More Cape Life & Calico Beans

      As you know I like to mention good shopping places on the Cape, I may have mentioned them before but worth mentioning again. The Cape Cod T Shirt on Rt 28 in West Yarmouth in between Christmas Tree Shop and Luke's Liquor. Good people, good products and really good prices. Thanks for all your help over the X number of times I have been there this summer. Next shout out is the Brax, I finally got back now that it is past Labor day, and again, for my money I can not get a better Sunday Brunch on the Cape. What this guy does for the cost is by far second to no one. My Dad and his wife were there last Friday and came away raving about the food and what they got. So it is not just a Sunday place to meet but an every day affair.
      I remember this time last year I was just settling in, getting use to the change of the seasons and the change in time that everything closes. The skies get dark about 50 minutes sooner than back in Ohio, and the temperatures cool off just a big earlier in the season. But the change from the big city to the Cape has been so well worth it, a more relaxed atmosphere, not as heck tick and not as overwhelming. Yes the Cape offers it's own unique challenges but overall I can not complain,, ok too much, don't we always find something not matter how good it is to complain about something, shame on us. Anyway I am still amazed at the difference between vacationing here in the fall and living here. My main challenge is to remember I am not on vacation, and I don't have to spend every weekend spending money like I'm vacation, most importantly I can't afford it. But the other thing is that I am here, I can check out places year round. I don't need to cram everything into one weekend. So I sit on my deck this week and only go to one place, Next week I can do another, and so on.
      Speaking of this coming weekend the Harwich Cranberry Festival Arts and Crafts show is going on. Check this one out, it is a wonderful gathering of folks and goodies. And bring your wallet, way to many things you will want to get, both for now and to put away as Christmas gifts. Then the following weekend September 20 through the 22, the Bourne 44th annual Scollop Festival. And since we are on a roll lets mark the calendars for the 13th annual Wellfeet Oyster Fester October 19 & 20, can we say YUM any louder.
      Just because the sun is setting earlier and the air is a little cooler, the Cape still has much to offer. For those of us who are year rounders, don't become hermits, get out and enjoy, a walk in Nickerson State Park, a walk on Crosby Beach, a visit to Nobska Light or Highland Light. What about a bike ride on one of the rail trails, or hike around a cranberry bog. You, We, I don't need to spend money to enjoy the Cape. I know I'm sounding like a broken record here, but sometimes we get so caught up in our daily routines, our jobs, our having to earn a living to live here that we forget to live. I hope that along this journey of me moving here I can inspire a few more of you to get our of your hobbit homes and enjoy why you are here in the first or second place. It is also a reminder to me that I can do without spending. And to you off Capers, may this be an encouragement that you can come and enjoy the Cape without spending a boat load of money. Besides off season things really do get less expensive.
      Have I rambled enough, I think so, but understand that part of this is because I enjoy being here, I really can not say how at peace I am with myself and my maker for allowing me the opportunity to be a part of this place we call Cape Cod. I hope that some of you out there can understand this and maybe find some inspiration in all this. Well, I'll go check the oil in the lighthouse, clean the lens spotless and trim the wick. I know there is someone who needs that beacon of encouragement just like I did for so many years. Until we meet again, remember to smile to all that cross your path, yours may be the only smile they see all day. Have a great and wonderful, especially if you can do it on beautiful Cape Cod.
      I love church cookbooks, so I am back to one of my favorites to get this weeks recipe. A dear lady who use to teach in the church's preschool and just would do anything needed to for the kids and her church. I can remember her bringing her pot luck dishes to the church dinners and hers was always one of the first to be gone. Thank you Mrs Dorothy S. for all the wonderful memories and for your dedication in service. May your table never be in need for all you have done for others throughout the years. Hope you enjoy this recipe, oh ya this one serves about 12-15 so either make sure you have a small army you are feeding or cut it down in size, you can go about halves on this one and it will still be good. Oh ya this recipe has limas in it, I am not a big fan of limas, but in this dish for some reason, you done really know their limas, just don't tell the kids and they will love it. Now on with the show.

      This week's recipe: Calico Beans

  •       1/4      pd      bacon, diced
  •           1      pd      hamburger
  •       1/2      cup    chopped onion
  •       1/2      cup    brown sugar
  •       1/2      cup    catsup
  •       1/2      tbls    vinegar
  •           1      tbls    prepared mustard
  •           1      tsp     salt
  •           1      can    lima beans (20 oz)
  •           1      can    kidney beans (15 oz)
  •           1      can    pork and beans (31 oz)

      Brown bacon and drain. Brown the hamburger and onion. Drain. Stir in sugar, catsup, vinegar, mustard, and salt. Drain a little juice from each can of beans. Mix the beans and meat in large casserole dish. Bake uncovered 1-1/2 to 2 hrs at 300 degrees  

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