This holiday season, fall in love with the heartwarming tale of Janice, a little girl who looks forward to riding the Train to Christmas Town every year with her brother and Grandmother. This year is a little different though, as readers of the story already know. Accompanied by a bag full of surprises, woodland friends and jolly elves, Janice relives happy memories as she rides the train to Christmas Town once again.
The conductor will welcome you aboard and punch your ticket as you find your seat in warm, decorated cars. Meet Bumblebee the Polar Bear, Wabash the Squirrel, even Zephyr the depot cat and laugh along with Elves while they’re busy serving cookies and cocoa, and leading guests in singing Christmas carols. Upon arrival at Christmas Town, Santa climbs on board and walks through the cars greeting each child with holiday cheer and his signature “Ho, Ho, Ho”!
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We love Baking Bites by Nicole for all the great ideas and food she blogs. A recent article might help if your pumpkin pie crust flops or you are looking for a new dish to try.
Pumpkin pie is a staple at most Thanksgiving tables, but it isn’t the only pumpkin dessert option out there. There are times when you might want to serve something besides the traditional pie – or times when you don’t want to risk bringing the same pie to a party that three other people are delivering. Fortunately, there are many sweet and spicy pumpkin dessert options that are delicious ways to finish a holiday meal besides pie.
Pumpkin Pie Ice Cream – This homemade ice cream is full of pumpkin pie flavor, but it is cold, creamy and a lot more refreshing than a piece of pie. It’s rich, but it is also easier to have a very small scoop of ice cream after a big meal than to cut a tiny sliver of pie. The ice cream can be served alongside a slice of cake or by itself.
Pumpkin Bread Pudding – This dish also has a lot of the same flavors that you’l find in pumpkin pie, like ginger, cinnamon and cloves. It’s even easier to put together than a traditional pie and it is perfect for serving a big crowd, where you might normally need two pies to serve everyone.
Easy Pumpkin Tiramisu – Here you’ll find flavors that you won’t find in every other pumpkin dessert, namely a strong coffee flavor. The combination of coffee and pumpkin spice is a good one – just look at the popularity of the Pumpkin Spice Latte! – and this variation on a classic tiramisu is a great choice for a holiday meal.
Pumpkin Sheet Cake with Brandy Buttercream – This is another great dessert option when it comes to serving a crowd. The moist, tender sheet cake is full of those classic pumpkin spices and is finished off with a very addictive buttercream frosting that is spiked with cinnamon and just a hint of brandy. You can omit the brandy if you are serving kids, but there is only a small amount and it really adds a lot of flavor to the frosting.
Pumpkin Flan – Believe it or not, this pumpkin flan might even be easier to make than a traditional pumpkin pie – and no crust is required. The flan has a rich layer of dark caramel on it that gives it an intense caramel flavor and sets it apart from a lot of other pumpkin desserts. It can be prepared well in advance and chilled, so you won’t have to do much prep the day you are serving until you are ready to plate it.
Although we try not to use our blog for self-promotion, we do feel our veterans and active servicemen and women deserve special recognition. These folks have served or are serving our country and every single citizen in protecting our way of life. We feel they deserve more than just our thanks, so we are offering a 25% discount for all veterans and active service personnel for a two or more night stay from November 8 through the 10th, 2013. Proof of veteran or active service is required at check-in to validate this discount. This promotion is not available online, so please give us a call at 800-822-4001 between 9am-9pm any day to make your reservation.
If you are unable to take advantage of this special, please know that your service is appreciated.
At a time when Christmas has been commercialized almost beyond recognition, many families are longing to recapture that Christmas spirit of yesterday … filled with 19th Century charm and elegance … the kind that harkens back to a simpler time when gathering together to celebrate the magic of the holidays was enough of a reason to celebrate in and of itself. It was a season filled with sights, sounds and smells to be cherished and passed down for generations to come. Today, there is no better place to rediscover all that is magical about this holiday season than Cape Cod and the Islands. – See more at: http://www.capecodchamber.org/holiday#sthash.c8B3ehZ2.dpuf
Christmas season is a special time here at the Inn. The house is decorated, the exterior is lit, and there is always a warmth for body and soul. Brewster gets into the season with Brewster for the Holidays on December 6-8, so its not too soon to begin planning your Cape Cod Christmas get-away.
