Lemon Tree Dwelling 2014-04-16T12:00:12Z http://www.lemontreedwelling.com/feed/atom 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
Instructions
  1. Use a food processor to crush Oreos into fine crumbs. Mix crumbs with ¼ c. softened butter; press mixture into 8×8 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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Mint Oreo Meltaways 4 Fixed

Key Lime Meltaways 2b - Copy

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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!

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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!

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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??

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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!

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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….!!)

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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
Instructions
  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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Salad
  • 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)
Instructions
Salad
  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.

 

Looking for more delicious salad ideas??

Pistachio Spinach Salad 3

Raspberry Brie Salad with Puff Pastry Croutons 7

Sicilian Spinach Salad 1

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Cathy Trochelman <![CDATA[Saturday Night Fever #27: A Recipe Link Party!]]> http://www.lemontreedwelling.com/?p=6780 2014-04-12T22:42:08Z 2014-04-13T00:58:33Z

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HELLO, my friends! Thank you so much for joining us tonight!! I hope you are having a wonderful weekend….we are recovering from a wild double sleepover last night (our spring break kick-off) so let’s just say it may be an EARLY night for everyone!! I can’t wait to see what you bring to this week’s party….but first, did you catch this fabulous collection of recipes from last week?? You all are so talented and inspiring! Can’t wait to try out these recipes during break.

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And….for a few more of my favorites…..

Master Guacamole Mix from Layers of Happiness

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Key Lime Pie Popsicles from Spoonful of Flavor

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Blood Orange Margarita from The Housewife In Training Files

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Crispy Baked Onion Rings with Chipotle Ranch Sauce from Tina’s Chic Corner

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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.

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Cathy Trochelman <![CDATA[24 Beautiful Brunch Recipes]]> http://www.lemontreedwelling.com/?p=6741 2014-04-12T19:15:55Z 2014-04-11T12:00:11Z

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Good morning and HAPPY Friday! We’ve made it through another week….and it’s time for a weekend. And, if your schedule is anything like ours, this is no ordinary weekend. It’s the start of Spring Break!! I must admit….I have VERY mixed feelings about my kids being on break for the next 10 days. (Anyone else??) On the one hand, I’m excited to have them around and I’m excited for some FUN things we have planned! On the other hand, I know what 10 days at home can do to kids who are used to having every minute of every school day scheduled for them…..and it ain’t pretty!

But one thing I’m DEFINITELY excited for?? Slower mornings, sleeping in (haha), and the chance to enjoy a big brunch together.

I decided to look for some inspiration at last week’s Saturday Night Fever party…….and my oh my…..just look at what I found!

 

Ombre Blueberry Smoothie from Petite Allergy Treats

Brunch Roundup 1

Ginger Carrot Cakes with Cream Cheese Glaze from Melanie Makes

Brunch Roundup 2

Lemon Poppyseed Baked Donuts from Blahnik Baker

Brunch Roundup 3

Whole Wheat Strawberry Muffins from Love Grows Wild

Brunch Roundup 4

Banana, Strawberry, Pineapple Smoothie from Brooklyn Farm Girl

Brunch Roundup 5

Strawberries & Cream Pancakes from House of Yumm

Brunch Roundup 6

Strawberry Cheesecake Baked Oatmeal from Hungry Healthy Girl

Brunch Roundup 7

Simply Decadent Orange Rolls from Posed Perfection

Brunch Roundup 8

Strawberry Coconut Crunch Layered French Toast from Frugal Foodie Mama

Brunch Roundup 9

Perfect Iced Coffee from Emjay’s Course

Brunch Roundup 10

Chocolate Donuts with Strawberry Cream Cheese Icing from Chez CateyLou

Brunch Roundup 11

Blueberry Coconut Baked Donuts from Flavor the Moments

Brunch Roundup 12

Huevos Rancheros with Fresh Tomatillo Sauce from Simply Gloria

Brunch Roundup 13

Stuffed French Toast from Cherry On My Sundae

Brunch Roundup 14

Matcha Pancakes with Pomegranate Acai Syrup from Cooking with Curls

Brunch Roundup 15

Creamy Cinnamon Syrup from Little Dairy on the Prairie

Brunch Roundup 16

Healthy(ish) Blueberry Muffins from Cake, Crust & Sugar Dust

Brunch Roundup 17

Lemon Poppy Seed Donuts with Lemon Blueberry Glaze from Kleinworth & Co.

