Saturday, March 20, 2010

Margaritaville at Plum Cottage

Today was my 61st birthday. I have been planning my bday dinner for a few weeks now.

Ever since I was a girl living in So. CA, I have loved tacos. Whenever we had them with family or friends, it was a happy time, so for me tacos is a comfort food and one for celebrations. This year I felt like having them for dinner, along with a margarita and key lime pie for dessert. My boss also gave me avocados from his tree, so I fixed us guacamole to have with corn chips before dinner. It was a nice bday party with my DH. Not only is today my birthday and the first day of spring, I also met my DH on my 17th birthday.

For our margaritas, I used Monte Alban Mescal, you know the bottle with the worm. :-) DH has eaten the worm a couple of times, I have declined. Mescal has a real earthy, buttery flavor. We really like this. I also used Nellie and Joe's Key West lime juice, along with triple sec.

My recipe: 1/2 oz. lime juice, 1 oz. trip sec, 1 1/2 oz. tequila or Monte Alban. Server over ice, in glasses that have been chilled in the freezer for a few minutes then turned upside down to twirl the rims into a bit of sea salt.

Here is the recipe for the key lime pie, which was very easy. There are all different kinds of recipes for this pie, but this was the one I chose to make this year. Click on the link below to take you to the website where I found this recipe. It was delicious. I used some candied ginger slices I made earlier this week, to make the flower decoration.

Cream Cheese Key Lime Pie

From the kitchen of Gail Brown

Serves 8

This simple recipe makes a 9-inch pie and requires no baking.


9-inch graham cracker piecrust
1 14-ounce can sweetened condensed milk
1/3 cup, plus 2 Tablespoons of Kermit’s Key Lime juice ( I used Nellie and Joe's Key West Lime Juice)
8-ounce package of softened cream cheese


Combine milk, juice, and cream cheese in a mixer for 5 to 6 minutes.
Pour mixture into graham cracker piecrust.
Refrigerate until firm.

I hope you all had a wonderful first day of spring.

Zone 10 ~ s.e. FL


Jim Groble said...

I wish you a very happy birthday. jim

NellJean said...

So much to celebrate: Your Birthday, Spring's first day, anniversary of meeting your Honey.

Happy Birthday. I played the Margaritaville vid, but I didn't pour a toast. Wish I had some pie, though.

I renovated my Dotty Pants blog into a Dotty Plants Journal. It's in the D section on Blotanical, if you want to look.

I noticed that Janie is expecting a freeze. I hope freezes are over here, but I haven't set out any tender plants yet.

Anonymous said...

Happy Birthday to you!! I enjoy your blog very much.

Kimberly said...

Happy, Happy, Happy Birthday, my friend! Sounds like you truely enjoyed! Margaritas, tacos and key lime THAT'S a birthday Florida style!! Good for you!!! And I wish you MANY more to come!! :P

Cameron said...

Happy Birthday! what a wonderful celebration you had!

Sunita said...

Happy birthday, FlowerLady. I seem to be 1 day late but maybe its still the 210th in your time zone? I wish you all the very best for this year and more to come. A year filled with friends, family, fun and laughter and gardening triumphs galore.

Carol said...

Happy Birthday Flower Lady! I love your b-day menu. How lucky to be born on the first day of spring! Many Many Happy Returns!! ;>) Carol

Linda said...

Happy Birthday. It sounds like it was lovely. Linda

ChrisC said...

Happy Birthday and Happy First Day of Spring!!!
Your dinner sounds delish!Sounds like you had a perfect day.

aims said...

My brother loves key lime pie and his birthday is coming up too. Thanks for the very easy recipe.

We've been to Kermit's - amazing!

Where do you find your beautiful selection of music? Could you perhaps post that?

I find that it soothes my soul and inspires me to create and always have a hard time finding music like this.

Thanks FlowerLady. And Happy Birthday to you!

Dirt Princess said...

Key lime pie is my absolute favorite!!! I can taste it now! Looks like you had a wonderful birthday!

Mrs. Mac said...

Happy (day late) birthday greetings. Same day as my son, Nathan's ... thanks for the greeting for him:) What a perfect meal for a special day. Are you really supposed to get snow? I hope your flowers don't suffer too much. We have lovely spring weather in the North Woods. Rain is expected this coming week.

Bernie said...

I'm sending belated birthday wishes! Sounds like you had a great day ... love the dinner party dishes! Wishing you many, many more birthdays and years of gardening.