Lemon Tree Dwelling 2014-07-31T14:03:43Z http://www.lemontreedwelling.com/feed/atom Cathy Trochelman <![CDATA[Skinny Greek Veggie Dip]]> http://www.lemontreedwelling.com/?p=8543 2014-07-31T14:03:43Z 2014-07-31T14:03:43Z

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 Skinny Greek Veggie Dip – made with Greek yogurt and seasonings – perfect for dipping summer veggies!

Skinny Greek Veggie Dip - a great way to eat more veggies!

 It’s a running joke around here that I really need to stop spending so much money on fruit….! It’s just one of those things – when I see fresh fruit at the grocery store, I tend to buy it. All of it! And my kids tend to eat it. (All of it!)

Skinny Greek Veggie Dip - a great way to eat more veggies!

It’s not uncommon for us to go through an entire watermelon in a day….and the same goes for a bag of apples, a container of strawberries, or a handful of mangoes. If it’s available, we’ll eat it! In my mind, it’s perfect. If my kids are going to be snacking (which they are) I’d rather have them snacking on fruit than almost anything else. In Jorden’s mind, fruit is expensive! And although he knows it’s good for them, I think he wishes they’d eat a little (or a lot) less of it.

Skinny Greek Veggie Dip - a great way to eat more veggies!

 So what’s a health-conscious mom to do? Try to get her kids into veggies, of course! Not quite as easy of a sell as fruit….at least not around here. But one thing that definitely helps is having something delicious for them to dip the veggies into…..like ranch dressing, hummus, or this delicious Greek Veggie Dip!

Skinny Greek Veggie Dip - a great way to eat more veggies!

It’s perfect for kids and adults, alike – loaded with flavor, packed with protein, and sure to get you to eat your veggies. The money you’ll save on groceries is just an added bonus! If you’re willing to cut back on fruit, that is….. :)

Skinny Greek Veggie Dip - a great way to eat more veggies!

 

Skinny Greek Veggie Dip
 
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Ingredients
  • 1 c. plain Greek yogurt
  • 2 Tbsp. crumbled feta cheese (optional)
  • 1 tsp. Greek seasoning
  • 1 tsp. minced garlic
  • 1 tsp. lemon juice
  • ¼ tsp. kosher salt
  • fresh ground pepper
Instructions
  1. Combine all ingredients in a small bowl and whisk until smooth.

 

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Cathy Trochelman <![CDATA[Turkey-Brie Sandwich w/Peaches & Arugula]]> http://www.lemontreedwelling.com/?p=8531 2014-07-29T05:28:13Z 2014-07-29T12:00:56Z

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 Turkey, brie, and sliced peaches, served warm on toasted ciabatta bread and topped with fresh arugula and spicy mayo.

Turkey-Brie Sandwich with peaches, arugula, & spicy mayo

Let’s talk eating out, shall we? To be honest, it’s one of my favorite things to do! I know that it might seem a bit suspect for a food blogger to love eating out as much as I do, but I think it boils down to a love of good food. And a desire to only be the one making it 50% of the time! (A girl can dream….can’t she?)

Turkey-Brie Sandwich with peaches, arugula, & spicy mayo

Okay, so in reality I am probably the one making (and cleaning up) the food more like 85% of the time…..but the 15% I’m not in charge of is my favorite! I love going out any time of day (although I have a special affinity for breakfast), I love a variety of restaurants (although there are many I’ll veto right away) and I love knowing what I’m going to order by the time I get there (although every now and then I like to mix it up!)

Turkey-Brie Sandwich with peaches, arugula, & spicy mayo

At Louise’s it’s the BBQ Chicken Chop Salad, at Blue’s Egg it’s the Roasted Mushroom Omelet, at Cafe Hollander it’s the Kulminator Sandwich with Sweet Potato Frites, at La Fuente it was always the Chicken Burrito until I recently mixed it up and fell in love with the Chicken Fajita Tacos. Yep….I’m one of those people. I have my favorites and I (mostly) stick with them!

Turkey-Brie Sandwich with peaches, arugula, & spicy mayo

 And I can guarantee that if this Turkey-Brie Sandwich were on the menu at any of our go-to restaurants, it would easily become my go-to sandwich of choice! I know that because when I went to take “just a bite” of it,  I ended up devouring the whole thing….and wanting more! It’s the kind of sandwich I would dream about….the kind I would crave for weeks or months on end, until we finally made our way back for it. The good news? I can make this one at home! Now to get started on the frites….!

