Sunday, October 24, 2010

Nuts for Lavender Pancakes

Lavender pancakes bring back special memories. A few years ago we took a trip up to Washington state with our frequent flyer miles which were scheduled to expire. As part of our journey we caught a ferry from Anacortes and sailed into Friday harbor on the island of San Juan.

Arrangements were made to stay at the Hilltop House, our first bed and breakfast experience. I have to say it felt a little weird entering some one's home knowing we would be served breakfast by our gracious hosts. They had fresh cookies and a wine hour which we passed on so we could begin to explore the island. These vacations are usually whirlwind with lots of driving and cramming in as much of our surroundings as we could. More about this in a later post.

We chose the "Paris" room which was decorated in black and white toile and incredibly clean and comfortable. Upon rising the next morning we ventured out into the common dining area to be greeted by our hosts and a few other lodgers. Still feeling slightly intimidated and attributing it again to the catholic school girl quilt, I began to smell the aroma of lavender pancakes and coffee! Against one wall was a buffet of sorts where they had fresh fruit, muffins, and home made granola with chocolate! As I took my first bite of the pancakes I was pleasantly surprised by the flavor of these gems. I never got the actual recipe but I have always been meaning to try this at home.

If you're ever in the San Juan islands there is a winery, llama farm, beautiful harbors, great seafood restaurant, bald eagles, whales at times and a lavender farm, a must see and smell!

The recipe for pancakes will be on tomorrow's blog. Tune in...

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