April 7, 2016

This Pesto Pasta with Grilled Chicken is an easy and delicious weeknight meal.  Serve it cold as a summer pasta salad or hot as a delicious winter entree!



  • 2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 16 oz farfalle pasta
  • 1 cup basil pesto
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1/4 cup fresh basil, cut into thin strips
  • Parmesan cheese


  1. Season the chicken breasts with salt and pepper.
  2. Grill the chicken over medium-high heat for 5-7 minutes per side, or until completely cooked.  Transfer chicken to a cutting board and slice into strips.
  3. Meanwhile, boil the pasta until al dente according to the package instructions.  (Note: I usually cook the pasta for 1-2 minutes less than the package suggests so that the pasta still has some texture.)  
  4. Rinse and drain pasta and set aside.  (Tip: When using pasta for a salad, toss it in a large bowl with a couple Tbsp of milk once it's cooked.  The milk helps prevent the pasta from sticking together.)
  5. Using a large bowl, mix together the pesto, pasta and chicken.  Stir until well combined and place in the refrigerator until chilled.
  6. Stir in the cherry tomatoes and fresh basil immediately before serving.
  7. Finish with freshly grated Parmesan cheese (optional).

This Pesto Pasta Salad with Grilled Chicken is an easy and delicious weeknight meal.  Serve it cold as a summer pasta salad or hot as a delicious winter entree!


Stop and take a moment to think back to being a kid in the summer.  Seriously.  Close your eyes for a moment and think back to what it was like when you were 8-years old, and summer had just started.  That was the best time ever!  I remember waiting with such anticipation for that last day of school.  I think I even made a countdown calendar on the wall where I’d mark off the days left.  Every day seemed to take forever…especially knowing that a whole 3 months of carefree fun was waiting for me!  (Yet now the days…and years…seem to fly by at warp speed.  What’s up with that?)

What was your favorite summer activity?  Mine was swimming.  We lived in Charleston, SC, and we’d hit the beach at least once a week.  To be honest, though, I always preferred swimming in pools.  The ocean water was murky, and you’d occasionally see jellyfish and other things out there with which you didn’t want to become close friends.  My uncle had the best pool ever.  He had a water slide that dumped straight into the pool.  Best. toy. ever.  (And in hindsight, my mom probably agrees because I’m sure I wore myself out running around and around sliding down that thing!)  To this day, I still love waterparks.  What can I say?  I’m still just a big kid at heart!

This Pesto Pasta Salad with Grilled Chicken is an easy and delicious weeknight meal.  Serve it cold as a summer pasta salad or hot as a delicious winter entree!

Ah, but back to summer!  Is there anything more refreshing that a cold pasta salad on a hot day?  I think my wife and I have enough favorite summer pasta salads to make one every week and not get through them all by the end of the season.

 One of our favorites is this Pesto Pasta Salad with Grilled Chicken.  It’s quick and easy, and it has an incredible depth of flavor!

This Pesto Pasta Salad with Grilled Chicken is an easy and delicious weeknight meal.  Serve it cold as a summer pasta salad or hot as a delicious winter entree!

Every summer, I plant several basil plants in our garden.  I’ll occasionally pick off leaves for various recipes and meals, and then at the end of the summer, I’ll pull off all of the remaining leaves and make a gigantic batch of pesto.  I then freeze the pesto in little cubes and store them in a big bag in the freezer.  Check out my recipe for these Basil Pesto bombs.  Those little pesto bombs come in handy year-round…like for this Pesto Pasta Salad! Speaking of year-round, this Pesto Pasta Salad is a great recipe no matter what time of the year it is.  We serve it cold as a great summer salad and hot as a delicious winter dinner.  Enjoy!



















