Lemon Tree Dwelling 2014-04-18T14:00:12Z http://www.lemontreedwelling.com/feed/atom Cathy Trochelman <![CDATA[Lemon Coconut Quick Bread with Citrus Honey Butter]]> http://www.lemontreedwelling.com/?p=6832 2014-04-18T03:38:55Z 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 5×9 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!!

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!

Graphic Blendtec Giveaway

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!

5.0 from 2 reviews

(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 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!!

Chocolate Orange Meltaways 1b - Copy

Mint Oreo Meltaways 4 Fixed

Key Lime Meltaways 2b - Copy

]]> 5 Cathy Trochelman <![CDATA[Creamy Carrot Cake Dip]]> http://www.lemontreedwelling.com/?p=6823 2014-04-15T05:06:04Z 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!

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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
  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.


Looking for more delicious salad ideas??

Pistachio Spinach Salad 3

Raspberry Brie Salad with Puff Pastry Croutons 7

Sicilian Spinach Salad 1

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


Key Lime Pie Popsicles from Spoonful of Flavor


Blood Orange Margarita from The Housewife In Training Files

Blood Orange Margarita

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


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.

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

Brunch Roundup 24

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
  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.


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!

5.0 from 1 reviews

Sunrise Cupcakes
Serves: 12
  • 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
  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.

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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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Stouffer's Lasagna 1

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!

Stouffer's Lasagna 2

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!

Stouffer's Lasagna Collage 2

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!

Stouffer's Lasagna 3

 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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  • 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
  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.



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