Monthly Archives: October 2013

Halloween in the Port City


I love fall: the satisfying crunch of acorns underfoot, cool mornings, and pumpkins. The pumpkin patch at Wesley Memorial United Methodist Church at the corner of Peachtree and College Road has been our family tradition for years. We could line a wall with a family timeline, pumpkin by pumpkin, at Wesley. 

We carved our pumpkins today on the back porch: two angry bird jack-o-laterns and a scary face. While my husband and the children carved, I scooped the seeds out of the cool insides of the pumpkins and prepared them for roasting, another fall tradition.

Here’s the recipe we’ve perfected during the years.

Roasted Pumpkin Seeds


Fresh pumpkin seeds
Olive Oil
Celtic Sea Salt

1. Scoop the seeds and clean them as best you can. There’s truly no easy way to separate seeds from pumpkin goop, other than to do it one seed at a time.

2. Add seeds and a generous teaspoon of Celtic Sea Salt to a pot of water, bring to boil and then simmer on low for ten minutes. 

3. Dry seeds, spread them out on a cookie sheet, sprinkle with olive oil and Celtic Sea Salt, and bake at 325 for 10-15 minutes.

4. Enjoy! 

Happy Halloween!

The Perfect Getaway — Off Season Carolina Beach


This year for our anniversary my husband and I packed our bags and headed just 20 minutes from our Wilmington home to Carolina Beach, where we got married six years earlier. I love Carolina Beach in the fall: warm days, cool nights, and the beach belongs once again to the locals, the fishermen, and a few vacationers. Days are still warm enough to sip a cocktail at the Ocean Grill and Tiki Bar, and if you’re lucky (like we were) you just might see a pod of dolphins jumping in the waves.

On Saturday we woke up early, watched the waves from our balcony at the Sea Ranch Motel (one of our favorite Carolina Beach motels) and then walked down the beach to the boardwalk, talking to fishermen along the way. We ate breakfast at the Gulfstream, a local favorite, and then headed back to the beach.

Time slows down in Carolina Beach. We spent our weekend walking, talking, and eating at some of the beach restaurants on the island. (Hint: Havana’s Sunday brunch is one of the best in the area, and Fort Fisher is a great place to find a bit of solitude by the water.) I can’t wait to go back.