Oh the Rain & Wind / Cold Oven Poundcake

      Oh how the rain has come down, down down. I am not sure if I am becoming part fish or not or if somewhere along the dog walk route I am going to run into Noah building the Ark II. Which all of this comes along with a side order of gusty winds. After living here on the Cape now for about 5 years I see and hear of other parts of the country having high wind warnings, then hear that they are having 20-25 with gusts to 30mph. I can't stop laughing as that's a mild NorEaster or a fall leaf blower. And there is the sad part, we still have so many leaves on the trees and many on the west side of the ditch (Cape Cod Canal for those not familiar) were starting to change to being in full color bloom, while on the east side of the ditch we have spots but still not tons of color this year yet. This wind is going to just strip down the trees and there goes a big chance of much of a color palate this year. Even the gang of turkeys that were out and about earlier today took refuse by mid-day. But as tonight started to come, the winds died down and even one of the turkeys felt adventurous enough to find their way onto the roof of my home. They sound like a house sometimes prancing around, we were spared thankfully of a skylight full of turkey butt, trust me not a pretty sight. But they did not stay there long fortunately and off they went with their gang to wherever they were going to spend the night. When the weather up here is good it is very very good. But when it gets bad, well it can be a real pain in the neck. But I sit high enough that even 5 inches of rain in 24 hours is not much of a bother for me. Well so much for another day in the life of living on Cape Cod, each day is uniquely its own but so much worth the while. Even with the wind and rain these last couple of days I would not change it for anything. I hope the weather around you has been better, and I hope you are able to enjoy the changing of the season wherever you live. But what can I say but how lucky and blessed I am to be able enjoy it all, right here on old Cape Cod. Till next time, stay save and enjoy life and make plans to come visit us soon.   

