Cozy Cottages & Happy Homes

Cottage Charm, Coastal Calm

Month: July 2008

Pure Bliss


I shared with everyone earlier this summer my plans for the photo shoot with the fabulous Christine Hall of Christine Hall Photography. Christine offered a special this summer where she would photograph your pets and donate the proceeds to various Savannah and Chatham County Animal Rescue groups as her way of giving back. All she asked was you donate a bag of dog food as well.

I brought my two labs to downtown Savannah on a hot Sunday afternoon in June and the very patient Christine took a series of shots of the dogs. It was not easy, the dogs were so excited by all the sights and sounds of the city , especially when the horse and buggy full of visitors trotted by! That would have been the shot I shared with you all, me trying to control two 90 pound dogs who desperately wanted to chase that horse down the lane!

This is my favorite- capturing that look of pure bliss . Even though this was Danny’s moment of happiness, I think we all have this look when someone is petting our heads and telling us how special and loved you are!

Christine’s website is full of great examples of families, children, weddings and pets and she loves to come to the beach to shot! http://www.christinehallphotography.com/

Old Fashioned Fun Thursday Night July 31st.. A Drive-In Movie!

Just in time for “Shark Week” on the Discovery Channel…… JAWS will be the summer movie kicking off our first Drive -In of the season! Da Da…. Da Da… da da da da da da ( do you remember the first time you heard that movie sound track???

Here are the details. See you there!

For Residents and Visitors!
Thursday Evening, JULY 31st

Tybee “DRIVE-IN”
Films, Food and Fun at Tybee’s North Beach!
Load up the entire family for an old fashioned,
“summertime experience” in the comfort of your vehicle!
(or just walk or bicycle over to North Beach
with your lawn chair, bug spray and radio!)

SHOWING THURSDAY, JULY 31st:

PETER BENCHLEY’S BEACHSIDE THRILLER

“JAWS”

Admission: $10 per vehicle, or $5 per individual
Main parking lot gate opens for movie going vehicles at 7:00 PM.
Walkers and bikers may enter at North Beach Grill gate,
at beach crossovers, or main parking lot gate.

Come early to grab a good spot, get a bite to eat and take a walk on the beach.
Optional movie Concession sales will be provided by North Beach Grill
including popcorn, snacks & soft drinks.

Movie starts at sundown (No later than 9:00 PM).
FOR MORE INFO CALL: 912-323-7727 or 912-655-0144

“Jaws” is the first of three films being sponsored by *Friends of the Tybee Theater Productions
with help from the Lucas Theater, StageFront Presentations and the City of Tybee Island.
Films are showing on Thursdays this season at North Beach Parking Lot, and will feature
Big Screen Projection and Low Frequency FM Radio Broadcasting.

* All proceeds go to benefit the Tybee Post Theater

Savannah Classic Desserts & "my" sour cream peach pound cake

I just love how if you pay attention to life, there are little lines of connectivity that all comes together in the most wonderful way. Here’s my little story for you to follow along .

 

 

A few years ago I found this GREAT receipe for a sour cream peach pound cake in Savannah Magazine. The receipe is from Martha Giddens Nesbitt who made the cake for a QVC special that was being shot in Savannah. I started to make the cake to take to parties, give away as holiday gifts and to use for dinner parties. Danny the cup cake eating dog even got into the act. I had one dinner party where I made this delicious cake for desert. Now this is before I discovered it’s really ok to put the dogs in another room while you have company, especially when the dogs are labs who adore food and consider any food on a counter fair game if they can reach the counter…Today , my dogs go in the bedroom while I have dinner parties. Anyway, we were having desert and one of my guests was telling a great story and not eating his piece of cake. Danny was sitting to his left watching the food, watching the story teller and waiting for his chance. Yes, , Danny in one big bite grabbed the cake from the plate and consumed in one swallow. We were so stunned we couldn’t help but laugh!

 

 

Earlier this summer, I came across a used cook book called “Food for all Seasons” by Anne Bryn. I was surprised to find a very similiar receipe in the summer section for a Famous Peach Pound Cake and when I went back to my receipe from the magazine – I see that Martha references this same receipe as one of the inspirations for her receipe. ( see where the lines are starting to form?) And now, a brand new book is coming out called Savannah Desserts by Janice Shay with the forward by Martha Giddens Nesbitt ( who wrote the magazine article for my peach pound cake!) The picture on the cover is MY PEACH POUND CAKE! Look how gorgeous this is!
Here is the fabulous receipe! You’ll make this over and over again because of the raves you’ll receive and it’s so good!

 

 

Ingredients:
3 cups all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup butter, softened (2 sticks)
3 cups sugar
6 eggs
1/2 teaspoon almond extract
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
3/4 cup sour cream
2 cups diced fresh or canned peaches ( I use canned peaches)
Glaze:
1 cup confectioners’ sugar
2 Tbsp cream cheese, at room temperature
1 Tbsp milk
Preparation:Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease and flour a 10-inch fluted tube pan.
Cream the butter and sugar until fluffy.
Add the eggs one at a time beating well.
Fold the flour, baking soda, salt into the creamed mixture, alternately with the diced peaches and sour cream. Stir in the vanilla and the almond extract.
Bake for 65- 75 minutes until the cake is golden brown and will just release from the sides of the cake pan. Let cool for 10 minutes in the pan ( at least) then cool completely on a rack.
Glaze: once the cake is cool, cream the confectioner’s sugar with the cream cheese and milk and pour over the cake. Fresh peaches can go on top for decoration ( see the cookbook picture above!)

