Donkey Thursday / 1-31-19

Donkey Thursday EveryOne
Hello and glad you came back for more fun. Like you have a choice in the matter, the mortgage is still due, the insurance still needs paid and this eating thing it kind of addictive. So I get it, you’re here out of necessity and not want. But let’s get that attitude of gratitude working for us, the fact we can get out of bed, we can go to the kitchen and get something to each. We can hear the birds that were chirping at 5am this morning obnoxiously, we can see the squirrels chasing each other and the rabbits doing well rabbits do best, just being cute. The list could go on and on but we have neither the time nor the space to do it in. We need to get our jumpsuits on and be sure the visors are cleaned and communicators are working. Todays mission is to weed out that which is not working and work on that those issues that are making the most progress and getting them headed all in one direction. Remember this is a one day at a time event so although this is a battle with the Storm Troopers kind of day, we will make it through to the end, but it will take all we’ve got to do it. So stay alert and stay focused and make the most out of what is given you. Even with all this going on we still need to be aware of our surroundings and those that are in dire need of help. We will take the time to stop, listen and help in anyway we can, then see them to the next care station. Now I hear them calling us to the docking platform to report for duty. Stay alert, stay focused, and remember we need to give it all we’ve got. This is not the end yet but we are one step closer by the end of today, and you know that right towards the end of today will be a shower of space junk trying to do all it can to derail us from getting to our next outpost and discourage us. So keep hold the attitude of gratitude and let’s go make us a most Happy, Happy all day long and give it our best.
Your Morning Penguin
Steve Gimmi
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Holidays & Observances:
National Hot Chocolate Day
National Brandy Alexander Day
Backward Day
Appreciate Your Social Security Check Day
Inspire Your Heart with Art Day
Street Children Day

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Time To Start Planning & Cheesy Shrimp Bites / 1-20-19

