Thursday, March 13, 2008

Lazy Daisy

Wow! Have I been a lazy daisy…the time change has smacked me right in the face. Here in New York the sun isn’t rising until after 7 a.m. so I am making every excuse to grab a few minutes more and not post!!

Thanks to all for the great wishes for my daughter’s birthday. She enjoyed them all! I wanted to share with you what I made for her during-the week-birthday-can-I-pull-this off-and-still make-her feel-special-when- I-am-working-and-slightly-crazed-dinner!

I started with these great crab cakes. Once in awhile I tune into the Flylady website. It’s filled with good organizational tips and recipes. Here’s the Flylady recipe for these delicious
crab cakes:

2 c. crab, shredded (fresh or canned)
1 c. bread crumbs
½ c. green onions
1/8 c. minced celery
3 tbs. mayonnaise
1 beaten egg
Dash of Tabasco
Salt and pepper to taste
3 tbs. vegetable oil

In bowl, combine all ingredients except oil. Shapes crab mixture into 4 cakes about ¾ inch thick. Heat oil in skillet, sauté crab cakes on both sides about 10 min. or until golden brown. Could not be easier!

I coupled this with another recipe from Karla and Beth’s Sweet Treats Recipe Cookbook. This has been a treasure trove and I gladly share it with you! (The contributor did not leave a name!)
Strawberry Spinach Salad

Whisk together: ½ c. white sugar, 2 tbs. sesame seeds, ½ tsp. sesame oil, 1 ½ tsp. dried onion flakes, ¼ tsp. papkia, ½ c. vegetable oil, ½ c. balsamic vinegar. Toss with 4 cups baby spinach and 1 c. sliced strawberries. Delicious!

Add a baked potato and a birthday cake for dessert and you're all set!
Whew, I actually pulled it off!! On a weekday, no less! :0)

Edited to add: The yummy spinach recipe comes from Betty at She's Sew Pretty. She had her name cleverly disguised as an ad on a newspaper page-too cute! Great recipe, Betty!


Kathleen Grace said...

Mmmmmm...Those crab cakes and salad look delish! Someone actually contributed that salad to my oldest daughters graduation open house and it was a huge hit. I dodnt have the recipe before but now I do! Thanks:>)

GardenGoose said...

hey tara, can you email me through my blog profile? up under my profile is my email addy. I have a wee something I'd like to get out to you before Easter..nothing big..but a cute wee something for you, but really want to get it to you before Easter.and I need your address to mail it to you.

kelly said...

sounds very yummy. i missed you this week-have a great weekend!

Siobhan said...

WOW, those look yummy!!! I have never seen a strawberry salad before so I might have to give it a try.
Im glad you pulled it off...I bet your daughter had a blast!
Siobhan xo

Janet said...


Those crab cakes sound good. Bet I could make them with salmon, gotta get those Omega 3s in the diet, don't ya know!

Pat said...

Mmmmmmm, Tara,those crab cakes look yummy! Nice salad and scrumptious looking birthday cake too!

It's hard to get up in the morning because it's dark since the time change, but I'm enjoying the later hour for sunset.

Hugs, Pat

Anonymous said...

Like the crabcake recipe. Thank you for sharing it with us.

A Romantic Porch said...

Oh how cool. I love those birthday candles. xoRachel

Cottage Contessa said...

Hi sweetie! I think the birthday diiner looks and sounds delicious! I love crab, strawberries, and cake.....and parties! lol Hope you're having a terrific week Tara!
Amanda (aka Cottage Contessa)

pve design said...

Bravo to you and the Birthday Girl!
Looks like a lovely feast and what special memories you both will have in the years to come!

Joy said...

It all looks so yummy! I have to try that salad soon :)


Oliver Rain said...

I manage to get my lazy butt out of bed, WHEN I have to be up early, but otherwise, I just get locked into my cozy bed every morning. This time change has totally thrown me for a loop too.

What a yummy birthday dinner. I love crabcakes so I will have to try that recipe and I'm always looking for ways to eat spinach.

