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Thursday, November 28, 2019

Thanksgiving 2019 & Mixed Berry Cobbler

     Well a happy Thanksgiving to you and yours, may the spirit of holiday be felt and shared with family and friends. And may this be the start to a wonderful season that lasts till next years dawn. Well the good news is we will be eating Thanksgiving Dinner in my new kitchen. We still have a few things left to finish up on and in the pantry but other than that we are done. Most of my glasses, dishes, pots and pans have been moved into their new spots and and the things in the old pantry halfway moved into the new pantry. So I have much to be grateful for, including my electrician, plumber and especially my contractor. Do I have much money left, nope, did it finish on time, nope, could things have gone smoother, yup. But sometimes things happen and you have to do what is right and take care of business. For now I will enjoy what has been given me, and try to do what is correct. I love to cook, bake and have friends and family in. I just pray that I can do right by the one who gave it all to me and for me. Yes I am getting spiritual here, but hey faith is a big part of my life, and known in whom I believe in and am most grateful. This Thanksgiving, be open to what you can do for others and not what they can do for you necessarily, and may the peace and kindness that each one of us can share grow to something that grows wildly out of control and takes over this country and world. As a friend from many years ago told me, Steve keep looking up, it's the only place that true answers come from. Keep the faith, keep on smile, enjoy life, and give back whenever possible, and if you can may it all come together right here on old Cape Cod. 
      Small business report time. This fall while I was out and about I came across a couple of crafters that are local and are out there with unique items and something different to offer. The first on is called Liza's Mermaid Hobbies. Check her out on Facebook, Instagram and Etsy. This is a young lady working with recycled materials to make unique hangable art work that are very different. Her art work is affordable and really creative and would work in many applications, from home bars, game rooms, man caves, she sheds, cottages, and may more places. They would make great gifts and can be enjoyed by all. Check her out and make your walks come alive with her art work. And yes she is from right here on Cape Cod.  
      Next up is Wild Bunch Studio owned and operated by Katie McConnell, her specialty are Mini Weathervanes. Yup Mini weathervanes, with everything from Angels to Lighthouses to Lobsters to you guessed it, an outline of Cape Cod. You can find her products online at and on facebook. These are come either in a basic design or with a charm. They are great in that they don't take up or need a lot of space to enjoy. They are great as gifts or just for your own pleasure. They are a great adaptation on an old idea and are very cool. And for you out there that own shops of your own, she does wholesale. So get on board with these gems and see what Katie has to offer. 
      The other morning I had off work so we took advantage of it and went out to breakfast, and we ended up at Grumpy's on 6A at 1408 Main St, East Dennis. I love going during the off season cause you can actually get in and out without showing up for breakfast and ending up ordering lunch. But they are busy do to one main reason, they are good. The staff is awesome and if you get a window seat overlooking the marsh behind the building, it ends up being a pretty romantic experience. So we did not sit by the back windows, but the food was outstanding, always get more than enough and then some, and for a decent price. So some morning if your looking for a really good breakfast and you are near or heading towards East Dennis, check out Gumpys and leave with a full tummy and a smile on your face. 
      Well, Happy, Thanksgiving to one and all. I know there are some of you out there that have a problem with a few of our fall holidays, but one should really stop and think about it. As we forefathers of many of us came across the watery expanse, we were met and greeted by those who already lived here. They started in the beginning by working together, more than I can say about many of us all, We need to be giving thanks for those who sacrificed their lives for us, give thanks who helped those who came. Then start to by giving thanks for family, for friends, for opportunities, for, and the list can go on and on. For me I can give thanks for my job here at the light house and all those who come and visit us at all times of the year. I can give thanks for health, and abilities. I can give thanks for family and so much more. So what are you thankful for? While we do that, let's also remember to keep those who lost love ones in the tragic sea accident off the coast of Martha's Vineyard. May we keep them in our prayers as 3 families will have an empty seat where their loved one would have sat. And keep the one surviver in your prayers as he has to live with seeing others perish. There are others who need to be remembered, the shut ins, those in hospitals, the homeless, those without a family, and the list goes on. May we who have the abilities to give as well as give thanks, do so, reach out and make an offer if you are able, and do what you can to share what you have so others can enjoy as well. Well, it's been a long week already, I hope the rest of the week ends much better. Have a great and wonderful, and in all give thanks, especially if you can do it right here on old Cape Cod. 
      Hello again and to think we are at the the next to the last month of the year, these next two recipes better be good. So the i thought what better way to bring the cobbler side to an end was with a mixed berry recipe. Again, these are so simple, easy to make, and near, (ok I know a few of you our there just need to stay as far away from a kitchen as possible, except to eat), impossible to mess up. But I love cobblers so this one is a great way to finish off one of those holiday meals, or a meal made with those wonderful left overs, cause we know ain't no pie left. So get yourself into the kitchen and get going, and time to whip up some delicious mixed berry cobbler. 

