Chasing the Dream…on a Budget

My husband and I represent the millions of working class Americans who struggle to make ends-meet living paycheck to paycheck. Our budget does not allow for hefty mortgage payments in custom-built neighborhoods with comfy amenities. On the contrary, our comfort-zone includes; low mortgage payments, moderate neighborhood amenities and the realistic expectations of raising two children in a troubled economy with… Read More “Chasing the Dream…on a Budget”

Vacation Planning on a Budget

One of the hardest things about planning a vacation with children is making sure everything you select; the area, resort and restaurants are kid-friendly and full of options for accommodating rambunctious and exhausted kiddos. I have two children; a 5 year old and 20 month old. Finding a perfect selection to satisfy both is often challenging.  My son, the baby,… Read More “Vacation Planning on a Budget”

Seasonal Summer Beach & Inlet Treats Heat Up January

Inaugural Taste of the Inlet Together,Murrells Inlet 2020 and the Inlet Square Mall will kick-off the Inaugural Taste of the Inlet on January 27 from 6 – 9 p.m. at Inlet Square Mall. Guests can delight in sampling various menu items from Murrells Inlet and Garden City Beach restaurants as chefs showcase their signature dishes and serve up a delicious… Read More “Seasonal Summer Beach & Inlet Treats Heat Up January”

Coastal-style Christmas trees: A Garden City Beach holiday tradition

Whatever your style, whatever your budget, decorating in a coastal theme for the holidays can be as diverse and individual as you are. Gathered items such as seashells, starfish, driftwood, pine cones, Spanish moss and magnolia leaves work perfectly into any traditional seaside motif; the best part – these items can be acquired for free. Add powder-blue ornaments and ribbons… Read More “Coastal-style Christmas trees: A Garden City Beach holiday tradition”

Thanksgiving at the Coast: Recipes for a Southern feast

Enjoy this final installment of fabulous Thanksgiving recipies that have inpsired our Southern coastal feast. Happy Thanksgiving to all!   Chestnut & Oyster Stuffing1 (12-ounce) loaf French bread 4 tablespoons butter 2 onions, chopped 4 celery stalks, chopped 1/4 cup dry sherry 1 tablespoon fresh thyme leaves or 1 teaspoon dried thyme 1 teaspoon rubbed sage 1/8 teaspoon ground cayenne pepper 1 teaspoon… Read More “Thanksgiving at the Coast: Recipes for a Southern feast”

Thanksgiving at the Coast: Recipes for a Southern feast

Here’s another appetizer idea for a coastal Thanksgiving, this one’s quick, easy and perfect for any occasion. Baked Brie in Phyllo 1 (6-inch) round of brie4-5 sheets phyllo dough, defrosted4 tbsp. butter, melted3/4 c. good quality jam (raspberry or strawberry)French bread, crackers or Pita Chips Preheat oven to 375°F. Butter each sheet of phyllo dough and place in a pie… Read More “Thanksgiving at the Coast: Recipes for a Southern feast”

Thanksgiving at the Coast: Recipes for a Southern feast

It’s hard to believe Thanksgiving is right around the corner, but it is and just a few weeks away. It seems like just yesterday the beach was filled with thousands of vacationers donned in their latest swimming apparel as the scent of coconut sunscreen and freshly prepared local seafood filled the air. Even though the temperatures have fluctuated over the… Read More “Thanksgiving at the Coast: Recipes for a Southern feast”

Jack of All Faces

If you’re looking at today’s Jack-o’-lantern’s for a reminiscent reminder of the classic carvings from your childhood, the toothy grinned pumpkins with pyramid-shaped eyes and nose, you may have difficulties.  That’s because, for many pumpkin carving has taken on a whole new life, propelling it to the forefront as a serious seasonal art form. Equipped with power tools and sculpting… Read More “Jack of All Faces”