So are you planning your summer vacations yet? If you are like me and the company I work for, they are scheduling time off 6 months out, so June and July are already mostly booked up and August is coming real fast. Is that cottage available again? Is the Hotel or Motel still in business? How early can I book that weekend or week to ensure I get what I want? Most of us aren’t thinking about that as we are more focused on staying warm, planning a quick winter escape to a warmer spot on the planet or maybe you are a skier and just looking to find a slop you can slap one or two boards under your feet and take on getting to the bottom without a broken limb. But we really need to the time to sit down with the significant other and figure this out. If you are lucky enough to have family here, you definitely need to put in your time so you can either avoid the other members you don’t get along with or schedule when the ones you like are there. Funny how I am finishing this blog up while watching the weather and temperatures to the west side of the big ditch are either near or below zero and wind chills are just dangerously low. What better time then is there then now to get that planning started. Over the next couple months we will look at things you can do that does not cost money, cost a little money or things that you might want to save up for. If we don’t start planning now, then summer will be upon us sooner than we know and we will be without a place to stay or money to do the things we want to. So here we go with another year past us and a new year of vacationing on the horizon. I sure hope that Cape Cod is on your list to come visit, we have so much to offer and it is so close to so many reading this. We are looking forward to seeing you all and hope you have a warm safe winter. Oh and buy the way, if you have the time we are still open for business through the winter. Have a great and wonderful and especially if you can do it while right here on old Cape Cod.
Cape Cod business report: I’m looking to drive home the Salt companies and Spice and Herb Businesses. First up is Atlantic Spice Company, located in North Truro at the corner of North Shore Rd and Rt 6 just before you get to Truro Vineyards, Web address is http://www.atlanticspice.com and on Facebook. This is another business open year round both the store as well as online store. They are well stocked year round and have just about anything and everything you would want from spices and herbs to salts to teas. Yes I said teas. They do not get into coffee that is a whole nother critter. They do have quite a collections of kitchen gadgets as well. I know they are a little out of the way, but make them part of a package deal with going to P’town for the weekend and the winery and a few other up the arm. Check them out.
Next is 1830 Sea Salt of Cape Cod, now they do no have a physical store but they available online at http://1830seasalt.com/ or in local shops including Cape Cod Beer. They are our of Chatham and enjoy making a quality product the old way. Read their story on their home page, then go purchase some wonderful crafted salts. Oh they also do wedding and celebrations favorites and gives.
Next up is Wellfleet Sea Salt Company, find them on facebook or on the web at Wellfleet Sea Salt Company. I have used their salts and have been pleased beyond words. The flavors in the salts are amazing and adds and enhances the flavor of whatever you are cooking. You can buy direct online, direct when they are doing the farmers markets and artisan shows. Give them a try and you will not go back to box store salt ever again.
Folks with it comes to bulk spices and herbs and such other than these, and they are good at what they do but right now other than going to a grocery store or specialty grocery store, finding someplace that carries a full line of spices, herbs, salts, teas is just not going to happen. You will need to either head off Cape or order online. At which time I would strongly suggest looking at our own Atlantic Spice as they are always fresh and move a ton of spices and herbs all year round. A specialty shop like that is hard to keep going here on the Cape year round. We are growing in size but we are spread out, so it is not convenient for someone from Hyannis to Falmouth to Sandwich to drive to North Truro, nor would it be profitable to do the other. So if Atlantic Spice is not an option for you, plan your off Cape trips to include a good spice, herb and tea shop while you are off Cape, but buy your salts locally you won’t go wrong.
So another week has gone by and we here on the Cape have seen little to no snow, not that I mind that one bit you know. Whoever in charge of that stuff they can keep it on the other side of the ditch where it belongs. Although the older I get the more these bones and joints don’t seem to like the cold either, or extreme changes in weather. But that’s all part of life and living here on the Cape. Did you all see that one of our own towns here on the Cape made one of them big time on-line magazine to 10 beach towns to live in? Yup the Town of Barnstable did and all it has to offer. Personally I think any of our towns along either side of the arm from bridges to point could have but who am I. Did you all know that Sandy Neck Light is at the opening of Barnstable Harbor as it opens up to the Cape Cod Bay. Sandy Neck was opened back in 1826 but then the light was put out in 1937. Finally a skeleton town was up up in 1952, but the tower was not put back into service until 2007 when it was opened under private run and is used today for private navigational purposes only.So it is not open to the public, but if you ever go whale watching you can get a good look at her. Check out Cape Cod Lighthouses for more on our local towers and some information on each. Although privately owned Sandy Neck is still our sister lighthouse and we like to keep in touch whenever possible.
Well other than the cold, we have really had a mild winter so far. The seas have been relatively calm, no major Nor’Easters, no major navigational changes to channels and harbors. This is a lighthouse keepers dream winter for here on the Cape. I feel like somehow I’m cheating you out of some information or something when there isn’t much to report. I’m still doing the normal winter chores, fixing and repairing little stuff that just gets worn with all the tourists and groups that come in, and especially with all the kids. But I want all to touch, the feel and to get to know this place and that means things are going to need some TLC every now and then. If I don’t taker care of the place the Spirits get a little restless and tend to go on more animated night roamings to get my attention that things need done. And yes I listen, I can only take a couple nights of that then they start to get on my nerves and I love my sleep. Speaking of sleep, that young reporter gentlemen came a little later than normal and is pushing my bed time. So I am going to let you all go for this round and I am going to get some shut eye. They say some high winds are coming in and 5am comes early as I need to have reports turned in for the weather people. Have a good one and,,, well you know, especially if you can have it right here on old Cape Cod.
Well with the big game this weekend I thought I better do it right and appetizers and finger foods are the order of the weekend. The other fun thing is that we start right out of the kitchen in January with a fifth Wednesday and we know that is appetizer are the name of the game when there is a fifth Wednesday in the month. This year we are not going to form and stick with the seafood theme. So hope you find this months feature a fun and tasty treat and easy to share with those you love and care to share some great eats with. Now before the game is over and we all missed it. On with the show;

This week’s recipe: Cheesy Shrimp Bites

6 each English muffins, split
6 oz shredded cheddar cheese
1 stick butter (room temperature)
1 Tbsp mayonnaise
1 tsp Worcestershire Sauce
1 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp seasoned salt
1 cup shrimp pieces, diced

Blend ingredients in order as listed. Spread on muffins and cut into quarters. Bake at 375 degrees for 10 minutes. Serve warm.