Turkey-Brie Sandwich with peaches, arugula, & spicy mayo

Turkey-Brie Sandwich w/Peaches & Arugula
 
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Ingredients
  • 1 ciabatta roll
  • 3-4 turkey slices (I used Applegate)
  • 2 whole (round) peach slices
  • 4 slices of brie cheese
  • ¾ c. arugula
  • For the mayo:
  • ¼ c. mayo
  • 1 Tbsp. sriracha sauce
  • ¼ tsp. chili powder
Instructions
  1. Slice ciabatta roll; top with turkey slices, peach slices, and brie cheese.
  2. Bake open face in 375 degree oven 10 minutes or until cheese is melted.
  3. Top with arugula and spicy mayo.

 

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Cathy Trochelman <![CDATA[$400 Back to School Giveaway!]]> http://www.lemontreedwelling.com/?p=8528 2014-07-27T22:40:26Z 2014-07-28T11:00:40Z

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Happy Monday! I hope you had a fabulous weekend…..mine was spent on vacation with my entire family!  10 adults and 8 kids under 1 roof for 3 days means tons of noise, tons of chaos, tons of  yummy food, and tons of FUN! Now that we’re back at home, and it’s almost August already, I feel like it’s a countdown to the first day of school. I almost can’t believe it….and I’m definitely not ready for it. Anyone else feel the same way??

Well…ready or not, the start of the school year will be here before we know it. So why not get a little cash jump start to help? Today I’m teaming up with a bunch of other awesome bloggers to offer you the chance to win $400 for back to school shopping! Pretty great, right? Ok….here goes!

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Good luck, everyone! And for now…..just keep enjoying your summer!

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Cathy Trochelman <![CDATA[Saturday Night Fever #44: A Recipe Link Party!]]> http://www.lemontreedwelling.com/?p=8520 2014-07-27T22:12:30Z 2014-07-27T01:00:31Z

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Hi, friends!! It’s SATURDAY…..and I’m on vacation! (Woo hoo!) For the past 4 years, my family has been renting a giant house in summer…and all four kids, their spouses, their kids, and my parents have been enjoying a little getaway! Tonight is our last night here, and we’ve been having a blast! I can’t wait to tell you all about it. Hope you are having a great weekend, too!

Let’s check out a few of my favorites from last week:

Crispy Baked Sweet Potato Fries from Petite Allergy Treats – these look like absolute perfection!

Sweetpotato fries

Pull-Apart Garlic Bread from Carmel Moments – I want to devour this loaf!

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Greek Eggplant Dip from Cooking with Curls – I can’t wait to try this at our next get together!

Greek Eggplant Dip

Arugula, Pesto, Mozzarella & Parmesan Bruschetta from Layers of Happiness

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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[S’mores Marshmallow Malt]]> http://www.lemontreedwelling.com/?p=8495 2014-07-25T01:47:35Z 2014-07-25T12:00:24Z

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Delicious vanilla bean ice cream blended with marshmallow fluff, malt powder, and chocolate covered grahams for a frozen s’mores treat that will rock your socks!

S'mores Marshmallow Malt - delicious vanilla bean ice cream blended with marshmallow fluff, malt powder, and chocolate covered grahams.

As you may know, ice cream and I go way back. Or frozen custard, to be exact….but when it comes in the form of a S’mores Marshmallow Malt, who’s keeping track, right?? My first job in high school was at Murf’s Frozen Custard, working as a fountain girl! What is a fountain girl, you ask? It’s the person who makes all the good stuff! The shakes, the malts, the sundaes, the floats…..they’re all the job of the fountain girl!

S'mores Marshmallow Malt - delicious vanilla bean ice cream blended with marshmallow fluff, malt powder, and chocolate covered grahams.

I have a lot of fun memories from Murf’s, but honestly, one of the things I looked forward to most on any given shift was the fact that I could count on my boyfriend at the time stopping in to visit me. It sounds silly, I know….but to my 16 year old self, it was enough to make my day! Oh, to be young and in love…..