Fun in the Sun Atlantic Beach, NC


May 29, 2015







May 20, 2015

Color Changing Flowers
Flower Experiment for Kids- a fun & magical way for kids to learn about flowers
This experiment is great for teaching children about plants and flowers and how they thrive.  It is also just plain fun!
  • White flowers (you can use roses, carnations, and daisies just to name a few)
  • Food coloring
  • Glasses or vases
  • Scissors
  • Begin by trimming the flowers down so that they fit nicely in whatever vases or glasses you are using. Giving the flowers a fresh cut also helps them to absorb the colored water more quickly.  Fill your vases with the desired amount of water and then have kids add a few drops of food coloring and a flower to each vase
Flower Experiment for Kids- a fun & magical way for kids to learn about flowers
Have kids make observations and hypothesize what will happen to the flowers as they live in the colored water.  Then place the flowers in a sunny spot
Flower Experiment for Kids- a fun & magical way for kids to learn about flowers
Have kids observe the flowers over the next several days.  As the flowers drink the water they will magically change color
Flower Experiment for Kids- a fun & magical way for kids to learn about flowers
Ok, so it's not magic so much as it is Science, but this experiment is still quite magical!  Rosie and Jewel were excited to check their flowers each day, and they were delighted to see them grow more colorful over time.
Flower Experiment for Kids- a fun & magical way for kids to learn about flowers
This is what our flowers looked like after 14 days in the water 
Flower Experiment for Kids- a fun & magical way for kids to learn about flowers
So colorful and fun!
What Did We Learn By Doing This Experiment Again?
This experiment takes more time with certain flowers.  The first time we tried this we used white roses, and those changed color overnight.  I was surprised to discover that the daisies took much longer.  While they started to change after a few days they were not fully saturated until 14 days after we began the experiment.  However, this was not necessarily a bad thing.  This only extended the life of the experiment and was also a good lesson in patience.

April 30, 2015


Chem-Dry is Your Trusted Partner in Removing Allergens and Bacteria From Your Home


Chem-Dry removes allergens and improves indoor air quality

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Carpets as well as area rugs and upholstered furniture act as giant filters, trapping allergens and bacteria and keeping them out of the air we breathe. But, just like an air filter, carpets become full over time and must be properly cleaned to remain most effective at trapping particulates as they settle from the air. This is especially important for the 1 in 5 Americans (roughly 60 million) living with allergies or asthma. You can ensure healthier indoor air in your home by keeping your carpets clean and in good condition through regular vacuuming and having your carpets, rugs and upholstery professionally cleaned every 3 – 4 months to rid your home of common allergens and bacteria.

Tested and Proven Superior Results

Removing Allergens from Your Home

Chem-Dry removes allergens from carpets and upholsteryAll of us, and particularly those who suffer from allergies and disorders like asthma, are greatly impacted by indoor air quality and the amount of allergens and bacteria trapped in our homes that can trigger an attack. Considering that and the fact that we spend an average of 90% of our time indoors, professional carpet cleaning serves an important function in the health of your home and your family.

However, not all carpet cleaning services are alike. To find out how big an impact a Chem-Dry cleaning can have on home health, we thought it would be helpful to measure how effective our cleaning process is in eliminating unhealthy and unwanted elements from your home. So we commissioned a leading independent air quality laboratory to conduct a study using Chem-Dry’s Hot Carbonating Extraction (HCE) process in multiple homes. The lab found that Chem-Dry removes an average of 98.1% of common household allergens from the carpets and upholstery we clean. The common allergens we tested include cat and dog dander and dust mite allergen.

Removing Bacteria, Improving Indoor Air Quality

Indoor air quality is also a significant home health concern because the average home harbors about 200,000 bacteria for every square inch of carpet. As the bacteria builds up, the bacteria lurking in your carpets gets stirred up and circulates in the air your family is breathing unless you clean it. A Chem-Dry carpet cleaning is not only effective at removing the bacteria from the carpets we clean, but it also improves the air quality in your home. The same leading independent air quality laboratory found that, when adding sanitizer to our HCE carpet cleaning process, we removed an average of 89% of the bacteria in the air and 82.3% of the bacteria from carpets.

Chem-Dry removes bacteria from your carpets and air









April 15, 2015

Do you Need Pet Urine and Odor Removal?

Domestic cats and dogs are a very important and enjoyed aspect of several households. Even the most well-trained pets can have accidents and may come back to the same general place to urinate frequently. More than a basic cleaning product might be the necessity to dispose of the urine and odors. Here at Bayside Chem-Dry, our company offers a product often known as PURT (Pet Urine Removal Treatment) that, on contact, promptly will start breaking up the urine crystals.

How PURT Works:

1. First, our well trained technician determines the source and severity of the aroma. Usually we find the urine working with a special device, for instance a black light. The carpet will then be washed with very hot water and extracted to clean out the majority of the urine crystals.

2. The carpet can be pulled back in the problem areas to reveal the intensity of the damage, in the worst type of scenario.

