Lemon Tree Dwelling 2014-10-25T03:31:03Z http://www.lemontreedwelling.com/feed/atom Cathy Trochelman <![CDATA[Sweet Potato Breakfast Salad]]> http://www.lemontreedwelling.com/?p=9636 2014-10-24T16:01:29Z 2014-10-24T15:35:36Z

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 Sweet potatoes, sauteed with black beans, red bell pepper, purple onion, and a dash of hot sauce…..and topped with mixed greens, an over easy egg, and maple mustard vinaigrette. Breakfast, in salad form!

Sweet Potato Breakfast Salad

Hello, friends…..happy Friday! I may have forgotten to mention the fact that we’re at a water park right now….6 of us in one hotel room, me sleeping on the pull-out couch next to Myla’s pack ‘n play, and all the water park fun you can handle. Ha! So it’s not exactly my idea of a vacation….but the kids love it, and because of that, it somehow feels worth it.

Sweet Potato Breakfast Salad

We’ve been going to bed around 8 pm each night, since by that point, the kids are beat from a full day at the water park. To be honest, Jorden and I are beat by that point too….although we might opt for some post-bedtime alone time if it were an option! It’s funny…..the things we do for kids. I wonder if they have any idea that this water park adventure (or every water park adventure) is 100% for them (?) Probably not.

Sweet Potato Breakfast Salad

All they’re thinking about when their heads hit the pillow is the fact that tomorrow is a new day, another day of water slide and water coaster fun, another day of something more exciting than being at home. Today is our last day here….and while the kids are clearly disappointed, I must admit I’m ready to go home. I’m ready for Myla to be back on a sleep schedule and for the rest of us to have a little more space. One hotel room for the 6 of us leaves a bit to be desired! But most of all? I’m ready for a delicious breakfast!!!

Sweet Potato Breakfast Salad

Who would have thought that finding a tasty breakfast would be so difficult? Yesterday we attempted Paul Bunyan’s All-You-Can-Eat Lumberjack Breakfast Buffet, only to find they are closed for the season. Instead, we ended up at BJ’s Family Restaurant for the WORST breakfast I have ever eaten in my life. No exaggeration. Rubbery eggs, canned vegetables, and hashbrowns that were dripping with grease. NOT good. This morning’s Dunkin’ Donut stop was definitely better, but still not completely what I had in mind. It may have something to do with the fact that I can NOT stop thinking about this Sweet Potato Breakfast Salad I made the other day! It was fresh, satisfying, and SO delicious! Don’t get me wrong – the kids would probably choose BJ’s pancakes or Dunkin’ Donuts any day of the week. But then again, they would also choose a water park……!

Sweet Potato Breakfast Salad

Sweet Potato Breakfast Salad
 
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Ingredients
  • 1 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 2 c. chopped sweet potatoes, skins on
  • 2 thinly sliced rings of a large red onion
  • ½ c. black beans
  • ½ c. diced red pepper
  • hot sauce, to taste
  • 1 c. mixed greens
  • 1 egg, cooked over easy
Maple Mustard Vinaigrette
  • 3 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 2 Tbsp. whole grain mustard
  • 1½ Tbsp. maple syrup
  • 1 tsp. lemon juice
  • salt & pepper, to taste
Instructions
  1. Heat olive oil in a large frying pan over medium heat.
  2. Add sweet potatoes and saute, stirring, until potatoes start to soften.
  3. Add onions and red pepper and continue cooking until potatoes are fork tender.
  4. Stir in black beans and a dash of hot sauce, to taste.
  5. Arrange sweet potato mixture on a plate; top with mixed greens and egg.
  6. Drizzle with maple mustard vinaigrette.

Sweet Potato Breakfast Salad

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Cathy Trochelman <![CDATA[Fall Harvest Salad]]> http://www.lemontreedwelling.com/?p=9607 2014-10-24T16:05:50Z 2014-10-23T13:32:09Z

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 Fall Harvest Salad – made with mixed greens, apples, cucumbers, celery, red onion, feta cheese, and pomegranate seeds, and drizzled with a honey balsamic vinaigrette. A beautiful, delicious salad that’s perfect for the holidays!

Fall Harvest Salad. This is definitely going on my holiday menu!

 So it turns out I have the holidays on my mind. I guess it makes sense….considering the fact that Thanksgiving is just over a month away. Can you even believe it?? They always say the older you get, the faster time flies….and I think they’re right! I’ll be 35 on Monday, and I’m not exaggerating when I say the last 8 years of my life sped by. Whether it’s having kids or just getting older,  one thing I know is that it goes by quickly!

