Welcome to Morning Thunks, Thoughts and More, where an everyday person needs to just find a positive way to get a morning going. So I try to give a little encouragement and add a few laughs and set our focus on what needs done, while letting you know there is someone else out there going through what you are. << then on Wednesdays we post my weekly blog from CapeCodtoday.com under Blog Chowder that I have written for many years. Hope you enjoy.
Thunderous thrashing Thursday has tamely twinkled its way into our morning without much ta-do about it. We have made it over the hump of Wednesday and are now slowly gathering speed as we head down the mountain towards our way to Friday. So may the claps of thunder and quakes that can shake the earth stay far away today and may the sun shine down on your journey throughout the day. Happy to be here, you bet, anything exciting to share, just another day in life to experience all that is good and to help make a difference. Some days are good to experience in the now and present without a lot of fanfare. So with that thought, not much else to be said, just seek the sun and its warmth and be a reflection of its brightness. See someone in true need, stop and help, and to everyone else give thanks for all that is good. And may you have a most blessed Happy, Happy of days.
Well, another day, another happy memory to make right here on Cape Cod. From sun rises to sun sets. they are all spectacular. Although I will say right now the sun is rising just as I am getting into my office, and it likes to peek it's rays right over the top of the neighbors house across the street and would like to blind me. Last several days I have enjoyed seeing that blue sky and that oranges and yellows all across the horizon. But I have to tell you, when the sun actually starts to creep above the roof line it is unreal. So I have to lower my blinds just enough so I can continue to work and see my computer screen. Have you seen the crocuses out yet? Or the daffodils blooming especially up against some homes? And to think it is still February, here on Cape Cod. Ya,, where spring normally does not stick its head out till at least April. And year since I have moved here I have seen it snow on Easter morning at Sunrise services on Nauset Beach. So with all this happy warm talk, let's not loose sight that winter is not over yet and we can still experience winter for a few more months. Really? Humm. I wonder. Anyway with all the warm weather are you thinking of vacation time. Are you making your plans for this summer? You know we are now only 3 months away from Memorial Day and the unofficial start to summer. I urge you to start thinking about and make those plans to ensure you get the time you want. Then start talking to the kids about what they want to do, what funds do you need to save up to do the things you want. Whale watching is absolutely a wicked awesome thing to do, but it ain't cheap, but well worth it. What about a canal cruise, what about a charter fishing trip? What about playing golf every morning? Now that ain't cheap either. The point is, if you want to do some of these things plan ahead and save up. But remember there are plenty of things to do free or very inexpensively. So here is to warm weather now and fun in the sun to come, and where else would you want to be than right here on old Cape Cod. Hope to see you soon.
Small and or local business report time. Now I am always looking for year round places, you know quite a few of us actually live here hear round and well without these places open some of us just could not do our days right. We start out with the Chatham Perk, located at 307 Orleans Rd, in North Chatham, or online at https://www.chathamperk.com/. Hours Monday - Friday 6:30 - 3 and Saturdays 7 - 3, closed Sundays. They do have breakfast sandwiches and items to go with that coffee, and they also do lunch grills and sandwiches. So if you are in or around Chatham and need a get me going, stop into the the Chatham Perk and get perked up and going.
Most folks thing that farmers markets are only 3 season projects, well the Orleans Farmers Market goes year round. from December - April they meet at Nauset Middle School on Saturday mornings from 9-Noon. Then from May to November they gather on Old Colony Way over by Hot Chocolate Sparrows and across from Rock Harbor Grill. So don't forget our friends and go support you local vendors.
And last up but not least are our friends at Cook's Seafood Restaurant will be opening this weekend. As someone said a sure sign that spring is just around the corner. Folks, I have different places for different foods. But I have to admit that Cook's is one of my favorites when it comes to fried seafood and we love their clam chowder, second only to the wife's. Ok her recipe, I do all the rest from raking in the clams to peeling and cutting potatoes and onions as well as cooking and chopping the clams. But Cook's does that all for you, and you don't have the mess to clean up afterwards. Their specials are terrific and they do not skimp on the portions. So if you're ready for some wicked good fried seafood, get ready for Cook's opening this weekend. Watch for them on Facebook as they count down the days and post pics of scrumptious offerings.
