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Fuzzy Friday: The Wellfleet Edition – Senor Fox

Senor Fox - Wellfleet, MA 2013

Senor Fox – Wellfleet, MA 2013

As I mentioned in my post yesterday, this past September I spent a magical week staying at my favorite beach house in Wellfleet, Massachusetts.  Wellfleet  is a wonderful place to visit for so many reasons including the abundant fresh seafood, friendly locals, and beautiful beaches but one of my most favorite things about Wellfleet is the vast amount of wildlife you encounter while you are there. Between Wellfleet’s seashore, the Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary, and other small parks and beaches of the town, over 70% of the land in Wellfleet is Federally Protected allowing all sorts of curious critters to roam free among the beaches and marshlands of Wellfleet.

Senor Fox 2012

Senor Fox 2012

One visitor my boyfriend and I have seen over the past few years is a beautiful fox I affectionately refer to as Senor Fox.  Last year’s Wellfleet trip was the first time we encountered Senor Fox, often seeing him roaming the grounds around the house  as the sun was setting, accompanied by another fox with a white tuft at the end it’s tail as opposed to Senor Fox’s tail that had a black fluffy tip.  This past September I was so looking forward to seeing Senor Fox again but it wasn’t until our fifth day there that I looked out the dining room window and was delighted to see two, pointed, fuzzy ears hopping up and down among the high grass in the backyard of the beach house, Senor Fox had arrived.  I shouted “FOX” to alert my boyfriend before I ran out onto the back porch that overlooks the enchanting Wellfleet Harbor.  The enclosed porch hovers just above a small stone step-way that leads down to the house’s private beach below and with bated breath I stood there, waiting for Senor Fox to appear on the beach below where I had seen him several times the year before.  I anxiously waited, looking around wondering where he could be and hoping I didn’t scare him off with my thunderous footsteps as I ran from the dinning room to the porch that evening.

Wellfleet, MA 2013

Wellfleet, MA 2013

Then he appeared on the beach below me, making his way along the sand, taking graceful and delicate steps, only pausing a few times to look up at me, his awestruck admirer.  He was alone this time and looked much larger then I remembered him being the year before, his face had matured, his snout was longer, his body more lean and muscular.  Although despite all of these changes as I watched him play on the beach and among the dune grass I knew beyond a doubt that it wasn’t another fox that had come to join me that evening, it was the very same Senor Fox I had met before, with the same black fluffy tip on his tail.

Senor Fox - Wellfleet, MA 2013

Senor Fox – Wellfleet, MA 2013

Senor Fox - Wellfleet, MA 2013

Senor Fox – Wellfleet, MA 2013

It appeared Senor Fox had gone through some changes over the past year, grown up a little more, become a little wiser, and bit stronger and more independent than before.  As the sun began to slip behind the skyline, he took one last look at me and then made his way down the beach and out of site.  I made my way into the house to sit down in front of the living room fireplace with my dogs by my side and my boyfriend assembling a puzzle on the coffee table behind me feeling such a warm feeling of happiness that I had seen my friend Senor Fox again.  As I reflected on my visit with Senor Fox that evening I could not help but wonder when he looked at me that evening if he recognized me, even though I looked another year older, a little bit more grown up, a little wiser, a bit stronger, and more independent than before.  I am already counting down the days until we return next year and I do hope I get to see my friend again.

Senor Fox - Wellfleet, MA 2013

Senor Fox – Wellfleet, MA 2013

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The Best Chocolate Banana Bread Pudding Recipe Ever.

bananabreadpudding

As you know each year I take  a trip up to one of the most beautiful places in all of the United States,  a lovely little place in the Cape called Wellfleet, Massachusetts.   We stay at a place that is beyond description in many ways, its one of the most amazing homes I have ever stayed in and it happens to have been built by Captain Lorenzo Dow Baker, also known as The Banana King for being the first importer of bananas to the US.  In light of this, each time we visit I always make a point to make a banana dessert to pay tribute to the Banana King and banana’s foster is usually the dessert of choice. This year I made a Chocolate Banana Bread Pudding that totally knocked my socks off and had me making several 2 am trips to the fridge that week to grab just a few more bites of what was definitely the best Chocolate Banana Bread Pudding I had ever tasted.  Here is the recipe I followed that I found on AllRecipes.com, happy baking!

Ingredients, Serves 8
  • 4 eggs
  • 2 cups milk
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 4 cups cubed French bread
  • 2 bananas, sliced
  • 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease a 9×5 inch loaf pan.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, mix eggs, milk, sugar, and vanilla until smooth. Stir in bread, bananas, and chocolate chips, and let rest 5 minutes for bread to soak. Pour into prepared pan.
  3. Line a roasting pan with a damp kitchen towel. Place loaf pan on towel inside roasting pan, and place roasting pan on oven rack. Fill roasting pan with water to reach halfway up the sides of the loaf pan. Bake in preheated oven for 1 hour, or until a knife inserted in the center comes out clean.

Enjoy!

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A Note to My Readers

View from the deck of The Banana House in Wellfleet, MA

View from the deck of The Banana House in Wellfleet, MA September 23rd, 2013

Greetings and Salutations!

The past few months have been filled with lots of fun out of town adventures for this city girl.  From whale watching in the San Juan Islands, to a lazy weekend in Nappa Valley, to an week long stay in my favorite Wellfleet beach house, to dancing the days away at wedding weekend in the ever amazing  upper Hudson River Valley, it’s been a whirlwind of wonderful.  However, over this time I regret I have not been able to adequately update my beloved Lucky Penny half as much as I hoped.   However, I am happy to report that along all my adventures I have been keeping tract of all the lucky pennies I discovered along the way and have compiled many new stories, recipes, projects, insights and fuzzy fun to share with you!

Starting next Monday we begin counting down the days until The Lucky Penny turns TWO years old on October 24th, 2013 and we will be celebrating this countdown with some really great posts on different holiday recipes, fun crafts, exciting stories, fantastic Fuzzy Friday’s and more, just in time to kick off the much anticipated and beloved holiday season!!! I really can’t wait to share all the new and exciting things I have discovered over the last few months with you for no matter how far my travels have taken me, The Lucky Penny always remained very near and dear to my heart!  SO be sure to check in next week for some pretty stellar  and original Lucky Penny Post’s and until then hopefully you enjoy today’s compilation of some pretty fantastic fuzzy I put together for today’s Fuzzy Friday!

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