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Tuesday, December 31, 2019

Rice Tuesday / 12-31-19

Rice Tuesday EveryOne
Welcome to the show that never ends, Or sometimes we feel that way, but we are up we are going we are still alive, we did not die over the evening we got up and out of bed, and we have made it this far to the office or a computer that we are reading this morning cup of electronic java. Yes I understand that sometimes you wish you could add some sugar to this letter or even a little cream to lessen its intensity, but I am what I am and it is what it is. And every now and then we need a strong dose of up and at ems to get us going. So give a Hi-De-Ho to your neighbor and a wave to the one across the street, give a shout of joyful noise to those around you and give reason to make someone smile if not chuckle. We have a job to do so let’s do it right and with a ridiculous attitude of happiness and encouragement.  Have a fantastic outstanding, entertaining day and evening, and enjoy the New Year’s festivities with gusto and we will see you back next year. Remember whether today, or tomorrow, if you come on one in true need, stop and lend a hand, and to all others crossing your path, greet them with great jubilation. And may you have a most Happy, Happy till we will meet again.
Your Morning Coach
Steve Gimmi

Holidays & Observances:
National Champagne Day
National Vinegar Day
Unlucky Day
First Nights
Look On The Bright Side Day
Make Up Your Mind Day
New Years Eve
New Year's Eve Banished Words List
New Year's Dishonor List
No Interruptions Day
Universal Hour of Peace Day
World Healing Day
World Peace Meditation Day

National Bloody Mary Day - 1
National Black Eyed Pea Day - 1
Apple Gifting Day - 1
Copyright Law Day - 1
Commitment Day - 1
Ellis Island Day - 1
Euro Day - 1
First Foot Day - 1
Global Family Day - 1
Mummer's Parade - 1
National Hangover Day - 1
New Years Day - 1
New Year's Dishonor List Day - 1
Polar Bear Plunge or Swim Day - 1
Public Domain Day - 1
Rose Bowl Game - 1
Tournament of Roses Parade Day - 1
World Day of Peace - 1
Z Day - 1
Diet Resolution Week: 1-7
New Year's Resolutions Week: 1-8  Link
Silent Record Week: 1-7

Monday, December 30, 2019

Good Grapes Monday / 12-30-19

Good Grapes Monday EveryOne
Well good and happy morning to you, what a week we are about to have. The last couple of days to the old then we welcome in the new. As the sun rises and gives its new light for the day I hope you are looking forward to the moon setting on this old year and putting it to bed and looking forward to the sun rising for the new year. I am excited to already hear birds and squirrels chattering back and forth to each other in excitement for the new day outside my office window. No we just need to wrap up and box up these last couple days put a good bow on it and send 2019 off with a bang. Let’s keep our focus on what is needed to get done what we need while the anticipation of the new is all about. So as you go through your day these next 2 days let's set our eyes on the mountain peak and put a good step forward and get this trail conquered and this part of the journey completed. Now may you have a most wonderful day and may by your trail be easy and clear of thickets and may your steps go quickly. Remember along the way if you come on one in true need lend a hand and to all others that cross your path greet with great enthusiasm. And may your day be nothing short of a most Happy, Happy when all is said and done.
Your Morning Friend
Steve Gimmi

Holidays & Observances;
National Bicarbonate of Soda Day
Baking Soda Day
National Bacon Day (real one was August 31)
Falling Needles Family Fest Day
No Interruptions Day


Friday, December 27, 2019

Fraser Friday / 12-27-19

Fraser Friday EveryOne
   Well Friday attack is here, and paradise Friday exit seems so far away, but we are here have survived another week and in just hours we will be able to relax again. This week being one of the more unusual ones I have done in a while but at least for now in hind sight not the worst. The sky this morning is void of wet stuff coming out of the sky and the stillness of night turning to day has begun. I am thankful for another opportunity to view the beauty of creation and the unveiling of her darkened cloak of night. Into her glorious reflection of color. As we push forward through today into our weekend may we not forget yesterday’s celebration and may we carry it with us for the next 364 days. Have a great and glorious day and weekend and may your heart be filled with joy and your steps be light as feathers to our journeys end. This weeks theme has been, Different kinds of Christmas Fir Trees, Ho, ho, ho and all that kind of stuff. Remember if you come on one in true need, lend a hand, and to all others let the light of the sun reflect your most inward beauty with a smile that would darken the sun. And may you have a most Happy, Happy all day and all weekend long.
Your Morning Jester
Steve Gimmi