When the first CapeFlyer left the station on Memorial Day weekend, there wasn’t a doubt in Thomas Cahir’s mind that the weekend train service to Cape Cod would prove successful in its first summer.
But as the passenger totals came in and Transportation Secretary Richard Davey was inspired to extend the service past Labor Day to Columbus Day weekend, the train became almost too successful for Cahir, administrator of the Cape Cod Regional Transit Authority. The CapeFlyer made its last run of the season on Monday, leaving Hyannis for Boston at 6:30 p.m.
At 11:10 a.m. Monday, the last inbound CapeFlyer train of the season pulled into the Hyannis Transportation Center. Among the 35 passengers were Barbara and Glenn Shadduck, who live in a suburb of Seattle, Wash. The couple had picked up the train in Braintree. They were a little confused about the schedule for Columbus Day and what time the train would depart from Braintree for the Cape. Still, the ride down had made them very happy, seeing the cranberry bogs and Cape houses and more.
While hesitant to expand the service too quickly, Cahir said the lessons from this summer have led him to believe a third stop could be called for on the Cape’s side of the Cape Cod Canal.
About 25 percent of CapeFlyer passengers were bound either for Falmouth or the Islands. And while buses were ready to transport passengers off to destinations such as the Woods Hole, Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket Steamship Authority docks, Cahir said a third train stop near the Bourne Bridge could shave 20 minutes off the trip to Falmouth.
For the complete story by C. Ryan Barber, go to Cape Cod Online.
Heritage Museum and Gardens in Sandwich will sparkle with festive lights and decorations during the holiday season at Gardens Aglow 2013. Join them for this annual celebration of lights. This year, they are thrilled to feature some striking additions including Kriskindlemart, a European-style outdoor holiday market.
Music and dance performances will begin at 6:30 in the Automobile Gallery while St. Nick will hold court in the Model T.
Gingerbread houses created by local companies and students will be on display. Kids can express their creativity with craft projects in the Special Exhibitions Gallery where adults can participate in the holiday decorating demonstrations. Children and adults alike can take a spin (or two) on our vintage carousel while holiday tunes play. Kids can explore Hidden Hollow by moonlight.
Don’t miss this holiday tradition and enjoy the grounds of Heritage in a whole new light. Gardens Aglow 2013 begins November 29th between 5pm and 9pm; then repeats every Friday, Saturday and Sunday until December 23rd.
Tickets will stop being sold at 8:30pm each night, but guests already on the property can continue to enjoy the event until 9:00pm. Tickets are $15 per person.
The votes are counted and the Sea Meadow Inn came in at fifth place. Not bad for our first year at drumming up votes, but there’s obvious room for improvement! We can take some pride in the fact that we placed highest among the Brewster bed & breakfasts and fifth out of 71 entries. So, many thanks to all our wonderful guests and friends who made the effort to vote.
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Cranberries are a wild native fruit to Cape Cod. It is well known that Native Americans introduced cranberries to early Cape Cod settlers and taught them how to use cranberries for medicinal purposes and to produce red dye. In the north village of Dennis, Henry Hall discovered cultivated cranberries by accident in 1816. After cutting a stand of trees north of his bog for firewood, a northern storm blew the exposed, native sands over his bog. Thinking his bog was ruined, Mr. Hall was amazed to find that his crop actually increased the following harvest. This event inspired Mr. Hall to move all of his cattle to “Molly’s Pasture” (the very same bog as Annie’s Crannies) and experiment with the cultivation of the native fruit. His timing was perfect. Shortly after Mr. Hall’s discovery the ship building industry slowed. Many sea captains and ship builders turned to growing cranberries to make a living. Dennis remained the cranberry cultivation center until 1850 when other cape towns joined in.
Dennis, Massachusetts was not only the birthplace of the cultivated cranberry, but to the invention and standardization of harvesting, packaging, and shipping equipment and practices. In 1868, Captain Warren Hall invented an improved cranberry gatherer. In 1876, Luther Hall (Henry Hall’s grandson), Zebina Hall and Captain William Crowell patented the cranberry picker. The most successful invention was William Crowell’s fruit box, patented in 1877, which is still used today for cranberries and other fruits. Dennis cranberry growers were also instrumental in standardizing the methodology for branding the variety, size, quality and durability of cranberries which became the in the 1880’s.
Thanks to Annie’s Crannies for this history of cranberry cultivation. You can read more about this amazing fruit at her website, http://anniescrannies.com