      This week's recipe: Mixed Berry Cobbler
      2      Pkg      blackberries, 6 oz
      2      Pkg      blueberries, 6 oz
      2      Pkg      raspberries, 6 oz
      1      Pkg      strawberries, 16 oz
      6 tbsp Butter
   3/4 cup Heavy cream
      2 tbsp Lemon juice, fresh
1 1/2 cups All-purpose flour
1 1/2 tsp Baking powder
      3 tbsp Cornstarch
   3/4 cup Sugar

     Preheat oven to 350°F. In a medium bowl combined berries and lemon juice then set aside.  Mix cornstarch with 1/2 cup sugar in a small bowl, then pour cornstarch mixture over berry mixture. Stir berry mixture gently until ingredients are evenly combined. Pour berry mixture into a 2-quart, or 9 x 9-inch, baking dish and set aside. In a large bowl put flour, 3 tablespoons sugar, baking powder. Cut in butter with a pastry blender or two knives until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Stir cream in to make a soft dough. Drop spoonfuls of dough over berry mixture, then sprinkle remaining 1 tablespoon sugar over dough. Bake about 50 minutes or until top is well browned and juices are bubbly. Serve warm with whipped cream or ice cream.

Wednesday, November 27, 2019

Royal Palm Wednesday / 11-27-19

Royal Palm Wednesday EveryOne
   And a Happy Thanksgiving weekend to all. Much to give thanks about all about, even in the midst of turmoil both nationally and internationally. May we as be able to sift through much of life’s pebbles in our shoes or pea’s under our mattresses to see all that we have been blessed with these next several days. May we be able to turn off the boob tube long enough to let the disruptions of the world quiet and allow our souls to see that we really are blessed with what we have. And may all that we do and all that we say be of a blessing instead of a curse to both those around us and to those family member’s with or without us. May all that is in us be thankful for what we enjoy and may you all have a blessed Thanksgiving observance. Now we still have one last day to put our nose to the grind stone, let’s put forth, put out, and chase it all the way back home. Now this week's theme is Types of Wild Turkeys, oh ya and wild turkeys do fly. If anyone comes on one in true need lend a hand and to all the rest may you greet them with a jubilant heart. And may you have a most blessed and Happy, Happy all Thanksgiving weekend long.
Your Morning Guru
Steve Gimmi

Holidays & Observances: Holiday Extended
National Tie One On Day
Pins and Needles Day
National Craft Jerky Day
National Jukebox Day
Rockerfeller Christmas Tree Lighting
National Deal Week: 27-12/2 
World Karaoke Championships: 27-29

Make Your Own Head Day - 28
Red Planet Day - 28
Thanksgiving - 28
National Day of Mourning - 28
Thanksgiving Day - 28
Turkey-free Thanksgiving - 28

National Chocolates Day - 29
National Lemon Creme Pie Day - 29
National Rice Cake Day - 29
Black Friday - 29
Buy Nothing Day - 29
Square Dance Day - 29
You're Welcome Day - 29
Catterntide - 29
*Electronic Greetings Day - 29
Flossing Day - 29
Fur Free Friday - 29
*International Day of Solidarity With The Palestinian People - 29
Maize Day - 29
National Day of Listening - 29
National Native American Heritage Day - 29
Sinkie Day - 29

Day of Remembrance of All Victims of Chemical Warfare: 30
National Mousse Day - 30
Stay At Home Because You Are Well Day - 30
Cities for Life Day - 30
Computer Security Day - 30
National Mason Jar Day - 30
National Meth Awareness Day - 30
National Personal Space Day - 30
Small Business Saturday - 30
Stay Home Because You're Well Day - 30

National Fried Pie Day - 12/1
National Pie Day - 12/1
Eat A Red Apple Day - 12/1
World Aids Awareness Day - 12/1
Antartica Day - 12/1
Basketball Day - 12/1
Bifocals at the Monitor Liberation Day - 12/1
Civil Air Patrol Day - 12/1
Clark Kent's Birthday (Superman) - 12/1
Day With(out) Art Day - 12/1
Rosa Parks Day - 12/1
Cookie Cutter Week: 1-7
National Hand Washing Awareness Week: 1-7
Recipe Greetings For The Holidays Week: 1-7


Tuesday, November 26, 2019

Bronze Tuesday / 11-26-19

Bronze Tuesday EveryOne
      On this short work week, this might be called the peak of the week day as many of us are not scheduled to work on Thursday or Friday . A bump in the road from here to there, a short excursion along the way. And even though it deviates from the norm it is still good. Let not a change in the week disrupt your normal train of thinking or production. Stay the course as you always do, keep your mind focused on the things that still need done and aim for the goal as we always do. Although my joy is great to be alive, to be up and about, (remember always better then under) and to be active I do find myself sometimes wandering about with the thought of what has to be done in such a short time. But if we keep our eyes and mind focused, and just do what we must do then all that comes along will be accomplished in getting done as is needed. Not always to what we think but to what is truly needed. So be of good cheer this morning, reach up, and reach out, look up and look forward, think actively and out of the box and in all things be happy for all that is before you. Now go and do, and along the way when you come on someone in true need, stop and lend a hand, and to all the rest give a warm if not hot hello. And may your day be nothing short than a monumental Happy, Happy.
Your Morning Coach
Steve Gimmi