Holidays & Observances: 
National Fruitcake Day
Make Cut Out Snowflakes Day
Free Balloon Day
Howdy Doody Day
Visit The Zoo Day

National Box of Chocolates Day - 28
Card Playing Day - 28
Holy Innocents Day - 28
Endangered Species Act Day - 28
National Chocolate Day - 28 & 29
Pledge of Allegiance Day - 28
Short Film Day- 28

National “Get on the Scales” Day - 29
National Pepper Pot Day - 29 (love this stuff, cant find any more)
Tick Tock Day - 29
YMCA Day - 29

Thursday, December 26, 2019

ConColor Thursday / 12-26-19

ConColor Thursday EveryOne
   Happy, Happy Thursday, It is always good to wake up and know that one actually survived the Holiday, and to think now that we are actually getting longer days, and shorter nights, right there is another thing to cheer about.  So rise and shine and put on a happy face. Let the world know that you are happy to be alive and that you really do have a reason to up and about. The climb today is really on the down side since we had that midweek break yesterday. So pull up the hiking boots and pull down the stocking cap and let’s get this show on the road. There are people to see and places to go and things to do and accomplish and together encouraging each other we can succeed. Have a wicked cool day, all day long and be of good cheer, we will conquer this hill with the help and support of each other. Remember if you come on one in true need, stop and lend a hand, and to the rest, greet with great vigor, and may you have a most Happy, Happy all day long.
Your Morning Penguin
Steve Gimmi

Holidays & Observances:
National Candy Cane Day
Boxing Day
Kwanzaa: 26-1/1
National Candy Cane Day
National Thank-you Note Day
National Whiner's Day

