Thursday, October 17, 2019

Scally Thursday / 10-17-19

Scally Thursday
   Well another fine week we have been blessed with, some of the things so far I have liked a lot, others  I can’t say that I would invite or encourage to happen in my life again for some time. But all are there for a reason. So on this fantastic morning whether you really are a morning person or are up by way of necessity you are awake and you are alive and relatively well, Trust me if you are reading this there are many other in this world who are far worse off.  But moving on since we are up we might as well get this day started on a good foot, whichever foot that might be, right or left. Thursday the workhorse day of the week, the proverbial mule day of the week, the chain gang day, the, oh well you get the point. This is the day we work our behinds off so that tomorrow is just a loose ends day. Thursday is the make hey, while it’s hey making season day. Thursday is,,, oh you get the point,, so let’s put our hand to the plow and get this day going. We have much to do, and to do much. Let’s be our best, shine our greatest and be the leads to great things getting done. Now along the way we will encounter ones in true need, take the time to stop and lend a hand, you will be blessed, and to all the rest give a smile that will keep them going to then end, it will refuel your tank as well. And through it all may you have a most Happy, Happy all day long.
Your Morning Penguin
Steve Gimmi

Holidays & Observances:
National Pasta Day
Four Prunes Day
Black Poetry Day
Conflict Resolution Day
Get to Know Your Customers Day
Get Smart About Credit Day
International Credit Union Day
International Day for the Eradication of Poverty
Mulligan Day
National Edge Day
National Pasta Day
National Playing Card Collectors Day
Spirit Day
Wear Something Gaudy Day
Food & Drug Interactions and Awareness Week: 17-24
National Reading Group Month
National Roller Skating Month
National RSV Awareness Month
National Sarcastic Awareness Month
National Seafood Month
National Spina Bifida Awareness Month
National Stamp Collecting Month
National Stop Bullying Month
National Substance Abuse Prevention Month
National Toilet Tank Repair Month
National Window Covering Safety Month
National Work and Family Month
National Sudden Infant Death Syndrome Awareness Month

