Lemon Tree Dwelling 2014-09-17T16:00:30Z http://www.lemontreedwelling.com/feed/atom Cathy Trochelman <![CDATA[Soft Batch Pumpkin Chocolate Cookies]]> http://www.lemontreedwelling.com/?p=9200 2014-09-17T16:00:30Z 2014-09-17T14:30:33Z

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Immaculate Baking Company sent me free products to sample, but all opinions are 100% my own

Deliciously soft, chewy Pumpkin Chocolate Cookies – made with cake mix!

Soft Batch Pumpkin Chocolate Cake Mix Cookies. Oven-ready in 5 minutes or less!

Before I had kids, I had no idea just how difficult parenting can be. It’s not that I looked with judgment on other people’s parenting, or rolled my eyes when people I knew seemed to be struggling…..it’s just that, in my 25 year old mind, it looked a LOT different than it’s turning out to be.

Soft Batch Pumpkin Chocolate Cake Mix Cookies. Oven-ready in 5 minutes or less!

Before I had kids, I seemed to have a clear sense of what would be most important: teaching my kids to be kind and generous and open-minded, listening to them and valuing their ideas, helping them develop a strong self esteem, spending quality time together as a family. (No-brainers, right?) It’s just that things aren’t always quite as clear once the kids are a reality!

Soft Batch Pumpkin Chocolate Cake Mix Cookies. Oven-ready in 5 minutes or less!

No, what seems to take over when you actually have kids to deal with is the moment to moment. The fact that they are always asking for something, getting into something, entering a new stage that you have no idea how to handle. And the fact that there always seems to be task list waiting for you if and when you might happen to find a free moment…..

Soft Batch Pumpkin Chocolate Cake Mix Cookies. Oven-ready in 5 minutes or less!

Add to that the task lists that soon start to follow your kids around, and it’s easy to lose sight completely of the things that were once so obviously important. Most days we are just trying to make it through our “to do” lists and are actually giving very little thought to the big picture of what’s most important. Listening to them and valuing their ideas? Who has time for that?????

Soft Batch Pumpkin Chocolate Cake Mix Cookies. Oven-ready in 5 minutes or less!

I’m half kidding, of course…..but the truth is I find myself saying NO almost automatically to the majority of their “extra” ideas. It’s almost like I can’t even handle another request coming my way…..so I just shut it down immediately! Not awesome, I know. Something to work on. Saying YES more often! I decided to start with these cookies. Yes to the pumpkin, yes to the chocolate, yes to the peanut butter chips and the pumpkin pie spice and the chocolate drizzle on top.

Soft Batch Pumpkin Chocolate Cake Mix Cookies. Oven-ready in 5 minutes or less!

And you know what? It turns out YES is a lot more fun. And definitely more delicious.

I’ll keep you posted on how my new approach is going…but for now, I’d say we’re off to a good start!

Speaking of YES, when it comes to boxed cake mixes, Immaculate Baking is a brand I feel great about saying yes to! Click here to learn more about their products!

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Soft Batch Pumpkin Chocolate Cookies
 
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Ingredients
  • 1 box chocolate cake mix (I used Immaculate Baking brand)
  • ⅔ c. pumpkin puree
  • 2 eggs
  • ¼ c. oil
  • ⅔ c. peanut butter chips
  • 1 tsp. pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 c. chocolate chip
Instructions
  1. Combine cake mix, pumpkin puree, eggs, oil, peanut butter chips, and ½ tsp. pumpkin pie spice in a large mixing bowl. Stir until well combined.
  2. Roll into 1½ inch balls and place on baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
  3. *If dough is sticky, refrigerate as necessary.
  4. Bake at 375 degrees 10-12 minutes.
  5. Cool completely.
  6. Melt chocolate chips; stir in ½ tsp. pumpkin pie spice.
  7. Drizzle over cookies.

 

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Cathy Trochelman <![CDATA[Buffalo Chicken Quinoa Bowls]]> http://www.lemontreedwelling.com/?p=9177 2014-09-16T03:49:55Z 2014-09-15T14:56:46Z

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 Quinoa flavored with ranch seasoning and topped with shredded buffalo chicken, lettuce, tomatoes, blue cheese, cheddar cheese, and green onions.

