Spectacled Monday / 3-25-29

Spectacled Monday EveryOne
Great mounds of goulash we’ve got ourselves a full blown, full on Monday morning going on here. What in the world are we doing just moseying about when there are so many things to get done and so many places to explore. I know it’s Monday and a good too many of you have not figured it out that Mondays really are not that bad. They are the gateway to another fantastic weekend to come, while discovering new adventures and opportunities along the way. Mondays are as dreaded and most make them out to be and if embraced properly can be the beginning of a beautiful and wonderful experience. Life remember is what we make it, that includes any good that comes our way as well as the bad. Do we own day and whatever it brings our way or do we let it own us. I know for most of the times I refer to each week as an adventure in climbing a mountain, we have peaks and valleys, we have cliffs and wildlife and wild weather. But it is there before us and to get to the next stage in life we must climb it, own it and move over it and through to the end. Hikers are the name of the game and a staff will help in many different situations. So get them on and take hold of that stick and let’s find our way to the starting line. Along the way we will come on those in desperate need of our help, we will take the time to stop, listen and see them to the next care center, It is part of our human responsibility to help our fellow brothers and sisters of humanity. Now we need to get our heads into the game, our eyes focused on the peak of this mountain and give it all we’ve got and make the best of whatever comes our way. Now let’s get it moving and go make us a most Happy, Happy all day long.
Your Morning Friend
Steve Gimmi

Holidays & Observances:
National International Waffle Day
National Pecan Day
National Lobster Newburg Day
Feast of the Annunciation
International Day of Remembrance of The Victims of Slavery and The Transatlantic
International Day of The Unborn Child
International Day of Solidarity with Detained and Missing Staff Members
National Day of Celebration of Greek & American Democracy
National Medal of Honor Day
Old New Year’s Day
Tolkien Reading Day: 25
Vaffeldagen (Waffle Day)


Calypso Friday / 3-22-19

Calypso Friday EveryOne
Hallelujah Amen we have arrived at the start of the final day of this week. What a week, what a week, but that is all behind us now. We are out of the jungle, we are out of woods, and what lies before us is the flat lands that are baked by the sun, day after day, just heating it up for us. So before we get going, take those hikers and toss them to the back of the closet and pull out the sprinters, put the staff away and get that sun protection and visor and let’s talk while we walk to the starting line. As any other day, the hurting don’t go away and the desperate and depressed don’t disappear so be prepared today to stop and listen and help in whatever way we can and see them to the next care station. Then move on as we have goals to meet, deadlines to finish before, quotas to meet and quality to be established. Friday is not a lazy day in the hay kind of day, it is a mean lean grinding machine kind of day with one major thing in mind. Finishing the race strong, finishing with the purpose we had in mind when we started this week. Finishing with class and finishing strong. Now for a side bar, the theme of the week, they are all different types of dried beans. Now back to the cause that we strive for this week, the goal is in sight but we need to be diligent in getting there. Other than those that need help, do not waver from your coarse and keep the faith all the way through to the end. And in all you do remember to do it with a heart that has an attitude of gratitude. Now let’s get getter-done and go make us a most Happy, Happy all day and all weekend long.
Your Morning Jester
Steve Gimmi

Holidays & Observances:
National Water Day
Coq Au Vin Day
National Goof Off Day
As Young As You Feel Day
International Day of The Seal
Talk Like William Shatner Day
Tuskegee Airmen Day
World Day of Metta
American Crossword Puzzle Days: 22-24

National Chips and Dip Day – 23
National Chia Day – 23
National Melba Toast Day – 23
National Puppy Day – 23
Near Miss Day – 23
Endometriosis March Day – 23
National Puppy Day – 23
National Chia Day – 23
National Tamale Day – 23
Near Miss Day – 23
OK Day – 23
World Meteorological Day – 23
Be Mad Day – 23

National Chocolate Covered Raisins Day – 24
National Cocktail Day – 24
World Tuberculosis Day – 24
Health Information Professionals Week: 24-30
International Phace Syndrome Awareness Week: 24-30
National Cleaning Week: 24-30
National Protocol Officer’s Week: 24-30
Pediatric Nurse Practitioner Week: 24-30
National Physicians Week: 24-30