Brunch Roundup 18

Bacon, Egg & Avocado Breakfast Sandwich from Belle of the Kitchen

Brunch Roundup 19

Coconut Donuts topped with Chocolate Ganache & Toasted Coconut from The First Year

Brunch Roundup 20

Strawberry Banana Bread from Flying on Jess Fuel

Brunch Roundup 21

Cara Cara Orange Coconut Strawberry Smoothie from Chez CateyLou

Brunch Roundup 22

Fresh Strawberry Crepes from This is How I Cook

Brunch Roundup 23

Pecan Pie Pancakes from The Egg Farm

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Cathy Trochelman <![CDATA[Homemade Orange Curd]]> http://www.lemontreedwelling.com/?p=6723 2014-04-13T01:52:11Z 2014-04-10T12:59:47Z

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Homemade Orange Curd – made with just 6 ingredients and such a delicious addition to your favorite recipes!

Homemade Orange Curd - made with just 6 ingredients!

Have you ever noticed how things always seem to take WAY longer than you think they should?? I’ve always known this to be true when Jorden starts a new project (a couple hours means more like a couple days….) but lately I’ve been noticing how true it is for me, too! Frustrating for someone who already feels like they don’t have enough time in the day….

Homemade Orange Curd - made with just 6 ingredients!

Case in point: last night. Jorden called on his way home from work saying he had free NBA tickets and asking what I thought about him taking Ellia and Greta. Hmmmm….let me think – YES!!!!!! Immediately I started planning my night – thinking about just how much I could get done after Nora went to bed at 7:00. And, to be fair, I started out strong! I had a list of recipes I wanted to make to get ready for next week (spring break) and I wanted to work ahead on my post for the next few days. It’s not often that I have the luxury of a quiet house!

Homemade Orange Curd - made with just 6 ingredients!

Well, I got about halfway through my first recipe when I realized it was taking me a whole lot longer than I had imagined. I kept adding a little of this and a little of that, and of course I had to taste it after each new addition….and approximately 27 taste tests later, it was finally where I wanted it to be. Phew! Unfortunately, it had taken half my night to get there….not exactly my plan….but still, I was determined to push on. Now, I’d love to tell you that recipe #2 was quick and breezy, but it turned out to be just as time consuming (or maybe more so) than the first!

Homemade Orange Curd - made with just 6 ingredients!

By the time Jorden called to say they were on their way home, I had done nothing more than make two lousy recipes. Two! Okay, that’s not entirely true…..but I still had a LONG list of things I had hoped/planned/intended to accomplish. Oh well. The good news is that all my time spent in the kitchen pays off in the end….with delicious recipes like this Homemade Orange Curd! It’s the perfect spread, topping, filling, or addition to all your favorite breakfasts and desserts. And I can guarantee it won’t take YOU way longer than you think it should.

Homemade Orange Curd - made with just 6 ingredients!

Homemade Orange Curd
 
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  • 2 medium navel oranges
  • 1 tsp. orange extract
  • 1½ c. sugar
  • 6 egg yolks, beaten
  • 1 stick unsalted butter
  • ⅛ tsp. kosher salt
Instructions
  1. Zest oranges, then cut them in half and squeeze to juice them.
  2. Combine orange zest and juice (about ½ c.) in a medium saucepan.
  3. Add remaining ingredients and heat over medium heat, stirring constantly.
  4. After about 5 minutes the mixture should start to boil gently.
  5. Continue boiling, stirring constantly 3-4 minutes more.
  6. Remove from heat and cool to room temperature before using.
  7. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator.

 

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Cathy Trochelman <![CDATA[Sunrise Cupcakes]]> http://www.lemontreedwelling.com/?p=6609 2014-04-12T18:45:52Z 2014-04-09T09:00:23Z

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Sunrise Cupcakes! Filled with homemade orange curd and topped with fresh strawberry buttercream. SUCH a delicious combination!

