Cape Living and Heat Memory & 7-Layer Bar Cookies

       So this has been an interesting week in my house. Over the weekend we discovered the dreaded sugar ant or should I say ants that decided to invade my pantry. There are only a few things that really creep me out, and bugs in and around food is a major one. With having a pouch, that is where they first attached, was around his treats, so we took all that out, cleaned out, cleaned up, put everything in zip lock bags, and I even sprayed again with the bad stuff to get them gone. After that and the clorox bleach cleaner had dried I put down cloves to help deter. One problem they only moved from one side of the kitchen to the other, the pantry, I opened up to find them everywhere, and in everything. So we had to do to the closet clean, all sugar, flour and other not so tightly closed items got pitched. Then as I pulled each item out clean it, wipe it, and set it off to the side. Next go back and spray down all the shelves with clorox bleach cleaner, then sprayed around every shelf and floor and wall, both inside and outside the closet wall both in the garage and outside. Next we got the borax ant traps and set them on each and every shelf and some then waited and let the stuff do it's business for about 36 hours. Monday I put a few of the canned goods back in and on Tuesday evening I put everything back in going back over what I had and putting some things in bags that I had not thought of previously. Anything airtight or tight sealed to keep them buggers out. Now that I was totally grossed, out my wife told me of someone she knows in Florida and they are dealing with small snakes in and around the house. So far in the last week they have found 4 and believe they may have a next somewhere. Hum, snakes or ants, think I will deal with the ants, they can keep their slithery friends right down there. 

