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Cottage Charm, Coastal Calm

Month: November 2010

Live Like a Local: Thankful on Tybee!

Thanksgiving is upon us and we are so thankful. Good food, family, friends…they are all a blessing! For those of you spending the holiday here on Tybee, there are plenty of things going on, so no getting bored! Doc’s Bar has a full week of festive holiday plans, so head on out and join in the fun! Tonight is their Ladies Bumper Pool Night (Happy Hour pricing for all the ladies!) and Thomas Oliver will be there performing from 7 to 10 pm.
Thursday is the big day…Thanksgiving! If you are away from family, or simply just need some place to be, Doc’s opens at noon. They are celebrating with a FREE turkey and dressing dinner, starting at 2 pm for everyone who wants to be there. Please bring a covered dish to fill out the feast if you are able; if not, that’s OK too! It’s just a day for us to stop and realize all we have, and be thankful!
If you don’t make it out for dinner, Doc’s starts rockin’ at 8 pm with Roy and the Circuit Breakers, and they are playing until the turkeys go home! The holidays continues through the weekend with football and the best dance music on Tybee! Sunday, make sure you make it to Doc’s for their special Dinner and Music night from 5:30 to 7:30 pm…fabulous live music from Thomas Oliver and your first drink is free! They are offering up Homemade Meatloaf and Chicken Parmesan, so skip the turkey left overs and come out to Doc’s!
There’s a lot more happening on Tybee for the Holidays, but for now, have a Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

Mermaid Sightings: Cookin’ With Mermaids

I just love when people search out mermaids in the world, but I especially love when someone finds mermaids and invites them into their very own home! This beautiful lady lives in Fellow Mermaid Ronnie Tucker’s kitchen! Ronnie tells us she is the finishing touch to her recent kitchen-redo.

She is very unique, with arms and a tail that move! The artist, Sandy Mastroni, is definitely talented and you simply must see the rest of her work over on Etsy. Thank you for sharing your Kitchen Mermaid with us Ronnie! Happy cooking!

Featured on Beachhouse.com!!

Wow, I just have to share some really cool news with everyone! Our Beach Bum Biscuits have been featured in an article on Beachhouse.com! Beachhouse.com is an awesome place to explore and I just love their motto: Bring the beach home. You can search beach homes all over the world on their website! We at Mermaid Cottages are just too excited that our Beach Bum biscuitsare getting exposure to so many readers and can’t thank the people at Beachhouse.com enough!

Don’t forget, proceeds from the sale of Beach Bum Biscuits go to support service and guide dogs! So, by buying a bag of goodies, or staying in one of our cottages, you help support two wonderful foundations: The Southeastern Guide Dog’ Puppy Sponsorship Program and The Guide Dog Foundation for the Blind. Beach Bum Biscuits are available in each cottage to enjoy during your stay and are for sale at Seaside Sisters here on Tybee. They make wonderful gifts, perfect for the coming holidays! If you aren’t nearby, please email me at diane@mermaidcottages.com or call 912.313.0784 for more information about getting your Beach Bum Biscuits!

More Culinary Adventures with Cottage Cheese!

It’s Friday! That means more adventures from our favorite
explorer of all things Tybee…Cottage Cheese!

     To nap or to eat….to eat or to nap? Hmmm. Two of my favorite rituals. How do I solve this dilemma? In this our 21st century I can speed through a drive through, call out for delivery, nuke something in the microwave or scald a cup of dehydrated noodles with instantly hot water from a tap.  The process and techniques with which to satisfy my basic need of food intake should not be this hard.
     But no…I insist on foraging for my food as if I were a Cro-Magnon, dragging my knuckles over the ground, grunting and sniffing the air.  Those who know me all too well are familiar with how my normally sweet disposition (yes, I have a sweet disposition…sometimes) can  turn into surly pouting when I miss my regular feeding times.  We’re not talking Godzilla trampling through Tokyo, but I’m just sayin’…
     On a recent foray to Tybee Island, I checked into my overwhelmingly spectacular cottage, Dutton-Waller.  Nestled in between whispering palms near the back river, Dutton-Waller rises majestically out over its pilings with a front stairway sweeping upward as if to whisk you off to heaven.  This is one beautiful place.

The grand, wraparound porch beckons me to sit.  Be still. Behold thy kingdom.  I have the strangest urge to call out for a mint julep.  The porch swing lazily swaying in the breeze.  Calling to me like a siren of the sea. Come, little boy.  Join me for a journey.  Tippy toes just barely touching the floor.
     Just then a pang of hunger hits.  A throaty growl pushes it’s way up from my chest.  My backbone… scared it’s about to get gnawed by my stomach.  Got to push on.  Cast down my travel bags.  Quickly scan the beds.  Once I eat half of the island I’ll need a little nappy.
Behold.  On yonder back portion of the wraparound porch.  The screened in portion.  Billowy white curains.  Can it be?  Eureka!  A sleeping porch!

And then it hits me. Find the nearest restaurant. Grab a quick bite.  Run back to this sleeping porch (It’s mine…all MINE!) and grab a few winks.  Sounds good.  Kill two birds.  Drat….birds.  Hungry!
     You probably felt the ground shaking and heard my roar as I scoured the few blocks toward the beach in search of a restaurant or at least someone walking through the neighborhood carrying food that I could take in a fight.  OK.  So what if that would only consist of some hairpulling and eye gouging.  You don’t want to end up on the business end of one of my hissy fits.

SCORE!  Look at what I see! I’m gonna cut to the chase.  There’s no Tivo in blogging. Go to Stingray’s.  Ask for Jim’s section.  Order the Shrimp Cocktail for starters. Fresh, wild Georgia Shrimp.  Straight from the waters off Tybee.  Homemade cocktail sauce. Fantabulous! Next, even if you don’t see it on the menu ask for the Smoked Yellow Fin Tuna Fish Dip. Sorry.  No photo to show you how incredible it looks.  I ate it before it could be documented on film.  This is one of those “How could something so simply presented be so incredibly flavorful and filling?”.  Couldn’t tell ya.  Ask Jim to ‘splain it.  I’m a foodie, not a chef.

But remember now.  The plan was to grab a quick bite so I could entomb myself in that sleeping porch and get my nap on.  There would be time later to eat a really big meal and totally pass out in one of the indoor bedrooms for the night.  Pay attention.  There are various degrees in napology.  This is the mid afternoon nap.
     Once back at Dutton-Waller I hopped, skipped and then did a jacknife into a swan dive onto the sleeping porch bed.  Oooh.  A pretty chandelier.  It’s swinging.  Eyes following back and forth.  ZZZZzzzzzzzzzz. The moral of this story?  You won’t find a sign around my neck that says, “Don’t feed the wildlife.”  Just honor my feeding schedule.  Provide me with any bed, hammock, pallet or air cushion with the utmost of comfort. 
    Well, let’s just say if you adhere to these few, teensy rules you won’t have to worry about me creating a rats nest out of your hair and I won’t use any of my The Three Stooges fisticuffs on ya. It’s about sharing how others can make you (meaning me) an easier person to be with.  It’s about giving fair warning before you bite.  It’s about finding those simple pleasures in life that soothe your savage beast.  It’s about learning how to laugh at yourself.  It’s about remembering to say thanks when good things come your way.  It’s Cottage Cheese!