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Fresh Florida Strawberry Pancakes



Pancakes are a family favorite at our house, so much so that our son has declared every Sunday to be Pancake Day. To keep it interesting, I usually try to make a new pancake every week. It has been lot of fun to have this tradition and still keep it fresh. When we take family vacations to 30a or Seabrook, it’s fun to try to incorporate local flavors into our pancakes. One of our favorites that we picked up while visiting Florida in the spring is strawberry pancakes. They have the most delicious aroma that you can only get from fresh strawberries. This time of year, strawberries are making their way back into the markets and may even be starting to pop up in your strawberry patch at home, so good fresh strawberries should be easy to find. And make sure to save some for the topping as well. These will definitely be a family favorite!

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  • 1 cup flour
  • 2 tablespoons of sugar
  • 3 teaspoons baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon of salt
  • 1 beaten egg
  • ½ cup milk
  • 6-8 strawberries hulled
  • 2 tablespoons of olive oil
  • vanilla extract



In a medium mixing bowl stir together the flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt. Make a well in the center of the dry mixture; set aside.

In another medium mixing bowl combine the beaten egg, vanilla extract and olive oil. In a blender blend half of the strawberries and milk and add to the egg mixture. Add egg mixture all at once to the dry mixture. Stir just till moistened. Dice the remaining half of the fresh strawberries and fold into the batter (batter should be lumpy).

For standard-size pancakes, pour about ¼ cup batter onto a hot, lightly greased griddle or heavy skillet. Cook over medium heat about 2 minutes on each side or till pancakes are golden brown, turning to second sides when pancakes have bubbly surfaces and edges are slightly dry. Serve warm. Makes 6 to 8 standard-size pancakes (6 servings).

  • Toppings
  • strawberries
  • Greek yogurt
  • fromage blanc
  • maple syrup


Homemade Tortilla Recipe

Homemade Tortilla Recipe

We all have foods that bring us back to childhood. A big one for me is homemade flour tortillas. I remember my mom standing in front of a huge round bowl tossing in flour, salt and oil and hand mixing until they felt just right. When the mixture held together between her fingers she would know she had the correct ratio of ingredients and would add the hot water (which is very important to the process) and begin mixing and pinching the dough into little balls. When she was finished every surface of our countertops was covered in flour and little flattened discs of dough. We would have to wait the grueling 30 minute resting period before they were rolled out and thrown on the hot griddle.

A dry griddle would be warmed up on high heat. My mother impressively would roll these tortillas out to an almost see-through thinness. They would be draped all over the place waiting for their turn on the griddle. My siblings and I would line up in anticipation of what was to come. A tortilla would hit the hot griddle and immediately the surface would become covered in bubbles. It would be flipped after about 30 seconds and begin to puff up to incredible heights. One of us would immediately grab the hot tortilla, a stick of butter and tear back the waxy paper, rubbing cold butter all over the hot surface. The butter would melt instantly and we would roll the tortilla up and enjoy it on the spot!

Over the years I have spent a lot of time trying to reproduce and perfect my mother’s tortillas. I have simplified the process quite a bit while also figuring out the exact measurements that my mother knew just by instinct. Enjoy!


  • 3 cups All Purpose Flour
  • 1/3 cup plus 2 tablespoons cooking oil
  • 1 cup of hot water (don’t use it all unless needed)
  • 1 tsp salt.


In the bowl of a stand mixer add flour, salt and oil. Beat with whisk attachment until combined. To test the mixture grab a bit of it and pinch it in your hands, if it stays together it is ready. With the mixer running on low add about 3/4 cups of the hot water (make sure the water is hot not lukewarm), turn up to medium speed and continue mixing. The dough should come together in a nice smooth piece. If too dry add more water, if too sticky add a little flour.

