Life on the Cape Update & Baked Cherry Pudding

       Life on the Cape? Why is it that all the good intentions never get the jobs done that you thought or hoped would have happened by now. Between motivation, and still recouping from moving expenses, getting the fun of a new year of gas and electric expenses, on a reduced income. Well what can I say, and that does not even begin to account for the fun that when the thaw came in January and the pipe to the yard watering system burst I found out that I needed to look into a little bit of water sealing in the basement before I do any moving of things around to make studio space. Although not bad, it is still something I want taken care of before it gets worse. However on the upswing, through all the wicked weather so far I think between all the storms and fun I have only lost power a total of 4 hours and not all at once. Next my street gets well plowed and I have been able to get in and out as I have wanted. The only problem is my street is clean, it's just the rest of the streets that are the issues. And since my house sits up on a hill I have not had any issues with water from all the snow and rain. So I do have much to be blessed.
     The next think I am hoping for is to add some color to this house. I have lived in it now for 6 months and I think I have finally come to the running theme of color in the house. That color will highlight the bedrooms, sun room and kitchen while being the primary through the hall, living room, dinning area. Now to just get a little extra in a pay check to be able to afford the paint. Than again aren't we all looking for that little bit extra. But I think that will go a long, long way to making this place even more of my house and not the person who lived here before me.
I have my shellfish license and enjoy going out and looking for mussels, I still need to find a good spot in Dennis to go little neck digging and the quahog's well, they are good for the taking, two problems, I don't have a quahog rack basket and even better no thermal waders. An ain't no one going into the water at this time of the year for any time without thermal insulated waders. Now that I have been here past the 6 month mark I look to get my fishing licenses for both fresh and salt water and will do so within the next 2 weeks. Just wish the fish would come out of the water cleaned and filleted, it would make it so much easier to deal with.
Well, the girls come in at the end of next week, my daughter and her mother. One for a short stay the other for a longer visit. So it will be good to have company in the house, maybe it will not feel as lonely as it has sometimes. But getting use to having women in the house again will be interesting. So, how is it going? Would I change anything? Well I think it is going relatively well all things considered, and would I change anything, if you mean do I regret buying or moving here, heck not, do I regret being here through the winter, heck no. Now if someone wants to give me a place in Florida all expenses paid for throughout the winter months, Ok I'm not going to be an idiot and pass it up. But no I do not regret moving or being here through the winter, and I look forward to being here for the spring and through this coming summer. Now if I could just get my beach parking pass taken care I might be in even better shape.
I hope you don't mind an occasional update on how life is going as I transition from the real world into the Cape Cod world. I am still learning the differences between summer life and year round life, but one thing has not changed for me. I am still enjoying my time year round as much if not more than just the summer time. So I'll go check the level of the oil in the lighthouse lamp, trim the wick and be sure the lens is spotlessly clean, so if there is someone else who needs to make that journey can find their way by the beacon it gives our. Until next time, live big, live happy, live within your means and live life to the most especially if you can do it on Cape Cod.
This week is a fun recipe for me as I love cherries. So anytime I can get a good recipe using cherries, especially if it is a simple recipe I love it. This is one of those, specially easy and fun, without even saying tasty. This is one that even the kids I think could help with, and you know pudding is good all the time not just for desserts. So get your red on and enjoy this little tasty treat, who knows you might find that you just have trouble sharing it. The other thing I like about this recipe is that it is not stuck on for cherries. You can interchange fruit fillings to the season or you taste a the time. Now on with the show.

This weeks recipe: Baked Cherry Pudding

  •       1   can      cherry pie filling (21 oz) (or other fruit filling)
  •       1   box     yellow layered cake mix
  •   1/3   cup      butter, melted

      Spread pie filling in greased 9 X 9 X 2 inch pan. Sprinkle cake mix evenly over top of filling. Drizzle butter. Bake at 350 degrees for 40 to 50 minutes. Serve warm with whipped cream or ice cream, or drizzle a little cream over top.  

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