Saturday, October 29, 2011

Crock-pot Lasagna

Crock-pot lasagna. Sounds weird, right? I thought so too, but decided to try it anyway when a facebook friend (I don't even remember who originally posted it anymore...) posted the recipe and raved about it. Here's the thing- it saves time and dishes because you don't have to cook the noodles first, and when it's time to eat it is so tender and the flavors have blended so well...I will never bake my lasagna again. I'm sold.

I've played around with it a little bit- changing up the different sauces, sometimes my own sauce and sometimes store-bought sauce, using ground beef and other times ground turkey, sometimes I remember the parm, sometimes I forget it,(ha!) adding spinach, or leaving the recipe "as is." It's always good! I have no favorite way. And so I happily pass this on to you, asking only that you let me know how it goes when you decide to make it. Only because that makes me feel like I helped, and I like that feeling. xoxo

Crock-Pot Lasagna

1lb ground beef
1 jar (24oz) spaghetti sauce
1c. water
1 container (15oz) ricotta cheese
1 package shredded Mozzarella cheese
1/4c. grated Parmesan cheese, divided
1 egg
2Tbsp chopped fresh parsley (cut in half if using dried)
6 lasagna noodles, uncooked

Brown meat in large skillet; drain. Stir in spaghetti sauce and water. In separate bowl, mix ricotta, 1-1/2c. mozzarella, 2Tbsp Parmesan, egg, and parsley. Spoon 1 cup meat sauce into crock-pot; top with layers of half each of the noodles, broken to fit; and cheese mixture. Cover with 2 cups meat sauce. Top with remaining noodles, broken to fit; cheese mixture and meat sauce. Cover with lid. Cook on low for 4-6 hours or until liquid is absorbed. Sprinkle with remaining cheeses; let stand, covered, 10 min. or until melted.

**the recipe says specifically "for best results, do not cook on high setting" but I do when I only cook it for 4 hours. So I cook it on low for 6 hrs or high for 4 hrs. It turns out well for me!

Friday, October 28, 2011

sometimes you have to hit the "reset" button

Have you ever had a day that started out so bumpy you needed to hit the "reset" button and start again? On this Friday morning, I woke up to a teething boy who was having a miserable little time. So we cuddled a lot, played a little, took some meds, and said "night night" for an early nap. It was at this moment I realized that I was way more stressed than I wanted to be at 9:45 on a Friday morning. That doesn't bode well for the rest of my day, or weekend!

Time to start again. My reset button looks a little something like this:

Don't you worry about how old the magazines are...I'm just happy I have a chance to read them. This is what happens when toddlers make you prioritize life. :)

It's funny how effective a break can be. Candles+eucalyptus spearmint bath salts+Vogue/Elle Decor+warm water (not hot enough to bake lil' Liam)= a relaxed mama, ready to maneuver gracefully throughout the rest of her day.

As if that wasn't enough of a reset, I decided to make a statement for my expectations on this glorious Friday morning and I climbed right into a pair of sweatpants, post bath. Friday, you WILL be the start to a nice, relaxing, family-time-filled weekend and you WILL be enjoyed.
Round 1
Lauren: 1
Stress: 0

start your weekend off right

My mom sent me an email this week that had this picture attached and for some reason I find it really, REALLY funny. :) I hope you do, too. Enjoy your Halloween weekend, filled with pumpkin carving, celebratory parties, and trick-or-treating. And snow if you're in PA! I'll be thinking of you all. <3

Thursday, October 27, 2011

not just coffee

Dear Husband Darling,

You make me feel like a queen.

Schmoopy Pants

We don't really call each other Schmoopy Pants. Don't worry.

Don't you love it when getting a cup of coffee isn't just getting a cup of coffee? When it becomes getting loved on, too? Yep, he's a good one.


I hope your day started as great as mine did.

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

i now know why i have kid(s)

Today is cleaning day around these parts. Lucky for me, I have my little helper. It's a good thing I have two brooms because in order for me to be allowed to sweep I must place the other broom into the hands of a certain 15-month old who likes to help. Yes please!!!! Soon I'm handing him the broom and walking away, man! Until then, we must concentrate on mastering the art of not walking through the pile of dirt.... It's alright. We'll get there.