Well hello my friends, I hope that as we traverse this final week of February that you are doing well, fine, good, (whatever grammar rule fits your preference). With this changing weather I know the sniffles, drippy noses and sinus issues are having a heyday. And with all this other stuff floating around, all I can say is, stay as medicated and health precocious as you can. I know around here we are taking the time to wipe down everything with disinfectant after each school group and bus group we have right now. So if you have one of your little ones coming to visit, know that we are taking time to be safe. Well, other than that, there are no whales about, no sharks, no major runs on schools of fish, and the lobster are just be lazy about it all. But I am still getting reports that the shellfish collecting is going well and there are still oysters in some areas for the taking. But I am still hearing that mussels are few and far between, which I am still not understanding why? But anyway, no big ocean issues, no seagoing vessels having problems, and no wicked storms to upset the apple cart or the fish tub. What can I say, the beacon is still doing her thing, her life partner foggy toots his nose from time to time as needed and that is about it. So that is the grand and wonderful of it this winter. Don't forget we have an extra day this year to enjoy the Cape that much more, So if you get a chance, come on out and stop by, The grounds are accessible, it's just the station and tower that are not open the public right now. But if the skies turn out as bright as they are suppose to be, it might be a bit nippy but the views should be for miles and a wonderful day to hike down to the beach and do some combing. That's all for now my friends, please have a great and wonderful and especially if you can do it right here on Old Cape Cod.
Now tis is a dessert I can get into in so many ways. I love cookies balls, fudge balls, truffles (the dessert kind not the fungi kind for this section. Truffle mushrooms is a whole nother issue and so tasty yet so expensive more on that another time.) So that is why I went this direction this year, I don't think you can ever have too many or find a time of year that they don't work. So let's face it, adults love their fudgy chocolate desserts, add some booze to it and it becomes even a hotter topic. No with all that, warning the alcohol stays in these as these are not baked, so they are not recommended for under age drinkers. So, before I dribble all over the keyboard, let's get on with the show.
This week's recipe: Chocolate Fudge Rum Balls
1cupsemi-sweet chocolate chips, (Use a quality top line chocolate)
Melt the chocolate chips in a microwave safe bowl. Start by microwaving the chocolate for 35 seconds. Stir the chocolate and microwave it for an additional 20 seconds. Repeat until the chocolate is completely melted and smooth. Pour the powdered sugar into the melted chocolate through a sifter or a strainer. Stir the powdered sugar into the melted chocolate. Pour the dark rum, corn syrup and vanilla into the chocolate mixture. Mix everythingtogether until it is smooth. In a separate bowl, mix together crushed vanilla wafers, crushed pecans and salt. Stir the vanilla wafer mixture into the chocolate mixture until everything is evenlydistributed. Cover the mixture and chill it for 20-30 minutes. Remove the mixture from the refrigerator and roll 1 inch balls, chill them in the refrigerator until firm and serve. (Now, you can dust with confectionary sugar, roll in jimmies, or nuts, an just about any other topping you can think of. The nuts and jimmies do as final step before refrigerating. Powdered sugar do right before you service otherwise the sugar will dissolve into the Rum Balls. The idea here is to have fun and go with the holiday or season.)
