Trees up/ Mid-Cape Stroll Evens & Bacon-Wrapped Water Chestnut

      Well all the trees are up, lit and decorated and there is a star on the top of each one and each unique. The newest, is a small silver star that sits on top of the Guest Room tree. That one is decorated to the wife's liking with multi colored lights as she spends time back there watching her movies and shows while I watch my football in the Family Room, which is where the tree that is decorated this year with my penguin decorations and blue and white lights. I have a liking for penguins (hum like you could not tell (Rockhopper)). I enjoy hallmark penguins as well as other penguin decorations and it looks really cool, (again hum penguins - cool ha ha). The star on the top of this tree is the largest as the room has a vaulted ceiling, but again it is not huge or gaudy, it has a nice shape and was not expensive, which makes it even a better item for my tree. Last is the Living Room with its purple and green lights, this year I have enough Cape Cod ornaments to do a Cape Cod themed tree, and on top of it is my smallest and oldest star. It is a German hand made star the size of a nickel that was given to me by our neighbor the year I was born by a kindly German lady Mrs Housa. She made us a who batch of them in all sizes over the years we were in Philadelphia, and I was able to get them into my possession when my mother passed away many years ago. But the fun part of all my trees is they have been gathered over the years and nothing is of great dollar value, but all have memories. I just enjoy putting up them up and enjoying them and seeing family come over and enjoy having them be apart of it. Sometimes I think we spend way to much of what we don't have trying to outspend Aunt Suzy and Uncle Jim or feel that we have to outdo what someone else has given us because they know our financial situation and know we can't afford one. Yes I am a man of Faith, not religion but Faith, and Christmas is everything to do with Faith and nothing to do with religion although we have made it a religion in and of itself. This year, why don't you try to get out of the out doing business, and just concentrate on the small things, and on the real meaning of the season and see how much of a difference it can make. Well thats what has been happening in my house, Had a fantastic Thanksgiving and now time to move on. We have lots to do before the next set of holidays move in. So hope you had a great Thanksgiving as well and may you get all you need to over the next week or so. If you don't have enough to do, check out the biz report next, there is plenty going on and around Cape Cod in the coming weeks. Woo hoo,, here is to the holiday season right here on old Cape Cod.   

      For the business reports it is time to try to give a schedule on some of the Christmas Strolls going on in and around our Cape. This weekend Dec 2-4 is the Brewster Christmas Stroll. Check out http://www.brewster-capecod.com/BrewsterHolidays there is much happening. On Dec 11 is the Dennis Village Christmas Stroll read about it at http://www.weneedavacation.com/Events/Dennis-Village-Stroll. Then there is thee Chatham Christmas Sea Stroll Dec 9-10 find out more at http://www.chathaminfo.com/event/show/1321. Next is Seaside Christmas in Orleans the entire month of December for the events going on check them out at http://orleanscapecod.org/explore/a-seaside-christmas-in-orleans/seaside-christmas-event-calendar. Where else, lets see Christmas In Harwich and the Harwich Stroll happening Dec 2 - 4. Check out the events at http://harwichcc.com/cape-cod-vacation/christmas-in-harwich, Then there is the Provicetown Holly Folly Events happening Dec 1 - 4 with the lighting of the Monument many more events. The lighting of the Lobster Pot tree was on 11-26 so it is already lit. And last for me is the Hyannis Village Christmas Stroll is set for this Saturday Dec 3 check it out at http://www.hyannismainstreet.com/. I am sure that Falmouth and Sandwich and Mashpee all home one but I only have so much room so my world revolves around these villages so I will stick with them for now. But please just google the town and Christmas Stroll and see what comes up or check the villages Chamber of Commerce website. Check one out check many out but have a fun and safe time at any and all you do. Have a great start to the holiday season.  
      What a wonderful Thanksgiving we had here at ye old lighthouse, we had a gathering of past keepers and helpers that joined us and it made for a gathering to be remembered. We here at the lighthouse hope that you and yours had a wonderful gathering. Now onward we go towards Christmas and tis the season. Remember to support your local toy 4 tots programs, and Salvation Army bell ringers, these program are proven groups that responsibly distribute that which has been give to them. I know there are other groups that do a good job but these are two that we like to mention. If you did not stop by over the weekend you will want to make a trip past the house and tower over the next couple of weeks as she has been decked out for the holidays with lights and a really nice wreath, and you never know what else might pop up on the grounds, we like to have fun adding and moving things around for the fun of it. Well not much else to report, please stay warm and keep an extra log by the fire just in case and we will see you next week. Have a great and wonderful especially if you can do it right here on old Cape Cod. 
      This is the last of the 5th Wednesday months and I wanted something that went well with either the holiday dinners or those holiday buffets or pot lucks that was fun but easy. And when I say easy this is like super easy, might even give one of the teens in your house an opportunity to make this one. And you know what they say, everything tastes better wrapped in bacon. First before anything I take no credit for this but I give none as there are more sites with this recipe than you can count so if you don't like mine there are many other places to get something just a bit different. But I think you will so please give it a try. Now before I start watering at the mouth to much, let's get on with the show.
 
      This week's recipe: Bacon Wrapped Water Chestnuts
 
  •       1      can      whole water chestnuts (8 - oz)
  •     1/2      pd        uncooked bacon (not thick cut)
  •     1/2      cup      dark brown sugar
  •                            toothpicks
 
      Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.  Drain the water chestnuts.  Slice each piece of bacon in half crosswise. Wrap each water chestnut in the cut bacon pieces and secure with a toothpick.  Coat each piece with brown sugar.  Place each piece in a baking dish. Leave room between each piece. Bake uncovered, on middle rack, for about 25 minutes or until sugar has melted and bacon is well browned. Blot on paper towels and serve warm.

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