S'mores Marshmallow Malt - delicious vanilla bean ice cream blended with marshmallow fluff, malt powder, and chocolate covered grahams.

 He never stayed long….just long enough to say hello and order a malt….so anytime I think about malts, I think about Matt! I’m more of a turtle sundae girl, personally, but I must say that after basically devouring this malt, I may be converted! It’s absolutely amazing, you guys!

S'mores Marshmallow Malt - delicious vanilla bean ice cream blended with marshmallow fluff, malt powder, and chocolate covered grahams.

 There’s something about the malt powder that gives the marshmallow a toasted flavor….which is pretty much perfect for s’mores! And there’s something about the way the chocolate covered graham crackers combine with the ice cream that will pretty much make your day. Kind of like a visit from a boyfriend…..at least when you’re 16!

S'mores Marshmallow Malt - delicious vanilla bean ice cream blended with marshmallow fluff, malt powder, and chocolate covered grahams.

S'mores Marshmallow Malt
 
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Ingredients
  • 2 c. vanilla ice cream, softened
  • ½ c. marshmallow fluff
  • 2 Tbsp. malt powder
  • 2 chocolate covered graham crackers, broken into pieces
  • 2 Tbsp. chocolate chips
Instructions
  1. Combine ice cream, marshmallow fluff, and malt powder in a blender.
  2. Blend until smooth. (*Marshmallow fluff may harden in the process - blend right through it!)
  3. Melt chocolate chips and drizzle on inside of glass.
  4. Pour malt; stir in chocolate covered graham pieces.
  5. Devour!

 

S'mores Marshmallow Malt - delicious vanilla bean ice cream blended with marshmallow fluff, malt powder, and chocolate covered grahams.

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Cathy Trochelman <![CDATA[S’mores Chocolate Popcorn & Carnival Party Giveaway!]]> http://www.lemontreedwelling.com/?p=8470 2014-07-22T14:06:51Z 2014-07-22T13:58:47Z

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 Chocolate popcorn loaded with chocolate chips, mini marshmallows, graham cracker pieces, and graham cracker crumbs. A s’mores treat you can eat by the handful!

Chocolate popcorn loaded with chocolate chips, mini marshmallows, graham cracker pieces, and graham cracker crumbs. A s'mores treat you can eat by the handful!

 Back when I was a kid, the county my dad worked for used to have an awesome summer picnic for all the employees and their families. And when I say picnic, I mean it was WAY more than a picnic! There were clowns and face painting and games and prizes and, in the later years, even a bounce house! It was really more of a carnival than a picnic. And, like every good carnival, there was plenty of food!

 Chocolate popcorn loaded with chocolate chips, mini marshmallows, graham cracker pieces, and graham cracker crumbs. A s'mores treat you can eat by the handful!

There were hamburgers and hot dogs and brats and chips. There was potato salad and cole slaw and fresh, juicy corn on the cob. And there was all the soda you could drink….which, to a kid, was like a dream come true! But when it comes to food, nothing compared to the food truck.

 Chocolate popcorn loaded with chocolate chips, mini marshmallows, graham cracker pieces, and graham cracker crumbs. A s'mores treat you can eat by the handful!

That’s right – a food truck! Just like you’d find at a real carnival! Every person was given 2 food tickets at the beginning of the day, and we could use them on whatever we wanted. Licorice ropes, Sno Cones, ice cream, cotton candy, popcorn, you name it! And when I say it was like a dream come true, this was like the part of the dream where money starts raining down from the sky! We felt like we had hit the jackpot!

Chocolate popcorn loaded with chocolate chips, mini marshmallows, graham cracker pieces, and graham cracker crumbs. A s'mores treat you can eat by the handful!

 It’s funny how certain things are forever ingrained in your memory….and for me, the county picnic is one of them! It’s been a LONG time since I’ve been to it, and since my dad retired a few years ago, I’m pretty sure it’s something I’ll never get to experience again. But in honor of the picnic (carnival) and all the fun memories it holds, I decided to make some fancy popcorn. The kind you might find at a carnival today! The kind that makes you feel like you definitely won the jackpot.  And the kind that would surely become ingrained in your memory.

Chocolate popcorn loaded with chocolate chips, mini marshmallows, graham cracker pieces, and graham cracker crumbs. A s'mores treat you can eat by the handful!

