Lawn n' Gardening & the Basic Pound Cake

      So, have you started mowing your lawn yet? Over the years I have resisted pulling the lawnmower out of the garage till at least the first week in May and then I procrastinate as long as I can about it. I have noticed around my neighborhood that folks have been out in their yards. Some have been raking, you know those leaves that waited till about the middle of January to fall off, then stuck to the ground. They did not even have the courtesy to blow into the neighbors lawn, how dare they. I know many also rake to fluff up the grass, help stimulate spring into it and get it growing. You kidding me? For me it can just lay there till I get ready to give it a buzz cut. Oh well. Then there is my other neighbor, they have not grass, just a couple dogs, they are raking to clean up what was left when it was to cold to go out and pick up, (been there, done that, no pointing fingers here). I have also noticed the flower beds starting to be worked,(me I just watch what was left by the previous owner come up around my front yard tree, hey they are daffodils, they look good cause I just leave them alone and don't touch them. I have noticed several folks have tulips coming up and the best kind to come up are the wild violets, (here again, something I don't touch and they flourish.) I have also heard, not seen mind you, but have heard a lawnmower or two, all I have to say is, bless them, just make it after 8 am and preferably after 9 on the weekends. I hope y'all have the courtesy to be kind to neighborhood when weekend mowing, please, many of us like to sleep, after 9 and before 7 good rule of thumb. Anyway, as many of you have been following, since last June I have been have some, well, let's just say, some small back issues. My poor yard, especially my back yard, it needs so much attention and unfortunately it will not get much attention this year. And before anyone says it, back surgery cost money and no I have nothing left to hire someone. If y'all do, bless you, and more power to you. but I live in the working persons district of the Cape and most of my year round (and most are) we all do our own, only the summer folk have lawn companies. Any who, so if your a lawn and garden person I wish you the best and keep planting them posies, and may they grow pirty, If not, hope you can find someone nice enough to help you and your's or may you get lucky and not have any grass to mow. May the leaves always fall in someone else's yard and may any lawn clippings you have blow down the street. May you have a green lawn all summer long, real or fake, and may you be able to enjoy sleeping in without any mower noise all summer long. Have a great and wonderful, till we meet again especially if you can do it while on old Cape Cod.        

      Business report, We have a new player in town (Hyannis that is) when it comes to liquor stores. The new kid on the block is Kappys Fine Wine & Spirits located at 333 Iyannough Road, right across from the airport. Now Kappy's may be new to Hyannis but they are neither new in the business or new to the Cape. Kappy's is out of the Boston area and has been around since the 1940s, and Falmouth has had a Kappy's for some time. So although not a Cape based company they are big in supporting the local area brews, distilleries and wineries. They are also big on supporting local area charities and giving back to the local community. I made a visit this past weekend and was blown away by the floor space they have. This place is larger than any other liquor store on the Cape. The isles give room to move around and by folks without fearing knocking bottles off the shelves behind you. The prices I think will give our other liquor stores a run for there money, but in the long run competition will be good for the consumer. So, although I love our locally owned businesses, I am always open to seeing what others have to offer and I think this is a place worth checking out.   
      Well hi-de-ho my friends, I hope your getting as excited as I am about the warmer weather coming. I can already feel it in my bones, and can image the voices of children running all over the place. I can hear the folks as they climb the steps of the tower to get to the lamp room, then the oohs and aahhs as they look out across the Cape from up so hi. I will say we have been privied to some spectacular shows with all the Right Whales out and about. Who knows maybe you will see some of the whales that grace our waters during your stay. Anyway I'm getting excited, and I hop you are also, Please be sure to put us on your list of places to visit this coming season when you are here and I will be sure to be watching out for you and yours. Until then, stay safe and if you need a little encouragement please look to the skies and watch for her beacon, she will help guide you home. Or when times comes your way back to this place many of us call home, old Cape Cod.  
      This week is back to the basics, some of you will moan others will groan, but believe it or not there are of out there that have never had a basic pound cake let alone made one. Yet it is one of the simplest cakes to make and can be dressed up in so many ways. Ice Cream, whipped cream, berries, peaches, you name it, you think it, it most likely can go on or over a pound cake. Or believe it or not, it can be eaten plain. So here we go, the one the only (ok not so only),,, can we say it,,,
 
      This recipe of the week: Basic Pound Cake
 
  •       1      cup      Butter or margarine
  •    1 1/2   cups    sugar
  •       3                  eggs
  •       2      cups    sifted flour
  •     1/3     cup      milk
 
      Cream butter and sugar together. Add one egg at a time to mixture. Add flour and milk alternately. Bake in greased 1 pound loaf pan at 350 degrees for but 1 hour. Serve slices topped with whatever thrills you at the time from fruit, to ice cream to syrups or just as is.  

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