So tis the & Sweet Potato Ring

      So tis the, each as its season, whether Hanukkah, Christmas or Kwanzaa and the beginning of winter, or Memorial Day, July 4 and sum, sum, summertime. Some would say this is a season to think about the white stuff, going north or west to mountains and fields. Others would say it is the season to think about heading south to warmer weather and, well they have may something there. But tis the season to be on and part of the Cape. And if you are not, tis the season to be planning your next visit your next vacation to non-other than old Cape Cod. Over the years so many have tossed the Cape away once Columbus Day comes and thinks that all the fun and all the adventure goes away like the sun. But how mistaken they are. There are strolls, there are town carols, tree lightings of all shapes and sizes and open shop doors just waiting to service its guests. The New Year brings in several first night watches and gatherings for all ages and all bed timers. There are beaches to be combed, and nature trails to trek, bird watches to catch, sun sets and sun rises to witness, lighthouses to photograph and history to discover. So don't stop at thinking that just because this is one "tis the season" doesn't mean it is the only tis the season. Come visit, come explore, come be a part of this magnificent spit of land. Or if time does not permit you to be here right this moment, take all these ideas and make your list, check it twice put something on it for vacation that is both naughty and nice. You get the point, the picture the big wahzoona? Yup I think you have, after being here, (this now my 3rd Christmas), for a while I can speak first hand of all we have to offer. So take a listen, take some heed, this is the place you want to be, whether high season or low, the Cape is where you want to be. 

      Yes, I remember being in Ohio and a kid growing up, sitting in front of the fireplace with the Christmas Tree all lite up watching the old black and white Philco 19 inch. I would watch the christmas specials while planning the next summers trip to the Cape. We all loved the Cape and would have had things like star fish and shells and sand and pictures and postcards that I would have had at my disposal to help me in my planning. And I did, and I did. Dad would remind me that nothing was ever a given and that we should be grateful that we had the last year on the Cape and the next summer was not promised to us. But I knew down inside that we were going and that was that. So it was, tis the season, yes of Christmas in our house but of planning for next summer when I knew I would be playing on sandy beaches and sun warmed watcher in a place called Cape Cod. So what about you, are you planning? are you planning for now or later, or now and later? I hope so, cause this is a wonderful place to visit as well as a wonderful place to be from.      
       This weeks business report is a twofer. The first is a new food shop by the name of Holly's Deli at 394 Main Street (Rt 28) in West Dennis right across the street from the Christmas Tree Shop and next to a new Animal/Pet supply shop and on the same side of the street as Westies Shoes. This is is a fun small shop that has wonderful sandwiches to but also has some excellent to go items in the refrigerator that are take n bake items like Eggplant Parmesan and other tasty Italian goodies. Also some great desserts like Traumas and other tasty treats. This does not begin to touch their homemade cookies and Oh Henry bars, (which is out of this world by the way.) The sandwiches are good size and you won't feel skimped on. Plus they have a rewards card that you but 6 sandwiches and get the 7th free. They are open Mon-Fri 8-6, Saturday 8-5 and Sunday 9-4, They are going to try staying open year round so if you are in the area and need a good sandwich and soup or need a breakfast sandwich this is your place. Another good local shop we can get behind and support.
      Ok need to do a repeat report and support for Little Miss CupCape in Hyannis at 388 Main Street. Tis the season and she is taking orders for her Cinnamon Rolls that are a take a bake for Christmas Morning. You will want to put in your order now and for a few extra cupcakes to treat the family with on Christmas Eve. But you will need to pick these up by the 23rd as she will be closed the 24th and 25th. So get on the horn, get over to the shop, do what you have to, but get your orders in now so you have a happy, happy crowd on Christmas morning. Love this place, she has the best stuff around, and you will not be disappointed. YumYum.   
      So the time has come said the walrus to the snail, and so much I say it as well, the time has come, and I need to get the rounds started. You know the routine, check the level of the oil in the tanks, up to the lamp room to clean the lens and trim the wick. Then down to pull tight the shutters then down and out to make the rounds around the grounds. Finally over to dory and to check the ties and her readiness. One last thing tonight, need to chop a bit more wood for the fire, as we need to keep the stove stoked and the house warm as it makes for easier sleeping that way. Well you have a happy holiday, and a great and wonderful, especially if you can do it right here on ole Cape Cod.
      Well this year has been a fun year with all the different vegetables we have had. Honestly I have tried some new things and liked most of them, others I have chosen to give them up for Advent season and some. But this last month is a favorite of mine and that would be sweet potatoes. I love everything about them and every different way, from french fried to baked to candied and more. So when I saw this recipe I could not think of a better way to end the year than with a really good sweet potato recipe. So with all that, let's get this show on the road and whoop up some goodness. Hope ya'll enjoy this one, as it is a winner in my book.
 
      This Week's Recip: Sweet Potato Ring
 
  •       1/4      cup      light brown sugar
  •       +2       Tbsp    light brown sugar
  •         1       tsp       water
  •       1/4      cup      pecan halves
  •         2       lbs       sweet potatoes, cooked and pared
  •         3                   eggs
  •       1/4      tsp       vanilla
  •         1       tsp       cinnamon
  •       1/2      tsp       salt
  •       1/8      tsp       ground cloves
  •       1/8      tsp       nutmeg
  •       1/4      cup      chopped pecans
 
      Grease a 1 quart ovenproof ring mold well. In a small bowl, combine 1/4 cup of brown sugar, 2 tablespoons of butter and the water. Pat into bottom of mold. Press pecan halves into sugar mixture. Preheat oven to 325. In a large bowl, beat sweet potatoes with eggs and vanilla until smooth. Beat in remaining brown sugar and butter, cinnamon, salt, cloves and nutmeg. Stir in chopped pecans. Spoon into mold, bake 45 to 60 minutes or until a knife inserted comes out clean. Loosen edges; invert onto service platter, serve immediately.  

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