Saturday, April 9, 2011

Fun in the Sun

by Meghann on April 9, 2011

It has been a long, sun and family filled day.

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Beginning with Red Velvet Pancakes.

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Yum! :)

The other week I saw this article introducing Red Velvet Pancakes at Datz Deli near downtown. My initial thought was to bee line it to Datz and order a small stack as soon as I could, but the more I thought about it, the more I thought I could save the $11 pancakes and make my own at home.

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I followed How Sweet It Is’ Cake Batter Pancake and substituted Red Velvet Cake Mix for the yellow cake mix.

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The results were very bright and red.

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We doubled the recipe and ended up with a stack of delicious, red velvet pancakes.

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I topped my serving with cinnamon apples and plain yogurt.

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Yum! :) We ended up adding chocolate chips to a few and those were my favorite. We also realized the batter needed a few more spoonfuls of sugar after our first couple of attempts. All in all I thought they were good, but the yellow cake pancakes were just a touch better.

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As we were trying to figure out what to do for the rest of the day I casually mentioned the awesome state park I had stumbled upon a couple of days earlier. A little probing and we were on our way to Honeymoon Island State park, about 45 minutes outside of Tampa.

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Honeymoon Island was a beautiful island beach with white sands, blue sky, and crystal clear water. It reminded me of the beaches back home – off the beaten path with no hotel or random restaurant in sight.

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The water felt great too. The perfect toe wiggling temp.

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We picked up sandwiches from Publix along the way.

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I ordered a Veggie Sub with Swiss Cheese and all the trimmings.

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Beach + Sub = Love

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Other beach snacks included kettle corn, pretzels, and fruit

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An hour of sunbathing later a few friends decided to join us.

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Kelly, Amber, and Ben are staying with us for the Iron Girl Half Marathon in the morning.

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Look Ma! All four kids together on one coast!

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We lounged about the remainder of the afternoon and I may or many not of taken a mini nap on the beach. :)

Every good beach day should end with ice cream.

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In this case, a Caramel Toffee Cookie Blizzard of the month.

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Ouch. I’m red.

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For dinner we headed to an italian restaurant I drive by all the time, but had never been inside. It’s cute and quirky on the outside, so I assumed it would be a fun spot to take a large group before a race.

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Wrong.

Parking was sketchy, service was lacking, and it took us two hours to get our food. I felt really bad for suggesting it and felt even worse when we didn’t get out of the restaurant until close to 10 when we had to get up at 4:00am the next morning. :(

At least the food was decent.

We started with garlic rolls.

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(that we continued to stare out as we waited for our food)

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And I realized I’m awful at ordering from Italian Restaurants.

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I thought I was ordering a vegetarian dish with feta and tomatoes and ended up with this cheesey meal.

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It was good, but not the best meal for the night before a race.

Katy was great and offered up a slice of her pizza.

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She saved the day!

At least the restaurant was kind enough to comp us dessert for having to wait for long for our food.

Tiramasu on the house!

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There are 8 people currently trying to figure out where they’re going to sleep tonight in my apartment. Hmm.. good question. At least I know I have my bed ready for me. ;)

I’m running a half marathon in the morning!

Good Night!

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