Borlotti Thursday / 3-21-19

Borlotti Thursday EveryOne
Ok, get them peepers open, get out of bed and let’s get right to the point and get those hikers pulled on and take hold that staff. This is the real hiker day of the whole week as we are looking to clear out of this jungle and put the marshland and wetlands behind us. We have got a lot to get through today and we need to do it with some expedience, as this jungle is starting to get more like Jumanji than normal civilization. We have a job to get done today beside helping those who are in deep hurting needs and grave depression. We need to take the time and stop and listen then see them to the next care center, then move on to the rest of what we need to accomplish. We need to figure out what is working, (since some of us have been so with it this week dah), what really is not, get those things that are able to be salvaged pointed in the right direction and cut loose the things that have nothing good left to them or are not worth the effort of our time. Then push through till all is set in places heading in the right direction moving and working together in harmony. Sounds like a lot and it is but when all is finished it will be worth it all. So let’s get to the starting line and get this day moving in a positive direction.. No let’s go make us a most Happy, Happy in all we do and say and shine that attitude of gratitude sunshine on everyone we meet, and greet this day.
Your Morning Penguin
Steve Gimmi

Holidays & Observances:
California Strawberry Day
National French Bread Day
National Healthy Fats Day
Absolutely Incredible Kid Day
Credit Card Reduction Day
Fragrance Day
Afghanistan Day
Gallo Wine Day
International Colour Day
International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination
International Day of Forests and The Tree
International Day of Nowruz
Memory Day
National Common Courtesy Day
National Day of Action On Syringe Exchange
National Farm Rescuer Day
National Fragrance Day
National Healthy Fats Day
National Renewable Energy Day
National Single Parent Day
Twitter Day
WE Day
World Down Syndrome Day
World Poetry Day
World Puppetry Day


