Life on the Cape January 2019 & Cran-Apple Delight Crisp

So how we doing this week, are you surviving the rollercoaster ride of weather. You know one thing that just drives me crazy living here on the Cape? The major package delivery services, and let me start by saying our UPS regular is by far the best of the best. he know us, he know my dog, He toots the horn when he is coming to our house to let us know he is there and is just a delight whenever he comes to our house. But the other two main package delivery people could learn a few things from our UPS man. Neither one, toots, knocks, rings the bell, nothing, and unless you see them coming or going you have no knowledge they have even been there. At least FedEx like my UPS guy puts my packages in plastic bags if it is raining and we are not home. On the lest of these is our UPSP person. Somewhere when our last guy retired the new younger guy missed out on a whole lot of, what it is to be a customer based person. I think he feels that since he lives in his truck it gives him a right to be grumpy, grouchy and at times lazy as all get out. He will do all he can not to have to get out of his vehicle, even if that means stuffing something that really should be brought to the door into my mailbox, even if it means leaving the box door open and the package half hanging out in the rain. Seriously? And it is a wonder his vehicle stays running, and I wonder how many brake pads he goes through a year. He flies from box to box, and can hit 30mph in 30 inches between my neighbors mail box and mine and still stop on a dime. The biggest complain of all three is they all, even bless his heart my good guy, they all tend to fly down our street and we have dog walkers of all ages and capabilities, we have young parents with strollers, we have kids on bikes. If anyone can just put a plug in their ears for the South Dennis delivery guys, please just slow down a big, our street is not RT 134, Old Bass or Sutucket. It's a residential year round area with overall 75% year round, with my street 90%. I know it's a main cut through but please just slow it down a bit. And take some lessons from our UPS guy when it comes to servicing, I know time is money but so is public relations. 
      New subject, taxes, so have you gotten yours done yet. I know we are still in the midst of a government shut down but our state is still going strong and the big house with the big mouths, (both sides folks I favor neither side right now) will reopen and will be expecting your filings to be on time. I know that many of us are still waiting for the last of our interest an W-2 statements, but the sooner you start putting it together the quicker it will get done once all is in hand, or when you need to get it to your accountant or CPA. Since we are so special here in Taxachusetts we need all the time to get it all together we can get. So just a reminder, sooner together, means sooner done, even if you do own and want to wait till the last minute to file. 
      Last but not least on my list for today is a reminder, we are only coming to the end of January, winter has a lot more to go and we need to not get so excited with the lack of snow. February and March can still be brutal around here. So be on guard and don't get ahead of yourself thinking that little snow in January no snow the rest of the season. Somehow it all balances out as we are seeing with the rollercoaster temperatures. Keep the gloves and hats and boots handy, keep the scarves and mufflers at hand and don't you dare put the shovel away yet. I am sure we will still need it before it is all said and done.
     But with all the above it still is Cape Cod and it is still beautiful to be a part of. The ice blocks or bergs in the Bay, The bird life that is still around and the new ones that actually come around this time of year. You are able to see things that would normally be covered by greenery are now visible and able to be enjoyed. And there is a clearness in the skies during this time of year opposed to the warmer times of the year. So get out there and enjoy our wonderful beautiful Cape and remind yourself just why you enjoy this time of the year living here. WOW. Well that's about it, just live here as is most other places, just a better view. And if you are someplace else, we don't shut completely or roll all the carpets up, and there is much to do, see and places to stay and eat at. Some come on out and give us a visit, even in the dead of winter. Hope you all have a great and wonderful, especially if you can do it right here on old Cape Cod.     
      Business report time: Ok one of the more interesting local businesses is The Local Juice. located at 539 South St Hyannis. Also at, on facebook, instagram and more. A short what are they about from there face book page goes like this: Locally-sourced cafe offering organic cold-pressed juices, smoothies, coffee, snacks, sandwiches and soups plus a large selection of local pantry items. We also sell our juices + goodies at local farmers' markets throughout the Cape. So if you are into the cold pressed juices, into the healthy movement, ( most of are looking to be healthy just some of you do it more homeopathically than others.) this dynamic duo has what you need. And who knows with as tasty as some of their drinks are, they might get me drinking them more often. Yes I have had them when they have been out and about, and can attest they are tasty. I make fun of a lot of the "healthy" crowds out there, but in reality I am sure we all could do a better job and being healthier. This is a great way to do it, and they also have other products that can help in keeping healthy in many different ways.  