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Venus Wednesday / 1-30-19

Venus Wednesday EveryOne
Open them eyes, and perk up them ears we is on that wonderful hippity-hoppity, halfway, over the top, never turn back, Hump-Day. Yup folks, today we speed past the point that it is closer to the finish line than back to the beginning. But blocking the space between us and that goal is a whole lot of meteors and from what I’ve hear space pirates. People, rogue projects and activities looking to seal our time and efforts from the things we need to accomplish this day. When we do get to the halfway point, pull back on the throttle a bit and take a look back at where we have come from. Note the distance we have traveled so far and the progress we have made. Then turn and make a mental observation to where we need to go, then full throttle it as we have another half day to finish. So now, what are you still doing in your jammies? We need to get to control center this morning for flight orders, then to whatever ship we are assigned to today sitting on the docking station pad waiting our arrival. So get that jumpsuit on and be sure you take your helmet with you. No questions we will come on these in destress, or in hurting ways, disabled both in hiding and those right out in plain view. We need to stop, listen and help in any way we can, then see them to the next care station. We needed never loose site that we could be that person in need faster than we can really think. No time is at hand, let’s get it together and take those orders and get moving. And as we do let’s go make us a most Happy, Happy all day long, not cause we have to but because we want to.
Your Morning Guru
Steve Gimmi
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Holidays & Observances:
National Croissant Day
Inane Answering Message Day

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Butterfly Tuesday / 1-29-19

Butterfly Tuesday EveryOne
Welcome back my friends to a show that never ends, ok so it seems that way somethings, (thank our friends Emerson, Lake & Palmer for the song). And that folks is one reason we take things one week at a time and even right down to one day at a time. Cause if we constantly look at the bigger picture we will lose hope, get discouraged, could even lose our perceptions of what things really are. As Star travelers, galaxy raiders, and comet trailers, the depths of the cosmos are beyond our comprehension and thus we need to conquer our objectives one small battle at a time. We can do nothing about yesterday as it is past us and gone, used up and laid to rest. Tomorrow is not here yet, we know not what it brings. We can not use something we do not have and until we get there have not idea where our starting point will be or where the travels will take us. So today is what we need to concentrate on, it is all we have so we need to do the best with what we have before us. With that in mind let’s get those jumpsuits on, grab our helmets and head on out to the docking stations. Along the way, ya I know you know, but we all need reminded on a daily basis, helping others does not come as naturally as some might want you to think. We are a people of survival and that normally means me first. So we need to keep our eyes and ears open for those destress calls an signals and go help when help is needed. Stop, listen and then see them to the next care station then get back on your way. Now let’s make this a team challenge today and let’s do all we can to brighten those around us as we go and make ourselves a most Happy, Happy all day long.
Your Morning Coach
Steve Gimmi
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Holidays & Observances:
National Corn Chip Day
National Puzzle Day
Curmudgeons Day
Freethinkers Day
Library Shelfie Day
National Plan For A Vacation Day
Seeing Eye Dog Day
Thomas Paine Day

