Tuesday, September 28, 2010


IT'S BEEN A LONG, HOT, BEAUTIFUL, WONDERFUL SUMMER BUT THE THE RAIN FROM MOTHER NATURE IS LONG OVER DUE! Morehead City will be all refreshed from the cleansing rain and is projected to have warm, beautiful, fantastic and sunny weather for the North Carolina Seafood Festival starting on Friday, October 1st this coming weekend! Make your reservations today if you plan to stay over if you aren't already booked! Rain also brings out the best in fresh fall vegetable on the Crystal Coast. Hot peppers LOVE the Crystal Coast of NC! All kinds of hot peppers! Cayenne, Habaneras, Jalapenos and Hot Pimento Peppers go wild this time of the year. They are very easy to grow with a little care, water and a bit of fertilizer.
SHRIMP & MACARONI WITH A BITE! INGREDIENTS: ½ LB ‘SALAD’ type macaroni Boiling Water 6 Tbsp Butter 2 c sliced or diced Portabella Mushrooms 1 Tsp garlic power or fresh diced garlic to taste ½ Bell Pepper – diced 1 Jalapeño pepper (or to taste) ½ Red Bell Pepper – diced 2 Tbsp white wine 1 Pint sour cream (or ½ pt sour cream and ½ pint mayo) 1 and ½ cups white grated Cheddar Cheese 1 LB de-veined shrimp ½ c Spring Onions 1 Tsp Paprika Texas Pete or Tabasco Sauce to taste Cook macaroni in boiling salted water until tender, about 10-12 minutes; drain Melt butter in large skillet, sauté mushrooms until browned well; remove from skillet and set aside; In buttered skilled stir in scallop; then shrimp; Then stir in garlic; bell pepper, red pepper; Jalapeno pepper. Remove from heat and stir in wine. Blend in sour cream and 1 cup of grated cheese. Stir in shrimp, scallops, and all remaining ingredients in large bowl with well drained macaroni. Heap mixture lightly into a 1-2 quart casserole dish. Sprinkle with remaining shredded cheese. Bake at 375 degrees for approximately 25-30 minutes. (More shrimp and scallops make it better. Chunks of chicken or beef can also be substituted for seafood.) Invite lots of company. This dish will serve the multitude if you so desire by just adding more macaroni and a bit more shrimp! HAVE YOU EVER EXPERIENCED THE JOY OF DEVOURING 'FUNNEL CAKE'? There are many various recipes for them but all are 'sweet and delicious'! Even more so when you are tasting them right out of the pan at the North Carolina Seafood Festival coming up this weekend in Morehead City, NC. 2 1/2 c. self-rising flour 1/4 c. sugar 1 1/3 c. milk 2 eggs, slightly beaten Vegetable oil Sifted powdered sugar (optional) 1 tbsp. baking powder 1/2 tsp. salt Combine flour, sugar, milk and eggs in a bowl, beating until smooth. Heat 1/4 inch oil to 375 degrees in a skillet. Cover bottom opening of a funnel with finger. (Funnel with a 3/8 inch opening works best.) Pour 1/4 cup batter into funnel. Hold funnel over skillet. Remove finger form funnel end to release batter into hot oil; move funnel in a slow, circular motion to form a spiral. Fry each funnel cake 1 minute or until edges are golden brown, turn and fry until golden. Drain on paper towels. Repeat with remaining batter. Sprinkle with powdered sugar, if desired. Serve warm. Yield: about a dozen 5 inch cakes. THE RAIN IS GOING AWAY AND THE WEATHER FORECASTS PROMISES TO BRING SUNSHINE ON FRIDAY! If you are in the market for good deals on real estate on the Crystal Coast, GIVE US A CALL at 877-240-0259 Toll-free to schedule a meeting with you at our office or send us an email at and we will gladly provide information about our beautiful Crystal Coast area! HAVE A GREAT WEEKEND!

Sunday, September 26, 2010


TIME TO MAKE YOUR PLANS TO ATTEND THE NORTH CAROLINA SEAFOOD FESTIVAL IN MOREHEAD CITY, NC Save the Date! October 1-3, 2010 for the 24th Anniversary of the North Carolina Seafood Festival. It just gets better and better every year! Enjoy the rides, the beach music, dancing on the street, barefooting, restaurants, Blessing of the Fleets, local street vendors, tennis tournament, races, sailing regatta and family fishing contests. This year's winner 2010 Commemorative Painting Exhibit "Today's Catch" Artist: Sharon Kearns The talents of local artists are displayed from one end of Downtown Morehead to the other offering unique, sometimes one of a kind items. FREE parking is offered at the NC State Port with a free shuttle Saturday & Sunday only to and from the Festival grounds. The shuttles leaves from the state port and carries festival-goers to 3rd Street. The shuttle runs from 9:30am - 8pm on Saturday and 11am - 5pm on Sunday. One of the many favorite local seafood recipes is 'Smoked Jumping Mullet'. The Bogue Banks Mullet Blow is a North Carolina Tradition. If you have not tried the smoked mullet here is your chance to do so at the North Carolina Seafood Festival in Morehead City, NC! COME & ENJOY THE FUN AND ACTIVITIES! SEE YOU THERE!

