Cape Life Update 1-2017 & Broccoli Salad

       Well, 2016 and the start of 2017 I am making my own new memories, although I would prefer I was not doing it the way I am but it is what it is. So far I have had 2 back surgeries this past year and I am looking at one more in another month. It is the result of an injury that occurred some 35 years ago that at a much younger age thought I was invincible and could do things that with a smarter brain would not have done. But it is what it is and after an incident 2 years ago that moved shattered parts in my back around it took another year before things really went south with a herniated and shattered disc in the Thoracic region of my back. I have had several people ask me where I am going and when hear, I am staying right here on the Cape ask why not Boston? I have resources that have confirmed that our very own Cape Cod Hospital is one of the best Ortho and Nero facilities in all of New England and even further out than that. My surgeon is one of the best in his field and is not only a doer, but a teacher across the country in new techniques. I could not ask for a better person and feel more at ease being in the right place and at the right time for my needs. Do I really look forward to going through this, heck no, but I know who is ultimately in charge from a heavenly outlook, and who ultimately knows and holds my future in His hands, and He will guild my surgeons hands in what needs done to get me back into one piece. There are may who are in much greater need and have fare graver situations than I. This winter make sure you give a call to your neighbors around you in need. Stop over to a nursing home to visit with someone who has no family, and take the time to count your blessings. To often this time of year we focus on the grayness outside instead of the warmth that can come from within. Have a great day and a great week, and we will see you back here next week for something new.     

      Business report is short and sweet, we like most others were stuck in the house over the weekend and did not get out of the house due to the weather. The big thing I will say is if you are off Cape don't think all the carpets are rolled up during these winter months. There are many places that stay open year round. Next there are plenty of good eating places open, places like Jason's Tavern in Patriot Square, or Scargo Cafe in the Village of Dennis, or Red Nun in DennisPort, or Doyle's Restaurant in South Yarmouth. All these places give you something different, are good local establishments with good food all the way around. You can not miss on any of these and there are so many more. Remember to give a call ahead if you wonder if they are open, like the Oyster Company in DennisPort will reopen February 13 as they are refurbishing and refreshing the place the month of January. So when the weather allows and you just are tired of cooking yourself, get out and go visit your favorite local eatery. 
      Note from the light house keeper: Other than way to much snow at one time for anyone to deal with we are dealing with the normal new year routines. The light tower is staying shuttered up to keep the snow out and what little warmth there is in, and definitely keep the critters out were they belong and not in making a home in our house. I am sure this is just the first of many over the next couple of months, but let's hope it stays as quiet as the first two weeks, we like quite, and not much activity. I will be sure to keep the light in order and fog horn in working order. Let's hope you never need her or her staffs services but if you do may she and we be there ready in any situation you may need us for. So until the next time and the warmer season, have a great and wonderful, especially if you can do it right here on ole Cape Cod.
      So on with the recipes we go, week two as it always has been will be side dish week. This year the theme will be veggie salads of all kinds, some you may have seen or even had before others you may wonder if I have really lost it, but I will promise as I have over the past 10 years to provide something that is fun and worth trying at least once. So to start out the new year I have a old time favorite that seems to have a little twist that really gave this good old favorite a pop. So before I start eating my own words, let's get this show on the go, 
 
      This weeks recipe: Broccoli Salad
 
      2      bunches   Broccoli
      1      cup           cheddar cheese, shredded
      8      slices        bacon, cooked and crumbled
   1/2      cup           onion, chopped
   1/2      cup           raisins or cran-raisins
      1      cup           light mayo or salad dressing 
      3      Tbls          white or apple cider vinegar
   1/2      cup           sugar
 
      Combine mayo, vinegar and sugar mix well. Chop broccoli into small florets, then all the rest of the ingredients in a medium bowl and toss with dressing mixture. Best if you can refrigerate for 4-6 before serving.  

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