Holidays & Observances
Shopping Reminder Day


Monday, November 25, 2019

Midget Monday / 11-25-19

Midget Monday EveryOne
   Hello Monday, and although it might be raining, the wind blowing, a host of other things I am alive, I am able to get up and move about, I am able to think relatively clearly, I am look about and see that which is around me, I can hear the wind blowing in the trees, I can smell autumn and the pines and the leaves and those who have fires burning in their fireplaces this morning. It is good to be able to be up and about it is good to be starting a new journey, it is good to know this is a short work week. And I am grateful for all. So let’s put the pedal to the metal and get this old jalopy rolling, we have a lot of ground to cover in just 3 days. Remember to lend a hand to anyone in true need and to all others great with a hearty smile. And may you have nothing less than a grand Happy, Happy all day long.
Your Morning Friend
Steve Gimmi

Holidays & Observances 
National Parfait Day
National “Eat with a Friend” Day
International Day For the Elimination of Violence Against Women Day
International Hat Day
Shopping Reminder Day
Better Conversation Week: 25-30

Friday, November 22, 2019

Flour Friday // 11-22-19

Flour Friday EveryOne
And Hello Paradise Friday, were finishers are rewarded and all who started are finishers. So by getting up by starting you are going to finish, the key will just be finish strong, finish well, finish like you are on a mission, as we all really have been. But I am wonderfully grateful to see the sun this morning, to be able to get up, to be able to ect, ect, ect. Stay in bed, sure I did a few extra smack downs on yee old snooze button, but that’s just tried lazy bones not my mind, not my soul, not my being. I want to be active, to be going to be enjoying to be doing. And on a Friday to be celebrating my weeks accomplishments when the whistle stop blows. So pump up da muscles and spritz up the mind, and if you need prop up the eye lids with toothpicks and let’s get-r-done. Cause we have a celebration to attend and I want to do it in style. So what is this weeks theme, well great time for some Maize, the original corn. All are types of Maize. Have a great and wonderfully marvelous day and weekend. And yes we still need to lend a hand to those in true need and to all others pass on those smiles of greetings. And may your day and weekend be a wholly Happy, Happy every moment of every day.
Your Morning Jester
Steve Gimmi

Holidays & Observances:
National Cranberry Relish Day
Go For a Ride Day
Humane Society Day
Random Acts of Kindness Friday
Substitute Educators Day
American Sand Sculpting Competition: 22-12/1

National Cashew Day - 23
National Eat A Cranberry Day - 23
Doctor Who Day - 23
Family Volunteer Day - 23
Fibonacci Day - 23
International Aura Awareness Day - 23  
International Image Consultant Day - 23
National Adoption Day - 23 
National Survivors of Suicide Day - 23
Old Clem's Night - 23

All Our Uncles are Monkeys Day - 24 Hum not mine
Evolution Day - 24
Brownielocks Day - 24
Celebrate Your Unique Talent Day - 24
Crystal Skull World Day - 24
D.B. Cooper Day - 24
Mother Goose Day - 24
Stir Up Sunday- 24
Church/State Separation Week: 24-30  
GERD Awareness Week: 24-30
National Bible Week: 24-12/1 
National Family Week: 24-30 
National Farm-City Week: 24-28 
National Game & Puzzle Week: 24-30

Thursday, November 21, 2019

Pod Thursday // 11-21-19

Pod Thursday EveryOne
Happy Thursday to you and may the roller coaster rides of life not be getting you down. I know it’s hard to sore where eagles do when you think you work with a bunch of turkeys, but remember is too many people were much smarter around you, you wouldn’t have a job, so when the rollers coasters of your life are more down than up and the turkey population seems to be growing around you and you feel that you are standing in the middle of a vegetable plot that a think take. Get out the hidden valley and make a salad, not to toss on in invert or give to the birds but for you to sit down, slow down and relax for a few, rebuild your strength then move on to conquer the rest of this week’s journey. Just think only today and tomorrow and we are in Paradise Friday. Hope you have a blessed and grand day, remember to lend a hand to those that are in true need and a smile to all the rest that cross your path. And may your have a most Happy, Happy through all trials and trails, or issues and opportunities  todays.
Your Morning Penguin
Steve Gimmi

Holidays & Observances:
National Cranberry Day
National Gingerbread Cookie Day
False Confession Day
Great American Smokeout
World Hello Day
Alascattalo Day (About Alaska & humor)
Beaujolais Nouveau Day
Children's Grief Awareness Day
Educator For A Day
National Red Mitten Day (Canada)
National Rural Health Day
Use Less Stuff Day
World Pancreatic Cancer Day
World Philosophy Day
World Television Day


