A little of this.... and a little of that.....
Feb. 24, 2011 1:42 pm
Updated: Feb. 25, 2011 1:14 pm
Real life sometimes takes over and keeps us hopping. We have been pretty busy the last couple of weeks, both at home and at work. So busy, that I haven't done much cooking. In fact - the last real cooking I did was a week ago. Since that time we have
been eating whatever could be made quick and easy.
A week ago I made crabcakes. We had crabcakes, sweet potatoes and a frozen veggie mixture that cooked up real nice in a yummy tomatoey sauce. My crabcakes are pretty basic and not much other than crabmeat and some Old Bay seasoning. I used one pound of lump
crab meat; the kind in a can from the seafood counter, 4 crushed saltine crackers, an egg, Old Bay seasoning and 2 TBL. mayo. Then I formed the mixture into cakes and brushed with a mayo, Old Bay, Paprika mixture and baked until done. I made 6 crabcakes
and had 2 leftover to take to work for lunch the next day. My friend at work loves crabcakes, and so I promised her one of them. The smell in our office after heating those babies up in the microwave was really something. I work in a highschool and more
than one student wrinkled their nose and declared it really did stink in that office!
This past Saturday my son came home from college to attend our friend's surprise birthday party. Her husband planned the entire affair and did a super job. He even made arrangements for their 3 small children! We were the "arrangement" for the kids. They
are our friends who run the local Mexican Restaurant that we love so much, and the children are our "adopted" grandchildren. So, knowing I would have them during dinner time I decided to make homemade chicken nuggets. What kid doesn't like chicken nuggets?
It was an excellent choice. When I told them what I was making, there were cheers and much jumping up and down. They only eat chicken nuggets at a restaurant - never at home! My own son was happy to have them as well - apparently the dining room at school
doesn't serve nuggets as good as Mom's.
After we all ate and played Barbie's, Lego's and other various assorted "games" that 3, 5 and 8 year olds enjoy it was finally time to go to the party. Since they run the restaurant and had to wait for closing time - the party was to begin at 10:00 pm. That's
normally my bedtime! I don't know how those kids did it, but they stayed awake the entire time and were cheerful and had a blast. They were very excited to be surprising their Mother with a party and couldn't wait for her to get there. It was a great surprise
and it seemed like everyone had fun; I know we all did. Her husband had a small band playing and plenty of good food. All of their celebrations include a tres leches cake and this one was fabulous with strawberry filling. I am going to attempt to make one
of those cakes some day.
After my son headed back to school Sunday afternoon I spent the day reading and relaxing. I was tired from being up so late for the party. I think I have caught up on my rest but still have not really done much cooking. We have been eating left overs and
tonight I am making a Zatarain's box mix of Jambalaya with shrimp and smoked sausage added. Tomorrow is pizza at a friend's house and Sunday my husband will be going on the annual father/student hunt with the hunting club from my son's school. They go to
a preserve and spend the day pheasant hunting and trap shooting. I won't be doing any cooking then.
I guess next week I'll have to dig in to my recipe box and see what I can cook for a change. Before I forget how!