Yayyyy! It’s a Surprise Baby Shower for my good friend Lisa of Wine & Glue…..and I’m sharing these delicious strawberry-orange Sunrise Cupcakes!

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So have I mentioned that my good friend Lisa is pregnant….or that our due dates are exactly 2 weeks apart….or that this is the second time we’ve been pregnant together and due right around the same time….? Well, she is! And she has officially made it to the home stretch, with just 4 weeks to go. Time for a baby shower!!! A group of her best bloggy friends and I have gotten together to throw her one heck of a shower, and I couldn’t be more excited to help her celebrate!

Sunrise Cupcakes! Filled with homemade orange curd and topped with fresh strawberry buttercream. SUCH a delicious combination!

One of my favorite recipes of Lisa’s is her Sunset Sangria. We’ve shared a pitcher of it on many occasions….and as I thought about what I’d want to bring to her baby shower, I couldn’t help but think of this sangria. (Sounds funny, I know. Baby showers and sangria don’t normally go together!) But that’s because I’m thinking more about the “sunset” part of it. See, Lisa has had some pretty big sunsets in her life….and for some reason, they have seemed to go hand in hand with pregnancy. Six years ago, when she gave birth to her first son Gavin, her mom passed away on the very same day. And 3 years ago, when her second son Elliot was born, he survived just 1 week before they had to say goodbye. (You can read more about Lisa’s mom here and more about Elliot’s story here.)

Sunrise Cupcakes! Filled with homemade orange curd and topped with fresh strawberry buttercream. SUCH a delicious combination!

A year later, Lisa gave birth to a healthy baby girl….little Quinn, who is now two. Thankfully, Quinn’s birth day was uneventful….which was exactly what we were all hoping for. A sunrise, instead of a sunset.

Sunrise Cupcakes! Filled with homemade orange curd and topped with fresh strawberry buttercream. SUCH a delicious combination!

Have you ever thought about the fact that the colors of a sunrise and a sunset are basically the same? That you almost can’t think of one without being reminded of the other? The same is true of life’s sunrises and sunset. Which means that this has not been an easy pregnancy for Lisa. But. Today we celebrate the fact that she is almost at the end of the road, and there is a beautiful sunrise on the horizon!

Sunrise Cupcakes! Filled with homemade orange curd and topped with fresh strawberry buttercream. SUCH a delicious combination!

So…Sunrise Cupcakes. Inspired by Lisa’s Sunset Sangria, but even more so by Lisa, herself. Because through it all, she has kept on going. She has kept on living and creating and loving. And she has kept on hoping and believing….which isn’t always an easy thing to do. So cheers to you, Lisa….and to your newest little sunrise. I can’t WAIT to meet her.

Sunrise Cupcakes! Filled with homemade orange curd and topped with fresh strawberry buttercream. SUCH a delicious combination!

