Well I am done for this year and arts & craft shows. This last weekend was to be my last, but with the impending rain coming in, it turned into a one day show for me of just Saturday. After talking to a few other artisans and crafters many of us decided to take the chance and do a complete tear down when we ended on Saturday, and boy was I thankful for insight. My medium is acrylics on canvas and white cedar shingles, and sometimes is mixed with Indian Ink. Canvas does not like getting wet very much, but Indian Ink is the worst in that it runs with any moisture and just does not hold in that kind of weather. So how did I do this year, my first year being out in the public, well I got a lot of positive feed back, and a lot of interest. But chalk this year off to advertising and building a following, I knew I was not going to "make it rich" but did I expect to sell a bit more than I did? Yes. But it is what it is and dues need to be paid. I have already started to add one of the suggestions that was made at the first two shows, in that I have added a functional piece of art to the list. Taking the white cedar shingles and the compass rose I have done and turned it into a clock, and for a reasonable price you get a functional piece of art work. Through this off season I will be pushing to get a few more paintings done that everyone was oogeling about. My hopes are that going into this next year I can find a place that will show a few of my pieces and sell on consignment, the only problem with that is a lot of places what so high a percentage it is almost not worth it, But we will see. Also going into next year I am hoping I can get into a few more shows and diversify a bit to help get out there more to a larger audience. Could it have been better, from a financial end yes, but meeting people and just getting out there with my works no, it was a great first year. Now we build on that into the the coming year. Do you want to see my works, Please check me out at my website http://ccrockhopper.wixsite.com/ccrockhopper or on facebook at The Art of Stephen Gimmi. Well thats all for this round have a fall and get out there and enjoy what the Cape has to offer.
Business report this week is a two for one deal. That's right folks 2 shops under one roof and they are open year round so, time to get out there and support our year round folks. They really do sacrifice by doing that for the rest of us year rounders. So who might you ask am I talking about, well the Snowy Owl Coffee Roasters right on 6A in Brewster, next to the Brewster Book Store. Their website is http://www.socoffee.co/
and that is correct it is CO not COM at the end, or facebook at Snowy Owl Coffee Roasters. When you walk into this small shop the aroma is so wonderful, so, intoxicating that you just want to stand there and breath deep before you go completely in. Then you just want to charge the counter and get some of that wonderful liquid pleasure as quickly as possible. WoW, Wow, Wow the taste is some of the best coffee I have tasted in a long time. For those of you who appreciate good coffee this is it. They also offer coffee beans and ground to go, so you can enjoy their roasting pleasures every day of the week. They also have a coffee club where you can get 3 or 4 bags of coffee shipped to you every month. Their hours are Mon - Fri 6:30am - 5pm and Sat-Sun 7:30am - 5pm. Check their web sight for any changes in hours, through the darkest months they may alter these hours a bit depending on traffic flow, we all know if no one is coming in after 4 it's not smart business to stay open, but for now the owner is trying to see if they can hold these hours. By the way this is a husband and wife team that live right here in the local area.
Now as the coffee shop is in the front of the building, but there is a second shop within this building called Great Cape Herbs. Stephan B Brow is the Herbalist/owner of this second shop under this roof. Her web site is http://greatcape.com/
and facebook page is Great Cape Herbs. Stephan offers alternative and holistic natural services. She can help you plan out your herbal needs for daily living and for other areas of your life that might benefit from a natural intake of holistic care. She carries, Teas, Tincture, Massage Oils, Essential Oils, Balms & Salves, as well as sprays and syrups. You just have to go in and check this place out, if you have heard of it, in alternative and holistic care she probably has it or if she does not she can get it for you. What a wonderful little find and she is such a pleasant person to talk to, you will immediately fall in love with her and her shop.
So we have made it through what seemed to be a monsoon this last weekend, but we dodged a hurricane bullet and we will take all the rain we can be given. The old gal got a good workout sending her beacons all through the night and gloomy next day and held up as usual through the gusty winds. Fortunately we did not get any distress calls so the dory did not have to be deployed at all. We have spent the last couple days cleaning up the grounds and are still hoping there are a few leaves left on the tress so we can get a little color before the leaf peeping season has passed us. The hours on the grounds are now greatly diminished but we are still available for privet or appointment tours for groups and schools. We are still here and you can still walk the grounds it is just there are no tours or building open to the public until the holidays, then we will have some holiday times open when we decorate the ole gal. Stay tuned for that announcement. Other than what has been mentioned nothing more happening. I hope you had a great summer, and pray your fall is going well. Have a great and wonderful especially if you can do it right here on old Cape Cod.
Well this is week two and time for a good veggie side dish. I love green beans, so when I saw this recipe that added a little sweet with a little crunch I just had to give it a try, and just found me another recipe for the regular rotation. I love my regular recipes, however it is good to keep this changing and keep variety in the menu, then no one gets tired of the same ole, same ole, while still keeping with a vegetables that are healthy and the family likes. This is from a an old company cookbook that is a collections of recipes from their workers, however not even sure the company is still around. Have also found a few variations on the web on this one, so who came first don't know but I am just passing along what has already been passed on before us. Hope you enjoy.
This week's recipe: Honey Glazed Green Beans & Almonds
4 cups fresh greens beans
1 Tbls honey
1/2 cup slivered almonds, toasted
1 Tbls butter
1/4 tsp nutmeg
salt & pepper
Cut beans on the bias (or angle) and steam until tender, (you can boil but you will cook the nutrients right out of the beans.) Drain and place on a serving dish. Melt butter over low heat and add honey, nutmeg, salt and pepper. Stir into been beans. Garnish with toasted almond slivers.
See wasn't that easy and a wonderful tasting side dish. Yum.