Spring & a Hawk Sighting & Pepper Steak / 3-20-19

Hello and welcome back my friends to a show that, well on the Cape anything is possible even if not probable. Spring has sprung this fine feather day and we are heading in the correct direction with the temperatures. But as we all know April can and has fooled us on many occasions, and given us a coating of that white stuff that we all pray has retreated to the great far north till next December at the earliest. This week the sun has been so wonderful, helping to warm even the darkest corners. And the evenings although, let’s face it cold, have been beautiful with the full moon, clear skies and the abilities to do some wonderful star gazing. I do this when I do the last evening dog walk, just him and I and only a few street lights.
Over the last week, the wife and I have been noticing a rather large bird flying around the neighborhood, Since we are stuck in the house most of the day as we are both work at home employees, we have not been able to see what kind of bird it really was. Well earlier this week I was on the after work dog walk that takes place in mid afternoon and low and behold I finally got a glimpse of this creature. Perched up in one of the bare trees I spotted one of the largest Hawks I have seen in a long time. He/She was majestic, with a white and brown underside, a huge wing span and that sleek head and body. And although about 25-30 feet up from the ground the size of their talons was extremely large. As my pooch is a 14 pound Pomeranian I keep a good hold of the his leash and one out on that bird of prey. Although he is still a major fluff ball and appears bigger than he really is, I did not want to take the chance that, the Hawks eyes and desires were as big as his/her appetite for my pooch. They stayed in the tree and we passed under and on by with no incidents and I grabbed a couple of distant pictures. Which I had a good digital with me as that would have been a totally cool photo opt. My point in all this is, the Cape is home to a lot more fantastic birds than we are aware of. From Hawks to Ospreys to Owls, and the list goes on and one. There are many different Bird Groups located here on the Cape, for more information google them and join one of the groups or just check out their sites to see all the different varieties we have at all different times of the year. We are so bless with so many unique and different migrating to year round that coming to the Cape if you are a bird lover is not limited to just one season, but a year round joy.
Well I hope you have us on your radar for upcoming summer vacations, bird lover or not, and see all that we have to offer. Until them if you live here, get out there and see what you can find that flies and have fun with it, and to all others come check us out. Until we meet again have a great and wonderful especially if you can do it right here on old Cape Cod.
Small biz report this week: For starters we have Chatham Candy Manor on Main St in Chatham. I specifically mention them as they are taking their orders for Easter. Some of the best darn chocolate on the Cape. My favorites are their Chocolate Truffles, I think they are to die for.
If you are not close enough to get to them, check our Robins Toffees, and we have news to announce, they are moving to White Plains Path in South Yarmouth across from The Sea Dog Pub and Restaurant or just before the ReStore it shop. Check their Facebook page or web site to exactly when they are opening. But don’t forget her chocolates are sold in many different shops, Again check the website for a location near you.
Next I Nobska Farms, hot sauce, jellies, salsas and chocolate infused with heat. Don’t go turning your nose up at any of these until you have tried them. A good place where to find them is through their FaceBook page, Cape Cod Beer also carries their products. These are some amazing products, and what makes them better is you would, OK I would have never expected a Pepper product like this coming from a farm on the Cape. Please don’t judge unless you have tasted as this stuff is really good.
Well can you believe it? We have finally made it to Spring and shall we say it has sprung. Now i only that warmer weather like 50 and above show up and stick around. The only problem is you have that group of old timers who swear that the shellfish always taste better from the colder waters than the warmer. Not sure what to think about that. Personally I’m not sure I have ever found a bivalve or crustacean that didn’t like me. Why do you think that being a light keeper is so my passion? I help keep those shell fisherman getting in and out of the channels and in return they bless me with the opportunity to get some very fresh catch, or should I say digs. As a reminder to those of you not used to going out regularly, this time of year can produce some very strange weather conditions, including what we just had the Full Worm Moon that causes extreme high times. I also saw that the Last Full Moon on the first day of Spring was like back in the 1980s, and on top of it a heavy dose of rain for the weekend with still mariners hangover with the high tides. Yes folks we here at the light house station are more than just caretakers of the beacon and the tower. We also do a lot of weather reporting and records keeping, even with all the digital and electronic we still keep manual records. Anyway, with the sun shinning we have been able to get a lot done and as Easter is not that far away we are a head of schedule for getting the grounds, buildings and boating areas ready for opening day. Yes we will help out our friend with the Coast Guard with the boat inspections and putting out the rescue boats. They take care of the harbor patrol and off shore activity, and we act as an additional set of eyes and ears as we sit so high up on the bluffs that sometimes we see and hear things before they get the destress calls in. Once April hits we will start to see the piers and docks starting to go in and that will be the sign for the big push on inspections. Well not much else to report on, things are just moving along without any hitches and still doing the school kids and bus tours, but that is about it. Remember that Easter Sunday we will be doing the Easter egg hunts for all ages all beginning early afternoon after churches let out. And for those interested there will be a couple different sunrise services happening both on the beach below the lighthouse and on the bluff, I know at least one will be an interfaith service. So mark your calendars and hope to see you. Speaking of which it’s about that time, I hope those of you not on the Cape are planning to add us to your schedule for your vacation time, and to those here on the Cape please consider becoming a volunteer either here at our station or one of the others up and down the Cape. Now until next time you have a great and wonderful and especially if you can do it right here on old Cape Cod.
As you all know my goal is to offer relatively easy recipes with few or very common ingredients. After looking in my own cupboards I think this meets most of those requirements. So check the list and even if you don’t have most are inexpensive so this should not be the arm and leg dinner. I have always enjoyed getting this out at a restaurant, but why buy out when you can do in and for much cheaper and at your timing and not when it is just convenient to go to a restaurant. So before I start drooling, let’s get this going, and I hope you find it as easy as I have and even more enjoyable to eat.

This week’s recipe: Pepper Steak

1 lb round steak, cut into pieces
2 Tbsp fat
1/4 cup onion, chopped
1/8 tsp garlic minced
1 cup hot water
1 tsp salt and pepper
1 cube beef bouillon
2 Tbsp soy sauce
1 cup tomato soup
1 med green bell pepper, sliced
2 Tbsp cornstarch
1/4 cup cold water

Brown meat slowly in hot fat (approx 15 minutes) (or go healthy and use olive oil). Add onion and garlic. Season with salt and pepper. Dissolve bouillon cube in hot water; add to meat. Cover and simmer until meat is almost tender (20-25 minutes). Add tomato soup and green pepper: cook 10 minutes. Combine remaining ingredients, stir into meat mixture. Bring to Boil: Cook, Stirring constantly for about 5 minutes. Serve over rice or noodles.

