Cape Cod and Life Changes & Chocolate Rum Cheesecake

      So another calendar year coming to a completion and time to take account of the past year. What went good, what didn't go so good, what things can we change what can't we change and how can we deal with it. Everything from finances to work, from hobbies to housing. From social activities to relationships, even dietary habits to health issues. Things as little as what am I going to do differently to get to know my neighbors better and be a better neighbor to what can I do to give back to my church and be involved in their community events. Some if not most of us go through each change of year like it's status quo the next day no different than the last, being satisfied to complain what we don't have or what we wish was different and have not intent on changing anything to accomplish something new. We get so comfortable in our situations our habits our relationships when things need major changes and overhauls. Our homes fall to disrepair while we lazily lounge in our lazy-boys and think it will all fix itself. Hobbies that should be a second income that we have spend endless dollars on goes wasted away because we are too lazy to get up, turn off the boob-tube and engage our brain. How are we going to eat differently to help curb the weight, the sugar and salt intake and stop being lazy and finding excuses not to cook properly or even worse just go out to eat wasting money we really don't have and not watching what our intake of quality food is. I could go on and on, but living here on the Cape there are so many opportunities to help us with these changes. I understand that some of the choices are dependent on health issues. I understand some are financially not accomplishable under the current circumstances, there are other things that block our abilities to make the changes we want or need. But we need to stop and figure out what we can change and make those changes, and what we can't, let them go, but stop complaining about about what coulda-shoulda-wouldas when you can about most of the things wish you could or want to do. On the Cape we have wonderful trails to hike and bike, beaches to swim and places to help one get in shape. The Cape offers opportunities to display and show your crafts and artistic and hobby skills. The Cape offers farmers markets and local food stands coupled with places to fish and shellfish to provide healthier ways to eat. These are just some of the front line things we can do with not a lot of cost changes if any. Remember choices are not a forced ordered legal issues, they are not something we are mandated to do, but they are choices and those we have the abilities to do. Living on Cape Cod is a choice we choose, it is not forced on us. If it is not working then maybe we need to move, for some reading this it is the reverse you are living off Cape and have wanted to live here and need to make that a reality, that is choice. In the end regardless of whatever the issues are, all I am going to ask is what are you going to do about your situations.

