Reminiscing & Pineapple CheeseCake

      So would love to go back to the days of no worries, no real responsibilities, no bills, no thinking about where my food is coming from or who is going to prepare it, taken on vacations on someone else's dollar, freedom to come and go as one pleases with minimal restrictions. The days when the month of August meant sleeping later, laying on the beach, sailing, swimming, girl watching, biking, making new friends, fishing, and the list goes on and on. Life was so much simpler than and we took it all for granted for way to long. I know some out there did not have great childhoods or fantastic families. But I had parents who cared and even though my sisters were out of the house by the time I was in middle school/junior high I still had a fairly decent relationship with them. Why did we not learn earlier, or recognize how good many of us had. WOW, if only I could go back and make better use of my time or be more grateful for what I had and did not realize it at the time. When you stop and think about it, how many kids could say their family went on vacation for a whole month, let alone at the beach. I'm not talking about the rich and famous here, or those making six figures or more, I'm talking middle class America here, the working class, As a pastor my Dad worked more like 6 days a week and sometimes 7. He was not an Sunday morning only, or maybe through in the Wednesday night back in the day. Im talking Dad did, counseling session, he did visitations, he had board meetings, besides his studies. He was and still is well respected and used to write for a counseling periodical and the list goes on. He was a true pastors pastor and a churches gem, so he did "earn" his time off, but still on vacation put in time studying and working on what topics and passages of scripture he would be preaching over the next year. He did not belong to a conference or group of churches that dictated what he would preach each Sunday. So he had to prepare each week, and put in the time to research and read and make his outlines and,, most people do not realize what a good pastor really does. So when August came around, although he was still semi-working he never took away from my mother's and my time. August was my time away with Dad, we would ride bikes together, through baseball or softball, he taught me here on the Cape to throw a frizbee and how to fly a kite, and when I was in my older teens we would go golfing together. Funny today we could not afford it it has gotten so expensive. Oh those wonder years of living at home and part of a caring loving family. Perfect heck no, but much better than a lot others and that I did understand. I hope that through the years you are able to carve out time for those you love in places you love to be where ever that may be, here on Cape Cod, New England in general, Disney World, Europe or where ever your happy place is. And don't take for granted the times when life is giving you a break, cause there will be the rest of the time we only wish would pass. At least for now I am able to enough work days looking out my office window in my house knowing I live here on Cape Cod. May you have a great and wonderful rest of your summer and if you have the opportunity, come and visit us here on Old Cape Cod.  

      Business report, General Stores, seriously have you checked out all the General Stores around the Cape. Do you know the history of the general store. Do you realize the history behind the general stores, they were the life line of the towns, they were gathering hub other than the local hall or church. Everyone did business at the general store and caught up on the local gossip. So as you are traveling the Cape this summer either on Rt 6A or Rt 28 or there are a couple others off the beaten path, stop in, check them out, and see what kind of history they have and experience so of the real good old Cape living. Just to name a few, in Centerville it is call the 1856 Country Store located at 555 Main St, The Barnstable General Store located at 3220 Main St (6A) Barnstable, Millie's of Chatham General Store 1291 Main St Chatham, Provincetown General Store located at 147 Commercial St, Provincetown. While your up that way South Wellfleet General Store 1446 Rt 6, Wellfleet, Then there is DennisPort General Store located at 662 Main St (Rt 28), then of course the Brewster General Store and Brewster Scoop located at 1935 Main St (6A), There is also the Wild Harbor General Store in North Falmouth at 200 Old Main Rd (Not Falmouth center but North Falmouth). If you can find any others go for it. But these are the listings I could find. Funny thing is I think have been to all but 1. So that makes me feel really good, when you get there, take the time to walk around and find some of the other stores, ice cream shops and local eateries. They all have their quirky perky places that are fun to go in and just look around and if you find something, that's even better. So have fun checking out the general stores and the areas surrounding them. The Cape has so much to offer, don't miss out on all the hidden treasures.  
