Did Ya Miss Me? I Was Off and Running Again ~ #Vacation Time

Since we scored a very nice condo for a steal for four days, this poor, (and I do mean poor!) struggling author was able to afford a nice little long weekend getaway in Ocean City, MD. I cannot remember exactly how many times I’ve been to this place but we’re talking about ME and the OCEAN so does it even matter?

Here are some highlights:

Bay bridge

This is the Chesapeake Bay Bridge that connects the Eastern Shore of Maryland to the Western Shore where I live. Unless you want to drive 100 miles out of your way, there is no way to avoid this bridge. Get used to it. We all do.

 

Our cheap but swanky little pad for the weekend. Okay so not swanky but super cute, cozy and homey.

Our cheap but swanky little pad for the weekend. Okay so not swanky but super cute, cozy and homey.

Ahhhh at last!

Ahhhh at last!

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Sweet little lunch on the balcony prepared by men in swim trunks.

Sweet little lunch on the balcony prepared by men in swim trunks.

Sister in law from heaven...she knows all about vacations.

Sister in law from heaven…she knows all about vacations.

Very important supplies!

Very important supplies! Nothing but the best for us…lol It was so good too!

Yours truly ready to party!

Yours truly ready to party!

Beautiful evening with friends on the Chesapeake Bay at Seacrets.

Beautiful evening with friends on the Chesapeake Bay at Seacrets.

I SWEAR there was food too and I highly recommend the smoked tuna...to die for!

I SWEAR there was food too and I highly recommend the smoked tuna…to die for!

beach ready

Ready for the beach baby! Sorry, no full length mirror so the balcony door had to do.

Barn 34

Breakfast! Poached eggs with sauteed spinach, fresh tomatoes and avacados at a new favorite place, Barn 34! A bit pricey but the food was excellent!

breakfast

Breakfast was also provided by room service…aka my brother in law Bill. Even better because it was included in the price of our room and we didn’t have to dress up and go out to eat it! Pancakes, western omelets and country fried potatoes!

sky shot

Spectacular sunsets every night…those are free.

sunset on the bay

Here I am again, ready for a fun evening! Tonight, all you can eat steamed crabs at the Crab Bag!

Here I am again, ready for a fun evening! Tonight, all you can eat steamed crabs at the Crab Bag! They had to roll me out of there!

the fog

The view from our balcony at about 6:45am on May 30th.

 

after the fog

Same view an our later. Hello Atlantic Ocean my love!

Yeah...this place. The oldest bar in Ocean City, MD. Mainly locals only. Most pro basketball players cannot come here unless they sit down the entire time. It was a blast and the beers were cheap!

Yeah…this place. The oldest bar in Ocean City, MD. Mainly locals only. Most pro basketball players cannot come here unless they sit down the entire time. It was a blast and the beers were cheap!

Marina

Directly across the street from the Harbor Inn.

Harbor Inn

 

Coming Home

All wonderful things must come to an end. Hello Maryland traffic. Back to the real world. 😦

 

 

 

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My Momma’s Crab Soup – Here, Have Some!

Because I love you guys and because I don’t believe in secret recipes unless you plan to plop it in a can or jar and slap a label on it, I’m going to let you in on a not so secret homemade, delicious, mouth watering family specialty…

Peg’s Maryland Crab Soup

Start with a large soup pot; 10 qt should do it.

1/2 dozen steamed blue crabs cleaned. Leave the claws and legs attached and split the back fin. Save a few of the outer shells and set them aside.

*Now this is important; Steamed not boiled! Steamed angry red! They must also be steamed with your choice of Chesapeake Bay seasoning. My husband prefers JO Seasoning but many Marylanders prefer Old Bay.

If you don’t know how to do it, read this: http://www.oldbay.com/Recipes/Crab/Main-Course/OLD-BAY-Steamed-Blue-Crabs

1 large can of diced tomatoes: 28-32 oz.

1 medium head of cabbage: cut into 1-2 inch chunks.

4 12 oz bags of soup vegetables. NOT mixed vegetables, soup vegetables. Yes, it makes a difference.hanover-country-fresh-classics-30909

 

 

 

 

At least 3lbs of potatoes. I usually add 5 because it’s my favorite part of the soup. 🙂 Peel, wash and cube into nice size chunks.

You’re going to love this part: A pound of bacon. Cut into 1 inch squares. I find it easiest to take the bacon out of the package and just cut it with scissors right into the pot.

28-32 oz jar of your favorite pasta sauce. I use Ragu chunky garden style.

1lb of backfin crab meat

2-3 cups of Old Bay seasoning

Put cleaned crabs into pot.

Add enough water to cover the crabs. Too much water will ruin your soup. About 4 inches should do.

Take the shells you sat aside and dip them in the water and swish them around. Trust me, just do it.

Dump in all of the other ingredients and stir stir stir.

Turn to medium high until it boils, then turn to medium low, stirring about every 15 minutes.

Allow to cook at least three hours and continue the stirring.

Serve with your favorite buttered bread and enjoy!

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