Excellent Food

We just finished a very busy and productive weekend.  Michelle worked on Saturday and I went to the home inspection for our soon-to-be house.  The inspection went rather well with a short list of small things that need to be addressed.  My wife and I are extremely excited about finally having our own place again.  We haven’t had our own house since September.  Once we move in, poor Abby will have been in her 5th home during here short life.

Sunday after church, Michelle’s family came over.  Her mom watched Abby while Michelle and I got in a nice date.  We ate at a restaurant called Carmel Cafe here in Clearwater.  All we could say was AMAZING!!!  Their prices were very affordable and the quality rivals some of the best high end restaurants we have eaten.  For $40, including tax and tip we both had wine, chips and hummus, a salad for Michelle, a soup for me, two entrees and a chocolate molten lava cake for dessert.  Before eating here, the chocolate souffle we had on the Disney cruise ships was our favorite dessert.  We think Carmel Cafe’s chocolate lava cake may very well have that beat.  Check out their website at http://www.carmelcafe.com/.

Abby Sick

The joys of parenting.  Michelle just took Abby to the doctor today for what we thought was an ear infection.  Turns out it ins’t an ear infection, but just severe sinus issues.  I can definitely say she takes after both of here parents, since Michelle and I both have sinus issues.  Last night was especially funny when we gave her some motrin.  She was very goofy.  It was like she had that second wind of energy once the drugs kicked in.  You could tell she was tired, but she definitely felt better than she did most of the day, yet she couldn’t crawl as good as she normally does.

Anyways, I hope she does feel better soon.  She is so much more fun when she is happy and playful, although last night was a bit entertaining too!

Buttermilk Pancakes


1 cup whole wheat flour

1 tablespoon cinnamon

1/2 tablespoon ground ginger

1 teaspoon allspice

1 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon baking powder

3 tablespoons sugar

1 egg or egg substitute

1 tablespoon olive oil

1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

1 cup buttermilk, almond milk or regular milk



Combine dry ingredients and stir with a spoon.  Add the wet ingredients and continue stirring until a creamy batter is made. If batter appears too thick, add milk until desired consistency is reached. Spoon batter onto a non-stick cooking surface (a griddle or a non-stick frying pan) on medium high heat.  I usually use a 10 inch pan with heat on 6 on our stove. After about a minute and a half, flip and cook another minute and a half.  DO NOT FLATTEN the pancakes after flipping.  This will make them less fluffy. Cook times will vary depending on the thickness of the batter and the actual heat of your cooking surface.

I usually make 5 large pancakes with this recipe.