Looking for Warmer Times & No Bake Peanut Butter Bars

      Well spring has finally sprung upon us and I am so ready for warmer weather. Can you hear the waves of the ocean lapping up on the shores, can you smell the summer salt air and the coconut suntan lotion and just image how the sun feels beating down on you. I can and I am so ready for it to be here to walk down the steps of the beach and feel the warm sand under my feet. I am so ready to shed these winter cloths for a summer bathing suit and just relax. Are you ready for any warm spring or summer day? Are you ready to open the windows and air out the house or cottage and get those stale smells out and the fresh breezes renewing the inside of your dwelling? I am, and are you ready for those outdoor showers were you actually have room to shower without feeling crowded whole the sun warms you all over? I am. So ready for to see all the snow gone from lawns and side streets and jetties and from the beaches. Yes there is still some of the beaches around there that have snow around them, but I will say they are fading fast and so happy for that. Can you tell my cabin fever or beach fever is way past the over the top point. But as much as I want or wish or hope, it will come in it's good old time, and there is not much I can do to hurry it on its way. So until it actually happens I will be waiting by the windows and doors looking and smelling and feeling everyday hoping that it will get warm, and stay warm more than just for a couple of hours.

      So with all that, have you planned your vacation yet, are you coming to the Cape, you know it is almost April. There are lists to make and cottages, rooms or homes to rent. There are day trips to plan and places you want to go and things you want to see. Are you getting ready for your vacation already. Don't wait till the last minute to plan, get started now, check this sites tools available to help you plan, CapeCodToday has a wonderful selection to help you know what is new or what is going on the weekend, week or month you are here. Get connected in with Best Read Guide also an extension of CapeCodToday.com and can help in your planning. Folks there is only 2 more months till Memorial Day and the season is on. What are you waiting for an invitation? Well consider this your invitation we are getting ready for you to come, so please come on out and visit us as we would love to have you and look forward to seeing you either again or for the first time. I can tell you, you will not be disappointed with your visit, unless you come not expecting to have a good time. Well can you get the drift, I'm ready for warm weather and for you our guests. Let's get this planning thing down and let's all be praying the warm weather comes quickly and stays long. Hope you see you this summer, watch for places of interest and things to do in coming blogs, just in case you missed or forgot something.    

      Business of the week: What can I say about 2 of my favorite seafood restaurants now open for the season, Seafood Sam's in South Yarmouth and Cook's in Hyannis. I love these two places and if only I had a bottomless pocket of money. I went this last weekend to Seafood Sams' and got there lunch special of fish and chips with a drink for just about 10.00. The fish was tasty and not over battered and with the french fries as one side and I had another it was well filling to count as my main meal of the day. We have had other dinners on many other occasions and they are consistently outstanding. My other restaurant is Cooks and especially for their fried clams. I know they have other seafood and ever other food. But I cant get past my love for there clams. Folks if you have never ever ever been to Cooks, WHY, WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR. Ok I'm under control again, seriously in my book they are one of the best on the Cape. I am so happy they are back open. Last note on restaurants, don't forget to make your Easter dinner reservations, Easter is only 2 weeks away as it is early this year. 
      Well it about that time, to make a check on the old lighthouse. Make sure her tanks are filled with oil, the lens is clean as clear can be and her wick trimmed for maximum brightness in candle light power. I think we finally may have 90% of the snow gone from the roofs on the keepers quarters, so we are making head way and we may actually see it all gone by the time summer gets here. Well, have a good day or evening whichever it might be for you and may you have a most wonderful time, especially if you can be enjoying it right here on old Cape Cold.
      Always looking for easy and simple recipes and especially going into the warmer months and for those smaller cottage kitchen. But honestly I like to be able to have something sweet around every once in a while but I don't want to spend hours making it. but home made is always better then store bought. Sorry about you folks that are allergic to peanut butter but I'm not and I love the combination with chocolate. So here we go for the recipe of the week, I actually thing this is a great college student recipe as well. Give em a try and enjoy every bit.
 
      This weeks recipe: No Bake Peanut Butter Bars
 
  •         1      cup      butter melted
  •       2      cups    graham cracker crumbs
  •       1      cup      rolled oats (not instant)
  • 2 1/3      cups    powdered sugar
  • 1 1/2      cups    creamy peanut butter, divided
  • 1 1/2      cups    semisweet chocolate chips
 
      Combine melted butter, graham crack crumbs, rolled oats, powdered sugar, and 1 cup peanut butter in a large bowl. Mix well. Press dough into a 9x13 inch pan.In a microwave safe bowl combine chocolate chips and remaining ½ cup creamy peanut butter. Microwave on high for 1 minute. Stir. Return to microwave and heat for 20 seconds, stir and repeat until chocolate is melted and smooth. Spread melted chocolate-peanut butter over oats mixture. Allow to cool before cutting into bars. Cool at room temp or in refrigerator,  Store at room temperature in airtight container.

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