Buffalo Chicken Quinoa Bowl - ranch flavored quinoa, buffalo chicken, and all the fixings!

Hey, friends! Welcome back to another week here at Lemon Tree Dwelling. How was your weekend? Mine was a good mix of busyness and relaxation…..and it was definitely a weekend that made me think. Between Al’s Run to support our good friends Lisa and Nathan on Saturday and a visit to a rehab facility to see my 95 year old grandpa on Sunday…..I did my fair share of thinking about some pretty big things.

Buffalo Chicken Quinoa Bowl - ranch flavored quinoa, buffalo chicken, and all the fixings!

To be fair, I also spent a decent amount of time thinking about not-so-big things…..like what to make for dinner and what type of baking would be fun and whether I wanted a whole wheat or sesame bagel with my breakfast sandwich (are you noticing a theme here??) Not to mention pondering the complex art of gift giving…..

Buffalo Chicken Quinoa Bowl - ranch flavored quinoa, buffalo chicken, and all the fixings!

It all started when Jorden mentioned to some friends that we had gotten a new Dyson vacuum, and they asked if it was a birthday gift for me. What!? A birthday gift for me?? Not a chance! No way would I want a vacuum cleaner as a birthday present! My reaction, though, led to a barrage of questions – Don’t I like having a clean house? Won’t a new vacuum make vacuuming more enjoyable? How is Jorden supposed to know what to get me if a Dyson vacuum isn’t good enough??

Buffalo Chicken Quinoa Bowl - ranch flavored quinoa, buffalo chicken, and all the fixings!

Okay. Stop the nonsense, people! It has nothing to do with a Dyson not being good enough. It’s just that, to me, a Dyson is not a  present! Because it implies I should be doing something differently. And it’s attached to a chore. And, no matter how you slice it, it’s not something I’m going to enjoy. Ever!

Buffalo Chicken Quinoa Bowl - ranch flavored quinoa, buffalo chicken, and all the fixings!

 It’s kind of how Jorden feels about quinoa. Nice idea, great for some people, even fine to have for dinner every now and then…..but not something he particularly enjoys. Or ever will! So when I made this Buffalo Chicken Quinoa Bowl for him…….it was a little bit like if he had gotten the vacuum for me. That said, he really did enjoy it…..(how could you not, when it’s ranch and buffalo flavored, right?) Just like I really am enjoying the Dyson….(how could I not when it leads to a cleaner house, right??) I think next time I’ll just leave out the fact that I made it “for him”. Because let’s be honest….quinoa will always be just a little more “for me”.

Buffalo Chicken Quinoa Bowl - ranch flavored quinoa, buffalo chicken, and all the fixings!

Buffalo Chicken Quinoa Bowls
 
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Ingredients
  • 2 c. uncooked quinoa
  • 2 dry ranch dressing seasoning packets
  • 2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 2 c. chicken broth
  • 1 c. buffalo sauce
  • 2 c. chopped lettuce
  • 2 c. chopped tomatoes
  • 1 c. shredded cheddar cheese
  • ½ c. crumbled blue cheese
  • ½ c. chopped green onions
Instructions
  1. Combine chicken, 2 c. water and 2 c. broth in a slow cooker.
  2. Cook over low heat 6-8 hours or high heat 4-6 hours, until chicken is cooked through and shreds easily.
  3. Drain liquid from chicken and toss in buffalo sauce.
  4. In a separate saucepan, combine uncooked quinoa, 4 c. water, and 2 ranch dressing packets.
  5. Cook quinoa according to package instructions.
  6. Divide quinoa among bowls (recipe makes 8 cups).
  7. Add buffalo chicken; top with lettuce, tomatoes, cheddar cheese, blue cheese, and green onions.

Looking for more delicious ways to enjoy quinoa?