I hope you are enjoying my blog entries and tidbits to live on the Cape and extras. I also do a morning get up and go letter/blog at ccrockhopper.com. Im not a grand writer, just a normal guy trying to get going in the mornings, pushing through hard times, days I really would rather sleep and trying to keep a good attitude to it all. Its short as we all don’t have much time for a long dissertation, and add some weird holidays and food holidays just for some Instant message talk or water cooler did you know kind of stuff. Again hope you can come and join me at CCRockhopper.com.

Appaloosa Wednesday / 3-20-19

Appaloosa Wednesday EveryOne
Jump up and down we have a arrived on Wednesday, sorry get out of bed first then jump up and down, remember Mother always told us no jumping on the bed, then again what Mother doesn’t know won’t hurt her and besides we need something to get excited about this week. In just 4 work hours we will be that preverbal halfway home towards the finish line. Yes folks, one step past that half line we will be closer to the finish line than back to the starting line, line we would wannna do that again? But we have got to grab onto anything we can this week, if you have not figured it out it has been a rough, rough week, and frankly madam I really couldn’t give a,,, ok, ok, I know you know and we all know we need to keep it focused on being positive, and attitude of gratitude, and nugget of knowledge of goodness. Ok, give me a great brake, some days, some weeks are just not there. but we have to keep going and every little victory or positive thing we need to take it and ride that camel as far as the next oasis. And it is Wednesday and like yesterday we need to get those hikers on and take hold that staff. The jungle is deep and wide and we will conquer this thing one way or another, on our own or having to be dragged through it kicking and screaming. Oh ya, along the way there will be those that need our help, even in this condition we can be a help, and you know what? It might even help us, so be open to those you come on, and stop and listen and help to the next care station. Now before this day gets away from us, let’s get to the starting line and get this day going and go make us a most Happy, Happy cause no one else is going to do it for us. Oh ya, happy first day of Spring.
Your Morning Guru
Steve Gimmi

Holidays & Observances:
National Ravioli Day
National Bock Beer Day
International Earth Day
Extraterrestrial Abductions Day
Proposal Day
National Agriculture Day – date varies
Spring (Vernal) Equinox
Bed-in For Peace Day
Great American Meat Out Day
International Astrology Day
International Day of Happiness
French Language Day
Kick Butts Day
Kiss Your Fiancée Day
National Native HIV/AIDS Awareness Day
Ostara (Spring Equinox)
Rita’s Free Italian Ice Day
Snowman Burning Day
Spring (Vernal Equinox)
Ta’Anit Esther
World Storytelling Day
Won’t You Be My Neighbor Day
World Day of Theatre for Children and Young People
World Sparrow Day
National Cherry Blossom Festival: 20-4/14


Tiger’s Eye Tuesday / 3-19-19

Tiger’s Eye Tuesday EveryOne
Tiger’s Eye, or rather the Eye of the Tiger, (song by Survivor), some days, some weeks, some months we need to dig down deep and find that extra will to survive, meet the situation, the events head on and tackle it with the will and desire to make the most of the whatever seems to be the objection. This is Tuesday Morning, Monday is gone and Wednesday has not arrived, we can only deal with one day at a time and that is the here and now. So gather your whits about you, pull on your hikers and staff and figure out were the door is that leads to the great outdoors. This is not your normal mountain climbing week, but a travers through jungles, wetlands, marsh and glads. This is life and it is not always up and down, but sometimes side to side, in and out, around and around, and even trips to where no one has gone before. But just because we are not climbing a mountain does not mean it is going to be easy. There maybe sinkholes, quick sand, slithery creatures and others with big mouths and big teeth. There are nats and, ‘squiters, and things with stingers on them and other things that I just don’t want to go there. The point it we see sometimes to take a different direction or try a different job or activity thinking it is going to be easier and wha-la it is anything but. Yet we must move on, it is what it is and we must make the best of what is before us. To that extent though some things remain the same, the hurting, the confused, the nearly deads, and they need our hand, our help in any way we can offer it. So be prepared to do what is needed and see them to the next care center. For us we then move on, this is our journey for today and this week, So we move on, one foot at a time, remembering that every step is another opportunity to learn, to experience to add to our resume, and to do the best job we can in all that is given us. The attitude of gratitude that got us through yesterday will get us through today and tomorrow and the rest of the week, so hang onto it and share it wherever you go. And as you go make sure to make it the most Happy, Happy you can all day long.
Your Morning Coach
Steve Gimmi

