Lemon Tree Dwelling 2014-04-24T13:08:47Z http://www.lemontreedwelling.com/feed/atom Cathy Trochelman <![CDATA[{Skinny} Sriracha Egg Salad]]> http://www.lemontreedwelling.com/?p=7032 2014-04-24T13:08:47Z 2014-04-24T13:08:47Z

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Skinny Sriracha Egg Salad made with plain yogurt, avocado, and Sriracha hot sauce. A deliciously healthy option for lunch, dinner, or snacktime!

Sriracha Egg Salad {Skinny Recipe}

As a mom, there is something I really love about the holidays that come and go without too much hoopla. Holidays like Easter!! I think it’s because everyday life with kids feels busy enough….that when you add holiday hoopla into the mix, there’s always the chance it will put you right over the edge!

Sriracha Egg Salad {Skinny Recipe}

This year felt especially hoopla-free, mostly because spring break was the week before Easter and we spent half of it at a water park. Which left us with very little time to go nuts with things like making cute Easter crafts and treats and gifts, or building a bunny trap (do people do that??), or even dyeing Easter eggs!

Sriracha Egg Salad {Skinny Recipe}

I’m okay with skipping all of that…..except, of course, the Easter eggs. Dyeing eggs is a MUST, if for no other reason than they’re delicious to have around!! So on Saturday morning, the day before Easter, we dyed close to 3 dozen eggs….and we had a blast doing it! And now….we have 3 dozen hard boiled eggs sitting in our fridge. Time to make egg salad!!

Sriracha Egg Salad {Skinny Recipe}

Egg salad and I go way back. It has always been one of my favorites, even as a kid! In fact, I remember in second grade when I won the prize of my teacher making lunch for me, and I requested none other than an egg salad sandwich. That poor teacher!! It’s just that it’s so good, and it’s not something anyone makes very often because you have to have hard boiled eggs to do it. So when I do finally get around to making it, I go a little crazy for it!

Sriracha Egg Salad {Skinny Recipe}

I decided to make this skinny version by substituting plain yogurt for the mayo, seasoning it with garlic salt and Sriracha, and adding diced avocado. I love the combination of the spicy Sriracha with the creamy avocado, and I especially love the fact that I can go a little crazy eating it….without any guilt! Bring on the egg salad!

{Skinny} Sriracha Egg Salad
  • 4 hard boiled eggs
  • ¼ c. plain yogurt (I used regular yogurt, not Greek)
  • ½ avocado, chopped
  • 1 Tbsp. Sriracha sauce
  • ⅛ tsp. garlic salt
  1. Peel and dice eggs.
  2. Mix in plain yogurt, Sriracha, and garlic salt and stir to combine.
  3. Add chopped avocado and stir carefully.
  4. Serve on a sandwich, a salad, or just enjoy plain!

]]> 4 Cathy Trochelman <![CDATA[Banana Split Kabobs]]> http://www.lemontreedwelling.com/?p=7021 2014-04-23T12:53:26Z 2014-04-23T12:00:57Z

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Banana Split Kabobs – all the flavors of a banana split, on a stick!

Banana Split Kabobs - what a fun summer dessert idea!!

My first “real” job in high school was at a little place called Murf’s Frozen Custard & Jumbo Burgers. I started as a fountain girl when I was 15 and worked there for about two or three years, eventually working my way up to the grill (woo hoo) and beyond. But no matter how far I climbed up the Murf’s ladder, my heart always remained where it started – with the delicious custard creations!

Banana Split Kabobs - what a fun summer dessert idea!!

I learned how to make shakes and malts and how to scoop the perfect cones. I learned how to properly pack pints and quarts, how to make black cows, and how to make every sundae under the sun. Strawberry shortcake, Turtle sundaes, Tin Roof Sundaes, Caramel Cashew….and, of course, Banana Splits! 1 banana, split down the center, 3 scoops of ice cream, chocolate syrup, strawberries, pineapple, whipped cream, and crushed nuts. Oh – and a cherry on top!