Sweet Potato Kale Quinoa 4

Asian Chicken Quinoa 1

Quinoa Taco Bowl 8

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Cathy Trochelman <![CDATA[Saturday Night Fever #51: A Recipe Link Party!]]> http://www.lemontreedwelling.com/?p=9168 2014-09-16T03:50:12Z 2014-09-14T01:00:22Z

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Hey, Saturday Night Fever friends!! I hope you are enjoying your weekend! Around here, it is suddenly and very clearly fall….and you better believe I’m up to some fall baking! When there’s such a chill in the air, I can’t help but turn on the oven and go to town….and I can’t wait to share what I’ve been working on! First, though, I have some important news about Saturday Night Fever! Next week will be my last week of hosting with Jen, Andi, and Chelsea….and our new co-hosts will be taking over permanently! This week we are welcoming another co-host – Laura from Petite Allergy Treats – to the SNF family! Welcome, Laura! Before we get to this week’s party……did you catch these 13 Pumpkin & Apple Recipes I collected from last week’s links??

Pumpkin & Apple Collage

Here are a few more of my favorites:

Ranch Quinoa Encrusted Chicken Fingers from The Housewife in Training Files

Ranch Quinoa chicken fingers

Samoa Banana Bread from The Recipe Rebel

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Sausage, Cheddar & Olive Oil Muffins from This Gal Cooks

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Turkey Meatball Subs from Simply Fresh Dinners

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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.

Be sure to check out these other great parties, hosted by some of our friends!

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Cathy Trochelman <![CDATA[13 Pumpkin & Apple Recipes for Fall]]> http://www.lemontreedwelling.com/?p=9147 2014-09-16T03:52:34Z 2014-09-12T13:09:23Z

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 13 delicious Pumpkin & Apple Recipes just in time for fall!

Pumpkin & Apple Collage

Hey, everyone! The weekend is here! The first weekend that really feels like fall……and you know what that means…..time for some fall baking! I collected 13 delicious pumpkin and apple recipes from last week’s Saturday Night Fever Link Party to inspire me (and hopefully you, too!) Happy baking!

 

Pumpkin Pie French Toast from The Pink Sprinkle

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Overnight Oats with Apples, Cranberries & Cinnamon

Pumpkin & Apple 12

Pumpkin Spice Snickerdoodles from Bourbon & Brown Sugar

Pumpkin & Apple 11

Apple Crisps from Annie’s Noms

Pumpkin & Apple 10

Pumpkin Pie Coffee Creamer from The Grant Life

Pumpkin & Apple 9

Pumpkin Baked Oatmeal with Maple & Pecans from Five Heart Home

Pumpkin & Apple 8

Pumpkin Bread from Love Grows Wild

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Pumpkin Pie Overnight Oats from The Pink Sprinkle

Pumpkin & Apple 3

Nutella-Swirled Pumpkin Bread from Carmel Moments

Pumpkin & Apple 4

Slow Cooker Cinnamon Applesauce from What The Fork Food Blog

Pumpkin & Apple 5

No-Bake Pumpkin Spice Energy Bites from Joyful Healthy Eats

Pumpkin & Apple 6

Pumpkin Pie Panna Cotta from Worth Cooking

Pumpkin & Apple 7

Apple Cinnamon Muffins from House of Yumm

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Cathy Trochelman <![CDATA[Candy Apple Brownies]]> http://www.lemontreedwelling.com/?p=9130 2014-09-16T04:00:02Z 2014-09-11T15:26:38Z

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This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone.

Candy Apple Brownies layered with creamy caramel and topped with apple buttercream frosting and crushed Candy Apple M&M’s.

Candy Apple Brownies layered with creamy caramel and topped with apple buttercream and crushed Candy Apple M&M's #FlavorofFall #CollectiveBias #shop

Well…..it’s official! Fall is here! In the course of ONE day we went from 80 degrees and humid to 50 degrees and breezy. From shorts and tank tops to jeans and sweatshirts. From watermelon and strawberries to…..you guessed it…..APPLES!

Candy Apple Brownies layered with creamy caramel and topped with apple buttercream and crushed Candy Apple M&M's #FlavorofFall #CollectiveBias #shop

Apples are one of my very favorite parts of fall….and every September I look forward to heading to the orchard to pick our own. And you know what else I look forward to? Heading to the stores to hunt down fun new apple-flavored treats! So when I found out that #CollectiveBias was teaming up with Walmart on a #FlavorofFall campaign, I was all in!