Wednesday, December 25, 2019

It's Christmas Time & Apple Crisp / 12-25-19

   Do you know what I know? Hark, some angles have been seen hovering over some dune near a sheep farm on the north side. No sightings of any wise men however, and last I hear they were coming by foot and ore so would be a year or two getting here. Well I hope you had a great and wonderful Christmas, and we now set our sights on New Years eve and day. Reflecting back on this years, disasters, ho hums, and achievements, while contemplating the should ofs, would ofs, could ofs if only. Christmas should be a time of reflection, meditation, soul searching, and giving.  Instead it has turning into a self gratifying, egocentric grab-bag of commercialized hoop-la. Now don't get mer wrong here, I love Christmas, and I enjoy the given and ok let's face it the getting of gifts. But what I'm saying is we have so lost the meanings of Hanukah, Christmas and even in some degrees Kwanzaa. I hope as we finish this week and head into the New Year, we can slow it down just a bit, put our differences aside, forget about all the hoop-la of politics, religious and government misunderstandings, economic and social separations and think less of ourselves and put others before our own greed. Here are the Cape we see it all, from one end of the scale to the other. From the have-nots to the we have so much we don't know what to do with it all. I am all about Capitalism and having the abilities to make it, it does create some chasms deeper and wider then the Cape Cod Canal, but to those who are blessed, be a blessing and to those who are not, at least be willing do what you can to help others in whatever way you can. We all have something we can offer to help our families, friends, and neighbors even if it is a smile and a kind word. This holiday season, as we here on Cape Cod have so much to be thankful for, Listen and see if somewhere you can here what I here, and know what I know, and together lets work to make this place a little better place to live. And in all of it, just maybe we will see one of those angles above the dunes and discover what true peace on earth and goodwill to all men is really about, and discover it all started in a tiny manger, long, long ago, and is still reaching out to all in these troubled days. Hum, just food for thought. Have a wicked awesome this coming week, and may the spirit of Christmas be in it every day, whether here on wonderful Cape Cod, or over the bridge and through the woods. Talk to you next week. time for a little Silent Night.                 
      Small/local business report: first up our friends at Gustare Oils & Vinegars in Chatham located at 461 Main Street have an update on winter hours. They will be closed Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays, but open Thursday through Sunday 10-5 daily. But fear not, the online store never closes and is always open for shopping and there is always free shipping for qualifying orders of $75.00 dollars or more. New in the shop is a Bourbon Maple Balsamic Vinegar that is to dye for. Use it in baking, in a cocktail or just about anything else. This stuff is wicked awesome, (ok I have to tell you, we were in there just before Christmas and Catherine slipped a small bottle into my bag, WOW WOW WOW thank you). I have to admit, I was not planning on buying anything this round, as I am jut getting back into my kitchen but they had a new Maple Syrup product that I had to try and ended up walking out with 3 bottles. IT is called Runamok Maple Syrup. An Organic Maple Syrup from Vermont. I ended up with Cinnamon & Vanilla infused syrup and a Bourbon Barrel Aged syrup. Folks this stuff is to dye for, I am pretty picky about my Maple Syrup, and this stuff ranks right up there with some of the top stuff I have ever had. So take the time to get into Chatham and make sure you visit Gustare Oils & Vinegars.
      Another one of our favorite shops in Chatham are adjusting there hours for January and February that would be Ducks in the Window located at 507 Main Street, also find them online at For the next two months she will be closed on Tuesdays and Wednesday. This is to relook at some things, check on inventory, check out trade shows, and just take some time for herself. But as noted with Gustare's their online shop never closes and is always open for business. She has stuff for birthdays, holidays, celebrations and can even do wedding favors. With over 700 different styles to choose from she has a rubber ducky just waiting to find a home with you. So check her out when in Chatham or online. 
      Last but not least, earlier this week, as I was able to take this week off, (at my place of employment, seniority only goes so far, and for the holidays if we got Christmas off last year we can not take it again the next year. Last year I had the week of New Year, so that was out for this year but Christmas was in, so I got to take this week off.) As my daughter is here from Ohio, she loves potato pancakes and what better place then Keltic Kitchen in West Yarmouth at 415 MA-28. Find their menu online at and don't forget to check out their Irish shop behind the restaurant before you leave. I had the Irish Christmas French toast, Let me tell you, you better come with a hearty appetite cause this so filling I brought half of it home. And the girls split the order of potato pancakes. As always the staff is outstanding and we could not have had a more enjoyable time anywhere else. Keep this place on your radar for an outstanding breakfast, any time of the year.     
      Welcome and I hope your Christmas has been a blessed & quiet day, with much thoughts on just what we are celebrating and not just another one of "those" holidays. Whether, Hanukkah, Christmas, Kwanzaa or any other holiday you might be celebrating, I hope you and yours has had a wonderful one. Remember that the holiday lights and ornaments will be up here at the lighthouse this weekend and next, then we shut her down for a while and give everyone some time off to breath and relax. It has been an awesome season this year with many coming to join us to learn about a keepers holiday going ons and how many had to struggled through hard times during the holidays in order to keep things going. This year has been a calm and milder Christmases, but in the past we have had some mighty wicked storms. Reports of gale winds, sidewards blowing snow and ice, and boats and ships that did not make it home. So this year we will take this any year it comes our way. To wrap up the year, the summer numbers are in and the number of visitors is up about 7 percent from last year. And the off season private tours and school tours was up about 3 percent, not bad for the times we live in. So a big thank you to all you who came our this year and visited us, and more thanks to all you who have followed this rant I have been posting. We will see where next year brings us, You know I am getting up there and that as much as I love my job, there does come a time that I will need to consider handing the keys off to someone else. I just pray they allow the station to be manually maned and not turn it into one of those automated stations. But I guess that is another signs of the times, but I will fight that as long as I have breath. So ya'll have a great rest of this year, come visit us one last time and we will see you come the new year, if the good Lord allows us to continue. Be safe in all you do, on land, in the air and on the seas. And whatever comes your way may you have a great and wonderful, especially if you can do it right here on old Cape Cod. (Be sure to check out the first nighters around the Cape and keep us on watch in your prayers. Till we meet again,,,,,,, 
      So comes the end of our year and last to bring up the rear is a great New Years dessert that ill just be that warm yummy in the tummy kind of thing that is so needed to ship out the old and bring in the new. I have total had fun with the Cobblers and Crisps, but I have to admit I am ready to move on and look forward to a new year. But to end with some Apple Crisp, vanilla bean ice cream and some whipped cream, with a glass of apple/vanilla whisky, OH please hold me back now. Se let's get this show on the road and make the most of one last time   