It’s hump day and oh what a beautiful day, to think we could be kneed deep in white stuff with wind chills and bitter temperatures. But rain is the name of the game along with mild warmth for the end of February. But regardless of what it is doing outside we have a job to do inside, Ok some of you might be outdoor workers but the majority of us are indoor workers. We have places to go, things to do and people to see, life does not take a vacation because of the weather, and this mountain needs to be crossed and downward trek begin. This is hump day, this is mid-way hurdle day, this is up and over day, and the list goes on. So we need to get those hikers pulled on, laced up and tightened down. We still have half a day trek to the top, them we get to take a short breather, take the time to turn and look back and see just how far we have come. Then turn map out were we need to go then get moving for the second half of the day. Just think when we hit that peak, one stop over the line and we are that much closer to the end than back to the beginning. So let's pack it up, and make our way to the starting line. Along the way as we come on those in a hurting way we open to lending a hand in any way we can, see them to the next care center and move on. That's life, that what we need to do, that is how we need to lend a hand to society and our fellow brothers and sisters of humanity. Now Let's go conquer this hill and this day and make the most of whatever comes our way.
Hello Morning, So are you excited to be up and about, here it is about zero with wind chills well below zero. Just think no hay fever, not grass and tree allergies, there are primarily no flying stingy things out. I say it is a pretty good morning, The temperatures are up, the sun is shining and there is still no snow on the ground. What's wrong with this picture? Is the last week of February and I am still waiting for other other shoe to drop. But Spring really is coming and so is the summer heat, but for now we have that which is before us. I would normally say, as in the summer when give lemons we make lemonade, for this time of year whenever given snow and cold we need to grab the vanilla and make snow ice cream with a shot of peppermint schnapps to go with it. But that's not working for us either, so the thought that life is not always the way you want it and until you are able or have the abilities to change it you may have to just roll with it. Some will say you can’t make up your mind others might say you are wishy washy but you know you are staying the course until the season changes. Then again if your season is there regardless of the elements one needs to take action. So today enjoy the unusual warmth, be thankful for the suns warming, take it all in and go do what you have to to make through this wild and weird weather we are having in what should be a snowing and cold time of year. Now, if you come on one in true need, stop and help, and to all others greet with great joy, and may you have a most Happy, Happy all day long.
Welcome to a beautiful Monday morning, you survived the weekend, you have arisen to see your way to the office this morning or where ever you are reading this, you most likely have had or are about to have to your first beverage this morning, you were able to get dressed, and you have also been able to make many choices on your own. So as we started this wonderful wacky week, lose not the sight that we are bless each and every day, sometimes we need to look as the simple what we call mundane things that we so often take for granted but at the bottom line they are all blessings giving us another opportunity to make a new beginning each and every day. Now go be a joy both to yourself and to others and be spread a little sunshine in someone else life today. If you come on one in true need, lend them a hand to the best you are able and to all the others be of great cheer. And may you have a most Happy, Happy all day long.
Celebrate, Celebrate, dance to the music, cause it’s FRI-DAY, yes sir-ree Bob it’s FRI-DAY, Boom chuck-a-luck-a-la, Boom chick-a-luck-a-la, besides I need to dance to get the morning juices flowing, But at least it is not snowing and that I am grateful for. But anyway I am in the happy my place today as it is Paradise Friday and the end of the standard work week. So let’s make this short sweet and simple KISS the whole day long, nothing hard, nothing, deep, nothing radical, just sweep up the week, tie it all up with a nice bow and put it out for the woodland critters to carry away. Do it right, do it well, and let’s but a great finish onto a long week. Have a great day and an even better weekend and see you at the party at the end. Oh the Theme of the week? They are all varieties of heirloom beets, you hear me right, beets, I love beens, you name the way and I will most likely eat them. Even in a box with a fox, I will eat my beets. Thank you Dr Seuss. We can-not forget those in true need, please lend a hand when the time comes and to all the rest bring them along for the party the more the merrier. And may you have a most Happy, Happy day and weekend.