 

Hurricanes and the Georgia Coast

Many of you ask me about hurricanes and should you take the trip insurance we offer on our website. I always encourage you to take the insurance if you think there might be a reason why you need to cancel. Sickness, older parents, kid’s schedules are all reason why vacations need to be cancelled, but one reason that I really don’t worry about is hurricanes. Of course I can’t promise we won’t be hit, but here is some information about hurricanes and the Georgia Coast that may make you feel better.

The last “big one” to hit Savannah and Tybee was August 27th, 1893 as a category 4 hurricane. Our part of the Eastern Seaboard is among the most storm-shielded area of the coast. “The likelihood of a direct hit by a big storm is very, very small.” WTOC TV Meteorologist Pat Prokop. “We are about the furthest point on the East Coast. We are located in somewhat of a cove. Hurricanes traveling from south to north will largely miss us.” However the storms that threaten our area come in the “back door”which means they brew in the Gulf of Mexico and hit us by land. These storms usually produce high winds and heavy rains but seldom produce the damage from storm surges or cause evacuations.

There is a fascinating website you can visit to learn more about hurricanes and also track hurricanes throughout the season. The National Hurrican Center website is worth checking out. http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/

Birthday Dinner at The Old Fort Bakery with the Mary Kay Andrews Family & Friends

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The Mary Kay Andrews Family is in town to start the process of renovating their Tybee Island Dream House, The Breeze Inn. Our regulars readers will of course know who the NY Times Best Seller Author is- Mary Kay has written a number of terrific books, including a trilogy about two southern women and their life’s adventures in Savannah and Tybee. The book she’s currently working on is called “The Fixer Upper”, very appropiate as they start to create their very own beach house out of a very neglected old house…. If you haven’t already become a regular reader of Mary Kay’s Blog- you need to start! http://www.marykayandrews.com/ ( be sure to read about her recent junking adventure and the discovery of the a Bomb Fuse Case which now proudly resides in SeaSide Sisters and the Tybee Bomb Shell booth ……)
Kathy and Family ( her real name- remember Mary Kay Andrews is a combination of her two children’s names ) invited me over to dinner to help celebrate her birthday, catch up on the good news of her daughter Katie and experience the incredible old Fort Screven Bakery.

Katie’s good news is she’s now working with my very dear Marriott friend, Libby Gooden handling the details and arrangements of a series of customer events for Marriott’s key business segments. Talk about a flashback in my life, hearing about Katie’s first week working with Libby brought such a smile to my face. Events that I had helped created for Marriott, people I’ve known and worked with for years- both hotel friends and customers and travel to places that I knew like the back of my hand- all are part of her wonderful new business life. This is a match made in heaven, Libby has grown so much she needs a very strong assistent and Katie has the skill set, ambition and desire to jump right in and make everything happen that’s needed. And to make the circle even more complete- our other dear friend Susan Jacobs who had been helping Libby with the project work, just took on a brand new assignment managing an incredible small resort in South Carolina ( her dream job!) which cleared the path for Katie to come on board. I’m so happy for Susan, Libby and Katie and happiest for myself because I get to stay on my little island, managing my wonderful homes and cottages and getting around on my old beach bike or island car ( vs the jets, limos and taxis of my former career.) Amazing how perfect this is for all of us!
The Bakery is just glorious. The Smith Family took on this renovation project several years ago and turned the old bakery into a welcoming family beach house. Some of the details that make this home so special are the soaring ceilings, wide open spaces , family touches that are everywhere ( this is a home where the children are allowed to make this their home as well) and proud display of the building’s former life as a bakery. The porch is dedicated to the former owner ” Miss Edith who loved Tybee, loved her porch and loved to welcome people to her home. Again, the Smith Family in a very special touch, had a plaque mounted to remind everyone who came to the home about Miss Edith.
Dinner- Shrimp boats made from shrimp fresh off the boat from our local favorite seafood stand, Bowie Seafood, salad with produce from Davis’s Produce on Whitmarsh Island and…… Crab Pie and hot Crab dip! Tacky Jacky (a dear friend of Kathy who has made appearances in the Savannah Breeze and Savannah Blues books) lives here on the island , has her own dock and CRABS FOR HER OWN CRABS! And then creates incredible receipes!!! She brought not only one but two dishes for dinner both filled with hand picked fresh blue crab meat. Thank you Jackie!
Mr. Mary Kay made the shrimp dish- Shrimp boats- a receipe from a cookbook I’ve never seen before but will be purchasing before the week is over. “Screened Doors and Sweet Tea”. I spent part of the evening going thru the pictures and receipes, making mental notes about which receipe to try when. Not only is the food perfect southern delights, but the pictures and text just as special to read and absorb. The book will be for sale later this summer at SeaSide Sisters Coastal Cottage Shop. More to come on this book as I start to make receipes from the book..
Thank you Kathy, Tom and family for including me in your family gathering! Note this picture of Kathy sporting her birthday present- a bright pink foldable sun visor hat. Ideal for traveling… Can’t wait to be part of the celebration party for The Breeze Inn! ( And for Mary Kay fans- we’ll be taking reservations for the cottage for next spring and summer later this year….. the family has graciously agreed to add their newly restored home to the Mermaid Cottage Collection next year!!)
And note the mermaid sighting! I think she is from Thailand- she has a very south asia flair to her.