Remember Memorial Day & Apple Cobbler

      So Memorial Day is upon us and the first wave of tourist is about to come. I love listening to the radio Friday afternoon and evening and then Monday mid-day as all those folks who tried to crowd their way onto the Cape are now trying to push there way out. Now I'm pretty sure the zip line and tunnel area open but not sure about the catapult, and if you're not sure about the passes for those you should check in with the Bourne Police department, I am sure you would not want to get caught without the correct permits and having to stay the night at the Bourne B&B. Any way, So as we come on this fine feathered fair weathered weekend, while we are dodging out of town left hand turners, take time to remember what this weekend is really all about anyway. It's for remembering and honoring people who have died while serving in the United States Armed Forces. Not for the living, but for those who have passed away while serving. I say this because i know several of our military folk out there get a little wacked at this, they take this day seriously having fought besides men and women who did not make it out and they did. They want this day to be for them, not the living, that day will come down the road. So be mindful this Memorial Day and go pay your respects at the cemetery, at the memorials that have been set up, at the services going on, at the parades that will happening all over this country. May we have our fun, our barbecues, our campfires and gatherings. But please, take the time to give thanks to those that gave their lives so that we can enjoy our freedom. And for just a while stop the political bickering and join in one voice for being in the land of the free and the brave. And if you can't join in, think hard in why you are here, may this just isn't the right place for you. Cause we are America and we will remember those who helped preserving our freedom. Have a great and wonderful, especially if you can do it right here on old Cape Cod.  

      Small business report: Oh were to start, This week I am going to do a quick beer report, If you come to the Cape and you like beer you have got to know we are bursting at the seams now with breweries and most have a tasting/tap room. So google them for their address and hours an go check them all out, or make a couple trips back and do a couple at a time. Or you can go to CapeCodCraftBeverage.com fo the Cape Cod Craft Beverage Trail.  
          Hog Island Beer Company - Orleans, MA
          Devils Purse Brewing Co. - South Dennis, MA
          Barnstable Brewing - Hyannis, MA 
          Cape Cod Beer - Hyannis, MA
          Naukabout Brewery - Mashpee, MA
          Aquatic Brewing - Falmouth, MA
     On the Islands
          Bad Martha Farmers Brewery - Edgertown, MA & Falmouth, MA
          Offshore Ale Co - Oak Bluff, MA
          Cisco Brewers - Nantucket, MA 
   Now this list is only those on the Cape.and I mean over the bridge. However there is a whole other list of breweries within 45 minutes of the other side of the bridge. Maybe some time I will do a list of those breweries, but for now, it's all about the Cape. So if you enjoy the brew get out there and do your visits and please be a responsible consumer.   

      Well, what can we say, I am so glad you have come around for another visit. I have to say I have been a busy, busy man, seems like overnight the grass grew up over night and I have already been mowing several times. Gotta keep the grounds looking nice you know. And the Mrs has been going between the kitchen and the flower beds like a hamster on one of them wheel things. But they do look pertty nice (I know how it's spelled), and them cookies sure do taste good. Anyway, the boats are really coming in and the harbor and slips are filling up. I am seeing a greater number of boats going out in the early mornings and I know the traffic has picked up in general the last couple weeks. So as you are traveling about and coming out, please be careful and watch those lefties, especially up this way. For you boaters. reminder of the no wake zones going and coming in and out of the channels, I know some of you just wanna put that stick all the way down but please wait and be patient, those fines can get pretty hefty. Also be sure you have all your PFDs and your fire extinguishers, and please be sure to have some form of communications that works even when wet. Ok, now go have fun, just be careful of those seals, they an do some wicked damage to your boat. Now this weekend we go full on seasonal hours, open every day between Memorial Day and Labor Day that 9 am to 7pm, we can always use an extra few volunteers if you can spare a couple hours a week. I sure hope you are as excited as I am about this coming season, and feel it is going to be a great one. And until we see each other again or maybe for the first time you have a great and wonderful, and especially if you can do it right here on old Cape Cod.  
      So another dessert week is upon us and with summer, it seems that apples are always in season. I know technically that does not happen till fall, but summer and apples just go together. So what better way to kick off the Memorial Day weekend then with some yummy apple cobbler. It's easy, quick to prepare, nothing weird in the ingredients and put with ice cream is only second to apple pie, (ok for a lot of folks, me any fruit pie will do me). So I found this one in one of my social, employee, organizational spiral bound cookbooks. So if you don't like this one, go fishing out on the web and find another one or  make the changes you want with this one and go for the fun. And anytime you make a good cobbler don't expect it to last long around the house, these are always a favorite and a hit with just about everyone. OK just so no one complains here this is a twist on the cobbler, it is not an outright true cobbler but still give it a try I think you will like it very much and it will be a conversational piece. Now on with the show:
 
      This week's recipe: Apple Cobbler
 
      1      stick      butter
      2      cup       water
1 1/2      cups     self rising flour, sifted
      2      cups     apples, peeled & chopped
      2      cups     sugar
   1/3      cup       milk
   1/2      cup       shortening
      1      tsp        cinnamon
 
      Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Melt butter in a 9x13x2 baking dish (pan). In a medium sauce pan heat sugar, and water until sugar melts. Cut shortening into flour until mixture resembles course meal, (do this by using knives like scissors or use a fork to break up shortening.) Add milk and stir with a fork only until dough leaves sides of bowl. Turn out onto lightly floured surface. Knead until smooth. Roll out dough into a large rectangle, about 1/4 inch thick. Sprinkle cinnamon over apples; sprinkle apples evenly over dough. Roll up dough in jelly roll fashion. Dampen edge of dough and seal. Slice dough into about 16 slices, 1/2 thick. Place in pan with melted butter. Pour sugar syrup carefully around rolls. Bake for 40 to 45 minutes.  

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