Planning for your Vacation to Cape Cod & Honey Bunt Coffee Cake

       So time for a little travel tips as we are in full tilt planning mode for that vacation on this place we call Cape Cod. First, plan your trips, what do you want to do, where do you want to go, when do you want to be on the beach. Now do you need to micro plan no, but if you have a few different options for weather changes and for how tired everyone is from the day before it will make things much more enjoyable being able to get up and have a plan then spend half your morning figuring out what you want to do. Then wasting half a beach day because the place you ended up was twice as far as you thought. Some simple planning can save you money and same you time and relieve a lot of stress. Also if you are a returning guest you will have places you have to go to, restaurants you have to visit, and this is in addition to finding new places. So take the time to plan ahead, and be sure to include every ones opinion. The kids will have a lot more fun, if they get to pick some of the things that you are going to do. If you are on a tight budget, get a online with the our own CapeCodToday or BestReadGuide and see what is available to do for free. There is also many miniature golf places and many have coupons to use. There are nature trails to hike and bike trails to ride, and lighthouses to see. Look to see when they are open and how much if there is a tour option. There are arts and craft shows that are always fun to attend and most are free to get into. Then there are the bigger buck items like whale watching or the train excursion, may you like fishing and want to go on a chartered boat. Then there are some moderate outings that include canoeing, kayaking and paddle boarding. Taking a trip up to P'town and Pilgrims Monument or the National Seashore Park. There are adult things to do like visit the wineries and breweries, have an upscale dinner outing or go to a play at the Cape Cod playhouse or the Melody Tent. Check to see when festivals and fairs are going on and plan around those. The Cape has so much to offer and we want to you enjoy your time here. Please don't overspend and then not want to come back as it left a bad taste in your wallet, but also don't get caught up trying to do to much and feel like you need a vacation from your vacation when you get home. Prepare, plan and then come and have fun, fun, fun while relaxing and enjoying yourself. We hope to see you real soon and have a great and wonderful while here on old Cape Cod.      

      Well this weeks business report is a newer restaurant in West Dennis called BillyGoats BBQ located at 581 Main St, just west of Cuffy's and East of Christmas Tree Shop. The wife and I split the Sampler which had the Beef Brisket, Ribs, Sausage, Pulled Chicken, and Pulled Pork. All come without sauce and that is provided on the table if you wish to add. For an appetizer we got the hush puppies. They also have each of these by the 1/2 lb or by the pound and then have a some choices for those who are not into the BBQ scene. But BBQ is the name of this joints game and they do it nicely. This is an average priced place that two of you can get in and out just around $50.00 if your are not drinking. The bar is very clean and spacious. We went just about 5pm and there weren't many there and the noise level wasn't bad but there was already some echo, so get a good crowd in there and I am sure the noise level does pic up. They do have live music on the weekend, so you could really make a nice evening of it with your significant other or if you are going as a group. You can also find them online at http://www.billygoatsbbq.com/. You can call ahead and take out as well. I would give it a solid I will be back.     
      So the time has come that I must be upon my way and get to my chores that need done. You know the routine by now, check all the shutters to be sure they are secured and locked. Then all the doors, sometimes we only think of the one to the tower, but there are many more all over the property. While checking the doors pick up all the exhibit items that need stored nightly and put them away, and then make sure all the rescue equipment is in there proper storage sheds and containers ready at a moments notice. Then finally down to the water and make sure the dory is tied up securely in case she is needed in an emergency. So hope you have enjoyed your time here and I pray you have a great and wonderful the rest of your time here, and may we see you again real soon. For the rest of you who live here, quit being strangers and get your butts over here a little more often, I could use your help, and besides you need to get out of the hermits cave one in a while. Ya'll have a great one as well.  
      This weeks recipe is one of those that can be used either as a dinner dessert or is just as good the next morning with your coffee or tea. Honey has a wonderful flavor and taste to it and has many medicinal values. Now in a bunt cake I am not so sure about the Medicinal values but I know this that it does wonders to the taste buds. So along with that glass of Honey Whisky add a nice piece of this delicious treat, or if you must,enjoy with a nice mug or cup of tea or coffee. Remember with bunt pans, to get the best results use a good heavy one, not a flimsy aluminum one, you will see a much improved release and less breakage when removing from the pan. Now before I get too hungry and start eating my words, lets get on with the show.
 
      This week's recipe: Honey Bunt Coffee Cake

      4                     Eggs, large
      1/2      cup      Brown sugar, light
      1         box      Cake mix, yellow
      2 1/2   tsp       Pumpkin pie spice, homemade
      2         tsp       Vanilla extract, pure
      3/4      cup      Vegetable oil
      2 1/2   tsp       Pumpkin pie spice, homemade
      1         cup      Sour cream
      2         cups    Confectioners' sugar
      4         tbsp     Vanilla coffee creamer
 
      Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Grease and flour a 10 inch bundt pan or spray with nonstick cooking spray. In a large bowl, with an electric mixer, combine cake mix, oil, eggs, sour cream and vanilla until thoroughly combined. In a medium bowl, stir together the brown sugar and pumpkin pie spice. Spoon half the batter into the prepared bundt pan. Sprinkle the brown sugar mixture onto the cake batter and top with remaining half of batter. Use a skewer to swirl the brown sugar layer into batter. Bake in preheated oven for 45 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Remove cake from oven to a wire rack to cool for 15 minutes. Remove cake from pan and allow the cake to thoroughly cool on a wire rack. Once the cake is completely cool, prepare the icing. Whisk together the confectioners' sugar and vanilla coffee creamer and drizzle over the cake.

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