Banana Split Kabobs - what a fun summer dessert idea!!

To be honest, Banana Split Sundaes were never my favorite. Because when it comes to custard, I prefer the ooey gooey goodness of hot fudge, caramel, and pecans (that would be a turtle sundae) to fruit. In my mind, as long as we’re starting with custard as our base, why not go all out?? That being said, I do love the flavors of a banana split….I just want to keep it a little lighter! Which is why these Banana Split Kabobs are so perfect.

Banana Split Kabobs - what a fun summer dessert idea!!

You get all the delicious fruit flavors, plus a healthy dose of chocolate, with the option to add as much whipped cream as you want. The only thing that’s missing is the custard….which ends up being unnecessary when there’s already so much goodness going on! These cute little kabobs would make a perfect dessert for summer….or, really, for any time you want it to feel like summer! (Any takers now???)

Banana Split Kabobs
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Serves: 6
  • 12 strawberries
  • 12 pineapple pieces (similar size to strawberries)
  • 12 brownie pieces (similar size to strawberries)
  • 2 bananas, cut into pieces (similar size to strawberries)
  • whipped cream
  • chopped peanut or mixed nuts
  • 6 wooden skewers
  1. Assemble each skewer using 2 strawberries, 2 pineapple pieces, 2 banana pieces, and 2 brownie pieces. Alternate ingredients as you go.
  2. Sprinkle with chopped nuts (optional) and dip in whipped cream

Looking for more Banana Split recipes?

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Cathy Trochelman <![CDATA[Lemon Ginger Strawberry Shortcake Cups]]> http://www.lemontreedwelling.com/?p=6851 2014-04-23T02:33:02Z 2014-04-21T13:00:44Z

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Lemon Ginger Strawberry Shortcake Cups - made with lemon ginger pound cake!

 There is something about Strawberry Shortcake that brings back vivid memories of my childhood….of hot summer days, park & rec baseball games, our backyard at dusk, and the promise of a delicious end to the night! My mom used to make fresh shortcakes using Jiffy mix, and she would top them with sliced powdered sugar-sprinkled strawberries and vanilla ice cream. It was, and still is, one of my very favorite desserts!!

Lemon Ginger Strawberry Shortcake Cups - made with lemon ginger pound cake!

It should come as no surprise that I have a major sweet tooth….and for those of you who are like me, you know that a sweet tooth is not something that develops overnight! Dessert time has always been like a little taste of heaven to me….and it’s something I still treat myself to daily. Of course, I like to mix things up and put my own spin on them….but one thing I can guarantee is, if I’m eating it, it’s delicious!! (After all, it has to be worth it!!)

Lemon Ginger Strawberry Shortcake Cups - made with lemon ginger pound cake!

Well, when I saw a recipe for Lemon-Ginger Pound Cake in the April issue of All You Magazine, it looked like something that just might be worth it. And something that would definitely be perfect for spring. So I made it, and I tried it, and….sure enough….it was DELICIOUS!

Lemon Ginger Strawberry Shortcake Cups - made with lemon ginger pound cake!

Of course, being who I am, I couldn’t just leave the recipe alone….and with the weather warming up, my mind turned to none other than strawberry shortcake! Not only is strawberry shortcake something that everyone LOVES, but I just knew the lemon ginger pound cake would be the perfect substitute for the Jiffy mix shortcakes of my childhood.

Lemon Ginger Strawberry Shortcake Cups - made with lemon ginger pound cake!

Just for fun, I added one more of my favorite ingredients – lemon curd – and the results were amazing! These little “shortcake” cups are the perfect treat for spring or summer, and I love that they start with a deliciously simple, homemade pound cake from All You! If you’re not familiar with All You Magazine, you should really check it out! It’s jam packed with recipes, projects, and money-saving tips for busy moms….ideas you’ll actually love (and use!) I got mine at Target, but it’s also available at Kroger, Safeway, Meijer, and Dollar General. While supplies last, get $1 off your All You Magazine purchase by clicking here!