3. The pad could be taken off and replaced if it's necessary.

4. An odor blocking shellac might need to be applied to the subfloor if it's determined necessary.

5. PURT is then put on generously enough to soak in each of the urine impacted zones.

6. The contents in PURT will interact with the urine and deal with the odor on the molecular level over the next 24-36 hours.

One of the benefits relating to this strategy is how safe it is! Your property will smell fresh and clean again and your children and pets aren't going to be in harm’s way. Learn more about PURT here.

March 16, 2015

Don’t Allow Spring Cleaning to Push You Over the Edge

The beginning of spring is in view! As the weather gets warmer, it serves as a reminder to give your property a fresh, clean start. Make your house a safer, far healthier spot to live by simply turning to the professionals at Bayside Chem-Dry.

Suggestions from Bayside Chem-Dry

Call the Professionals

During the winter months, dust and germs manage to collect much more than during the rest of the year. The optimal way to effectively clear your home of such unwanted particles is to call Bayside Chem-Dry and schedule an appointment. Using our green certified solution, your property will have a deeper and healthier cleaning than what you will find with other providers. Furthermore, but we use 1/5th of the water than what a good number of steam cleaners so you will see that we provide a quicker drying service. Your property will be dry in just a couple of hours and no mold or mildew will grow.

Get Rid of Mold & Mildew

In moist areas of your house, mildew and mold may have developed and can spark allergic reactions. During this time of the year especially, people who have allergen hypersensitivity don’t need yet another thing to set them off. Look at your bathrooms, laundry rooms, and kitchens to be certain your home doesn’t have fungus development and use non-toxic cleaning supplies diminish what could be there.

Have a Dust-Free Setting

Extensively dusting all parts of your house - including filters, ducts, and vents - you lessen your home’s exposure to pollens and various other airborne irritants. Typical vacuuming decreases the amount of dust that settles into your carpet. It is suggested to vacuum at least 1-3 times a week.

Let’s welcome spring with a fresh and clean, happy home!

February 5, 2015

What types of bacteria have been transported into the house?

Preferably you've never had any raccoons sneaking in by using your pet's entry, but it's extremely tough to keep a watchful eye on exactly what comes in contact with the home. It is vitally important to sanitize your upholstery and carpets regularly. It is actually especially appropriate to sanitize households with small children and pets. We don’t suppose you should want your little one, who enjoys crawling on upholstery and carpets, to be rolling all over in bacteria and dangerous allergens.

Sanitization is an essential aspect to minimize allergens and bacteria, making your property the healthiest it can be for you and your loved ones. The fibers of carpets and upholstery will quickly gather and lock in numerous allergens and germs. These particles can pass on illness and upset asthma or allergies. Typical irritants that come from dust mites, pet dander, pollen, mold, and pests will be greatly reduced when you use the sanitizing method that we proudly offer to our customers.

With our deodorizer, we've been made ready to serve customers which are worried about a smell on their carpets or upholstery. Our technicians are trained in a protectant to shield against upcoming spills and stains. We have a special method to eliminate pet urine and pet odors. With so many regions of unique training, we'd like our customers to know their home is in great hands.

Call Bayside Chem-Dry to learn more about how to make your residence the healthiest it can be!

January 19, 2015

Have you noticed a color change along the edges of the carpeted room? With lighter colored carpet, these discolored areas - called filtration lines - are more visible.

How did I get filtration lines?

Not being able to properly vacuum these corner areas is only one part of the problem. All homes, even the most well-built, allow air flow through the small spaces between boards. A shift in the temperature or pressure differences in the home forces air beneath walls and doors. The carpet fibers catch any debris that the air may be holding when it passes through the spaces. With time, these small particles accumulate, soiling and darkening your carpet.

How can I get rid of filtration lines?

Without the proper equipment, it is difficult to rid your home of filtration lines. Deep cleaning, agitation, and the correct cleaning solution are the necessary components to remove the darkened edges. With years of experience, the professionals at Bayside Chem-Dry can help with your filtration line problems. With the best solutions in the industry, we are able to break up the oil, grime, and dirt particles that are locked in the carpet fibers extract them permanently from your home. Our main cleaning solution is green certified; this allows your carpet to stay cleaner longer since no dirt attracting residue will remain behind after the cleaning service has taken place.

