Staples for Your Southern Pantry

We are admittedly biased; we think that Southern-style food is second to none. Aptly known as comfort food, there is no denying that the belly-stuffing recipes that come out of a Southern kitchen start with ingredients not found in any ol’ pantry. Below are some staples for a soul warming food pantry.

Cheerwine. Born in the Carolinas, Cheerwine’s sharp cherry (amongst other flavors) give the soda its distinct taste and does wonders for all types of foods, from adding great cherry flavor to brownies or an intriguing twist on barbecued chicken

Duke’s Mayonnaise. What was started as delectable spread used on sandwiches to feed soldiers during WWI has turned into a Southern tradition. The family recipe has been continued for the past 100 years and just tastes more homemade. Visit the Duke’s blog for recipes, we recommend trying the Ham and Swiss Sliders or the Elote (Grilled Mexican Street Corn), and of course you can never go wrong with Duke’s on a tomato sandwich! 

Saltines. For an added salty crunch use saltines instead of breadcrumbs – they are great for fried foods, casserole toppings, meatball fillings and even sweet treats. Try this Cheesy Squash and Zucchini Casserole, or for those feeling more adventurous – this Spiced Dark Chocolate Cherry Saltine Toffee.

Mt. Olive Pickles. Whether it’s added to salads of all sorts: chicken, potato or seafood, placed on a burger or used as a brine, these pickles out of North Carolina have been wowing tastebuds for over 90 years. Try this Pickle Brined Fried Chicken Sandwich

Texas Pete Hot Sauce. This hot sauce is a must for fried chicken or fried eggs and is another product born in North Carolina. These Glazed Pork Chops are sure to be a family favorite. 

The importance of a well-stocked pantry cannot be overstated and although it is far from comprehensive, we hope the above list helps get your McAdams Home ready for some Southern cooking. If you are looking for a home that works perfectly for your lifestyle, contact us today. To find the perfect home and to start making lasting family memories, see our specially curated communities in the Wilmington Area of North Carolina, click here for current incentives. Or if you own a preferred lot, you can choose from our portfolio of floor plans to personalize with numerous design options. 

Our Favorite Wilmington Food Trucks

Whether it’s a festival, farmers’ market, hardware store, or your favorite brewery, if you are in the Wilmington area, you are sure to find some great eats. Food trucks seem to be everywhere and are sometimes just as much of the draw to a place. Like many cities, Wilmington’s food truck industry has grown, combine that with the many talented chefs in the area and it’s no wonder their popularity has rocketed. From pizza to banh mi, tacos, or wild game – Wilmington’s food truck scene is serving up delicious offerings certain to please any appetite. Below are some crowd favorites. 

Grimm Burger. This food truck serves up some of the best smash burgers and fries in town. From spicy to specialty and kids’ burgers, this is truly a local favorite.  

WilmyWoodie. Customers love this food truck specializing in delicious wood fire brick-oven pizzas made from the freshest ingredients. Be sure to check out their next stop and get one of the gourmet pizzas they are slinging out. 

Pepe’s Taco Truck. This authentic Mexican food truck is serving up traditional dishes and favorites from tacos to tortas, quesadillas and burritos. Be sure to find them in town.  

The Chrome Gnome. Sibling food truck to the Platypus and Gnome, Wilmington’s distinct wild game restaurant. 

Mommiez. Offering up southern staples with handmade care. 

Wheelz Pizza. If you’re in the mood for sourdough Brooklyn style pizza look no further. It’s delicious and can be found at many of your favorite breweries.  

Donut Bus. For those with a sweet tooth, the delicious mini donuts being served up are worth the calories. 

If you are like us, you’re ready to get out there to sample some of these tasty offerings. See one of our specially curated communities in the Wilmington Area of North Carolina, click to view our current incentives. Or if you own a preferred lot, you can choose from our portfolio of floor plans to personalize with numerous design options. Contact us today to get started on your new home journey.