I taught him how to dust today, too, and that went over veeeery well. Very good for Mama. ;) In fact, I shot a short video on my phone of my son DUSTING THE VACUUM. Bahaha!!! This is why we have kids. Oh yes, this is why. Forced slave labor. *insert evil laugh here*

So, here we go. Outfit for the day:
dress: Forever21, flannel shirt:A&F (aka- ebay secondhand), glasses: Claires

Pictures of Ro that caused me to stall momentarily from my work...if I only had the discipline to stop after one:

And proof that Sophie is a great help around the house, too. (This is how she sat for at LEAST 10 minutes) I just don't know what I would do without her....

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

the cali visit

I'll just let pictures tell the story of our week in Cali.

This is my friend Kayla and her beautiful daughter, Charlie. We bonded because our husbands were deployed twice together and we used each other to survive. She was, and continues to be, one of my nearest and dearest friends. xoxo

On one of Roman and I's first days there, Kayla and her daughter Charlie took Roman and I to the Fashion Fair mall in Fresno. Why? Anthropologie and Urban Outfitters. And we hit Teazers on the way, which just happens to be the most amazing tea place in the entire world. Of course I had to bring home some tees for Jerr and I from Urban, a really gorgeous spoon rest from Anthropologie that will go on my stove after the holiday decorations are put away, and from Teazers- a bag of pumpkin tea and a can of Tiger Chai mix.

Wanna know what happiness looks like?

And while we were at the mall, I was able to teach Roman that shopping is great fun! (these sprinklers were in a courtyard area in front of Anthropologie)

Another highlight: seeing some of my past students! I surprised [along with the current choir director's help!] a group of students during their choir rehearsal at school one day. I don't have pictures here because they were posted all over facebook and I'm assuming most of you already saw them. Not to mention it would be one heck of a big stream of pictures. Just because they aren't pictured here doesn't mean they weren't a huge part of my life or that I didn't enjoy seeing them! :)

Here is the group of those who graduated and happened to be able to meet in the middle of the day. (sorry to those who had college class or work during this time!)

Not pictured: Kirsten. She was taking this picture!!

Next stop: The Errotaberre's + Karlie! They were our family away from home and we spent dinners and Easters with them during our years in Lemoore. I also taught with Maureen (the mom), had Karlie and Janae in choir (and they spent a Valentine's Day with me when Jerr was deployed, eating chocolate cake and watching a good movie) and I lived with them during the in-between when our home goods were shipped to Hawaii but I was still finishing the school year.

The main reason for the trip was for a church retreat where I led worship and got to enjoy time and fellowship with my precious friends from the Oasis Church. I don't have pictures from the retreat because I was too busy having fun and concentrating on worship, but I do have a picture of our friend Ron with Roman while at a football game. I think this picture will be one of the most treasured-to-my-heart pictures that I ever have. Ro stayed with Ron and his two daughters while his other daughter and wife were with me at the retreat. Roman had a blast and when I got home he wasn't the least bit interested in coming back to Mama. Hooray! And boo. :(

Because I don't have pictures from the retreat, I don't have pictures of some of my very closest friends but they know who they are[Kim, Jewel, Erin, and Ally] and they were refreshing to my spirit. Not to mention the rest of my church family!!

On the last night in Cali, Roman and I met up with Kayla and two other Navy-wife gals [Erin and Clara], plus daughters, that I was friends with during our time in Lemoore.

What a great visit. I was touched by all who made time in their schedules to see me and meet Roman. What a special opportunity to reunite with those who were such a big part of our life at one time. Leaving friends is hard to do, but seeing them again and realizing that a treasured friendship still exists is priceless. I am so, so glad we went.


Christmas in October?

So I sat down this morning to start making my Christmas Gift List and budget. I am determined to make it to January 1st with zero debt on credit cards. That means a Christmas budget, baby.

We have worked really, really hard for the past few years to get our credit card debt down to zero. Several times we came within a paycheck or two of knocking it out but never actually did it. Victory: for the past month, we have been completely balance-free. (Side note: I cannot tell you how amazing that feels.) Now it's time to take our sad little savings account and beef it up to maximum capacity. We are getting out of the Navy in a little over a year and we want to have a cushion to live on- at least the money to pay for 3 months of bills plus a buffer- because who knows when God will provide a job for us. It could be right away or it could be a few months. We also want to be able to consider buying a house and that means having a little nest egg. Literally- a nest egg. Ha. :)

