Recharging on Cape Cod & Roasted Broccoli

   There are times even on the Cape that one needs to find solitude, quiet from the noise that goes on around us. Over the years I have spent many a times writing poetry over the years in those spots right here on the Cape. As a teen, mornings on an empty beach with maybe only one other person doing yoga, or an older couple just strolling the waters edge looking for shells. The sun having risen over the horizon, the stillness of the air and not a ripple on the water, lends itself to clearing the mind of the muddle of the normal days clutter of the brain. Or down a sandy road to a place that only the rabbits know, a path that leads around the bend and down a small hill to a quaint spot that opens to a small kettle pond for many many years ago. The birds chirping in the tree tops, a rabbit or two and the squirrels chasing each other up and down and all around. No one else around to interrupt the thoughts, no business to clutter the head just time to think, reflect, to write. But the older we get the less time we seek out to take to be still, to clear the mind, to just sit and recognize the nature around you. We push, through, push pass, push on, till one day it all implodes in your head. Stop and think about this, we live on Cape Cod, empty beaches, quiet dunes, nature trails and parks. We have so many places to just shut down and recompose, restart, refresh. We are here, we have so many places that a lot of city dwellers never get to see in a lifetime, who never get to experience, we have our out back doors, our front doors, down the street, around the corners. Isn't it time we took some time for ourselves, get our minds cleared so that we can give our best to the ones we care about the most. Why not, they deserve it and so do we. And if you are not on the Cape, if you need some seclusions, come on out and get recharged in this wonderful nature filled place we call Old Cape Cod. Hope to see you soon, and be prepared to leave a new. And for the rest of us, don't pass up what we have around us, and live a healthier life.       
      Business report: Where to start this week, Just Picked Gifts: located at 13 Willow St, Yarmouth Port, MA, on the web at and on facebook. They have 3 shops in 2 buildings with tons of fun and this time of year they always have great finds on spring things for the home or cottage and for the outside grounds. They also always have great gift ideas for all occasions. 
      Second: Cuffy's of Cape Cod. multiple locations season main shop at 723 Main St, West Dennis, MA or online at, and facebook. Cuffy's has been around for some time now, starting in South Yarmouth selling Tee Shirts on Rt 28 next to the Baptist Church. back in the 80's. They are now a Cape Cod institution and are a real destination for vacationers. However, what you might not know is that Cuffys in West Dennis is open year round, and including the General Store. Folks they like us locals during these off season months and I would highly recommend if you have not shopped there before during the off season you better give it a chance, it will be well worth your time and effort. 
       Last but not least restaurant. We have been to this place one or twice now and can not wait to go back. Lately I have been working Saturday mornings and by the time I get done they are so backed up I can not get near the door, and it's the off season, what's up with this. And if you have to ask, dah cause they are that good. Keltic Kitchen located at  415 MA-28, West Yarmouth, MA  and website or check out their facebook page. Open from 7-2 daily, folks get there while you can, cause when season comes about, you might as well take a sleeping bag to get in. Yes they are that good and well worth the wait. One of my top 3 breakfast joins on the Cape.  
      Can you believe this weather, and more of this warm stuff is coming our way. I know, I know that there is more winter to come, but this actually gives me hope and a shot in the arm that Spring is not fall off. The other big help is that the time has changed and now we have light later on through the day and that goes well for getting folks back out on the water. Now this time of year we have to watch the shifts in water temperatures and air temperatures as this is a good recipe for fog, thick heavy fog. And getting through this stuff to get out of the harbor and through the channels can be tricky, let alone trying to get back in after being out for a couple days and your tired and can't see a foot off the bow and trying not to run ashore or into a new sandbar. So this old gal has to be at her tops and giving it all she's got. Also the fog horn is up and ready to go. My apologies to all our neighbors right now for those early morning blasts. This winter hasn't been bad this year so we have been able to get many updates done around the grounds. From fence repairs to the observation area over by the cliffs to even a few more markers going up noting viewing areas and directions and how far to different places across the pond, so that should be fun. We have been able to get some of the inside painting done and will wait till May to do the outside. It's a busy, busy place but we are getting there. Correct we are still closed to the general public, but still doing the private tours, especially for the kids and those old folk tour buses. I always have fun with both those groups. I see us opening up Easter weekend for the weekends only, and I am sure we will be doing the egg hunt again, and yes for all you overgrown kids (aka adults) we will be having an egg hunt for you too, of course weather permitting. Watch for a posting the week between Palm Sunday and Easter. You know we will not be doing anything till after church is over, and if you are interested I am sure there will be at least one sunrise service either on the beach or up the top of the cliffs. Anyway I think I've talked you ears off enough for one day. Y'all have a great and wonderful week, and especially if you can do it right here on Old Cape Cod.
      I have to say I have been blessed through life to have a family that loves vegetable and always willing to try new things. Broccoli, Cauliflower, Green Beans, Brussels sprouts, and the list goes on. Everyone will eat Tomatoes except the wife and oh well just more for us. And yes we all love Mushrooms, and leaf greens So looking for vegetable recipes is always fun for me, even though the kids are adults now we all share recipes from time to time and this will be a good one. Hope you enjoy. 
       This week's recipe: Roasted Broccoli
      4-5      lbs       broccoli, cut into florets
         5      Tbsp    Olive Oil
    1 1/2     Tbsp    Olive Oil (yes both)
       1/2      tsp      fresh ground pepper
          4      cloves garlic 
          3      Tbsp    Pine Nuts
       1/3      cup      freshly grated Parmesan Cheese
      Preheat the oven to 425 degrees. Put the broccoli on a ccokie sheet. Toss with 5 Tbsp of Olive Oil, salt & pepper. Peel and slice the garlic cloves and toss them in also. Roast in the oven for 20-25 minutes, or until crisp-tender and the tips of some of the florets are browned. When it's done, take it out of the oven and zest a lemon over the broccoli, squeeze the lemon juice over the broccoli, add 1 1/2 Tbsp of Olive Oil, 3 Tbsp toasted pine nuts and 1/3 cup of freshly grated Parmesan cheese. 
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