Holidays & Observances:
National Poultry Day
National Chocolate Caramel Day
Tea for Two Tuesday
Client’s Day
*Goddess of Fertility Day (Day before the Spring Equinox)
National Certified Nurses Day
Operation Iraqi Freedom Day
Swallows Return to San Juan Capistrano Day
World Social Work Day


Rattlesnake Monday/ 3-18-2019

Rattlesnake Monday EveryOne
Well another dawning of a new day a new week. There is always a journey to search out and an adventure to sought out. It’s another Monday morning and the sun is rising in the east as normal, (ok so some of you are having to look through clouds, but trust me it is still there.). The birds are seeming to get up earlier and earlier and my desire to stay in bed greater and greater. Monday, Where if the weekend was a high that today is a snoozer, if it was not one of the top 10, well you are struggling this morning to get it going. But regardless of your excitement the new day and new week, it is here and we have got to learn how to move on, forward, upward, no matter how hard it is. I’ve said it before, the world does not stop and wait for us just because we are having a bad day or not in a coping mood. There are those around us that depend on us, depend on the things we do and frankly need us for one reason or another. So let’s get those hikers pulled on and take hold that staff as we have a peregrinate to trek. Along the way there will be those who need our help, for one reason or another. We many not feel like it, want to, want to ignore it, but reality tells us we need to be that good samaritan and stop, listen and lend a hand in whatever way we can, then move open. As we get moving this morning, remember we need to always carry that attitude of gratitude into every opportunity that is put before us. And as we take this day on, go make us a most Happy, Happy, cause we are the only ones that can do it for ourselves.
Your Morning Friend
Steve Gimmi

Holidays & Observances:
National Sloppy Joe Day
National Agriculture Day
Oatmeal Cookie Day
Goddess of Fertility Day
Supreme Sacrifice Day
Awkward Moments Day
Forgive Mom and Dad Day
National Biodiesel Day
National Public Defense Day
Transit Driver Appreciation Day
Well-Elderly or Wellderly Day
Act Happy Week: 18-24
International Teach Music Week: 18-24
National Fix A Leak Week: 18-24
Shakespeare Week: 18-24
Wellderly Week: 18-24


Blood Orange Friday / 3-15-19

Blood Orange Friday EveryOne
Blow the trumpet, the bugle the kazoo, I don’t care what you have, bang on d’drum, a pot, a pan, a kettle used for a clam bake. I don’t care what you do, how you do it, but make some noise, make it loud, make it bright, but just make some noise, why? Cause it’s Friday, that’s right folks that wonderful, happy day we call Friday. The day of all days, that day we shoot for the stars, for the goal, and most importantly for the finish line. So take those hikers and toss them to the back of the closet and pull on them sprinters, and dawn that visor as the sun will beat down and will try to play tricks with our eyes. Lay everything else aside as go as light as you can in every way possible. The concentration is on finishing strong, finishing with class, and getting all done with quality as well as quantity. (Oh the theme of the week, all different flavors of Black Teas yum.) Now don’t forget that just because it’s Friday that the hurting stop hurting or those who have lost hope, just stop loosing hope. They still hurt, they still need help, and we still need to stop and listen and lend a hand leading them to the next care center. Then back on the road to the finish, and do it strong. We have come to far, and too long to just give up now and need want to finish as if the world is looking at us as the benchmark. So give it all you’ve got and leave nothing to question and may all be to the best of your abilities. Now let’s go make us a most Happy, Happy all day and all weekend long.
Your Morning Jester
Steve Gimmi

Holidays & Observances: Weekend edition.
National Peanut Lovers’ Day
National Pears Hélène Day (pears with Chocolate Sauce & Brandy)
Ag Day
Dumbstruck Day
Everything You Think is Wrong Day
Ides of March
Brutus Day
Buzzards Day
International Day of Action Against Canadian Seal Slaughter
National Day of Action Against Bullying and Violence
National Shoe The World Day
True Confessions Day
World Consumer Rights Day
World Sleep Day
Sherlock Holmes Weekend: 15-17