      Well the heat with my back issues have slowed me down a little but seeing the change back into the low 80s and even 70s are much more conducive to working on my canvases and for going to the beach after work or taking a weekend hike in a local nature preserve. And now that my outdoor shower has been fixed by a friend of mine, (thank you so much D&B O) I can enjoy doing the outside shower thing again. Yaa. 
      Just a quick look-back at past years, I have to say that over time I have only see the Cape top off in the mid to upper 90s maybe once or twice. Not so much like year one, 1965 when it rained most of the month of August, or the first year of our marriage 1982 when both years were damp and dreary. But there was a hear in the 70s that I remember Mom and Dad talking about all the young parents taking their kids out for walks and stroller pushes at 11 and 12 at night. Thank heavens this is not the case on this round. But when working in a home office with no central air conditioning can get pretty close with the the spouse not far from you at all time. The cottage as most cottages did not have A/C either but with being only a few hundred yards from the water there was alway a breeze blowing off the water. Once you get back inland a bit the breeze does not blow as much. So even when the temperatures are up, the sea breeze was always there as a kid. If I remember right that summer back in the 70s lasted for about 5 or 6 days but it was brutal and I think there were even brown outs all up and down the easter coastline. But today we still have electricity, the room A/C unit helps to cool off the bedroom for sleeping and hopefully by the time this blog goes live it will have cooled off a bit. This is harder on kids and pets, even though us adults like to complain a lot about it, but I will take the long term creature comforts of today than even the lack of things back in the 70s, or even back in the dark ages of the 30s and 40s, Laugh,laugh. Ok hope you have a great memory of when the lights went out on the Cape and in New England last. Then be thankful for so much more that we have today. Yaaa.     
      Craft Show and business report from this past weekend, July 18 -19 from Hyannis and next weekend will be another so need to get the report out quickly. As you know my first up front are my Cape Cod based crafter's and artisans, then Massachusetts, and finally beyond. If you are looking to do a little outside plant hanging and decorating and need a Cape Cod themed hanger, well Cape Cod Plant Hanger is what you are looking for. These are found at a local craft show or on Etsy and some local stores. These can make a wonderful addition to your deck or alcove when you want to hang plants wind chimes or feeders. Very nice item to dress up your cottage or summer home here on the Cape or to take away and dress up your home off the Cape. 
      The catch of the day for us was a crafter by the name Anchor & Helm  Handbags. Their website is not up yet but they do more than handbags, like pillows and zipper pouches and canvas organizers and more. Keep and eye out for these Cape Cod centered crafters looking to grow there new business right here from the heart of the Cape.
      Next we have the Massachusetts contenders. My favorite was Etched Roots from Dudley Ma, an artist/visionary doing scratchings/etchings on wood. These are a unique artsy things that I as an artist myself find interesting and would love to have some in my home. They are in all sizes and are a really fun thing to have in the house, great conversation piece. Find them on Etsy, face book or http://etchedroots.weebly.com. Another fun crafter is Squirrel-Eze, can you guess this was a wife favorite, it was jewelry and if she likes that is good enough to get into the blog. Did I say she REALLLLY likes this stuff. Find at shows or at www.squirreleze.com. Enough said on that one, LOL. Sorry guys but we have another jeweler, RLRCustomglass.com. This stuff sparkles and glitters and, well, makes the ladies eyes dance. This stuff is not only good looking it is good for every day wearing. What good is jewelry if she is only going to wear it once in a while. They want every day wear and play stuff that looks nice, this is itl check them out at the shows or atwww.rlrcustomglass.com.
      So with those I will draw it to a close, please check out the festivals and craft shows around the Cape not only today or through the week but the big weekend evens. These are where you are going to get the best bang for your time with crafters. So get out there and spread some green, get to know these folks and take some of theirs goodies home with you. 
      Just a note about my own work that I posted a few weeks ago, please contact CapeCodToday.com and they will pass on your information to me, or message me on Pinterest under Stephen Gimmi, and Facebook I will be adding a new account soon dedicated to my artwork so stay tuned for that. Just a thought about my Mariners Compasses, I would be willing to do them in school colors if you are interested for yourself or as a gift. As soon as I have the facebook page up I will post sizes and prices. Ok that is it for the business report. 
      Well the time has come to sing of songs and tell of tails of midnight skies of the northern lights, and of sea captains and journeys only seen or pursued by the flash of the beacon of the lighthouse beacon and the crew who keeps her company. Well, it used to be in the days, but for now, it's just me a a few others up and down the coast keeping the watch, and it's my time to make the rounds, check on the levels of her oil tanks then climb her stairs to give the old gal a lens cleaning beyond no other, and trim up the wick so the flame is a clean and bright burn. I've said it before, the beacon is like insurance, you pray you never need her, but if you do you pray that she is at her best. So have a great visit, hope you are surviving the fluctuation in temperatures and may your time here on the Cape be enjoyable and relaxing, both to you visitors and to my year round friends. And until next time,,    
      This week's recipe is another fun filled dessert that is good just about any time of the year. Ok so anything with chocolate may get a little runny or soft when it is 90 degrees outside and humidity to match.  But can you really ever say no to chocolate, ok I'm the exception when it comes to pies, yes even over a chocolate cream or chocolate banana cream pie, and especially a good fruit pie. But chocolate is not far behind and any kind of cookie / cookie bar type dessert. So pick you day, your month for your area of the country or even world and enjoy this wonderful treat that is bound to please just about anyone willing to sink there teeth into it. Oh by the way, you may also know these by the name of Magic bars, and yes you can find this in many recipe books, including on some cans of Eagle Brand Condensed milk. So I take no credit and give no credit, as there are too many alike out there to commit to one specific sight or book. Now on with the show.
 
      This week's recipe: 7-Layer Bar Cookies
 
      
  • 10       Tbsp      salted butter, melted
  • 1 1/2   cup         graham cracker crumbs
  • 1         cup         chocolate chips
  •    1/2   cup         white chocolate chips
  •    1/2   cup         butterscotch chips
  • 1         can          sweetened condensed milk 14 oz can
  • 1 1/4    cup         sweetened coconut
 
      PreHeat oven to 350. In a medium sized bowl combine graham cracker crumbs and butter with a fork. Then press crumbs into a greased 9 x13 pan. Next layer chips and then pour the sweetened condensed milk over top. Sprinkle with coconut and then bake for 25 minutes or until lightly browned. 

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