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The night started with this… Cheap and filled to the brim (thanks Brady!)

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Champagne + diet Cranberry juice and berries!

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The Menu:

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The Perfect Pair Salad:
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The Naked and Half-Naked Shrimp (marinated in lemon juice, brown sugar, thyme and oregano)

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The Hunk of Meat for Brady:

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The Lovely Legs:

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The hear shaped Sweetie Potato:

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Cupid’s Love Spears:

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The Be My Cookie Dough Cheesecake (LOW FAT – recipe to come later!)

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We could NOT eat even half of this but the leftovers were great!

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More Than Shrimp Cocktail

Last night, I was all set to make shrimp stir-fried brown rice.  I had the bean sprouts in the pan, the mushrooms ready and I went to grab the water chesnuts to toss in…only there were NO water chesnuts to be found in our house!  I was pretty upset by this because I try to have all of our staples at all times, so we can just throw things together.  In a panicky and hungry way, I threw together the following:

More than Shrimp Cocktail (similar to my mom’s party shrimp recipe

  • 1 lb.  shrimp (cooked and detailed)
  • a few pieces of imitation crab meat (I would use real, but we were out and I found this in the freezer)
  • 1/2 c. organic ketchup
  • a few tablespoons of horseradish (to taste)
  • a few tablespoons of hot sauce (to taste)
  • 1 bunch of celery cut into small pieces
  • 1/2 a red pepper cut into little pieces

In my mom’s recipe, she adds chili sauce.  I would have done that except I didn’t have any!  This was a stressful dinner!!

We ate this salad mixture on cooked wanton cups (Brady) and a bed of lettuce (Ali).

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Saturday was the perfect catch-up, relax, me day!  I went to workout class, Trader Joe’s (for the basics), Costco (for produce and pictures!).  Then I came home and we made subs and snacks and watched the Buckeyes game with Brady’s parents.  It was a cold, rainy day so I was glad we were staying home on the couch.

After the game, we hung out and cleaned up a little.  There wasn’t much going on at night, and so we decided to stay home and rent a movie.  We ended up renting Get Smart on OnDemand.  We both like Steve Carrell and didn’t really care.

For dinner, we had planned a shrimp/bok choy stir fry with risotto but were not in the mood to cook.  That menu just didn’t go with our day on the couch and our movie night.  We decided on a comfort food meal of cream of crab soup and salad!  It was perfect!

Cream of Crab Soup

Soup, crab, canned, ready-to-serve
0.75  x 1 cup (8 fl oz) (244g)

Preparation

Add: 1 can cream of celery or chicken soup 1 can cream of potato soup 1 can crab 1 can mixed vegetables.  Then add tons of Old Bay!

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Nutrition Data for ENTIRE recipe:

  • Fat: 30 grams
  • Calories: 849
  • Protein: 33 grams
  • Fiber: 13 grams

Approx. 1 Serving of 4:

  • Fat: 7.2 grams
  • Calories: 210
  • Protein: 8 grams
  • Fiber: 3 grams

We also had a small mixed greens salad with fat free feta, a few pecan pieces and 1/2 pear cut up!

Enjoy your Sunday!


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Creamy Crabby Soup Recipe

Homemade Creamy Crab Soup
• 2 cans Campbell’s condensed potato soup (Healthy Request)
• 2 cans Campbell’s condensed celery soup (Healthy Request)
• 2 cans of crab meat (claw meat is recommended because it has more flavor)
• 2 cans evaporated milk
• lots of Old Bay seasoning

Mix all together in a large pot and heat thourghly. When I make this I will consider adding the following:
– more veggies – potatoes, corn, peas
– bacon bits (for Brady + other bacon lovers)
– chedder cheese

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Thursday night we arrived in BWI airport after a short 45 min. flight from Columbus. We were excited to get to the shore, a 1.5 hour drive from Baltimore. We arrived late and quickly went to sleep so we could wake and get the weekend started!
Friday morning Brady and I went for a 5-mile run around the island. Everyone was getting ready for the fall festival, Tilghman Day, on Saturday. It was a chilly 55 degrees, and the fresh fall ocean air felt great while running! We stopped and chatted with some fisherman while we walked back. After a delicious lunch of homemade creamy crab soup (super easy to make!!). Recipe to follow!

We then went the adorable town of St. Michaels. This town has a very colonial feel and is set right on the water. It is actually known for fooling the British in the Revolutionary War (look it up). In St. Michaels, I found this amazing book on cupcakes, called Hello, Cupcake. It was a NYT best-seller, I am not sure how I missed it! I can’t wait to start baking!

These crabs are amazing! They are salty and spicy and full of flavor. My favorite part is the claw meat because it is easy to get to and extra salty. Brady prefers the lump meat, in the body. We ate until we were full and our hands were covered in little cuts from the shell. Then one more beer and we were ready for bed.

In St. Michaels

After the shopping trip, we picked up ½ bushel of blue crabs (about 40 crabs) for dinner. We went back to the house and had happy hour, beer and crab dip, outside. We stayed outside until our were frozen from the cold beer and the fact it was just 50 degrees, then we headed in to eat!

I had almost forgot that it was my birthday when out came this cute cake!! It had a great strawberry filling!

Saturday we woke up, after 11 hours of sleep, and headed out for a run in the chilly air. It was really windy near the water, but it was so pretty so we toughed it out! At 7:45am, while we were running, we could smell the BBQ cooking and the steamers getting ready for the festivities! We ate a quick breakfast, a bagel with pb and grapes, and then I went for a walk with Brady’s cousin Kristen. By now and it about 9:30 and there were tons of people out and about, many with a beer already in hand. ☺

The plan was to head to the fire station, where everything was happening, at 11 so I made sure to get a shower in before that and then bundled up! At Tilghman Day, you can get anything you want made from crab. Here is what I remember being offered:
• Crab cakes
• Soft crab sandwich
• Crab cake sandwich
• Crab soup
• Steamed crab
• Crab pie (not sure what this was)
• Oyster soup
• Raw oysters
• Fried oysters
• Steamed oysters
• Oyster shooters (a shot of vodka with an oyster and some Tabasco)
• Fried clams
• Fresh lemonade

And who knows what we missed! I had a great tomato based cup of crab soup (my assumption of a recipe to follow) as well as some of the 2 ½ dozen crabs that Brady and his dad were enjoying!

Brady’s Dad enjoying the crab!

We listened to the band for a while before heading back to the house to relax (we were really stressed, can’t you tell!). At the house we made hot cocoa and hung out for a while. Then we went to the playground with Kristen’s son Micah.

For dinner, Saturday night, we made paninnis! Mine included pesto, fresh veggies and veggie-cheese ( I am going to buy this now!)

Saturday night ended beautifully!

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A lunch for royalty

After going to church with Brady’s family, we headed to their house for what we thought was going to be a normal lunch. We were surprised to find a feast in the making! Our lunch feast included so many wonderful things: scallops, shrimp, crab, meat, potatoes, salad and green beans! It was unbelievable how much delicious food there was!

Not pictured are the things I was a little less interested in- but nonetheless wonderful! For example, the fillet wrapped in bacon and green beans with ham. I am not kidding when I said this was a feast for a king! Brady’s dad is going to be making a lot of new friends once they hear about this! 🙂

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