August 27, 2012

Menu Monday


Happy Monday everybody!

We had a great weekend full of good eats, good exercise and good napping weather!

After laying low on Friday night we headed to meet our friends for dinner and drinks at Mellow Mushroom on Saturday night.  It was delish and I must say that no trip to Mellow is complete without an order of Garlic Balls – sooooo good; must recreate!




Sunday morning started with a new favorite – cinnamon chip pancakes. 

I love cinnamon chips and have always had a hard time finding them, but luck was on my side when I spotted them in the grocery store the other day…they are probably just out for the fall/holidays, but you’d better believe I’m going to stock up.  These pancakes were so warm and delicious – the perfect amount of cinnamon spice!




After breakfast we checked out the radar and realized that we’d better get out and do something productive while we still could.  With TS Isaac on the horizon, the weather was coming; like it or not.




We toyed with the option of doing one of our “go-to” bike trails, but then opted for an exploratory ride in nearby Mount Dora.  We looked up routes on and found one called Between the Lakes.

It looked like a nice long ride with lots of scenery so we took a chance (knowing that we would probably get wet along the way).




Our ride started in the heart of Mount Dora and quickly headed out of town.




Although there weren’t many bike paths, luckily for us there wasn’t much traffic either and the lake views were gorgeous every step of the way.




Not to mention the views of the houses – holy moly – they were gorgeous!!!


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Mike was in charge of checking our progress.  The last thing we wanted was to be lost with a storm approaching.  The good news was, we only had to turn around once!




The 16+ mile route took us from Mount Dora to Tavares to Eustis and then back to Mount Dora – all of which have adorable historic downtown areas.  They are all so quaint!


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Downtown Eustis


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After about an hour and a half we stopped for refueling before the last 4ish miles of our trek.  It’s a good thing we did, because a few minutes later this happened:





Reason #561 a waterproof camera is a great investment –

rainy bike rides!




Downtown Mt. Dora – still busy despite the rain!

Finally, although soaking wet, we made it back to Mount Dora where we loaded up and headed home.  Our initial plans were to stop and grab a bite to eat at one of the local eateries, but that got nixed as we couldn’t wait to get home to take a warm shower and a nap!



Another great weekend of biking!


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This is the original route we were going to follow (on the left) and our actual route (on the right).  I forgot to start the tracking when we started, so our ride was actually a bit longer than 16.6…probably more like 18.  Not bad for a lazy Sunday!

As we gear up for the Labor Day Weekend, our menu plan is pretty simple.  We are headed down to West Palm Beach for the Second Annual Cox Family Extravaganza with our friends this weekend and we couldn’t be more excited (not to mention college football starts, too!!!).  We can’t wait to get down there!

Have a great week; and for all of those Floridians – stay dry!


M:  Chicken and Veggie Stir Fry

T:  Wild Rice and Chicken Soup

W:  Bacon and Cheese Quiche w/ Sweet Potato Fries

Th: Pot Roast Baked Potatoes

F:  West Palm

Sa:  West Palm

Su:  West Palm

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