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Candy Apple Brownies layered with creamy caramel and topped with apple buttercream and crushed Candy Apple M&M's #FlavorofFall #CollectiveBias #shop

 I’ve been dreaming up some delicious fall brownies for a while now, and as soon as I saw the new Candy Apple M&M’s, it all became clear! Not only are they delicious on their own, but I knew they would pair perfectly with chocolate. And caramel. And apple buttercream!

Candy Apple Brownies layered with creamy caramel and topped with apple buttercream and crushed Candy Apple M&M's #FlavorofFall #CollectiveBias #shop

 The thing I love about these brownies is the added apple boost they get from being made with Mott’s applesauce and apple juice! There is even apple juice in the frosting! (Which, by the way, is ridiculously delicious…..) The perfect way to welcome in fall…..even before you get to the orchard.

Candy Apple Brownies layered with creamy caramel and topped with apple buttercream and crushed Candy Apple M&M's #FlavorofFall #CollectiveBias #shop

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Candy Apple Brownies
 
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Ingredients
Brownies
  • 1 box fudge brownie mix (*choose one that uses oil, water, and eggs)
  • Mott's Applesauce (enough to replace ½ of the oil called for in the brownies)
  • Mott's Apple Juice (enough to replace the water called for in the brownies)
  • 2 eggs
Caramel Filling
  • 1 bag (11 oz.) wrapped caramels
  • ⅓ c. half & half or whipping cream
Frosting
  • ⅓ c. salted butter, at room temperature
  • 4½ c. powdered sugar
  • ¼ c. Mott's Apple Juice
  • 1 c. Candy Apple M&M's, coarsely crushed in food processor
Instructions
Brownies
  1. Mix brownies according to package instructions, replacing water with apple juice and half of oil with apple sauce.
  2. Pour half of batter into a parchment-lined 8x8 inch pan.
  3. Bake 25 minutes at 325 degrees.
  4. In a microwaveable bowl, melt caramels and half & half 2 minutes on high. Stir until completely melted.
  5. Pour caramel mixture over baked brownies and top with remaining brownie batter.
  6. Bake an additional 30-35 minutes or until brownies are firm on top.
  7. Cool completely.
Frosting
  1. Cream butter in a large mixing bowl.
  2. Add 2 c. powdered sugar and mix until combined.
  3. Add apple juice and mix until smooth, then add remaining powdered sugar.
  4. Frost cooled brownies and top with M&M's.

**Please visit the Mars tumblr page for more delicious fall recipes and coupons!

$1 off any two (2) Mott’s sauce or Mott’s juice drink

$1.50 off any two (2) M&M’s brand chocolate candies

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Cathy Trochelman <![CDATA[BBQ Ranch Chicken Wrap]]> http://www.lemontreedwelling.com/?p=9110 2014-09-16T03:52:16Z 2014-09-10T15:42:04Z

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BBQ Ranch Chicken Wrap – inspired by The Cheesecake Factory and loaded with deliciousness!

BBQ Ranch Chicken Wrap - a la The Cheesecake Factory!

One of my favorite things to order at The Cheesecake Factory is the BBQ Ranch Chicken Salad. Truth be told, if there is a BBQ Ranch Chicken Salad on any menu anywhere, I’ll be ordering it! The delicious combination of flavors is absolutely irresistible…..and also incredibly easy to replicate at home!

BBQ Ranch Chicken Wrap - a la The Cheesecake Factory!

We really don’t get to The Cheesecake Factory very often these days, but every time we do, I can’t help but think back to Valentine’s Day 2003. Jorden and I had been dating for about 5 months and it was our first Valentine’s Day as a couple. We decided to live it up with an overnight in Chicago….so we booked a hotel and headed down there for a day of fun.

BBQ Ranch Chicken Wrap - a la The Cheesecake Factory!

We had nothing planned except shopping and sight seeing…..which was perfectly fine and fun…..until dinnertime rolled around and every restaurant in Chicago was booked! What were we thinking?? It was Valentine’s Day in CHICAGO!

BBQ Ranch Chicken Wrap - a la The Cheesecake Factory!

