Craft and Art Shows & Special Potato Salad

      One thing about the Cape I love in the summer are the craft and art shows and the summer is now officially on as the shows are now going on from now through Labor Day. The only problem I have with all these shows is there are too many with too many fun things and me living on the cape with not enough money to get all I want or think I need. Or better getting to one of these shows and finding everything I did not know I needed until I got there and started looking at all the booths. Last year it was the Greek Olive place. Now it was bad enough that the female type person in my house fell in love with these items but the adult children that she blames on me to help bring them into this world found that they loved them as well. So what happens is I buy them to enjoy, these kids of mine come and visit me here at the home on the Cape, next thing I know, I have no olives, no dipping oil and no vinegar. And on top of it come Christmas I hear someone ordering extra not for me or us but for the kids who are not living under my roof anymore. This year it has already started with the salsa, and before I knew it last weekend I had bought 5 jars of this wonderful stuff only to see 1 jar head back to Ohio and another scarfed up by that female occupying my abode. Sure she says I can share it, until she opens it and before I know it, it's gone. And discovering this stuff at the beginning of the season is not good as I know he is going to be at most of the shows that I want to visit. And the guy out of Alabama with the mats and coasters, and mouse pads, these things are way cool in design and many are so Cape theme related, seriously I could go broke with things he has for my house. And this is just the first show.
      Oh brother, and to think I still need to replace the roof, siding, gutters, insulation and could really do a new HVAC system, not so say anything about the original kitchen and bath so need replaced. I watch these home buying shows and laugh at all the "must haves" and look at my house, these people would not survive a week, but all I have is in working condition, keeps me dry and is a place to work, it's just a little out dated, as in original 1971 dated, with meadow gold bathroom, yes sink, hopper and shower/tub. LOL, at least it is not pink and the kitchen is not avocado green. But it would be nice and someday it will happen, but until I will make due and make it work.
But back to the original problem all these wonderful shows and so much that I could either enjoy eating or use in my house. You see the problem? For some reason there are those that don't take kindly to me printing my own currency, and I am not the government so I can not just spend and tax someone else to cover my debt, and for some reason if I charge it, the credit card folks want their money back. When I used to vacation here, we used to save up our money and bring extra to spend while we where here. But as a local we don't have the extra cause we still have bills to pay, a mortgage that is due every month, food, cause I like to eat and gas for my vehicle to make it to those art and craft shows. Oh well maybe someday I will find some disposable cash, but until then, I will just have to ration when I go and how often I go and be very wise to what I spend. What about you, anyone else find themselves in this problem, if not you are very bless and I say just be wise with what you have, if you are in the same boat, be wise, with what you have and be smart. It is good to get some things but don't be foolish. There will be many more opportunities throughout this year to find that thing you did not know you could not live without.
      OK well enough for now, go find a craft or art show this weekend and just enjoy it. Oh ya, I did not even go into the Farmers Markets but that is everyday eats so I can justify those, ya, right? Ok, it's time for me to go check on the lighthouse, fill the tank with oil, trim the wick and clean the lens. We still have a lot that need to see that beacon of hope to find their way here for the R-n-R.
      Business report this week: Remember the artist shanty's in Hyannis across from the harbor, there are a few that are there for the full season and the rest rotate., The Spice Merchant in Mashpee Commons is also as good place to check out with some of the best selection of spices and herbs and teas you can find on the Cape in smaller quantities, I say buy small and buy often. Spices and herb do not last forever, and with their turn over you are pretty much guaranteed fresher products than any mass grocery store. For your pups and paws friends if you are in the Chatham area check out the Chatham Beach Dog, at the east end of Main street. There are some really cool shops down that end of the street, so dont give up until you get to the lighthouse. Please be sure to check all these places out and go back and catch up on some of my past small biz, reports and please let them know you read about them on CapeCodToday.com blog chowder's CapeCod Rockhopper's blog.
      This week's recipe is back to a potato recipe and what more summery than Potato Salad. But we all have the standard potato salad or the Hot German potato salad, but this one is just a bit different so I thought this would work as a good change. As I like, all ingredients are normal everyday things that you would have in the kitchen this time of year. But check the list before you start as usual so your not in the middle and have to make a last minute run while your potatoes are boiling away. Give this recipe a try I think you will be pleasantly surprised with the change, enough of the old to be comforting and a splash of new to give it a refreshing lift. Oh by the way this does make a mess of salad for a nice size group. Now before I start eating the pages, on with the recipe:

      This week's recipe: Special Potato Salad

  •       1      large         cucumber
  •       1      bunch       green onions
  •       3      large         tomatoes
  •       5      pounds     potatoes, cooked
  •       8      ounces      carton sour cream
  •       2      cups          mayo or salad dressing
  •                                 hard boiled eggs
  •                                  paprika

      Boil potatoes and cut up into large bowl. Peel and dice cucumber. Slice onions (including green part) and tomatoes and mix these three ingredients with potatoes. In separate bowl mix xour cream and mayonnaise or salad dressing together and then add mixture to potato mixture. Arrange hard boiled egg slices on top and sprinkle with paprika. Chill well before serving.       

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