Dazzling Wilmington Christmas Light Displays

Whether it’s the beautifully decorated historic homes and gardens, a lighted boat parade or the dazzling display at the Jeff Gordon Dealership as you enter town, Wilmington and the surrounding beaches are ready to ring in the holiday season. Here is a list of some great spots to take in the festive lights. 

The NC Holiday Flotilla at Wrightsville Beach – On November 26th, come out and enjoy arts and craft vendors, a car show and the festive boat parade light show capped off with a dazzling fireworks display. For the parade map and more information on this holiday tradition you won’t want to miss. 

Enchanted Airlie – This beloved Wilmington event lets you stroll through Airlie Gardens adorned with thousands of lights and festive displays. Online tickets must be purchased in advance and this event sells out. 

Holiday Train and Light Spectacular – The Wilmington Railroad Museum brings holiday magic back with their winter wonderland display featuring over 25,000 lights and a visit from Santa. 

Christmas Caroling with Santa and His Special “Reindeer” – Snuggle up under warm blankets and enjoy the beautiful Christmas lights of Downtown Wilmington while you sing carols with Santa and his “reindeer”. This holiday excursion is fun for the whole family! 

Island of Lights Christmas Flotilla – Boats of all kinds are decorated with thousands of lights on spectacular display in the Intracoastal Waterway. Participants cruise form Snows Cut to the Carolina Beach Boat Basin and back. The boats compete for prizes and add to the wonderful holiday spirit. Come out December 3rd at 6 PM. Bring the family and enjoy the evening at Carolina Beach.

We hope this helps get you in the holiday spirit, Happy Christmas! We are here to help you find the perfect home and to start and making lasting family memories. See our specially curated communities in the Wilmington area of North Carolina, click here for current incentives. Or if you own a preferred lot, you can choose from our portfolio of floor plans to personalize with numerous design options. Contact us today to get started on your new home journey.

Holiday DIY Decorations

It’s time to deck the halls friends! Just the thought of holiday traditions and family gatherings brings a smile to most people’s faces and evokes feelings of nostalgia and sweet anticipation. From the ornament-laden tree and decorated mantel all the way to the front porch, below are some ideas for making your home merry and bright all season long. The best part is they are all DIY, which means you can make them until your heart’s content. 

Tea Light Snowman Ornament. These fun, festive ornaments are great crafting option for kids and adults alike, and they are adorable. 

Rustic Twig Ornaments. Simple As That offers up some great ideas for a more natural and inexpensive way to bring elements of nature inside. With some simple tools, supplies and Christmas Spirit this is an easy way to spend the afternoon. 

Silver Seed-Pod Ornament. Martha Stewart’s website offers up an idea for stylish DIY ornaments that bring Nature indoors in an upscale way. A decorated tree is one of the most enduring holiday emblems, and some of the most treasured memories can be evoked from ornaments handmade by everyone in the family, young and old. 

Cardboard Christmas Trees. These life-size trees make a festive statement, and the best part is they store flat. Not for the crafting faint of heart but these upcycled trees can be left “natural” depending on the cardboard or a great decorating project for the whole family. 

Butcher Paper Table-runner. Change up your table-scape this year and use butcher paper instead of that fussy tablecloth. For a dramatic effect use black. Paint pens allow you to draw decorative elements and fun place cards, and it makes cleanup easier which is a win win. 

We hope these ideas have inspired you to start your own holiday tradition in your new McAdams Homes. To find your family’s perfect home and to start making lasting family memories see our specially curated communities in the Wilmington Area of NC, click here for current incentives. Or if you own a preferred lot, you can choose from our portfolio of floor plans to personalize with numerous design options. Contact us today to get started on your new home journey.

