Saturday, April 9, 2011

Fun in the Sun

by Meghann on April 9, 2011

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


Beginning with Red Velvet Pancakes.


Yum! ๐Ÿ™‚

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.


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


The results were very bright and red.




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


I topped my serving with cinnamon apples and plain yogurt.


Yum! ๐Ÿ™‚ 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.


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.


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.


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



We picked up sandwiches from Publix along the way.


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


Beach + Sub = Love



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.


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


Look Ma! All four kids together on one coast!



We lounged about the remainder of the afternoon and I may or many not of taken a mini nap on the beach. ๐Ÿ™‚

Every good beach day should end with ice cream.


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


Ouch. I’m red.


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.



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. ๐Ÿ™

At least the food was decent.

We started with garlic rolls.


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


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


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


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.


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!


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. ๐Ÿ˜‰

I’m running a half marathon in the morning!

Good Night!

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