      The other biz I have not listed for a while is at the other end of the scale, Little Miss CupCape. located at 388 Main St Hyannis. or online at or facebook, instagram and more. Do I really need to tell you what Taylor is all about? Cup Cakes folks Cup Cakes, totally filled with goodness cup cakes. big ones and mini ones. She also have cookies, and on some mornings these baked rolls that are to die for. OH and there is more, but if I told you all there would be no more surprises. She is not only a walk in shop, but she does birthday parties, office parties, weddings, celebrations. She will work with you and make any occasion an over the top special one for you and your friends and guests.  
      Hello one and all and I hope to find you unthawed from the recent deep freeze. Last time I could find us this cold was once in 2017 and then back to 2015 when we were about the same. So although it is not common for us to be about 5 degrees it does happen here on the Cape. The oceans remain mostly unfrozen and the ocean side harbors still clear of any major lockups but the spray has been a like a frozen slushy on anything that has been going in and out to sea. I have heard that there was some freezing in the Cape Cod Bay and they had some Harbor blockages but that was about it. The next couple days here we are back in the 30s-40s and should help with anything still having some of the sea foam freeze on it break free. The Super Blood Wolf Full Moon this past Sunday and the lunar eclipse had more effects on our coast line than the cold weather as these have more atmospheric affects on the high tide along with high winds. The erosion could always have been worse but any around these areas are unwanted. Yet, that is part of living on the Cape, and this should not surprise any of us and we need to learn to adapt to the changing coastal scape. Those of us along the outer shores faired ok and diid not loose much footage, and most of the stairways down to the beaches have stayed in tacked. I know some of our other lighthouse friends around the cape are still in watch mode for erosion and will over the next several years have to consider if they need to start fund raisers for when they need to move back another 100 or so feet. We are back enough that with any good fortune should not have to consider that for at least a good 50 or so years. So what have I been doing this year since I and the misses are not traveling? Well what I normal do this time of year, the weather instruments still need to be monitored, this includes sending up the weather ballon at a regularly scheduled time. I have been doing some repairs to things that just need general attention. Anymore anything major has to come from someone at the Coast Guard who has engineering degree or computer background. That stuff has really gotten sophisticated beyond my knowledge, kind of like working on my old MG Midget, all I needed to keep her running was a pair of pliers, a pair of pantyhose and a role of duck tape. Todays modern jalopies, some of them you can't even get to the engines unless you have a degree. Oh well. But we also have been doing some private civic group tours and of course we are always hosting visits from our children from the local schools. Other than that and just trying to stay warm, that's about it. So thats about it for this round, my bread is about done in the oven, (yes I bake bread as well), so I better get going. You have a great and wonderful especially if you can do it right here on Old Cape Cod.      
      This year out dessert will be that of Crisps and Cobblers. Not being a formal baker I had to go look up the difference between the two and what each actually were. on May 18,2018, put it this way "A crumble is a dish of baked fresh fruit, with a streusel crumb topping. The topping is usually made with a dreamy combination of butter, flour and sugar, with the option to include nuts. Like a crumble, a crisp is a baked fresh fruit dessert, but the streusel topping is less dense and typically includes oats." While FarmersAlmanac @ put it this way: Crisp: A crisp is fruit dessert with a topping made of a combination of oats, flour, butter, and sugar (and sometimes nuts). The topping completely covers the fruit and is baked. It is also sometimes called a crumble.Cobbler: Cobblers are a fruit dessert baked with biscuit-style topping. It’s called a cobbler because its top crust is not smooth like a pie crust but rather “cobbled” and coarse. It’s usually dropped or spooned over the fruit, then baked." Both sites actually go on to share the differences between Buckles, Crumbles, and a Brown Betty. Whodda thunk, honestly I never did before, so I learned something. There are other sites that do the same thing and I am not slighting them, these are just two sites I am familiar with and trust their information. They are not the final word I am sure, but I give them the credit for my information. So with all that, my recipes come from the faithful church gathering collections that go back more than 30 years. I love sharing good time tested recipes. Trust me unless I make a big ta-do about it I take no credit in any of these recipes, they have all been shared by others. Hope you enjoy this years offerings. Now on with the show:
      This weeks Recipe: Cran-Apple Delight Crisp
      3-4      tart      apples
         2      cups    fresh cranberries
   3/4-1      cup      sugar
      3-4      Tbsp    water
      Preheat oven toi 350 degrees. Peel, core, and slice apples. Rinse and pick over cranberries (get the unripe or bad ones out). Mix fruit with sugar and water and place in 2-quart casserole dish. Set aside.
      3/4      cup      uncooked oatmeal
      1/4      cup      flour
      1/2      cup      brown sugar
      1/2      cup      chopped pecans
      1/4      cup      melted butter
      Mix dry ingredients. Add melted butter. Spread topping over fruit. Bake for 45 minutes.
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