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Slipper Monday / 1-28-19

Slipper Monday EveryOne
Rise and shine just like the sun and put on a happy face, it’s a new day and a new week with new journeys and opportunities before us. So time to get that sleepy brain out of its cranial hammock and get those gears cranking. It’s time for a new journey a new adventure and we need to take advantage of what has been dealt us. So although it’s Monday and most of us would rather be staying in our slippers and just slip through this day unnoticed is not an option. We have got to make the most of all that sent out way and do it to the best of our abilities. This week it is not hiking we are up to but galaxy running. So grab hold your flight suit and helmet and let’s get to the docking station, as our jettison time is quickly approaching. Along the way we are going to come on those in hurting and distressed ways, we will take the time to pull over and listen, and lend a hand in whatever way we can then see them to the next care station, then back into the seat and off on our way. We need to make the next outpost by our appointed time so we need to throw the throttle into maximum output and push it to its limit. So are you ready? Ready or not, it’s time and we are on our way. Now through it all, we need to be sure to keep that attitude of gratitude about it in all we do. We will always do best when we work with others and make better headway. To do that we need to put the grumpies away, as a sour attitude especially in the mornings can cause the whole barrow to go bad, but a good attitude can help brighten then spirits and encourage many. So let’s get it going and go make us a most Happy, Happy all day long, not cause we have to, but because we want to and want to make a difference in all those we come in contact with today.
Your Morning Friend
Steve Gimmi
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Holidays & Observances:
National Blueberry Pancake Day
Bubble Wrap Appreciation Day
Data Privacy Day
Fun at Work Day
National Kazoo Day
Grammy Awards
National Pediatrician Day
Rubber Duckie Day
Thank A Plugin Developer Day
National Medical Group Practice Week: 28-2/2
Tax Identity Theft Week: 28-2/3
US Nationals Snow Sculpting Days: 28-2/3

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Hero Friday / 1-25-19

Hero Friday EveryOne
Hooray, Hooray, Hooray, time to wake up and smell the waffles and maple syrup, and don’t miss the maple cured bacon, cause it smells oh so good. And if you’re a coffee person, make sure you have a pot on cause we is gonna need it. This was been a doozy of a week, short as it has been, with all that has happened, gone on, bombarded us, tried to knock us down, bat us around, get us off course and the list goes on, we have made it to this far, we have made it to FRIDAY. So down off the mountain we are, out past the trees and off the ice tracks. Our next destination lies beyond the sun baked dessert floor, out over the heat beaten, parched ground that is waiting to take us down and keep us from our destination with victory. The elements are the extremes to the opposite that we have been experiencing earlier this week and it will take its toll on us. But we will keep the faith and we will march through it, and we will succeed in all we have to accomplish. Now for the theme of the week, all are types of snow on the mountain. I particularly liked the sticky one, there were a few others but hey, these worked for this week. Now time to get those hikers put away, and put the ice pics back in the box, today we need the sprinters today along with the visors and sun lotion. So get them on and let’s start moving towards the starting line. Just cause it’s a Friday does not give us a day off of being available to help those in need. It is not a vacation day and we are not given a card to bypass the hurt and the broken. Friday is no different to them, they sill hurt, they are still broken, they are still bleeding, they are still confused and we need to help. So we will stop, we will take the time to listen and we will lend whatever hand we can, then see them to the next care center. Now before this day gets away from us, let’s get it together and give it all we’ve got and go make us the best Happy, Happy all day and all weekend long.
Your Morning Jester
Steve Gimmi
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Holidays & Observances: Weekend Edition
National Irish Coffee Day
11 months till Christmas
Burns Night
Opposite Day
A Room of One’s Own Day
Fun at Work Day
Macintosh Computer Day
National Big Wig Day
National Pre-school Fitness Day
Robert Burns Day
Thank Your Mentor Day
Women’s Healthy Weight Day

National Peanut Brittle Day – 26
Australia Day – 26
A.F.R.M.A. Fancy Rat & Mouse Day – 26
Dental Drill Appreciation Day – 26
Fruitcake Toss Day – 26
Lotus 1-2-3 Day – 26
National Seed Swap Day – 26
Toad Hollow Day of Encouragement – 26
Visit Your Local Quilt Shop Day – 26

National Chocolate Cake Day – 27
Punch the Clock Day – 27
Auschwitz Liberation Day – 27
Holocaust Memorial Day – 27
International Day of Commemoration in Memory of the Victims of the Holocaust – 27
National Bible Sunday – 27
National Geographic Day – 27
Thomas Crapper Day – 27
Viet Nam Peace Day – 27
World Leprosy Day – 27
Catholic Schools Week: 27-2/2
Meat Week: 27-2/2