S'mores Chocolate Popcorn
 
Author:
Ingredients
  • 10 c, popped popcorn
  • 1½ c. granulated sugar
  • 1½ sticks salted butter
  • 6 Tbsp. light corn syrup
  • ¼ c. cocoa powder
  • ½ tsp. baking powder
  • 2 c. mini marshmallows
  • 1 c. chocolate chips
  • 1 c. graham cracker pieces
  • ½ c. graham cracker crumbs
Instructions
  1. Spread popcorn on large rimmed baking sheet.
  2. In a medium saucepan, combine butter, sugar, and corn syrup.
  3. Bring to a boil, stirring constantly, and boil moderately for 4½ minutes without stirring.
  4. Remove from heat and stir in cocoa powder and baking powder.
  5. Pour over popcorn and stir to coat.
  6. Bake popcorn at 300 degrees for 15 minutes.
  7. Remove from oven, stir, and bake 5 minutes more.
  8. Cool 5-10 minutes, then add marshmallows, chocolate chips, graham cracker pieces, and graham cracker crumbs.
  9. Store in an airtight container at room temperature.

 

Speaking of carnivals…..how would you like to win all the fixings for your very own Old Fashioned Carnival Party??

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I’m teaming up with Lady Behind the Curtain, where I contribute recipes once a month, and all the other LBTC contributors, to offer one lucky reader this fabulous carnival set! So you can have your very own carnival…..complete with S’mores Popcorn….and all the memories that go along with it!

Old Fashioned Carnival Party - Lady Behind The Curtain

The giveaway starts later today…..so be sure to stop back and enter to win!!

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Cathy Trochelman <![CDATA[Golden S’moreo Truffles]]> http://www.lemontreedwelling.com/?p=8410 2014-07-21T16:12:13Z 2014-07-21T11:05:05Z

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 Oreo Truffles meet S’mores in a match made in Heaven!

Golden S'more Truffles! Oreo Truffles meet S'mores in a match made in Heaven!! #smoresweek #yummy

I’m sure I speak for everyone when I say that summer is FLYING by! Summer school is over, my friend Tanya’s wedding is over, and (ohmygosh) July is almost over, too! And we all know that once August hits, the rest of summer basically becomes a countdown to the first day of school! Good thing it’s S’mores Week in Blogland so we all have something to look forward to…!

Golden S'more Truffles! Oreo Truffles meet S'mores in a match made in Heaven!! #smoresweek #yummy

And you know what else we have to look forward to? Our annual family vacation coming up this weekend! Okay, to be honest, calling it a vacation is a little bit of a stretch. (And not just because nothing feels like much of a vacation with 4 kids!) It’s more of a getaway, to a house we rent that’s about 2 1/2 hours away. It’s a tradition we started with my parents and siblings 4 years ago, and it’s a trip we all look forward to each year! ESPECIALLY the kids.

Golden S'more Truffles! Oreo Truffles meet S'mores in a match made in Heaven!! #smoresweek #yummy

 There’s swimming and lawn games and board games and relaxing….there’s lots of eating and drinking and laying around and just being together. Of course, there’s also a healthy dose of chaos and a tad bit of stress involved….but for the most part, it’s a chance to unwind and unplug and spend some quality time with one another.

Golden S'more Truffles! Oreo Truffles meet S'mores in a match made in Heaven!! #smoresweek #yummy

 The only thing that’s missing? A fire pit for roasting s’mores! The house we rent just doesn’t have one ….which is a real shame. Because we all know that summer isn’t complete without s’mores, and we have yet to make them happen! No, we’ve been too busy enjoying all kinds of s’mores-ish treats….like these awesome Golden S’moreo Truffles…..which, it turns out, would be the perfect solution to our fire pit-less house! (Don’t you love it when things just work out??)

