More Cape Life Snap Shots & Three Bean Salad

      Well I hope your 4th of July week/weekend went well. Many of those of us who ventured out to see those wonderful fireworks got shorted by Mother nature and her fog clouds that chose to come in just at the wrong time. I have been to many a fireworks display over the course of my life and I will say, watching them through a fog cloud bank was a first. Oh well, I had a wonderful time and even met some new folks from my same neck of the Cape. Funny thing, Saturday early afternoon the wife and I are walking the streets of Barnstable on our way to enjoy some wonderful Ice Cream at Smitty's when a truck horn blow behind us, as we turned around there was Chris who we had met at the fireworks on Thursday evening. The fact that he even remembered us or even took the chance to say hey. Way cool.
      Is it just a few of us, or is this summer a more humid one than in the past years. We have been out and about the over the last 2 weekends and several of us who get around to talking, seem to be all in agreement that this summer seems to be more humid than in past many years, thus making any heat added to the humidity more potent. I remember and have noted several of those summers in past blogs, but the longer this goes on the more inquisitive this is becoming. I really don't mind warmer temperatures, and don't even mind a day or two of humidity when it is washed out of the air with a good quick rain maker and than it all goes away. But this year seems to be different, and I find myself ending up in the shower more frequently than on a normal day. But as all things do, eventually this too shall pass, however in many of my conversations I have reminded myself as well as my audience that back in March we were experiencing a ridiculous snow fall and all begging the weather god to give us something a bit warmer. Ok I'll take this over the snow and the cold. At least I am not running my heater and watching my wallet to out the door to National Grid. Only a few extra dollars to run the portable A/C unit that I had to break down and get for the wife so she could sleep through the night. Oh well.
      So tourist season is fully upon us, if it wasn't apparent before this last weekend, just a tune into the local radio stations on Sunday afternoon was a quick reminder that the 25 mile back up to get off the Cape was a sure sign that we are definitely in full tourist mode. Even Monday morning was not much better with a friend of mine having a doctors appointment in Boston and took him 4 hours to get from Brewster to Boston. Word to the wise, try to come Tuesday through Thursday and come or leave at an odd hour, it will make the driving experience so much more enjoyable. I remember doing this with my Dad and family before the days of a nice multi lane 495 and the days prior to the rotary being taken out. I continued this tradition with my family as we came to and from the Cape. We would drive overnight from Ohio and get in just as the sun was rising and be on the Cape just before the crowds picked up, than on leaving, we worked it out so that we did all kinds of things throughout the day on Saturday and were ready to head off Cape well after the crowds had finished fighting there way to go home. One once or twice did we ever get really stuck in traffic and never fortunately did we have car issues to magnify the intensity of the travel. Just saying.
      For me, the job of still putting the house together continues. I am finally getting around to sealing my deck, however with the heat that we have been going through the past week, I have about 2/3 of it done, and now can not wait for a break in the weather to finish it. Even today after work the thread of rain put it off another day. The grill has been purchased and even have had a chance to use it. All the rooms in the house have been painted with the exception of 2. I finally got a bed that my feet do not stick out of the end, (a full bed is just not made for me and I am not that tall really, still under 6 foot). I finally got part of my bookshelves and have been able to unpack most of my books. Cookbooks, a butt load of them, I feel like a kid in a candy store, some I did not realize I had and others that it was like finding a long lost friend. Still need to get another 2 medium units and 2 small units to finish it all out. The thing that kills me is that I have not found that darn goose that is known for laying golden eggs. If I did, the project that really could use getting done would be put into high gear. But for the time being, I am almost ready for the son and his wife to come in and towards the end my Dad and his wife to be here. And who knows who else might or might not show up. But isn't this what we who live on the Cape look for during the summer, seeing family and having them into our homes to visit. I am so excited to be able to share what I have with member's of my family it is not funny, so I am truly looking forward to finishing up the smaller projects, doing what my budget can afford and making what has been given to me a place of reset and relaxation for those who come to stay with me.
      Well, that's about it for this week. Hope you enjoyed another snapshot of Cape Cod living. Laugh a few, identify with much, and feel the ups and downs with me. Have a great and wonderful especially if you can do it here on Cape Cod. I'll check the light house, make sure it's filled with oil, the lens is spotless clean and the wick trimmed to burn bright. Be safe and have a Happy, Happy, and hope to see you all soon.
      This weeks recipe is a tried and true recipe, it has been part of most good church carry-ins or work pot lucks as long as I can remember. Most multi-family picnics gets at least one good version of this and if you lucky there are about 3 good recipes and all different. And of course at a good Amish or New England buffet or Sunday brunch. I love a good bean salad and summer is the perfect time to pull this one out. So if you just haven't found time to look up a good bean salad recipe, or taken the time to Aunt Mary, or even talked to Sister Lidia about what they use in their recipe. Here is a good old recipe that is straight from the Missionary kitchen. Hope you find it tasty and delicious and that this will go into your keeper pile of regularly used treats. Have a great and wonderful and hope your summer is tasting mighty fine. Now on with the show,,

      This week's recipe: Nancy's Three Bean Salad

  •         1      can       green beans 16 oz
  •         1      can       kidney beans 16 oz
  •         1      can       yellow wax beans 16 oz
  •      1/3     cup       vegetable oil
  •      1/2     cup       chopped onion
  •      1/4     cup       sugar
  •      3/4      tsp.      salt
  •      1/2      tsp.      freshly ground black pepper
  •      2/3      cup      vinegar

      Drain beans well. Mix all ingredients well. Put salad mixture in a low, flat dish. This salad is better if made the day before serving.
** my favorite is a Four Bean salad and I add a can of chick peas or garbanzo beans to the mix. ** 

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