12/19/2014

Holiday Singers ... Thanks to the Old Town Trolley (the GREEN AND ORANGE trolley)

Every major holiday Dave and Melissa visit the St Francis Inn and other businesses that sell Old Town Trolley tickets and treat us to visions...visions of loveliness and craziness.  Here are some samples:

One year it was Charlie Brown (with TREE) and Lucy...
One year they were toy soldiers....

Last year Dave was a giant Candy Cane and Melissa was in Victorian dress.
This year they did something different; they got together some singers and entertained our guests at breakfast:
Joe Finnegan, SFI Inn owner, introduces the singers.

Melissa wore a Christmas sweater with lots of lights!

The singers get ready.

They sang Silent Night (in German) and a couple other songs.

Another reason why we love the "green trolleys".....THANKS!


Replica Spanish Watchtower opens for 360-degree views at Fountain of Youth Archaeological Park | StAugustine.com





Replica Spanish Watchtower opens for 360-degree views at Fountain of Youth Archaeological Park | StAugustine.com

12/16/2014

12 Desserts of Christmas! Six Geese a-Laying!





12 Desserts of Christmas!

Goose Nest Cookies

Ingredients
1 package chocolate chips (about 1½ cups)
1 package peanut butter chips (about 1½ cups)
1 cup peanuts
2 to 2½ cups of chow mein noodles
Yogurt Covered Raisins or Jordan Almonds (for eggs)

Instructions

1. Combine chocolate chips and peanut butter chips in a small saucepan and heat over medium heat on the stove. Stir often until fully melted. Remove from heat.

2. Add in peanuts and chow mein noodles and stir to fully combine.

3. Drop a tablespoon of the chocolate mixture on a sheet of wax paper. Use your finer or a spoon to make a small dent in the middle to form your nest.  Place 2-3 eggs in each nest.  Let sit for a few hours until the chocolate hardens.

Makes about 15 to 20 nests.









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12 Desserts of Christmas - 5 Gold Rings!





       12 Desserts of Christmas!

Pineapple Upside Down Cake


¼ cup butter or margarine
1 cup packed brown sugar
1 can (20 oz) pineapple slices in juice, drained, juice reserved
1 jar (6 oz) maraschino cherries without stems, drained
1 box Betty Crocker™ SuperMoist™ yellow cake mix
Vegetable oil and eggs called for on cake mix box



  1. Heat oven to 350°F (325°F for dark or nonstick pan). In 13x9-inch pan, melt butter in oven. Sprinkle brown sugar evenly over butter. Arrange pineapple slices on brown sugar. Place cherry in center of each pineapple slice, and arrange remaining cherries around slices; press gently into brown sugar.
  2. Add enough water to reserved pineapple juice to measure 1 cup. Make cake batter as directed on box, substituting pineapple juice mixture for the water. Pour batter over pineapple and cherries.
  3. Bake 42 to 48 minutes (44 to 53 minutes for dark or nonstick pan) or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Immediately run knife around side of pan to loosen cake. Place heatproof serving plate upside down onto pan; turn plate and pan over. Leave pan over cake 5 minutes so brown sugar topping can drizzle over cake; remove pan. Cool 30 minutes. Serve warm or cool. Store covered in refrigerator.








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12 Desserts of Christmas: Calling Bird Cupcakes


               12 Desserts of Christmas!

Calling Bird Cupcakes

For the Cupcakes…                                                            For the Frosting…
1 box – red velvet cake mix                                                8 oz Cream cheese (softened)
4 eggs                                                                                     4 cups powdered sugar
½ cup vegetable oil                                                              1 tsp vanilla
1 cup milk                                                                             Milk (if needed to reach proper                        consistency)


Directions

1 .  Mix all ingredients for cake together.  Pour into lined muffin pans.  Bake as directed on the box.

2.  Cream the cream cheese, powdered sugar and vanilla together to make frosting.  Add milk (SMALL AMOUNT AT A TIME) if the frosting is too stiff.