Up in the sky, is it a bird? Is it a plan? No it’s the Sun, that great ball of fire in the sky that comes to bring our continued warmth. To think 5 years ago we were looking for a thaw from the deep freeze. Now we are wondering if we will get any snow by the end of the season. But I have to remind myself, it is a privilege to have health, to be under a roof, to have enough for my stomach, to have shoes for the feet, get the point? Sometimes we find the darnedest things to complain about to wallow in, things we cannot change and forget all the good that is around us. So today let’s not find ourselves wallowing in with the pigs in the mud hole of things we cannot change but looking, seeking all the good that is around us. It’s Thursday, that stretch of roadway, of path, that tracks that gets us from the mountain top to Paradise Friday, let’s make the best of the journey, give our best and be the best that we can, if nothing else than to look out what we have done and can take excellence in a job well done. Have a great and wonderful today, remember to lend a hand to one in true need and be a friend to all the rest. And may you have a most Happy, Happy when it is all said and done.
You ever have one of those days if not weeks that the more you try to think of things the less that comes to your mind. That's this week in small business report. I am trying not to be such a repeat with the exception of my Breweries, Vineyards and Distilleries. But I will really start to get back into those come April/May. I know that we have a couple of our seafood places that will be opening come the first of March, so can't go there yet. So what? Roadhouse Cafe, or Black Cat, Seriously yum. And if you missed it Roadhouse Cafe had one of them deals buster going on through them radio station sites. Yup, I got me one of dem, my Momma didn't raise me to be no fool. Save money on good food always a smart thing, and they dem dere is good food so it is a win, win for me and my stomach.
Hello to all, so have you noticed the sun is getting up earlier? First light is now at 6:04 am and last light 5:47 pm. and belong it will be passing the 12 hours of light. The only thing being out here on Cape Cod is that we seem to get the sun as early as it can get. I know there are a couple spots up in Maine that will beat us out but with earlier times, comes those lovely birds that just wanna sing at the top of their lungs at the crack of dawn. My first thoughts at the crack of dawn is how many times can I smack the snooze button on the alarm before I really have to get up and out of bed. And in the summer, the only thing I want to hear about is what is going on in my dreams behind my closed eye lids. But with longer daylight comes warmer temperatures, and that always helps attitudes and outlooks. Birds, will start to return soon, while flowers are prematurely popping out of the ground. The thought of an early spring is very exciting and the abilities to get out without a coat thrilling. Being able to clam without feeling like you have to dress up like Nannock of the North will put a smile on my face any day. So as we have only 9 days left to February, yes this is leap year so one extra day. But then it's March and St Patrick's Day and time for sharin' of the green. But let's not get too far ahead of ourselves, one day, one week at a time. One minute, One hour at a time with daylight getting better. Hang in there to all those light lovers and for those beach combers that means more time to stroll the beach and find those treasures. Regardless of how you feel about it, it is coming, so either let the sunlight in, or tighten up those blinds cause it's getting lighter and brighter earlier, and those birds have one thing in mind, and that's to get you up at the first sight of light. Well it's real, it's true, some of us have to laugh at ourselves on some of the simplest things in life. But regardless of it all, we get to experience it right here on Old Cape Cod, and what better place is there to enjoy those wicked awesome sunrises. Until next time, have a great and wonderful, especially if you can do it right here on old Cape Cod with us.
Shopping, this time of year, I have to admit, I am stuck in the office during the days, it's dark by the time I get out of my home office and you just don't feel like doing much or going any place and a lot of places close up at 5pm. But we do have the weekend coming and a lot of places will be open this Saturday. Silver Seahorse is one of them in Hyannis. Great place for some really neat things. She has a great shop and has a delightful staff that are always willing to help you find what you are looking for. So stop in and pick up your lady a nice inexpensive gift for any occasion.
If you enjoy leather. the Canterbury Leather shop in Orleans located Jeremiah Square is open year round Mon-Saturday: 9:30 – 5:30 PM Sunday: 10:00 – 5:00 PM. They have the shoes, hats, gloves, jewlery, bags, belts and more. I always enjoy going in and looking and normally come out with something new or finding something that would make a great gift for. Get over the Canterbury and check them out and get something new for your head to your toes.
