A Maine Lobsta Dinnah

A Maine Lobsta Dinnah

After our wonderful morning trip to ‘The Hub’ for mussels, we had the most amazing dinner. It was a wonderful way to experience Maine all together.

Elaine set the table full of plate, bowl, platters to serve us freshly cooked corn, steamed lobsters, sauteed garlicky kale, and mussels. And, of course, wine!

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Prior to cooking the lobsters, we showed them to Autumn. She was interested but still very cautious of them. Understandably!!

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While the lobsters and mussels cooked, Price and Autumn did some golf in the front yard.

And then the feasting began!!

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This wild child loved loved the corn on the cob, strawberries, and crackers she munched on for dinner. She didn’t try any mussels or lobster, which didn’t surprise me, but she did check them out.

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She cautiously held on to the lobster tail as she examined it. She picked it up and slowly rotated it in her hands as she checked out the shell. It slipped out of her hands and almost hit her face. Oh, poor thing looked so spooked!

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There were some little pearls in the mussels that Price had picked for our dinner. One guy had like 12 pearls, but the majority of the mussels were pearl free and delicious.

We cooked up the mussels with some water, wine, and plenty of garlic. A little dip back into the briny broth after we removed the meat from the shells was all you needed before slurping them back.

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Sometimes you just need to give your lobster claw with a big rock to crack it up. I insist it’s a much better technique than using a cracker. Louder, but much better! ha!

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Dinner was thoroughly enjoyed!!

You can’t beat fresh seafood, good drinks, and wonderful company.

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The best things about our visits to Maine generally are related to just relaxing and being outside.

I can’t get enough of the soft green grasses under my feet when I walk on the lawn. Or when just how quiet it is. I love the peace of it all.

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But the best to me is the smell of the robust salty air.

Every time we arrive and we are driving over the last causeway to get to the house, we open up the windows to take in big gulps of air. It is the best. It means we made it. It means vacation has begun for us.

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There are so many inlets, coves, bays, and watery nooks and crannies to explore. Our favorite place is what is we call ‘The Hub’. It’s an island at high tide and a wonderful place to explore at low tide.

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Price starts to track the tides before we leave for Maine so we can properly schedule our visit to the tide. It’s fun to stroll around there looking at the tiny hermit crabs, slightly larger crabs, and teeny tiny fish along the shore.

Our main mission is to get mussels that are clinging to rocks, hidden under layers of seaweed. Picked, cooked, and eaten within a few hours. Damn, they taste so good.

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This year we headed over to The Hub in the morning to get the lowest of the low tide. Price was in charge of getting the mussels and I was in charge with Autumn, who loved checking out the water’s edge.

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So much to explore!

She loved checking out the snails sunning themselves on the rocks and watch the crabs scuttle around while Dad went around back of the island to get our dinner. She climbed on rocks and jumped over puddles. It was fun watching her explore and discover.

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Price found a bunch of sea stars nestled on the side of a rock as the tide lapped just under them. He carefully picked out the largest one to show us. It was just so stunning.

We hung around for it bit enjoying the smells and sights of the Maine coast before we headed back to the house to enjoy the rest of the wonderful day.

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Small Town USA

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We went up to Maine for the 4th of July.

It was so much fun. It was so relaxing. It was so needed.

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We  fully embraced the break from technology- no TV, no computer, spotty cell service, spotty 4G service!- allowing us to completely relax. It’s so nice to disconnect. To put the phone down and read a book or just take a walk.

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Or just take in a parade!

We went to the Deer Isle 4th of July Parade that is held in Deer Isle Village. This year’s theme was Under the Sea. Super cute.

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Mixed into the floats where antique and classic cars.  I loved the old trucks. A nice rustic glance into the past.

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This float was created by realtors on the island. They built a lobster trap ‘house’ as lobster traps have 2 parts – the parlor and the kitchen. They merged the parade theme with their own realtor theme and I think it was a big success.

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I wore my lobster tunic (Gretchen Scott Designs) to celebrate Maine, but it worked out well that it matched the parade’s Under the Sea theme too!

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Autumn finally seems to be embracing hats and sunnies!

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There were several times that Autumn wanted to just run out and join the parade. I had thought she would enjoy the pair of miniature ponies she just seemed a bit nervous about them. ha!

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Autumn did enjoy the lemonade that Price got for us. Even the lemon!

It was a great 4th of July morning watching the parade in Deer Isle. So much fun!

In denial

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Happy First Day of Winter!!!!

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I’m still in denial that the year is almost over. That it’s almost Christmas. That today is the First Day of Winter.

I’m trying to embrace the season but the short cold days get me down. So I always look to the future of the beautiful summer days to help me get through the cold winter. One of my favorite summer time things we do is go to Maine. I love our long weekends visiting there.

Here are some pictures from our visit this past summer. We visited the property of one of Price’s mom’s friends and snapped these pictures with Autumn one evening.

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Just 89 more days until Spring!!!

Grampa Rice

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 We were so lucky that Autumn was able to met her great grampa this past summer.

She happily sat on his lap as he cradled her with his massive hands. It was so great to see Autumn with Price and his mom Elaine and her father all together. Four Generations.

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Sadly he passed away just a few weeks ago at the age of 94.

Price went to the memorial in Maine today and is having some family time this weekend.

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Marshall L. Rice Sr. lived a long and happy life. He did a variety of jobs from being a solider to a business man to a lobster man.  He lived all over from Massachusetts to New York to Hawaii to Maine. He was even at the bombing of Pearl Harbor. He loved Sunshine, Maine so much that he even opened a campground so that others could enjoy its beauty as well. He will be greatly missed by his children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and the others who’s lives he touched.

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Although Autumn won’t remember getting to meet her great grampa, we can show her these sweet pictures and tell her all about him.

We would see Marshall whenever Price and I visited his mom’s summer house in Maine. He would come over from his house down the road to have coffee and crossword puzzles with Elaine at the kitchen table or the table in the dining room. It was always so lovely to hear his deep voice discussing answers with Elaine as she read the clues out loud. His weathered, yet gentle, large hands gently held on to a floral teacup of coffee. In between the crossword puzzle answers he would talk about the current events on the island or about his past. It was always so nice to soak in those relaxed mornings.

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“It was a great trip, and I enjoyed every day of it. Goodbye to you all.”

xoxo