 So…..after many different attempts…..we ended up at The Cheesecake Factory. With a 2 hour wait. Sitting on the floor because there was no place to stand. Playing cards we bought at a gift shop. Enjoying one another’s company. Happy and in love. And super excited about the BBQ Ranch Chicken Salad that was waiting for me when we were finally seated.

BBQ Ranch Chicken Wrap - a la The Cheesecake Factory!

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BBQ Ranch Chicken Wrap
 
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Wrap
  • 1 10 inch tortilla
  • ½ c. shredded cooked chicken (I used my Slow Cooker Shredded Chicken recipe)
  • ½ c. lettuce
  • ¼ c. diced tomato
  • ¼ c. shredded cheese
  • ¼ c. chopped avocado
  • ⅛ c. grilled corn
  • ⅛ c. black beans
  • onion rings (frozen or homemade)
  • BBQ sauce
  • Ranch dressing
Onion Rings
  • 1 medium yellow onion
  • ¼ c. flour
  • 3 Tbsp. milk
  • 1 egg
  • 1 Tbsp. oil
Instructions
  1. Fill tortilla with chicken, cheese, vegetables, and onion rings.
  2. Drizzle with BBQ sauce and Ranch dressing, to taste.
Onion Rings
  1. Cut onion into thin rings.
  2. Combine flour, milk, egg, and oil until smooth.
  3. Using a fork, dip onion rings into batter.
  4. Fry onion rings in a single layer in hot oil 2-3 minutes until golden brown.

 

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Cathy Trochelman <![CDATA[Fried Green Egg BLT]]> http://www.lemontreedwelling.com/?p=9076 2014-09-16T04:02:03Z 2014-09-08T15:08:41Z

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 A classic BLT topped with pesto mayo and a fried egg. Delicious for breakfast, lunch, or dinner!

Fried Egg BLT with Pesto Mayo

 Happy Monday, everyone! How was your weekend? Here at our Lemon Tree Dwelling things were BUSY! Not only did we have a good friend visiting from Chicago….which meant a Friday night out for me and some friends…..but it was Jorden’s birthday weekend! Which meant a date night out for the two of us, golfing and brunch for Jorden and the brothers-in-law, and dinner at his parents’ on Sunday. Definitely busy…..but so much fun!

Fried Egg BLT with Pesto Mayo

 As we tend to do with birthday celebrations around here…..we definitely ate our way through the weekend. Italian on Friday night, homemade egg sandwiches Saturday morning, tapas Saturday night, a birthday breakfast burrito Sunday morning, Thai for Sunday dinner……

Fried Egg BLT with Pesto Mayo

All in all, a success! To be honest, I hardly had the chance to feel hungry between all the deliciousness…..and the last thing I was thinking about was any type of snack between meals! But guys are different, and their hunger levels are different. And, after all, it was HIS birthday weekend…..! So it didn’t surprise me when Jorden saw this bad boy BLT in the fridge and asked about it. Despite the fact that he had just downed pizza and cheese bread.

Fried Egg BLT with Pesto Mayo

To be fair, he didn’t end up eating it. Instead, I made us egg sandwiches for breakfast on Saturday. And although the rest of the weekend was spent devouring delicious food, something tells me a Fried Green Egg BLT is all he really would have needed to feel happy, content, and celebrated. Because guys are like that. Which is one of the reasons we love them so much! It doesn’t take much to make them happy….especially when bacon and eggs are involved.

Fried Egg BLT with Pesto Mayo

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Fried Green Egg BLT
 
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Ingredients
  • 1 sandwich roll
  • 2 large romaine lettuce leaves
  • 3 slices tomato
  • 4 pcs. cooked bacon
  • 1 egg, cooked over easy, seasoned with salt and pepper
  • pesto mayo, to taste (2 parts mayo to 1 part pesto)
Instructions
  1. Spread pesto mayo on bottom half of sandwich roll.
  2. Assemble BLT.
  3. Top with fried egg and additional pesto mayo.

Looking for more delicious sandwich ideas?

