Enjoy the Holiday Lights at Cape Fear Botanical Gardens

holiday lights- Christmas at Cape Fear Botanical Gardens

Fayetteville is packed with fun things to do for the holidays, but if you’re stumped on where to go to get into the spirit of Christmas, why don’t you check out the Cape Fear Botanical Gardens? Just in time for Christmas, the Gardens have put up stunning displays for their Holiday Lights event, so you can enjoy the sights all through December up until December 30th, when the last evening for the show concludes at 9pm.

This is Cape Fear Botanical Garden’s sixth year in a row hosting the Holiday Lights event and festivities, transforming all the plants and trees on display in the Gardens into sparkling visions of Christmas lights. Enjoy thousands of displays along a mile-long path with the whole family to embrace holiday festivities and the outdoors. You can purchase tickets online to save money or buy tickets at the door.

You can conclude your adventure through the Cape Fear Botanical Gardens by enjoying arts and crafts for kids, taking photos with Santa Claus, roasting s’mores over an open firepit, and searching through the gift shop for a souvenir or gift. No matter what, the Holiday Lights event is sure to become a tradition with lasting memories for you and your family.

Five Alternative Ways to Cook a Turkey

Five Alternative Ways to Cook a Turkey

The turkey has long been the centerpiece of an American Thanksgiving feast. However, for some people, the traditional basted and roasted turkey may look pretty, but doesn’t taste that good. If you fall into this camp, consider taking on the turkey this year and try one of these five alternative ways to cook a turkey.

  1. Deep fried. For possibly the most delicious, yet unhealthy, turkey you’ve ever had, try deep frying. This is something you must do outside so you don’t catch your house on fire. And, make sure you have the proper tools.
  2. Smoked. For a truly unique flavor, trying a smoked turkey. You can use different types of woods and other seasonings to create a one-of-a-king taste.
  3. Spatchcocked. This method involves removing the turkey’s spine and laying it out flat before roasting. This will help the turkey cook evenly and better retain its moisture.
  4. Turducken. This recipe calls for a turkey stuffed with a duck stuffed with a chicken. It is complicated and takes a long time, so make sure you’re fully ready for the task before attempting this feat.
  5. Stewed. While you may lose the traditional turkey look, a rich turkey stew will never be dry. Pair it will all the traditional side dishes so no one is disappointed.

Are you planning on trying an alternative turkey recipe this year?