      This week's recipe: Apple Crisp

      6      each    Granny Smith apples
                          lemon juice
   1/2      cup      sugar
   3/4      cup      brown sugar
   1/4      cup      flour
   3/4      cup      oatmeal
   1/2      stick    butter, melted

      Peel and cut up the apples. Put in baking dish (9 x 12, 9 x 13 or even oval Pyrex will work.) Dash apples with lemon juice and sugar. mix remaining ingredients in a bowl. Top apples with mixture. Bake uncovered for 35-40 minutes at 350 degrees.    And as the contributor of this recipe notes, this is great not just for a dessert, but for breakfast as well. YUM

Tuesday, December 24, 2019

Noble Tuesday / 12-24-19

Noble Tuesday EveryOne
   Welcome to Tuesday and Christmas Eve, Not your typical day before, but we are alive and well, and up to see the stars still out this morning between clouds they start to brightening giving signs that the sun is emerging above them on the horizon. Winter Solstice, has come and gone, but Hanukkah is in full swing and Boxing Day for our friends north of the boarder and Kwanzaa are yet to come in two days. But tomorrow is the day for the Christendom world to celebrate. Whatever faith you choice to recognize or hold to, may good will and peace to all men be the theme of this season. May we look past the clouds around us and see the stars to the east and the hints of sun rising giving hope for a new dawn. May you and yours have a wonderful next couple of days and into the new year. And may there be peace on earth, good will to all men. So as we come off the mountain today remember we still have work that needs to be done. Be diligent and give it your all. Be a good steward of what is before you and let’s make a bee-line for the respite at the end of today and be able to look back and be proud of our accomplishments. Remember lend a hand to one in true need and smile to all the rest that cross your path. Have a great day and a very Happy, Happy over the next couple of day.
Your Morning Coach
Steve Gimmi

Holidays & Observances:
National Egg Nog Day
The Feast of Seven Fishes
Christmas Eve

National Pumpkin Pie Day - 25
National “Kiss the Cook” Day - 25
A'Phabet Day or No "L" Day - 25
Christmas - 25
Christmas Pudding Day - 25
It's About Time Week: 25-31


Monday, December 23, 2019

Grand Monday / 12-23-19

Grand Monday EveryOne
   Welcome to a weird and wacky and wonderful week. As many of us wake up to sounds of holiday merriment all week long, other will try to squash or silence our embracement. So those of you who read this am let your carol bells ring, loud and clear, let the whole world hear that this week is not in vain, it is why I wake up in the mornings, it is why I try to put on a happy face it is why I try to spread a little happy cheer every morning, and it is why I try to convey good will to all mankind. So this week as we go along, let all we say all we do and all we act upon reflect what this week of celebration means and brings to us. And may those who deem to take away our celebration days and quiet us see that there is more to this holiday spirit than their humbug Grinchiness trying to do away with in the name of inclusion. This may seem a little bit of a ho, ho hummer of a Monday Morning letter, but for me it is a total upper, as I look forward to Thursday and one of my most favorite time of the  year. Now go this fine feathered morning and be of good cheer and happiness and as we climb today, know that I climb with a reason. Have a blessed day and a blessed week, remember along the way if you come on one in true need, stop and lend a hand and to all the rest greet with great enthusiasm. And may today and this whole week be filled with a most Happy, Happy for you every step of the way.
Your Morning Friend
Steve Gimmi

Holidays & Observances:
National Pfeffernuesse Day
Family Roots Day
Human Light Celebration
Metric Conversion Day

Friday, December 20, 2019

Rimed Friday / 12-20-19

Rimed Friday EveryOne
Friday, Friday, Friday, it's a wonderful day when you can wake up and it really is Friday. So wiggle the toes and wiggle the nose and shake a leg while your at it. It's time to wake up those matters of gray in your head and say hello to a new day, Paradise Friday. Give a wink to the sun and a wave to the clouds and lets through out the sail to catch the wind of the day to take us threw the final lap that will bring us to our destination. So are you ready? do you need any more motivation then to know the end of the week ends with the end of work day. So slap a smile to your face, put toothpicks under the eyelids to keep them open, do what you have to, to get it going and lets take this day like a storm. But remember to do it with a cheerful heart and a happy head, as life is to short to spend it all in a bitter batter barrel barking bad biscuits at buddies. Brilliant I would say, Oh ya the theme of the week; Names of Different kinds of Snow Crystals. Now on with today and the show that never ends, remember if you come upon one in true need, stop and lend a hand, and to all the others that cross your path greet with great gusto, and may your day and weekend be a most Happy, Happy of all that ever were. 
Your Morning Jester
Steve Gimmi

