Lark’s Lemon Meringue Pie

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Easter Holiday is one of my top favorite holiday’s. With all the new beginning signs of ”life”,  it makes me a little emotional. I love knowing that everything in this life has a second chance…or third, fourth, fifth…. That is the gift of Easter.  I love having my daughter home on Spring Break, being able to spend the day with her. It amazes me how much she has grown up. She always makes me smile and laugh. She tells the lamest jokes (that being said with all the love in my heart!) but she does it in a way that makes you laugh! :) As if they are the funniest thing in the world and laughs so hard she cries. YUP, I LOVE this child!

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So while we were home together we decided to give “new life” to some old lemons. We decided to make Homemade Lemon Meringue Pie!
~ Nothing better than homemade lemon pudding in my book. Of course I enlisted the help of my daughter. She is not just a beauty…she has brawn too ;) For this recipe you will only need a half a cup of fresh squeezed lemon juice, I just didn’t tell my daughter we were making (4) pies plus some extra pudding. Good Help is hard to find, so when you have it you take full advantage of every single minute!

Lark’s Lemon Meringue Pie
~Filling
11/2 Cup Sugar
1/2 Cup Cornstarch
1/8 teaspoon Salt
4 Egg Yolks~ reserve whites
1 3/4 Cup Milk
1/2 Cup Fresh Lemon Juice
3 TBSP. Butter
1 teaspoon Fresh Lemon Zest
1 (9 inch) Baked Pie Crust ~
I use My Cream Cheese Pie Crust Recipe

~Meringue
6 Egg Whites~ use the 4 from the filling plus 2 more
1/2 teaspoon Cram of Tartar 1
/2 Cup Sugar
1/2 teaspoon Vanilla
  

Start by whisking together the sugar, cornstarch  and salt in a med. saucepan. Add in the egg yolks, milk and fresh lemon juice. Heat over medium high heat, stirring constantly until thick. Cook for 1 minutes as it comes to a boil. Remove from heat and stir in butter and zest. Let it cool for a few minutes before pouring into your prebaked pie shell. While filling is cooling, you can make the meringue. You will need to place the egg whites and cream of tartar into a large metal mixing bowl. I use my handy dandy Kitchen Aid Mixer Beat on medium for a minute or so to get it nice and frothy. Then raise the speed to high, add vanilla then slowly add in the sugar a tablespoon at a time. Continue beating on high until it becomes stiff. Spread over entire pie, making sure to go all the way to the edge of the crust with the meringue to “seal” the pie. Bake in a preheated oven of 325 degree’s for 22-25 minutes or until the meringue is a golden brown.
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Let pie cool completely on a wire rack, then chill until ready to serve.
I swear that if you can resist eating it right away that the pie tastes better if you will allow it to chill overnight before serving it. And if you cant wait….well I promise you it wont disappoint either way!
Happy Easter, and take time to enjoy the new life happening around you.~ Lark

Cherry Pie Salad

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Spring has sprung….with all the new blossom’s, green grass and the sounds of birds in the air, it makes me want to pack a picnic and head out to the nearest park for the afternoon. The light cool breeze in the air wont last long here in Nevada, so I like to take advantage of these days at every opportunity.  This year I wanted to make up a new dessert salad to surprise my family with. Of course I decided to go about this on a day I hand only a few ingredients in my cupboards.  It just goes to show you that can make a great dish with just the ingredients you have in your pantry. (I am ALL about Pantry Friendly Meals)
Cherry Pie Salad
1 (15oz.) Cherry Pie Filling
1 (20oz.) Crushed Pineapple
1 (6oz.) Cherry Flavored Jello
1 (12oz.) Can Sprite Soda
Frosting
2 (8oz.) Cream Cheese~ softened
1 Cup Sour Cream
3 Cups Powdered Sugar