Have a great day!

bluemuf said...

What a wonderful birthday meal and I'm sure your daughter loved it. Thank you for the crabmeat recipe and I will have to give the strawberry salad a try. I just love my cookbook. If you look on the back of the recipe you will find a copy of an old page. down on the left hand side you will find a little ad and who submitted the recipe. I don't want to ruin it. Have fun finding it.


M.KATE said...

oh, this is so pretty, love the happy birthday candles, how lucky your daughter to have a mom like you, have a great weekend :)

She'sSewPretty said...

Soooo, you like my salad?! Did you find my ad on the back of the page yet? I saw that Karen left you a clue. LOL I love that salad. It will be fresh strawberry season anytime here so I'll be making it soon.

Abbie said...

Hi Tara!
The Birthday sounds wonderful! Kudos to you!! It is awfully hard to balance everything isn' it?
I thinkyour family is super lucky to have such a creative caring mother!
Have a wonderful weekend!

Tara said...

I found your name on the back of the recipe card, you tricky gal!


Alison Gibbs said...

Mmm yummy.

Shannon J said...

What an awesome birthday dinner!!! And you know what's funny? It's 4:00pm here, and I sat down to figure out dinner for tonight (I'm totally not prepared, as usual), and I remember I have run across several recipes for crab... Crab and pasta, crab cakes, crab this, crab that... however, I could not find them in my book, nor could I remember exactly where I had found them. So I gave up and settle on using some leftover chicken in soup. THEN I log on to your blog to find, what? CRAB CAKES!!! AND THAT is one of the recipes... Now I remember from FlyLady! I need to get that cookbook back out- there's some good recipes in there! (A blackened salmon that's to die for!) Thank you, thank you And I love the spinach salad, just didn't have a dressing recipe! YOU TOTALLY ROCK, TARA! ;)
(and don't feel bad about the time change/lazy bones... your not the only one!!!)

Shannon J said...

Oh, thanks for the comments on my banner... I know it's rough. ;) I liked playing around in photoshop though. Mickey came to me all sparkly like that in an email! He kinda takes the show, doesn't he? lol

All Things Bright and Beautiful... said...

You are the coolest mum tara - :-) I so hope your daughter enjoyed her special dinner :-)

Penny @ Lavender Hill Studio said...

Both recipes sound yummy! I make a salmon cake that is similar. Then I make a dip for the salmon cake with mayo, horseradish, a little thyme and a dash of cayenne pepper...

Beth Leintz said...

Sounds like a yummy dinner- love crab cakes, but never thought about making them myself! You make it look easy!

Gina said...

What a special birthday meal. I'm glad your daughter had a wonderful day! Thanks for sharing your recipes ~ they sound delish! :O)

Mary said...

Hi Tara,
Yes, the time change has me yawning every day around 3pm. Wait, I do that all year round! Oh well, anyway, the birthday dinner looks scrumptious. I'm going to try that salad tonight.
Have a great weekend!

Anonymous said...

Wow, how did I get behind on so many posts? That is too funny and a bummer about your doggie and the book. I hope your daugther had a lovely birthday. My daugther turned 15 in January. The bedroom looks lovely. Hope you are having a relaxing weekend.

Deb said...

What a delicious menu :-}. I'm looking forward to strawberry season! I've tagged you for a meme if you'd like to play along :-}
Have a great weekend Tara.

Alicia ~ Time Worn Style said...

I'm getting a bit hungry now after looking at all those goodies! Looks like you daughter had a wonderful birthday, my youngest girl had her birthday this week too. Wish I had checked out your recipies before we had her party lol!!
Alicia ~ time worn style

Nora Lee said...

You are making me hungry! Thanks for the great recipes.


Jeanie said...

Wow -- what a great sounding crab cake recipe -- I adore crabcakes -- have to copy that one off! And the spinach salad looks to tie for, too! I really do enjoy visiting your blog. It's great fun. Thanks!