Wednesday, November 20, 2019

Are We There Yet & Tahiti Beef / 11-20-19

      So are we there yet, are we there yet, are we there yet? So often we associate this with our kids or remember ourselves just wanting to get to our cottage and ultimately onto the beach. But as I got older and the same happened with my kids, they did not ask how much longer but there was that pine and ocean smell that is unique to the Cape. We would finally get into Massachusetts and it was like magic and everyone knew that the next sign would be the bridge, then the rotary and finally that stretch between exits 1 and 9 that seems to just go on and one. Then all of a sudden over the Bass River, through the woods to, wait a minute wrong story, although it was grandma's cottage we were going to, only both realized my Dad's second wife Ollie as being the one to go see. She was a saint and love our kids as if they were her own blood grandkids. Now that we are grown, are we there yet now comes with so many things, and for me its the ultimate question with my kitchen remodel, as we are done to one day left with the electrician who will hopefully be done by the time most of you read this, and the plumber who we are praying just gets here so I can cook my turkey in my own oven. So much, yet so little. I feel like the bridge was an hour ago, and the rotary, well ain't there no more, no more, no more, we just hit the road Jack. Oh wait a minute there we go getting off exits we don't need to go. But it is coming down to the end. Unlike or stays on the Cape we never wanted them to end. As a kid I was blessed to be here for the entire month of August, funny we started this project the second week in August. Then as I got older and had my own family and got a real job and discover not everyone gets a month of vacation, yikes that was hard to swallow, but a week was all I had, and really never wanted to leave. Now my poor contractor can't wait till he can wake up and his truck does not automatically just self drive itself to my house. LOL. We are good friends, but this has turned into even a bigger project than he ever thought. But soon the rest of the tools will be picked up, like the floats, pals and flippers and be put away. All the little stuff will be cleaned and put back the way they were before we started this trip and we will move on down the road to continue life were we left it, or put it on hold back in August. Just a little cooler, a lot more in debt, but a really cool kitchen with more function, better insulation, and walls that I know are not going to fall down. Something you would not have expected in a house built in 1971. So although this road has been longer than planned, I am still here on Cape Cod, I don't have to pack the care with my stuff and drive it back to another house. I get to just move stuff around, figure out how to pay off the debt and enjoy being able to go to the beach, even in November/December and enjoy the sunsets and quite laps of waves as they gently wash up along the shoreline. As a kid, I always had to say good by to Cape Cod, now I am always saying good morning Cape Cod, past work what do we have in store today. I hope you are able to enjoy the Cape at some time of the year, I hope that if it is your dream to live here that your dreams come true. But I hope you always look forward to each and every day, and live it to the fullest, and when you can take advantage of your opportunities, that you can both afford to do them, or work through it to make it happen. Cape Cod has been one of those dreams come true for me. May you have a great and wonderful, wherever you're at, but if you can do it here on the Cape may it be a most wicked awesome time, part or full. See you soon.   
      Time for that small business or local business report. I changing from small to local biz I don't want to miss something or someone just because I have to fit them into a box. But now is the time to get it going. 
      First up is a company I have gotten to use in the remodeling of my home. I was going to go off Cape for my counter tops, but I was not happy with the end cost out of the big box stores, and the other big issue with all other stores off Cape was the time for delivery. I looked around the Cape, asked a few questions and other folks and ended up at Granite World Inc, now located at 202 Queen Anns Road, Harwich. They used to be in located in Hyannis. When they came in to scribe my contractor was here to let them in. I asked what he thought and was very impressed with the time they took and the thoroughness of what they did. What was better is that installation was done just one week later to the day. Again their guys who came to install were professional and courteous. They called before they came, were actually a bit early and were in and out in little time. And my one wall is nearly 13 feet long. My walls and floor are not the flattest and have uneveness in them that have presented some real challenges in getting a flat surface to work with. Also the length needed to be split. They told my contractor where it was, then asked me to find it, it took me some time but even when I did it was hardly noticeable and is in a place that will be hidden anyway. And the price, was half of that of my off Cape prices. So hats off and if you need at this time they have a wicked Black Friday sale going on so check out their website at and tell them CapeCod Rockhopper sent you. Oh and I did not get a discount for writing this up, and I doubt they even know that I am doing this. Great jobs need shared and that is just what I am doing. Thank you Granite World. 
      Just a quick blurb here,,, Last week was Wine Tasting at Kappy's of Hyannis, what a fantastic time and what an offering of wines to try. I will have to say I am liking wines from Portugal more and more. The guy does an awesome job and know his stuff and knows how to present them. This week is their fall Grand Whiskey Tasting, this Saturday 11-23 from 3 - 5. I enjoy wine, but I love whiskey, scotch, rye, bourbon, just make you want to go YUMM. So if your able see you there. 
      One of my off season favorites is the Naked Oyster Restaurant, located at 410 Main St, Hyannis or online at or find on FaceBook, Twitter and Instagram. Their food is outstanding, their oysters even better and especially on dollar Wednesdays. They are open for lunch and dinner and the wife really likes their clam chowder, and that is saying something as we like her recipe better than anyone out there. So for her to like someone else's is saying a lot. Make sure you get signed up for their emails, and like their facebook page to stay up with events and specials going on. For a great off season lunch or brunch check them out and have a wicked wonderful time.    
      Gobble, Gobble, Gobble, said the old man from the top of the lighthouse, making sure that there were no turkeys taking refuge up on the cat walk around the lamp room. And before you tell me turkeys can't fly, well you don't know turkeys. Now they are not long flighted birds, but they do fly and prefer to sleep in the rafters of trees. And when they come out and down, especially in a group, sound more like a Hewy Helicopter than a flock of birds coming in for a landing. And I really don't care for them leaving their duty all over the cat walk. But they are part of the scenery up here at the light house station, so we deal with them, just like we do the coyotes, foxes and other critters that roam the cliffs and dunes of Cape Cod. So why am I talking about critters and feathers and not sea faring tails? Well this time of year there is not much happening on the high seas. Oh there are the usual cargo ships, a cruise ship or two heading south now days. We do have a small pocket of fisherman and women that are still that are going out and taking in what they can including delicious Cape Cod scallop and oysters. But as the normal sport fish have taken up the streams that go south so have most of the recreational boaters. So there is not that much to report on. If there is you all will be the first to know. Also, other than just drab, dreary, cold and ucky out, there has not been much happening here. The crowds have been mixed on the Thanksgiving holiday festivities but that has been mostly do to weather issues. But they will stay up through Thanksgiving weekend, then we pray for decent weather and do a fast turnaround so that we are ready to go the first weekend in December. Yup all hands on deck would be helpful. Well, weather, and turkeys are the story at the lighthouse this week. Ok so the Mrs is starting to do her holiday baking and the house and grounds are filled with those wonderful smells. Maybe that is what is calling all the rest of the wildlife to the area. Well that's going to be it for this week. Next week will be busy, and we encourage you to stop out and see the Thanksgiving decorations before they change. Now I pray you all have a great and wonderful, especially if you can do it right here on old Cape Cod.      
      So this i the last of the turf recipes for this year, another one of my newer, old social group cook books. I love sharing these recipes that are tried and true and have stood the test of time. Some have been a little more challenging than others but hey a little hard work in the kitchen never hurt anyone. But for the most part, there is nothing weird in these recipes. They are straight up, simple ingredients, and most can be found in the average kitchen, and yes even a Cape Cottage Kitchen. But as I have advised always go over your recipes before you dive into making it just to be sure you have it all together. Can't tell you the number of times I have not heeded my own words and gotten caught without the most simplest of ingredients and have to make the mad dash to the store. But we all learn and live for another day in the kitchen. So check your list and pantries twice and make sure you recipe is nice and hot and enjoy this wonderful change up to go old beef. It's what's for the Holidays. Now on with the show:

      This week's recipe: Tahiti Beef

1 1/2      lbs       sirloin, cubed
   1/4      cup      oil
      1      med     onion, chopped
      2      tsp       soy sauce
      1      can      pineapple chunks,  drained (save juice)
      1      tsp       vinegar
      1      cup      celery, chopped
      1      sml      cucumber, sliced 
      1      lrg        tomato, cut in wedges
      1      med     green pepper, sliced

      Brown meat in oil, (lightly season if you wish). Add onion and brown with meat. Add soy sauce, pineapple syrup, and vinegar. Summer 20 minutes. Add pineapple chunks, celery, cucumbers, tomatoes, and peppers. Heat thoroughly (about 10 to 15 minutes) Serve hot over rice.      


Waxy Wednesday / 11-20-19

Waxy Wednesday EveryOne
Sing a song of sixpence, dance an Irish jig, or quote a Shakespeare sonnet, but we reached the mid-way day, the half-way point, while some will bring on the circus and call it hump day, or center stage day. Well whatever you call it is still Wednesday and we are now looking at a trip shorter to the finish than back to the beginning. So be of good cheer, we have made it this far we can certainly make it to the end. Let’s reach the top, and take a quick survey of the route before us then off we go, We can make this, we will make this, we will conquer, it will not conquer us. Hi Ho Hi Ho, ready or not, here I come. If you have anything less than 5 feet of snow outside your door this morning, rejoice that you are not in the Buffalo/Upstate NY area. Now if you pass one in true need today, stop and lend a hand and to all the others that cross your path great them with robust and joy. And may your day be a Happy, Happy till final second passes.
Your Morning Guru
Steve Gimmi

Holidays & Observances
Absurdity Day
Beautiful Day
Universal Children's Day
African Industrialization Day
Globally Organized Hug A Runner Day aka G.O.H.A.R.D.
Name Your PC Day
National Educational Support Professionals Day

