The Drive to the Cape & Cheese and Bacon Pie [Rock Hopper]

       So Dad was always the one the pack the car then drive all the way to the Cape. When we lived in Parkersberg, W.Va it would take us about 10 to 11 hours to drive. I always remember we would leave late at night, and Mom would get me in my PJs and put me in the back seat with a pillow, blanket and stuff animal. I would fall asleep and away we would go. Mom would get as much sleep as she could as once we got to the cottage she would be cleaning, unpacking, putting things away. But Mom never drove any of the way, Dad always did the diving. Even after we moved to Marion, Ohio and the time went to about 13 to 14 hours. There where a few years that we would leave early afternoon and stop part way into the trip then get up and drive the rest of the way. The only problem was by the time we got into the room and settled everyone down, Dad would only get a few hours of restless sleep and they discovered it was not worth the hassle or the extra money they paid that we could use on the Cape instead. So we only did that a couple of years and quickly that faded away. But Dad did not mind driving, and we got there a lot earlier without the extra expense. 

      Funny how over the number of years that I have been going with our family that it has been similar. We would put the kids in their PJs and drive though the night to get to the Cape bright and early the day of our appointed arrival. We never did have a lot of money to spend Only in the last couple of years without the kids (kids? they are both grown adults now), have we driven part way, stopped to see my niece and her kids in Philly, then finished the drive after a two day visit. I have done most of the driving both going to and coming home from the Cape. The only part that I would give up driving, unlike my father, was coming home, we would normally hit Pennsylvania in the middle of the night and at about 2 or 3 am, the Pocono mountains, and I would hit my proverbial wall. At that time I would let the wife take over driving, it just so happened that most of the times I did this, it was foggier than all get out. So the joke is now that I can not drive in the fog and would always need her to drive that stretch of route 80. I have always been grateful for her doing that, even though I am sure I never told her. 
      Well with a soon impending move, I guess I will not have to worry about a long drive anymore. But on those times that I come back west I will be reminded of those long drives first with my family and my Dad at the wheel and all those long hours he drove, than the years after that my family and I drove to get to the Cape. I will never forget them, the good ones, the bad ones, and the wicked weather ones. But in each situation, it is a memory of getting to the Cape or having to leave and come home. Sometimes the trip is half the remembrance, how you got there, in what you came in, and how long it took you. Did you make multiple stops to see relatives or did you drive straight through. It is amazing all the memories we have about the Cape. So what ones do you have, how did you get there, was it a long trip, a short trip, part of multi-visit trip or just straight through. Where you able to go many times throughout the summer or year or was it a one time trip each year. Sometimes we take fore granted these small details to what makes coming and going to the Cape so great. 
      So if someone would please check the oil levels in the light house lamp and be sure it is burning bright so as we and others travel, we have a clear light to follow. And for me to find my way home on old Cape Cod.     
      Well it's another bonus week. This week will not be the most diet friendly recipe but it is different and you don't eat this every day so it is a fun please to have and enjoy. And I can pretty much guess the kids will love it as well. So have this once every now and then and enjoy every bit. This comes from a private preschool appreciation pamphlet cookbook that some of the Mom's put together back some 8-10 years ago. So this one if from one of the teachers who has been there through both of my kids. She is a wonderful person, thank you Miss Katie. 
      So now is the time to get on with the show. 
      This week's recipe: Cheese & Bacon Pie
 
  •       1/2      lb.      Bacon, crisply fried
  •        1        large   onion, chopped
  •        2                  eggs, beaten
  •        1        Tbsp   flour
  •       1/2      tsp.     salt
  •        1        cup     milk
  •        2        cups   shredded cheese
  •                  pinch  of pepper 
  •        1        9 in     unbaked pie shell
 
      Drain bacon on paper towel. Pour off all fat in the pat except 2 tablespoons. Use to simmer the onion in for about 5 minutes. Beat eggs. Add flour, salt and pepper to eggs; beat in milk. Stir in the cheese. Crumble the bacon then stir into mixture. Add onion and stir. Pour into pie shell. Bake at 450 for 10 minutes. Reduce oven temperature to 350 and bake for 20 additional minutes. Remove from oven and let stand for 10 minutes. Serve warm. 

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