Town Stroll Line ups & 7-Up Frosted Sugar Plum Salad

      Tis the season for Nor'easter weather, for wind, lots of it, for rain, for fronts and migraines and for joints that want to scream with barometric changes. But also tis the season to get out and enjoy some of the shops and towns as they start to light up with the holiday festivities. The town strolls are coming fast, starting it all off are Orleans and Sandwich with Cookie strolls this weekend 11-29 with Provincetown's lighting of the Lobster Pot Tree also happening on 11-29. Then Falmouth, Harwich and Hyannis Village, have their stroll on 12-06, then Yarmouth Port Stroll is on 12-07. The Holiday Cookie Stroll in Historic Bass River is on 12-13 while the town of Dennis has their stroll on 12-14 and Chatham has their 35th annual Christmas Stroll weekend 12-12 and 13, 2014. If your out on the island Christmas in Edgartown is December 11th through the 14th. Please be sure to check out each towns website to confirm all information as I try to do my best but I am not error free, so check and recheck before going. There is a lot of experience and do this festive season, take advantage of as much as you can and see all that you can see of all the Cape Town villages, as they are all wonderful places to be any time of the year.
      With this being Thanksgiving week, I am not going to purse much else on this blog. Just to say I hope you have much to give thanks for, if nothing else the ability to read, to breath, to live life to it's fullest, especially if you can do it right here on ole Cape Cod. Now I'll go make a check on ye old Lighthouse, make sure the oil tanks are filled, the lens cleaned spotless and the wick is trimmed to burn her brightest. And until we meet again have a very happy, happy Thanksgiving and start to the town strolls.
      This week's recipe has to go with the holiday season. It is quick, kids helping will think it is fun adding soda/pop to a recipe and it looks pretty enough to have on your holiday buffet table. Don't cut this one short, it is easy to make and and tastes great. I always remember Mom having J-ello around the holidays and she always made it festive looking, using strawberries or raspberries or even cut up red apples with lime jello, and on occasion using tart green apples with some kind of red j-ello. she would also do do savory j-ellos using celery and carrots and radishes to give color and crunch and texture. So give this recipe a try, dress it up and see it gobbled down, or maybe a few reindeer will eat it up. Hope you enjoy and have fun making your own adaptations to this recipe.

      This week's recipe: 7-Up Frosted Sugar Plum Salad

  •       2      pkgs       strawberry gelatin (3 oz boxes)
  • 1 1/2     cups        cups  
  •       2      cups       chilled 7-Up
  •       2      cups       drained canned plums, cut into bite size pieces
  •    1/3      cup         walnuts (chopped)
  •       1      pkg         instant lemon pudding
  • 1 1/4      cup         milk
  •    1/2      cup         sour cream

      Heat water to boiling & add to gelatin, stirring until gelatin is devolved. Allow to cool. Slowly add 7-Up and chill until syrupy. Fold in plums and nuts. Pour mixture into a 9" square pan, and refrigerate to allow to firm up. While gelatin is firming, Prepare instant pudding using milk. Beat 1 minute and fold in sour cream. Once gelatin mixture has firmed, spread lemon pudding on top. Serve as is or sprinkle top with colored sugar just enough to give festive glitter.  

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