Golden S'more Truffles! Oreo Truffles meet S'mores in a match made in Heaven!! #smoresweek #yummy

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Golden S'moreo Truffles
 
Author:
Ingredients
  • 1 package Golden Oreos
  • 1 (8 oz.) package cream cheese, softened
  • 1 c. Kraft Jet-Puffed Mallow Bits
  • 1 (16 oz.) package milk chocolate Candiquik
  • ½ c. graham cracker crumbs
Instructions
  1. Using a food processor, crush Oreos into crumbs.
  2. Combine cookie crumbs, cream cheese, and marshmallow bits in a medium bowl.
  3. Roll into 1-inch balls and place on cookie sheet lined with wax paper.
  4. Refrigerate until firm.
  5. Remove from refrigerator and dip balls into melted Candiquik.
  6. Sprinkle immediately with graham cracker crumbs.
  7. Makes 36.

 

So are you ready to check out the rest of the S’mores Week posts? I thought so!!

~ “This book was not what I expected…it surpassed what I was hoping for. Mystery, romance and intrigue. Great characters and an interesting plot. It was a great read and perfect for summer reading!” Jana of Double the Deliciousness

2. Plate to Pixel by Helene Dujardin – “This book is a favorite because it teaches how to not only how photograph food, but how to do it beautifully!” Gina of Kleinworth and Co.

3. These is My Words by Nancy Turner “While I’m a country/ farm girl at heart, I can’t even begin to imagine what the early settlers went through! I love how they worked the land, built their own homes, and made everything from scratch! And I’m always up for a good love story! Jack and Sarah’s won’t disappoint!” Brooke of Blissful Roots

4. The Greatest Salesman in the World by Og Mandino – “Aw, I love this book! It’s a super unique book, in that it’s a parable, teaching you how to be a better person, but also an activity book. Each chapter, you read over and over, until you master the character trait. It’s a great story with lots of great thoughts. I think I highlighted half the book!” Mariel of ‘Or so she says…

5. Eat Cake by Jeanne Ray “Eat Cake will make it’s way into your list of favorite books, it’s a quick and enjoyable read. I love this book for more reasons than the fact that the main character shares my name! It’ll have you laughing and crying- all at the same time! If you’re like me and have a unexplainable urge to bake… you’ll totally connect with Eat Cake!” Ruthie of Cooking with Ruthie

6. Wonder by RJ Palacio – “My 9-year-old daughter recommended Wonder to me and I enjoyed it just as much as she did. This is a compelling novel that is fun and easy enough for summer, but also intelligent and thought-provoking. Share it with your family when you are finished!” Allison of Tips for Family Trips

7. The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin – “I love this book because it is getting me to think deeper about what I do to bring happiness upon myself. I am a happy person, but am loving the new outlook and am loving making new goals to make myself really live a happy life.” Kiki of Kiki and Company

8. Happier by Tal Ben-Shahar – “It’s easy to think that once a certain thing happens, I’ll be happy. Well, this book provides little life secrets to be happier each and every day. It is applicable for every life stage. It has changed my way of thinking about happiness.” Melissa of So Festive!

9. Blackmoore by Julianne Donaldson – “Sometimes a mom just needs a good, quick, easy summer read to distract her from doing more laundry or to keep her busy during swim lessons. If you love a good Jane Austen romance, you will love this book! Set in Jane Austen’s English countryside of 1820, this romance will keep you quickly turning the pages as you watch Kate’s struggle to learn to follow her heart!” Veronica of Lolly Lu Designs

10. Leadership and Self- Deception“Do you want to know the secret to having a happy and successful family and marriage? Want to know how to have successful relationships with anyone you come in contact with? Leadership and Self-deception holds the key to mending, strengthening and flourishing in all of your relationships. This book is a life changer- Promise!” Heather of Family Volley

11. Surprise Inside Cakes by Amanda Rettke – “It’s a beautiful book of cakes and it’s full of cake decorating tips for the everyday bake. Amazing cakes for every special occasion, all with a little surprise on the inside.” Zainab of Blahnik Baker

12. The Child Whisperer by Carol Tuttle – “It taught me how to parent my very determined toddler (at the time) based on her personality type.” Amy of The Connection We Share

13. A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaleo Hosseini – “I read this as part of a book club and it has stuck with me ever since. It is a beautifully written, emotionally gripping story of two Afghan women’s suffering, strength, and resilience. What I love most about it is the way it celebrates the strength of the human spirit – a beautiful thing!” Cathy of Lemon Tree Dwelling