Tuesday, November 19, 2019

Flint Tuesday / 11-19-19

Flint Tuesday EveryOne
So welcome to terrific Tuesday where the adventures of Monday take shape and the paths too Wednesday become interesting. We can say a lot about Tuesdays both good and bad but I will just leave it at the front straight away on the race to middle of the week. Sometimes we just need to enjoy our surroundings for a moment, then set our course and then run like the wind, taking in all that is around us and being thankful for what we are able to see and experience. Don’t let the holes of the land beavers (woodchucks to some) suck you in, or a rafter of turkeys slow you down,  Be careful not to run into a colony of Bats or be run over by a drove of donkeys. And whatever you do, don’t get detoured by a drove of OX, besides if they are they get really smelly. And you will get through this day with great victory. Now go and have a great and wonderful and remember to lend a hand if you come on one in true need and to the rest greet with a great smile. And may you have a most Happy, Happy all day long.
Your Morning Coach
Steve Gimmi

Holidays & Observances:
National Carbonation Beverage w/ Caffeine Day
American Made Matters Day
Equal Opportunity Day (aka Gettysburg Address Day)
Have A Bad Day Day
International Men's Day
National Entrepreneurship Day
Parents Day
Rocky and Bullwinkle Day
Women's Entrepreneurship Day
World Philosophy Day
World Toilet Day


Monday, November 18, 2019

Dent Monday / 11-18-19

Dent Monday EveryOne
Monday Morning and all is well, yup, through rain, hail, sleet, snow, high winds, and it is still all well. Cause  I can see it, feel it, touch it, experience it. We forget that sometimes just the basic simple things of everyday life are a blessing. So as you get started today, put away the grumpy face cause you had to trudge through the snow to get to the office, or you tripped over 3 pairs of slippers between your bedroom and the office, it is all a blessing to be able to experience life. Now open the eyes of your mind to what good can happen what wonderful experiences can occur and what fun journeys we can have this week and let’s go get them. Cause we can control our emotions and our attitudes and when we do most of life can be enjoy to it maximum fullness. Now along the way if we pass one in true need, stop and lend a hand and to all the rest we cross, greet with a hearty smile. And may your day be a most joyous Happy, Happy all day long no matter what road you travel.
Your Morning Friend
Steve Gimmi 

Holidays & Observances 
National Apple Cider Day
National Vichyssoise Day
Occult Day
European Antibiotic Awareness Day
Married To A Scorpio Support Day
Mickey Mouse Day
National Apple Cider Day
National Princess Day
Push-button Phone Day
American Education Week: 18-22
National Global Entrepreneurship Week: 18-24


Friday, November 15, 2019

Champagne Friday / 11-15-19

Champagne Friday EveryOne
Jump up and Down, Sing a Song, Dance a Jig we are here, we are here, we are here, IT is Freaky Friday, and we are on our way to Paradise Party, to start in about 8 for most. Yes Call the Band, call the Caterer, call the baker for the biggest, baddest, cake in town, we are standing on the platform to express train, plane or what not, to the party at the end of today’s run. Yes folks I am happy we have made it, through a lot of muck and mire but we now have one last stretch to go before the bells and whistles can sound off the beginning of the party. Paradise Friday is here as we mean to party hearty. So buckle in your harness, strap yourself in, hold on tight to anything solid and let’s get-r-done. Folks the last length of this journey is what we have been working towards all week and it should be fairly straight and level. Yes there may be some that try to derail us, or detour the plane, but we need to stay the course and finish strong. We have much to be proud about this week in getting it all done and done well, now let’s finish it like we started it, strong and dead on. So work hard so that when the whistle sounds we are ready for it all to begin. Theme time, theme time and I loved this weeks theme cause they are all flavors of Chocolate Truffles. Now along the way we may encounter someone in true need, we will stop to help them, and to all the rest we will wave and great them with a glowing smile. And when it is all said and done may you have had the most Happy, Happy all day long and may it all into all weekend long. Have a great and wonderful everyone.
Your Morning Jester
Steve Gimmi

Holidays & Observances:
National Clean Out Your Refrigerator Day
National Raisin Bran Cereal Day
America Recycles Day
Clean Your Refrigerator Day
National Philanthropy Day
America Recycles Day
George Spelvin Day or More Than One Role Day
I Love to Write Day
National Bundt (Pan) Day
Rock Your Mocs Day
Steve Irwin Day
National Donor Sabbath: 15-17

Button Day - 16
Have a Party With Your Bear Day - 16
International Tolerance Day - 16
Guinness World Record Day - 16
International Day for Tolerance - 16 
International Games Day (Libraries) - 16
Playmobil's National Day of Play - 16
Teddy Bear Day (Historic)  - 16
International Games Week: 16-23

National Baklava Day - 17
Homemade Bread Day - 17
Electronic Greeting Card Day - 17
Homemade Bread Day - 17
Take A Hike Day - 17
World Peace Day - 17
Do Dah Day (Pasadena) - 17
National Unfriend Day - 17
Petroleum Day: 17 Link
World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims - 17
World Prematurity Awareness Day - 17
International Fraud Awareness Week: 17-23
International Restorative Justice Week: 17-24
National Hunger & Homeless Awareness Week: 17-23
Random Acts of Kindness Week: 17-22