Holidays & Observances:
National Sangria Day
Go Caroling Day
Games Day
International Human Solidarity Day
Mudd Day
Poet Laureat Day
Underdog Day
National Ugly Christmas Sweater Day
World Day of Prayer and Action for Children

National French Fried Shrimp Day - 21
National Coquito Day - 21
National Kiwi Fruit Day - 21
Crossword Puzzle Day - 21
Forefather's Day - 21
Humbug Day - 21
Look on the Bright Side Day - 21
National Flashlight Day - 21
Ann & Samantha Day - 21
Celebrate Short Fiction Day - 21
Forefathers Day - 21
Global Orgasm Day - 21
International Dalek Remembrance Day - 21
Make Music Day in Winter - 21
National Homeless Persons' Remembrance Day - 21
Phileas Fogg Win A Wager Day - 21
Short Girl Appreciation Day - 21
World Peace Day/Winter Solstice - 21
Winter (Winter Solstice) - 21  11:19 PM EST
Yalda - 21
Yule - 21

National Date Nut Bread Day - 22
Be A Lover of Silence Day - 22
Hanukkah: 22-30
Forefathers Day - 22

Thursday, December 19, 2019

Columnar Thursday / 12-19-19

Columnar Thursday EveryOne
Well it is another happy, happy morning to be alive, ok you doubt what I am saying? Try the alternative, I promise you it will only take one morning to see the real difference. So give a hi-de-ho to the birds and the squirrels and even surprise your neighbor may that be next door to your house or your next cubical neighbor and wish them an grand morning. Your know Thursdays are the flight pattern to Fridays, so set your coordinates and check your flaps, we are making a be-line for Friday with full steam ahead through this last stretch of air space off this mountain called work week. Are you ready, are you ready for Friday to get here. Well be delegate with today and tomorrow will take care of itself. We have much to do between now and then and clear skies before us. So put on that smile and hold onto your hat, cause we are going for it all. Now if along the way you come on one in true need, be sure to take the time and help them, and to all the rest that cross your path, greet them with a great hi-de-ho neighbor. And may your day be filled with nothing less that many Happy, Happies all the day long.
Your Morning Penguin
Steve Gimmi

Holidays & Observances: 
National Hard Candy Day
National Oatmeal Muffin Day
Look For An Evergreen Day
Free Shipping Day
National Re-gifting Day