Lemon Ginger Strawberry Shortcake Cups - made with lemon ginger pound cake!

Oh – and one more thing! One lucky winner will have the chance to win a $50 Target gift card, just by entering below!

{Giveaway runs from now until April 28th, and the winner will be notified by Pollinate Media Group.}


And….if you’re feeling extra lucky….head on over to my Blendtec giveaway from Friday!

SUCH a great Monday, right??

]]> 1 Cathy Trochelman <![CDATA[Mother’s Day Gift Basket Giveaway!]]> http://www.lemontreedwelling.com/?p=6901 2014-04-21T13:31:19Z 2014-04-21T05:01:36Z

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A Mother’s Day Gift Basket Giveaway, with the chance to win 19 fabulous gift baskets, personally created by 19 amazing bloggers!

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Good morning, I hope you had a wonderful Easter!! I have been waiting for this day for so long….because as you can see, I have another amazing giveaway for you….and this one is just SO MUCH FUN!! 18 other bloggers and I have all put together gift baskets – filled with items from jewelry to lotions to garden tools to gift cards and everything in between – to help you get ready for Mother’s Day!!


Aren’t they amazing?? And best of all, you can enter to win ALL of them! For yourself, your mom, your friend, your wife, or any special person in our life! Each basket has been personally filled by the blogger who created it, and as you can see, they are all a little bit different! To take a closer look…and enter to win each one….simply click on the links below:


Click to enter each of the basket giveaways you see above:



Bath & Body Works Aromatherapy Stress Relief Lotion – I have this in my bathroom AT ALL TIMES! It’s a matter of necessity, really….

Mother's Day Gift Basket Giveaway 3

Tazo Wild Sweet Orange Tea – my all-time favorite flavor of tea! And it’s caffeine free….so it’s perfect for any time of day!

Mother's Day Gift Basket Giveaway 4

Baker’s Twine – I love using this for gift wrap….especially when the gift is edible (one of the best kinds!!)

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KitchenAid Cutting Board & Paring Knife – We eat a LOT of fruits & veggies, so I use cutting boards all the time! I love the convenient size of this one!

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Small Metal Colander – in the color red, because it’s such a GREAT color for the kitchen! You better believe there’s one of these sitting in my kitchen right now!

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Cow Salt & Pepper Shakers – salt & pepper make all the difference! And since I’m from Wisconsin, these only seemed fitting……

Mother's Day Gift Basket Giveaway 16

Starbucks Coffee – I’m actually a whole bean, dark roast kind of girl…..but ALL Starbucks is delicious! I buy it in bulk.

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Ceramic Cream Pitcher – how stinkin’ cute is this? Yep….I take my coffee with cream (and just a little bit of sugar.)

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Lindor Truffles – these are my FAVORITE chocolate indulgence. {Love the sea salt!} They MUST be savored.

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Journal – I LOVE to write. These days, it’s mostly in the form of blogging, but nothing beats pen & paper.

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Note cards – I don’t send as many as I should….but I have this same set at home. Such a great quote!

Mother's Day Gift Basket Giveaway 10

Miniature Dipping Bowls – one of my favorite photo props….these are so much fun for entertaining! Flavored dipping sauces, anyone??

Mother's Day Gift Basket Giveaway 13

Ceramic Painted Measuring Spoons – I use measuring spoons nearly every day….but these ones would make a perfect decoration.

Mother's Day Gift Basket Giveaway 12

FAMILY Picture Frame – I mean….it’s really what Mother’s Day is all about, right?? Black frames are my favorite!

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Threshold Throw – just because it’s spring doesn’t mean you don’t want to snuggle in! We have blankets on every couch….and we use them!!

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Jute Basket – I would probably use this for blankets…..because you can never have too many…..but the possibilities are endless!

Mother's Day Gift Basket Giveaway 18

So…..now that you know what’s in it, here’s how you WIN IT!! Simply enter using the entry form below….and then be sure to hop around and check out the other great baskets, too! GOOD LUCK!!

