More Vacation Planning Tips & Crab Soup

       Welcome back to a show of mixed greens, squashes and beans, with my choice of water logged, moo, oink, feathers or what not. This week we have places to go things to do and people to see. We are less than 2 weeks away form Memorial Day and truth be told 15 or less days till June. So whats ta do if you are still looking for activities to add to your visit or just haven't started cause it's your first time and all you know is they have great beaches, but what else ta do. Ok, so when you get here, stop off at a visitors center, grocery store or restaurant and pick up one, two or all three major visitors guide books as there are coupons in all of them. But get online and google what to do on Cape Cod. One of the top things to do is go whale watching, and I would heavily suggest you consider going out of Provincetown. The boat ride to where the whales are at most the time are the shortest rides and most do sighting guarantees. Now this is out at the farthest tip of the Cape and if you are staying in Hyannis or closer to the Canal it will take you a bit of drive to get there. So plan your day accordingly and just plan to spend it all in Provincetown or go early then after your done stop off at places up along the way. Such as do the National Seashore and Race Point Lighthouse, go to Pilgrim's Monument, then go stop off at Highland Lighthouse, go down to Nauset Lighthouse and Three Sisters Lighthouses. If you enjoy miniture golfing there are several places along the way down. In fact this is one of the things I am pushing this year is the miniture golf courses, or putt putt golf, whatever you want to call it. Look closely for these as some are well hidden and some of the best gems. Other thing would be check out the Mass Audubon's Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary, Then check out there other areas of interest, that being Long Pasture Wildlife Sanctuary in Cummaquid, also Barnstable Great Marsh Wildlife in Barnstable. If this is one of your interests you might also check out Heritage Museums and Gardens in Sandwich or Highland Hall and Gardens in Falmouth. Ok so Cycling is your call to nature, check out all the biking rail trails or just bikes paths. Check out www.CapeCodbikeguide.com or google Cape Cod Biking trails and you will find them from 1.5 miles to over 22 miles long. And the Cape Cod rail trail is growing in so many good ways. These are just a few things to do. The point is, get online get some things that you can do both outdoors as well as indoors. Be prepared for changing weather and never be disappointed if you have to make a last minute adjustment. Well hope you have fun planning and even more fun exploring new places and making new memories at old places. That's it for now, I hope you have a great and wonderful especially if you can do it right here on Old Cape Cod.    

      Ok small business report time, first up and I know I have mentioned them before but each time I see them I am reminded just how much I enjoy stained glass work. The name is EJ Best Studio on the web at EJBestStudio.com. They are out of Wellfleet and are in many galleries and do the craft shows year round. They specialize in Fine Jewelry, Stained glass and so much more. The stained glass is what drew me to them, but they are not just window hangings but jewelry boxes and decorative pieces. Their jewelry is one of a kind pieces that are good for anyone who enjoys special pieces. These folks are truly great artists and local Cape Codders as well. 
      Next we need a craft show update: the Sandwich Artisans Juried fin Arts & Crafts Shows. These shows are one day events and go from 10 am - 4 pm and happens on the Public Library Lawn. The dates upcoming are 5-25, 5-2, 7-7, 8-4, 9-1, 9-22 and 10-6. find out more at www.sandwich-artisans.com. Great town to visit even better to shop at and some wicked good places to eat at. Go check them out and buy local.
      Finally for your good eats place of the week (or whatever) The Knack, a shack of good eats. If you enjoy the Hyannis Cooks then you will enjoy The Knack as the same family owns both only this is try beach shack food with lobster rolls, clam rolls, fish tacos, hamburgers, hot dogs and more. Find them online at http://www.theknackcapecod.com/ or in Orleans on RT 28 just off the rotary on the same side the windmill is on. Also find them on twitter and facebook. They are open 11am to 8 pm daily, they support local suppliers for their goods and if you needed another reason for desserts they donate 10% of dessert sales to charity, every day. So go be feed, be filled be satisfied. Yum.  
      Well I hope all you Mother's out there had a great Mother's day, I know I didn't do a lot cause although the lady in my house is the Mother of our children she is not my Mother, and well we sent my Mother home a good while ago after a battle with cancer. But don't ya'll go thinking I did nothing, I just went and happened to do a nice Sunday after meeting dinner for her. Yup, did a dish with pan sired scallops and shrimp in lemon butter with pea pods, water chestnuts and some sprouts, plated alongside baked asparagus (beats the heck out of doing in a pan a lot less messy and much tastier. Anyway if I don't say so myself it turned out pretty darn good, you know the writer of this blog thing should take a listen he might learn a thing or two. Anyway, we had quite a gathering out here as well, the weather was fairly decent and it was a good day to get out and see some of the sights before it get busier.. Remember we are open on the weekends now till Memorial Day when we then start to be open daily. Now our friends to the north of us at Highland Light are now open daily from 12-4, and or friends to the south at Chatham Light are still only open on Wednesday between 1-3:30 so as the weather continues to get better please get our there and support our locals. I can hardly wait for the season to get here. I have so missed all the people, the older folk the kids and every one in between. Now we have added a few things to the exhibit this year and have spruced up much of the old stuff. So if you have been here before, don't push us off you might be missing something new. And the views I am sure have changed and you don't want to miss those. Well let's get our prayer caps on and give up a few good ones to get this weather going in the right direction. But remember come sun, rain, fog or a host of other weather evens we are always here looking to serve the public. We just hope you come to visit on your schedule and not out of necessity via the life boat. Until we meet again, have a great and wonderful, especially if you can do it right here on old Cape Cod.  
      Now that the weather is getting warmer (or we are hoping so) soup may not be the first thing on your mind. But what we forget is that soup is a great dinner, easy to make and enjoyed by all, and all the good stuff that is available during the late spring, summer and early fall makes for an amazing array of choices to try. Now with that said, I understand that there are many out there that enjoy cold soups, well I do not fall into that category. My soups, stews and chowders I prefer mine warm to hot. And during this time of year there is seafood available cheaper or you can go get on your own that can be used as the main ingredient that you can not other times of the year. So please don't turn your nose up and please do try, (ever I try cold soups so you can try the hot ones). Now I am really digging this weeks recipe or should I say catching onto this weeks recipe, So let me stop talking and gettn on with it:
 
      This week's recipe: Crab Soup
 
         2      cups    crab meat
         2      cans    cream of mushroom or celery soup
         2      Tbsp    butter
         1      tsp       seafood seasoning (Old Bay is my preference)
      1/8      tsp       garlic salt
      3/4      cup      dry sherry
   1 1/2      cups    milk
   1 1/2      cups    half & half
         3      each    eggs, hard boiled, chopped
         1      tsp       Worcestershire Sauce
      1/4      tsp       pepper
 
      In a heavy sauce pan add milk, half & half, seasoning. Simmer. Add the remaining ingredients. Keep hot but do not boil (as the milk with scold) for about 10  to 15 minutes. Garnish with parsley (optional) or service with Oyster Trenton Crackers.    
 
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