Summer planning & "Souper" Pork Chops

       Hi de ho folks and hope you are doing well. I pray this last round of storms has not gotten you down and that your sights are now more focused on spring time and summer here on old Cape Cod. Are you planning for your summer visit yet? Are you making preparations to come visit us here on Cape Cod? I hope so, and we are looking forward to seeing you. Some of you are giving me the evil eye I see, asking really this early? Yes this early, it is never to early to start putting a few dollars back a week for mad spending money. It is not to early to start looking for that ideal rental cottage or choice motel or hotel. You know the longer you wait the less chance you are of getting the place you really want or the area you want to be in. Have you begun to look at what attractions or activities you want to do. What places are in the same place and you can make a day of it. How much will activities cost and where do you want to eat. Make a list and take on one thing a week for the next couple weeks, make a game out of it with the kids and see what they think or want to do. And in the next couple weeks you might want to start going through those summer things, towels, bathing suits and seeing what missed the laundry and needs washed or what has seen a better day and needs replaced. And beach toys, don't be caught thinking you had something when it actually was lost 2 summers ago, or last winter when the blow up was used as a sled and hit that rock and, well, that was it for Orca the Whale. (yes been there done that). Anyway, brake the winter blues and boredom and start planning that summer trip to old Cape Cod. Hope to see you then and until then, stay warm, stay dry, stay safe. Until we meet again, right here on old Cape Cod. 

      Business report, I know that we all think that ice cream is a summer delight only, right? Well for some of us that would be a big fat NOT. So who's open this time of year? Cape Cod Creamery of course, (ok, weather depending, if the weather is questionable keep your eye on their Facebook page.) Anyway Cape Cod Creamery at Christmas Tree Plaza in Hyannis is open year round. You don't have to wait till summer to enjoy your favorite ice cream. In fact they even do soups and Panini sandwiches for lunches, and don't forget dessert. We who live here complain that so many places close up for the off season, well this is one of the places that stays open. We need to show our support and enable them to stay open and go make a visit to their shop, and don't forget there are no lines this time of year. I have always enjoyed their ice cream, and hope you do to, and if you have never tried or it's been a while, now is the time to check them out, before the crowds come back and you can't even get in the door. Yes they are that good. Thanks to the owners for sticking their necks out to make this possible, and if for some reason you can make it to them, check out the locations on their website that carry their ice cream in the stores to take home with you. 
      Now a note from the lighthouse keeper: Sorry folks that I can be here in person today, but coming up I have a little appointment with the back surgeon. I can tell you that the winds this last week have been ridiculous and unfortunately with high winds comes high waves and at high tide are not kind to our beaches. Now we are in no danger, but we have lost a major swath of beach and I am sure over time it will all work out and restore itself. We have seen this happen before and changes to the harbor entrance and inlets, and over the years things resolve back to similar ways. Will it ever be the same nope, but around here we just are patient and see were things go. The lighthouse worked herself all through last week and through the weekend, both light and sound and thankfully we got no calls for any serious needs. Well I hope you came through this last weather blast ok, we had a tree come done in the neighborhood but thankfully it went to other way of the house and not much damaged, and a lot of little stuff all around. So we are cleaning up and would like to say that is the last of the season but we know better. So I better get along, don't want to keep the doctor waiting. Have a happy, happy wherever you're at and hope you can get to see us soon. Have a great and wonderful, and especially if you can do it right here on old Cape Cod.   
      With an Oink Oink here and an Oink Oink there, here Oink there Oink,, on let's leave that right there and move on. When it comes to Pork I enjoy just about everything from the tail to the squeal and everything in between. If you enjoy pork this will be right up your alley and I think you will find a place in your recipe book for this one. If you don't, like my son, well look back in the archives for something you might like. One of the other things I like about this recipe is it's simplicity. It is so simple that it is great for beginners to try and not feel intimidated or even one that one of the youngers can help you with and feel like they are really helping. So let's got hog wild on this and let it squeal all the way, and hope you enjoy it. Now on with the show:
 
      This week's recipe: "Souper" Pork Chops
 
      6      each      pork chops, center cut
      1      each      onion, large, sliced
      1      each      green pepper, sliced
      2      cans      tomato soup
                            grated cheese (optional)
 
      Brown pork chops in skillet. Place side by side in baking dish. Top each port chop with inion slice and green pepper slice. Mix tomato soup with enough water to make thick sauce consistency. Pour over chops. Sprinkle with grated cheese. Bake at 350 degrees for about 1 hour. Good side dish suggestion is mashed potatoes and applesauce. 

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