Fall Harvest Salad. This is definitely going on my holiday menu!

There’s something about fall that makes me especially aware of this reality. Maybe it’s the falling leaves or the cooler temperatures or the fact that fall is over in the blink of an eye, but I feel like every fall I am longing to reconnect with family and friends and the things that matter most!

Fall Harvest Salad. This is definitely going on my holiday menu!

It’s perfect timing, really. The kids are back in school, the craziness of summer has passed, and the weather is perfect for sharing a cup of coffee or a delicious meal and reconnecting with the people who are important to us. Which is exactly how this salad was born. My mom called, I wanted to feed her, and this is what I had in my fridge. Turns out it could not have been more delicious……although I know it wouldn’t have really mattered either way……(it was really about the time together!)

Fall Harvest Salad. This is definitely going on my holiday menu!

The holidays are kind of like that. Mostly about the time together…..but some delicious food never hurts, either!! I, for one, am always about the salad. There’s nothing like a pile of freshness to counteract all the heaviness of a typical holiday menu. And when it looks as pretty as this one does, I don’t think anyone will be complaining! On the off-chance that they do, you can remind them that it’s really less about the food and more about the time together. And then you can secretly rejoice because that means more salad for you!

Fall Harvest Salad. This is definitely going on my holiday menu!

Fall Harvest Salad
 
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  • 5 oz. mixed greens
  • 1 red apple, chopped
  • 1-2 mini cucumbers, sliced
  • 1 thickly sliced red onion ring, diced
  • 1-2 stalks celery, sliced
  • 4 oz. feta cheese
  • 4 oz. pomegranate seeds
  • *amounts can be adjusted according to taste
  • *also delicious with pecans!
Dressing
  • ⅔ c. olive oil
  • ⅔ c. balsamic vinegar
  • 1 Tbsp. minced red onion
  • 1 Tbsp. honey
  • 1 tsp. dried oregano
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tsp. kosher salt
  • ½ tsp. pepper
Instructions
  1. Spread greens in shallow serving dish.
  2. Layer with additional ingredients as desired.
  3. Drizzle with balsamic vinaigrette.

Fall Harvest Salad. This is definitely going on my holiday menu!

 

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Cathy Trochelman <![CDATA[Maple Cinnamon Coffee Creamer]]> http://www.lemontreedwelling.com/?p=9595 2014-10-21T15:02:25Z 2014-10-21T15:02:25Z

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Maple Cinnamon Coffee Creamer combines the sweetness of maple syrup with delicious spiciness of cinnamon. Perfect for fall!

3-ingredient Maple Cinnamon Coffee Creamer. Tastes like breakfast!

I realize this is the second week in a row I’m posting a recipe for coffee creamer…..and I don’t know whether I should apologize (to those of you who don’t drink coffee), hang my head in shame (for exposing myself as the true coffee addict I am), or just say, “you’re welcome” (because this recipe is seriously delicious)!

3-ingredient Maple Cinnamon Coffee Creamer. Tastes like breakfast!

Maybe I’ll say a little bit about all three, just to cover my bases. First, to those of you who don’t drink coffee. I’m sorry. Really, I am. Not just for posting a recipe that is useless to you…..but for the fact that I can’t imagine my mornings without coffee! At the risk of sounding overly dramatic…..I really feel like the promise of coffee is enough to get me out of bed some mornings! I’m sure if you don’t drink it, you find other things to get you out of bed….but right now that’s hard for me to imagine. Just sayin’…..

3-ingredient Maple Cinnamon Coffee Creamer. Tastes like breakfast!

Second, to the fact that I might be exposing an addiction for all the world to see. Well…I’m going on 5 months of getting up 3-4 times a night with a newborn. Coffee helps with that. Not to mention the fact that we’re working with very small windows of time during the day (in between naps), and enjoying my morning coffee reminds me of life outside of my home. When I used to grab a coffee on my way to work, or meet friends for coffee after work, or spend the afternoon in a coffee shop, just because I could. Coffee brings me back.

3-ingredient Maple Cinnamon Coffee Creamer. Tastes like breakfast!

Third, to those of you who are coffee lovers like me. This creamer is amazing. It tastes like breakfast. Think pancakes with warm maple syrup. Think cinnamon rolls, fresh out of the oven. And, of course, think coffee. Best of all, you need just three simple ingredients to make it a reality. You’re welcome.

3-ingredient Maple Cinnamon Coffee Creamer. Tastes like breakfast!

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Maple Cinnamon Coffee Creamer
 
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  • 1 c. half and half
  • ¼ c. pure maple syrup
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
Instructions
  1. Combine all ingredients in a glass jar and shake well to mix.
  2. Shake before each use.

