More Vacation Planning & Pea and Nut Salad 4-11-19

      Ok so what's up, how are you coming with that vacation planning? WHHAAAT you haven't started? Really? Ok some of you have and I congratulate you for doing that. I can understand not having it done, let's not get too ridiculous, but come-on-man,(or women) It's almost Easter and May. Memorial Day is less than 40 days away, we have got some planning to do, so today we are gonna help by way of memory lane. So hold on and let's get this going. 

      When was the last time you went Whale Watching? It's been a while for us too, it's a little pricey, but you can find coupons online and in the travel guide magazines (you know like Best Read Guide & Others). We prefer to take the drive to Provincetown and go out form there. Itis closer to George's Banks were some of the best sightings are found. Besides P'Town (as it is referred to) has a lot of great shops, Pilgrim's Monument and a ton of galleries. Then coming back you can visit Truro Vineyards, Chequessett Chocolate, Atlantic Spice Company, Highland Lighthouse, Nauset Lighthouse, and Three Sisters lighthouses. 
      Another Idea is plan an early evening flying kits on a nearby beach. I have some fantastic memories of my father going down to the beach after everyone else had left and teaching me how to fly a kite, He also took me out in a small row boat (a friend of ours boat) even though he gets sea sick the smaller the boat, and taught me how to fish. There are still plenty of spots to go and fish off a bridge or from the shore or even a jetty or two. Parents, be sure to have you license. I remember my folks taking the time to their time driving route 6A, doing small parts at a time. In Sandwich is the glass museum, the Baxter Grist Mill, great shops to stroll through and a glass blowers shop. There are new and used book stores to go into and look for new treasure to be enjoyed again. Then there is Barnstable, Yarmouth Port, Brewster, and finally Orleans. And another thing that is so great about being on the Cape in the summer is the Cape Cod Baseball league. So many great players has come through this league, you never know when the next great will come right from this league. Plan a night to see a game or two and make some new friends and new memories. 
   I will go over some other later on but this will give you some hints and some tips. Give you some planning ideas and get you out on the web looking at other possibilities. There is something for everyone, for all pocketbook sizes for all ages. Don't think that the Cape is just a playground for the rich, there is plenty to do that cost little to nothing. Have fun planning and hope to see you soon right here on Old Cape Cod.    
      Small business report time, first up Cape Cod Creamery has finally arrived in Dennison 6A, across from the gazebo, east of Dennis Public Market and west of Cape Playhouse. Today Wednesday they had joined in with the free ice cream day and gave away free scoops. Sorry if you missed it but so YUM. They will officially open on Friday 4-12-19 and be open every day through Easter. Then go to weekends only through the middle of May then go full time every day after that for season. This is exciting yet dangerous news for me as they are now just minutes from my house. The South Yarmouth shop will open this coming Friday 4-12-19 for the season located on Route 28 across from South Yarmouth Evangelical Baptist Church. And please don't forget their Hyannis location in the Christmas Tree Shop open year round. Go and get your fill and enjoy, now at 3 Cape Cod locations. 
   I have to say of all the ice cream shops on the Cape two tie for my top spot and each have their different appeal and our reasons, but both have award winning ice cream, and they are Cape Cod Creamery and Sundae Schools in Dennisport.   
      Speaking of Dennisport, for the second business report I am here to push the businesses along Rt 28, Buckies Biscotti, Red Nun Restaurant, Hot Diggity Dog, the Dennis Library, LaBelle’s General Store, Organic Market, Tint Gallery, Sodium, Faces, and I know there are more but forgive me if I missed your place. ATTENTION THESE BUSINESSES ARE STILL OPEN EVEN THOUGH THERE IS ROAD CONSTRUCTION GOING ON. This construction is scheduled to go on into May. These businesses need yours and my continued support. There is public parking behind the south side of the buildings, or you can park over in the Dollar Tree/Ocean Job Lots parking lot and walk up and down Main Street, It is not that far to walk. But please us the back roads to get there or around the construction, it is not that out of the way and will serve you well to bypass most of the RT 28 congestion. The reward, good food, good finds, and support of local business, and a whole lot of fun. This household just made it to Buckies on Wednesday, when was the last time you were there? You need to go and get your Easter cake, or cookies, or just some cannolis or her so ever delicious biscotti, (they come either straight or half dipped in chocolate) get there and take some goodness home with you, the construction takes care of the calories just an FYI. LOL.. Go and enjoy.      
       Hello my friends and welcome back. Can you believe that next week is Holy Week, Palm Sunday is this coming weekend and the big day Easter is the following. Remember folks if you want to come out to the lighthouse and watch the sun rise on Easter there will be several church groups having sunrise services both on the beach below us and a group up on the cliffs at the foot of the tower, all have said you are welcome to join them if you want. We are still looking for a few volunteers to help us put out the eggs and help monitor the events. Another reminder we will be having 6 age groups and areas, one for our tinnies up to 2, then a toddlers group up to kindergartners, K-5, 6-8, 9-12, then one group past high school this is for all you older kids from college to over aged kids. And it all kicks off early afternoon after church and we are all so praying no rain. 
      As far as what is going on here at the lighthouse, we are getting ready the weekend after Easter to kick off our weekend opening. From the weekend after Easter to Memorial Day we will be weekends, Saturdays 9-5 and Sundays 12-4, then Memorial Day to Labor Day will be daily, hours to come later. The weather has been really playing tricks with us, and this week we have seen another round of fog and misty rain and stuff that just is not a boatman's friend. So we have been very busy making sure the beacon has been going strong and that when needed old foggy has been bellowed. Good things has been not to much traffic this time of year but come May 1st that will all change. Docks are going out already, and we have had a few requests for boat inspections. Please remember the boys with the coast guard and the local natural resource officers are the primary folks to do this, so check with them on when and wheres of boat inspections, I am only a volunteer. Any-who Have I covered it all for right now? I feel like I am missing something or not going over something. But I have rambled on enough and you have been patient enough to listen. Have a great and wonderful especially if you can do it right here on old Cape Cod and hope to see you soon.   
      As you know I am always looking for something unique and interesting. Now for starters I enjoy green vegetables, ok orange veggies, purple veggies, come to think about it I enjoy just about every kind of vegetable out there, with the exception of a few and I mean very few. The other thing I have been fortunate in is that my family has been wonderful about trying new things. So trying new recipes with different vegetables and combinations of vegetables and nuts and so forth has been a joy. And even now that the family is scattered they still every once in a while want one of Dad's recipes when they come to visit. Watch this recipe as it has two parts, the salad and the dressing. It is easy to put together and gives a whole other spin on a vegetable that gets way to bad of a rap. Oh, one thing I do not enjoy at all is canned peas. Fresh or frozen is the way to go, other veggies are ok, but not peas, no, no,,, no way. Ok now on with the show, and hope you enjoy.
      This week's recipe: Pea and Nut Salad 
      1      pkg      frozen tiny peas (10-oz pkg)
      1      cup      diced celery
      1      cup      chopped cashew or macadamia nuts
   1/4      cup      thinly sliced scallions, with part of the green stems
   1/4      cup      crisp bacon pieces or bacon bits
   1/4      cup      Italian salad dressing
   1/2      tsp       salt
      1      cup      sour cream
                          freshly ground pepper to taste
      Thaw peas. Combine all salad ingredients. Combine dressing ingredients and fold gently into salad mixture. Taste and correct seasoning. Chill thoroughly. Can be prepared ahead. Keep covered and chill no longer than 36 hours or nuts will soften.      
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