Smorgasbord Blogger Daily – Tuesday April 27th 2021 – #Family Antoinette Truglio Martin, #Story Beetley Pete and Jim Webster, #LemonCake Dorothy New Vintage Kitchen.

A small selection of posts I have enjoyed over the last week and I hope you will head over to enjoy in full.. thanks Sally.

The first post is from Antoinette Truglio Martin and shares the wonderful connections that a family enjoys as told by her Uncle Jack.

The Gang

Friends who morph into family relations are a lifetime gift. This story was told by my Uncle Jack, who started out as a boyhood friend of my dad. He became Uncle when he married Dad’s cousin, Marcia, but the brotherhood bond was forged long before the wedding. They shared the pursuit of fun well into their senior years.

I first met Bill in the mid to late 1940s. My summers were happily spent at The Bungalow, a small cottage in the Copiague Long Island American Venice neighborhood. Multiple family members shared the house, just like most of the neighborhood cottages, including the Truglio’s down the street. American Venice had a labyrinth of canals that led out to the Great South Bay. Small boats that could fit under the low road bridges lined the canals. Us city kids learn to drive a boat long before we had access to the car keys.

When I was eleven, my father bought me a new 3.5 horsepower outboard motor to go on a little boat. My friend Peter Blair had a new tippy boat with an outboard. But Peter’s older brother, Dick, could use the family’s Century, a beautiful mahogany boat with speed. Dick cruised the canals and raced about the bay with his friends, Frank and Bill Truglio. Cowboy was another friend who occasionally joined The Gang. He owned a sailboat—one of the first sailboats I had ever seen on the Great South Bay. Cowboy was memorable because one time, he towed Bill back to the canal with his sailboat!  

Head over to read this heartwarming post about a family’s journey through life together over the decades: The Gang – Stories served around the table.

The next post is from Beetley Pete who lives in Norfolk and was recently joined virtually by storyteller Jim Webster who wove a wonderful tale as a follow on to a previous story.

Today, I am delighted to feature another guest post from Jim Webster. He has kindly come up with a sequel to his previous story concerning a hermit who lives in a Norfolk village. Any similarity to my life in Beetley is of course intentional.

The continuing adventures of the hermit of Beetfield.

I have recounted before how I came to meet the celebrated Hermit of Beetfield. On my return to Port Naain I confess I didn’t give much more thought to him. I’d enjoyed his company and had been impressed with his wit and wisdom. What more can one ask of a hermit? Still should you wish to know more of our meeting it is all recounted at;
April 2nd Featured Blogger Jim Webster.

You know how it is, life closes in on a chap. You get busy and before you’ve noticed a year or so has gone by. Obviously you have lived every day of it. It’s not as if you curled up in bed and next morning got up to discover a year had past. Still that period was a hectic time for me. I built up my practice, gathered more patrons, cemented my position as the leading poet of my generation, and got married.

Head over to enjoy the story in full: Beetley Pete – Guest Post Jim Webster.

I don’t do a lot of baking.. David is not very interested in desserts, although will join me with ice-cream just to be sociable… but one look at this cake and I might be tempted to don an apron and get to it..Courtesy of  Dorothy of The New Vintage Kitchen.

Image New Vintage kitchen

Lemon “Half a Pound” Cake with White Chocolate Frosting

Our family loves anything lemon! The more lemon the better. So, a birthday cake for my granddaughter this week featured lemon in several ways!

I have often turned my mother’s pound cake recipe into a lemon pound cake, so delicious, but it does make a lot. For smaller gatherings, a half a recipe makes a cute little two-layer, six-inch cake. I often made this cake for our “elopement special” at the inn, a perfect little wedding cake to savor all weekend by just two people.
Lemon all the way!

This cake is lemon all the way, lemon zest in the batter, the cakes are drizzled with lemon syrup, filled with lemon curd, and topped with a white chocolate lemon frosting, with more lemon curd swirled in. A few lemon zests to garnish doesn’t hurt either! You will need about five lemons for this, six if they are tiny, and more if you are making your own curd, three more. This is the time for the economy bag of lemons, but look for organic! 

Head over to find out how to make your own lemon curd and the rest of the recipe for this delicious looking cake: Lemon “Half a Pound” Cake with White Chocolate Frosting


Thanks for dropping by and I hope you will head over to enjoy the posts in full… thanks Sally


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