3.  Frost cooled cupcakes. –Top with Sugar Cookie Birds and Sprinkles



For the Sugar Cookies…
1 cup sugar                           1 cup butter
1 egg                                       1 tsp vanilla
1 tsp baking powder           3 cups of flour

1 – Cream butter, sugar and egg together; add vanilla, baking powder and flour.

2 – Roll dough on a lightly floured surface.  Cut cookies and place on parchment lined baking sheet. 

3 – Bake at 350 for 8-12 minutes (depending on the size of the cookie).




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12/12/2014

The 3rd Day of Christmas Desserts:3 French Hens







                                                               
French Macaroons

Vanilla Macaroons                                                  Chocolate Macaroons
¾ cup ground almonds                                          ¾ cup ground almonds                 
1 cup powdered sugar                                            1 cup powdered sugar
2 extra large egg whites                                          2 tablespoons cocoa powder
¼ cup super fine sugar                                           2 extra large egg whites
½ tsp vanilla                                                             ¼ cup super fine sugar


1 – Place the ground almonds, powdered sugar (and cocoa for chocolate macaroons) in a food processor, process for 15 seconds.  Sift the mixture into a bowl.

2 – Place the egg whites in a large bowl and whip until holding soft peaks.  Gradually beat in the superfine sugar (and vanilla for vanilla macaroons) to make a firm, glossy meringue.

3 – Using a spatula, fold the almond mixture into the meringue one-third at a time until the mixture forms a shiny batter with a thick, ribbon-like consistency.

4- Pour the mixture into a pastry bag and pipe 32 - 1 ½ inch circles onto a parchment paper lined baking sheet.   Tap the baking sheet on the work surface to remove air bubbles.  Let cookies sit at room temperature for 30 minutes.

5 – Preheat oven to 325 – Bake for 10-15 minutes. Cool for 10 minutes, then CAREFULLY peel cookies off of the parchment paper and let cool completely.

6 – Fill with chocolate or butter cream frosting.






                                    

12/11/2014

ON THE SECOND DAY OF CHRISTMAS, MY TRUE LOVE GAVE TO ME...TURTLE DOVE CHEESECAKE!



Turtle Dove Cheesecake

24 OREO Cookies, finely crushed (about 2 cups)
6Tbsp. butter or margarine, melted 1pkg. (14 oz.)
Caramels 1/2cup
milk 1cup
chopped Pecans 3pkg. (8 oz. each)
Cream Cheese, softened 3/4cup
sugar 1Tbsp.
vanilla
3 eggs
2oz. Dove Chocolate

HEAT oven to 325°F. MIX crumbs and butter; press onto bottom and 2 inches up side of 9-inch spring form pan. MICROWAVE caramels and milk in small microwaveable bowl on HIGH 3 min. or until caramels are completely melted, stirring after each minute. Stir in nuts; pour half into crust. Refrigerate 10 min. Refrigerate remaining caramel mixture for later use. BEAT cream cheese, sugar and vanilla in large bowl with mixer until blended. Add eggs, 1 at a time, mixing on low speed after each just until blended. Pour over caramel layer in crust. BAKE 1 hour 5 min. to 1 hour 10 min. or until center is almost set. Run knife around rim of pan to loosen cake; cool before removing rim. Refrigerate 4 hours. MICROWAVE reserved caramel mixture 1 min.; stir. Pour over cheesecake. Melt chocolate as directed on package; drizzle over cheesecake.

12/10/2014

"The Twelve Days of Desserts" at the St Francis Inn Returns

We are at it again...but starting a bit early this year for the 12 Desserts of Christmas.
 
Tonight will be the first night - we are serving

  Poached Pears with Vanilla Ice Cream, Pomegranate Seeds and Spiced Wine Sauce.



