Filled Ham Roll Sandwiches

You know those easy to prepare
appetizer’s where you take deli
ham slice’s and spread some
softened Cream cheese over,
then chop up some chives
and perhaps add a few 
shakes of Franks hot sauce
then roll up?
Well that is all there is to these
Ham Roll Sandwiches!
I figured WHY NOT?
I created these one night when 
had NO idea what to fix and 
NO time in which to fix anything.
It seemed that I was headed
out the door, my daughter was already
gone at practice and my husband was 
calling my cell phone asking
 what time to be home from his shop
for dinner. So I knew it had to happen FAST!
They were a HIT! EVERYONE loved them!
Go ahead and try them for yourself.
FAST NIGHT FIXED!,
LARK 

 

Lemon Cream Filled Sandwich Cookies

What do you do when you feel 
a little over whelmed, or a little stressed?
Some people choose to go to a movie,
or perhaps listen to some soothing music.
You can find my husband in his
wood working shop. My daughter
would be surfing the net.
Me….Well you can find me
doing one of 2 things.
Either I head out for a long run.
Or find me in the kitchen cooking or baking.
NO REALLY… My friends think I am Crazy.
Many times they’ve told me that cooking
IS what GIVES them stress. (lol)
For myself it is my little get-away.
The time I get to create something with my 
mind, hands and heart.  I challenge myself to 
think outside the box, come up with
something new. Put a new twist on a
an old favorite. Believe me not
every “creation” is a winner!
But I still enjoy the process. 
 
These cookies came about in a time I
was feeling a  bit overwhelmed.
I have shared with you all about my 
Little Sister Niki before. Well she is still
really struggling. It is so hard for me to see
her go through this. I want to be angry with
someone….anyone!  When there is NOTHING
I can do to help her, it makes me ….UGH!
 
Anyway, it just so happens this particular
week I was “told” I needed to donated
a few dozen goodies For a Bake Sale.
(I Love to Volunteer! So my husband had told a coworker
that I would for sure want to do this! Then he forgot
to inform me until the night before. I am
ashamed to say that I was NOT feeling very
“giving”…I didnt even ask what the 
proceed’s went to, I just huffed and puffed and
stormed into the kitchen.)  
*more on the “story” after the recipe.
 
Lemon Cream Filled Sandwich Cookies
1 C. Butter~ softened
2 C. Sugar
1 tsp. Vanilla
2 Egglands Best Egg’s
1 tsp. Lemon extract
2 tsp. Lemon Juice
2 tsp. Fresh Lemon Zest
1/2 tsp. Salt
1/2 tsp. Baking Powder
1/2 tsp. Baking Soda
3 C. All Purpose Flour
1 C. Powdered Sugar
 
Filling:
8 oz. Cream Cheese~ softened
2 TBSP. Lemon Juice
1 tsp. Lemon Zest
3 C. Powdered Sugar
 
Preheat oven to 375
In mixing bowl, cream together butter, sugar
for 3 minutes. Add in vanilla, eggs, extract, juice
and zest, beat for 1 minute. Next place the 
remaining ingredients into mixing bowl
and blend well. If dough is slightly “sticky”
 you may want to add in a 1/4 C. more flour.
Let dough chill while you mix the filling.
For the filling beat the cream cheese
until smooth. Add in remaining
ingredients and beat well.
Place filling in covered
container, chill for 1 hour.
Roll dough into balls and 
slightly flatten. Bake for 9-11 minutes.
Cool on wire rack completely
before filling with and sandwiching.
 
Back to the “story”…. As I storm into the kitchen,
my hubby following, telling me to just make a box of 
brownies~ “they wont care, what you make!”.
NOT what I wanted to hear. I mean if they 
didnt care what I make then why make it?…
My attitude was NOT good.
Then the phone rings… I answer it…
It is my Mom wondering if I will talk to NIKI
because she wasnt having a good day.
Of course I want to! I try my hardest to make 
her laugh and tell me how she is feeling.
I tell her I can come visit and would she 
like me to bring her a treat? Knowing
Niki’s Favorite dessert is Lemon Meringue Pie
I knew what was coming….and sure enough
that’s what she wanted.  I  told her I was making
some cookies for a bake sale. She asked
if they were Lemon Cookies? Hmmmm?
Why Not? Sure Niki I will make Lemon Cookies!

*The MORAL of this “story” is ATTITUDE!*

After the phone call I changed my attitude.
Gone was the irritation, gone was my stress.
Replaced with “You Can Do it!” ~ Niki Attitude.  :)

Day’s Later My hubby came home from work
with a  thank you card from the family
who held the Bake sale. Telling me that the 
Cookies where a hit! They also wanted to 
say thank you for helping them raise money
for the Special Olympics.
~Wow…it’s as if Niki  had a part in it
herself!  No Matter what your
“stress reliever” is…do it with a 
GREAT ATTITUDE!
Lark
 
 

Pasta with Sausage and Fresh Tomato’s

This is one of those meals that you
think, why didn’t I think of making this
years ago? It’s simple, quick and
everyone likes it. A Win – Win kind of meal!
I will say I am not a huge fan of store
bought Alfredo sauce, yet when you add
in the fresh garden tomato’s it really
does seem to add a TON more flavor.
 