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Sticky Thursday / 1-24-19

Sticky Thursday EveryOne
Sticky might not be the right word for what we are in, but maybe that would help in our trip down the back side of this frozen popsicle. The sun here has decided to hide its face this morning, and the wet stuff coming out of the sky is all rain making for a really tricky slide for the trip down the ice shoot. I feel this is going to end up being more like a bobsled run or skeleton run than a hike or trek down off this mountain. But it is what it is and we must do what we must to get the job done that lies before us. Whether the weather is working for us or whether the weather is working against us we still have to weather the weather and do our jobs to see this day through to the end. We need to give it our all and do whatever is necessary to see that all the odd ball issues, all the notes in the links are straightened out and only that which is profitable is keep to see through the end, we need to do it. So let’s get those ice hikers on and be sure to have your ice pics handy as we will need them to get off this snow cone. Those who are hurting do not get a break just cause the weather is crappy, and in many cases it makes their issues compoundedly worse. So be ready, be alert and when we come on them, and we will, be ready to stop, listen and help in whatever way we can and see them to the next care center. Now, we have a job to do and we need to do it, so let’s get to the line and get this day started. And in all we do today let’s do it with a smile on our face and an attitude of gratitude in our hearts and go make us a most Happy, Happy, not cause we have to but because we want to and want to make a difference to those around us all day long.
Your Morning Penguin
Steve Gimmi
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Holidays & Observances:
National Peanut Butter Day
Lobster Thermidor Day
Beer Can Day
Belly Laugh Day
International Mobile Phone Recycling Day
National Compliment Day
National Peanut Butter Day
Talk Like A Grizzled Prospector Day
Sundance Film Festival: 24-2/3

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Life on the Cape January 2019 & Cran-Apple Delight Crisp / 1-23-19