Getting Involved in the Community

Fall has settled in, and the holidays are fast approaching; between all the cookie making and checking items off our gift list, a great way to positively impact another life and make a difference in the community is by volunteering. Whether donating your time at a soup kitchen, sponsoring a local family, helping deliver meals or giving non-perishable items to a local food pantry, there are a number of ways for your family to connect to the community. But the volunteering doesn’t have to be limited to the season of giving, below is a list of ways to give year-round.

Community Boys & Girls Club of WilmingtonHelp shape great futures by helping young people reach their full potential as productive, caring, and responsible citizens.

LINCLINC’s mission is to educate and motivate youth to make positive life choices and to empower men and women returning from incarceration to be productive members of our community.

Rise Up Community FarmHelp plant hope in the community by cultivating the land, educating, and nourishing neighbors, and empowering local youth. 

Novant Health NHRMC. Volunteers are essential to the mission of delivering a remarkable patient experience, and the medical center has many areas to get involved. 

Mother Hubbard’s Cupboard. Completely volunteer-run, this non-profit serves the community as a food pantry and soup kitchen. 

First Fruit MinistriesFirst Fruit provides mentoring for homeless men, supportive services for women and families, food pantry and soup kitchen services, and a day shelter which provides medical care, emergency services, and housing referrals. 

State of NC – Volunteer Opportunities The official website of NC lists a variety of opportunities in many different areas of the state as well as volunteering from home. 

Cape Fear Volunteer CenterMatching volunteers with meaningful service opportunities in the Cape Fear region. 

If you are looking to make a move to southeastern NC, contact us today. To find the perfect home and to start making lasting family memories, see our specially curated communities in the Wilmington area, click here for current incentives. Or if you own a preferred lot, you can choose from our portfolio of floor plans to personalize with numerous design options.

McAdams Homes Bonus Room

At McAdams Homes, our goal is to offer our customers creatively designed floor plans, while ensuring we provide you with the highest quality in new home construction. To that end, we strive to meet excellence in every detail of your home and offer you the flexibility of personalizing your plan with numerous design options to fit your family’s needs. The past couple of years have really highlighted the importance of our home environments and have changed what people need from them. At McAdams Homes we offer a handful of plans with bonus rooms to fit many needs. Depending on what stage of life you are in, a bonus room can provide you that extra space you didn’t realize you needed. Here are a few ideas to get you started:

Home Office. Enjoy the quickest morning commute ever as you stroll from the kitchen with your cup of coffee to your bonus room office. 

Guest Room. Another practical idea for your bonus space. Having a place for loved ones to stay when they visit means you get to spend more time with them.  

Nursery/Playroom. Whether you are expecting a bundle of joy or you have grandkids, a bonus room can be a great area designated for kids’ activities. Not only does this give them space to be wild and have fun, it also helps keep the rest of the house tidier. 

Exercise Room. Forget that gym membership and turn your bonus space into a home gym or yoga studio. Just be sure to get mats for the equipment so you don’t damage your floors. 

Library. For those book lovers out there, this space could be used to curl up for a good read. Add bookshelves to display your collection and don’t forget the comfortable seating and cozy blankets. 

Today, home is not just where we gather with family or rest our heads. Our homes have become our workplace, school, gym, yoga studio and much more. Here are some McAdams Homes floorplans that offer a bonus room – AzaleaEmmersonLakesideSeaspray, and Jackson.

If you are looking for a home that works perfectly for your lifestyle, contact us today. To find the perfect home and to start making lasting family memories, see our specially curated communities in the Wilmington Area of North Carolina, click here for current incentives. Or if you own a preferred lot, you can choose from our portfolio of floor plans to personalize with numerous design options. 

Wilmington Specialty Food Stores

The holidays are fast approaching, and as we prepare wonderful dishes to share with friends and family, we wanted to take this time to remind shoppers about the great specialty food markets in Wilmington that will hopefully bring inspiration to your holiday dishes. From international foods, imported groceries to fresh organic produce, small batch food stuffs, and locally sourced specialty products from land and sea – the below stores are a food lover’s paradise. Check them out and get cooking in your McAdams Homes kitchen!