Anyway, as I think about Christmas gifts for our immediate family, I am thinking this would be a great year to buy each of us a personalized Christmas stocking. The ones I have hung in past years have come from Ross and are not exactly the most beautiful stockings I've ever seen. The dilemma is whether to buy the ones with the Christmas scenes on them (not exactly my decorating style) or to buy the beautiful handmade ones from Etsy. The L.L.Bean-like ones cost about $15-20 and the Etsy ones are $25-32. That's a difference of at least $10 and multiplied by 4, that's a lot of money that could be saved. But I would want to replace the cheaper ones sometime for stockings that I really like later, so I would argue that the more expensive ones now will actually save money in the long run when I don't have to re-purchase them.... it's just a question of "Can I spend the extra $40 now?" Hence why I need to sit down and make the Christmas budget. Gotta see if I can get the pretty ones now. Or if the pretty stockings are a possibility for this year or if I will be waiting a few.

Here are a few pics of the stockings I'm loving:

Friday, October 21, 2011

time to reflect...

So, today marks the beginning of week 28 in the oven for Liam. (That's out of a total of 40 weeks, for those of you who don't have to know that kind of stuff yet.) Third trimester. And while most comment "Wow, this is going by so fast!!!" I have to say I do NOT agree. That doesn't mean, however, that I wish it were moving faster. I feel like it's taking a long time but I'm happy to wait. I still haven't done the nursery, but we finally have all we need to do that.

A sneak peak:

I'm painting this weekend and we'll hang the curtains/shelves/decorations hopefully when Jerr gets off work this afternoon. THEN I will feel a little more ready. Probably not totally ready but I'm not expecting to feel completely "together" ...well, ever. I'm pretty sure that if I did, I'd just be fooling myself.

So, as a fun side effect of taking lots of pictures during Roman's pregnancy, we can compare.

Roman's pregnancy at week 28:

Liam's pregnancy at week 28:

Pretty similar in size. That surprises me because early in the pregnancy, I was looking about 4-5 weeks bigger with Liam. I think that happened right away, though, because I started showing at week 4 this second time, wearing expander belts on my pants by week 7. I was unamused.

At this point Liam weighs 2.25lbs and measures 15" from head to toe. I am personally weighing in about 10lbs lighter at week 28 than I did with Roman and have no stretch marks yet, have had zero nausea since week 14, and aside from the given difficulty of sleep have had a great pregnancy free of pain, not counting the lower back pain that kicks in each night. I figure I can't count that because I have a husband who loves me enough to pull out the massage oils and love on me for about half an hour whenever I need it. I can't complain about anything, really. The hardest part of this second pregnancy is simply the hormonal roller coaster I'm on. It's really challenging when I have to raise a toddler that requires patience and grace and who is unable to understand "I'm sorry, sweet one, I'm just tired today." the way a husband can.

The second time around I find it much easier because I'm not in unknown territory, which is maybe why the time has seemed to pass slower. I know what is coming, I have already tracked the weekly development as one baby boy grew in the belly, I know that the steady spasms in there are Liam's hiccups, I know my body can bounce back and that it will just take time, I know that the third trimester is the most uncomfortable BY FAR... and you know what? It's nice to know something again.

Since I got pregnant with Roman, I have been operating in a world that is completely unknown to me. And since everyone's experience and every baby is different, it's not like someone else can tell you how your body is going to personally handle pregnancy. So I'm finding a great and welcome relief with this pregnancy that is so much like my pregnancy with Roman. And I know that's not always the case -I do not expect Liam to be anything like Roman!-but for now it's nice to say "yep, I've been 28 weeks pregnant before."

While talking with a precious friend of mine during the visit to Cali (I haven't forgotten to post about that trip yet. Pictures are sitting on my desktop waiting for me! It's just been a hectic past 3 days getting back into the swing of things), I laughed to hear my realization about life. She asked if I missed teaching and I quickly answered YES. Because I do. But it was funny to realize that teaching music and missing students wasn't the only reason for wanting to get back in the classroom some day. I want to go teach again because I felt like I actually knew something!!! I felt capable. I felt knowledgeable and respected. I felt good at what I did. And you know what? There hasn't been one day of being a mother that I feel like I know exactly what I'm doing. I'm constantly trying to figure it out, clueless and stumbling blindly, praying that I'm not screwing Roman up too badly and begging God to give me wisdom with every step. I have heard this will never change. Fantastic!

