The Seafood Festival

The Seafood Festival, which is always held the first weekend in October in Morehead City, NC, is much more than seafood. Ask the locals and the hundreds of visitors who make the annual trip back here and they’ll tell you it’s about tradition, about family, about being a part of the community. From the Blessing…

Finding Home

The Boy on the Porch by Sharon Creech With pristine dialogue and vividly sketched characters, the Newbery Award winning author weaves yet another timeless tale full of wonder, family, and connection. What will a middle-aged childless couple do with a speechless boy who is left on their porch one morning? Every question John and Marta…

Edible Kale

It’s good for me.  That’s why I eat kale.  Because this low-calorie cabbage-relative is jam packed with Vitamins A, C, and K (not to mention other outstanding cruciferous qualities), I wanted to find an irresistible way to prepare it.  I’m not a fan of slimy green food, so when I saw a friend post  on…

Ahoy Pirates!

Don’t let the smiling pirate deceive you – not all the salty characters are friendly!  See a boat load of pirates at the Pirate Fest on Saturday, May 3, 2014, and watch the swashbuckling ocean-goers wield their swords, captivate the crowd with their black powder weapons, and sing their sea shanties at the Hammocks Beach…

Swim Bike Run… like the wind!

Best wishes for all those racing in the Emerald Isle Triathlon on Saturday, October 19, 2013! May the waves be calm, the road be smooth, and the wind be at your back. Special cheers for my friends at Bikes-R-In and swim team members from the East Carolina Aquatics.

Sights, Smells, and Smiles at the Mullet Festival

While mullet sizzled in the deep frier and crab cakes were flipped on the griddle, crowds of festival lovers strolled downtown Swansboro to lively tunes and chatter at the vendor booths.  The 2013 Mullet Festival t-shirt sold like hot cakes and the line of children waiting face painting was long.  Heavy gray clouds parked over…

Oil and Vinegar

In downtown Beaufort, NC, across from The Cedars Inn I sampled the most savory olive oils and balsamic vinegars. The Beaufort Olive Oil, Co. is a cosy shop lined wall-to-wall with urns and bottles. Choose a favorite flavor and they’ll fill a bottle of your own unique dressing for a salad or for dipping bread.…