New Year’s Eve at an Independent Restaurant

Your local independent restaurant is the perfect place to enjoy your New Year’s Eve Celebration. Many independent restaurants will offer a special menu with reasonable prices. Others will offer live entertainment, a New Year’s toast and an early morning breakfast. You will have a great time and you will be supporting your local economy when you celebrate New Year’s Eve at a local independent restaurant. Another bonus is that you will not have to drive far. Be safe and be happy this New Year’s Eve!

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Old Christmas Celebration on the Outer Banks of North Carolina

Have some fun and eat delicious food at the First Annual Old Christmas Festival January 5th and 6th. Sponsored by The Outer Banks Relief Foundation, all proceeds from these events are used to assist citizens who are burdened with financial difficulties due to debilitating desease or a family tragedy. Here is a list of events:

January 5th  Old Christmas Festival at Duck Woods Country Club  4:00 pm-7:30 pm  $20  Family friendly light buffet with holiday entertainment, bake offs, and a recycled Christmas tree contest.

January 6th Christmas Dinner and Live Auction  Sugar Creek Seafood Restaurant  5:30pm -9:00pm $35  Taste of the North Restaurants vs. Taste of the South Restaurants Contest.  Who will win? You decide. Live music and a live art auction including works from local artists.

For more information go to www.outerbanksrelieffoundation.com or call 252-261-2004.

Ginger Bread Village

What’s better than a ginger bread house? How about a ginger bread village? Kristy started making gingerbread houses several years ago to the delight of her children. This year she created more excitement by creating a gingerbread village.

Bring your children to Kristy’s Place in Edenton to view the gingerbread village. You may find that you are the one gazing at the village with wonder in your eyes.

Check out Kristy’s Place at Community Restaurants.com 

 

Edenton Christmas Granville Queen Inn

The Granville Queen Inn offers a wonderful and relaxing respite from the hustle and bustle of the Holiday Season. Beautifully decorated for the holiday season, you will be swept back to simpler times when enjoyment was gained by relaxing next to the fireplace, visiting mom and pop shops and  marvelling in the wonder of stately well adorned historic homes in downtown Edenton. Dora and David Drohen have created an elegant view of life in the early 1900’s with handsome antiques and six fireplaces.

The holiday season is the perfect time to visit Edenton to enjoy the beautifully decorated historic homes.

Special events include:

Edenton’s Christmas Candlelight Tour     Friday, Dec. 9th  and Saturday, Dec. 10th 4-8pm

Crafts Show and Sale     Friday, Dec. 9th and Saturday, Dec. 10th  10 am-4pm Shepard-Pruden Memorial Library 

Visit with Santa                Saturday, Dec. 10th 11am- 2pm  Shepard-Pruden Library 

Edenton Bell Battery Reenactment   Saturday, Dec. 10th  10am-5pm  In front of the 1767 Chowan County Courthouse 

For more information about these events visit the Barker House at 505 S. Broad Street or contact the Edenton Historical Commission at 482-7800.

Stress Management for The Holiday Season

This is the time of year when most of us have many more things to do than we believe we have time for. Here are some stress management tips to help you enjoy your holiday season.

  • Take time for yourself – every day set aside at least 20 minutes to treat yourself to something just for you – quiet time alone, reading, listening to music etc.
  • Plan – plan time for your important activities. This will insure that you get things done that are important to you.
  • Drop some things that are not important – shorten your to do list by eliminating items that are not important
  • Learn to say no – we all have to learn to say no sometimes. A good response is  “That sounds like a wonderful activity. Unfortunately, I will not be able to help out this year due to my other committments”. Remember, time for yourself is a committment.

More stress management tips to come.

Ravioli Recipe

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A favorite childhood memory of mine is helping my grandmother make homemade raviolis for the entire family during the holiday season. It was delightful for several of us to gather around the kitchen, listen to Christmas music and make these delicious raviolis from scratch. This was the best gift we received. Enjoy the recipe below.

Ingredients for dough:  3cups flour, 2 eggs, 1/2 tsp. salt, 1/2 cup warm water

Ingredients for filling: 11/2 lbs. ricotta cheese, 1/4 lb. parmesan cheese, 2 eggs, 1/2 tsp. salt, 1/2 tsp. pepper

Making the dough: Sift flour and salt together. Place on large cutting board and form a well in the middle. Drop eggs into the well and beat slightly with a fork. Combine eggs and flour together. Add water gradually to form a rather stiff dough. Knead until smooth. Cover the dough and let it stand for 15 minutes. Cut the dough in half and roll it into two thin sheets.

Making the filling: Combine ricotta cheese, parmesan cheese, eggs, salt and pepper in a bowl. Drop one full teaspoon of filling 1 1/2″ apart on one sheet of dough. Cover with another sheet of dough. Gently press together with your finger tips around each dab of filling. Cut the dough into squares and press the fork around the four sides of the squares meshing the two thin layers of dough together. Allow the raviolis to dry one hour before cooking them.

The best part of all of this was the fun we had together. There was something for each of us to do. Of course there were few things better than eating homemade raviolis we made ourselves.

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