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]]> 248 Cathy Trochelman <![CDATA[Saturday Night Fever #30: A Recipe Link Party!]]> http://www.lemontreedwelling.com/?p=6931 2014-04-20T06:46:10Z 2014-04-20T00:58:57Z

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Woo hoo! It’s Saturday night…..the night before EASTER…..and time for a little Saturday Night Fever!! Are you on spring break this week? We have been, and just got home yesterday from a 3 day water park adventure. I must say – as much fun as water parks are for the kids, I am happy to be back at home (and dry)!! I can’t wait to see all the yummy spring and summer recipes you bring to tonight’s party….but before we get started, I wanted to make sure you know about this FABULOUS GIVEAWAY!!

{Click on the photo to enter!}

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Next, of course, are my favorite from last week’s party. I found myself drawn to bananas….and I think you’ll see why!!

Creamy Banana Pudding Bars from Celebrating Sweets

Creamy Banana Pudding Bars

Almond Butter Banana Blender Muffins from The Sweet Tooth Life


Mini Banana Bundt Cakes with Salted Caramel Sauce

Mini Banana Bundt Cakes

Mini Banana Funnel Cakes with Chocolate Ganache


Now, let’s get to the party! The rules are simple:

  1. Please only link up food or drink related posts. You can share up to 5 recipes, and they don’t have to be new posts!
  2. Visit and comment on at least one other link. It’s not a party without mingling!
  3. Follow each of your hosts in at least one way:

Chelsea’s Messy Apron -> PinterestTwitterFacebookGoogle+

Lemon Tree Dwelling -> PinterestTwitterFacebookGoogle+

Yummy Healthy Easy -> PinterestTwitterFacebookGoogle+

The Weary Chef -> PinterestTwitterFacebookGoogle+


Follow Jen | Yummy Healthy Easy’s board Delicious Recipes from Saturday Night Fever on Pinterest.

Be sure to check out these other great parties, hosted by some of our friends! Best-Of-Weekend-Logo-2014-PM-3-450x436 ShowStopperSaturday2

Cathy Trochelman <![CDATA[Lemon Coconut Quick Bread with Citrus Honey Butter]]> http://www.lemontreedwelling.com/?p=6832 2014-04-19T21:52:48Z 2014-04-18T14:00:12Z

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Lemon quick bread with the delicious addition of toasted coconut and citrus honey butter – perfect for spring!

Lemon Coconut Quick Bread w/Citrus Honey Butter. PERFECT for spring & summer!!

Well….we made it to Friday! Good for us!! And I thought I’d finish the week with a bang….so I have not one, but TWO posts for you today! Did you catch the first one? It’s a Blendtec Giveaway I’m doing with 16 other amazing bloggers! Be sure to check it out if you haven’t already….(click here)….and then, let’s talk about this Lemon-Coconut Quick Bread!

Lemon Coconut Quick Bread w/Citrus Honey Butter. PERFECT for spring & summer!!

I LOVE making quick breads…..can you guess why? You got it! Because they’re QUICK! And easy. And hard to mess up. Which are all key when you’re a mom! My baking is typically interrupted about 18 times per recipe….with crying kids or homework help requests or diaper changes or phone calls….so I need “sturdy” recipes that can hold up to a lot of nonsense!  Our go-to quick bread is the old stand-by, banana bread, but I thought it would be fun to try something new and different for spring!

Lemon Coconut Quick Bread w/Citrus Honey Butter. PERFECT for spring & summer!!

We are a bit lemon obsessed (which makes sense with a name like Lemon Tree Dwelling, right??) and we also have a definite thing for coconut, which we discovered last year around this time when we made coconut macaroons for the first time. Putting the two together in this bread was the BEST decision EVER….and topping it with citrus honey butter was a close second!

Lemon Coconut Quick Bread w/Citrus Honey Butter. PERFECT for spring & summer!!