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Sunrise Cupcakes
 
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Serves: 12
Ingredients
Cupcakes
  • 1¼ c. all-purpose flour
  • ½ tsp. baking powder
  • ¼ tsp. baking soda
  • ¼ tsp. salt
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 large egg yolk
  • 1 c. sugar
  • ½ c. canola oil
  • 2 tsp. vanilla extract
  • zest of 1 medium navel orange
  • ½ c. plain Greek yogurt
Orange Curd
  • 2 medium navel oranges
  • ½ tsp. orange extract
  • 1½ c. sugar
  • 8 egg yolks, beaten
  • 1 stick unsalted butter
  • ⅛ tsp. kosher salt
Strawberry Buttercream Frosting
  • ½ c. unsalted butter
  • 1 c. sliced strawberries
  • 3½ – 4 c. powdered sugar
  • 1 orange, for garnish
  • 4 strawberries, for garnish
Instructions
Cupcakes
  1. Combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a medium bowl. Set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, beat the egg, yolk, and sugar with an electric mixer on medium speed, about 2 minutes.
  3. Mix in the oil, vanilla, and orange zest.
  4. Mix in the Greek yogurt.
  5. Mix in the flour mixture until fully incorporated.
  6. Divide into 12 cupcake tins; bake at 350 degrees for 18-20 minutes.
  7. Remove from oven and cool completely.
  8. Once cupcakes are completely cooled, use a cupcake corer to remove a small piece of cake from the top of each. Fill with orange curd.
  9. Decorate with strawberry buttercream frosting.
  10. Just before serving, top with orange and strawberry wedges.
Orange Curd
  1. Zest oranges, then cut them in half and squeeze to juice them.
  2. Combine orange zest and juice (about ½ c.) in a medium saucepan. Add sugar and cook over medium heat until mixture begins to simmer.
  3. Add egg yolks, butter (cut in pieces), and kosher salt.
  4. Continue cooking and whisking over medium heat until mixture starts to boil.
  5. Boil, stirring constantly, until mixture reaches desired consistency, about 3-4 minutes. (Should be thick)
  6. Remove from heat and cool to room temperature before using to fill cupcakes.
  7. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator.
Strawberry Buttercream Frosting
  1. Puree strawberries using a food processor.
  2. Transfer to a small saucepan and heat over medium heat, stirring often, until strawberries have cooked down halfway.
  3. Set aside to cool.
  4. In a medium mixing bowl, cream butter. Add cooled strawberry puree, mixing to combine.
  5. Gradually add powdered sugar until you reach desired consistency.

Sunrise Cupcakes! Filled with homemade orange curd and topped with fresh strawberry buttercream. SUCH a delicious combination!

Please join us in celebrating a virtual baby shower for Lisa of Wine and Glue!!

Chocolate Oreo Cheesecake from Back For Seconds

Lemon Icebox Cupcakes from White Lights on Wednesday

Strawberry Rice Krispie Treats from Chocolate, Chocolate and more

Lemon White Chocolate M&M Cookies from Something Swanky

Lemon Strawberry Cookie Cups from Beyond Frosting

Strawberry Shortcake Eclair Cake from Inside BruCrew Life

Strawberry and Jam Buttermilk Coffee Cake from French Press

Perfect Sugar Cookies from Crazy for Crust

No Bake Key Lime Cheesecake In A Jar from Life, Love and Sugar

Roasted Blueberry Tart from Lemons for Lulu

White Chocolate Peeps Cookiewiches from Frugal Foodie Mama

Pistachio Dreamboat Dessert from High Heels and Grills

No-Bake Lemon Berry Cheesecake Mousse Parfait from Happy Food Healthy Life

Creamy Strawberry Pie from Julie’s Eats & Treats

Oatmeal Creme Pie Caramelitas from The Domestic Rebel

Cookie Butter S’Mores Dip from Cupcakes & Kale Chips

Baby Quiche Lorraine from Real Housemoms

Raspberry Pretzel Salad from Mom On Timeout

Berry chocolate french toast casserole from Roxana’s Home Baking

Sunrise Cupcakes from Lemon Tree Dwelling

Strawberry Coconut-Lime Icebox Cake from Kitchen Meets Girl

Avocado and Mango Chicken Salad from The Tasty Fork

Sparkling Raspberry Lemonade from {i love} my disorganized life

Spinach Artichoke Dip Appetizer Pizza from Chef in Training

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Cathy Trochelman <![CDATA[Dinner Made Easy with Stouffer’s #NewFavorites]]> http://www.lemontreedwelling.com/?p=6678 2014-04-08T13:53:41Z 2014-04-08T13:53:41Z

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 I am a member of the Collective Bias®  Social Fabric® Community.  This shop has been compensated as part of a social shopper amplification for Collective Bias and its advertiser.

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Every winter I tell myself that when the weather turns warm, I’m going to take advantage of it. I’m going to spend all my time outside, soaking up the warmth of the sun and enjoying the sounds and smells of spring. And then……reality hits! And all the things that have been occupying my time around the house all winter STILL need to be done….namely, cooking and cleaning! It’s amazing how much of my life I spend doing these two things, and how, at the end of the day, there’s always more of it to do. Which is why it’s important to just take a break sometimes and let someone else do the work! I recently did just that and made an easy meal with Stouffer’s Meat Lovers Lasagna and Texas Toast. It was a huge hit…..and couldn’t have been easier!