14. I’ve Got Your Number by Sophie Kinsella – “A light, charming book by the author of the popular Shopaholic series. This clever romantic comedy makes for a fun and easy summer read, by the pool or on the beach!” Samantha of Five Heart Home

15. Princess Academy by Shannon Hale – “I loved this simple story that has some fun little twists. My favorite part is that my daughter loved this book as much as I did. I love being able to enjoy the same books as my daughter. This is one that was enjoyable for us both!” Holly of Bits of Everything

 

Bonus Book! Food Storage by Angel Paskett – “Everyone should be prepared on some level, and this is the book that can help answer your questions and get you there. It begins with the basics and answers almost any question you have with getting started. I wish I had this a few years ago, but glad I have it now!” Jamie from Prepared Housewives

 

Longest post of your life? Maybe! But, it’s worth it. Good luck to you!

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Cathy Trochelman <![CDATA[Saturday Night Fever #43: A Recipe Link Party!]]> http://www.lemontreedwelling.com/?p=8422 2014-07-20T22:16:10Z 2014-07-20T01:00:55Z

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Happy Saturday, friends! Today’s post is going to be extra short and sweet….because I am partying it up in Chicago at my good friend Tanya’s wedding! I hope you are all having a fabulous weekend (I know I am) and I can’t wait to see what you bring to tonight’s party!!

Let’s take a look at a few of my favorites from last week – all delicious no-bake treats!

Peanut Butter Cheesecake Bars from Food Faith Fitness

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 Cranberry Almond Energy Bites from Delightful E Made

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 Captain Crunch Peanut Butter Puppy Chow from The Housewife in Training Files

Captain Crunch Puppy Chow

No Bake Granola Bars from Mommy on Demand

no bake granola bars

 

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!

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Cathy Trochelman <![CDATA[Strawberry Peach Sangria]]> http://www.lemontreedwelling.com/?p=8387 2014-07-17T12:19:40Z 2014-07-17T12:19:14Z

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 White wine sangria with fresh sliced peaches and strawberries – a beautifully delicious summer drink!

 White wine sangria with fresh sliced peaches and strawberries - a beautifully delicious summer drink!

Years ago, I was part of a book club. And not just any book club, but one that I helped create….meaning it was filled with all my favorite people (or at least most of them)! I loved book club, not so much for the books as for the good company….and I looked forward to it every time we met (whether I had read the book or not!)

 White wine sangria with fresh sliced peaches and strawberries - a beautifully delicious summer drink!

 There’s something about getting together with good friends and good conversation that just feels so worth it, and no matter how busy my life got, it still felt worth it! We would get together at one of our houses, and all bring something delicious to share, and stay out way too long enjoying one anothers company.

 White wine sangria with fresh sliced peaches and strawberries - a beautifully delicious summer drink!

And then….just like that….book club started to crumble. People started having kids, and then more kids, and work schedules got busier, and two people moved away, and two others had a falling out…..and suddenly the book club I loved was no more. Sad, right? But here’s the good news. I’m still friends with everyone from book club….and (every now and then, since life is crazy) I still get to see them!

 White wine sangria with fresh sliced peaches and strawberries - a beautifully delicious summer drink!

In fact, I saw a few of them just last week when we got together to celebrate a birthday. And, just like in book club, we had good food, good company, good conversation, oh – and did I forget to mention? Good wine! We almost ordered a pitcher of peach sangria but stopped ourselves….so in honor of book club and birthdays and the best friends anyone could ask for, I decided to make my own version! Now I just need my book clubbers to share it with!

 White wine sangria with fresh sliced peaches and strawberries - a beautifully delicious summer drink!

Strawberry Peach Sangria
 
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Ingredients
  • 1 bottle white wine (I used Sauvignon Blanc)
  • ½ c. white rum
  • ¼ c. peach Schnapps
  • ⅛ c. simple syrup
  • 1 c. sliced strawberries
  • 1 peach, sliced
  • white soda
Instructions
  1. Combine all ingredients (except white soda) in a large pitcher.
  2. Store in refrigerator until ready to serve. *Best when made ahead!
  3. Pour into individual glasses and top with a splash of white soda.

Also be sure to check out these delicious sangria recipes (and pin them for later!)

Peach Melba Sangria 1b

Strawberry Lemon Sangria 1 - Copy

Tropical Frozen Sangria 4b

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