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Fresh Florida Strawberry Pancakes

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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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Ingredients

  • 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

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Directions

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

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Vacation’s Favorite Cup of Coffee

Vacation's Favorite Coffee - Our Recipe and Ritual

There is something about rolling out of the coziest bed, brewing the perfect cup, and walking out on an expansive porch overlooking the coast that is just the ultimate sense of calm and comfort. We equip every Anthology vacation rental home with a coffee grinder and french press, just because we love the experience so much! So today we’re outlining our coffee ritual in hopes you’ll try it this weekend or on your next family vacation!

Vacation's Favorite Coffee - Our recipe and Ritual

Morning coffee is more than just a drink in our home, it is an important ritual to start the day. The smells and sounds of a fresh hand Brewer batch brewing is a beautiful way to wake up. After it becomes a part of your routine, no automatic coffee maker will do. Making a really fine cup of coffee is a process, not a long one, but in order to do it correctly it takes a little know how. Once you have the process down it becomes second nature and becomes part of the enjoyment.  You’ll be in heaven the first time you smell that freshly ground coffee (in my opinion, the only way to go) and begin to saturate those grounds. Here’s our favorite, no fuss way to make an artisan cup of coffee in the cozy comfort of your home.

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DIRECTIONS
Bring a kettle full of water to boil. Grab your french press and remove the plunger. Zero your scale and weigh out the coffee using a 16:1 ratio (16 parts water to one part coffee). Grind the coffee the in your grind on a coarse setting (this is very important). Place the the base of the french press on your scale and zero it out. Dump in the ground coffee and make sure the ground weight matches the beginning weight.

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Start a timer and begin to saturate the grounds as you pour. Be sure to pour slowly so you can keep track of the scale to make sure you get the 16 to ratio correct.

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Once all the water has been added carefully give the brew about 5-6 stirs back and forth with a spoon and replace the plunger (do not plunge yet). When the timer hits the 6 minute mark carefully press the plunger down. As soon as the plunger is all the way down immediately pour the coffee into serving cups or a thermal carafe. Enjoy!

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Seabrook’s Chocolate on the Beach Festival

chocolate-festival-bon-bons_beiThere really are few things in life better than chocolate, and when you pair that with the incredible beaches of the Washington coast… Well, heaven is the first word that comes to mind. If you are one of the lucky folks that will be staying with us in Seabrook next month, make sure to leave room in your itinerary for Seabrook’s 8th annual Chocolate on the beach festival! Just imagine “chocolatiers, crafters, chefs, and demonstrations spread across 10 miles of chocolaty goodness, ” and all under a gorgeous Seabrook sky. Hope to see you there!