If you’ve never had flavored honey butter, you MUST try it! I’m not a huge butter fan, but I honestly can’t pass this stuff up!! To be fair, the bread is delicious without it….but once you try it, you’ll never go back. Kinda like once you try this Lemon-Coconut Quick Bread, it will be a while before you can go back to your old stand-by. The good news is it’s quick enough, easy enough, and hard enough to mess up that you won’t be complaining!!

Lemon Coconut Quick Bread w/Citrus Honey Butter. PERFECT for spring & summer!!

Lemon Coconut Quick Bread with Citrus Honey Butter
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  • 1 c. lightly packed sweetened coconut
  • 3 c. flour
  • 1 c. sugar
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • ¾ tsp. salt
  • 1½ c. milk
  • 1 egg
  • ¾ tsp. lemon extract
  • ½ tsp. vanilla extract
  • ¼ tsp. almond extract
  • zest of 1 lemon
  • ½ stick butter, softened
  • 1 Tbsp. honey
  • ½ tsp. lemon juice
  • ½ tsp. lime juice
  • zest of ½ lemon and ½ lime
  1. Spread coconut on a baking sheet and toast at 350 degrees until golden brown (7-10 min.)
  2. In a medium bowl, mix together flour, sugar, baking powder and salt. Set aside.
  3. Whisk together milk, egg, extracts and lemon zest in a bowl until blended.
  4. Stir in the coconut and flour mixture, stiring just until moistened.
  5. Spoon batter into a greased 5x9 inch loaf pan.
  6. Bake at 350 degrees for 55-60 minutes or until wooden toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.
  7. Cool 10 minutes in pan, then invert onto wire rack to cool completely.
  8. *Recipe adapted from An Occasion to Gather
  1. Combine all ingredients in small bowl and mix until smooth.

Lemon Coconut Quick Bread w/Citrus Honey Butter. PERFECT for spring & summer!!

*I originally shared this recipe at Or So She Says.

Be sure to check out my Orange Honey Butter Recipe, too!!

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Cathy Trochelman <![CDATA[Blendtec Giveaway!]]> http://www.lemontreedwelling.com/?p=6882 2014-04-18T11:04:54Z 2014-04-18T10:00:19Z

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 A fabulous Designer Series Blendtec & Twister Jar GIVEAWAY!

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Happy Friday! I am SO excited for today because I have a FABULOUS giveaway for you!! I’ve joined together with 16 other {amazing} bloggers to offer you the chance to win a Designer Series Blendtec & Twister Jar! What a great start to the weekend! Woo hoo!

Be sure to let your friends know about the giveaway, too!! {Just think of all the delicious things they could make for you! Margarita, anyone??}

Check out these talented bloggers all participating in this giveaway:

Jen at Yummy Healthy Easy
Jenn at Deliciously Sprinkled
Roxana at Roxana’s Home Baking
Gloria at Simply Gloria
Mandy at Mandy’s Recipe Box
Karen at The Food Charlatan
Sarah at High Heels and Grills
Melanie at Melanie Makes
Kathi at Deliciously Yum
Jennie at The Messy Baker Blog
Krista at Joyful Healthy Eats
Kate at Diethood
Jamie at Love Bakes Good Cakes
Cathy at Lemon Tree Dwelling
Beth at The First Year Blog
Andi at The Weary Chef

Chelsea at Chelsea’s Messy Apron

Cathy Trochelman <![CDATA[Dollar Tree Summer Fun Sneak Peek!]]> http://www.lemontreedwelling.com/?p=6611 2014-04-17T12:46:22Z 2014-04-17T12:00:54Z

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I’m thrilled to be partnering with Dollar Tree to share their new Summer Fun products with you!

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I’m sure I speak for most of us when I say I’m SO EXCITED for warm weather! And by warm weather….I don’t mean spring. Here in Wisconsin, our spring weather is still cold….and rainy….and it isn’t until SUMMER that the real fun begins!! It’s never too early to start getting excited (right?) and it’s definitely never too early to start stocking up on fun new things! I’m loving this new Dollar Tree Summer Fun collection (where else can you find so many great finds for $1!?) and I was lucky enough to get a *sneak peek* of the collection to share with you!

