Fall at the Beach

IMG_0519So, it seems as though fall officially made its way to the beach. I stepped outside to get the mail one afternoon about 2 weeks ago, and there were leaves in the grass. That night, I stepped out into the backyard with the dogs in my short sleeved shirt, and it was chilly! There are more birds coming to eat out of the bird feeder, the air conditioner is off, the windows are open and it’s getting dark earlier in the day.

Fishing is great at the beach in the fall. We haven’t caught many fish this summer. A few bluefish, one red drum. Fall normally brings lots of flounder to the table, which are my personal favorite. A friend of ours gave us a great fish dipping sauce recipe for fried fish. Give it a try, let me know how you like it!

Hot Pineapple Fish Sauce
Take about 1/4 cup of pineapple preserves and add 2-3 teaspoons of Texas Pete hot sauce (more or less depending on your preference.) Mix it together, and serve with fried fish.

The fall and winter seasons are my favorite time of year, especially in North Carolina. I grew up in South Dakota, so fall always was kind of a gloomy season because everyone knows what is next – WINTER. Cold, snowy, frigid, miserable South Dakota winter.

Don’t get me wrong, it gets chilly in Wilmington in December and January. It gets down to 25 or so at night, the plants all die off, we aren’t as lucky as the palm tree loving, fruit eating folks in Florida. But, we rarely get snow. We can still go for walks and don’t have to dress like we are traveling to the North Pole. It gets dark at 5:00 p.m. but it’s nice to sit by the fireplace and play cards.

Winter in North Carolina is kind of like a long, cozy vacation.

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