Holidays in the Golden Isles

Believe it or not, the holidays are here. My children and family begin arriving today and we have some exciting things planned that include feasting and getting outside to enjoy the Golden Isles. However, I am most looking forward to those unplanned moments that unfold just when you least expect them: laughs, memories, bonding, climbing the lighthouse or a live oak tree, generations, close friends, late night porch talks, an Eagle flying by, a silver lining sunset, or a smile from a stranger. Wherever you are and whoever you are with this holiday season, I wish you the best.

Catherine McCrary

Beach Combing

+ The moon will rise on December 8 at 5:43pm.

Local Tides (Click)

+ This is the best time of year to find shells, bones, and other treasures from nature. Recently I saw thousands of tiny sand dollars as I walked down the beach. I also found a dolphin skeleton while I was kayaking. You never know what you might find!


Family putt putt challenge

When I have family in town for the holidays, I love to take them out for a friendly putt putt game. It is something everyone can enjoy, even if it is from the sidelines. We usually offer a prize for the best score or something extra if you get a hole in one. You can play at Neptune Park or Jekyll Island, but my favorite is the Driftwood course at the Lodge.

Oyster Casserole

4Tb. butter
4 Tb. flour
8-10 chopped green onions
1 cup milk
1/2 cup oyster liquid
1/2 cup white wine
1 pint oysters
1/2 teaspoon salt
Dash of cayenne pepper
1Tb. parsley

Saltine cracker crumbs
Grated parmesan cheese
Melt butter, add onions. Add flour and blend. Add milk, oyster liquid and wine; stir until thickened. Add oysters, salt, cayenne and parsley. Layer mixture in pan; add cracker crumbs to cover. Repeat layers ; sprinkle with cheese. Bake at 350 for 30 minutes



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