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I have to admit – when it comes to making dinner for my family, I tend to be a bit stubborn. Sure, I complain about it (isn’t that just part of the deal?) but the reality is I WANT to do it! For the most part, I enjoy it….and even when I don’t, I like the idea of serving home cooked meals. Which means we don’t do a lot of fast food pick  up and we don’t do a lot of frozen meals. But. With three kids, making dinner every night can be exhausting! And, with a baby on the way, I’m trying to remind myself that every now and then it’s okay to ask for help! (Especially as the weather gets warmer and my motivation dwindles!)

Stouffer's Lasagna Collage

So when I found out that #CollectiveBias was partnering with Walmart to bring us some #NewFavorites from Stouffer’s, I was definitely intrigued. We love lasagna…but I don’t make it often because it always feels like such a commitment! With Stouffer’s new Family Size Meat Lovers Lasagna and New York Texas Toast, you can have an easy meal, ready for your family in an hour. Without all the work! Of course, being the stubborn type, I couldn’t let them do ALL the work….so after picking up the lasagna and garlic toast at Walmart, I also picked up everything else I would need to whip up an easy salad and some fruit-infused sparkling water. I felt good about the fact that I was still doing SOMETHING, and my family felt good about the fact that they got to eat delicious lasagna and buttery garlic toast! A win-win!

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But the best part of all was the fact that easy dinner prep left me with more time to enjoy the beautiful spring weather we’ve been having….and teach the girls how to weave paper placemats! While dinner was in the oven, we sat and talked and wove colorful placemats to put on our easy spring table. A plastic tablecloth, paper plates, 5 placemats, and an hour later, we had a quick, easy, and delicious meal….and one that no one (not even I) could complain about!

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 Happy Spring! Enjoy!!

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Cathy Trochelman <![CDATA[Raspberry-Brie Salad with Puff Pastry Croutons]]> http://www.lemontreedwelling.com/?p=6655 2014-04-07T22:45:08Z 2014-04-07T12:00:39Z

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Mixed greens topped with fresh raspberries, brie cheese, honeyed pecans, sliced scallions, puff pastry croutons, and a drizzle of homemade honey cinnamon balsamic vinaigrette.

Raspberry Brie Salad with Puff Pastry Croutons & Honey Cinnamon Balsamic Vinaigrette

With bathing suit season just around the corner…and a baby that’s due to arrive just before it begins…I have the feeling that salads are going to be my best friend for the next few months. Which works out well, since they pretty much already are….! I am a HUGE salad lover (I eat at least one every day) and I love sharing new salad recipes with family and friends. So I’ve decided to kick off a “salad of the week” post for the spring and summer months….starting today!

Raspberry Brie Salad with Puff Pastry Croutons & Honey Cinnamon Balsamic Vinaigrette

Now, you may be wondering how much one person can really LOVE salad. But the truth is there’s just so much to love! Like the fact that it’s light. And fresh. And the basis of it is green….so you can feel good about eating it. Or the fact that you can eat a LOT of it without feeling guilty….and it doesn’t leave you feeling heavy and weighed down when you’re done!

Raspberry Brie Salad with Puff Pastry Croutons & Honey Cinnamon Balsamic Vinaigrette

Or the fact that it’s pretty to look at and full of fun textures and perfect as a main dish or a side dish or even dessert…..or the fact that the possibilities are absolutely endless! You can turn anything (or almost anything) into a salad and it will be delicious! (Have I sold you on salads??)

Raspberry Brie Salad with Puff Pastry Croutons & Honey Cinnamon Balsamic Vinaigrette

The inspiration for this particular salad came from brie cheese….one of my favorites, especially when it’s served warm and melty and wrapped in puff pastry with fruit and nuts! So that’s pretty much what this salad is….minus the melty….and with the addition of a deliciously sweet honey cinnamon balsamic vinaigrette. Because some things are just too good NOT to turn into a salad…..! Who’s with me??

