Remember Dune Boarding & Bourbon Balls

 Watching the weather and all the snow in the mid-west, watching it work it's way across the northeast but never getting to the Cape. It's only the end of December but I think I'm ready for those warm summer sunny months to return. I want to be able to walk on the beach in shorts and short sleeves and flip flops. I am ready to see the sun out for more than 12 hours in the day. I want to be able to run down and jump into the water and feel the cool refreshment, not an iceberg hitting me in the face. Summer, Cape Cod, warm beaches, do I need to go on. 

      Does anyone remember back in the 70s being able to sled, or board down the dunes in Truro and Provincetown? They talk about snow boarding like it was is something new that just has been discovered in the last 10 years. And to think we were doing it in the summer when it was warm and not ending up with snow down our boots freezing our toesies off. Just a few sand burns on our arms and knees. You can do that any more due to the conservation issues and the possibilities of deconstructing the dunes. Oh well, so much for the good old days. I have see however over the last couple of years wayward pictures of kids getting out ye old sleds and actually going down a dune or two on actual snow. I'm still trying to figure out what year that was from since last year the Cape did not see much snow at all. 
      Anyway, if you love the snow, here is too you, I hope that we can some here on the Cape to please your desires, but for the rest of us who are already wanting the warmer weather, here is more to you that the winter stays mild with lesser running time for your heaters and lower energy bills. May every child who wishes to have a toboggan ride get one this year, only on land that is appropriate and conducive to sledding and may all the land lubbers not get their shorts in a knots worrying that there is any damage going on. Ok I'm just trying to have some fun here.
      So really how many of you can remember sledding or boarding on the dunes? Wow, warm weather, cold weather? Some may even remember both. Me only the warm weather but oh what I would not give right now to see the weather report showing 72 degrees, sunny and a healthy dose of daylight. Well I can dream can't I? Ok so sledding is reserved for that January snow and my warm weather boarding to that done behind a boat in maybe 6 months or so. And until then, stay warm and happy memories and dreams.
      Well while you out there are dreaming of which kind of sledding and boarding you have done or wish to be doing, I will be filling the oil well, trimming the wick and cleaning the lighthouse lens so that the beacon can shine out brightly, leading anyone who needs some help finding their way home to the Cape. I am so grateful to those that kept it going for me, may I keep it up for the next to find their way home as well. Have a great and wonderful and especially if you can do it while on the Cape. Have a safe and happy New Year.      
      What would a year of cookie balls be without Bourbon Balls. That would almost be anti baker busting and down right cookie ball disgraceful, or at the lest grinch like. Ok so much for the holiday ho, ho, ho's and that some of us could have used these fun little balls of spirited delight a few days ago while visiting the in-laws, or were they the out-laws. An extra shot of bourbon in grandma's recipe could have done the trick to hold out through cousin Louie's reciting of the night before Christmas that ended up we three extra versus that were never in the original script. But then again cousin Louie really meant well, and now is the time to make new years resolutions, while enjoying another round of bourbon balls. Hum, could be an interesting beginning to the new year, if you get my drift. Well enough of the nog for another year, I hope you have enjoyed this round of desserts. Have a wonderful end of the year and a grand start to the new. Please remember to partake of the spirits in moderation and responsibly. So now on with the show, by the way these are not for your children: 
 
      This week's recipe: Bourbon Balls
 
  •       12      cups      vanilla wafters crushed
  •      3/4      cup        dark corn syrup
  •        6      Tbsp       unsweetened coca powder
  •   4 1/4      cups       powdered sugar, divided
  •   4 3/4      cups       chopped nuts, divided (original calls for pecans)
  •        3      cups       bourbon, use what you enjoy drinking.
 
      Mix vanilla wafers, corn syrup, cocoa powder, 4 cups powdered sugar, 4 cups of chopped nuts and bourbon. Refrigerate at least 12 hours. 
      Shape into balls, grind rest of nuts to as fine as possible and sift in 1/4 cup of powdered sugar. Mix together and roll bourbon balls in mixture.  

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