Never have I prayed this much, asked more questions, read more "how to" books, cried more tears, or felt such joy doing something. It is the most worthwhile thing I have ever done, but I sure don't have a clue what I'm doing and most days I feel like I'm failing- sometimes miserably. At best, there are days I'm feeling like we're doing pretty good and hopefully not messing up too horribly. It is HARD to be a mom. But it is AMAZING being a mom. And Roman is so precious to me... saying "I love him" doesn't do my heart-feelings justice.

However, since my little guy just woke up from his nap, it's time for me to stop reflecting and jump back into reality. The cool thing about reflecting is the appreciation that increases afterward. :)
By the way, I have decided that there is absolutely NO WAY to make a pair of linen khaki cargo pants look cute. Well, I should say "To make them look like Becker Style." I don't want to offend the khaki-cargo-pant-lovers! If they're your style, rock them, baby. It's just that in Lauren Land,these will forever stay "house only pants." At least they're a step up from sweat pants, right? ;) Perfect for today's agenda of getting stuff done around the house.

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

back to...normal?

(on the plane)

We have arrived safely back to HI and are getting back into the swing of things. Being back to the normal schedule is nice, as is not living out of a suitcase. There's a strange phenomenon occurring right now- I feel like I have been gone from Jerry/home for at least a month but the trip to Cali just feels like a dream, and while I was there it felt like it all happened in 2 days or less. How does that all work? I can't figure it out...

But we're home. :)

You know, sometimes I think it's good to leave home just so you get to experience the feeling of coming home. All of a sudden your husband, personal belongings, bed, shower, etc. feel so much more precious than they did previously. Even when you have great accommodations while you're gone. It's simple: Home is good because it's home.

I'll do a post later this week with pictures from some of my favorite moments, though I didn't remember to take a picture during some of the very best because I was so caught up in appreciating the my brain has those pictures instead of my camera! Fortunately I was around some picture-minded people who would say "Can we get a picture?" and I would shout, "YES!!!!!!!!!!! THANK YOU!!!!!!!!!!" And so we have at least a few pictures. Bless those people. :)

So much fun hearing people say "I read your blog and...." or "I love when you wrote about ______ on your blog and ....." It's so funny (funny ODD, not funny "haha") for me to think of people reading it. (Hi, Cali friends/family who read this!) But I love knowing that they do. It's nice knowing we're connected.

As I type, my little world-traveler is napping and the list of things to take care of is not getting any shorter. So I'm going to click "post" to this blog entry and get going on the day. Laundry, groceries, cleaning.....

Did I say once that it was good to be home? ;)


Friday, October 14, 2011

Happy Friday, all!

Hello dear friends :) I have been taking pictures and thinking "oh, I can't wait to blog about this" about a million times a day lately, but since it's hard to type a good blog entry from the ole' telefono, I am waiting until I get home.

For now, head on over to Get Busy Living (you can click on the colored words and it will take you right there) where I am guest blogging via video(vlogging?) for the day! :) I'm having a little chat with myself about one of my favorite ways to apply eye shadow. Exciting, no? Who doesn't want to watch a girl stand in front of a mirror and talk to herself. Creeeeepyyyyyyyyy.

So, having given you that compelling introduction, go check it out. And stay a while! Jess is an incredible gal with a phenomenal life story. She'll be your new best friend.

Thursday, October 13, 2011

returning to a place

"there is nothing like a returning to a place that remains unchanged to find the ways in which you yourself have altered."
Nelson Mandela

It's not that Hanford hasn't changed since I've been gone- there are new buildings and others are gone. It's not that the people haven't changed- past students and children of friends have grown up. It's just that it still seems like the place I once knew and lived a good life in. It's still been here, life going on, and I haven't been And I keep having this out-of-body experience where I pause to stare my old self in the face. I'm looking into the eyes of the newlywed who didn't have kids, whose husband was usually gone, and who knew life a different way than I know it now. I drive roads I remember driving every day and think "Wow. I'm not the same girl." You know what I mean- I'm still me but I hadn't yet lived through certain life experiences and had a different home/job/friend's/church/everything. It's similar to the feeling when you come home for a visit after leaving for college. I tell my students who graduate to always look around before they leave home for the last time before heading off to college because it will never feel the same again.

Leaving changes the way a place feels. And yet that place can still feel like home. And I find I appreciate it so much more the second time around. Hanford/Fresno really is a good place to be.

Aside from the air quality. Ha! But who needs to breathe?