Pasta w/ Sausage and Fresh Tomato’s
1 lb. Italian Sausage~ cut into pieces
1 (16 oz.) Radiatore Pasta
2 (15oz.) Bertolli Garlic Alfredo w/ Parmesan Cheese
4 Lg. Fresh Garden Tomato’s~ diced
1 C. Shredded Mozzarella Cheese
 
In skillet Cook sausage until no longer pink.
Drain on paper towel, set aside.
Cook pasta according to box directions.
Pour sauce into skillet that you cooked
the sausage in to warm. Add the sausage
into the sauce, along with the diced tomato’s.
Once the pasta is cooked and drained.
 Add the  hot pasta to the sauce.
Stir to coat well. Last stir in the shredded
mozzarella cheese until melted.
Serve warm.
 
 

Red Beans and Rice

My husband was born and raised in the great
state of Louisiana. Ever since we have been married
he has “hinted” around that he would LOVE
it if I made him some Red Beans and Rice.
*Not that I don’t aim to please…
I just don’t care for the dish. So I made that
his Mom’s special dish to make him. (lol)
Well last week I gave in…after 14 yrs.
He said I “nailed” it!
If you are a fan of this dish, try them out
and see how my version stacks up.
 
Red Beans and Rice
1 lb. Dry Red Beans
1 lb. Beef Kielbasa~sliced
3 (14.5oz.) Cans Beef Broth
1 White Onion~ diced
1 TBSP. Garlic~minced
1 tsp. Cumin
1/2 tsp. Garlic Salt
1 tsp. Black Pepper
1 tsp. Chili Powder
*Water
 
Start by soaking your beans for at least 
8 hrs. or overnight. 
The next day start with placing the onion,
garlic and sausage in a large cast iron pot
 or in your slow cooker.
Brown sausage and onion until tender.
Pour in beef broth, seasonings and drained beans.
Simmer for at least 4 hours.
Stirring every hour, continue cooking until 
beans are tender. You may need to add in more
water to thin out the beans.
Serve over Rice.
In The Name Of Love,
Lark

Better than Starbucks Blueberry Scone’s

Anyone who really knows me, know my one big “vice” or “treat” I don’t deprive myself is getting a Starbucks Frapp. when I go into town. Now that being said, I don’t get to indulge very often. I live 100 Miles North of Las Vegas, it isn’t just a 15 minute drive to the corner Starbucks. (lol)   I know a lot of friends that say the Scones (Pumpkin & Blueberry) are out of this world good. I am always trying to figure out recipes of something I have tasted. So I bought one of each. Now I know why everyone goes to Starbucks for their COFFEE!!!  I was very disappointed in the Scones. I thought they were pretty dry and bland. Now I had a challenge! I think I more than improved on the taste. YOU be the judge.
Better than Starbucks Blueberry Scone’s
2 C. Flour
1/2 C. Sugar
2 tsp. Baking Powder
1/8 tsp. Salt
Dash of Cinnamon
6 TBSP. Cold Butter; cut in pieces
1 C. Blueberries
1 Egg
1/2 C. Milk
1 tsp. Almond Extract
Crumb Topping:
1/4 C. Brown Sugar
1/4 C. Flour
2 tsp. Cinnamon
2 TBSP. Cold Butter
Preheat oven to 400
Mix together the flour, sugar, baking powder, salt and cinnamon. Cut in the cold butter and blend until you have crumb size pieces of butter in the mix. Next add the egg, milk and the almond extract. Fold in berries mixing well. This dough will be sticky. Flour surface, place dough on flour and sprinkle with more flour so you can handle the dough. Pat into a thick round. Cut into 8 triangles. Place on a parchment lined sheet pan.  Melt about 4 -6 TBSP. of butter and brush onto each scone. Sprinkle with the crumb topping. Bake for 18-20 minutes. *These will spread out a little when baking.
Now that is a “berry moist” scone!
Happy Baking,
Lark

Tangy BBQ Keilbasa Sausage

Tangy BBQ Kielbasa Sausage
These little savory bite’s just scream Summer Time back yard get together to me. You can cook these in the oven, slow cooker or even on the grill!

Tangy BBQ  Kielbasa Sausage
2 lbs. Kielbasa Sausage~ sliced
1/2 C. White Vinegar
1/4 C. Ketchup
1/4 C. Sweet Baby Ray’s BBQ Sauce
1 1/2 C. Brown sugar ~packed
1 tsp. Black Pepper

Mix all the ingredients together .
You can then cook this in a slow cooker on low for 3 hours or
place into a 9×13 pan in a 350 degree oven for 45-50 minutes.

*This is great served warm or chilled.

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Chicken Cordon Bleu Bites
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Zesty Spaghetti Salad
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Carrot Cake Pancakes
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Secret Ingredient Chocolate Chess Pie

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