Labor Day LookOut & Crescent Sausage Wheels

      So as we come upon our last summer hurrah Labor Day, I start to feel bad for all those folks who have been taking up space on our Cape Cod beaches basking in the sun and enjoying our ocean waters along with our friends the Great White Sharks. I actually feel for you and yours as you head back to your suburban and city life as those of us who live here can just kick back our heels after work each day and head to an empty beach. We can actually start to make left hand turns without waiting a half hour, we can also go to dinner at most places without reservations. But there are a few things that we loose when you leave, stores start to roll up their carpet at 5pm or 6pm instead of 8pm or 9pm, and it gets dark here much sooner than just about any other place in the eastern time zone. But after Labor Day starts our second season when empty nester's find the Cape, Dinks (double income no kids) decide that it is safe to travel to places that are normally invaded with kids during the summer, girls weekends out, and specialty groups that like to travel in packs of all ages just looking for a more quiet time. So as we change from one season to another, if you have never considered the Cape in the fall, think again, leave the kids with Grandma and Grandpa or Aunt Judy and Uncle Bill and come have a reconnecting time for you and your significant other. Discover what we here on the Cape already know about fall, that although summer is great, fall can almost be a much better time without so much hustle and bustle. Well I hope you have enjoyed your time here on Cape Cod this summer and I hope you are already starting to plan for next year, and to the rest of you, we hope to see you real soon, right here on old Cape Cod.     

      Small business report time: First up is a new player to the arts and crafts field this year and yes he is from here on Cape Cod, Yarmouth Port, Ma. You can check out his facebook page at www.facebook.com/Cape-Cod-Artisan-Sign-Company-1914396818822810/, and like his facebook page to keep up where he will be showing at. These are nice hand made signs that can be customized in many ways. Whether you want it for a den or over the garage door or over the door of your cottage, he can take care of any of your needs. Like him and follow him and he will be happy to follow up with you. 
      Now for my second report, you know I like to stay on the Cape for my artisans and crafters but every now and then I find something from someone who I just have to share with. This crafter comes out of Connecticut and is a glass worker by the name of Karen Daviau. You can find her on facebook at www.facebook.com/reimagineglass or her website at http://www.reimagineglass.com/. About what she does: All my items are handcrafted in my home studio using a process called fused glass. This process is also known as kiln fired glass, kiln formed glass or warm glass. Each piece begins with smaller pieces of glass individually cut, shaped and layered to form the multidimensional  designs and textures that make fused glass so fascinating. For more please see her web site under Fused Glass. Check out her Events page for where she will be showing next and know that you can contact here about seeing more of her works and how you can connect to get her to buy her functional art. 
      Ok, so it took me a bit to find the keeper this week and why should I be surprised to tell you he was out with a bunch of the kids down at the boat house giving a tour of the old life saving equipment. But he was just finishing up so I just took the time to listen in as I'm not sure I have ever heard his full tour speech. Anyway, once he was through we had a nice walk back to the keepers quarters. He was telling me that even though there seemed to be a slow down from years past the interest level of the kids seems to be getting a lot more intense, and their questions are getting much more detailed. So to quote our friend; "They are definitely keeping me on my toes." I still hope that when I am his age I can remember half of what he has forgotten, and look half as good. We did some rabbit trail conversations that also included the lack of seeing as many foxes and coyotes, and thus the number of rabbits around have increased and are just making a buffet out of his garden. At least having a few foxes around help in the litter control, if I got what he meant, I told him I understood quite well. He reminded me to tell you all that this coming weekend is the end of their summer hours and they are going on abbreviated weekend mid-season hours on the weekends only till Columbus Day, then only for the holidays and by appointments. So I have done my duties. He pardoned himself and told me he still had another tour to do today so he was sorry he could not give me more time. I told him I was just appreciative of any time he gave me and I am sure you all readers understood as well. He wished you all a great Labor Day weekend, especially if you could do it right here on old Cape Cod.   
      Well football season is upon us and finger food is what it is all about. You can use this recipe as an appetizer or a tailgate party food item,  or even a church or social gathering item. The one things though is that this is a hot or heated item so you would need to be near an oven if you were going to do it outside of the home. I like easy, I like quick I like no hassle, but every once in a while you just have to push the envelope cause something can be that tasty. So with that said, here is a fun recipe that I am sure you will love, either for an appetizer before a holiday party or a tailgate party or just a fun finger food dinner with the family. Hope you enjoy.
 
      This week's recipe: Crescent Sausage Wheels
 
      1      can      Pillsbury Quick Crescent Rolls (8-oz can)
      2      Tbsp    melted butter
   1/4      cup      grated Parmesan cheese
      1      tsp       oregano
      8      each    brown and serve sausage links (thawed)
 
      Separate crescent dough into 4 rectangles. Press perforation to seal. Brush with melted butter. Combine cheese and oregano. Sprinkle over dough. Cut each rectangle in half to form a square. Place a sausage on each square. Roll up. Cut each roll into 4 pieces. Place on ungreased cookie sheet. Bake at 375 degrees for 15 minutes until golden brown. Make ahead and refrigerate until ready to bake. 

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