Lemon-poppy seed Sandwich Cookies

2 3/4 cups flour 1/2 teaspoon baking power 1/2 teaspoon salt 1 cup butter, softened 1 1/4 cups sugar 1 egg 2 tablespoons poppy seeds 2 teaspoons grated lemon zest 1 teaspoon vanilla 1/2 teaspoon lemon extract Mix flour, baking powder and salt together. Beat butter until light then, gradually add sugar. Beat in egg, poppy seeds, lemon zest and extracts. Add flour mixture. Wrap in Plastic wrap and refrigerate for 2 hours. Roll out dough and cut with cookie cutters. Bake at 325 degrees for 15-18 minutes. Cool before frosting. Cream Cheese Filling 8 ounces cream cheese, room temperature 1/3 cup plus 1 tablespoon sugar 1/2 teaspoon lemon extract 1/4 teaspoon vanilla Beat all ingredients together until light and fluffy. Frost 1/2 of the cookies and press remaining cookies on top of the filling. Enjoy!...

Pecan Crisps

2 cups plus 2 tablespoons flour 1 teaspoon baking soda 1 1/2 teaspoon salt 2 1/2 sticks butter, softened 3/4 cups plus 2 tablespoons brown sugar 2 1/2 teaspoons vanilla 2 eggs 2 cups pecans. chopped Sift flour, soda and salt together and set aside. Cream together butter, sugars and vanilla. Add eggs and mix well. Add dry ingredients. Fold in pecans by hand. Drop dough by rounded teaspoons on a cookie sheet. Bake at 350 for 8-10 minutes....

Sweethearts

1/4 cup plus 4 tablespoons butter, softened 1/2 cup sugar 1 egg yolk Grated zest of 1 lemon 1 1/2 cups flour 1/4 teaspoon salt Raspberry Jam Beat butter and sugar together until light and fluffy. Add egg yolk and lemon zest. Mix well. Add flour and salt and mix well. Refrigerate dough for 2 to 3 hours. Roll dough into balls and make an indentation in the center of the cookie with your thumb. Fill with about 1/4 teaspoon of jam. Bake at 350 degrees for about 10-12 minutes....

Thumbprint Cookies

1 cups butters, softened 1/2 cups packed brown sugar 2 eggs 1 teaspoon vanilla 2 1/2 cups flour 1/4 teaspoon salt 1 1/2 cup finely chopped walnuts Jam Beat butter and sugar together. Separate eggs. Place whites in a bowl and set aside. And egg yolks and vanilla to butter mixture. Add flour and salt and blend thoroughly. Roll into balls and dip into egg whites.  Roll in walnuts to coat. Make an indentation in the center of cookie and fill with jam. Bake at 375 degrees for 12-14 minutes....

Paddle Boarding

Explore Beaufort from a wonderful new point of view by Stand Up Paddle Boarding!  Fun, easy and for all ages and levels of ability,  paddle boarding  is a beautiful way to explore the Lowcountry waters.  Whether you’re searching for dolphins and sea turtles or just cruising to the sandbar, there is something for everybody.  (And it’s great exercise you don’t even realize you are doing!)  Session is usually an hour and 15 mins, and includes board, paddle and life vest…as well as instruction. Adults and kids who paddle are $50 per session…young kids that ride with their parent are free. Ask the front desk for more information or contact Higher Ground 843-379-4327. Subject to availability, reservations are highly recommended.  Tim and Vivi are your experienced instructors. “I had never paddleboarded before, but Vivi had me up and going in 20 minutes. So much fun!” — Laura Smith – Charlotte NC...