So how we doing this week, are you surviving the rollercoaster ride of weather. You know one thing that just drives me crazy living here on the Cape? The major package delivery services, and let me start by saying our UPS regular is by far the best of the best. he know us, he know my dog, He toots the horn when he is coming to our house to let us know he is there and is just a delight whenever he comes to our house. But the other two main package delivery people could learn a few things from our UPS man. Neither one, toots, knocks, rings the bell, nothing, and unless you see them coming or going you have no knowledge they have even been there. At least FedEx like my UPS guy puts my packages in plastic bags if it is raining and we are not home. On the lest of these is our UPSP person. Somewhere when our last guy retired the new younger guy missed out on a whole lot of, what it is to be a customer based person. I think he feels that since he lives in his truck it gives him a right to be grumpy, grouchy and at times lazy as all get out. He will do all he can not to have to get out of his vehicle, even if that means stuffing something that really should be brought to the door into my mailbox, even if it means leaving the box door open and the package half hanging out in the rain. Seriously? And it is a wonder his vehicle stays running, and I wonder how many brake pads he goes through a year. He flies from box to box, and can hit 30mph in 30 inches between my neighbors mail box and mine and still stop on a dime. The biggest complain of all three is they all, even bless his heart my good guy, they all tend to fly down our street and we have dog walkers of all ages and capabilities, we have young parents with strollers, we have kids on bikes. If anyone can just put a plug in their ears for the South Dennis delivery guys, please just slow down a big, our street is not RT 134, Old Bass or Sutucket. It’s a residential year round area with overall 75% year round, with my street 90%. I know it’s a main cut through but please just slow it down a bit. And take some lessons from our UPS guy when it comes to servicing, I know time is money but so is public relations.
New subject, taxes, so have you gotten yours done yet. I know we are still in the midst of a government shut down but our state is still going strong and the big house with the big mouths, (both sides folks I favor neither side right now) will reopen and will be expecting your filings to be on time. I know that many of us are still waiting for the last of our interest an W-2 statements, but the sooner you start putting it together the quicker it will get done once all is in hand, or when you need to get it to your accountant or CPA. Since we are so special here in Taxachusetts we need all the time to get it all together we can get. So just a reminder, sooner together, means sooner done, even if you do own and want to wait till the last minute to file.
Last but not least on my list for today is a reminder, we are only coming to the end of January, winter has a lot more to go and we need to not get so excited with the lack of snow. February and March can still be brutal around here. So be on guard and don’t get ahead of yourself thinking that little snow in January no snow the rest of the season. Somehow it all balances out as we are seeing with the rollercoaster temperatures. Keep the gloves and hats and boots handy, keep the scarves and mufflers at hand and don’t you dare put the shovel away yet. I am sure we will still need it before it is all said and done.
But with all the above it still is Cape Cod and it is still beautiful to be a part of. The ice blocks or bergs in the Bay, The bird life that is still around and the new ones that actually come around this time of year. You are able to see things that would normally be covered by greenery are now visible and able to be enjoyed. And there is a clearness in the skies during this time of year opposed to the warmer times of the year. So get out there and enjoy our wonderful beautiful Cape and remind yourself just why you enjoy this time of the year living here. WOW. Well that’s about it, just live here as is most other places, just a better view. And if you are someplace else, we don’t shut completely or roll all the carpets up, and there is much to do, see and places to stay and eat at. Some come on out and give us a visit, even in the dead of winter. Hope you all have a great and wonderful, especially if you can do it right here on old Cape Cod.
Business report time: Ok one of the more interesting local businesses is The Local Juice. located at 539 South St Hyannis. Also at Thelocaljuice.com, on facebook, instagram and more. A short what are they about from there face book page goes like this: Locally-sourced cafe offering organic cold-pressed juices, smoothies, coffee, snacks, sandwiches and soups plus a large selection of local pantry items. We also sell our juices + goodies at local farmers’ markets throughout the Cape. So if you are into the cold pressed juices, into the healthy movement, ( most of are looking to be healthy just some of you do it more homeopathically than others.) this dynamic duo has what you need. And who knows with as tasty as some of their drinks are, they might get me drinking them more often. Yes I have had them when they have been out and about, and can attest they are tasty. I make fun of a lot of the “healthy” crowds out there, but in reality I am sure we all could do a better job and being healthier. This is a great way to do it, and they also have other products that can help in keeping healthy in many different ways.
The other biz I have not listed for a while is at the other end of the scale, Little Miss CupCape. located at 388 Main St Hyannis. or online at http://www.littlemisscupcape.com or facebook, instagram and more. Do I really need to tell you what Taylor is all about? Cup Cakes folks Cup Cakes, totally filled with goodness cup cakes. big ones and mini ones. She also have cookies, and on some mornings these baked rolls that are to die for. OH and there is more, but if I told you all there would be no more surprises. She is not only a walk in shop, but she does birthday parties, office parties, weddings, celebrations. She will work with you and make any occasion an over the top special one for you and your friends and guests.
Hello one and all and I hope to find you unthawed from the recent deep freeze. Last time I could find us this cold was once in 2017 and then back to 2015 when we were about the same. So although it is not common for us to be about 5 degrees it does happen here on the Cape. The oceans remain mostly unfrozen and the ocean side harbors still clear of any major lockups but the spray has been a like a frozen slushy on anything that has been going in and out to sea. I have heard that there was some freezing in the Cape Cod Bay and they had some Harbor blockages but that was about it. The next couple days here we are back in the 30s-40s and should help with anything still having some of the sea foam freeze on it break free. The Super Blood Wolf Full Moon this past Sunday and the lunar eclipse had more effects on our coast line than the cold weather as these have more atmospheric affects on the high tide along with high winds. The erosion could always have been worse but any around these areas are unwanted. Yet, that is part of living on the Cape, and this should not surprise any of us and we need to learn to adapt to the changing coastal scape. Those of us along the outer shores faired ok and diid not loose much footage, and most of the stairways down to the beaches have stayed in tacked. I know some of our other lighthouse friends around the cape are still in watch mode for erosion and will over the next several years have to consider if they need to start fund raisers for when they need to move back another 100 or so feet. We are back enough that with any good fortune should not have to consider that for at least a good 50 or so years. So what have I been doing this year since I and the misses are not traveling? Well what I normal do this time of year, the weather instruments still need to be monitored, this includes sending up the weather ballon at a regularly scheduled time. I have been doing some repairs to things that just need general attention. Anymore anything major has to come from someone at the Coast Guard who has engineering degree or computer background. That stuff has really gotten sophisticated beyond my knowledge, kind of like working on my old MG Midget, all I needed to keep her running was a pair of pliers, a pair of pantyhose and a role of duck tape. Todays modern jalopies, some of them you can’t even get to the engines unless you have a degree. Oh well. But we also have been doing some private civic group tours and of course we are always hosting visits from our children from the local schools. Other than that and just trying to stay warm, that’s about it. So thats about it for this round, my bread is about done in the oven, (yes I bake bread as well), so I better get going. You have a great and wonderful especially if you can do it right here on Old Cape Cod.
This year out dessert will be that of Crisps and Cobblers. Not being a formal baker I had to go look up the difference between the two and what each actually were. TasteofHome.com on May 18,2018 http://www.tasteofhome.com/article/the-difference-between-cobblers-crumbles-crisps-and-buckles, put it this way “A crumble is a dish of baked fresh fruit, with a streusel crumb topping. The topping is usually made with a dreamy combination of butter, flour and sugar, with the option to include nuts. Like a crumble, a crisp is a baked fresh fruit dessert, but the streusel topping is less dense and typically includes oats.” While FarmersAlmanac @ http://www.farmersalmanac.com/crisp-crumble-cobbler-whats-difference-29174 put it this way: Crisp: A crisp is fruit dessert with a topping made of a combination of oats, flour, butter, and sugar (and sometimes nuts). The topping completely covers the fruit and is baked. It is also sometimes called a crumble.Cobbler: Cobblers are a fruit dessert baked with biscuit-style topping. It’s called a cobbler because its top crust is not smooth like a pie crust but rather “cobbled” and coarse. It’s usually dropped or spooned over the fruit, then baked.” Both sites actually go on to share the differences between Buckles, Crumbles, and a Brown Betty. Whodda thunk, honestly I never did before, so I learned something. There are other sites that do the same thing and I am not slighting them, these are just two sites I am familiar with and trust their information. They are not the final word I am sure, but I give them the credit for my information. So with all that, my recipes come from the faithful church gathering collections that go back more than 30 years. I love sharing good time tested recipes. Trust me unless I make a big ta-do about it I take no credit in any of these recipes, they have all been shared by others. Hope you enjoy this years offerings. Now on with the show:

