Remembering Biking on Vacation & Lemon Pudding Pound Cake

      Wow what a great weekend and start to another week. But as I start to see more and more folks around it takes me back to some of the early days on the Cape. I remember Dad would always get one of my bikes either on the roof on or on the back of the station wagon. I used to love to ride my bike all over the place. When I was younger I would ride all over Campers Haven on Old Wharf Rd in DennisPort. The cottage we stayed in was located right up front and I would ride the loop all the way to the back, past the playground loop around that back sections, head back up front. Take a right into the grove and pass friends of ours that had a permanent camper set up back there. Then out the front of the grove past the bathhouse take a right again go up the back side all the way to the Captains quarters (yup in those days the Captain owned Haven) then take a left right before you went onto the street and cut across the front by the fence line and then back to the yellow cottage known as Sand & Stars. When I got older I started to include Chases Ocean Grove, both sides and I would go and make the rounds to friends we had, not just from on Cape both off Cape friends as well. I could be gone all morning and on occasion my Dad would have to come look for me to eat lunch then head to the beach. When I was in my mid to later teens I would ride all over the place, from the cottage to DenniPort or all the down bass river and at times even into South Yarmouth. You could not keep me done and I would just go, go, go. Since I have moved here I have not been able to ride that much. When I first came I got the bike ready and was able to ride several time using the Cape Cod Rail Trail, riding from South Dennis to Orleans and back and to Chatham and back. Also did many shorter adventures. But with a tire that keeps going down, work, family coming, and over the past 2 years dealing with back issues, that part of my life has been put on hold. But I am so looking forward to betting back on my bike and checking out all the rail trails around the Cape. I would suggest if you have small kids get them started young and enjoying the great outdoors and going. The older ones give them some challenges and see what they can do and enjoy and go do it with them. Riding bikes can be a great individual even or a great family outing, especially if you can do it right here on Cape Cod.  

      Small Business report: If you are looking for art, well if you have not heard or you are not familiar, Cape Cod is a virtual mecca for Artists not only in New England but a good part of the the east coast of the USA. From one end to another, from canal to P'town, up one side and down another. Rt 6A has a special place for many artist. I have had the pleasure to know many of the artists that have gone before us and helped establish it as still one of the premier areas for the art community. Many of these artists can be located on ArtsCapeCod.org, check out this site and find out a lot more about. 
One that I would like to help you get to know is the Timothy Struna Gallery. His primary gallery is located right on 6A in Brewster almost to the Orleans lines. I will say he says it better in the notation about him so I just lifted it for you here: Timothy Jon Struna is an established painter and printmaker with a professional career approaching five decades. After graduating from Bowling Green State University in 1969, his time was divided between teaching and studio painting. Although he enjoyed teaching, his goal was to produce art on a full time basis. In 1977 he opened his own studio/gallery in Northeast Ohio and resigned from teaching to devote his energy to painting and printmaking. In 1987 the gallery was relocated to Cape Cod. With this said he also has the Struna Gallery in Chatham right on Main Street or online at www.strunagalleries.com. If you want real Cape Cod art, with a Cape Cod theme, this is someone you need to check out. Go the website then go to one of his galleries, he has something for everyone and will even do custom work if you desire that. Timothy Struna is one of the primer artists here on Cape Cod and I can not say enough about him. Go, get to know, then take something home with you. You won't be disappointed. 
      Next is a local crafter Eva Marecoux who operates Lighthouse Lane Crafts out of South Yarmouth, Mass. She does a lot of craft shows through the summer plus and she specialized in kids hooded towels. Now I normally don't get into a lot of kids stuff just because my kids are grown and out of the house, and neither have had any children yet. But these hooded towels are so unique I just had to tell you about them. These towel are great for the beach, for the pool, for bath time at home or something special when they go visit grandma & grandpa. They are so cute you just want to buy them all, and they would like that too. But that's not all, she has freezer pop kozies, yup you read that right freezer pop kozies, keep you little tike from freezing their fingers off while trying to down one of them things. And there is more: oh what the heck just go to www.lighthouselanecrafts.com and check it out or find her at an upcoming Arts and Crafts show. Next one is July 1 & 2 in Chatham. Her stuff is really really cute and has a lot of practicality to it.    
      Greetings folks, well what can I say this past weekend and into the beginning of this weeks has just been spectacular. And with it the number of folks coming to visit us has risen sharply. But that is good, the more we can educate about the old gal the better we have to keeping her up and running and giving her the maintenance she needs and deserves. Also the history, to be able to see both young and old get interested in, well just makes being a keeper worth it all. The men and women who have gone before, helping to rescue and save countless lives needs to be known. Fortunately, over the past several years we have not had to deal with a really large catastrophic issue and I hope and pray on my watch we don't have too. But we are here if you need us in our district. We will be available for beach needs to sea needs, we are part of the life guard system and we are an aid to the coast guard, (and actually they run the station here, its the volunteers that just keep the history part of it going.) We will be sure that the beacon stays strong and bright and the fog horn functional and loud. And we will be ready to help in anyway we can. If you have not made it yet, we look forward to seeing you, if you have already been here, we thank you for stopping by. Now as much as I would like to stay and chat, I see we have another bus rolling up and I need to get back to work. Have a great day, especially if you can do it right here on old Cape Cod.     
      I've said it before and I will say it again, I love a good old fashion church collection cookbook. If you ever can get to a church bazaar or an old community garage or yard sale, go and look for these old spiral bound or note book loose leaf collection books, you can't go wrong with these these in getting some of the best recipes out there. This is were I got this recipe from and one of the seasoned parishioners to the church I now attend. Just another wonderful pound cake recipe, hope you all enjoy.
 
      This week's recipe: Lemon Pudding Pound Cake
 
  •       Cake:
  •       4                  eggs
  •       1      pkg      lemon instant pudding mix (small pkg)
  •       1      box      yellow cake mix (2 layer mix)
  •    1/2      pt         sour cream (low fat ok)
  •    1/2      cup      vegetable oil
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  •       Glaze:
  •       2      cup      confectioners sugar
  •    1/3      cup      lemon juice
 
       Beat eggs until thick and lemon colored. Add remaining ingredients and beat at medium speed for 8 to 10 minutes. Pour into an un-greased two-piece 10 inch tube pan and bake at 350 degrees for 50 minutes. 
      Remove hot cake on pan bottom. Prick holes in top of cake and drizzle glaze over top and spread on sides. 
      Glaze: Combine confectioners sugar and lemon juice and heat to boiling. Cool slightly. 
      NOTE: Also delicious made with dark chocolate cake mix and dark instant chocolate pudding mix. Instead of the glaze, frost with whipped cream or icing.  

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