Wednesday, December 18, 2019

Cape Cold and More & Stuffed Filet of Sole / 12-18-19

      Hi-de-ho everyone and I hope you are starting to get amped up about the holidays and all they are about, the bowl season, let's face it what says ho ho ho more than ray ray ray sis-boom-bah pound em in the ground. OH well FA-la-la-la-la. So have you rented your llama and stashed your pack to load that llama for the journey to either grandma's house or better yet, how about Mom and Dad traveling to the kids place down south. Remember llamas like it luke warm or better. Ok, I made that up, but the weather here over the next couple days will make you think twice about wanting to day on the frozen lollypop we call the Cape. So I will say it is not quite as bad as when my Dad lived in a house that sat at the banks of Orchard Lake, in Orchard Lake, Mi. You wonder where they phrase comes from as cold as a cemetery, well, get a good breeze blowing across an 806 acre frozen lake right into your back window. Now that's cold. Only comparison is every now and then when the Cape Cod Bay freezes and those folks, especially in Orleans along the shore gets one of those gale winds coming down from Canada right into the bend of the elbow. Now that's wicked (donkey) cold. It's funny how the older I get the more my body, not necessarily my head, but my body does not like the drastic changes in temperature and barometric swings. And were do I choose to call home? Yup right here on old Cape Cod. But next week, the big week it is suppose to mild out in the weather department and be fairly half decent. So I guess this bear can bare it out for the next couple days and make the best of whatever comes my way. Besides my contractor is also done with this kitchen, we actually had the pantry doors hung for a while today. Then they came down so the trim and paint can go on then rehang them, do the final baseboards, transitional strip between the tile and wood floors and we are, done with all that will be don until spring. Then the final shingles go on and then it is truly finished. Ok then I start looking at the final room, (im not even going into the basement, that is just way, way, way out there) the bathroom. So broke and a slave to the present job, and after 33 years looking at another 33 of work to pay off this and the bathroom makeovers. So deck the halls, and put the yule log on, welcome the holiday season before we watch the old year pass, I hope you and yours has a most blessed, and if you are alone, reach out to someone and welcome them in, or dont be afraid to accept someone else's offer. Find someone to be with for the holidays. I will be back here next week, on the eve. In the mean time Have a great and wonderful especially if you can do it right here on old Cape Cod and make the most of everyday and give thanks for every opportunity.         
      Small & Local business report. First jump are our friends up in Truro at Truro Vineyards, at 11 Shore Rd, North Truro or online at We have the winter hours now being posted, they will run from January through March, 12-5 Thursday, 12-7 Friday & Saturday, 12-5 Sunday. Get signed up for their new letter for all the insider tips and happenings throughout the years. See you at the Vineyards one of these winter weekends.
      Also for you beer lovers, remember to stock up on your favorite beer from Cape Cod Beer located at 1336 Phinneys Ln, Hyannis or online at as they will be closed for their winter break the week in between Christmas and New Years. Don't be caught for the big week of football bowl games and out of great beer.
      Wild Birds Unlimited Nature Shop located at 1198 Main Street (Rte.28)South Yarmouth, or online at This is a great shop to take care of all your wild bird needs. Not just a 3 season shop but they are a year round shop that carries a fantastic array of food and feeders, as well as bird houses and squirrel deterrents. If you can't picture where they are at, they are located in the Hearth & Kettle plaza strip on RT 28 in South Yarmouth. Check them out and take care of your birds this winter.
      And last for this week Hot Chocolate Sparrow, located at 5 Old Colony Way, Orleans or online at What a fantastic place to pick up some fun stocking stuffers, or even gifts as in gifts cards. They are not just about Hot Chocolate, although they make some really wicked awesome hot chocolate, but great coffee and an even bigger assortment of teas, yes I said teas. Stop in for a cup and a conversation with a friend, they have great Wi-Fi and makes a great place to study, catch up on emails, if you must, do a little work, or just sit back and relax. Hot Chocolate Sparrow is the place to be in Orleans these coming cold winter days.
      Well to think, it is the week before Christmas and through the lighthouse, everything was stirring and turning, yes even the beacon. (yes that was beacon not bacon, although, Momma was baking bacon for the claim chowder to come this weekend). The holiday ornaments were still hung round the grounds so many a visitor could enjoy them a lot. The seas were all quiet, yet cold as could be and praying no sailor fell into the deep. While visions of ghost ships danced wildly before their eyes. When out of the wonder and fog did appear was an albatross spelling their doom should be near. The fog horn was blaring while the beacon called out, get thee to harbor and safe ye shall be, as I sure knew I did not want them to be lost. As the smell a fresh baked cookies appeared without warning, this story just faded like the fog and the visions. And I realized I better get busy to finish my rounds, as tomorrow I need to get busy with shopping and wrapping. This old sea captain is just not so ready, as he would rather be tending to the guests that have come for a visit. But Momma in her apron and I in my cap, will surely make it, even if Christmas is only one week away. So Merry Christmas to all, and to all, come and visit us here for our lights and festivities, the next couple of weekends. Remember we go through the weekend after New Years Day. Happy Hanukkah as that begins at Sundown on Sunday the 22 and goes through December 30, and since many will be traveling or visiting Merry Christmas to the rest of you. Oh if you find the time I will still be here, if you have the time, and we will have fun together to share a thought or two. Until them have a great and wonderful and especially if you can do it right here on old Cape Cod.  
      Well it's the last of the main events of the surf and turf war, and personally I would not want a steady diet of either, but rotated on a regular basis with poultry and piggy is just my way of eating. Variety, variety, variety, and all in moderation is the way to go about it. I have to say this recipe is a totally tasty tribute to our friends of the ocean. I love fish, and then to stuff it, take it to a whole different level. Not sure if I have ever done my mother's stuffed blue fish recipe or not, but it was to froth at the mouth for. But that is for another time and today we have swimmer that is getting stuffed. I am going to use fresh mushrooms vs canned, but the recipe originally calls for canned. Also since most kitchens don't have fresh parsley I will do it with dried as that is more at hand. All else is as it was given, so before my slobber completely covers the keyboard here, let's get this show on the road. 