So what is Summer Fun? It’s a collection of brightly colored flip-flops, summer tableware, party supplies, toys, and more…..created for the sole purpose of helping you have a fun-filled summer! Sweet! Dollar Tree will be rolling out the collection April 21 in stores and at DollarTree.com with a Flip-Flop frenzy. Stores will open at 8:00 am (mall stores will follow regularly posted hours) and these BRAND NEW products will only be available while supplies last (so hurry in)!

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Just look at all those great colors, patterns, and styles – I LOVE the variety (especially all the fun patterns)- and the fact that they’re available in men’s, women’s, and children’s sizes. Of course, colors and styles will vary by store, but with so many to choose from, you’re sure to find something you like! And Flip-Flop Frenzy isn’t JUST about the flip flops….the rest of the collection, including housewares, party supplies, and toys will also be available! Best of all? Everything’s $1!

Since we spend SO MUCH time playing outside every summer (we have to take advantage of it while it lasts!) out toys take quite a beating. I can guarantee we’ll be heading to Dollar Tree on April 21 to stock up on MOST of the collection (no kidding!) Our bubbles are long gone, our hula hoops are all bent, our sand pails are cracked and faded, and our beach balls have all been left behind at the pool. And…since we LOVE to entertain while the weather is nice, and since we always have a big birthday party for the girls each summer…I’ll be hitting up the housewares and party supplies, too!

As if all of this weren’t fun enough, Dollar Tree is hosting a Summer Fun Flip-Flop Craft Contest. Submit a photo of your original flip-flop craft at DollarTree.com and be entered to win a $500 Dollar Tree gift card! (Just think of all you could buy with $500!)

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 For more information, visit Dollar Tree Summer Fun online. You can also learn more about new Dollar Tree products and contests by subscribing to their email list here or by getting social with them @Dollar Tree on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest. AND…if you want exclusive crafts, recipes, and tip ideas every month, join their Value Seeker’s Club at ValueSeekersClub.com.







Cathy Trochelman <![CDATA[(No-Bake) Lemon Raspberry Meltaways]]> http://www.lemontreedwelling.com/?p=6841 2014-04-16T06:15:40Z 2014-04-16T12:00:12Z

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Creamy, melt-in-your-mouth raspberry goodness on a Lemon Oreo crust. The perfect dessert for spring!

Raspberry Lemon Meltaways - a deliciously easy no-bake recipe!

Over a year ago now, on a whim, I decided I should make a chocolate mint dessert for St. Patrick’s Day. At the time, I was a relatively new blogger, and I wasn’t crazy about making something that EVERYONE else was also making. I thought I could only share the most unique, creative, original ideas with my readers…..and clearly chocolate  mint treats for St. Patrick’s Day are not unique, creative, or original!

Raspberry Lemon Meltaways - a deliciously easy no-bake recipe!

That being said, I decided to momentarily put my concerns with originality aside and focus instead on coming up with something DELICIOUS!! And, after much time spent searching for inspiration, I ran across a recipe for Citrus Cream Bars from The Great American Cookie Cookbook. After a bit (or a LOT) of tweaking….I came up with the most amazing Mint Oreo Meltaways, which went on to be my first big “hit”!

Raspberry Lemon Meltaways - a deliciously easy no-bake recipe!

Now let me just say there is nothing more exciting for a new-ish blogger than having one of your recipes go crazy on Pinterest! (Okay, there is STILL nothing more exciting….!!) And naturally….since the bars were such a hit, I decided to re-create them for all different seasons. I made Key Lime Meltaways for summer and Chocolate Orange Meltaways for fall. And now, for spring, I made these delicious Lemon Raspberry Meltaways!

Raspberry Lemon Meltaways - a deliciously easy no-bake recipe!

What makes these bars so good, you ask? Well, for starters, the crust! Lemon Oreos + Butter = pure amazingness! And since the raspberry filling is pretty much just like frosting, it really does melt in your mouth. Finally, there is no combination quite like lemon and raspberries. It is spring’s version of chocolate and mint, and it is DELICIOUS!

