Mornings or Nights & Marinated Veggie Salad

      So another week has passed us by, the sun continues to warm the sands by day and the moon reflects upon the ripples by night. The wonders that are illuminated around us every day, mornings and nights here on Cape Cod. As the mornings come alive here on the Cape at the ungodly hour of 4:30am for first light and sunrise at 5:05am. Unless you are a real lover of morning or a light sleeper and wake at the sound of the first chirp of a cardinal, or better you've stayed up all night, your not going to appreciate what I'm about to say. The sunrises of any of the beaches is spectacular enough but go out to the lower and outer Cape off Nauset Beach,  Coast Guard Beach, National Seashore or Race Point are just out of this world. Watching the sun come up over the Atlantic Ocean horizon first filling the sky with colors that you can dream of mixing on an artists pallet. Then the sun starts to peak up above the horizon and the glow becomes more intense. If you are near one of the lighthouses to capture a picture with the sun just over the line with the light tower either right behind or just off to one side makes for a wicked picture. As the sun continues to climb, everything on land begins to come alive with only the energy the suns life can give. Be there when some of the surf fisherman (and woman) pull in a nice size Striper is just about as exciting as catching on yourself. Ok, well, not quit but still exciting to see. But find someplace this year to go and watch it at least one. 

      Now many of you folks who are early to bed people, being out as the sun sets at 8:15pm then last light at 8:49pm may be pushing it. But if you are able you those of you who love to be out when the sun is just setting there are several spots to watch a great sunset. Find a boardwalk as in Yarmouth Port at Grays Beach and Bass Hole Boardwalk, or Sandwich Boardwalk. Or to find a pier like in Woods Hole or go out to the point by the Nobska Lighthouse, or Hyannis, or even Chatham, or many of the beaches along Nantucket Sound are just special places to watch the moon set. One other place is along the Cape Cod Canal and then as the Sun sets and the moon rises and the lights on the bridges come on is just another wicked awesome thing to see. Finding a special restaurant that looks out over a marsh or either the Bay or the Sound also makes for an awestruck moment and can be very romantic. But remember guys, hand holding can lead to trouble, if you get my drift, especially in that kind of setting, so be prepared. 
      The bottom line folks is this no matter if you are a morning person or a night owl there is something spectacular waiting to be discovered for any size party from 1 to many. So get it together and find your way to this awesome place, and have a great and wonderful time right here on old Cape Cod.     
      So business report/ travel tips lists. So far this year I have covered the Wineries, only a few of them on the Cape but they are wonderful. The Breweries (those numbers are growing) Mini Golf Courses, Farmers Markets, Honey Producers, and Coffee Roasters. I will continue for the next few weeks on more lists of places to go and things to see and hopefully most will be free or at least family fee friendly. But I have one blurb first, Kappy's of Hyannis is having a BeerFest on Saturday June 22 from 2-5 check out the details on their events page on their website. 
      From a small business report this list is going to be a very delicious review. From a consumption viewpoint they are as tasty as it gets. I open that while you are here on Cape Cod you can find one of these places to enjoy and if you live here, what's keeping you from going and picking something up, you have visitors coming in and want to spend time with them and not in the kitchen. So with all that, the list is Pie Shops and Baked goods Shops. 
            Marion's Pie Shop - Chatham
            Centerville Pie Shop - Centerville (dah)
            Pies A La Mode - Teaticket
            Pie in the Sky Shop - Woods Hole
            Connies Bakery - Provincetown
            Hole in One Bakery - Eastham
            Cottage Street Bakery - Orleans
            Buckies Biscotti - Dennis Port
            UnderGround Bakery - Dennis
            Great Island Bakery - South Yarmouth
            Little Miss CupCape - Hyannis
            Ella's Bakery - Hyannis
            Amie Bakery - Osterville
            Beth's Bakery - Sandwich
            White Lion Baking Comp - Mashpee
            Washashore Bakery - Mashpee
      I am sure I am missing some, so sorry if I did not get you on this list. but folks seriously, there are some outstanding bakeries, pie shops, cafes related to these shops, pastry shops and more like bagel and bread shops which I did not even go into. Another way to eat your way around Cape Cod then roll you all the way home. LOL, Seriously we all don't each this way everyday, but when on vacation or staycation you might as well live up. Then back home and back to reality the diet comes back to balance the sugar rush. So get out there and go enjoy.                
      Hello my friends, well I hope this past week has been good for you, I know we had an unbelievable gorgeous weekend and the turnout to the station and lighthouse was extremely good. Those that chose to make the climb to the top and the lamp room got some spectacular views, seeing some container boats, and lots of other local craft ot for a day in the sun. Now many of you have heard all the whoop-de-do about an Orca whale about 75 miles off the elbow (Chatham/Monomoy Island). Trust me they are a beautiful sight to see. But in reality this is a normal thing this time of year as they travel north to Labrador & Newfoundland. Took some radio jockey dude by the name of Joe Rosetti to put the word out on that one. As he put it, when you see one 500 yards from shore then he will get excited about it. We see him out there on the beaches quite a bit on the weekends and twilight with that camera of his taken a might fine lot of pictures. Seems he's pretty good at it, so check him out. Anyway, there have been a few boating issues, more over in the Buzz than around here, and then some yahoo who wanted to take more than his fare share of catch. Please watch the laws and obey them, overfishing just ruins it for everyone. So on with other things, time to start looking at whale watching cruises as the whales are slowly returning as well. Also a great time to remind you if you are going out a bit listen for the Coast Guard Reports to where they are at to stay the legal distance from them. Well thats about it for another week. More good weather on the way so more great views from the lamp room and maybe as the whales continue to return you will see some from up there. Hope to see you soon and have a great and wonderful, especially if you can do it right here on Cape Cod.    
      I am always good with salads in the summertime and this one looked relatively easy and when you get to the marinade it will look familiar to other salads similar. You'll get the point when we get there. So this salad just goes a bit further than most and really shows the options that can go into a marinated salad. So as you go down the list to what goes in it, you can either eliminate some things or switch them out for others or add things. Salads are a great place to experiment with ingredients and not loose the overall taste of what you are trying to achieve. So have fun with this and let's get this show on the road.
 
      This Week's Recipe: Marinated Veggie Salad
 
      1      can      green beans
      1      can      wax beans
      1      can      pinto beans
      1      can      whole kernel corn
      1      can      green peas
      1      cup      chopped celery
      1      cup      chopped onion
      1      cup      chopped green pepper
      1      can      sliced water chestnuts
      1      jar        sliced pimentos
 
      Marinade:
      1      cup      sugar
   3/4      cup      white vinegar
   1/4      cup      tarragon vinegar
   1/2      cup      water
              seasoned salt to taste
 
       Drain all vegetables; add enough marinade to cover vegetables and let stand overnight in refrigerator to season. 
 
 

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