Poached Pears
Ingredients: 1/2 bottle (1 1/2 cups) red wine
1 lemon
1 navel orange, quartered
3/4 cup sugar
1/2 vanilla bean, split, or 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cinnamon stick
5 cloves
4 small ripe pears (any variety), peeled
Vanilla Ice Cream (optional)
Directions
1. In a small saucepan, off the heat, combine the wine, the juice from the lemon and orange, 1 of the squeezed orange quarters, the sugar, vanilla, cinnamon stick, and cloves.
2. Add the pears and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer, uncovered, turning the pears occasionally, until they're easily pierced with the tip of a knife, about 25 minutes. Using a slotted spoon, transfer the pears to individual plates.
3. Remove and discard the orange quarter and spices. Return the liquid to a simmer and cook until syrupy and reduced by two-thirds, about 15 minutes, depending on size of pan. Spoon the sauce over the pears and ice cream.

12/08/2014

Restaurants Open on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day



RESTAURANT!                      CHRISTMAS EVE            CHRISTMAS HOURS
95 Cordova!...........................................OPEN!............................OPEN
A1A Aleworks!......................................CLOSED!.........................CLOSED
Alcapulco Mexican Restaurant!.............CLOSED!.........................CLOSED
Cafe Alcazar!..........................................OPEN!..........................CLOSED
Amici Italian Restaurant!.........................OPEN!..........................CLOSED
Ann O’Malleys Irish Pub!.........................OPEN!............................OPEN
Athena Greek Restaurant!.......................OPEN!............................OPEN
Aunt Kate’s!............................................OPEN!............................OPEN
Aviles Restaurant & Lounge!...................OPEN!............................OPEN
Back Yard Island Cafe!.............................OPEN!..........................CLOSED
Beachcomber!.......................................OPEN!..........................CLOSED
Beach’s On Vilano!..................................OPEN!..........................CLOSED
Bistro De Leon!......................................OPEN!............................OPEN
Black!y!.................................................OPEN!..........................CLOSED
Black Molly!...........................................OPEN!..........................CLOSED
Borillo’s Pizza and Subs!..........................OPEN!..........................CLOSED
Cafe Atlantico!.......................................OPEN!..........................CLOSED
Cafe Cordova!........................................OPEN!............................OPEN
Cafe Del Hidalgo!...................................OPEN!..........................CLOSED
Cafe 11!.................................................OPEN!..........................CLOSED
Vernon's!...............................................OPEN!..........................CLOSED
Cap’s on the Water!.................................OPEN!..........................CLOSED
Carmelo’s Marketplace!..........................OPEN!............................OPEN
Casa Maria!............................................CALL!...........................CLOSED
Casa Maya!.............................................CALL!...........................CLOSED
Cellar 6!.................................................OPEN!..........................CLOSED
Champions Grille!..................................OPEN!..........................CLOSED
City Coffee Company!.............................OPEN!..........................CLOSED
Collage Restaurant!................................OPEN!..........................CLOSED
Columbia Restaurant!.............................OPEN!............................OPEN
Conch House Restaurant!.......................OPEN!..........................CLOSED
Creekside Dinery!.................................CLOSED!.........................CLOSED
Crucial Coffee!.......................................OPEN!............................OPEN
Cruisers Grill!.........................................OPEN!..........................CLOSED
Donovan’s Irish Pub!...............................OPEN!..........................CLOSED
Fairway Cafe!..........................................CALL!...........................CLOSED
Flavors Eatery!........................................CALL!...........................CLOSED
Florida Cracker Cafe!..............................OPEN!..........................CLOSED
Fly By Cafe!............................................CALL!...........................CLOSED
Fusion Point!..........................................CALL!...........................CLOSED
Gas Full Service Restaurant!.....................CALL!...........................CLOSED
Gaufre’s Goods!......................................CALL!...........................CLOSED
Georgies Diner!......................................OPEN!..........................CLOSED
Gypsy Cab!.............................................OPEN!..........................CLOSED
Harry’s Seafood Bar & Grille!..................CLOSED!.........................CLOSED
Haszard's Open Pit!................................OPEN!..........................CLOSED
