The 6 Bs of Summer and More & Crabmeat Appetizer

      So what are the 6 Bs of my summer, Book shelves, Beds, Blinds, Blogs, Barbecue and Beer, and this does not even start to break the surface of what has been going on in my house over the last several weeks. Summer is usually the time that lists get made and chores get done. Well coming up on the one year mark of moving to the Cape has finally come to a head. People have come to visit, both long term and soon short stays and the nagging jobs that have been put off have had to get done. Book shelves, ordered and assembled, and still waiting on the remainder of them. Living in a house with boxes still sitting around full of books that I could not get to was getting very frustrating. And you can't have people in your house stumbling over boxes. Beds, I have been sleeping in the older bed that came with the house and I finally had to break down and get a bed that was for me. Both frame wise as well as a mattress. But what to do with the old bed. Seeing the spare room came with two nearly brand new twin mattresses I did not want to just get rid of them while moving the full bed also into the spare room. For the past several weeks the spare room has looked more like a hostel than a livable bedroom with it wall to wall beds. So I had to get a day bed with a trundle for the twin singles which will free up just enough room for the full. Wait I'm not finished yet, then there were the blinds. The house came with the old pull down shads, that looked as if they had been put up at the time with the house was built in 1971. They were almond in color and I think mostly from fading in the sunlight and did nothing for keeping out any light. So I am in the process of replacing every blind with room darkening blinds to help keep the sun out when the temperatures are in the upper 80s and 90s and help keep the house cooler since I don't have A/C except a portable in the main bedroom. Next is came the Barbecue, have you every tried to fit a 54 inch grill in a Honda Civic? Well it can be done unassembled, and we did it and since it was on sale we had to move on it or loose a great deal. And once we got it together, I had to move it around as I was stealing my deck in between heat waves. But as of this past weekend the deck is finished, the grill is in it's place and I am happily cooking outside. Can we say Yummm. What is Barbecue without Beer, but not just any beer but Cape Cod Merry Berry Beer. This stuff is wicked good, so with the son and his wife coming for a visit just had to get not one but 2 growlers to enjoy. And finally Blogs, As many of you have been faithful readers for many years I must say that from time to time it is a job to be sure I am getting something out that is worth reading or if nothing else a laugh or two. A little about this, a little about that, some past, some present, and a few recipes thrown in for good measure. But in the midst of it all, I added several years ago a morning letter that I share with some of my peers, and a handful of friends and family. This letter goes out daily during the weekdays and gets red from the east coast to the middle east.
      So as you see, my summer has been a little busy, and in the midst of it all my dishwasher went out. But the temperatures seem to be heading back to where they should be, the bedroom should be finished by the weekend and ready for the kids to arrive. Maybe a boat ride, Kayak style and a visit to a arts and crafts show to buy something we did not know we needed. And when all is said and done, we know that I will need to go to men's Bible study just for all the bad B's I have babbled through these projects, and of course it is at the Baptist church.
      Ok so much for another snapshot of my everyday life here on the Cape, a little hectic, but at least you know you're not the only one having fun this summer. Hope you are surviving all the hazy hot and humid and here is to the cooler coming weather. I'll be sure to clean the lens in the lighthouse beacon room so that the light will shine it's brightest, trim the wick and fill the oil well to it's fullest. And yes we will test the fog horn as there has been quite a bit of fog lately. Hope you can make it out to the Cape this summer and enjoy our wonderful beaches to relax on and our waters to cool off in. Have a great and wonderful and be safe getten here and going home. Till we meet and meet again..
      I have always loved crustaceans, from Lobster to Crab, so when I found this recipe it seemed to fit the niche of my fifth week postings for this year of appetizers. And with the impending football season coming, we can always use good appetizers, finger foods and quick fix and eat ideas. Also it is always good to have some type of snack item that is not junk food available. So with all this in mind, I know crabmeat is not the cheapest but it is pretty tasty. So hope you find this a fun and tasty treat to add to your something extra, category of recipes. And this recipe is another church cookbook specialty, so you know it's already been blessed. Now on with the show,

      This week's recipe: Crabmeat Appetizer

      This recipe is prepared in layers on a glass plate.
      First Layer:
     12     oz.        soft cream cheese
      1      Tbls      Worcestershire sauce
      2      Tbls      mayonnaise
      1      Tbls      lemon juice
      1      small    onion, grated
              dash     garlic salt

      Blend together with mixer and spread onto dish
      Second layer:
      1      small     bottle of chili sauce, spread evenly

      Third layer:
      1       can       drained crabmeat (6 - oz)

      Fourth layer:
      Sprinkle with chopped dried parsley

      Chill overnight to blend flavors. Serve with crackers.  

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