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

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!


Pegasuslegend said...

Not only was the weekend messed up, so is this blog images, not sure whats happened but none of the pictures downloaded. Sorry...

Melynda said...

I noticed the blog issues first thing this morning, and was not even able to comment. So very sorry to hear of your weekend, being less than hoped for. I hate it when these things happen, especially when so little time is available to relax and reconnect. Glad you are home and all is OK. Thanks for the great advice, read ALL the reviews.

Big Dude said...

Sorry your trip didn't work out, but I enjoyed you lobster last night for supper - post will be up in a few days.

Lucia from Madison said...

Oh wish you had a better time this weekend and I wish I saw this blog post before we had breakfast! I am bookmarking it and will try this recipe perhaps next weekend!

redkathy said...

Oh that totally sucks Claudia, I'm so sorry for you. A waste of money when times are tough enough makes it even worse! If I were you I'd check out if they have a facebook and/or twitter account. Share the experience, you might get their attention and maybe a refund.

I haven't had problems with blogger tonight.

The bread looks fabulous!!!

Lizzy said...

Yikes...what a disgusting resort! I would have left, too. But, on a happier note, your corn bread looks fabulous :)

5 Star Foodie said...

I'm so sorry about your weekend :( The cornbread looks terrific with blueberries, so yummy! your blog is working just fine for me actually.

Kristen said...

At least the company was good and the Daytona part fun. So sorry you had to pay for such a lousy time in St. Augustine.

The cornbread sounds yummy.

Carolyn said...

Wow, ugh, Claudia! What a horrible weekend getaway! But the cake looks delicious!

marla said...

Sorry to hear about that resort - but this cornbread looks amazing!

Megan said...

That sucks about the weekend. I wont be going there. Uuggg!
But blueberries in my cornbread makes me smile.

Sandra said...

I am so sorry to hear about your vacation..yea villa on the photo look fabulous but not really reality,I learn that hard way too!
Your cornbread with blueberries look divine..I never have that before and will make this soon...I love that combo, brilliant idea!!!

Reeni said...

I'm sorry about your weekend! Sounds like you made the best of it and had fun anyways! The cornbread looks so good - I love blueberries!

Christine's Pantry said...

So sorry to hear about your vacation. At lease you had wonderful company.

Only Fish Recipes said...

first time bluberry corn bread looks just so yummy !loved your space very much.....happy to follow u !

Claudia said...

Oh Claudia - so sorry. I think my husband once brought me to the Bates Hotel in WI if that's any consolation. But you sure know how to make yourself better - I would happily console myself with that fruity cornbread.

My Little Space said...

Sounds like you had a great weekend. Sorry about the lost pics! Btw, the cornbread looks fantastic. I like the last shot very much. Hope you're having a lovely day.
Blessings, Kristy

Belinda @zomppa said...

So sorry it was yucky - you should post up the inside too so we can all see!!

Glad the views were great, and the views of this cornbread is lovely too.

Cindy Waffles said...

Aw, too bad about the weekend. On the bright side, that blueberry cornbread looks delicious!
i have lots of cornmeal in my pantry, so i'll have to try this some time.

Elisabeth said...

I feel so bad for your ruined weekend...sometimes the pictures that they advertise are deceiving. At least you met up with your son, in Daytona, and had a great time there.
Your blueberry cornbread, really looks so inviting, and delish! said...

Sorry about your trip :(
I love your cornbread. I make mine with cherries but I just need to try it with blueberries, I love them. Thanks for the recipe!

FOODESSA said...

I can absolutely relate to your misfortunate mini getaway. With so little aggravating to waste it due to the misguidance from our so-called hospitality industry. I'm sure, that you did your very best to enjoy some part of it ;o) Hopefully the next experience will be better.

I have yet to try making cornbread. Making some with berries sounds yummy.

Ciao for now,

Rochelle said...

So sorry to hear that you had such an unpleasant experience! At least you were able to see some beauty outside that place and got some pretty photos to bring home.

As for this delicious looking cornbread, yum! It looks so moist and the bits of blueberry cooked in side are calling to me :D

kita said...

I hate when a much needed vacation doesn't go as well as it should!!

I love the idea of blueberries in corn bread. The tart with the bread. Mmm

briarrose said...

What an unusual cornbread. I love the blueberries.

Shelby said...

I am definitely making this cornbread Claudia!

I can't believe that they wouldn't accommodate you in anyway! At least give you a break on the weekend. Thankfully you were still in FL and not further away from home!