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

sweet Cali o' mine

skirt: Old Navy, tank: Old Navy Maternity, flannel shirt: ancient, necklace: gift from a dear friend, watch:Michael Kors (26 weeks preggo)

Yep- Roman and I are traveling again. We left yesterday [Monday] morning to make a much shorter, kinder flight than last time and are in Fresno, California to see our peeps from what seems like another lifetime. Roman hasn't met these precious, PRECIOUS friends of mine yet but that's just proof that we need to go.

Jerr and I attended Hanford Oasis Foursquare Church while we lived in Cali and every year the women of the church have a fall retreat. This year I was asked to come lead worship for the retreat and when I found out they were flying me out, I said THANKSFORTHETICKETI'LLBETHERETOMORROWDON'TWORRYABOUTABEDICANSLEEPONTHEFLOORTHEPOINTISIMCOMING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

And the cherry on top is that we get a few days extra to make some stops to see those who won't be attending the retreat. Sadly, Jerry has to stay home to earn the moolah and save leave days so that we can move to the East Coast by Christmas next year, but I'll figure out a way to make it up to him. Actually, I doubt it's possible to make it all better but I can try to reward his grown-up-edness with gratitude and a special something. I'm thinking a stop at Teazers in in store.

Who am I kidding, probably 32 stops at Teazers are in store. Actually, maybe we can just sleep there. Mmm.........

I digress.

Hanford/Fresno, it is so good to be here again!

And if you live there and think you'd like to hang with two and a half Beckers, connect with me. We'll figure out a way to make it happen.

Monday, October 10, 2011

pretty dang excited about this "how to"

**A special shout-out to those visiting from the blog Handling With Grace. I'm glad you stopped by to check out the ole' blog. And for those of you who haven't read her blog yet, click on the link right now and go check it out! xoxo

Make that dang stinkin' excited about this "how to!" For this post, it requires more pictures than words. Allow me to walk you through the process of getting dressed and deciding upon an outfit. Come into my brain/closet/bathroom and see what I do to get from the basic bones of an outfit to the "finished product" that I'm happy with.

Today I walked into my closet and decided that I wanted to wear my black/white striped skirt. That's it. So the goal was to figure out how to wear it.

I chose my army green one because I like how wide and square it makes my shoulders look, plus I was feeling the detailing around the side neck/shoulder. I had first looked at a flesh-colored button up shirt but decided against it because it was too hot today AND I just wasn't really in the mood. So here is where we begin:

skirt:Target, shirt:Target maternity

Works pretty well but without accessories I feel naked. Oh, and my hair isn't done yet either. See, I'm taking you on the journey. And when I'm getting dressed, I do my hair last (make-up first!) because the way I wear my hair depends on the outfit, the feel of it, and the selected accessories. At this point, I didn't know what my hair would look like at the end.

First I tried a green scarf-

It looks okay and I could have been happy wearing this (with some big silver earrings and a few bangles for each arm) but since I was liking the details on the shirt and this blocked them, I decided to keep working....

Okay, so this isn't too bad either. It's safe because the color is already in my skirt, but it's high enough to add some interest without interfering with the details on the shirt. Again, I could have stopped here but I just didn't like it. It wasn't personal enough. Too safe. Not "Lauren."

What I needed at this point was a pop of color. So I looked at all of my necklaces to see what colors I had to choose from. I have a bright red necklace that would have worked because of the relationship between the colors green and red on the color wheel but it is too Christmas-y for me, personally. I had a few necklaces with greens in them, but since I had on a green top I didn't really want to add more, even if it was another shade of green and would still have added a pop of color. I chose turquoise because green and blue are beside each other on the color wheel and also go. And I liked the way these two shades played with each other. They go but certainly DON'T match. And that's how I roll. Holler.
So I love the pop of color. This makes me happy. But I don't think I really like the necklace with the shirt after all. The detailing on the shirt is too close to the necklace. I want to spread out the bling a little bit. So I go to earrings. And since I love this color blue, I had a few pairs of earrings to choose from. I went big. I always go big. :)
Oh. Yeah. This will do. Now let's fix this hair- it's gotta be styled up so that the earrings can pop and receive all the glory due to them.

End scene.

come with me

Head on over to Handling With Grace today! I'm the featured military spouse of the week :)

While you're there, spend time reading Jamie's other posts because she's pretty much the coolest thing since sliced bread. And I read her blog every day. She's a great mama, a dedicated wife, and a dear friend of mine. You'll love her!


Saturday, October 8, 2011

weekend lovins

As you enjoy your weekend, allow me to leave you with a snapshot of life with Roman Becker:

We don't know why, exactly.