Raspberry Lemon Meltaways - a deliciously easy no-bake recipe!

(No-Bake) Lemon Raspberry Meltaways
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  • 20 Lemon Oreos
  • ¾ c. butter, softened
  • 2½ c. powdered sugar
  • ½ c. fresh raspberries
  • 2 Tbsp. raspberry preserves
  • zest of 2 lemons
  1. Use a food processor to crush Oreos into fine crumbs. Mix crumbs with ¼ c. softened butter; press mixture into 8x8 inch square pan.
  2. Refrigerate until firm.
  3. In a large mixing bowl, combine remaining butter, powdered sugar, fresh raspberries, preserves, and lemon zest.
  4. Using a hand mixer, beat at high speed 2-3 minutes.
  5. Spread over chilled crust.
  6. Return to refrigerator to set; cut into bars and serve.
  7. *Keep refrigerated until ready to serve.


Check out my other MELTAWAY recipes!!

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]]> 17 Cathy Trochelman <![CDATA[Creamy Carrot Cake Dip]]> http://www.lemontreedwelling.com/?p=6823 2014-04-19T01:55:24Z 2014-04-15T12:00:29Z

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Creamy Carrot Cake Dip made with cream cheese, powdered sugar, brown sugar, fresh grated carrots, and spices. All the flavors of carrot cake…in a dip!

Creamy Carrot Cake Dip - like carrot cake + cream cheese frosting in a dip!

Well….we finished the nursery yesterday. Woo hoo! And it looks so cute! I am 35 weeks pregnant….which, for me, means at least 6 more weeks to go….so even though we still have some time left, the nursery was one thing that NEEDED to get done! Not only because my belly is getting big enough that putting bedding on a crib mattress is starting to feel impossible….but because finishing the nursery is just one thing on a mile long to-do list that we’ve been needing to tackle for a while now!

Creamy Carrot Cake Dip - like carrot cake + cream cheese frosting in a dip!

What else is on the list, you ask?? Oh – like a million and one things – from cleaning out the basement to getting Nora settled in her new room to making a family photo appointment to building a raised garden bed to clearing a path in the laundry room to getting out all the girls’ summer clothes before we have a newborn and that’s the last thing I have time for…..!  Can you feel the stress??

Creamy Carrot Cake Dip - like carrot cake + cream cheese frosting in a dip!

See….the problem with getting it all done is that normal, everyday life keeps me busy! Busy enough that I don’t even always keep up with IT well! The everyday stuff! So finding the time to tackle an actual to-do list feels like something that’s just not going to happen.

But then….every so often….it happens. The walls get painted, the crib gets made, the pictures get hung, and we have ourselves a nursery! Just like that!

Creamy Carrot Cake Dip - like carrot cake + cream cheese frosting in a dip!

This dip is a “just like that” kind of thing. It comes together so easily – a little of this, a little of that, a grater, a hand mixer, and just like that, you have yourself a delicious dip! It has all the flavors of carrot cake and is perfect for dipping cookies, crackers, apples, pretzels, or anything you can think of! Best of all, it’s so quick and easy you will have PLENTY of extra time to tackle your to-do list! (Or not….!!)

Creamy Carrot Cake Dip - like carrot cake + cream cheese frosting in a dip!

Creamy Carrot Cake Dip
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  • 12 oz. cream cheese
  • ½ c. powdered sugar
  • ⅓ c. brown sugar
  • ¾ tsp. cinnamon
  • ¼ tsp. nutmeg
  • pinch of ground cloves
  • ½ c. finely shredded carrot
  1. Combine all ingredients except carrots and mix on medium-high speed 1-2 minutes.
  2. Stir in shredded carrots.
  3. Serve with cookies, crackers, or apple slices.


Be sure to check out my Carrot Cake Mix Cookie Cups, too!

