Thursday, July 1, 2010

Treasured Moments

I just got back from a quick coast trip with my whole family. It was incredible to see everyone and I absorbed all the memories I could. This entry is dedicated to my family and my two favorite events of the vacation.

Tackiest Souvenir


Purchase the tackiest souvenir of the vacation but spend no more than $5. Everyone gathers and shows the group their souvenir and if necessary proof of purchase to make sure no one spent more than $5. Everyone writes down their top three. We tally the top three and then vote by a show of hands for the winner.

This was our second year of playing this game and I was amazed at the time and effort everyone put into it. Everyone was secretive about their souvenir and took the contest seriously. We had a great time showing off our tacky treasures and the winner took home the trophy which was last year’s winner souvenir. I think this will last for years to come.

Shrimp and Crab Boil
I made this boil for 14 people. I didn’t take pictures along the prep time because I was busy trying to soak up time with my family. I do have pictures of the end result which is 14 people gathered at one table laughing, sharing, and eating. Great day!
(Breaking this down to serve 6)

2 lbs of shrimp (I used deveined, shell on from shrimp counter, $6.59/lb)

2 lbs snow crab (this crab is less expensive and I bought one bunch for each person, $4.59/lb)

2 lbs sausage (your favorite cut into 2 inch pieces)

2 lbs red potatoes (cut in half)

6 ears of corn (shucked and broken in half)

1 lemon (cut in half)

1 garlic bulb (cut in half)

1 onion (sweet yellow, cut in quarters)

2 pkgs crab boil seasoning (I used Zatarans)

Large pot with removable insert that drains. You can certainly use a large pot then strain in strainer placed in sink. The pot with removable strainer is easier and the liquid remains in pot in case you need to add more food.
Add all ingredients besides seafood into large pot with enough water to cover food. Cook until potatoes are fork tender. Add seafood and boil until pink. Drain and dump entire pot on paper covered table. I set out cups of melted garlic butter for dipping. Great with a cold beer.
This meal is definitely our new last night on the beach food. It was easy to cook and everyone had fun and the food was delicious.
“This was better than going to Joe’s Crab Shack!”, Jacob, my 10 year old nephew.


  1. I love that souvenir idea! I'll have to try it out with my husband. :)

  2. I love sea food:)
    Have a wonderful day and those photos are very pretty:)

  3. That is an awesome tradition! I may have to do that with my family.

  4. Hi :) Got your link from your lovely daughter's blog... I love the tacky souvenir idea. SO funny!

    Remember to enter for your chance to win a Two Strap Belt from Sway!


  5. how fun! I love the tacky souvenir idea! so who won? who had the tackiest souvenir and what was it? enquiring minds are DYING to know!!!

  6. Yum! We just did a low country boil last night and it was delicious! Your tacky souvenir games sounds like a lot of fun. I hope you enjoyed your 4th of July holiday!


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