Drain pineapple reserving juice. Measure to 1 1/2 Cups. * if needed add in Sprite to make the 1 1/2 Cup amount. Place into a saucepan along with the Jello. Bring to a boil, stirring until Jello is dissolved. Remove from heat and pour in 1 Cup of Sprite, Set aside to cool for about 10 minutes. In a bowl combine the pie filling with the drained crushed pineapple. Spread evenly into a 9×13 pan. After the Jello has cooled, pour over filling and chill for at least 3 hours or until set.  Once the Jello has set, begin mixing together all of the frosting ingredients until smooth. spread over the top of the set Jello. Chill until you are ready to serve.
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This Salad can be made 2 days ahead of time. The longer it chills the better it tastes!
HAPPY EASTER, Lark

 

Easy Tomatillo Salsa

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If you have never tasted Tomatillo Salsa, you have been missing out. Lately I cant seem to get enough of it. It has a mild taste with a hint of heat. (depending on how hot you make it) You can use it on anything you like, just as you would regular “red” salsa. ~ Omelets, Potatoes, Salad’s, Chips…..  However MY favorite way to inhale it is served on fajita’s! The best part, is that it calls for only a few ingredients. So you are literally only minutes away from enjoying this supreme salsa tonight! Give it a try…you will be glad you did! :)

Easy Tomatillo Salsa
8-12 Tomatillo’s~
husked removed
2 Large White Onions~
large diced
6-8 Jalapeno Peppers~ seeded
2 (4oz.) Diced Green Chilies

1 TBSP Ground Cumin
1 TBSP Garlic Salt
Water
Lime/Lemon juice

Place all first 6 ingredients into a large stock pot.
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Fill with water. Bring to a boil for 5 minutes, or until ingredients are fork tender.
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Drain off half of the liquid. Then place into your blender or food processor. Puree until smooth.
*Give it a taste to see if you might want to add in lemon or lime juice.
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Let salsa cool, then cover and chill before serving. This will hold for 2 weeks.
~ENJOY Lark

The Mom Summit

Mom Confrenece

The Mom Summit is a week-long online event packed with 30 inspiring interviews and videos with some of the top bestselling authors, parenting experts, fitness gurus and DIY pros! What I would call a “Star Studded Pow Wow” get together with some of the biggest names in the blogging community. Everyday starting April 7th thru April 14th you can go online to view classes to learn about a variety of topic’s.
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During this 100% FREE online summit you’ll be inspired to…

  • Enjoy being a mother by learning how to stop comparing, judging, or feeling guilty
  • Put dinner on the table with a few simple tricks when you create 30 days worth of meals in just a few hours (you’re going to LOVE this!)
  • Get your kids to listen without yelling, nagging, or reminding (this will change your life)
  • Organize any space and keep it that way (what?!)
  • Maintain (or re-light) the spark in your relationship
  • Reclaim your rockin’ bod’ after childbirth without DIEting
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And much more! It’s totally cool to listen and learn while doing the dishes or hanging out in your sweats. You can log on any time to view the classes at your own convenience.
Do yourself a favor and check out who will be presenting during this jam packed event.

 

 

Southern Bite Cook Book ~ Review/Giveaway

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Boy are Y’all in for a Sweet Southern Surprise today! I am thrilled to tell you all about this wonderfully put together cook book by my friend Stacey Little…who is now a Publisher Author! 
Whoop, whoop!!  Stacey is the creator/writer of The Southern Bite Blog, where I first came to love his simple, family style recipe. Since then I have come to know the “real person” behind those great recipes. Stacey has a great sense of humor and a loyal family heart. I can not express just how excited I am for him to have his family recipes put into such a wonderfully published cook book.  Because I want you to see for yourself just what kind of recipes y’all will be getting, I took a few pictures of the book to share with you.Southern Bite Cook Book5
You’re going to find the Southern “staples” in this book , everything from Shrimp Creole,Deviled Ham, Fried Green Tomatoes…..
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to mouth watering Old-Fashioned Biscuits.
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You are bound to want to sit down and curl up to this book.
Getting to know Stacey and his love of food & family will be sure to put a smile on your face.
Stacey Little
Now here is your chance to get your very own autographed copy of Stacey’s book
The Southern Bite Cook Book plus a gift pack worth $50.00 ! **You can earn up to 5 entries by doing the following steps, just make sure to leave a comment for every step you complete.
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GOOD LUCK! ~ Lark