Life on the Cape 2019 & Beach Shrimp

      So life continues here on Cape Cod, were every day is full of sunshine and laying on the beach sipping a cool adult beverage and getting all the vitamin D you can soak in, Right? Hum, Ok you think that, and when you're vacationing and loosing yourself with a good book getting that tan, or traversing the back roads to miss the traffic to get to those quant shops on the rainy days. Well it can seem almost storybookish. Now don't get me wrong here, It's nice living here the other 9 months of the year, unless it's winter filled with nor'easters and/or extra cold temps. And yes summer does have it's pluses, my neighbor will tell you that as he is retired and just brought home 2 stripers, one for each him and his adult son. And yes the fried seafood is good, but seriously the world you enjoy playing in for a couple days, a week, a month or weekend, we have to still pay our mortgages, our electric bills, gas bills, doctors visits, everyday food bills (we can't afford to eat out every day). And then there is the upkeep to the homestead. Since I have moved in I have replaced the roof the trim the gutters, the appliances, the water heater and started a kitchen redo. Then came surgeries for my contractor, for me and all came to a halt. Now nearly 3 year later, I finally have the new flooring in boxes in my garage, I just ordered my cabinets today and will start ether in the next two weeks or put off till August depending on the time frame that my contractor can get here and get it done as I have them coming at the end of July then my Dad and his wife in September. So you still wanna move here? I have to laugh, although life has not been the easiest and I definitely could stand for a change in jobs that paid a bit (ok let's get real a lot more), I would not change a thing on being here. And there are still parts of my life that just won't get resolved no matter how hard I wish they would. My point to all this is, vacationing is so much different than the real world of living here full time. Sometimes we need reminded that there is two worlds here, the real and the fantasy, the working and the lazy leisure. Sometimes we need to learn to enjoy those places that are just meant to be fun on special occasions and find that permanent place that we live the rest of the time at and keep the two separate. But please while you are here, live it up and, have fun and enjoy yourself, while I stay in my house working to pay the bills. I'll come join you at the beach once I am done. Have a great and wonderful, all the time, right here on old Cape Cod.     

      Well this past weekend started the summer tour of Arts and Craft shows, festivals, farmers markets, shows and oh and oh. I love this time of year as I get to go visit with other artist, see what they are doing new, talk shop and encourage them on. This is another year that just do to finances and still carryovers from back surgery nag at me doing shows. Honestly, finances are more the issue, just being honest here, it cost money to put these on and each booth or spot coast, to show. So know that when you go to these free shows, free parking they really aren't free. So if you find something you like, help the artisan, the crafter, the foodie cover their cost and get something. This helps put money back into our community in the long run and helps support the small business owner. This past weekend, I was very discouraged when I heard one couple talking about getting out of shows as they were not making it. You try to encourage, to build up, but even some of the best products struggle in our economy, and it breaks my heart to see good people with good ideas and decent products get to that point. I'm not trying to guilt anyone into spending money they don't have, or should not be spending. But if someone does not let you know of what is happening, you see these folks out there and think they are there for free and are making lots of sales and able to just live a good life on what they are doing. Think again. So with all that, if you have a need, and someone at one of these arts and craft shows has what you need, get and support. 
      Now for a restaurant review, I had the pleasure of going to Arnolds Lobster and Clam Bar in Eastham right on Rt 6. www.arnoldsrestaurant.com. If you think all they have is Lobster you are totally mistaken, one of my friends that I sat with to eat with had gotten friend Scallops, seriously folks I don't know how they ate them all, The basket was heaping full. One of the other couples got a basket of onion rings a small, it was big enough to feed several of us as they graciously shared. I also got a glimpse of the fried oyster plate, yikes you better bring your appetite. The word is they are not cheap, well, if your looking for a $5 buck blue plate special then no you are not going to find that, however, you do not get cheated out of food, you get what you pay for and it is excellent food. There are other things on the menu if you have someone in your party that is not into seafood they do have burgers and hot dogs, good for those picky kids, or even a Veggie burger if that is your thing. But please give this place a try if you have never been there and be prepared to enjoy some of the best seafood on the Cape. Oh and take the green backs as they don't take credit cards. Then when you get done, go play a round of miniature golf, then before you leave grab some ice cream for dessert. It's a great and wonderful experience for the whole family. 
      Oh happy days are here again and summer solstice is knocking at the door, and the back door will stay locked until September 23. So with the sun coming up early the fishing boats are leaving more like in the middle of the night to most of you, but with the full moon guiding them it has been wonderful to watch them glide out of the harbor and out to sea. Well there is not much to report in the way of boating incidents but every once in a while you just have to wonder. Come to find out earlier this week, I guess our Hyannis PoPos had to pull someone from the harbor, the story was reported that he was washing his garments and fell into the brink. Apparently a little inebriated they say at 2am in the morning. Where I grow up, the next comment would be, "YA THINK" Oh well, lesson to learn, don't drink then try to wash your garments still on in salt water in the middle of the night, come to think about it, anytime. Oh well glad they got him out. With the clear skies earlier I have had some reports that our beacon has been seen out as far as 35 miles and we feel pretty good about that being only 48 feet tall but sitting about 85 feet up from the beach. I have heard some beacons can shine as far out as 50 miles. But they are a little taller than ours and sit a bit higher in the air, but I felt pretty good when i heard this. Well those that are coming to visit are still mild numbers as schools are just starting to let out for summer break. I feel by this next weekend we will start to see a jump in the numbers. So get here while you can still find a parking spot, LOL, but if you can only come during peak hours and days, bring it on we will fit you in and find you a place in lines to see what you want to see and learn about. Please remember that our parking is only for the lighthouse and station and not for the beach and there really is no full access to the beach from our point anyway so find a closer spot please. Oh and we do not charge for our parking so no need to dig through the change purse. Well, this is starting to drag on, the rain we are having as I am relaying this to that young reporter I am hoping gets out of here by the weekend and think it should. I have putting his young man to work more and more as he comes, he learns from me, and not going to admit it but he's taught me a few things as well. He's a good kid and I think someday can go more places then I ever was able to. Ok have a great and wonderful, especially if you can do it right here on old Cape Cod and hope to see you real soon.  
      This month we are back to seafood and this time the name just fits the time of the year so I just could not pass it up. Now I know that Cape Cod is not know for it's shrimp but I look at it as seafood is seafood regardless of where it comes from. And sometimes you just have to go with the flow. So take a look at this, it is really yummy, and I was although thinking you could do a party as this being one side and a good Shish Kabob (if you have to ruin it use beef, or chicken) and do a Mediterranean Beach Party, that's a double yum. But seafood is what is on the menu and I am ready to get this going. Happy eats on this one (really wanna say the other but not sure of the legal ramifications). 
 
      This week's recipe: Beach Shrimp
 
      3      lb         large unpeeled raw shrimp 
    16      oz        bottle Italian dressing
1 3/4      Tbsp    freshly ground pepper
      2      cloves  garlic, pressed
      2      each     lemons, halved (4 halves)
   1/4      cup       chopped fresh parsley
   1/2      cup       butter, cut up
 
      Place shrimp, dressing, garlic, and pepper in a 13x9 inch baking dish, tossing to coat. Squeeze juice from lemons over shrimp mixture and stir. Add lemon halves to pan. Sprinkle evenly with parsley: dot with butter (and lightly dust with Old Bay Seasoning:Optional but I like this added). Bake at 375 degrees for 25 minutes, stirring after 15 minutes. Serve in pan. 
      Easy to double.  For picnics, potlucks and beach parties, use foil disposable roaster pans. Serve with French bread a salad and white wine, summer sangria or a blond beer.      

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