April, My Favorite Month on Cape Cod (or anywhere)

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I love April. It brings so many harbingers of spring. Today we saw an osprey sitting on top of the telephone pole where he built his nest for the past several years. Osprey-nestUnfortunately hurricane Sandy and the subsequent Nemo blizzard destroyed whatever was left of last year’s nest. Hopefully he won’t get discouraged by having to start all over again and soon we will be seeing him with his partner in the nest high above the marsh.

Earlier this morning Rich pointed out a brilliant yellow gold finch at the feeder. This prompted me to put out the hummingbird feeder. No hummers have visited it yet, but I expect to see one soon. I’ve heard the spring peepers a couple of times and no doubt the skunk cabbage is fermenting by now in the swampy areas of the woods.

daffodil budsThe daffodils are up in our yard about 7-8 inches and the lawn is definitely greening up, at least here at the high Pointe Inn on Cape Cod. Soon we’ll see the sand dollars scattered on Sandy Neck Beach, and hear the street sweepers clearing the roads of winter’s sand and debris.

Besides all the signs of spring, April is my birthday month. I can’t help but be happy in April. It was my Mom’s birthday month too. In fact today is her birthday. She would have been 96. So naturally I have been thinking about her a lot today. I pulled out this recipe card, handwritten by her ages ago. She was a wonderful baker, perhaps because she had a sweet tooth, but I think mainly she just loved to make things with her hands. I remember waking up to the smell of freshly baked bread and donuts on Saturday mornings. How can you not be happy waking up to that?

So I’m sharing her recipe with you, with apologies for the lack of details, in honor of her birthday. If you try it, let me know how it works out.

My Mom's Recipe

My Mom’s Recipe