Thursday, November 14, 2019

Whiskey Thursday / 11-14-19

Whiskey Thursday EveryOne
Happy Thursday Morning, and a big hello to the sun rising through the trees between my neighbors houses, and to the squirrels and birds and to all that I can see. Am I Yurtle the Turtle and king of all I can see. Well not exactly, and I think I am quite satisfied with my own little pond for now, but I am happy with all I can see. Sometimes during the week we get lost in what we are doing, all the stuff that is happening around us, and we forget there is much to be thankful with, just with what is around me. Being grateful for the everyday things of life, and breath, and movement, and sight, and the ability to remember. Too often we get caught up in the hustle and bustle of life the job and forget all that is good around us. As we start the haul off the mountain today, let’s keep this in focus and allow our vision to stay clear and focused, not allowing the little things to drive us off the path and into the briar. If we do I think the work will become much easier and our relationships with those around us will flourish much brighter. Now if you come on one in true need to day, stop and lend a hand, and to all the others that cross your path give them a smile to remember. And through all you do today may you have a most Happy, Happy the whole day long.
Your Morning Penguin
Steve Gimmi

Holidays & Observances: 
National Guacamole Day
National Pickle ‘Appreciation’ Day
Hindu Diwali Day
Operating Room Nurse Day
World Diabetes Day
International Girls Day
International Selfie Day
Loosen Up, Lighten Up Day
National American Teddy Bear Day
International Tempranillo Day
Spirit of NSA (National Speakers Association) Day

Wednesday, November 13, 2019

Life Keeps Going, Make Warm Memories & Maple Roasted Brussel Sprouts / 11-13-19

      What can I say, I am not ready for cold, and certainly not ready for those heating bills the utility companies like to stiff us with, and right now I can not even get to my wood burner due to construction still happening at the house and all the stuff from other rooms in my living room. I was enjoying the warmer weather and the not so fall like seasonal temperatures and so was my wallet, ok that extra was going to my contractor, electrician, and plumber and for the later than then first. But it is what it is and had to be done. So as soon as I can I need to get my wood burner service guy here and get this thing in working order then get my wood stacked that was delivered last month and have not been able to get to it due to table saws and other remodeling tools in my back yard, and my wheelbarrow has turned into a holder of remodel goods. Again, oh well, but as soon as this project is done it has got to happen. Coming back to warmer weather, this is the time of year that if you do not have a place to escape to in Florida or out west, you live each day on last summers days of sun and fun. Remembering all the good times that kept your warm, and don't I remember some of you complaining about the heat. I hope you are enjoying this. LOL. Anyway, may the memories of this past summer keep you warm through the holiday seasons, and may the warm and joy of your times on Cape Cod bring a smile to your face. Cold may be in the air but thoughts and memories can always bring happiness to the lonely hearted. Sounds so simple, and sometimes it is, but other times we have to work at remembering it. I keep talking about those of us who live here, still have to work, still have to do the daily grind, still have to pay the bills, do the laundry, and cook our meals. Yet we need to work on making time, not just during the summer but year round to enjoy what others long to be able to do and have. Warmths comes in more ways than just the sun, and if we do not work on making those memories for the future when those cold days come, we will not find the joy that could have been. So as we work through out fall season and see the colder days of winter coming, prepare now, so that you will not only be warm on the outside but warm on the inside with the joys of all your experiences here on Cape Cod. Sounds corny I know, but sometimes you need to dig deep to make life happen and make it happy, otherwise what are we doing living here. Can't say it enough, be open to making memories, make the with your elders, the grandparents, the parents, and make them with the younger ones, from children to teens to post teens. See life through their eyes and learn, and figure out how to be free, and then share with those around you. Life on Cape Cod, not always easy, not cheap, but can be very rewarding if we let it. Have a great and wonderful, stay warm and happy, and especially if you can do it right here on old Cape Cod.   
      Ok, last calls for many seasonal restaurants, with the last of them closing up Thanksgiving weekend. I specifically am thinking of Cook's Seafood at 1120 Rt 132, in Hyannis. Their last weekend will be Thanksgiving weekend while closed for Thanksgiving Day will then be open Friday, Saturday and Sunday will be last day. Now I will admit, I love Cook's, I love their clam chowder, second only to my own, I lover their fried clams, their fried fish is outstanding, and the list goes on and on. Now you all know there is one in every crowd, so like most restaurants, until you have had don't past judgement. For me and my family,  Cooks is a fabulous place to enjoy yummy seafood. Check them out and enjoy before the season comes to a close.  
      Next up is some hour changes for one of our top business friends Truro Vineyards/South Hollow Spirits. Located up in North Truro, on the corners of 6A and Shore Rd the new fall hours are now Thursday through Saturday 11-5 and Sundays 12-5. Upcoming event will be the Holiday Extravaganza  on 11-29-19 with the lighting of the wine bottle tree, there will be caroling, cookies, cocoa, cider, and wine and spirits (as usual)! (as they say, LOL). Swing by the vineyard from 4:30 - 6:30 pm on November 29th for our 5:00 lighting ceremony! This is a great place to do your holiday shopping also, from new hats and shirts and other fun stuff and lets not forget about the Wine, it's all about the wine and the spirits. So get it going and get to Truro Vineyards this fall and holiday season.  
      Not sure were to go with this last one, but a reminder to shop local, buy local whenever possible, and help support our local communities. We still have a few holidays festivals and craft shows including the Upper Cape Tech Fair is November 23-24th, also Love, Live, Local December 7-8 held this year at Barnstable High. So much more room and more parking so get ready to shop, shop, shop. 
      Great day to you all and I hope you are finding a way to stay warm through this cold spell. I have it on some good word that this should be it for a while and we should be back to near November weather the rest of the month. Needless to say the water temperatures have stated to change, and this is the time of year we need to be on the watch for cold stunned turtles. Over this past weekend, rescuers were called into action along the Brewster beaches and get that turtle to the rescue center in Quincy to heal. The reports state it was a Kemp's ridley turtle, one of the rarest and most endangered sea turtles. If you are out along any of the beaches and find a cold stunned turtle, please do not attempt any rescue yourself, call the local authorities ASAP so they can contact the correct group to come get them for rehab. It is against the law for the average citizen to handle these creatures. Also if you are out in the waters fishing and come on one that is looking sluggish, again call the authorities as quickly as possible. As far as actual fishing I am starting to hear that our fish are moving further off shore and deeper. As the waters around the Cape become colder, the majority of our sport fishing head south, literally speaking. So take this to heart if you were wondering. Most of the recreational boats have been pulled by now, and about the only thing happening is clamming of all kinds. Check with your local constable if you have any questions to what's open and what's not. Last, but not least, our Thanksgiving display is up, got a little tricky with all the recent winds and the quick turn around after Halloween, so although the station and light tower is not open to the public, the grounds are and we do have the lookout point and several other plaques and information centers. So there is still things to do here. Well, that's it for now, time to go take the readings and get them reported and be sure we don't have any squatters up in the lamproom. You have yourself a great and wonderful, especially if you can do it right here on old Cape Cod and hope to see you soon.                 
      This month the side dish can go with any meal, but especially the holiday meals. My family has always loved brussel sprouts, so trying new ways of doing brussel sprouts has always been fun for me. So this recipe is a new one from my own collection, and seriously I have to say has been one of my better things to come up with in a while. I have recently gotten into using flavored vinegars, I have used infused oils in the past, not have not worked a lot with infused or flavored vinegars. So this was a stretch for me, but I think I hit this one out of the park. Now if you are not into the flavored vinegars or have access to them, you can either just do EVOO (extra virgin olive oil) or go with just real maple syrup (no imitation stuff here please). But if you can seek out a great Italian Olive Oil Shop in your area and have some fun spicing up your foods. Oh, I am getting so hungry, so let's get this going and do some wicked good eats. 

