Cape Sand & Shrimpees Appetizers

       Life with sand under the toes is an interesting thing. We have always been told that homes should be build on stable ground and not on shifting sand. Yet we use sand to put on our roads and sidewalks when we want traction, or to help when put with salt to clear our streets of snow and ice. Sand warms quickly and feels good underfoot after being shoed all winter long and to allow the sand to wiggle its way up through and around the toes just feels good. When the winter months are hear, you miss it so much, but the chance on a sunny day even in shoes gives a warming feeling as you walk along sinking ever so slightly with each step. I know there are some, my daughter and wife being some of those, that would prefer not to be laying on a beach. My daughter due to bad angles really would prefer not to be walking on it either. But she does enjoy the beauty that stretches out from the shore to the water and beyond. She can enjoy the flowing and fruited plants that grown on the dunes and the birds that love to call the beach their home. For me going and collecting shells, or digging for clams, or watching piping plovers or other sea birds fascinates me. All come because of the sand and what it has to offer them. So as you go out and about here on Cape Cod, whether you live here or are visiting. Take the time to look at that stuff under your feet. Look at it can support not only you but the buildings around you. Look at all the vegetation it supports and the birds and animals that it supports. And marvel at the wonder of it coming and going. Life with sand under the toes, just a big sand box to some, while to others another wonder in the world we live in. Hope you have the opportunity to enjoy many grains right here on this place we love so much,, ole Cape Cod.   

      Business report time, Mashpee Commons. I usually don't do this but I have to tell you, that there are so many great shops that are locally owned, locally run and open year round that for anyone not located in the Mashpee area need to take the time to drive over, (especially on the off season) and check them out. Yes you have a couple big name store there that are fun to go in. But you have many small local shop owners, from Hot Diggity Dog to Gustare Olive Oils & Vinegars (yes their main shop is in Chatham). to wonderful jewelry shop, to Sachs Jewelry, to clothing shops and galleries and restaurants to one of the more unique and cool bowling alleys on the Cape. Get over there and check them out, and when you need some good coffee Cape Cod Coffee has a cafe there ready to meet your needs. Yum. With so many good things going on at Mashpee Commons I am not going to do a second report, please take the time to check out their website, take a Saturday and go visit all the shops and just have a great day enjoying everything that Masphee Commons has to offer. 
      Not sure what to say, I have been around the grounds a few times and I am not finding the old keeper anyplace. Looks might dark inside as well, Wait a minute I see a car coming up the driveway. Well, that was one of our coast guard finest coming to check on the station. I told him I hoped nothing was wrong with the old keeper, he assured me there was nothing wrong, it's just they discovered he had not taken any time away from the station in too many years and that they felt it was time to give him a well deserved vacation. So they got together and sent him and the Mrs south to some warmer weather area were he could put up his feet and enjoy some sunshine. I guess he did put up a stink about all the responsibilities he had around here that needed his attention, but the kid tells me they finally persuaded him that it was ok and they would take good care of the place while he was gone. He tells me, they even had to promise someone would be here to let me know what was going on. I'm not sure he even has a cell phone, but anyway the kid says, he made them promise they would let me know he would be back in a couple weeks, so not to panic. That's if they can keep him tied up down there. LOL, he's a good and generous man, and I hope he can relax some. Most likely he will find a few lighthouses down there to visit, even if they are fully automated, you can't keep him away from them. But that will be good for him to see just how much we appreciate him up here. Ok, the kid tells me to give him till about the middle or end of February to get back. Apparently they wanted him to take more time off but he would not do it. LOL. Just like him, he wants to be in his house tending to his business. Ok we will see you next week, if I hear anything from him I will pass it on. Have a great and wonderful, especially if you can do it right here on old Cape Cod.  
      Well we have come to the last Wednesday in the month and surprisingly it is a 5th Wednesday so we get an extra week right off the bat. This year as in several of the past years I am doing seafood appetizers. Being here on the Cape I just find it fitting that whenever I can to do recipes with seafood I do, although I know that man does not live by bread or seafood alone. So maybe next year I will take a break and do some different kind of appetizers, but these are so tasty I just can't stand it. If this is not your cup of tea or should I say not your plate of goodness, hang with me there are only 4 times a year this happens, so bear with me please. However if you love these kinds of recipes here we go. I do hope you will give these a try and even more so you like a lot. Now on with the show:
      This week's recipe: Shrimpees
      1      cup      Shrimp, chopped
      1      cup      mayonnaise
   1/4      cup      onion, minced
      4      oz        shredded cheddar cheese
      1      tsp       lemon juice
              dash    lemon pepper
      2      loaves cocktail size Italian bread
      Mix first 6 ingredients together with spoon. Spread on 1/2 inch pieces of bread. Bake at 475 degree in oven for 8-10 minutes. Recipe can be easily doubled or cut in half.   The recipe notes for a luncheon menu item put mixture on english muffins and bake same as above. welcomes thoughtful comments and the varied opinions of our readers. We are in no way obligated to post or allow comments that our moderators deem inappropriate. We reserve the right to delete comments we perceive as profane, vulgar, threatening, offensive, racially-biased, homophobic, slanderous, hateful or just plain rude. Commenters may not attack or insult other commenters, readers or writers. Commenters who persist in posting inappropriate comments will be banned from commenting on