      Small business report time, now this one I have reported on in the past, but as we go from second season to off season I like to try to remind us of those local places that stay open year round to serve those of us who call this place home 365 day a year. If you happen to go into these places please let them know where you were remind of them from so they know there are those that are supporting them like they support us. So with that, first up is,,,
      The Local Scoop, located at 34 Route 6A, Orleans, also on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook and at Thelocalscoopcapecod.com. Now what do they have: Create your own ice cream sundae masterpiece, then weigh and pay. COLD Options: Frozen Yogurt, Soft Serve, Homemade Ice Cream, Ice Cream Cakes & Cupcakes, Fresh Fruit Smoothies, Frappes, Organic Ice Cream  / Vegan / Gluten Free / Sugar Free Options Abound, HOT Options: Dessert Crepes, Brownie Baked Alaska, Nutella Hot Chocolate, Melted Ice Cream Cocoa, Affogato, French Pressed Coffee & Tea. They do, birthday parties, they do wedding desserts and parties, they do office appreciations, they can do them in the shop or they can come to you. Their shop ours are wonderful Sunday - Thurs Noon - 9 and Fri-Sat Noon - 10. Folks this place is fun, fun, fun. And oh ya if you are having a church or social even invite them to come and be part of it. 
      Next is the Wellfleet Sea Salt Company. Now this is not a brick and mortar business, but you can find their products all over the Cape and you can order online. About them: Wellfleet Sea Salt Company was founded by two college students as a local producer of gourmet finishing salt harvested from seawater right here on Cape Cod. Our product is organic and contains less sodium than average table salt, making it a healthier choice. Our process uses sun evaporation in a new and eco-friendly way to create natural, mineral-rich salt. All salt is not created equally; because of the qualities of the water surrounding Cape Cod, our sea salt has a unique structure, color, and flavor that will give any meal a distinct Cape Cod taste. You can find our product in gourmet and specialty stores on Cape Cod, Chicago, and Saratoga Springs areas. It can also be ordered through our website, so take a look! This stuff is wicked good. Website is being worked on at this time. Please contact them via facebook. 
      Last for this round is Fritz Glass located at 36 Upper County Rd, DennisPort, and online at http://www.fritzglass.com/. What can I say about Fritz, he is a wicked cool artist, glass blower, and has a creative edge to him that is beyond when it comes to anything may with glass. You will find him making, platters, vases, bowls, ornaments, and one of his specialties marbles and more. You can go to either his shop and buy things or go to the website and find were dealers that carry his works. Also you will find works by his wife June Raymond, as she is as She has shown her work across the country in group as well as solo shows. June's work is in many collections including the San Francisco Museum of Art, the Detroit Institute of Art, and the University Art Museum at Tempe. The two of them emulate what the Cape has become known for as artist and have taken it to new levels. If you appreciate glass work check Fritz's work and take something home for your own home or cottage or to give as a gift.    
      Hello my friends, Oh, this last week has been one of the most spectacular weeks of fall weather I have seen in a long time. Now if you don't like warm days and cool nights, well this would not be your week. But for us long timers out here, having this is like a glass full of sunshine. Now the only trade off is that the evenings I have been doing some overtime with the beacon and fog horn. But, we have had some wicked good fun with the haunted forest and maze we have up for the kids and younger folk. Kind of fun seeing them jump when we start talking about all the ghosts of the ship recked souls that have unfinished business to deal with. We try to pass on those stories right before dusk sets in. Then the fun starts, he-he-he. Anyway, I have to say with these warmer temperatures have brought out a few more surfers and kite boarders then usual. Seeing them fly up and down the coast line at ridiculous speeds and doing them tricks makes my stomach do flip flops and my head hurt. But I will say it does look like they are having fun. I'm just hoping they not one of the next lost souls roaming the wooded areas up here, now that would spook me. And let me tell you have had plenty of spookings over the years, especially in the town, and up in the lamp room. Anyway I will save the stories for those who come and can site through them. Wouldn't want to give all my secrets away now would I. Well, I need to fancy this place up before the next group comes in. Honestly we have had the kids coming in during the day on the field trips, we have have the tour buses and in the evening the kids from the social clubs and kids organizations and other that have all wanted to come and spend some time. It has almost been overwhelming but I will say I am enjoying it. Keeps me busy and keeps me young, or that's what I tell myself. Well I think I best be moving along, and send this reporter on back to office so he can get some work done, either that or I am going to put him to work here, LOL. So ya'll have a great week coming up, and watch out for the weather to turn a bit. But may you have a very best, in whatever your doing especially if you can do it right here on old Cape Cod.    
      Oh how I love these bundt/pound cakes, and the easier the better, this one even the kids might make it for you. It was my mother who invited me into her kitchen and allowed me to help. Whether it was to help prepare the green beans for canning, or allowing me to help make cookies to helping with making dinner outright. Over the years I have learned by the time we moved Marion, Ohio my mother because the June Cleaver of the mid-west for reasons I won't go into, but got everything that my sisters should have gotten plus more. I also had the benefit of a father who was not afraid of the kitchen and loved to and at age 90 still enjoys cooking, (makes the best hamburgers still to this day). But both taught me to keep it simple, keep it fun, and don't be afraid to try something new. Well this meets just about all the requirements. So if nothing else give this a try and have some fun with and I am betting it becomes a favorite. Now before I start eating the keyboard, let's get this show on the road:
      This week's recipe: Cold Oven Poundcake
  •       3      sticks     butter
  • 2 3/4      cups      granulated sugar
  •       6                    eggs
  • 3 3/4      cups      sifted flour
  •    1/8      tsp.        salt
  •    1/4      tsp.        baking powder
  •       1      cup        milk
  •       1      tsp.        vanilla (the real stuff please)
      Cream butter and sugar; add eggs one at a time; add sifted dry ingredients, alternating with milk and flavoring. Beat 1 minute and pour into well-greased tube pan. Put cake into cold oven, then turn oven on to 325 degrees (in other words do NOT pre-heat oven) and bake for 1 1/2 hours or until knife (or tooth pic) inserted is clean then pulled out. Remove from oven and let stand for 10 minutes to cool then remove to rack to finish cooling. When cool, put in air tight container. Let sit for at least 6 hrs, better if can allow to sit overnight. It is good on the first day, but hang on to day two, it only gets better. Serve with whipped cream, ice cream, or a nice drizzle. Then again, it might not last that long to add anything to it. 

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