New Year / Winery, Brewery, Distillery Report 1st Q '18 & Jewish Pound Cake

       I hope your holiday spirits have been good this year, we have New Years to ring in then the winter's cold fingers take it's hold on us. If anyone has seen the weather report the best thing for us to do is once the First Night has pasted is to hibernate and not come out till it is Spring time. I love the Cape but I will say the older I get the more moving south this time of year. My body just does not like this bitter cold any more. I will leave our trees up till the weekend after New Years then take them down, I have done this for as long as I can remember and I think it comes from my folks doing this. Since my Dad being a pastor worked right through the holiday season, it was one last time to sit down after all had finished and just enjoy them. I know some wait for the celebration of the 3 Kings which takes place 12 days after Christmas or January 6th. So if you take it down the day after Christmas or wait, I hope you have had a joyous and blessed holiday. Let's take the season of Peace and carry it into the new year and may we focus more on giving peace and being the peacemakers than always having to have our own way at any expense or anyones expense. Have a great and wonderful week and New Year and we will see you back here 2018 for another  chapter in this thing we call the life of a Cape Cod Rockhopper. Until we meet again.

       Well as I started with the 4th quarter of this year, I am posting the next quarter the week before it is here and not the week after it has started. We are going to give you time to prepare and make plans, not miss the first week do to slow reporting. So here we go and please check their web sights and or give them a call if you have any questions and hours of operations. 
      First up will be Truro Vineyards / South Hollow Spirits Distillery, located in North Truro on 6A or Shore Road.  They report,
   This is going to be our first year that we are staying open the entire Winter. Yup as in not closing, so during this off season and your looking for something to do, come visit us. Our Winter hours are going to be Friday & Saturday from 11-5 and Sunday from 12-5. We are still doing daily wine and spirit tastings for $10, serving wine by the glass for $8, and cocktails for $8. We have been doing spiked hot apple cider, and on on occasion, spiked hot chocolate. Both pair so well with the Amber rum. 
   We just recently released our new reserve rum, 2 special cask rums, on is a Red Port Rum the other a White Port Rum. Folks this is a limited run, hand crafted, and bottled release. If you did not get one or both for Christmas, or want to treat yourself with something special with the bonus you got (if you got one) or gift money you got, and you enjoy special rum this is what you want. Get up to the winery one of the weekends after the New Year and get one or both, it will be money well spent, if that is your glass of spirits. Thanks for a great year and look forward to another outstanding year. Thanks for being a part of it. 
     Second is Cape Cod Beer: Located on Phinneys Lane, just off 132 past Attucks Lane. First this is their winter break and Cape Cod Beer is closed between 12-24-17 and 1-1-18 reopening 1-2-18, but once they do reopen it will be business as usual, open daily from 10am-6pm Mon-Friday and Saturdays 11am-4pm. Tours are done daily at 11am while tastings are done during regular business hours. First Friday's Concert Series gets back underway on January 5th with Super Soulshine then continues each first Friday of every month. Check the most current line up on their web site under www.capecodbeer.com under events. Next will be the ever fun Yappy Hour on 1-9-18 Join us monthly with your furry friend for a doggie social at the brewery, or if you dont have one of your own, borrow the neighbors and come join the fun. And coming January 25 Nox Atro Imperial Stout, being poured at the brewery until its gone, and when it's gone, it's gone. There is so much more, for February and March that space is just not enough to list all here. So check out the web site for more evens and beer releases coming during the winter 2018.
      Last on the list is Cape Cod Winery located now at 4 Oxbow Rd in East Falmouth. Now a little warning when going to visit them, Oxbow is one way horseshoe road and the entrance is the east part. Turn north and follow round almost all the way, the entrance to the parking lot is before the building and if you get to the stop sign, ya went to far. We will be open by appointment January-March so please call if you are in the area and can schedule a wine tasting. Other than that we will be busy getting our wines ready for the 2018 season! Stay in touch by visiting their website at www.capecodwinery.com. Check out the website and see what they have been up to, the line of wines is growing and it is fun to see this young couple really putting all they have into this business and giving it all they've got to make Cape Cod Winery a great name and brand. Call for an appointment or watch for when regular hours to resume come spring.           
      Welcome my friends, and I hope you had very pleasant and joyful Christmas. But that is now behind us and New Year's Day is closing fast. WOW where has this year gone, it seems like just not that long ago that we were talking about summer season, then second season, than came along Halloween, and it just kept going. Anyway, this week I am taking to reflect on all the good that we have had going on here at the lighthouse. The numbers have been up, especially with the kids and that has been exciting to see. Also when we finally closed up the tower for the winter, the crowds did not stop coming and for the harvest maze and story time, Thanksgiving, fire pits and holiday decorations, it just has not let up. Speaking of which, we will keep the lights and decorations up through January 7th then we have got to take it all done and pack it up. I know some that are starting that job on January 2, but we put all that work into putting it up and so many have come to see it that we will leave it up through the next weekend. Last but not least for this week, good news so far that it has been a quiet week out on the waters, If you plan to do a little New Year's eve cruising and watching some of our finest first hour fireworks around the Cape, please operate all craft, not just cars but any boats or what have you soberly. We want you all to come back and visit us in good health. Now since this is the last of this year, may I be the first to wish you a happy New Year, and many blessing and much prosperity in the coming year. Now believe it or not we have another group that has come in for a fire pit evening and enjoying the crystal clear evening sky gazing. Have a great and wonderful, especially if you can do it right here on old Cape Cod.  
      Maybe I should have done this recipe the end of last month so it was posted for the Jewish holiday of Hanukah. But when I am looking for recipes, I just look for things that are good and maybe something others might like to try and that is easy to make. So regardless of what your background is, if you like a good pound cake then give this one of try, I have also seen a few cross referenced recipes that add semi-sweet chocolate chips or chunks. I'm just giving the basic recipe and saying go to it and have fun with it and enjoy. Now on with the show,
 
      Recipe of the week; Jewish Pound Cake
 
      1      box       white cake mix
      1      box       vanilla instant pudding (small box)
      1      small     container sour cream
   1/2      cup       oil
      4                  eggs
      1      tsp       vanilla (the real stuff please)
   1/2      cup      sugar
   1/2      cup      black walnuts
 
      M ix first six ingredients. In small bowl mix sugar and walnuts. Fold all but 2 Tablespoons into cake batter. Sprinkle sugar mixture on top and into bottom of pan. Pour into tube pan, on top of sugar mixture. Bake at 350 degrees for 50-55 minutes.   

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