Monthly Archive: August 2017

August’s Cape Codder (cocktail)

A Cape Cod is made with vodka and cranberry juice, and garnished with a lime wedge or lime juice. Variations include adding mixers, ginger ale is a great choice, while Rose Kennedy was partial to soda water. A bartenders delight, this cocktail can be made as strong or weak as you like and served in a tall glass with a festive straw it’s color compliments …

August’s Cape Cod Chowder Recipe

Cape Cod has long been known for its local seafood, and you won’t find a restaurant anywhere in the region without seafood on the menu. Fried fish, especially fried clams, are considered the ultimate Cape Cod meal. Another favorite is lobster, broiled with butter sauce. But chowder, chowder has a history! Chowder appears to derive from the French word chaudière, a cauldron used by the …

August’s Seaside Retreat-Cape Cod

Before the shutters are nailed shut for the season on Labor Day there is still time for to splash at a seaside retreat on the cape. Cape Cod, a hook-shaped peninsula of the U.S. state of Massachusetts, is our August destination. It’s the site of quaint villages, seafood shacks and wind swept beaches. In the large town of Hyannis, the John F. Kennedy Museum is the first stop …

August Birthstone – Peridot

The August birthstone, peridot, symbolizes strength. It is sometimes called the evening emerald for its light green color. It was once believed that the green peridot crystals found in volcanic ashes were the tears of the volcano goddess Pele, renowned in Hawaiian mythology for her power, passion, jealousy, and capriciousness. The peridot is one of the few gemstones that occur in only one color: an olive-green. The …

August Birth Flowers – Gladiolus & Poppy

August’s bright, showy flowers capture the essence of sunny, late summer days. The August birth flowers are the gladiolus and the poppy. The gladiolus represents remembrance, calm, integrity, and infatuation. Remembrance would be why so many might associate them with funeral arrangements. I prefer the meaning from Latin, the diminutive of gladius, a sword, and they do appear to be a “sword lily” capable of …