want no baggage to weight us down or anything else that could end up be a hinderance attached to us. I’m serious, about this that’s why the lotion use it, all over and get there. Our main objective, finish strong, finish with a smile on your face, and finish knowing there is nothing left that needed done that you could have taken care of. So get the mindset going this morning, put that hat or visor upon your head and let’s make our way to the starting line. No we do not get to turn a blind eye or deaf ear, if we come on those in true hurting need, we will stop, listen and help them to the extent we can and see them to the next help station. Then back on the path to the end of this weeks journey. Leave no stone unturned, cut no corners thinking you will get to the finish sooner, trust me you won’t, and just one last thought, this is a marathon, or a 600 mile race, it’s long it grueling, but when you get to the end it will be so worth it, if you have done it correctly. No let’s get it together and make us a most Happy, Happy not just for today but for all weekend long.
Your Morning Thunker
Steve Gimmi
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Holidays & Observances: Weekend Edition
National Peach Pie Day
National Waffle Day
Vesuvius Day
Knife Day
Pluto Demoted Day
Wayzgoose Day
William Wilberforce Day
World Daffodil Day
National Waffle Iron Day

National Whiskey Sour Day – 25
Kiss and Make Up Day – 25
Brother’s Day – 25
International Bat Night – 25-26
National Park Service Day – 25
National Second-hand Wardrobe Day – 25
Sand Castle Day – 25
Franchise Appreciation Day – 25
Be Kind To Humankind Week: 25-31

National Cherry Popsicle Day – 26
National Dog Day – 26
Women’s Equality Day – 26
Go Topless Day – 26
National Toilet Paper Day – 26
National WebMistress Day – 26
World Water Week: 26-31

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Thia Thursday / 8-23-18

Thia Thursday EveryOne
Good Morning, Good Morning, Good Morning, And how do you do, It’s the start of another beautiful day and I plan to make the best of whatever comes my way. Or at least I will give it my best shot and if I can even do at least play the game as nice as I can. Remember having an attitude of gratitude goes a long way helping put on a happy smile every day. Ok some days are harder than others to pull that off but sometimes you just have to and Thursdays are one of those days for me. It comes after hump day, we are on the backside, the down slop of the mountain, the day were all the wild and wacky stuff needs to be accounted for and corralled into one direction making sure those that needed extra attention go it, that which needed changed direction got it, and that all your hard work through the first part of the week is going as they need. Not the easiest of days in my book and then to keep that sunshine smile on your face, you just want to reach out and chock someone. Hey, let’s get those hikers on an take hold that staff, we have a day to take charge of and will need it along the way. Need I remind us,, well I need it, if we come on those in dire need and help we will stop and listen and lend a hand in whatever way we can then see them to the next care station. Now before we lose track of too much time, let’s get to the line and get this day going and go make us a most Happy, Happy cause as we know, no one is going to do it for us.
Your Morning Waddling Penguin
Steve Gimmi
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Holidays & Observance;
National Cuban Sandwich Day
National Spongecake Day
Ride the Wind Day
Day For The Remembrance of The Slave Trade & Its Abolition
Valentino Day
North American Organic Brewers Week: 23-26

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Reminiscing & Pineapple CheeseCake / 8-22-18