Loaded Grilled Cheese Sandwich 1c

Pepperoni Pizza Panini 1

Pesto Avocado Melt 1 fixed

Red Pepper Pesto Italian Sausage Sandwiches 5b

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Cathy Trochelman <![CDATA[Saturday Night Fever #50: A Recipe Link Party!]]> http://www.lemontreedwelling.com/?p=9066 2014-09-16T03:53:32Z 2014-09-07T01:00:52Z

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 Hey, Saturday Night Fever friends! I’m so glad you stopped by tonight! Hope your weekend is FABULOUS – we are celebrating my hubby’s birthday with a dinner out – our first date night since Myla was born in May! (Long overdue!) We’re going to one of our very favorite tapas restaurants and I can’t wait to try their new fall menu. I’m sure many of you have been busy cooking up some fall flavors in your kitchen, as well….can’t wait to see what you bring tonight!

But first…..please help me welcome another NEW permanent co-host…..Jaren from Diary of a Recipe Collector!! Welcome, Jaren! Woo hoo!!!!

Some of my favorites from last week:

Greek Chicken Tacos with Whipped Feta from The Krafted Koch

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Tex Mex Chicken Soup from Carmel Moments

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Honey Balsamic Pulled Pork Sandwiches from Joyful Healthy Eats

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Chicken Tortilla Casserole from Kristine’s Kitchen

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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.

Be sure to check out these other great parties, hosted by some of our friends!

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Cathy Trochelman <![CDATA[Caramelized Figs with Whipped Brown Sugar Cinnamon Cream Cheese]]> http://www.lemontreedwelling.com/?p=9053 2014-09-16T03:54:30Z 2014-09-05T13:13:55Z

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 Fresh Figs, caramelized in a mixture of brown sugar, cinnamon & vanilla and topped with sweetened whipped cream cheese.

Caramelized Figs with Brown Sugar Cinnamon Whipped Cream Cheese

 Do you ever just see something at the grocery store and HAVE to have it……even though you have no idea what you’re going to do with it? That type of thing happens to me a lot…..particularly at Costco, where the quantities are enormous and not knowing what you’re going to do with something is a BIG issue! (Literally!)

Caramelized Figs with Brown Sugar Cinnamon Whipped Cream Cheese

 So suddenly you have a giant container of dried  beans or 24 cans of the same kind of soup or a 20 pound bag of purple potatoes that you have no chance of using before they go bad!! Ahh….the joys of discovering new things at the grocery store.

Caramelized Figs with Brown Sugar Cinnamon Whipped Cream Cheese

 Do you see where I’m going with this? Yep – you guessed it! The figs! At the grocery store! They were speaking to me! And I couldn’t say no. Only the store wasn’t Costco….it was Trader Joe’s. And the result wasn’t wasteful….it was delicious!! Not only are figs a great snack to pop in your mouth straight from the fridge; there is so much you can do with them! Of course, I had no idea what I would do with them when I put them in my cart…but that didn’t stop me…..!

Caramelized Figs with Brown Sugar Cinnamon Whipped Cream Cheese

 Because they’re so delicious on their own, I decided I didn’t want to over-do it with preparing them. Rather than bake them into a cake (which would also be delicious) I decided to let them be the star of the show! I simply removed the stems, sliced them in half, and sauteed them in a mixture of brown sugar, cinnamon, and vanilla. The flavor was incredible…..and I knew it would pair well with some type of soft cheese…..so I sweetened up some cream cheese, whipped it, and put a dollop on top.

Caramelized Figs with Brown Sugar Cinnamon Whipped Cream Cheese

This would be a perfect dessert for an end of summer dinner with friends – a little bit fancy, a lot delicious, and definitely simple to pull of. So if you ever see fresh figs at the grocery store…..buy them! And you’ll know exactly what to do with them (for once)!!

Caramelized Figs with Whipped Brown Sugar Cinnamon Cream Cheese
 
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  • 15 fresh figs
  • 3½ Tbsp. brown sugar
  • ¾ tsp. cinnamon
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 4 oz. cream cheese
Instructions
  1. Remove stems from figs; slice in half lengthwise
  2. Saute over medium heat with 3 Tbsp. brown sugar, 1 tsp. vanilla, and ½ tsp. cinnamon until mixture becomes caramelized.
  3. Remove from heat.
  4. In a small bowl, whip cream cheese, ½ Tbsp. brown sugar, and ¼ tsp. cinnamon.
  5. Top figs with cream cheese and enjoy!