When you call Bayside Chem-Dry, your home or office will have the royal treatment. There's no need to postpone any longer, call or click for noticeably cleaner carpets!

December 18, 2014

As the most excellent upholstery cleaners in the field, Chem-Dry technicians are competent in cleaning many different fabrics, so we know how to treat your unique kind of furniture. Spots, stains, and worn surfaces are inevitable, making a standard cleaning necessary to keep up with your valuable furniture items in order to ensure they look and feel clean. With Bayside Chem-Dry, your items will be in good hands.

With the healthiest products offered, Bayside Chem-Dry’s fundamental cleaning solution is green certified; this means it is entirely harmless and non-toxic. Children, pets, and sensitive skin make contact with upholstery on a daily basis. We wouldn’t want our customers to have to worry about the safety of their loved ones.

Be sure to ask about our product called Protectant. This product is meant to help our customers maintain the upkeep of their possessions between professional cleanings. We co-apply the Protectant with our basic clean. This is actually the best application of this product since it is capable of going within the fibers of the material and defends from a deeper level instead of just the surface. We do strongly recommend this, as all shielding agents will disappear as time passes and ordinary use.

Bayside Chem-Dry will attend to your upholstery right using our drier, cleaner, and healthier cleaning solution.

November 10, 2014

Are you prepared for your holiday visitors?

It's that time of year to get prepared for your holiday guests and there is a downside. You look at your carpets and upholstery discovering they desperately require a cleanup. At Bayside Chem-Dry, we place our customers first and do our best to tackle the holiday cleaning so all you need to do is enjoy this exciting time of year!

Your family and friends will be relaxing on your upholstery and that means you want to be certain that they are sitting somewhere clean. We wouldn't want you to have to be concerned about any hypersensitive reactions on the skin, so we take advantage of a harmless solution that will also clean deep inside of the material. You will be able to entirely value the period of time dedicated with your family without the concern of itchy deposits or high-risk materials.

Pets, young ones, and even just regular foot traffic can make your home look significantly less inviting. Our powerful, yet gentle solutions are sure to leave your carpets looking clean, plush, and attractive to your family and your guests. Contact us today at (252)393-7580 to schedule an appointment before it's too late!

October 8, 2014

Before making a final decision when choosing a carpet cleaner, take into account the innovative methods used by Bayside Chem-Dry. You will notice a deeper clean that is healthier for your family. Your carpets will look and feel new again with Bayside Chem-Dry through out pioneered technique that utilizes the power of carbonation.

When you pour a carbonated beverage into a glass you will see the natural "lifting" properties of carbonation clearly. The bubbles rise to the top every time. Bayside Chem-Dry implements this same principle causing an explosive reaction in the fibers of the carpet. Dirt and grime are immidiately released. Our equipment will safely gather the unwanted particles once they are lifted to the surface. Using hot water, the particles are pulled away. Our impressive solution makes it possible for all of the dirt and grime to be removed from your carpet entirely. This offers you the most satisfying and thorough process out there.

Gallons of soapy water and high pressure are used by steam cleaners, rather than our gentle, powerful carbonated cleaning. Instead of eliminating the existance of dirt and moisture in your carpets, this method forces them in. The clean won't last and a breeding ground for mold, mildew, and bacteria is created right there in your home. Such large amounts of water are unnecessary and keep your carpets wet for 1-2 days. Using just a fraction of the water, the Bayside Chem-Dry way will allow your carpets to be dry in just a few hours. This means your carpets will be dry 24 times faster! This is much more convenient than what you will find with our competitors. We offer this luxury because we genuinely care about our customers.

At a reasonable price, these extraordinary services are available for you. For the most advanced services around, contact us today!

October 2, 2014

28th Annual North Carolina Seafood Festival presents Colt Ford in concert this year.

This is the largest festival east of Raleigh in North Carolina and winner of the 2010 Best Event in the Southeast. The festival brings in about 185,000 people over the three day mammoth outdoor event.

It's highlights are a variety of seafood prepared in a multitude of ways, street dancers, concerts, arts, crafts, about 200 venders in all. Saturday night they will have fireworks to enjoy over the beautiful Morehead City waterfront. A flounder fling and an international Award Winning Chef's Tent, Southern outer banks boat show,  educational exhibits,and hands on programs for the kids plus games and rides. This is sure to be the funniest weekend in October so bring your family out the first weekend in October( 3rd thru 5th) and make some long lasting memories!