Raspberry Brie Salad with Puff Pastry Croutons & Honey Cinnamon Balsamic Vinaigrette

Raspberry-Brie Salad with Puff Pastry Croutons
 
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Ingredients
  • 4 c. loosely packed mixed greens
  • 2 scallions, sliced
  • ½ c. fresh raspberries
  • 2 oz. brie cheese, sliced
  • ⅓ c. candied pecans
  • handful of puff pastry croutons
Candied Pecans
  • 1 c. pecans
  • 2 Tbsp. honey
  • 1 Tbsp. sugar
Puff Pastry Croutons
  • ⅓ sheet puff pastry
  • 1 egg, beaten
Honey Cinnamon Balsamic Vinaigrette
  • ⅓ c. olive oil
  • ⅓ c. balsamic vinaigrette
  • 2 Tbsp. honey
  • ½ tsp. cinnamon
  • ½ tsp. dried basil
Instructions
  1. Prepare dressing by mixing all ingredients together in a jar and shaking to combine.
  2. Prepare candied pecans by combining all ingredients in a small bowl, spreading on a baking sheet lined in parchment paper, and baking 10 minutes at 375 degrees. Pecans will harden while they are cooling. **You will have extra.
  3. Prepare croutons by cutting puff pastry into 1 inch squares, brushing with beaten egg and baking on a baking sheet lined in parchment paper 8-10 minutes at 375 degrees.
  4. Assemble salad, including pecans and croutons. Drizzle with vinaigrette to taste.

 

 

Looking for more delicious salad recipes?

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Cathy Trochelman <![CDATA[Saturday Night Fever #28: A Recipe Link Party!]]> http://www.lemontreedwelling.com/?p=6640 2014-04-06T01:18:13Z 2014-04-06T00:58:28Z

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Happy Saturday Night! I hope you are having a GREAT weekend! What have you been up to?? I’m sure it goes without saying that mine has been jam packed (as usual)….but one important highlight is that we PAINTED THE NURSERY!! I guess that’s a good thing to do when you’re 6 weeks from your due date…! Can’t wait to share more about our nursery makeover…but for now….I’m busy cheering for the Wisconsin Badgers in the Final 4! Go Badgers!!

Thanks so much for joining us tonight….can’t wait to check out all the delicious recipes you share with us!

But first, check out the fabulous CARROT COLLECTION I put together with links from last week’s party! So much yumminess!!

Carrot Collection Collage

Here are a few of my other favorites:

Strawberry, Mango, and Avocado Quinoa Salad from Spoonful of Flavor

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Southwest Chicken Chopped Salad from Cooking on the Front Burner

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Southwestern Tabbouleh from Lydia’s Flexitarian Kitchen

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Chipotle, Sweet Potato & Arugula Salad from The Adventures of MJ and Hungryman

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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+

Come back next week to see if you were featured! Each host will choose her own features, so be sure to visit all of us to look for your name in lights. Now let’s get to the fun!

Please note: By sharing your link, you give the hosts permission to use your photo in weekly features or future recipe round ups, ALWAYS with a link back to your original post.

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!

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Cathy Trochelman <![CDATA[Carrot Collection]]> http://www.lemontreedwelling.com/?p=6621 2014-04-04T04:51:12Z 2014-04-04T12:00:00Z

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12 delicious CARROT RECIPES….just in time for spring!

Carrot Collection Collage

It’s kinda funny how we more or less ignore carrots for most of the year….and then, suddenly, spring rolls around and we can’t seem to get enough of them! At least that’s how I felt when I was looking through last week’s Saturday Night Fever links! From cookies to cakes to sweet rolls to straight up carrots….there is something for everyone in this bright, delicious collection!