National Artichoke Heart Day – 16
Everything You Do is Right Day – 16
Freedom of Information Day – 16
Giant Panda Bear Day – 16
International Sports Car Racing Day – 16
National Quilting Day – 16
Black Press Day – 16
Corn Dog Day – 16
Curlew Day – 16
Goddard Day – 16 Link Link
Lips Appreciation Day – 16
No Selfies Day – 16
Play The Recorder Day – 16
Save The Panther Day – 16
St. Urho’s Day – 16

National Irish Food Day – 17
National Corned Beef and Cabbage Day – 17
Submarine Day – 17
Saint Patrick’s Day – 17
Campfire Girls Day – 17
American Chocolate Week: 17-23
National Animal Poison Prevention Week: 17-23
National Inhalant and Poisons Awareness Week: 17-23
World Folktales & Fables Week: 17-23


Cranberry Orange Thursday / 3-14-19

Cranberry Orange Thursday EveryOne
Are you ready for another day of fun, fun, fun. that’s right folks it is time for Thursday. That wonderful day we get to start sliding down the back of the hill till we can get past the tree line and off the mountains grade. This is the day that crazy and wild projects get roped in and and put on the straight and narrow or get put on the chopping block. This is the day that we make our final plans and any corrections in the direction we are going for this week then point that nose to the proper coordinance of the finish line and put the hammer down. I have always noted that Thursdays were the workhorse day of the week, and there is no getting around it. You have to go through Thursday to get to Friday so let’s get it together, get those hikers pulled on and grab hold that staff and go for it all. Yup, we need to stay on the watch for those that need a hand, need help, need encouraged, whatever it is. we will stop and listen and help to the extent we can. Then see them to the next care center for the extended help they need. Then get on the move again, and we have much to do and so little time to get it done. And as we go, let’s go make us a most Happy, Happy all day long, and then go share it.
Your Morning Penguin
Steve Gimmi

Holidays & Observances;
National Potato Chip Day
National Rueben Sandwich Day
National Pi Day (as in the math pie = 3.14159265 etc.)
Popcorn Lover’s Day
Learn About Butterflies Day
Data Innovation Day: 14-15
International Ask A Question Day
International Day of Action for Rivers
National Agriculture Day
Save a Spider Day
Write Your Story Day
World Kidney Day
Special Olympics 2019: 14-21