      This week's recipe: Maple Roasted Brussel Sprouts

  1 !/2      lbs      Brussel Sprouts (cleaned and cut in half)
      2      Tbsp    Maple Vinegar (My preference is Gustare of Chatham, Ma)
      3      Tbsp    Maple Syrup (I use Wood Brother' Bourbon Maple Syrup)
      1      Tbsp    EVOO (the good stuff please)
      8      slices   Maple Bacon (cut into 1 inch pieces) or go for it with a full pound.
                          Kosher Salt & Ground Pepper

      Place cleaned Brussel Sprouts in a large bowl. In a separate smaller bowl mix Maple Vinegar, Maple Syrup and EVOO and whisk together then pour over the Brussel Sprouts and toss till lightly coated. Then pour out onto a large baking sheet so in a single layer. Lightly sprinkle Kosher Salt and Pepper over the sprouts. Take cut up bacon and place evenly around the Brussel Sprouts then roast in a pre-heated 400 degree oven for approximately 25-30 minutes (or until lightly golden brown and tender, NOT MUSHY). Turn about half way through so both sides get evenly done. Serve Hot. 

Grand Marnier Wednesday / 11-13-19

Grand Marnier Wednesday EveryOne
Happy wacky Wednesday to all and may the willies and whilies of this what could be wayward day not weird you out. Yes folks that is right we are halfway through this bumpy week and it is about time we get over this hump and dump the blues and move on over to the other side, where wonderful way out wonders are bound to withstand any weirdness. Wanna join me? The journey is only 4 more up to the top of the mountain and then we start our journey down. Yes it has been a long week already but let’s continue to make the best of it. We still have some to go and the best is yet to come. So grab a hand and bring someone along with you, the more the merrier at the top at the mini bar, have a mini celebration than push for the final stretch. We can, we will make it, and we will do it in style. Have a great and awesome filled day. Along the way we will come upon some that are in true need, and we will stop to lend a hand, and to all the rest whether they join us or not will give them a smile of greeting to match no other. And through all this may you have a most Happy, happy all day long.
Your Morning Guru
Steve Gimmi

Holidays & Observances:
National Indian Pudding Day
Feast of St. Diego Alacala
Caregiver Appreciation Day
Sadie Hawkins Day
World Kindness Day
GIS Day (Geographic Information Systems)
International Pathology Day