September 12, 2014

While having your carpets cleaned is never a bad thing, it's better to know when to call the cleaners. We have a few tricks up our sleeve when it comes to simple home remedies that other cleaning companies keep to themselves. Since you are our first priority, here a few tips for removing stains and keeping your carpets clean.

You might think this remedy too simple, but many spots and stains just need to be dampened and blotted with a clean, white towel. Do not scrub or wipe the spot. Doing anything more than gentle blotting can both fray your carpet fiber and make the stain worse. All you need to do is gently blot the stain to pick it up, out of the carpet and transfer it to the cloth. Check to see if the stain is "transferring" correctly from the carpet to the cloth. Discontinue the blotting process if the stain isn’t picking up.

After water, club soda is the next step up. Chem-Dry's deep cleaning solution is based on the idea of carbonation - like club soda. Proceed with the same process you used with the hot water: dampening the problem area and blotting with a white towel. If you don't notice a difference in the stain, you'll know it is time to call on the professionals at Chem-Dry. We are confident you will love the methods used by Chem-Dry. Particles will be removed from the individual fibers leaving your carpets cleaner than ever.

Let us prove our motto: if we can't get it out, no one can!

September 8, 2014

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August 15, 2014

Even though kids and pets track dirt and mud into the home regularly throughout the year, this is especially true during the summer months. Luckily, school starts again, making the mess manageable once more. While you worry about getting your kids back to school, we'll worry about getting your house back in order and your carpets cleaned.

Bayside Chem-Dry is an excellent choice for your home because our cleaning process is so innovative, it provides a deeper clean while allowing your carpets to dry in just a couple of hours. Chem-Dry uses a unique approach to carpet cleaning. Instead of using the traditional gallons of water like steam cleaning, we use a drier and better process than the competition. Millions of microscopic bubbles are used to help dirt particles rise to the surface and removed completely from your carpets. Because minimal water is used, not only does it prevent mold and mildew – it also allows your carpets to dry within hours instead of days!

Put our cleaning to the test, call us today!

May 1, 2014

Bayside Chem-Dry is primed and ready to partner with you for this year’s Spring Cleaning! Clearing out unused items and cleaning up your home helps us feel better. But more importantly, a deep spring cleaning in your home can help your family stay healthy and allergy-free this summer.

Most households can easily have a buildup of dust and dirt that are tracked in during the winter months. In addition, germs from colds, flu viruses and other illnesses stay stagnant in your home when the windows are closed. Opening your windows helps freshen the air, but it doesn’t help clear out the buildup of dust, dirt and germs that has built up in your carpets. Spring and summer can also bring mild or extreme allergies for many people. Over 50 million Americans suffer from allergies. Doing a complete spring cleaning can decrease allergy symptoms by removing dust, mites, bacteria and other allergens hiding on indoor surfaces, carpets, and upholstery.

Cleaning all surfaces, including hard-to-reach and hidden areas can reduce the allergens in your home. Cleaning blinds and removing unused bedding and plush toys can help as well.

We can help your deep spring cleaning efforts by:
- Deep cleaning your carpets, rugs, and upholstery. Our services help remove the hidden allergens in your carpets, and furniture.
- Applying our Sanitizer and Dust Mite Allergen Treatment. These products can keep your carpet free of dust mites for an extended time.

Please contact us so that we can create a custom plan for your cleaning needs!


April 2, 2014

You may have a big family, or live alone. Either way, you have many more roommates than you can see.  Every time you leave your home, you track bacteria from outside into your carpets and onto your furniture. While this is just part of life, there are precautions that you can take to stop the spreading of these germs from your couch or your area rug to a dropped cookie or the fingers of a small child.

Chem-Dry uses a carbonated cleaning technique that is minimally invasive to your carpet fibers. We use 80% less water than our competitors, yet our powerful equipment extracts way more dirt and grime than any other carpet cleaning company out there. Also, our process provides you with a deeper clean, while maintaining a shorter drying time. That means there is less time for the bacteria and mold growing deep in your carpets and furniture to multiply and thrive on the moisture.

No one likes a roommate that skips out on rent. Don’t fall victim to the nasty mold stains or bacteria-filled carpets that could creep up on your before you know it!