Recharging on Cape Cod & Roasted Broccoli / 3-13-19

There are times even on the Cape that one needs to find solitude, quiet from the noise that goes on around us. Over the years I have spent many a times writing poetry over the years in those spots right here on the Cape. As a teen, mornings on an empty beach with maybe only one other person doing yoga, or an older couple just strolling the waters edge looking for shells. The sun having risen over the horizon, the stillness of the air and not a ripple on the water, lends itself to clearing the mind of the muddle of the normal days clutter of the brain. Or down a sandy road to a place that only the rabbits know, a path that leads around the bend and down a small hill to a quaint spot that opens to a small kettle pond for many many years ago. The birds chirping in the tree tops, a rabbit or two and the squirrels chasing each other up and down and all around. No one else around to interrupt the thoughts, no business to clutter the head just time to think, reflect, to write. But the older we get the less time we seek out to take to be still, to clear the mind, to just sit and recognize the nature around you. We push, through, push pass, push on, till one day it all implodes in your head. Stop and think about this, we live on Cape Cod, empty beaches, quiet dunes, nature trails and parks. We have so many places to just shut down and recompose, restart, refresh. We are here, we have so many places that a lot of city dwellers never get to see in a lifetime, who never get to experience, we have our out back doors, our front doors, down the street, around the corners. Isn’t it time we took some time for ourselves, get our minds cleared so that we can give our best to the ones we care about the most. Why not, they deserve it and so do we. And if you are not on the Cape, if you need some seclusions, come on out and get recharged in this wonderful nature filled place we call Old Cape Cod. Hope to see you soon, and be prepared to leave a new. And for the rest of us, don’t pass up what we have around us, and live a healthier life.
Business report: Where to start this week, Just Picked Gifts: located at 13 Willow St, Yarmouth Port, MA, on the web at justpickedgifts.com and on facebook. They have 3 shops in 2 buildings with tons of fun and this time of year they always have great finds on spring things for the home or cottage and for the outside grounds. They also always have great gift ideas for all occasions.
Second: Cuffy’s of Cape Cod. multiple locations season main shop at 723 Main St, West Dennis, MA or online at cuffys.com, and facebook. Cuffy’s has been around for some time now, starting in South Yarmouth selling Tee Shirts on Rt 28 next to the Baptist Church. back in the 80’s. They are now a Cape Cod institution and are a real destination for vacationers. However, what you might not know is that Cuffys in West Dennis is open year round, and including the General Store. Folks they like us locals during these off season months and I would highly recommend if you have not shopped there before during the off season you better give it a chance, it will be well worth your time and effort.
Last but not least restaurant. We have been to this place one or twice now and can not wait to go back. Lately I have been working Saturday mornings and by the time I get done they are so backed up I can not get near the door, and it’s the off season, what’s up with this. And if you have to ask, dah cause they are that good. Keltic Kitchen located at 415 MA-28, West Yarmouth, MA and website http://www.keltickitchen.com/ or check out their facebook page. Open from 7-2 daily, folks get there while you can, cause when season comes about, you might as well take a sleeping bag to get in. Yes they are that good and well worth the wait. One of my top 3 breakfast joins on the Cape.
Can you believe this weather, and more of this warm stuff is coming our way. I know, I know that there is more winter to come, but this actually gives me hope and a shot in the arm that Spring is not fall off. The other big help is that the time has changed and now we have light later on through the day and that goes well for getting folks back out on the water. Now this time of year we have to watch the shifts in water temperatures and air temperatures as this is a good recipe for fog, thick heavy fog. And getting through this stuff to get out of the harbor and through the channels can be tricky, let alone trying to get back in after being out for a couple days and your tired and can’t see a foot off the bow and trying not to run ashore or into a new sandbar. So this old gal has to be at her tops and giving it all she’s got. Also the fog horn is up and ready to go. My apologies to all our neighbors right now for those early morning blasts. This winter hasn’t been bad this year so we have been able to get many updates done around the grounds. From fence repairs to the observation area over by the cliffs to even a few more markers going up noting viewing areas and directions and how far to different places across the pond, so that should be fun. We have been able to get some of the inside painting done and will wait till May to do the outside. It’s a busy, busy place but we are getting there. Correct we are still closed to the general public, but still doing the private tours, especially for the kids and those old folk tour buses. I always have fun with both those groups. I see us opening up Easter weekend for the weekends only, and I am sure we will be doing the egg hunt again, and yes for all you overgrown kids (aka adults) we will be having an egg hunt for you too, of course weather permitting. Watch for a posting the week between Palm Sunday and Easter. You know we will not be doing anything till after church is over, and if you are interested I am sure there will be at least one sunrise service either on the beach or up the top of the cliffs. Anyway I think I’ve talked you ears off enough for one day. Y’all have a great and wonderful week, and especially if you can do it right here on Old Cape Cod.
I have to say I have been blessed through life to have a family that loves vegetable and always willing to try new things. Broccoli, Cauliflower, Green Beans, Brussels sprouts, and the list goes on. Everyone will eat Tomatoes except the wife and oh well just more for us. And yes we all love Mushrooms, and leaf greens So looking for vegetable recipes is always fun for me, even though the kids are adults now we all share recipes from time to time and this will be a good one. Hope you enjoy.

This week’s recipe: Roasted Broccoli

4-5 lbs broccoli, cut into florets
5 Tbsp Olive Oil
1 1/2 Tbsp Olive Oil (yes both)
1/2 tsp fresh ground pepper
4 cloves garlic
3 Tbsp Pine Nuts
1/3 cup freshly grated Parmesan Cheese

Preheat the oven to 425 degrees. Put the broccoli on a ccokie sheet. Toss with 5 Tbsp of Olive Oil, salt & pepper. Peel and slice the garlic cloves and toss them in also. Roast in the oven for 20-25 minutes, or until crisp-tender and the tips of some of the florets are browned. When it’s done, take it out of the oven and zest a lemon over the broccoli, squeeze the lemon juice over the broccoli, add 1 1/2 Tbsp of Olive Oil, 3 Tbsp toasted pine nuts and 1/3 cup of freshly grated Parmesan cheese.