  • Lovey’s Natural Foods and Cafe – Lovey’s Market offers organic hair and skincare products, supplements, fresh produce, as well as dairy and frozen foods. Meat eaters will appreciate the top quality grass-fed and free-range meats and poultry. For those with special dietary requirements, vegans, and vegetarians there is a large selection of wheat-free, gluten-free, sugar-free, and low-carb products. They also understand that family includes the four-legged members, Lovey’s even carries wholesome pet foods. 
  • The Italian Gourmet Market – Step back in time as you walk through the doors of the Italian Gourmet Market in Historic Downtown Wilmington. The Market is packed with a huge selection of foods and products imported direct from Italy. Owner, Frank Delia, travels often to Italy seeking the very best in Italian foods, products and gift items that will enhance any home kitchen.
  • The Seasoned Gourmet – The Seasoned Gourmet is a veteran-owned, brick and mortar culinary shop offering a variety of quality products, in addition to our locally roasted coffees, oils, vinegars, artisan spices, salt, peppers and locally sourced products, boutique wines and local craft beer. They even have an operating kitchen that hosts The Cape Fear Food & Wine Club where cooking and wine education classes are conducted on a regular basis.
  • New Saigon International Market – This specialty market offers a wide range of Halaal and Asian ingredients. Not only do they have every kind of noodle known to man, they also offer a variety of exotic fruits and veggies, candies and teas, live seafood, beef and pork items along with a plethora of spices. A visit is truly a fun stroll, as they have something for everyone!
  • Los Portales Supermarket – this Mexican and Hispanic grocery store offers offers fresh and affordable groceries, fruits, vegetables, and cleaning supplies from Hispanic countries like Mexico, Honduras, Salvador, Nicaragua, Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic, Colombia, Venezuela, and others. They also have a butcher shop, bakery, tortillería and restaurant where you can find food with the best Latin style and flavor. Visit them and you are sure to feel at home. 

Now that you’ve located your specialty ingredients, the only thing left to do is start cooking in your McAdams Homes. To find the perfect home and to start making lasting family memories, see our specially curated communities in the Wilmington Area of North Carolina, click here for current incentives. Or if you own a preferred lot, you can choose from our portfolio of floor plans to personalize with numerous design options. Contact us today to get started on your new home journey.

Wilmington Area Markets

With the holidays fast approaching, this is a great time of year to visit the many markets around the Wilmington area offering up everything from artisan wares and one-of-a-kind jewelry to photography and art, to kitchen items and specialty ingredients. Check out the below markets and savor some local produce, browse the handcrafted goods, and take the day’s bounty back to enjoy in your McAdams Home!

  • Riverfront Farmers Market – Saturdays from 8AM to 1PM (rain or shine) on Dock Street in Historic Downtown, between 2nd Street and Water Street – you’ll find locally grown – locally produced – locally made goods and products. Go to Facebook for their latest updates. Free entry. 
  • Wrightsville Beach Farmers’ Market – Mondays from 8AM to 1PM (May 16 – December 12, 2022) on the WB Municipal Grounds (adjacent to Town Hall), between Causeway Drive and Salisbury Street – you’ll find fresh, locally grown produce as well as other consumable vendors and a variety of crafters offering unique goods. Go to Facebook for their latest updates. Free entry. 
  • Wilmington Farmers Market – Saturdays from 8AM to 1PM, year-round, rain or shine at 5329 Oleander Drive (in front of Tidal Creek Co-op) – they “exist to provide the best local produce, meats, eggs, bread, mushrooms, seafood and other staple food items that the shoppers want, and to generate income for our farms and families.” Go to Facebook for their latest updates. Free entry. 