This weeks Recipe: Cran-Apple Delight Crisp

3-4 tart apples
2 cups fresh cranberries
3/4-1 cup sugar
3-4 Tbsp water

Preheat oven toi 350 degrees. Peel, core, and slice apples. Rinse and pick over cranberries (get the unripe or bad ones out). Mix fruit with sugar and water and place in 2-quart casserole dish. Set aside.

Topping:
3/4 cup uncooked oatmeal
1/4 cup flour
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup chopped pecans
1/4 cup melted butter

Mix dry ingredients. Add melted butter. Spread topping over fruit. Bake for 45 minutes.

Corduroy Wednesday / 1-23-19

Corduroy Wednesday EveryOne
Wow what a day, what a day, Tuesday is done and onto Wednesday. It’s still gonna be a hump day, it’s just gonna happen at the end of the day vs the middle of the day. So keep your eyes focused and keep your feet moving and we will make it through another day and up to the top of this dirt mound. There is a camp site up there for us and we will be staying there, but we will earn every moment of rest with the climb that is before us. While we are thinking about it let’s get those ice hikers on with the spikes again and be sure we have those hand pics so we can dig in and hold on. Ice is not as forgiving as just plain gravel and a dirt path. Along the way we are going to come on those in a ton of hurt and we will take the time to stop and listen then see them to the next care center for help. Then back to the climb to the top, the phrase is, do good and move on. We don’t do it for the glory, or the pat on the back, we do it cause it’s the right thing to do and charity, either by finances or by a helping hand starts at home with each one of us personally. Now we have have a job to get done, a job to accomplish regardless what is going on around us. So let’s get our heads in the game and head for the starting line, then go make us a most Happy, Happy even if we have to work at it to get us through the day.
Your Morning Guru
Steve Gimmi
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Holidays & Observances:
National Pie Day
National Rhubarb Pie Day
Measure Your Feet Day
National Handwriting Day
Paul Pitcher Day
Snowplow Mailbox Hockey Day

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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
ccrockhopper.com

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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