Sunday, March 27, 2011

Blueberry Cornbread and My Messed Up Weekend






St. Augustine Beach Resort, rated 1 star, wished I read the reviews before I booked this horrible weekend! The view was  nice, but the inside of this place was horrible, I wouldn't leave my cats there.... Check out their webpage so deceiving!  The story is very long, but here's the short version. It took us over an hour to check in after a 2 1/2 hour drive. The keys didn't work on our door so we couldn't get in and then on the forth try it worked once. Changed rooms, keys still didn't work, so only one of us at a time could leave. So this view I took was nice but the service, filthy rooms and horrible customer service was enough to leave. After four hours in this place we asked for a refund, which didn't happen, the manager who the associates said wouldn't care or call back to try to accommodate this ruined weekend, we had to pay and leave. The view was gorgeous outside but horrible inside! Boy did it look awesome online, pictures must have been taken in the early 80's. It's a dump now! So off we went trying to save this vacation!







So we traveled around for three hours looking for another place to stay but being it was spring break it was a no go for us.. oh well it was still a pretty day and we got to be together. All was not lost!




 Here is this mornings breakfast cornbread, hope you enjoy it as much as we did!

1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
1/3 cup sugar
1/3 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup cornmeal plus more for sprinkling
1 tablespoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 1/4 cups milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon lemon zest
2 large eggs, lightly beaten
1/3 cup oil
4 tablespoons butter, melted
1 cup fresh or fresh frozen blueberries

Directions
Preheat oven to 350°F. Spray an 8” square baking pan with non stick baking spray or brush with butter and sprinkle with a tiny bit of cornmeal and set aside.

In a medium mixing bowl, whisk together flour, sugar, corn meal, baking powder, zest and salt. In a separate large mixing bowl, whisk together milk, eggs, vanilla, oil and butter. Add to flour mixture to wet mixture and stir just until blended. Sprinkle blueberries on top.
Pour 8 inch square baking pan. Bake for 35 to 45 minutes on 350 degrees or until tooth pick comes out clean. Serve with butter.



Well, all was not lost at least we ended up going through Daytona and took a little tour through the Harley dealership found this statue of Elvis pretty interesting... spent the rest of the day eating crab legs and drinking wine with my son Curt and his girlfriend Jenni... life is good!
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