Friday, October 7, 2011

i've got the power

Shoes: Forever21, Shorts: Target maternity, Shirt: Forever21, Hair Feather:NoMoreTwistHandmade

To make my son already cringe when Mama is passing out the kisses!!!!

SCORE. Embarrassing him for the rest of his life should be a breeze. I'm serious- I am bound and determined to make my children's threshold of embarrassment so high they are virtually impossible to stop. Peed your pants in kindergarten? No sweat. Have you seen my mom dance?! Tripped in front of their biggest middle school crush? No problem. My Mom screams so loud at my baseball games I pretend she's a crazy woman who lives at the bus stop under the bridge. Missed the pass to score the winning touchdown, causing the football team to lose the biggest game of the season? Ain't nothing compared to my Mom's laugh while telling a funny story when the family was out to dinner at Olive Garden the other night.

Yep. They'll thank me.

Nay- they'll OWE me.

I should charge for this.

Thursday, October 6, 2011

nail polish jollies

People get their jollies from many things. I get mine, sometimes, from nail polish.

I brought out my black "Crackle" OPI nail polish and layered an old orange underneath in celebration of fall. Jack O' Lanterns are part of the season, and so Jack O' O' Nails.....nope.....I don't know. There has to be a clever joke in there somewhere. Something about Jack O' Lanterns and nails that embrace the vibe, right? But I am grabbing in the dark and coming out empty handed, folks.

Be that as it may, I present to you my current piece of holiday happiness:


wanna know a secret?

I didn't wait for Christmas.


Okay, now that you've judged me let me explain! Here's what we decided- Liam is due January 13th. That's two weeks after Christmas. So if I waited until Christmas day to "open" the duvet/pillows, I would have a brief two weeks to savor the glory that is new fabrics. That's okay but not nearly as long as I could enjoy it than if we put it on now and I have months to soak it all in. Soooooo, after some convincing (I'm serious! It took convincing- I think Jerr wanted the change as much as I did), I agreed that maybe now would be more fun.

LOVING this. Same colors that were in the room before, and then some. Everything that was in the room with the old comforter still works with the new one but now it's so rich and textured and lovely that I smile a happy smile each time I walk into my bedroom.

And let's face it, a bedroom that makes you smile makes for a good day.

...and night? ;)

so you want to eat some crab cakes, do you?

As requested, here is the recipe for the INCREDIBLE crab cakes we ate for dinner a few nights ago. As always, Ina never disappoints. I have no picture because...well...they were too good. And I was too busy shoving them into my mouth to remember to take pictures.

They are full of veggies and yumminess, earning the title "best crab cakes I've ever had" by Jerry. Which, if you don't know, is the highest award they could ever receive. Try them out and let me know what you think! Bon Appetit!

Ina’s Crab Cakes
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
2 tablespoons olive oil
3/4 cup small diced red onion (1 small onion)
1 1/2 cups small diced celery (4 stalks)
1/2 cup small diced red bell pepper (1 small pepper)
1/2 cup small diced yellow bell pepper (1 small pepper)
1/4 cup minced fresh flat-leaf parsley
1 tablespoon capers, drained
1/4 teaspoon hot pepper sauce (recommended: Tabasco)
1/2 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
1 1/2 teaspoons crab boil seasoning (recommended: Old Bay)
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1/2 pound lump crabmeat, drained and picked to remove shells
1/2 cup plain dry bread crumbs
1/2 cup good mayonnaise
2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
2 extra-large eggs, lightly beaten
For frying
4 tablespoons unsalted butter
1/4 cup olive oil

Place the 2 tablespoons butter, 2 tablespoons oil, onion, celery, red and yellow bell peppers, parsley, capers, hot pepper sauce, Worcestershire sauce, crab boil seasoning, salt, and pepper in a large saute pan over medium-low heat and cook until the vegetables are soft, approximately 15 to 20 minutes. Cool to room temperature. In a large bowl, break the lump crab meat into small pieces and toss with the bread crumbs, mayonnaise, mustard, and eggs. Add the cooked mixture and mix well. Cover and chill in the refrigerator for 30 minutes. Shape into bite-sized crab cakes.
Heat the butter and olive oil for frying over medium heat in a large saute pan. Add the crab cakes and fry for 4 to 5 minutes on each side, until browned. Drain on paper towels; keep them warm in a 250 degree oven and serve hot.