We think Wilmington is really special and that there is no better way to enjoy the one-of-a-kind crafted goods and produce of our area than in a McAdams Homes. To find the perfect home and to start making lasting family memories, see our specially curated communities in the Wilmington Area of North Carolina, click here for current incentives. Or if you own a preferred lot, you can choose from our portfolio of floor plans to personalize with numerous design options. Contact us today to get started on your new home journey.

Our Favorite Fall Soups

One of the best things about fall are all the seasonal soups and abundance of comfort foods that seem to nourish our souls and help get us feeling warm and cozy in no time. Below are some recipes that we think are delicious and will be sure to give you full and happy bellies. So grab a spoon or your favorite roll for dunking – these soups are so tasty that we might even have you considering adding them to your holiday menus.

  • Cream of Mushroom Soup – Buttery, earthy flavors dazzle your tastebuds with this easy classic cream soup. Nutritional guides and dairy free options are also available with this recipe.
  • Julia Child’s French Onion Soup – This rustic classic is guaranteed to delight your senses and instantly warm you on a cold rainy night. Simple ingredients combined with a little patience and you’ll have perfection in a bowl. 
  • Moroccan Cauliflower and Almond Soup – Rich and blissfully decadent, this healthy North-African-spiced cauliflower and almond soup is 100% vegan (keep that secret to yourself, no one will notice)!
  • Pasta Fagioli  – An Italian classic perfect for those chilly evenings, similar to minestrone but thicker, this cross between soup and pasta is sure to please the whole family. Just be sure to have some crusty bread for dipping.

There’s no better place to enjoy these delicious meals than in a McAdams Homes. To find the perfect home and to start making lasting family memories, see our specially curated communities in the Wilmington Area of North Carolina, click here for current incentives. Or if you own a preferred lot, you can choose from our portfolio of floor plans to personalize with numerous design options. Contact us today to get started on your new home journey.

Fall Crafting for a Cozy Home

Autumn is on our doorsteps, figuratively and literally – as you drive around town, more and more folks have started readying their fall décor. We hate to see summer go but there is something magical about cuddling up near a fire in your cozy home in the fall. So, we are here to get you in the mood with some easy fall crafting ideas that’ll look great from Halloween until Thanksgiving. 

Cloches. These glass bell-shaped covers can be used to make a dramatic pop to your fall decor. Display various sized and colored pumpkins, acorns, or dried flowers. For a spookier version cut out bat shapes and hang with fishing line to give the appearance of bats flying in your house. 

Pumpkins. These versatile and diverse squash varietals take center stage when it comes to fall decorations, adorning front porches, mantles, and dining room table arrangements just to name a few. With so many wonderful carving ideas out there it’s hard to decide what design style to choose. Whether doing drill hole designs, creative faces, detailed carvings, or scary scenes – there are endless ways to express yourself artistically. Maybe this year you try a painted faux bois (imitation of wood) pumpkin. And for a cleaner look try opening the pumpkin from the bottom, making cleaning easier and maintaining a seamless pretty look.

Dry Flowers. There is no question that dried botanicals make lovely home décor and are a great way to preserve their beauty and sentimental value. Whether its lavender, strawflowers, baby’s breath, statice flowers, gromphrena globosa, thistle flowers or some of our favorites like hydrangeas or glixia. From hanging bunches to pressing individual blooms in a book to microwaving buds in silicone, no matter your preferred method for drying – you and your guests are sure to enjoy their beauty all season long. 

String Lights. The soft glow of string lights seems to create an instant cozy ambiance to any space, indoors or out. Hang them on your porch, string them over an outdoor table or place fairy lights in cloches or lanterns to add some extra glow. 

Whether it’s placing some beautiful mums on your front porch or adding different textured pillows and blankets – no matter how you decorate for fall, we hope the above ideas was helpful in making your McAdams Homes a little more cozy. McAdams Homes offers specially curated communities in the Wilmington Area of North Carolina, click here for current incentives. Or if you own a preferred lot, you can choose from our portfolio of floor plans to personalize with numerous design options. Contact us today to get started on your new home journey.