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Paradise Fruit Company sent me samples to bake with, but all opinions are my own!

Pumpkin Orange Scones with candied orange peel and cinnamon-orange glaze. Perfect for fall!

Pumpkin Orange Scones with candied orange peel and cinnamon-orange drizzle

Well, it’s happening. I’m jumping head first into fall! Yesterday was our first day of school….which means fall is officially upon us. Time for rushed mornings, crazy schedules, early bedtimes, more soccer than you can handle……and, of course, pumpkin!

 

Pumpkin Orange Scones with candied orange peel and cinnamon-orange drizzle

Was yesterday your first day of school, too? How did it go?? For some crazy reason I scheduled Ellia’s 8 year physical for the first day of school…..so I got to see her right smack dab in the middle of her first day! And I’m happy to say she couldn’t wait to get back to school after her appointment. She was loving everything about 3rd grade!

Pumpkin Orange Scones with candied orange peel and cinnamon-orange drizzle

Greta, on the other hand, came off the school bus with a sad face and a sad story……turns out some boy named Beezle was mean to her, making fun of her for not knowing how to spell something…..and some other boy sang the K-I-S-S-I-N-G song to her on the bus….which all in all made for a rough first day for poor little Greta.

Pumpkin Orange Scones with candied orange peel and cinnamon-orange drizzle

The good news about Greta is I know she’ll bounce back. Whether it’s smiling and ignoring him or giving Beezle a piece of her mind……she’s one tough cookie and I know she’ll feel better soon! And in the mean time, you better believe I’ll be giving her a little extra TLC. Quite possibly in the form of some delicious Pumpkin Orange Scones! Traditional pumpkin scones with the added deliciousness of candied orange peel! SUCH an amazing combination! As with everything, it’s the drizzle that makes the dish…..so go ahead and lay it on thick! In the name of Beezle! (It really is quite the name, isn’t it??)

Pumpkin Orange Scones with candied orange peel and cinnamon-orange drizzle

Stay tuned for more delicious recipes using Paradise candied fruits! Next up – candied ginger!!

Pumpkin Orange Scones
 
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Ingredients
  • 2½ c. all purpose flour
  • ¼ c. packed brown sugar
  • 2 tsp. baking powder
  • 2 tsp. pumpkin pie spice
  • ½ tsp. cinnamon
  • ¼ tsp. baking soda
  • ¼ tsp. salt
  • ½ c. (1 stick) frozen butter
  • ¾ c. canned pumpkin
  • ¼ c. milk
  • ½ c. Paradise brand candied orange peel
Glaze
  • 1½ c. powdered sugar
  • 4 tsp. milk
  • ½ tsp. orange extract
  • ½ tsp. cinnamon
Instructions
  1. Combine flour, brown sugar, baking powder, spices, cinnamon, and salt in a large bowl.
  2. Grate frozen butter into flour mixture until it resembles coarse crumbs.
  3. In a separate bowl, combine eggs, pumpkin and milk.
  4. Stir into dry mixture just until moistened.
  5. Stir in candied orange peel.
  6. Turn dough onto a lightly floured surface, adding flour as needed until dough is no longer sticky.
  7. Knead 10 times and form into an 8-inch flat circle.
  8. Cut circle into 8 equal wedges; place wedges on lightly greased baking sheets and brush with a small amount of milk.
  9. Bake at 400 degrees 12-15 minutes or until light golden brown. Cool 10 minutes.
  10. Combine glaze ingredients and drizzle over warm scones.
  11. *Pumpkin Scones recipe adapted from Taste of Home

 Be sure to try my White Chocolate Cherry Scones, too!

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Cathy Trochelman <![CDATA[Ramen Noodle Sumi Salad]]> http://www.lemontreedwelling.com/?p=9024 2014-09-16T15:05:08Z 2014-09-02T14:22:37Z

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Ramen Noodes….reinvented in a delicious noodle salad! This Asian Cole Slaw is sweet, tangy, crunchy, and perfect for feeding a crowd!