So would love to go back to the days of no worries, no real responsibilities, no bills, no thinking about where my food is coming from or who is going to prepare it, taken on vacations on someone else’s dollar, freedom to come and go as one pleases with minimal restrictions. The days when the month of August meant sleeping later, laying on the beach, sailing, swimming, girl watching, biking, making new friends, fishing, and the list goes on and on. Life was so much simpler than and we took it all for granted for way to long. I know some out there did not have great childhoods or fantastic families. But I had parents who cared and even though my sisters were out of the house by the time I was in middle school/junior high I still had a fairly decent relationship with them. Why did we not learn earlier, or recognize how good many of us had. WOW, if only I could go back and make better use of my time or be more grateful for what I had and did not realize it at the time. When you stop and think about it, how many kids could say their family went on vacation for a whole month, let alone at the beach. I’m not talking about the rich and famous here, or those making six figures or more, I’m talking middle class America here, the working class, As a pastor my Dad worked more like 6 days a week and sometimes 7. He was not an Sunday morning only, or maybe through in the Wednesday night back in the day. Im talking Dad did, counseling session, he did visitations, he had board meetings, besides his studies. He was and still is well respected and used to write for a counseling periodical and the list goes on. He was a true pastors pastor and a churches gem, so he did “earn” his time off, but still on vacation put in time studying and working on what topics and passages of scripture he would be preaching over the next year. He did not belong to a conference or group of churches that dictated what he would preach each Sunday. So he had to prepare each week, and put in the time to research and read and make his outlines and,, most people do not realize what a good pastor really does. So when August came around, although he was still semi-working he never took away from my mother’s and my time. August was my time away with Dad, we would ride bikes together, through baseball or softball, he taught me here on the Cape to throw a frizbee and how to fly a kite, and when I was in my older teens we would go golfing together. Funny today we could not afford it it has gotten so expensive. Oh those wonder years of living at home and part of a caring loving family. Perfect heck no, but much better than a lot others and that I did understand. I hope that through the years you are able to carve out time for those you love in places you love to be where ever that may be, here on Cape Cod, New England in general, Disney World, Europe or where ever your happy place is. And don’t take for granted the times when life is giving you a break, cause there will be the rest of the time we only wish would pass. At least for now I am able to enough work days looking out my office window in my house knowing I live here on Cape Cod. May you have a great and wonderful rest of your summer and if you have the opportunity, come and visit us here on Old Cape Cod.
Business report, General Stores, seriously have you checked out all the General Stores around the Cape. Do you know the history of the general store. Do you realize the history behind the general stores, they were the life line of the towns, they were gathering hub other than the local hall or church. Everyone did business at the general store and caught up on the local gossip. So as you are traveling the Cape this summer either on Rt 6A or Rt 28 or there are a couple others off the beaten path, stop in, check them out, and see what kind of history they have and experience so of the real good old Cape living. Just to name a few, in Centerville it is call the 1856 Country Store located at 555 Main St, The Barnstable General Store located at 3220 Main St (6A) Barnstable, Millie’s of Chatham General Store 1291 Main St Chatham, Provincetown General Store located at 147 Commercial St, Provincetown. While your up that way South Wellfleet General Store 1446 Rt 6, Wellfleet, Then there is DennisPort General Store located at 662 Main St (Rt 28), then of course the Brewster General Store and Brewster Scoop located at 1935 Main St (6A), There is also the Wild Harbor General Store in North Falmouth at 200 Old Main Rd (Not Falmouth center but North Falmouth). If you can find any others go for it. But these are the listings I could find. Funny thing is I think have been to all but 1. So that makes me feel really good, when you get there, take the time to walk around and find some of the other stores, ice cream shops and local eateries. They all have their quirky perky places that are fun to go in and just look around and if you find something, that’s even better. So have fun checking out the general stores and the areas surrounding them. The Cape has so much to offer, don’t miss out on all the hidden treasures.
Well hello folks, what can I say about this past week. We have seen some of the highest highs and lowest lows. We have see encounters with Great Whites, Whales and Ripe tides have been around the area and in the news. What can I say to this, the ocean is a wild place, that which flows in her depths can be great on one hand yet a freaky scary on the other. We need to respect her in all her glory while enjoying what she has to offer. I have seen ships succumb to her watery graves and I have seen the anger of her waves that takes back her land. The Ocean is a wonderful but wild place. Respect her every time you step into her, or take to her by vessel of any kind. I know that seems heavy right right now but we got lucky with the meeting of the surfer and Great White off our eastward facing beaches, the gentleman will have a time recovering but reports are he will. Our friends in New Hampshire were the Bay open up to did not fair so well. And our gentle giant that used to swim the waters of our Cape Cod Bay. On the flip side we did wee the picture of the young fisherman getting up close with a breaching brother Hump Back, and the pictures he has shared on that Tube thing, to remind us just what wonders are out there and to be cautious as you travers our Cape waters. Our shinning beacon of light can only do so much, it can help point the way to a wayward boatsman or ship captain or warn of imposing dangers nearby. It can be used as a road map to whose sailing up and down the coast either for pleasure or looking for a safe harbor. While others just want to see the comfort of it’s light, knowing they are not that far from shore. The guard station has been a home for those committed to helping others, whether on every day normal swim days to riptide days to those where seas are angry and someone needs rescued from the perils that stir within her at times. You see we are more than just a light in the dark, or a guard in a life chair, the station has many other duties, from weather watching and reporting to whale counting, to keeping history alive to those who seek. As you go about your travel this summer, visit lighthouses and get to know them. Check out there history and see what they are still doing, and remember when it comes down to it, they have much more function that what most people realize. Befriend a keeper, if you can fine one, or the group that is preserving them. Read their history and the lives they have saved then spread the news and keep the light burning so that all, whether on land or on sea can continue to have the safety and comfort of knowing we will be here for a long long time. May you have a safe rest of your summer, and have a great and wonderful especially if you can do it right here on old Cape Cod.
This week I wanted to stay summery with the recipe. And being that we are on cheesecakes I needed something that was fruity and full of sunshine. So what better way to celebrate then with pineapple and combine with our favorite, ok one of our favorites, desserts. Now you know when you have an idea in your head and you have searched high and low and finally found what you thought was what you wanted, only to find our as you go to use it, it’s close but so far away. Yup this week’s recipe is one of those. I thought I had me a Pineapple CheeseCake recipe but went to my source what I had noted was Pineapple Cake. Hum, what happened to the Cheese? So back to the search I went,, after looking through more than 30 books and tittles I finally found one I could live with. Now don’t get me wrong, I found Pineapple upside-down CheeseCake, I found Pineapple-Coconut CheeseCake, I found several no-bake Pineapple CheeseCakes, and something called Pineapple Delight CheeseCake. Sorry folks I wanted a basic, simple real Pineapple CheeseCake. So after finding about 3 or 4 I could live with and making sure it was not one of those big brand name recipes (although most were so close I am not sure who came first the cheese or the cake. As we all know Kraft is most likely one of the earliest noted cheesecake recipe originators. There are some cheesecakes that go back a little further that utilize other forms of cheese that were known as cheesecakes but you will need to google the history of and get the full story. So now that I have my recipes in order let’s get this show going in the kitchen:

This week’s recipe: Pineapple CheeseCake

1 cup honey graham crackers , finely crushed ( or plain)
3 Tbsp butter, melted
1 cup plus 3 tbsp. sugar, divided
4 pkg cream cheese, softened (8 oz each)
1 cup sour cream
1 Tbsp vanilla extract (the real stuff please)
4 eggs
1 can pineapple tidbits in juice, very well drained (8 oz )
1/2 cup pineapple preserves

The Crust:
Mix graham crackers crumbs, butter and 3 Tbsp. sugar; press into bottom of 9-inch springform pan. Bake in a preheated 325-degree oven for 10 minutes

The Filling (the good stuff)
While crust if backing, beat cream cheese and remaining sugar with mixer until well blended. Beat in sour cream and vanilla. Add eggs, 1 at a time, beating on low speed after each just until blended. Once crust is finished, pour batter over crust. Bake 55 minutes to 1 hour or until center is almost set. Run knife around rim of pan to loosen cake; cool before removing rim. Refrigerate for at least 4 hours.

Topping:
Mix pineapple and preserves; spread over cheesecake just before serving. (note the cheese cake should be cool before putting the topping on.

The nice thing about this recipe is you can put just about any fruit topping on the CheeseCake. Do it with Cherries, with Mandarin Oranges, any kind of Berries or what about Carmel & nuts or Chocolate. Use your imagination on this one. And enjoy.

Chilaca Wednesday / 8-22-18

Chilaca Wednesday EveryOne
Welcome back to the show that never ends, woo hoo, so how do you do. What can I say as it is hump day, up and over day, halfway day, and I am sure some I don’t even know about or care to know about. But the point is half way through today it will be closer to the weekend than going back to the beginning line. And with the way this week is going I want the finish line way more that going back and redoing anything. (LOL), So before we step out that door, let’s get those hikers on as the climb is straight up. when we get the top we are going to plant that flag so anyone behind us will know we made it too. Then take a moment to look back and note just how far we have made it to this point. Then turn look to the future and make a mental map where you need to go then pick up your stuff and get moving cause we’s only half way through the day and we have ground we need to cover. Amazing you would think that we would somehow run out of folks in need, but they never seem to stop being through, along side the road, around the corning, hiding behind scrubs, some just scared, other near death. Stop, listen, then take action, help them in any way you can, see them to the next care center and move on. Do not, for what you get out of it, do it and forget it, do it cause it is the right thing. Don’t let that get you down, but allow whatever generosity you put into it, be your reward and put a smile on your face that you were able to help someone, no matter how great or small it was. Now as we move on and down the road be sure that all you do, you do to the best of your abilities and do that anyone would be proud to know you did it. Give what you can, and give not what you can’t and always do it all with a heart attitude of gratitude. Now with all that, let’s get this day going and go make us a most Happy, Happy cause no one else is going to do it for us.
Your Morning Guru
Steve Gimmi
ccrockhopper.com

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