      This week's recipe is Stuffed Filet of Sole

   1/4      cup      green onion, chopped 
   1/2      cup      butter
   1/4      cup      fresh mushroom, sautéed
      1      can      cram meat or shrimp/medium or both
      1      cup      saltine crackers coarsely crumbled
      2      tsp       dried parsely
   1/2      tsp       salt
      2      lbs       sole filets (8 nice pieces)
      3      Tbsp    butter
      3      Tbsp    flour
   1/2      cup      dry white wine
      4      ozs       Swiss cheese, grated (about 1 cup)
   1/2      tsp       paprika

      In a skillet, sauté green onions (a sweet onion will work if you dont have green onions), and mushrooms in 1/4 cup of butter and 1/8 cup of wine. In separate bowl put sautéed onions and mushrooms (hang onto liquid in pan) Stir in drained crab/shrimp, cracker crumbs, parsley, salt, and pepper. Spread mixture over fish, then roll fish up and place, seam side down, in a large baking dish. In saucepan, make white sauce using milk, and juice left from onions and mushroom (if need add a splash of temped water) to make 1/1/2 cups. Add rest of wine. Cook until bubbles and pour over fish. Bake for 25 minutes at 350 degree preheated oven. Remove from oven and sprinkle with cheese and paprika and bake for additional 10 minutes.      

Germ Wednesday / 12-18-19

Germ Wednesday EveryOne
Welcome to wonderful wacky Wednesday and the weird weather that only December can bring from 30's to 60's to 20's and who knows where else. But that is part of the interesting part of life, nothing stays the same, there is always change and always something that seems to keep us on our toes. But this I do know that Wednesday is always the middle of the week and the marking point for the great decent off this work mountain. In 4 hours we will be up and over the top and running fast towards Thursday and Friday. So while life and weather change around you hold on to those things that do stay the same for some stability. Keep a smile on your face always and enjoy the ride to the end.  There are more reasons Wednesday are called hump day, just don’t get thrown off your camel by the surprises and all will be good, and most of all keep a smile on your face and live for the ride. Now if we do come on one in true need, we do need to stop and lend a hand and to all the rest that we meet on our journey greet with all joy. Now go and have a most Happy, Happy all day long and have fun with all that is dealt you.
Your Morning Guru
Steve Gimmi

Holidays & Observances: 
National “I Love Honey” Day
National Roast Suckling Pig Day
Bake Cookies Day
Answer The Telephone Like Buddy The Elf Day
Arabic Language Day
Give A Wine Club Day
International Migrants Day


Tuesday, December 17, 2019

Irregular Tuesday / 12-17-19

Irregular Tuesday EveryOne
So we have reached that wonderful day called Tuesday, in other words we have survived Monday and are well into our journey of this week. As we pedal our way along the trail may we not do so mundanely in a fashion to miss all that is around us. Let us not take for granted the beauty that we are passing by. Everything from the evergreens to holly bushes covered in red berries, pretty blue juniper berries on standing out against their green backgrounds, and even enjoying the different shades of browns and beiges of the different trees that can now be seen without all the leaves hiding it. Then there are the animals around, the deer, the squirrels, the rabbits, an occasional red fox, and ever a few others. Their coats are getting full and full of color, Don’t miss them. We travel along so fast trying to get through each day that we miss so much, even this time of year. We have so much to be appreciative of, do pass by Tuesdays without noticing. Now that you are stepping into the work environment keep these things in mind, and use them to propel you into motion for getting work done. We all have a job to do, enjoy what you can to the utmost, do your most to the best of your abilities and lest give thanks for all we have seen and done when the day is through. Now along the way if you see one in true need, stop and lend a hand and to all others give a smile of encouragement. And may you have a most Happy, Happy all day long.
Your Morning Coach
Steve Gimmi

Holidays & Observances: 
National Maple Syrup Day
A Christmas Carol Day (Story)
Clean Air Day
Wright Brothers Day
Saturnalia: 17-23