Summer is blowing by so quickly and I just want to treasure it. It's the last one I get with my youngest Jadyn as a traditional family before we send her off. We are in a flurry trying to figure out the logistics of getting her and her belongings down to Lubbock when the school says she has to be there. Sending a kid to an out-of-state college is not an easy task.
But the fun part is we decided we are going to have a party for her. A sort of see- you- later and we will miss you and PLEASE make us proud party! And we are going to do it the same weekend we have will have out of state visitors. So it just seems like a good idea to have a Maryland style crab feast. And by feast, I mean a couple of bushels of blue crab, shrimp, sausage, corn on the cob, french bread, and the best part, all our local friends who want to see Jadyn off and wish her well.
I purchased a bunch of Texas Tech party supplies also because we might as well start feeling good about funneling all our moola to that school!
I know this is going to sound crazy, but did you know booking vacations more than a year out is quite common? And it is the best way to get great pricing on almost everything? The only thing this does not apply to is airline tickets but even booking those at least 9 months out if you can is good way to get a deal.
In the last 6 weeks I have seen the prices rise in some cases over 40% for spring break vacations 2018. Isn't that crazy? But as they say, the early bird gets the worm and those who know they will want a week away from winter and scheduled their trips accordingly are truly benefiting their wallets. They also get a great advantage when it comes to making payments on their vacation in smaller deposits and much longer time to pay it off slowly.
I am here even for you last minute folks! I can send you itineraries all day long to try and meet your vacation goals and dreams.
HOW TO COOK MARYLAND BLUE CRAB
So I have done it once! I happen to catch about 8 or 9 crab off the end of our pier and decided I was going to cook them up and enjoy. It is so simple and a party pleaser...especially with Marylanders.
Need a large stock pot with steamer and its best to cook them outside.
12 Blue Crab
12 ears of corn
1 onion roughly chopped
1/2 cup Apple Cider Vinegar
A couple cups of water
Plenty of Old Bay seasoning
In your large stockpot, put in water and season it with Apple Cider Vinegar, Beer and onion and Old Bay. Bring it to a boil and add your crab and corn in the steamer insert. Cover and let it cook for 30 minutes. The crab will turn red to let you know they are fully cooked. When checking the crab periodically, add more Old Bay so each crab gets a good coating.
Dump the steamer pot on a newspaper lined table and tear it up. Each person has their own way of picking them and it does take a little practice but so much fun. Dipping the meat in garlic butter is also delicious.