A Moon Moment & Brownie Pudding

       I see the moon, the moon sees me, Shining through the leaves of the old oak tree. Oh, let the light that shines on me shine on the one I love. So do you remember this old lullaby, it goes on for 3 more versus, over mountains over seas. Driving home tonight from a few errands that I had to do after work I was driving east towards Bass River Golf course. Up over the course was one of the largest moons I have seen in a long time. Golden in hew barely a cloud around it except for the signature accent underneath it giving the appearance that it was pushing the moon up higher into the skies. Down Highbanks road I went till I got to Bass River, there the moon was up high enough that it was able to cast a shimmering golden reflection off the river. What a beautiful sight, although only a few minutes to enjoy as I drove over the bridge. It started to dawn on me how much bigger the moon appeared tonight than in the summer months. I am sure this is just an illusion but I really thought it look so much bigger.
      The full moon this month is known as the Full Worm Moon, thanks to a few cross references this March full moon gets it name as the temperature start to warm up and the grown begins to thaw out and the earthworm casts appear calling out the return of the robins. Other names for the March full moon are the Full Crust Moon, Full Crow Moon and the Full Sap Moon, of course we can all figure out the last one, as the Maple sap begins to run and Maple syrup making is in full swing. To the settlers it was know as the Lenten Moon and was considered as the last full moon of winter. Now that is something that I can associate with getting excited about.
      So when you're out the next couple of nights and you look up to enjoy a beautiful clear evening, that same golden ball of reflection called the moon is also shinning over Cape Cod. Remember all those wonderful warm evenings sitting on the beach holding hands with the one you cared for looking out over the Nantucket Sound or the Cape Cod Bay, or may you were taking a mid-night cruse down the Bass River just you and your sweetie. Or,, Or,, Or,, you name the spot, overlooking, so many here on Cape Cod to do that. But that same moon that you are looking at somewhere else is also that same moon that I am looking at tonight. Kinda spooky if you ask me. But it is also pretty wonderful and can bring back so many wonderful memories, so make a wish, and hope that the cow doesn't stumble on her way over the moon, find a laugh and give a kiss, as you dance by the light of the moon.
      Ok, so not everything rhymes here, but we can find something to laugh at. So it is time to check the oil in the lighthouse lamp, clean the lens and trim the wick, so that the beacon can shine it's best in competition with the moon beams. Have a great and wonderful, making and remembering memories buy the light of the moon, especially if you can do it while on old Cape Cod.
      This weeks recipe couldn't be a better one if I had tried to find something that fit into Easter. Chocolate is a favorite any time of the year, but with all the recipe I had to look through to find this one, and unknowingly place it for this month is kinda cool. Every now and than I get something really right and, well, just reminds me that I am not in this alone. Even going back to my love for cooking is a God thing, and my Mother taking the time with me to teach me and allow me to be in the kitchen with her. To a Dad who was not afraid to either cook or try new dishes that Mom or I came up with. So with Easter in mind, I will take the time to give thanks, to the one God I choose to serve for allowing me this privilege to not only love cooking so much but for the opportunity to share with you all the resources that He has given me. In all you do give thanks for He has given all that is good. Now on with the show.
      This week's recipe: Brownie Pudding

  •       1/2      cup      sifted flour
  •           1      tsp       baking powder
  •       1/2      tsp       salt
  •       1/3      cup      granulated sugar
  •           1      Tbs      cocoa
  •       1/4      cup      milk
  •           1      Tbs      melted shortening
  •       1/2       tsp      vanilla
  •           1       cup     pecans chopped (or walnuts or nut of choice) optional
  •                    For sprinkle at end of recipe:
  •       1/2      cup      brown sugar
  •           2      Tbs      coca

      Sift dry ingredients together. Add milk, shortening, and vanilla and mix until smooth. Add nuts (optional). Put in greased 1 - quart baking dish. Mix sugar and cocoa and sprinkle over batter in dish. Pour 3/4 cup boiling water over batter. Bake at 350 degrees for 30-40 minutes.  

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