Homemade Tortilla Recipe

Turn the dough ball out onto a lightly dusted surface. Knead a couple of time and dived the dough into about 15-16 pieces by pinching off a clementine sized piece. Roll each one into a little ball, dust with flour and flatten a bit. Cover with a towel and allow to rest for about 30 minutes (this is very important).

Homemade Tortilla Recipe

With about 5 minutes left heat a dry (no oil) skillet or griddle over medium high heat. Remove one of the flattened disks and roll out until very thin. Resist the urge to leave them thick as they will not cook evenly. Place the rolled out dough on the hot skillet, it should bubble up quite a bit. Flip after about 30 seconds and allow too cook for about another 30-45 seconds. Remove from heat and cover with a clean kitchen towel. Repeat with remaining dough. Keep on the counter for about a day or refrigerate for about 4 days. To warm heat on the stove over low heat for about 15 seconds per side. You can allow freeze the leftover tortilla if carefully wrapped for a couple of months. Enjoy!

Homemade Tortilla Recipe

Date Night at Home: Recipes and Playlist

Anthology Date Night Recipes and Playlist for your stay in date night at your vacation home

There is something awfully special about a date night with your main squeeze. I love getting dressed up and visiting our favorite spot or trying something completely new together. However, there is something even sweeter to me about the the peace of being in our own space (donned in sweats) after our precocious toddler is off in dreamland. Especially when we’re on vacation and our sitter is miles away back home, it’s extra delightful to carve out time just for the two of us.

We believe in slowing down and enjoying the process as much as the end result. We’ve come up with a great date night that you can do in the comfort of your home or vacation home. Whether you take it to the patio or enjoy in the courtyard, we’ve got you covered from appetizer to playlist for your evening together.

So first things first, hit play, poor some wine and enjoy this soundtrack of our favorite date night tunes for spending an evening cooking and dining with that special someone.

Date Night Playlist

Anthology Date Night Recipes and Playlist for your stay in date night at your vacation home

Appetizer: Marcona Almonds & Marinated Olives & Cheese

Anthology Date Night Recipes and Playlist for your stay in date night at your vacation home

These are a couple of our favorite quick snacks to eat while prepping a great meal. Marcona Almonds are a variety of sweet almond from Spain. They are slightly shorter and more plump compared to traditional almonds and we promise you’ll fall in love with their rich buttery flavor. As for the olives, don’t be tempted by any found in a jar or can, go for the bulk olives at your local Mediterranean or gourmet grocery store – the varieties are endless. Our favorite cheese for this pairing is Manchego but an old favorite will do just as well.

Cocktail: Cherry-Maple Sour

Anthology Date Night Recipes and Playlist for your stay in date night at your vacation home


  • 2oz gin
  • 1 oz pure maple syrup
  • juice of one lemon
  • 1 teaspoonful of sour cherry jam
  • ice

In a shaker filled 3/4 of the way with ice, add gin, lemon juice, maple syrup and cherry jam. Shake vigorously until the outside of the shaker feels really cold. Strain into a chilled glass. Makes 1 cocktail.

Main Course: Build Your Own Pizza

Anthology Date Night Recipes and Playlist for your stay in date night at your vacation home

Anthology Date Night Recipes and Playlist for your stay in date night at your vacation home


  • 1lb ball of dough from your favorite pizza place or gourmet grocery store (we used Whole Foods)
  • Semolina or cornmeal
  • Favorite sauce or olive oil and minced garlic, herbs and sea salt
  • Favorite Toppings:
  • Artichoke hearts, mushrooms, sweet peppers, thinly sliced lemon, pancetta, tomatoes
  • Fresh mozzarella or cheese of choice
  • Finish toppings: fresh herbs, crushed pepper, arugula and lemon juice (your choice)


Anthology Date Night Recipes and Playlist for your stay in date night at your vacation home

Let your ball of dough rest at room temp covered with a kitchen towel for 30 minutes while you begin to prep ingredients.