Honey Baked Ham & Cafe!......................OPEN!..........................CLOSED
Hot Shot Bakery!..................................CLOSED!.........................CLOSED
Hurricane Pattys at Oyster Creek!.............CALL!...........................CLOSED
IHOP Restaurant!....................................OPEN!............................OPEN
JJ’s Liberty Bistro!...................................OPEN!..........................CLOSED
J.P. Henley’s!...........................................OPEN!............................OPEN
King Fish Grill!........................................CALL!...........................CLOSED
King’s Head British Pub!..........................CALL!...........................CLOSED
La Cocina!..............................................CALL!...........................CLOSED
La Herencia!...........................................OPEN!..........................CLOSED
La Pentola!.............................................OPEN!............................OPEN
Le Pavilion!............................................OPEN!............................OPEN
Local Heroes!.........................................CALL!...........................CLOSED
LuLu’s Waterfront Grille!.........................OPEN!..........................CLOSED
Manatee Cafe!.......................................OPEN!..........................CLOSED
Mango Mango’s!....................................OPEN!..........................CLOSED
Meehans on Matanzas!...........................OPEN!..........................CLOSED
Mikato Japenese Steakhouse!.................OPEN!..........................CLOSED
Milltop Tavern!.......................................CALL!.............................OPEN
Mojo's BBQ!...........................................OPEN!..........................CLOSED
Murray Brothers Caddyshack!.................OPEN!..........................CLOSED
New Century Buffet!...............................CALL!.............................OPEN
Nineteen!..............................................OPEN!..........................CLOSED
O.C. Whites Seafood & Spirits!..................CALL!...........................CLOSED
Old City House Inn & Restaurant!............OPEN!............................OPEN
O’steens!................................................CALL!...........................CLOSED
Outback Crab Shack!..............................CALL!...........................CLOSED
Panama Hattie’s Lounge And Restaurant!.CALL!...........................CLOSED
Pizza Time Restaurant!............................OPEN!..........................CLOSED
Pizzalley’s Chianti Room!........................OPEN!..........................CLOSED
Playa Chac-Mool!...................................CALL!...........................CLOSED
Present Moment Cafe!............................OPEN!..........................CLOSED
Pusser’s Caribean Grille!..........................OPEN!..........................CLOSED
Raintree!...............................................OPEN!..........................CLOSED
Restaurant Medures!...............................CALL!.............................OPEN
Rhett's!..................................................OPEN!..........................CLOSED
Ruth’s Chris Steak House!........................OPEN!..........................CLOSED
Saltwater Cowboys!..............................CLOSED!.........................CLOSED
Sangrias Tapas & Piano Bar!.....................OPEN!............................OPEN
The Mermaid Cafe!.................................OPEN!..........................CLOSED
Scarlett O’Haras!....................................OPEN!..........................CLOSED
Schmagel’s Bagels!...............................CLOSED!.........................CLOSED
Schooners Seafood House!...................CLOSED!.........................CLOSED
South A Philly!........................................CALL!...........................CLOSED
South Beach Grill!...................................CALL!...........................CLOSED
Table 1!.................................................OPEN!..........................CLOSED
The Ice Plant!..........................................CALL!...........................CLOSED
Villagio Italian Grille!..............................OPEN!............................OPEN
The Bunnery!.......................................CLOSED!.........................CLOSED
The Prince of Wales!...............................OPEN!..........................CLOSED
The Reef Restaurant!..............................OPEN!..........................CLOSED
The Taco Shop!.......................................CALL!...........................CLOSED
The Tasting Room!..................................OPEN!..........................CLOSED
Zaharia's!.............................................CLOSED!..........................OPEN

12/03/2014

Vote to Make Nights of Lights the #1 Public Light Display in the Country!

Vote to Make Nights of Lights the #1 Public Light Display in the Country!   

St. Augustine's Nights of Lights is in the running to be named one of USA Today's 10 Best Public Light Displays in the U.S. We need your vote to make Nights of Lights #1! Simply click on the link below to vote. And encourage your friends to vote. You can vote once a day through December 15.