      Well hello folks, what can I say about this past week. We have seen some of the highest highs and lowest lows. We have see encounters with Great Whites, Whales and Ripe tides have been around the area and in the news. What can I say to this, the ocean is a wild place, that which flows in her depths can be great on one hand yet a freaky scary on the other. We need to respect her in all her glory while enjoying what she has to offer. I have seen ships succumb to her watery graves and I have seen the anger of her waves that takes back her land. The Ocean is a wonderful but wild place. Respect her every time you step into her, or take to her by vessel of any kind. I know that seems heavy right right now but we got lucky with the meeting of the surfer and Great White off our eastward facing beaches, the gentleman will have a time recovering but reports are he will. Our friends in New Hampshire were the Bay open up to did not fair so well. And our gentle giant that used to swim the waters of our Cape Cod Bay. On the flip side we did wee the picture of the young fisherman getting up close with a breaching brother Hump Back, and the pictures he has shared on that Tube thing, to remind us just what wonders are out there and to be cautious as you travers our Cape waters. Our shinning beacon of light can only do so much, it can help point the way to a wayward boatsman or ship captain or warn of imposing dangers nearby. It can be used as a road map to whose sailing up and down the coast either for pleasure or looking for a safe harbor. While others just want to see the comfort of it's light, knowing they are not that far from shore. The guard station has been a home for those committed to helping others, whether on every day normal swim days to riptide days to those where seas are angry and someone needs rescued from the perils that stir within her at times. You see we are more than just a light in the dark, or a guard in a life chair, the station has many other duties, from weather watching and reporting to whale counting, to keeping history alive to those who seek. As you go about your travel this summer, visit lighthouses and get to know them. Check out there history and see what they are still doing, and remember when it comes down to it, they have much more function that what most people realize. Befriend a keeper, if you can fine one, or the group that is preserving them. Read their history and the lives they have saved then spread the news and keep the light burning so that all, whether on land or on sea can continue to have the safety and comfort of knowing we will be here for a long long time. May you have a safe rest of your summer, and have a great and wonderful especially if you can do it right here on old Cape Cod.           
      This week I wanted to stay summery with the recipe. And being that we are on cheesecakes I needed something that was fruity and full of sunshine. So what better way to celebrate then with pineapple and combine with our favorite, ok one of our favorites, desserts. Now you know when you have an idea in your head and you have searched high and low and finally found what you thought was what you wanted, only to find our as you go to use it, it's close but so far away. Yup this week's recipe is one of those. I thought I had me a Pineapple CheeseCake recipe but went to my source what I had noted was Pineapple Cake. Hum, what happened to the Cheese? So back to the search I went,, after looking through more than 30 books and tittles I finally found one I could live with. Now don't get me wrong, I found Pineapple upside-down CheeseCake, I found Pineapple-Coconut CheeseCake, I found several no-bake Pineapple CheeseCakes, and something called Pineapple Delight CheeseCake. Sorry folks I wanted a basic, simple real Pineapple CheeseCake. So after finding about 3 or 4 I could live with and making sure it was not one of those big brand name recipes (although most were so close I am not sure who came first the cheese or the cake. As we all know Kraft is most likely one of the earliest noted cheesecake recipe originators. There are some cheesecakes that go back a little further that utilize other forms of cheese that were known as cheesecakes but you will need to google the history of and get the full story. So now that I have my recipes in order let's get this show going in the kitchen:
      This week's recipe: Pineapple CheeseCake
      1      cup      honey graham crackers , finely crushed ( or plain)
      3      Tbsp    butter, melted
      1      cup      plus 3 tbsp. sugar, divided 
      4      pkg      cream cheese, softened (8 oz each)
      1      cup      sour cream
      1      Tbsp    vanilla extract (the real stuff please)
      4                  eggs
      1      can      pineapple tidbits in juice, very well drained (8 oz )
   1/2      cup      pineapple preserves
      The Crust:
      Mix graham crackers crumbs, butter and 3 Tbsp. sugar; press into bottom of 9-inch springform pan. Bake in a preheated 325-degree oven for 10 minutes
      The Filling (the good stuff)
      While crust if backing, beat cream cheese and remaining sugar with mixer until well blended. Beat in sour cream and vanilla. Add eggs, 1 at a time, beating on low speed after each just until blended. Once crust is finished, pour batter over crust. Bake 55 minutes to 1 hour or until center is almost set. Run knife around rim of pan to loosen cake; cool before removing rim. Refrigerate for at least 4 hours.
      Mix pineapple and preserves; spread over cheesecake just before serving. (note the cheese cake should be cool before putting the topping on. 
      The nice thing about this recipe is you can put just about any fruit topping on the CheeseCake. Do it with Cherries, with Mandarin Oranges, any kind of Berries or what about Carmel & nuts or Chocolate. Use your imagination on this one. And enjoy.  
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