Anthology Date Night Recipes and Playlist for your stay in date night at your vacation home Anthology Date Night Recipes and Playlist for your stay in date night at your vacation home

Preheat your oven to 500º F, if using a pizza stone make sure it is in there before you heat the oven. Prepare a pizza peel or the back or a cookie sheet by generously coating it with semolina or cornmeal. On a lightly floured surface place your ball of dough flatten it out a bit using the heel of you hand. Begin to stretch the dough by picking it and letting it hang and stretch, rotate and repeat until you have a large round. You can also roll it out but you will get more of flat, less bubbly pizza. Place the pizza crust on prepared peel or cookie sheet.

Anthology Vacation Date night Recipes and Playlist

Spread the sauce of you choice or a combination of olive oil, minced garlic, herbs and salt. Add some of your favorite toppings, cover with a bit of cheese and finish with a few more toppings.

Carefully slide pizza onto the the hot stone in the oven using a hard forward flick, then begin to pull away the peel. If not using a stone, bake on a cookie sheet. Bake pizza for about 8 minutes and check. If you want the toppings to brown a bit more, broil for about 3 minutes watching carefully, as not to burn. Remove pizza from the oven, allow to cool for a few minutes, add your finish toppings if desired and slice. If you want a more portable pizza for a picnic, simple fold the dough over like a taco, pinch the edges shut and bake until golden brown.

Anthology Vacation Date night Recipes and Playlist

Anthology Vacation Datenight Recipes and Playlist


You are already having such a good time why stop to make a complicated desert. Grab a pint of your favorite ice cream and serve it over grilled plums or peaches and a drizzle of honey. We recommend any of the Southern Craft Creamery flavors found at Modica Market in Seaside, FL! Tupelo Honey and Bay Laurel are our favorites!

Anthology Vacation Date night Recipes and PlaylistBon Date Night!

Thank you, Chris and Tricia Castro for sharing these incredible recipes!


The 30a Songwriters Festival

logo6One of our favorite 30a events of the year is just right around the corner and we couldn’t be more excited! If you love great music and gorgeous fall evenings by the ocean, then the 30a Songwriters Festival is right up your alley! With 150 artists in 25 venues along the scenic 30A highway, it’s really no wonder this event has been dubbed “the Sundance of songwriter festivals”. This year’s lineup has just been released so you can find that as well as keep up with all of the latest updates on their site. Hope to see you there!

Old Town Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony

RosemaryWhen most people think of a beach vacation, the holiday season isn’t the first thing that comes to mind. But, in our opinion, it’s one of the best times of the year to spend in 30A. There’s hardly a more beautiful sight than an evening walk along the beach and seeing the iconic skylines of Seaside and Rosemary Beach sparkling with Christmas lights. And one of our favorite events that really kicks off the season is the Old Town Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony in Rosemary Beach. Just after thanksgiving, folks gather in South Barrett Square to “turn on the town”! The Charles Dickens Carolers and the Village Brass Band lend their musical talents to set the festive mood of the evening. And, of course, Old Saint Nick himself makes an appearance and there are carriage rides through the town! So if you are lucky enough to be in town just after Thanksgiving, It really is the perfect way to welcome the Christmas Season. We hope to see you there!

Rosemary Beach Uncorked: Eat, Drink, Be Rosemary

Uncorked-Rosemary-BeachIf you love food, wine and 30A, what could be better than a fantastic wine festival in beautiful Rosemary Beach? Rosemary Beach Uncorked offers a “taste the very best food and wine Rosemary Beach has to offer with nine featured restaurants, countless bottles ready for the pour and a seven-piece New Orleans style jazz band parading around town.” And the best part of all this fun is that it’s all for a worthy cause with proceeds benefitting the Children’s Volunteer Health Network.  Although this year’s event is long sold out and the festivities are already in full swing, it’s never too early to start thinking about next year! If you’d like to know more about this event, just stop by their site (link) to read the mouthwatering menus and browse through a few photo galleries that make you feel like you were there! Hope to see you there next year!