Fall on Cape Cod & Crab Souffle / 10-16-19

      Well, folks, what a long week, I love Cape Cod, and am so excited about being able to get out and back to clamming, whether it is for soft shell steamers or cherry stones or Quahogs for chowder and stuffies. But as my neighbors are get out and about, I could do the same but no place to cook them, steam them or prepare them. I am so looking forward to getting this kitchen word wrapped up. I know it is coming, but you never realize how much you miss it until you ain't got it. Anyway This time of year brings on some great fishing besides clamming, smells of fireplaces and pit fires, walks along nature trails and weekend strolls through our small villages. The longer I live here, the more I appreciate the fall season on Cape Cod. And what better thing to do than go to the Wellfleet Oyster Festival this coming weekend. So while you are out and about take time to stop off at all the places you only think about during the summer, like Coast Guard beach (if only to walk it), Nauset Beach, the Audubon Sanctuary on 6A, and since you are that close go take a ride up to the winery at Truro Vineyards and South Hollow Spirits and don't forget Atlantic Spice Company. There are also so many beaches that you could take the time to stroll and go looking for sea glass and drift wood, or maybe some other kind of treasure. But the idea is get out and enjoy this place we call Cape Cod. I talk about making summer memories, but really fall is a great time to make memories as well. Also go a beach after dark away from the lights of towns and go star gazing, it is an amazing view to see just how many stars and constellations are up there. So fall is a great time to be here on Cape Cod, even if you have to work everyday to afford to live here. But we also need to remember to take the time to enjoy it, and to those who have never thought about it, make a visit to the Cape this time of year and see just how beautiful i is. Now have a great and wonderful every day and especially if you can do it right here on old Cape Cod.  
      Well this weeks small business report is short, I went to the Yarmouth Seaside festival this past weekend and got the names of a few newer folks that I really want to share with you. But with all the construction still happening in my home I have put down the business cards and can not locate them, so give me till next week to find those, as things are winding down anyway. But I want to start pushing our folks that are open through the end of the year and especially those open year round. 
   With that said let's start with Robin's Toffee by the Sea shop, located at 12 White Plains Rd in South Yarmouth. Turn east onto White Plains and they are on the North side of the street right across from Cape Cod 5 bank. Or you can visit them online at or on facebook are catch them at LoveLiveLocal. Folks this toffee is just downright addictive, it is that yummy. So make sure you get there for all your holiday toffee treats and make the holidays an extra sweet treat for all. 
      Folks one of the best if not thee best bread baker on Cape Cod is a guy by the name of Rein Ciarfella who runs Rein's Real Baking in Waquoit, Ma. Read about him on,, and a few other write ups. He does not have a website, no store front, he only sells at either farmstands, farmers markets and festivals. You will need to get signed up for his news letters that tell you where is going to be at so you can get in line for his goodies. Not only does he do Rye Bread, but Lumpa Bread, Smoked Gouda Bread, Other breads, muffins, and pastries. Folks once you have had Rein's breads you will not want anyone else's breads, his are that good. 
      We for this round that is going to be it, hopefully this house construction will come to  close soon and I will have access to all my cards and find ones I have lost. Watch for winter festivals, holiday festivals, church holidays fairs all coming up between now and Christmas. They can offer some outstanding finds and will have tons of things for gifts that all can enjoy.  
       Hello my friends, what a week it has been. clean up after the storms last weekend and a late start to our festivities opening day, but by Sunday evening we were actually able to have a decent night. This weekend looks like it is going to work out for us as well, as long as we make it through another Nor'Easter the next 36 hours. But as we did last weekend I have already prepared for the high winds and getting things back together should not take long. There was a full moon this weekend also so that has made for some interesting evenings as well. With all these high winds and surf being up, the old gal and her beacon have been working overtime. And here a couple evenings old foggy has been tooting out a tune as well. But noting major going on, and as this second season is now winding down we have even less boats in the harbor and on the waters. So the opportunities, are not there for major water issues, this time of year I worry more about the fishermen going out and storms coming up quickly and catching them by surprise. Just want our crews to be coming home safe and with all onboard that they went out with. Don't forget that some of our sister lighthouses are still open and others doing weekend open houses. Check out Cape Cod lighthouses and their dates and hours open. I know I am getting shorter and shorter on this report and I apologize, but with all the weather and the holiday festivities I am busier then at Christmas time. We are now open only on the weekends in tandem with the fall festivities. Then we will close for the season after that. But remember we still do private tours and learning tours for the school kids and for tour groups that pre-arrange. But the grounds are always open so you can come and till have access to lookout perch and can walk around and read all the information boards that stay up year round. Well for now stay warm, hold on to your hats and I hope you have a great and wonderful especially if you can do it on old Cape Cod.          
      We are coming down to the end of the year and with this month and December I really look forward to the these final months of the surf side. I love just about any and every kind seafood there is. Crab meat is so wonderful and so vestal and there are so many different kinds that it just makes it fun to work with. So check this recipe out, I know it will take a little more work than the normal recipes I give, but I think it will be well worth it. Remember frugal is not about being cheap, it is about making the most out of what you have. So may this be something you find tasty as well as enjoyable to make and very rewarding when serviced to your family and friends. I know this recipe is a little lengthy but I really don't thing there is anything outrageous here nor are there ingredients that if there are any leftovers that won't get eaten. So again be frugal not cheap.  Now on with the show and enjoy, enjoy, enjoy

      This week's recipe: Crab Souffle

   1/2      cup      grated Parmesan or Asiago cheese
      2      Tbsp    minced shallots
      3      Tbsp    real butter
      3      Tbsp    flour
      1      cup      scalded milk
   1/2      tsp       salt
   1/8      tsp       pepper
      4      eggs    whites
   1/2      cup      grated Swiss cheese
      1      cup      flaked white crab meat
      3      eggs .  whites
              pinch of cream of tartar
   1/8      tsp        salt
      Preheat over to 400 degrees. Butter a 6 cup souffle dish and dust with grated Parmesan or Asiago cheese (approx 1/4 cup). Cook shallots in butter for several minutes. Stir in flour and cook for two minutes at medium-low heat. Gradually blend in milk, salt & pepper. Cool slightly. Beat in egg yolks one at a time. Add Swiss cheese and cook, stirring until blended at medium-low heat. Fold in crab meat. Cool. Beat egg whites until frothy. Add cream of tartar and salt to egg whites. Beat until stiff peaks form. Gently fold into soulffle base. Pour the mixture into the prepared souffle dish and sprinkle top with remaining cheese. Place dish in a tray of water and set on middle rack of oven and lower heat o 375 degrees. Bake for 30-35 minutes. 
      This really is not that hard, so please give it a try and enjoy a great meal. 

Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Pub Wednesday / 10-16-19

Pub Wednesday
   Well it’s a beautiful day to stand at the top of a mountain and look out in all directions. Seeing where one has come from a few days ago and surveying where one needs to go and get to in the next couple of days. Yup Wednesday, Hill-Top day, Hump-Day, whatever you want to call it we are in 4 hours halfway through this week. And what a beautiful morning to take that final last climb to. Raining or sunshine, Snow or other it does not matter, it is all beautiful as you can do it. Hard? maybe, but worth the effort? Always. So give thanks for all your opportunities today and be thankful for each breath you take. And as you climb that last few steps to the top be grateful for all that has been given. Then allow a song of joy to fill your heart as you head down the other side. Remember as you hike if you come on one in true need lend a hand, and to all others give generously your smile. And may you day be a most Happy, Happy when all said and done.
Your Morning Guru
Steve Gimmi

Holidays & Observances:
National Liqueur Day
National World Food Day
World Bread Day
Boss's Day
Department Store Day
Dictionary Day
Global Cat Day
Hagfish Day
Information Overload Day
National Feral Cat Day
National Fossil Day
National Take Your Parents To Lunch Day
Thank Your Cleaner Day
Support Your Local Chamber of Commerce
World Food Day
World Spine Day
National Medical Librarian Month
National Medicine Abuse Awareness Month
National Orthodontic Health Month
National Physical Therapy Month
National Popcorn Poppin' Month
National Pork Month
National Protect Your Hearing Month
National Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month


Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Flat Tuesday / 10-15-19

Flat Tuesday 
   Welcome to tinsel Tuesday where tritons of twinkling tidbits of treasures dance from the brain. Are you ready for today, are you up for the challenge. Do you have a smile on your face, do you have a leap of joy in your heart? Seriously, we have so much to be thankful for. Don't believe me? Talk a walk with me through some of our hospital wards, Walk with me through some of our nursing homes, walk with me through some of our own orphanages. You will become much more appreciative of your everyday blessings. Now put on that happy face. Put on that smile so all can see. Put on an attitude of gratitude and be an encouragement to those around you. Now on with today, upward and onward, we have a mountain to climb are you ready to come with me. Let's do it together, let's lend each other support and let's make sure we leave no one behind. It's a beautiful, are you ready for it, it's here ready or not and we get this it together. Remember if we pass someone in true need, we will stop and help them, and to all the rest that are crossing our path, give them a tantalizing top of the morning or any other fairly well greeting. And may you have a most Happy, Happy all day long.
Your Morning Coach
Steve Gimmi

Holidays & Observances: 
National Mushroom Day
National Red Wine Day
National Chicken Cacciatore Day
National Roast Pheasant Day
Blind Americans Equality Day
Global Handwashing Day
International Day of Rural Women
I Love Lucy Day
National Aesthetician Day
National Cake Decorating Day
National Cheese Curd Day
National Grouch Day
National Latino AIDS Awareness Day
National Pharmacy Technician Day
National White Cane Safety Day
National Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Day
Pay Back A Friend Day
Pro-Life Day of Silent Solidarity
National Ergonomics Month
National Family Sexuality Education Month - Let's Talk!
National Field Trip Month
National "Gain The Inside Advantage" Month
National Go On A Field Trip Month
National Kitchen & Bath Month
National Liver Awareness Month


Monday, October 14, 2019

Ivy Monday / 10-14-19

Ivy Monday 
   And may the sun rise high and shine upon all you do today. We have been allowed another day in this journey we called life, let us rejoice and be glad. We have a wonderful opportunity to start a new walk this week. To go in a new direction, to take on new challenges to conquer new hills and valleys. So come join me on this Magical Mystery Tour (thank you Beetles) and let’s accept the change that has been put before up and let’s rise above another thing that might keep us from our appointed destination and press forward to the prize before us. Oh ya it’s Monday morning and since I’m up I might as well get it going. Yeee Haa. And not I have not had my coffee yet, and before you ask yes I could have gone back to bed very easily, but I’m up, I’m going so I might as well make the best of it. So along the way if you come on someone in true need, stop and help them, and to the rest that cross your path today, give a hearty smile to them of encouragement. And may your whole day be a Happy, Happy that you cannot explain.
Your Morning Friend
Steve Gimmi

Holidays & Observances:
National Dessert Day
National Chocolate Covered Insects Day
Be Bald and Free Day
Columbus Day
Be Bald and Be Free Day
National Online Banking Day
Native American Day
Spider-Man Day
World Standards Day
Choose To Be G.R.E.A.T. Week: 14-18
National School Lunch Week: 14-18
YWCA Week Without Violence: 14-18
National Caramel Month
National Chili Month
National Chiropractic Health Month
National Cookbook Month
National Crime Prevention Month
National Critical Illness Awareness Month
National Cyber Security Awareness Month
National Dental Hygiene Month
National Disability Employment Awareness Month
National Depression Education & Awareness Month
National Disability Employment Awareness Month
National Domestic Violence Awareness Month
National Down Syndrome Month
National Dwarfism Awareness Month 