 

Classic Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting from Yesterfood

Carrot Collection 1

Carrot Cake Sweet Rolls with Maple Frosting from House of Yumm

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Carrot Cake Sandwich Cookies from Five Heart Home

Carrot Collection 3

Blueberry Carrot Cake Cups from I Dig Pinterest

Carrot Collection 4

Carrot Cookie Oreos from Little Dairy on the Prairie

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Ginger Orange Braised & Glazed Carrots from Flavor the Moments

Carrot Collection 6

Carrot Cake Cookie Cups from Chelsea’s Messy Apron

Carrot Collection 7

Oven Roasted Balsamic Carrots from Emjay’s Course

Carrot Collection 8

Carrot Oatmeal Cookies from Yummy-Healthy-Easy

Carrot Collection 9

Salted Caramel Carrot Cupcakes from Flavor the Moments

Carrot Collection 10

Maple Glazed Carrots from Little Dairy on the Prairie

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Carrot {Cake Mix} Cookie Cups from Lemon Tree Dwelling

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Frosted Animal Cookies with an Orange Creamsicle twist!

Orange Creamsicle Frosted Animal Cookies - a favorite from childhood, with a fun twist!

Let me start by saying I am so in love with these cookies! And not just because they’re delicious, and completely addictive, and bring me right back to childhood….which they do…..but because they’re just SO FUN! They make me feel like a kid again as I stuff one after another into my mouth….and they make me feel like I should be having fun at an amusement park or festival somewhere (anywhere there’s a carousel)!

Orange Creamsicle Frosted Animal Cookies - a favorite from childhood, with a fun twist!

Speaking of carousels, last summer we decided to take our kids on a fun little day trip to an amusement park called Bay Beach, where tickets are just 25 cents each and $20 will buy you a day’s worth of fun. As soon as we set foot in the park, we spotted the carousel (score!), the concession stands, the Scrambler, and, off in the distance, the Zippin Pippin. So much fun awaited us! Except for one thing.

Orange Creamsicle Frosted Animal Cookies - a favorite from childhood, with a fun twist!

Apparently, only one of our kids really likes rides! It didn’t take long for us to figure this out…..in fact, it became perfectly clear RIGHT in the middle of the very first ride. As Greta clung to me and Nora screamed through it, we could tell this was going to be one loooooong day. Luckily, Ellia was totally in her element and wanted to try everything! And, as the day went on, Greta progressed from toddler rides she barely fit into, to being okay (maybe even having fun?) on some of the tamer regular rides.

Orange Creamsicle Frosted Animal Cookies - a favorite from childhood, with a fun twist!

As for Nora? All I can say is thank goodness for the carousel. It was her best friend that day….(and ours too!) It kept her occupied and (somewhat) content while her sisters got braver and braver on the rest of the rides. Ellia even ventured onto the Zippin Pippin – her first roller coaster – and loved it! All in all, I think we’re glad we went. Although it may be a few years before we try it again. My only regret is that we didn’t have any of these delicious cookies along with us….because as much as the carousel occupied Nora’s attention, I’m pretty sure Orange Creamsicle Frosted Animal {Carousel} Cookies would have done better! Half orange flavored and half vanilla , they are the perfect flavor combination for kids and adults, alike! And they would have been perfect for Nora that day. Oh well….live and learn. And then wait to go back!

Orange Creamsicle Frosted Animal Cookies - a favorite from childhood, with a fun twist!

 

Orange Creamsicle Circus Animal Cookies
 
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Ingredients
  • 1 bag or box of Animal Crackers (approx. 12 oz.)
  • 12 oz. orange colored Wilton Candy Melts
  • 12 oz. white colored Wilton Candy Melts OR Vanilla Candiquik
  • ½ tsp. orange extract
  • Rainbow Nonpareils
Instructions
  1. Melt orange candy melts over low heat until smooth. Stir in orange extract.
  2. Dip animal crackers into melted chocolate with a fork, tapping along the edge of the pan to remove excess chocolate.
  3. Place on wax paper and sprinkle generously with nonpareils.
  4. Air dry to set.
  5. Repeat with white candy melts (or Candiquik). *Note: For more orange flavor, add ½ tsp. orange extract to the white chocolate, as well.

 

Check out these other fun {kid-friendly} recipes:

Cookie Dough Stuffed PB Fudge 2b title

Lemon Bar Muddy Buddies 1

Skittles Rainbow Fudge 4

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