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Cathy Trochelman <![CDATA[Balsamic Roasted Vegetable Salad]]> http://www.lemontreedwelling.com/?p=6798 2014-04-14T15:33:03Z 2014-04-14T13:22:45Z

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 Warm roasted vegetables on top of mixed greens with feta cheese and balsamic vinaigrette dressing.

Balsamic Roasted Vegetable Salad on mixed greens with feta cheese and homemade balsamic vinaigrette dressing

Being a parent is hard. For a lot of reasons….one of which is the sheer number of decisions you have to make every day. From the time your kids wake up to the time they go to bed (and even after), you are a decision making machine! What’s for breakfast? What’s for lunch? Can they wear flip flops to school? Do they need a jacket? Can they bring their Rainbow Loom in case there’s indoor recess? Can today be a parent pick-up day? Can they have a play date since it’s early release? Can they play on the iPad and for how long? How late can they stay up? Can they have a treat? Can you do something special as a family after dinner? And oh – by the way – what’s for dinner?????

Balsamic Roasted Vegetable Salad on mixed greens with feta cheese and homemade balsamic vinaigrette dressing

I’m exhausted just thinking about it!! And, if your kids are anything like mine, they push the limits every step of the way. No answer is taken at face value…..it’s met with another question, and sometimes several other questions, until we reach our boiling point and seriously lay down the law.

Balsamic Roasted Vegetable Salad on mixed greens with feta cheese and homemade balsamic vinaigrette dressing

This weekend was a prime example. Jorden and I thought it would be fun to let the kids kick off spring break with a sleepover….so we let Ellia and Greta both choose a friend to have over. Fun idea, right??? WRONG! And not because of anything, in particular……except that the number of meltdowns we were faced with (from our own kids) the morning after was outrageous! Which made us question everything! Did they eat too much sugar? Did they stay up too late? Should we have had them sleep in the basement, where it’s darker and the morning light wouldn’t have woken them up? Was a sleepover a bad idea in the first place??

Balsamic Roasted Vegetable Salad on mixed greens with feta cheese and homemade balsamic vinaigrette dressing

And….how hard do you come down on them when you feel like you are somehow responsible for their meltdowns? Well, we decided to come down hard. By cancelling the next day’s plans and making it a no-friend, no-neighbor (no FUN) day. And we felt fine about it. In fact, we felt great about it! And I guess that’s what parenting and decision making comes down to…..trying to make decisions you will feel good about in the end. Like this salad! It’s loaded with fresh, delicious vegetables, fresh feta cheese, and a light balsamic vinaigrette dressing. It’s a salad that is not only delicious, but SO good for you! So you can feel good about it the whole way through.

Balsamic Roasted Vegetable Salad on mixed greens with feta cheese and homemade balsamic vinaigrette dressing

Balsamic Roasted Vegetable Salad
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  • 1 (5 oz) bag baby spring mix
  • 1 medium yellow squash, sliced and halved or quartered
  • 1 red bell pepper, cut into 1 inch pieces
  • 1 bunch asparagus, ends removed and cut into 2 inch pieces
  • ½ red onion, cut into 1 inch pieces
  • 2 Tbsp. olive oil
  • sea salt
  • fresh ground pepper
  • 4 oz. feta cheese
  • balsamic vinaigrette
Balsamic Vinaigrette
  • ⅓ c. olive oil
  • ⅓ c. balsamic vinegar
  • 2 tsp. minced red onion
  • ½ tsp. dried oregano
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • ½ tsp. sugar
  • ¼ tsp. pepper
  • (*Adapted from The America’s Test kitchen Family Cookbook: Basic Vinaigrette recipe)
  1. Toss yellow squash, red pepper, asparagus, onion (and any other vegetables you'd like to add) in olive oil. Top with sea salt and fresh ground pepper, to taste.
  2. Spread on roasting pan; roast at 400 degrees for 15 minutes.
  3. Divide spring mix between two large plates.
  4. Top each with half of roasted vegetables and 2 oz. feta cheese.
  5. Drizzle with balsamic vinaigrette.
Balsamic Vinaigrette
  1. Combine all ingredients in a small jar and shake well to combine.


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