Friday, October 11, 2019

Salted Carmel Friday / 10-11-19

Salted Carmel Friday EveryOne
   Blow the horns, Band the big bass drum, twirl the ratchet, and toot the kazoo, it is Friday and we have made it. Standing at the start line to of the parade that leads to Paradise Friday Party. So strike up the band and pass out the party hats, when this line comes to the end the festival really begins and the party will jump, We have worked hard and long, we have 8 more hours to go and then we will be Party central. So put your lips to the bugle and let your hands clang the cymbals this parade is about now is full stride. Remember we need to get to the end in shinning fashion so do your best and let it shine and when one shines we all shine. If along the way you see one that needs a true hand of help, lend it, and to the rest wave and smile and encourage. So what has the theme been for this week? You thought I forgot, well, what do all these have in common? All after different flavors of Whiskey. Now may you have a wonderful outstanding Happy, Happy all day and all weekend long. (this week's morning go getters have been brought to you by way I flash back week 5 years ago with a few updates)
Your Morning Jester
Steve Gimmi

Holiday & Observances: 
National Sausage Pizza Day
World Dulce de leche Day
It's My Party Day
National Fossil Day
World Egg Day
General Pulaski Memorial Day
International Day of The Girl Child
Myths & Legends Day For All Fantasy Movie, Books and Legends Cephalopods
National Family Bowling Day
Southern Food Heritage Day
Stem Cell Awareness Day
Apple Butter Days: 11-13

National Gumbo Day - 12
Pumpkin Pie Day - 12
Cookbook Launch Day - 12
Old Farmer's Day - 12
Moment of Frustration Day - 12
Columbus Day - 12
Costume Swap Day - 12
Day of the Six Billion - 12
Drink Local Wine Day - 12
Free Thought Day - 12
I Love Yarn Day - 12
International African Penguin Awareness Day - 12
International Moment of Frustration Scream Day - 12
National Curves Day - 12
National Motorcycle Ride Day - 12
National Savings Day - 12
Universal Music Day - 12
World Arthritis Day - 12
Bone and Joint Health National Awareness Week: 12-20 Link
World Rainforest Week: 12-18

National Peanut Festival - 13
National Pumpkin Festival - 13
Yorkshire Pudding Day - 13
National M&M Day - 13
International Skeptics Day - 13
Sukkot, at sundown - 13
English Language Day - 13
Father-Daughter Day - 13
Clergy Appreciation Day - 13
International Day for Disaster Reduction - 13
International Day for Failure - 13
Metastatic Breast Cancer Awareness Day - 13
National Chess Day - 13
National No Bra Day - 13
Navy Birthday - 13
Silly Sayings Day - 13
World Thrombosis Day - 13
Bullying Bystanders Unite Week: 13-19
Drink Local Wine Week:  13-19
Earth Science Week:  13-19
National Chestnut Week: 13-19
International Infection Prevention Week: 13-19
Mediation Week: 13-19
National Food Bank Week: 13-19
Sukkot: 13-20
Teen Read Week: 13-19
Veterinary Technicians Week:  13-19

Thursday, October 10, 2019

Chocolate Thursday / 10-10-19

Chocolate Thursday EveryOne
Well we have passed the midway point to the week, and it is shorter to go forward than to try to retreat, and seriously do you want to go back through that again? I don’t care how good it was, once is usually enough and when I try to duplicate something good a second time, I usually mess it us. So forward is most the time a better option than going backwards. So are you happy to be alive this morning? Are you happy that you are up and moving about? Are you happy for the toast and oatmeal this morning? You’re not?? Really? Let’s visit a hospital, a nursing home, folks having to deal with disease in other countries, the list goes on. Hum, gives a whole new meaning to being appreciative for what we have right down to the breath we take. Trying to make you feel bad? Heck No! But trying to put into perspective our mornings and the multitude of reasons we have to be grateful to be up and going, even at this hour in the morning. So I will sing in my heart and rejoice in head and let it shine threw in all I do today. Hope that yours is a most spectacular day. Remember if you come on someone in true need, lend a hand and to all the rest that cross your path give them a smile they won’t forget (not a creepy one but a sunshine filled one.) And may you have a most incredible Happy, Happy all day long.
Your Morning Penguin
Steve Gimmi

Holidays & Observances:
National Tic Tac Day
National Angel Food Cake Day
Hug A Drummer Day
International Day for Natural Disaster Reduction
International Newspaper Carrier Day
International Stage Mangement Day
Motorsports Memorial Day
National Depression Screening Day
National Handbag Day
Naval Academy Day
Squid & Cuttlefish Day
World Day Against The Death Penalty
World Homeless Day
World Mental Health Day
World Sight Day
Take Your Medicine Americans Week: 10-17
National Aesthetician Month
National AIDS Awareness Month 
National Animal Safety and Protection Month
National Arts & Humanities Month
National Audiology/Protect Your Hearing Month
National Bake and Decorate Month
National Bullying Prevention Awareness Month