Travel Tips the Outer Cape & Cherry Cheesecake Bars

      This week is more touristy tip types of things with places you might want to check out with places to go, and things to do and people to see. And yes I think sometimes we year rounders need to be reminded of these fun places as well. So if you think I am repeating myself, I am sorry but some of these places are worthy or repeating and some have updated their places and are offering additional stuff. So take it as a hint that you need to get out and check these places out. 
      Starting out and up, You will want to start your trip out by checking out P'Town. Take the the morning to go visit the shops and walk the streets and visit history. P'town is like no other and it would be a shame to come all this way and not check it out, yes it would be great to do a whale watching tour but you don't need to do it this time if you don't have the funds but there is so much more to do. Then when you get done there you will want to come south just a bit. What can we say about Truro Vineyards Winery, they have lots of new things in the shop this year so just cause you went last year, don't count them out for this year. Also they now have the Shack set up serving all your favorite libations that the the Winery and South Hollow Spirits. These go along great with something from the Blackfish CrushPad Grill right on the premises, but do remember the Shack and the Blackfish only take cash so come prepared, you wont be disappointed. When you get done at the winery, continuing south you will want to stop off at the Cape Cod Lighthouse or the Highland Light. This is a fantastic place for the whole family to visit and the view from the lamp room is unbelievable if it is a clear day. Take the time on the way down to stop off in Truro and do some shop hopping. This is a super quaint New England fishing town, that is a wonderful place to just get to know the real Cape Cod, if you miss Truro, check out Wellfleet. Coming further south are two great places that are need to be checked out, if you are a bird watcher and nature lover there is the Wellfleet Audubon, the admission is only $5 while kids and seniors get in for $3. But lets not forget the Marconi National SeaShore center, this place is free. This is a great place to visit but warning, the weekend will be crowded. 
      If you have any time left in the day of your way back to towards Orleans take some time to stop in Eastham. Take some pictures at the park with the old windmill and check out some of the shops in and around the way, then either catch a bit to eat along the way or once you back to Orleans. Or if you have already fill up at one of the many places along the way, when you get to the Orleans Rotary go around to the 6A/28 offshoot and just past the light on the right is the Local Scoop. This would be a fun and great way to put a cap on the evening on the Cape with some wonderful frozen delights, for kids of all ages from 3 to 103. 
      Well I hope this gives you some ideas for your next trip or a few reminders of those of you in the mid Cape to upper Cape that there is more to the Cape than Sandwich, Falmouth or Hyannis, LOL. So this summer, get out there is so much more than this, but I am doing this to spark your thinking, to get you kick started doing some research on places available to check out. Those that may cost a few or more bucks to do to some places that are totally free. You don't have to be rich to enjoy the Cape, and you don't have to spend a fortune to have a good time. Over the years to many years I spent way to much that I had no business spending and nearly cost my family and myself major financial damage just because I thought I had to spend like all the money people. They don't have to know, and you can relax and enjoy yourself and so can your spouse or significant other. I hope you have a wonderful time here on Cape Cod and visit us so you want to come back and visit us again. We will have the welcome mat out for you.       
      This week's business report comes from the Lemon Tree Center on 6A in Brewster. We made a visit this weekend when the art show of By the Bay Fine Arts and Craft Show was there. You will want to check out there schedule at http://bythebayshows.com/calendar.html. These are great smaller shows with a variety of artists and crafters, and you can get some really good stuff for a good price and you are supporting mostly local artisans, and the few that are not on Cape are from not far off Cape. 
      While we were there I took notice of a new shop in the Lemon Tree Group of stores on the second floor, the Red River Frame Shop and Gallery. If you have recently purchased a new piece of artwork and need it framed or have an old piece that needs updating, this is the place to go. I am not sure that I have as many different styles and selections of frames anywhere on the Cape. He has old school traditional to new school modern to Cape Cod traditional. (Yup there is such a thing.) Gil Sutcliffe is the owner and you will find him in the shop every day ready to help you with your framing needs. He also sports a small gallery of local artists but a nice selection, so you don't have to have a framing need to go visit this new shop. He took over the floor space of all times February of 2015 so go welcome him and check him out and then give him some supporting business if you can. 
      The other shop is directly below the frame shop called Woodworks Gallery. These folks run a great store specializing in items made of wood. From indoor furniture to deck and porch furniture to kitchen items, games, jewelry boxes, gift items and more. They have many Cape items as well as items from all over the place and they can custom order items if you have a need for something they don't have in the store. If you were in last year, great but don't pass them up this year as they have updated many things and have items they did not last year. So get back there and pay them a visit. These guys have been around for a while now and are part of the year round Cape scene, and are here supporting the local area. So make that trip to the Lemon Tree Shops and go back and check this place out, for the first time or the tenth time, and walk away with something unique. 
      Well the clock on the wall is telling me it is time to get moving, make my rounds of the ground and of the old gal herself the lighthouse. As we all know by now, got to check the tanks and be sure it is filled to the bring with oil, next time to take the trek up the winding staircase to the lantern room and give the lens a good cleaning and finally trim the wick. She needs to be at here very best with all the visitors and tourists that are expected to be here over the next couple of months as we all pray she is in tip top shape if we need but hope we never do. So until next time have a great and wonderful especially if you can do it right here on old Cape Cod and we will keep the light on for you. See you soon.      
      This week is back to the fun stuff of eats, dessert and what better than a wicked good cheesecake recipe. Again I have found this recipe on a web search on Pinterest, and in some of reference material. Who originally came up with I don't know, not sure that I care but I will advise this recipe will can be found on either a google search or Pinterest so if you find in some other place please don't quibble that I am stealing recipes, I do not claim these as my own, only that I found it and am sharing something extra yummy. When I can be specific to an origin of a recipe I will give it all the credit, but if I find it in more than one place I just give general info and tell you to check yourself, but I do not take any credit for coming up with idea. Now that that is out of the way, I'm hungry and I want something cheesecakey, so let's get on with the show, give this bad boy a try and then enjoy sweet deliciousness that are just waiting to be gobbled up. 
 
      This week's recipe: Cherry Cheesecake Bars
 
      
  • 1      pouch      sugar cookie mix (17.5 oz size)
  • 1/3   cup          butter melted
  • 2      Tbsp        all-purpose flour
  • 1                      egg
  • 2      pkgs        cream cheese, softened (8 oz size X 2)
  • 3/4   cup          sugar
  • 1      tsp           vanilla (use the real stuff)
  • 2                      eggs
  • 1      cup          cherry pie filling
      Pre-heat oven to 350°F. Spray 8x8 pan (if you want thicker or 9 x 13 pan for thinner bars) with cooking spray. In medium bowl, stir cookie mix, butter, flour and 1 egg until soft dough forms. Press evenly into pan. Next in large bowl, beat cream cheese, sugar, vanilla and 2 eggs with electric mixer on medium speed until smooth. Spread evenly over crust in pan. Drop spoonfuls of the cherry pie filling onto the cheesecake mixture. Use knife or skewer to pull pie filling from side to side through cream cheese mixture to create swirls. Bake 25 to 30 minutes or until filling is set (you still want it to wiggle in the middle slightly). Refrigerate until chilled, about 2 hours, then cut into bars. Store covered in refrigerator. (some recipes use cherry preserves, I like having actual cherries from the pie filling in mine, also you can modify the crust to either graham cracker or go bold and use a chocolate cookie mix.)  
 

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