December 26, 2008

We’re here!

It was a MADHOUSE leaving Hillsborough this morning!! Just like the scene from Home Alone when everyone is throwing duffle bags around and searching for voltage adaptors. I think we remembered everything…..’cept Kevin! The eight of us squeezed into 3 cars along with about a month’s worth of food (mostly cheese, crackers, and bread), more tote bags and suitcases than you could count and over 3 cases of beer :mrgreen:

We started the morning off earlier than our bodies wanted with the alarm going off at 7:00. My first thought was that there was no way I was going to the gym this early, but I gradually woke up and thought about sitting in a car all day and decided I’d better get my exercise in while the opportunity was there. So 30 slow minutes later, the husband, Larbs and I were on the ellipticals at the gym. It was a slow and steady 45 minutes on the ET and I did just a little weight lifting afterwards.

At home there was a long line for the shower, so I cranked up the stove to make a group pot of oatmeal (2 cups of quick oats made with half milk, half water and 1 big banana split between 7 people – dad opted out). I set out a buffet of toppings: coconut, crushed candy cane, toffee + butterscotch chips, banana, scuffin, oatmeal cookie, nuts, and a Barney Butter to-go packet that I brought from home so people could try it.

My oats were topped with a bit more banana, some candied nuts, coconut and a small spoonful of Barney Butter.


Plus some bad Wal-Mart brand coffee



On The Road Again

We hit the road at 11. I rode with Larbs and Matt, and we spent the noon hour singing Mariah Carey’s Daydream CD at the top of our lungs :mrgreen:

We all shared a PB LaraBar to help tide us over to our late lunch (2:30pm)


Fishing For Food

We made it to Southport to have lunch on the waterfront at our favorite Bald Head vacation restaurant: Fishy Fishy. (Remember our summertime visit?) – Long Time, No Sea.


We ordered the same Portobello Tempura “fries” as last time and the husband and I shared one. Mmm!


For lunch I ordered a Mixed Greens Salad with Grilled Tilapia, Pine Nuts, Manchego Cheese, Cuc, Tomato and Tangerine Vinegarette.


And I had a few of the husband’s sweet potato fries and a bite of his Shrimp LT wrap.

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We had to rush to the grocery store before racing to the ferry terminal to try to make the 4pm ferry. We made it just in the nick of time!


Everyone was wearing new Christmas socks!! The Matt’s had matching ones from my mom :)

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Island Fun

Once we were settled in our rooms, we met for a game of Outburst and cocktail hour, which of course must involve cheese and crackers! My grandmother sent this awesome gift basket full of all kinds of goodies –


I had 4-5 crackers with topping.


And 2 cheese biscuits


And a small paper cup of red wine


Chefs Matt + Kath

We had the fun of cooking dinner for the family tonight in the Inn’s kitchen!


On the menu:

  • Chicken Sausage, Goat Cheese + Mushroom Pasta Bake
  • Spinach Salad with Walnuts, Cranberries + Blue Cheese tossed in homemade balsamic dressing
  • Assorted Christmas desserts
  • 3 different red wines

We’re the only ones here at the Inn, so we set up the breakfast room like a restaurant –

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The salad


The pasta bake


All we did was cook 2 boxes of whole wheat rotini and toss it with the following mixture of 2 pints of mushrooms, 1 drained can of diced tomatoes, 6 Andouille chicken sausages, 3 cloves garlic, and a spice blend of oregano, red pepper flakes and S+P.


We put it all in 2 baking dishes and stirred in 2 containers of goat cheese. Then we topped with shredded cheese and baked for about 20-30 minutes in an unknown hot oven temperature.

It was a big hit! (And would have been even better with some kalamata olives but they got vetoed at the last minute)


My plate with a glass of red –




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I went a little heavy on the wine tonight because this wine is AWESOME!!!!!!! From Trader Joe’s and only $5.99, I believe. We first had it at Kate + Nate’s and I told Larbs to bring some. Can’t beat the price and it’s very velvety smooth for a Cab.


I assembled this dessert platter – all Xmas leftovers we brought.


Add one more bourbon ball to this selection!


And a piece of babka


And 3 Inn peppermint candies!

The others went out on a walk in the cold + dark, but I am going to take a bath, lather myself in lotions, and read in bed – and drink some water!!

It looks like we’re going to have warm, sunny weather at least tomorrow – yay!

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{ 16 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Biz319 December 26, 2008 at 10:09 pm

Wow, what a great day! It still amazes me how much the Matt’s look alike!

Warm weather is on store for us tomorrow too! Very weird to have 60 degrees in December for Chicago though!



2 Megan December 26, 2008 at 10:24 pm

What a lovely day full of delicious food. Love all the socks!


3 BethT December 26, 2008 at 10:28 pm

How did your sis get her nickname? it makes me laugh…


4 Shelby December 26, 2008 at 11:06 pm

I love the oats girl!


5 Heather McD (heather eats almond butter) December 26, 2008 at 11:29 pm

So many things to say…
Cute pics of the fam.
Love fun Christmas socks.
How cool you got to use the Inn’s kitchen.
Dinner looked so good – yummy pasta bake!
Have a great trip and enjoy the sunshine tomorrow Kath :)


6 Oh She Glows December 27, 2008 at 12:07 am

hahah KEVIN!!!

Oh that’s too funny. I have had a few of those moments lately too.

Your day looked filled with family fun and great eats. 😀



7 Cheryl December 27, 2008 at 12:36 am

Of course I love all the great food on your blog, but I also love all the personal photos! Your family is too gosh dern cute! I may start a little sock tradition for my crew!


8 Nate and Kate December 27, 2008 at 7:44 am

Appreciate the mid-post shout out. It was like a late Christmas gift.

Oh, and nice choice with Mariah’s Daydream album. Fantasy… Always be my Baby… It’s basically her White Album.



9 VeggieGirl December 27, 2008 at 8:09 am

Aww, lovely family photo!!



10 Marisa December 27, 2008 at 9:05 am

What a nice time! Your pasta bake looks delicious!


11 Kate December 27, 2008 at 9:32 am

so i was going to leave a comment thanking you for the shout out…but looks like nate beat me to it! funny. have a wonderful vacation! i fly back to indy tomorrow :-( my time in charlotte went by too fast!


12 Brittany December 27, 2008 at 9:41 am

I used to LOVE Mariah’s Daydream album. I would love to have a car singalong.

I’m staying in DUCK, NC.

Have a fun trip.


13 Kath December 27, 2008 at 9:53 am

BethT ,
I don’t really know – it goes back to her elementary school days with her friend Corbin.

Nate and Kate,
Lol. Kate – stay longer!!

Brittany ,
Oh fun! We used to go to th Outer Banks every summer and stay in Nags Head. Hope you can make it up Jockey’s Ridge!



14 Elina December 27, 2008 at 12:01 pm

You guys are so cute, chefs Matt and Kath :)
I’m so going to make the pasta bake!! It looks amazing!


15 Christy December 27, 2008 at 7:02 pm

If you liked that wine, you should try the other “Moons” from TJ’s. Purple Moon is pretty yummy too! I love TJ’s for finding spectacular wines for under $5.

BTW – your family is so cute. Thanks for sharing your fab vacation with everyone!


16 Marianne January 2, 2009 at 3:50 pm

That pasta bake looks most excellent 😀


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