Well this is about it for this round. I'm sorry folks, hoping in about another week or so we will get you some new places and maybe find a new place for suds and grub or at least someplace that I have not reported on in a while. Until then, have a great time shopping and eating right here on Cape Cod.
Oh what a beautiful day it is here on Cape Cod. I am telling you, we have not seen this little of snow in February since 2012 when it had less then an inch of snow during the month. So if you think has never happened before, well think again. Then what 2 years later we had one of the worst of all time history. So if we think we are out of the woods of snow, think again. If not this year, maybe next, and if not that year maybe the next. But for this year, we are going to enjoy it every moment it is here. I was up the road and think I saw a couple golfers out hitting the links, or maybe my eyes were playing tricks on me. But it has been nice enough recently to do that. And I have seen more folks out testing the waters with a rod and reel then normal for this time of year. Now I have not gotten of a report for how it is going and what if anything they are catching. But if you are going out, please be sure you have a current license for fishing, remember salt water fishing does require a license now days. Also be sure your boat has it's current stickers and has been check. If you need, give your local natural resource department a call, or your local coast guard office as they could tell you were to have your vessel checked out. For many shellfish collection is still going on, and this year with all the warm weather, getting out has not been an issue for most. As far as the station here, we still have a helium shortage so sending up the weather balloons have been an issue. But other than that, all is, as all is, and life goes on as usual. This is our slow season form the tourist, but remember we host the kids in, while this week is winter break, we will start back up next week with the kid coming, and learning all about what life guard stations were all about and what purpose light house used to play and what they still do today. But past that, we are actually getting a little rest and relaxation and just taking care of some of the small things that I can do in the workshop and indoors. Well thats about it for another week. Yup just as boring as usual, but I am looking forward to opening season and seeing all my friends come back, and meeting new ones as well. Well until then, have a great and wonderful, and especially if you can do it right here on old Cape Cod.
Well can we all say MOOOO, I love my meat and I love my beef even more. Now I also believe you can have to much of a good thing. And I am firm believer in variety, so I enjoy chicken, port, any type of fowl and that which calls water it's home. So when you look at the recipe title and you look at my opening statement what are you thinking this is all about. Good old, grass feed, free range beef right? Well your wrong, I love trying to fool folks but I am not good at it. I hope you are not disappointed but we are going fishing this week. I found this and went straight to yum So give it a try, it uses a good fish that goes on sale a lot so it is very economical as well. So for something new from the sea, give this recipe a try.
This week's recipe: Fillets Magnifique
16 oz fish fillets (cod, haddock or similar white fish)
1/4 cup butter
1 tsp lemon juice
1 tsp Worcestershire sauce
2 tsp instant onion
1 tsp grated Parmesan cheese
1 Tbsp dry bread crumbs
Place fillets in single layer on heavy duty aluminum foil large enough to fold and seal over all ingredients. Melt butter and add the res of ingredients. Blend well and spread over the fish fillets. Fold and seal edges of aluminum foil tightly. Bake in 400 degrees preheated oven for 30-40 minutes, or until fish flakes easily. Serve on a heated platter garnished with lemon slices and parsley. This is for 2 servings, so double or triple as needed. `
Hap-py Wednesday to you, the middle of the week, the halfway point to Friday half way through the day. So are you excited? Are you thrilled that you had it this far? Are you surprised? Well it’s here and so are we, and for that time to rejoice, give thanks and get happy feet. We have survived the first half and now we can survive the second half. It is a beautiful morning to be alive and well and moving about, even if it is kicking and screaming to some. But to be alive as we sit and read this is a true blessing. Remember look for the little things to encourage your day and be of good cheer over all that goes well. And be sure that we acknowledge when others around you have even small things go right as it will lighten your day as well. Now go and have a fantastic day in all you do. Remember if you come on one in true need, stop and lend a hand and to all others give them a smile that reflects the sun. And may you have a most Happy, Happy all day long.