A Quiet Week & Spinach Dena

       This has been a quiet week, staying indoors and not finding the need to get out, as out and about sometimes gets us in trouble spending money I really don't have to spend. Instead I spend this past week in the house working on paintings and looking forward to upcoming shows this summer. Over the years the family has come to love going to all the arts and crafts festivals and fairs. First most are free to go to, you get to meet a lot of neat local people and usually you walk away with something delicious, or something that someone can either use or wear. If you are planning on a get away, a vacation of any kind to the Cape this summer, check out in our own CapeCodToday.com calendar of events. Get the Best Read Guide and check out the events that are happening in all the towns and then go, go, go. You can do the shows in the morning and the beach in the afternoon. Or you can golf in the morning and go to the shows in the afternoon. You will have a wonderful time wherever they happen to be and while your in a different town check out all that is going on. There is so much no matter if the show is in Falmouth, Sandwich, Hyannis, Brewster, Chatham, Orleans, Eastham, Wellfeet, Truro or Provincetown. And there are some I did not mention but also have great things happening. And you locals, what a way to get out of the house, you are stuck in your abode long enough during the winter months,  you don't need to hide all summer too. You work hard just to survive here on the Cape at least get out and enjoy it while you can. Start now looking at what and when things will be happening and put them on the Calendar to go to. Make plans to get out of the house and enjoy this wonderful place we call home. Now have I pushed that one enough, LOL, I just want everyone to know all the wonderful things we have here, and that even we locals need to be reminded to enjoy ourselves. So thanks for listening and hope we get to meet at some of these shows. Until then, be safe, be good and be fun, especially if you can do it right here on old Cape Cod. 

      Business report: This week I will share a couple local businesses that I came across their products when I was over visiting our friends at Cape Cod Beer. They like, no they love to support smaller local business and have a spot up by the cashier that has lots of these products. So if you cant find them anywhere else, at least you can take a trip over to Cape Cod Beer and pick up some of these items. Otherwise check out their websites and facebook pages and know you are helping the local economy and local families. 
      First up is Wicked Pissah Bone Company, find them at http://wickedpissahbonecompany.com or on facebook. What do they specialize in, what else but fun stuff for your pets. Yes both dog treats as well as kitty treats. The bags are reasonably priced at only $8.00 a bag there is free shipping if you on the Cape (sorry islands not included.) But these are well made, good for your pet treats and if you need something custom done they are willing to work with you. Sometimes I think my pooch getter it better than I do.       
      Second up is Nobska Farms, check them out at http://www.nobskafarms.com/productsor on facebook. If you are into Hot Sauces, Jellies and peppered chocolate this is the place for you. In their own words "Nobska Farms is a microfarm on Cape Cod, MA specializing in exotic, rare, hard-to-find, and super hot chili peppers. Methods designed to support Farming for the Future." They do have a spot on their website that lists where their products are available for purchase. 
      Third up is Robins Toffee by the Sea, can you guess their website address, yup you got it, http://robinstoffeebythesea.com. or check out their facebook page. If you like toffee (and who doesn't) you are going to love this stuff. They do events and are in some local shops around and just off Cape. They are a small start up that are doing things the right way with a lot of love and care put into each bag of toffee chocolate goodness. You won't go wrong trying their products.
      Well I have given you three local business to support from your pet to your hot side to your sweet side. I will be doing this from time to time as I find more small local businesses to get behind. So stay tuned and lets keep in touch with local side right here on Cape Cod. 
      Well the time has come and I must get the grounds secured and picked up. You know the routine, check the doors and the shutters, pick up all the stuff left out that folks came to see and play with. Make sure that all the good stuff needed if a rescue was necessary in their rightful place so it is easily and quickly gotten. And finally check on the dory to be sure she is fastened tightly and easily accessible if needed at a moments notice. Well folks it's been wonderful having you, hope you had a good time and hope to see you again soon. Have a great and wonderful while your here on old Cape Cod.  
       
      So another week has gone by and the affects of your April Showers have had a chance to wear off, but now you need something for the stomachs sake. So I have found a recipe that features a veggie that everyone is just clambering to get to,, wait a minute where is everyone going, hold on, you mean you don't want? You really don't like? You try to stay as far away as possible from? Why? Ok so when you think of veggies Spinach is not one of the top choices? What a shame, and most likely because it was overcooked or mushy to a point of being gross, and a flavor that was, well let's just say blah. Ok so please put your past fears away, this is an easy recipe and does not over do it. If I had my way I would be using fresh spinach, but this time of year, and because this is what the recipe calls for I will go with the frozen. Please give this a try. If you are a spinach lover this is great, if not, it is a great place to try it again. Hope you enjoy, and remember spinach is full of good stuff for you, but don't tell the kids or your spouse that. So on with the recipe, I hope you enjoy. 
 
      Recipe of the week: Spinach Dena
 
      1      pkg           leaf spinach, frozen (large pkg)
      1      medium    onion, chopped
      2      cloves       garlic, fresh, crushed
      2      tbs             butter
                                salt
                                pepper
 
      In a large skillet, melt butter, add garlic and onion. Cook on medium heat until light brown, (do not do on high as the garlic will burn and turn bitter). Turn heat down to medium-low and add spinach. Cover with lid and let simmer. Stir occasionally to blend garlic and onion. Continue cooking on medium low until spinach is heated throughout. Salt and pepper to taste. 

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