Ramen Noodle Sumi Salad - perfect for feeding a crowd!

Happy Tuesday, friends! I hope you all had a wonderful Labor Day weekend! Ours was a birthday party extravaganza, with our girls’ on Saturday and our good friend’s on Sunday…..and it should come as no surprise that we spent most of yesterday cleaning up the disaster that remained from the weekend!

Ramen Noodle Sumi Salad - perfect for feeding a crowd!

This was our 8th year of hosting a summer birthday party – ever since Ellia turned one – and it was, without a doubt, a party to remember! It was probably our biggest one ever (close to 50 people) and it was also the first one that has ever been rained out. Such a bummer when you were relying on outdoor activities to entertain the kids…….

Ramen Noodle Sumi Salad - perfect for feeding a crowd!

 Of course, of all years, we had planned for this one to be a “summer splash” party complete with a water slide and plenty of outdoor water toys. As we watched the weather forecast, though, it became clear that rain WOULD be happening….it was just a matter of how much and how often! So we set the party up indoors, but still had the water slide up in the backyard. The kids definitely used it…..in between downpours…..but in the mean time, they played inside. In our family room and basement. 20 kids worth of messes. Not exactly what we had in mind….but rain happens!

Ramen Noodle Sumi Salad - perfect for feeding a crowd!

The good news? Well, there’s lots of good news. The party was a huge success! People stayed until close to 8 pm and everyone had a blast. We even ended up pulling out the food for a second round of meals (always the sign of a good party) and by the time the last guests left, nearly everything had been eaten! 2 trays of sandwiches, fruit salad, veggie tray, and about 6 other assorted salads….including this Ramen Noodle Sumi Salad. Let me just say this was my first time making this salad (I combined a few other recipes to find the right combination) but it definitely won’t be my last. It’s perfect for parties and a little something different to feed to a crowd. I hope you enjoy it as much as we did…..for football season, perhaps??

Ramen Noodle Sumi Salad - perfect for feeding a crowd!

Ramen Noodle Sumi Salad
 
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Ingredients
  • 2 (14 oz.) packages coleslaw mix
  • 4 packages Ramen noodles, broken into small pieces
  • 8 scallions, sliced
  • 1 c. sliced, toasted almonds
  • 1½ c. canola oil
  • 1 c. rice wine vinegar
  • ½ c. + 2 Tbsp. sugar
  • 2 tsp. salt
  • 2 tsp. pepper
Instructions
  1. Combine coleslaw mix and Ramen noodles in a very large bowl.
  2. Add scallions and toasted almonds and stir to evenly distribute.
  3. In a small saucepan, combine canola oil, rice wine vinegar, sugar, salt and pepper and bring to a boil. Stir until sugar dissolves. Remove from heat.
  4. Let dressing cool; pour half over coleslaw mix and stir to combine.
  5. Refrigerate overnight.
  6. Before serving, add remaining dressing.

 

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Cathy Trochelman <![CDATA[Saturday Night Fever #49: A Recipe Link Party!]]> http://www.lemontreedwelling.com/?p=9015 2014-09-16T03:56:55Z 2014-08-31T01:00:12Z

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Hey, all you party people!!! Welcome back to another week of Saturday Night Fever! Hope your Labor Day weekend is off to a FABULOUS start! We had a huge birthday bash for our girls today and, despite the stormy weather, it was tons of fun! If you’re  following me on Instagram , hopefully you caught some of the pics from the day! I can’t wait to see what you bring to THIS party tonight….but first, I have an important introduction to make!

Ashlyn from Belle of the Kitchen is joining the party as a permanent host this week! We’re so excited to have her……welcome, Ashlyn!! Stay tuned for more important changes to SNF in the coming weeks!

Here are my favorites from last week:

Peach Granita Sundaes from Melanie Makes

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 Crispy Baked Zucchini Fries from First Time Foods

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Blueberry Oatmeal Breakfast Bars from Delightful E Made

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Cinnamon Peach Jam from Kleinworth & Co.

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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.

Be sure to check out these other great parties, hosted by some of our friends!

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