Thursday, September 23, 2010

The North Carolina Seafood Festival

SAVE THE DATE! OCTOBER 1-3,2010 An easy date to remember, The North Carolina Seafood Festival is always slated to be held the first weekend in October of every year. It is a combined joint effort of the individual citizens and businesses of Carteret County to ensure this event is fun, enjoyable, exciting and memorable to all to promote the importance of seafood industry in our county. Because of their efforts the North Carolina Seafood Festival grows exponentially every year. There are so many things to see and do. MAKE YOUR PLANS NOW TO VISIT THE NORTH CAROLINA SEAFOOD FESTIVAL IN MOREHEAD CITY, NC! SUNDAY, OCTOBER 3, 2010 AT 11:00 A.M. BLESSING OF THE FLEET Carteret County is proud of its commercial fishing vessels. Without them fresh seafood would not be available to our State and could also make a huge impact on our Nation's supply of fresh seafood. The vessels lining the Morehead City waterfront also add a lot of color as seen in the photo above! The Crystal Coast Beaches are still warm and beautiful. Don't miss your opportunity to enjoy them in your bathing suits and shorts before the cooler weather sets in! REAL ESTATE SHORT SALE IN BEAUFORT, NC 1311 Live Oak St, Beaufort, NC 28516 LIST PRICE 9-22-2010 $230,000 HAVE YOU DREAMED OF LIVING IN HISTORIC BEAUFORT? This beautiful LARGE 3 Bedroom, 4 Bath Updated Beaufort Home comes with many extras. It has great Curb Appeal and is situated on a 0.45 acre lot within walking or biking distance of the Beaufort Waterfront. This gorgeous Southern Traditional style home has High Ceilings, Exquisite and Rare Solid Knotty Pine Panelling Walls and Ceilings in its spacious living room and solid Hardwood Floors throughout many rooms of this home. A large Double Carport makes easy access to sheltered parking. The separate Detached Garage/Workshop with a Finished Room Over the Garage including a Full Bath makes wonderful accommodations to those unexpected guests and family. The wrap around Front Porch offers the chance to sit and relax and watch the world go by on those lazy mornings and afternoons in Beaufort. This beautiful,historic home would make a great Bed & Breakfast affording lots of space for privacy and comfort. You need to see this home to truly experience all it has to offer. See additional detail and special features on this property go on our website and click under 'Our Listings' at NOTE: Square footage and flood zone not warrantied by seller or broker and should be verified by buyer. SHORT SALE SUBJECT TO LENDER APPROVAL!

Wednesday, September 22, 2010


GREY TROUT ARE BITING IN THE TURN BASIN IN MOREHEAD CITY, NC Took our boat out today and caught our limit of grey trout which is one each. Brought them home, cleaned them, fried them for lunch and thanked our Good Lord for living in such a wonderful area. We fished in the Turn Basin east of the Port Authority in Morehead City when the tide turned and was running out to sea. It took us all of 30 minutes to catch the two trout. In today's economy it is a priviledge to have the ability to go such a short distance away and throw your lines in the water and reap such delicious rewards from the salt water so close to our reach. In Carteret County there are numerous public fishing areas and public marinas to launch your boats and take advantage of and enjoy a relaxing few hours of fishing. Sometimes the fish are biting and plentiful. Somes days, of course, they are not. That's why it is called 'fishing' and not 'catching'. But the reward of a little time on the water is well worth it. Come and see for yourself! Be sure to check out the "Hotlinks" menu on our website at for additional information or send us an email at Women's Counsel of REALTORS(R) LUAU - HUGE SUCCESS! The First and hopefully, annual 'WCR Luau' of the WCR Crystal Coast Chapter was fun, entertaining and fruitful primarily due to strong support and efforts of the GENEROUS local sponsors, AMAZING community donations and the hard, dedicated work of the WCR Crystal Coast Chapter Luau Committee Members. Considerable portions of the proceeds from the event went to the Boys & Girls Clubs of Coastal Carolina and Carteret County Domestic Violence. MARK THE DATE! FEBRUARY 4, 2011, for the EVENING WRAPPED IN CHOCOLATE to be held at Shepard's Point in Morehead City. This historically fantastic evening scheduled for the Friday night the weekend of the Chocolate Festival in Morehead City is dedicated to help raise funds for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Crystal Carolina. Last year's top live auction item was 'A Rapsody in Food & Wine' which included a private dinner served at the private residence of the winner! It was thoroughly enjoyed by all who attended and promises to be a popular live auction item again in 2011. Stay tuned for details about this annual event or contact us on our website. GENA'S RECIPE FOR A GOOD OLD FASHION SOUTHERN STYLE FISH STEW CONCH FRITTERS WITH GENA’S TOUCH (Clams can be used as alternative to Conch) Fresh conch, diced, chopped or minced ( I chop mine) Green Pepper chopped Red Pepper chopped Hot peppers chopped finely to taste Celery Onion 1 egg, slightly beaten 1 cup of House Autry Hush Puppy Mix 1 cup of self rising flour Tabasco sauce to taste Old Bay Seasoning Greek Seasoning Salt & Pepper to taste Oil for deep-frying To make the fritters hotter, add more of the hot peppers such as Habanera, Hot Pimento, Hot Banana and Hot Jalapeño DIPPING SAUCE ½ Ketchup ¼ Mustard Dash of Worcestershire Sauce Horse Radish to taste ENJOY!