Cape Life and Holiday Prep & Carmelitas

      This past week, we did the turnip festival, just when you think you knew it all about turnips, then comes along the Eastham Turnip Festival, sporting the famous Eastham Turnip. I am not sure I have see so much turnip stuff in all my life. But I will say it was fun and it was educational and interesting. So hats off to all the organizers for putting on a fun afternoon. 

      Also this past weekend was the Oyster give away in Dennis, helping to raise food for the panty. In the midst of the drizzle and rain we faithful shellfish licensed folk brought the canned goods for the search of some good oysters. Word has it some not so sporting folk helped themselves to some of the bi-values before their time and without helping out, shame on them. But even with some of the Debbie downers all who came seemed to have a good time and some of us who came back later on and got our share were able to help out with some who did not that came earlier. And tonight I got to enjoy them along with a wonderful Pom mix with a little pom liquor, vodka and pom juice mixture, yum yum. 
      This holiday weekend will be fun, fun, fun with our daughter coming to be with us, a great turkey dinner and trimming the Christmas trees. Yes I said trees, I put up two right now, and am looking to get a third tree. I put one up in the family or TV room, one in the living room and the third will go up in the guest room. I love to decorate for Christmas, and to put things up. The only problem is this year I have got to find a place to put all my canvases both painted and unpainted, so that I have access to them but so they are out of the way. I have finish my Christmas cards, it is the first time in about 10 years that I have made them and am only doing 24 this year. I hand stamped each one then hand colored each one so that no two are alike. It will be fun sending and giving them out again and sharing some Cape Cod Spirit and sand with each one. 
      Well I have a lot of getting to get done, need to make my stuffing, get the brussel sprouts ready, fixing the squash and make sure the turkey is thawed. The wife is doing the pie and doing a few other things. We have really cut back on a lot of the extras this year since there is only a few of us but we make sure we have plenty of left overs for several turkey dinners and some to send home with our daughter. The only sad part about this year is this will be the first Thanksgiving without our son and his wife as they are in Florida and will be celebrating with his Aunt and Uncle. 
      May you have a very happy time together with family and remember this is a time for giving thanks and being thankful, for this great nation we live in. Don't loose sight of that in all the commercialism that will transpire in the coming days. Have a great and wonderful and see you next week.    
      So this weeks business report is Ardeo Mediterranean Grill now located at 2671 Main St, Brewster, Ma. We did the Sunday brunch buffet that was 19.95 with 3.00 Mimosas and Bloody Marys, that runs from 10 till 2. The food was outstanding, the roast beef was done well, the omelets are done to order in front of you, And the drinks are well made. and the cheesecake bites for desert were outstanding. So if you have not tried Ardeo's for a while or wondered where they moved to, now you know and know you need to check them out. I think you will be pleasantly pleased without busting the budget.   
      Well it is about that time, need to go make the rounds, check the oil tanks, go climb the stairs to the lamb room and clean the lens and trim the wick and make sure that all is in good order as I think we are going to start putting us the Christmas decorations around the decking, and maybe even hang the wreath, and definitely add some colored lights for some added show. I know the kids like it so I guess we will keep doing it. then down and out and around the property making sure all is clean up and put away and locked down. And make sure that the dory is in her place with easy access if she is needed to be called into action. Well have a great evening and great holiday, and hope you gave a great and wonderful especially if you can do it right here on old Cape Cod. 
      This weeks recipe is another bar cookie that is just plain fun and so easy to make. And around the holiday time with office parties, social gatherings, church Christmas parties or even a Hanukkah gathering this recipe is a good one to bring. So gather the kids or invite the sister over or even that brother you have been wanting to show off your baking skills to, this is an easy recipe that is very fun to make and even funnier to eat. Us this recipe or google it, Pinterest it, look it up in a cookbook, you will find the same recipe over and over with very little change. So take your pic, of which one you want but give it a try and enjoy every bit. Now on with the show.  
 
      This week's recipe: Carmelitas
 
  •      32      pieces   caramel squares, unwrapped
  •     1/2      cup       heavy cream
  •     3/4      cup       butter, melted
  •     3/4      cup       brown sugar, packed
  •       1       cup       flour
  •       1       cup       rolled oats
  •       1       tsp        baking soda
  •       6       oz         semisweet chocolate chips

      In a small sauce pan combine caramels and cream and melt and blend over low heat stirring until completely smooth, set aside. In a separate bowl, combine melted butter, brown sugar, flour, oats, and baking soda. Put half of the oatmeal mixture into the bottom of an 8x8" pan and pat down. Bake at 350 degrees for 10 minutes. Remove pan from oven and sprinkle chocolate chips over crust. Pour caramel mixture over chocolate chips. Crumble remaining oatmeal mixture over caramel. Return to oven and bake an additional 15-20 minutes, until the edges are lightly browned. Remove from oven and cool completely before cutting.

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