My Dad's visit to Cape Cod 2016 & Cinnamon Roll Coffee Cake

      So I am back as promised, the last week and a half has been whirl wind, but it was so fun. My 89 year old father can to visit me while my wife was being treated to Walt Disney World by our adult daughter as a belated birthday present. Dad came in the 12th and went home on the 19th and I was able to take off work so that we could spend the time together. During his stay I was able to take him back to a lot of the places he used to take us on family vacations. One day we went from Dennis to Orleans, and back then down to the south side and DennisPort, along lower county road, to old wharf road and past the old cottage and beaches. Another day we went from Dennis to Sandwich on 6A then south on 28 to Falmouth and Nobska Lighthouse (which surprised me that Dad did not remember going before.) Then back to Hyannis via 28, and finally home. And finally Dennis to Orleans again but this time down 28 to Chatham to see the Chatham Lighthouse and a drive through Chatham past the old band stand and several restaurants Dad remembers eating at with friends, then finally back home. When Dad arrive he made it clear that he needed or wanted to get his fill on good seafood, and primarily fried oysters and fried clam strips. Folks I never knew how an 89 year old man could eat his 55 year old son under that table in seafood. I'm still trying to figure out how he did it, but he did. I thought maybe we would eat lunch out then dinner home, however it ended up that 4 mornings out of 6 we eat a late breakfast out then did an earlier dinner out. I did convince Dad to allow me to cook at least once in which I was able to share some fresh tuna steaks with him that was given to me by a neighbor who caught it the weekend before. Dad had never had fresh tuna so I did it on the grill, along with grilled Zucchini and wedged fresh tomato. I think Dad found a new fish he liked fresh, really liked it. Yaaa.. and thanks to my neighbor for sharing. Dad, finally went home on the 19th, the weather was great, he is just as sharp as ever, and had a darn good time. What can I say, I am so blessed to still have my Dad around and be able to continue to share memories and good times with him. So many I know either have lost their fathers or their health has faded from them. To God be the glory, for His blessing upon my father, may he continue to have excellent health, physically and mentally till the Lord calls him home. What a week. 

      Business report of the week is on a small family owned business called Smith's Time Shop right in West Dennis on Rt 28, (467 Main St) a couple doors from Christmas Tree Shop and diagonal from Westies shoe store. They are open Thursday through Sunday most of the year, she is only looking to take off January and February at this time. If you are looking for a special watch, she has it, an elegant wall clock, she has it, a grand mother or grand father clock, she has it. You need your watch worked on or just a new batter, she can do it. I wish I had found her several years ago, but I will be going back. It is one of the neatest shops I have been in lately and they are so nice to work with. If you would like to make an appointment please call them at 508-398-0848 or stop by during open hours. 
      Well it's almost halloween and the old lighthouse is all decked out and ready for the little buggers and goblins to show up. We are requesting no clowns this year due to all the spooky bad stuff going on. Once that stuff calms down we can resume the clown costumes and in a manor that they were meant to be, fun, happy, and good. But for now we have done our best to put as much fun into the light house grounds as we could, making the spooky areas, a safe and fun spooky, and other areas just a bit of creepy to give a small fright. But the light in the tower is always going so that helps take away the edge, unless it is foggy then, well, haaahaahaahaa,  ooohhhhh. BOO!! Well we hope you and yours has a most fun and safe trick or treat where ever you are, and may the beacon of our light so shine that all who need can be encouraged and to the rest is a sign of security. Now go have a most happy, happy, especially if you can do it right here on old Cape Cod.  
      This week we are back to the Coffee Cakes and who can't resist a good cinnamon roll, so why not put the two together. So that is what I went looking for is a recipe that did just that, made a coffee cake that was a cinnamon roll base. And remember coffee cakes are not just for breakfast, they are for desserts, afternoon tea, late night snake, or anywhere in between. This is a fairly simple recipe so give it a try and then sit back, make yourself a cup of coffee or tea and enjoy to the last bite. Now before I dribble all over my keyboard, let's get on with the show. 
 
      This week's recipe: Cinnamon Roll Coffee Cake
      
      3      cups     self-rising flour
     ½      tsp       salt
      1      cup      sugar
   1½      cups     milk
      2                 eggs
      4      tsp       vanilla extract
   1½      sticks   butter, melted and cooled slightly
      1      cup      brown sugar
      1      Tbls     cinnamon
      2      cups    powdered sugar
      2      Tbls     milk (may need a tad bit more)
 
      Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease a bundt pan with nonstick spray. In a medium bowl combine flour, salt, and sugar and set aside. Next in a mixer combine milk, eggs and butter on medium speed until blended. Slowly add flour mixture and continue to mix on medium speed until fully mixed, scraping down sides as needed. Pour batter in prepared bundt pan.
      Mix brown sugar and cinnamon in a small bowl and pour over cake mixture. Use a knife to swirl the brown sugar mixture into the cake batter. Bake for 35-40 minutes or until toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean. Allow to cool completely before removing from the pan.
      Mix powdered sugar and milk to make a glaze. If consistency is too thick add extra milk-you want a thick molasses type of consistency. Spoon glaze over cake and serve.
     Please remember I do not claim any of my recipes unless specifically noted that it is my own. I hunt and peck and pick over old recipes, newspaper clipped recipes, hand written recipes and more. Please note that most recipes are can be found in more than one place and since I have no proof of who originated it, I do not specified where it comes from just that I do not claim it as my own, so enjoy. 

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