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We Got Crabs

by Meghann on June 3, 2012

I can haz pancakes?

Pancakes

Marley’s new favorite food? Pancakes. She loves them.

And as a special treat on her birthday (today was Marley’s official birthday!) her mama made some killer pancakes for breakfast. We also had eggs, bacon, and fresh fruit.

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They know how to treat us right here. ;)

I had more than one person tell me today that it was a shame we didn’t get to explore the area a bit more while we were up here, but the truth is we didn’t come here to explore – we came to watch our niece blow out her first birthday candles, stumble through some of her first steps, and spend some time with Derek’s brother and his wonderful family.

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And that’s what we did. Honestly, we couldn’t have asked for a better trip. :)

Rachel’s mom and friends prepared a fabulous lunch for us today.

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Homemade chicken salad sandwich, deviled eggs with crabmeat (yum!), macaroni salad, pickles, tomato salad, and fresh strawberries.

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Homemade german chocolate cake for dessert.

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I went back for a few bites more. ;)

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Present time.

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I did have one teeny, tiny request while we were up here…. I wanted some Maryland crabs. Derek’s brother happily delivered.

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We picked the steamed craps up from a local seafood place on the way home and prepped a table with all the fixins’: knives, butter, vinegar, Old Bay, and beer.

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A local brew.

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To pair with our local crabs and corn.

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I was given a quick lesson on the crabs and told to dig in. It was definitely a bit of a learning process, but I pretty much nailed it by the 3rd or 4th crab (I think I had 5? 4? in total). I also found that I really enjoyed dipping the crab in apple cider vinegar (something I had never heard of before). It gave the crab some nice flavoring, but wasn’t as heavy or greasy as the butter. Actually, it was very refreshing. :)

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I thought the crabs were a perfect way to end the weekend. They’re a social food that encouraged fun stories and great conversation. A bonding food, really. I’m not sure I’d have the patience for it every day or every weekend, but for the right occasion, they definitely hit the spot.

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See? Destroyed.

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I picked those babies good. ;)

Derek’s brother, Derek, and I ended up going to a restaurant by the water after dinner for some drinks, but I just stuck to some ice cream (ice cream > alcohol) and played DD. We miss having Tyler in Florida, but we’re both happy that he’s doing so well here. It was fun playing catch up.

Alright, time for bed. We have a flight to catch in the morning.

Good NIght!

{ 18 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Sana June 4, 2012 at 12:01 am

I am so glad you loved your trip! Family rocks!

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2 Jocelyn @ Peace Love Nutrition June 4, 2012 at 12:30 am

There’s nothing more important than family

And playing with adorable little girls!

My boyfriends’ little nieces (2 & 5) threw me a surprise birthday dinner (with their lovely grandparents of course)

Kids add so much joy to life <3

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3 brandee June 4, 2012 at 3:49 am

I’m a Maryland girl and I think vinegar is the way to go! The only way I ever ate crabs! Glad you had a good time!

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4 Kristen @ notsodomesticated June 4, 2012 at 6:33 am

I’ve never heard of using apple cider vinegar! But I love vinegar (I’m a big salt and vinegar chip girl), so I bet I’d really like that!

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5 Hope @ With A Side Of Hope June 4, 2012 at 7:23 am

Sounds like such a great trip! :) I’ve never heard of using apple cider vinegar either but I’d be interested to try it!

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6 Katie @ Peace Love and Oats June 4, 2012 at 7:36 am

I’ve never eaten whole crabs before, I need toile this happen one day!

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7 Kristen June 4, 2012 at 8:02 am

So funny – I just had crabs last night in Baltimore too! They were soooo good. Did your teacher tell you to eat the mustard? If you know what it is, it is pretty gross- but die-hard Marylanders will tell you it is the best part!

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8 Lee June 4, 2012 at 8:17 am

I am from Maryland (although I don’t live there anymore) and grew up eating Maryland crabs every summer. Yum.

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9 Laura June 4, 2012 at 9:18 am

hmm never heard of using apple cider vinegar before. I LOVE eating crabs, but as my dad always says, “i don’t like having to work for my food.” hah i get too impatient trying to get to the actual crab meat, thats why i only eat them once a year!

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10 Anne @strawberryjampackedlife June 4, 2012 at 9:31 am

Mmmm! I love crabs! I worked at a crab restaurant in Delaware one summer and learned how to pick them. Of course you have to have other food too, since they say that you can starve to death eating crabs.

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11 Jess @JessCantCook June 4, 2012 at 9:34 am

I moved to the west coast from Virginia a few months ago, and while I’m sure they have decent crabs out here, nothing beats Maryland/Virginia crabs! :)

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12 Army Amy* June 4, 2012 at 10:02 am

Those eye lashes! Oh my goodness!*

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13 Emily N June 4, 2012 at 10:05 am

Glad you had fun! Wish I could try the crabs. :-( (shellfish allergy – but I guess I don’t know what I am missing!)

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14 Heather June 4, 2012 at 10:14 am

I love marley’s cute like zebra skirt! So stinkin cute

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15 Cait's Plate June 4, 2012 at 11:53 am

Girl’s got good taste! :)

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16 Hillary June 4, 2012 at 1:46 pm

I’ve lived in MD for 5 years now, and I just had crabs for the first time last summer! Glad you got to experience it while you were here!

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17 jennyv June 4, 2012 at 7:16 pm

Deviled eggs with crab?! And a crab pick? I miss Maryland! Time for me to book a flight and visit my relatives too!

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18 Sarah @ RunningChickago.com June 4, 2012 at 7:42 pm

yum! the crabs look so good!
glad you had so much fun with the fam!! :)

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