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December Porchin’: Don’t forget to unplug

We don’t need statistics to tell us how dependent we’ve become on our smart devices and social media accounts.

Technology has many wonderful benefits. Unfortunately, our world may be developing an unhealthy attachment to it. We don’t need statistics to tell us how dependent we’ve become on our smart devices and social media accounts.

Sometimes we need to be reminded — technology has a power-off button. We leave you this month with one such reminder: an image of family and friends enjoying each other’s company. The porch is part of Pineland Club Plantation, one of the most beautiful places in the Lowcountry.

It was once part of Cotton Hill, a 13,000-acre plantation purchased by 12 Northerners just after the Civil War for the excellent hunting in the area.

They constructed the lodge on the foundation of the original plantation house, which was burned by General Sherman. Later, the plantation became known as the Pineland Club. It was the first chartered hunting club in South Carolina.

Bluffton caterer Geist Ussery spiced up this porch party with the perfect holiday cocktail. Cheers!

Holiday Fizz (4 beverages)

 

INGREDIENTS
4 rosemary sprigs
16 fresh cranberries
1 bottle of bubbly, chilled
2 oz. cranberry juice

DIRECTIONS
[1] Pour 1/2 oz. cranberry juice into the bottom of each champagne glass. [2] Top with chilled bubbly (Veuve Clicquot if you can swing it). [3] Place 4 cranberries on each rosemary sprig for a skewer. [4] Drink and be merry!