   The new year is upon us, these are not resolutions that so many make and then in 6 weeks forget about it. These are changes that mean something that you want to do and mean business with, they are thought out and written down then follow threw with. If you have not desire to see them through, then don't put it down. Most of you reading this are adults, I get it, that it's good to be a kid every now and then but let's get real, if you don't mean business than don't put it down on your list. Seriously. So where does that leave us, and the Cape. Again the Cape has so much to offer to help us though many of our life issues, including taking care of our homes. As for help to get fix what needs fixed, what can you within your budget. Getting involved with your neighbors, your church, social clubs and groups, and community events with give your attitude a boost along with helping Cape Cod become more beautiful, and you will take more ownership of where you live. Those who do nothing have no right to complain about anything, but if you do and help, gives you much liberty to speak up on local changes. So are you ready? Are you set? Well ok many of them I am, but there are one or two that I need to do and they scare me. may mean even bigger changes in my life. But the Cape is where I want to be, where I want to live, where I want to enjoy the friends and neighbors I have here, The Cape is were I want to enjoy life better, so I will push to see even the changes which are the hardest come to reality and enhance my living and life here on Cape Cod. We have made so many memories that have helped us get to this point, but changes do we need to or can do to enjoy our time even more here on Cape Cod. I know this is not my typical blog, but sometimes what I am thinking, by sharing will encourage someone else to join me in making their own lives better, and live happier, especially if you are able to do it right here on old Cape Cod. Next week we will start a new journey in a new year and get back to what we do best, talk more Cape Cod and just the occasional life on the Cape and past memories. Until then, have a safe and happy New Year.     
      Business report of this week. Normally I do not report on "chain" stores or operations. But this time I am going to make a big exception. About 2 weeks ago the wife and i were in the Chick-fil-a restaurant here in Hyannis at the corner of RT 132 and Enterprise Rd. We had the opportunity to talk with one of the owners, or should I say as his badge indicated husband of the owner. What you may not know is this is not a corporate shop, this is a locally owned and operated franchise business. That means it is locals that own the shop not the parent company. It is locals that hire locals to work there, it is locals that give back to the Cape Cod community, it is locals that care about what goes on around their shop, in Hyannis and on the Cape. It is locals that are affected by our support or non-support of their shop. This is important to know as many locals, Cape born and breed, think that just because it is part of a bigger group, that it must be run by someone not associated with the Cape and this it needs band. If you do your research you may learn a few things take the time to get to know the owners and see their passion to help what is important to us here on Cape Cod and there goal is to be a thriving business supporting the local community and the local first responders and more. So please check out Chick-fil-a, they have a pretty good menu and give a break from the standard fast food burger and I have not been once that I have not had a good experience. And before you ask, no I am not paid to write this article, and not given any specialties from Chick-fil-a to do this write up or say a single word good or bad about them. This is my own doing as I do with every business write up I do. There has only been once that I was asked to go into a local restaurant and do a review, and I noted that right at the beginning of the article, but that was the only time. If I don't believe in a business of any kind you just wont find it reported on here. 
      Anyway, as we go into January, the dark cold months here on the Cape, be sure if you are doing eateries to be sure they are open before you get all decked out and your mouth is watering greatly only to drive up to the door and ind out they are closed for 2 weeks to 2-3 months. We have many eateries however that do stay open and are great and wonderful local establishments. Take this time of year to get to know them without fighting the crowds and taking advantage of their off season specials they do just for us locals. And as you can get out and support our other local business that make this a wonderful place to live year round. Have a happy New Year and please if you are out, be responsible and watch out for the ammeter drunks. See you all next year.  
      Welcome back my friends, I hope you and yours had a most wonderful Christmas and many wishes to our friends celebrating Kwanzaa. From our radar Santa had no problems getting around even though most of our area had no snow, than again weather never seemed to bother Santa, except that one Christmas, and we all know what happened that year. In came Rudolph to save the night, but other than that I really don't remember any other year since. And the even the high seas seemed to know it was Christmas and stayed calm the entire evening, which was pretty good since the full moon was just two days prior to. It was good to hear the bells toll across the highlands and open waters of church bells at midnight and know that this sacred observance is still being taken serious by many. For all the souls that have come and gone before us, on water, land and in the air, to know there is still a believe in the hope of this season. You know the lighthouse and the anchor are strong symbolic symbols of many faiths but particularly of Christendom. A beacon of hope, something to light the way before us when we are lost as those captains looking for the way along the rocky shores, or those pilots looking for those landmarks on the ground to lead the way across the land, to the anchor and security and holding fast especially in times of storminess and uncertainty. I hope that as we finish up this year that, I pray you have not needed our services, but if you have, whether on land or on the high seas, that our old grand lady of the light tower has been faithful to give you guidance and lead you to your destination. My wish is that as we finish this year on a high note safely and soundly. May all that needs to be done and the roads still to be traveled are safe and straight and may they lead you home to your loved ones. As this will be the last before the New Year please be wise and beware if you are out and about New Years eve. Now until then, Have a great and wonderful especially if you can do it right here on old Cape Cod, and look to see you in the new year.      
      Well for the last recipe of month, the year this had better be a pretty dog gone good recipe, well check i out, I think I outdid myself this time with this recipe. Total Yum from start to the finish. The only problem is I get the really really good ones too late for the holidays. But in the depths of winter we need something to cheer us and warm us up and this is just the think. Read through the ingredients before you get started on this one, hate for you to get into the middle and figure out you don't have it all. Well have a great and wonderful New Year and look forward to a whole new set of recipes and new themes.. No on with the show: 
 
      This week's recipe: Chocolate Rum Cheesecake
 
 2 1/2      lbs        cream cheese
 1 1/2      cups     granulated sugar
               pinch    salt
      2      oz          cornstarch
      5      each      eggs
      2      each      egg yokes
      4      oz          dark rum
    16      oz          Hershey's chocolate syrup ( 1 can)
 
      Graham Cracker Crust:
1 3/4      cups     graham cracker crumbs
   1/2      cup       butter melted
 
      In mixer or food processor, combine cream cheese, sugar, salt, and cornstarch, scraping down sides of bowl well. Add in eggs one at a time, mixing well and scraping down sides in 3 stages and again after all eggs and yokes are well mixed in. Add rum and syrup. Grease a 9 inch springform pan; line bottom only with graham cracker crust. Pour in batter and bake in water bath (water halfway up the side of the springform) at 300 degrees until center of cheesecake is firm to the touch, about 50-60 minutes. Allow to cool before serving.
 
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