Seeing the vacationers and tourist coming onto the Cape takes me back to my early days with my family. For some reason some things never change. In my youthful days we all had the big station wagons. Any family with more than one kid and came from anyplace other than a big city had one. All the big makers had them, Oldsmobile, Ford, Plymouth, Chrysler, Mercery, and a few others. These behemoths of the old world were comparable to todays family SUV. Dad used to pack the inside of the back end of the wagon to it's maximum stuffage, leaving a small alley for him to see out to the back with his rear view mirror. Over the years we also used to put the bikes either on the roof or we got a bike carrier to put on the back of the wagon. We looked like a traveling side act to a circus freak show of the day, (Today that would be considered so politically incorrect, to heck with political correctness if you ask me), or a traveling band of Gypsies, (no bad ills meant here). But seriously, sometimes I think we packed everything we had including the kitchen sink. Ok so not the kitchen sink, but everything else in the kitchen. You need to remember, my Dad was a pastor, we had not money, literally, and only by the good graces of someone, did we get this kind of vacation and did not have extra to go out to eat. So we really did pack it all.
The funny thing to all this was that we were not the worst or the worst. To that end you need to look at those who would pack the inside of their wagon or Wagoneer to the roof, then pack the roof with an extra storage container or better yet, just pile the stuff on, throw a tarp over the top and tie that baby down. Now put a pop up pull behind or if you's really fancy and had a little bit of money a Silver Twinkie with the bikes either on the back of the wagon, or the pull behind or on top of either, or better yet both. The funny thing to all this is, it just wasn't us, it was everyone, and unless you had real money or Grandma & Grandpa already had a place here on the Cape and had someplace to keep all the extras year round you had no other choice but to do it. We were fancy folk in that we got to stay in a cottage with indoor pluming and an inclosed shower. I remember many in the back that were still real campers, tent like folks that pitched it or even two or three small ones. But they had to use the public bath house for all their personal needs, and heaven help if was a rainy week. We were even more privileged to be here on the Cape for the full month of August.
Today, there is nothing new to this only it is the the SUV ad MiniVan that are used as the modes of transportation. You still have the occasional pop up, but not as many today as there were in the 60s, 70's and 80's and today you are seeing more class A motorhomes, or should we say motoryatchs or landyatchs. But I am still seeing those roll over the bridge pulling the extra trailer loaded with heaven only knows what. Since you are already bringing the full house along with the kitchen what the heck else is there to tow behind one of them things, and I ain't talkin bout no spare vehicle. Sorry every now and then the few years I spent in West Virginia slips out. But seriously folks what else does one need or should we say how much more stuff does one need to haul with them. My theory is the less the better, and I mean the less. If you get there and you forgot it, go buy a travel size and through it out before you travel home.
But really, what is it all about? Getting to come to Cape Cod for a vacation a week or if special a couple of weeks and to forget where you came from. Time to put the rat race behind you and let time slow down or stop for a bit so you can collect yourself and unwind from your ever day grool and drool. Some time for kids to be kids and let them learn first hand of history and about the sea and sand and stars without a book telling them but them seeing and feeling and experiencing. So get here how you can, don't worry how it looks, we all have been there one time or another. Pack up the significant other the 2.5 kids, the dog and everything but the kitchen sink, or that too if it is all you can afford and get here. Let it go and just let it be. I will hope that you get the week that has perfect weather and great beach times. And may your mind be put to ease and your body to relaxation. And may you and yours make many memories that will be positive for a lifetime.
Now I'll go check on ye ole Lighthouse and be sure the tank is full of oil, we don't want that light burning out, will polish up the lens and trim the wick. Just watch for the beacon to come around and follow her to the big ditch and find one of cross overs if you can't find the tunnel entrance. Be safe, be polite and be happy. We will hope to see you all, before this summer is over. Until them, have a most blessed Happy, Happy every day, especially if you can do it on Old Cape Cod.
This weeks recipe is back to the good old Baptist collection, were sunny summer Sunday afternoon all church picnics and Wednesday night winter prayer meeting pot lucks are or were the thing. Doesn't matter if the denomination, American Baptist, Southern Baptist, Independent Baptist, Freewill Baptist, Pentecostal Baptist, and even the ones with names, well that would seem to rattle on for ever. But if there is one thing we Baptist can all agree on is eating, we all figure if God gave it, then we must consume it. Now this is not to say the Methodist, Lutheran and Episcopalians can't put out a great feast, but for some reason it just seems that Baptist in a whole have perfected the ritual of, well lets just face it, gluttony at times, but what makes it worse is it is just all good eats, (not to steal someone else's thunder.) So with all that bub-ba-ba-loo behind us let's get to the matter at hand, the recipe. I had to go with something seasonal and since strawberries are in season I thought this would be a great way to celebrate, and it is a great recipe all summer long and more. So without any further interruptions:
This week's recipe: Strawberry Jello Deluxe
1 box wild strawberry jello - (6 oz box)
1 cup boiling water
1 can crushed pineapple - (small can)
1 pkg frozen strawberries (yes you can go fresh)
2 small bananas sliced (firm not mushy)
1/2 cup nuts (your choice but walnuts seem to do best)
1/2 tub Cool Whip (4 oz out of an 8 oz tub)
Dissolve jello in 1 cup boiling water. Drain berries, pineapple and add cold water to make 2 cups. ( if you get the light syrup pineapple I know many folks that use the juice instead of draining it off.) Add the dissolved jello to the fruit mixture. Place berries and pineapple in an 8 X 8 container. Pour the jello mixture over this and mix well. When slightly set (this can be one by putting in refrigerator for about 10 minutes or so) add sliced bananas. Let set until almost thickened. Sprinkle in coarsely chopped nuts and fold in Cool Whip. Place in refrigerator and let set until firm. You can cut and serve or scoop and serve.
Tips: wait until ready to add banana to slice or they will turn brown. And letting jello set, if doing in refrigerator be sure not to forget or it will totally set and you will not be able to add the bananas or nuts and get them to mix evenly.) It really is not as hard as it seems and goes together in in just about 20-30 minutes then time after to let set.