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Cathy Trochelman <![CDATA[Marie Callender’s {Comforts from Home}]]> http://www.lemontreedwelling.com/?p=9585 2014-10-23T17:09:45Z 2014-10-20T12:00:44Z

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This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Marie Callender’s for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine.

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Well, another weekend has come and gone. How was yours?? It will probably come as no surprise to you that ours was busy. (I know, nothing new….) Busier than usual, though…..and I have to admit I am not feeling ready for it to be Monday! Weekends for me are a refuge, a chance to get things done, an opportunity to (hopefully) have a little time to myself, and the one chance we get all week to spend quality time together as a family.

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Except when we don't…..because every now and then we have a weekend that is jam packed with activities and obligations and craziness….and the weekend comes and goes and the quality family time completely slips through our fingers. Which is exactly what happened this weekend. Which is exactly why I'm not ready for it to be Monday!

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The truth is, I live for the comfort of being at home with our little family, and all week I look forward to Jorden having some time off to spend with us. Watching movies. Snuggling on the couch. Sharing meals. Playing board games. Having dance parties. I can't imagine giving that up! But I know there are families who DO give it up when one parent or the other is deployed overseas. In fact, we have friends who dealt with this as their reality for an entire year. Imagine – a year away from your spouse and your kids. I can't even imagine how homesick I would be.

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I recently learned about an awesome way of supporting these men and women who sacrifice so much – through the Marie Callender’s Comforts From Home Project. When you enter the eight-digit code found on specially marked packages of Marie Callender's dinners and desserts online at Marie Callender’s, Marie Callender's will send a $0.50 donation to USO2GO. USO2GO is a USO program that brings kits filled with the comforts of home, like electronics, sports gear, books, games and more to troops stationed in remote locations around the world. USO2GO kits help to transform a remote base into a place that feels more like home, where troops can throw around a football, enjoy a good book, or send e-mails to loved ones back home.

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What's especially great about this program is how easy it is to participate. All you have to do is buy delicious Marie Callender's dinners and desserts, enjoy them (we sure did), and enter the code online! There are so many different products to choose from, and they're the perfect way to spend some quality family time together at the dinner table…..even on a busy night! In case you're wondering, the mini apple pies served warm with vanilla ice cream and maple syrup are AMAZING. A delicious way to bring the family together….and perfect for fall!

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 Visit Marie Callender’s Facebook or ComfortsfromHome.com to learn more about how you can join Marie Callender's in helping to bring a little bit of home sweet home to our U.S. service men and women overseas.
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1 Cathy Trochelman <![CDATA[Caramel Apple Muffins]]> http://www.lemontreedwelling.com/?p=9565 2014-10-17T14:00:58Z 2014-10-17T14:00:58Z

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

Sweet, moist apple muffins, stuffed with ooey gooey caramel and topped with a brown sugar peanut streusel.

Caramel Apple Muffins - stuffed with caramel and topped with peanut streusel! Yum!!

 I know I’ve mentioned this before…..but we are in another SERIOUS breakfast rut here at our Lemon Tree Dwelling. I think it has something to do with weekday mornings, the rush to catch the bus, the fact that picking an outfit and matching accessories ALWAYS takes longer than expected, the reality that Greta is just like her dad and never has an appetite first thing in the morning….

Caramel Apple Muffins - stuffed with caramel and topped with peanut streusel! Yum!!

 I started out the school year offering things like french toast, pancakes, scrambled eggs, smoothies…..and now, just over a month into the school year, we’ve worked our way down to things like cereal, cinnamon sugar toast, and yogurt. It just doesn’t feel worth it to make a big fancy breakfast when the kids may or may not actually eat it!

Caramel Apple Muffins - stuffed with caramel and topped with peanut streusel! Yum!!

Of course, there are some things they are guaranteed to eat. Like Pop Tarts, or donuts, or anything with enough sugar to qualify as cake. And then, there are muffins! Muffins are so much lower in sugar than any of these other things my kids love…..they almost always incorporate some type of fruit…..and…..they’re ready to roll first thing in the morning! And when you use products from Immaculate Baking, like their organic flour, they’re something you can really feel good about giving your kids!

immaculate baking

Caramel Apple Muffins - stuffed with caramel and topped with peanut streusel! Yum!!

 What sets these muffins apart from the rest is the fact that they’re packed with tart green apples and stuffed with whole caramels.. Not to mention the brown sugar peanut streusel! They make you feel like you’re eating a delicious caramel apple for breakfast! And, as you might imagine, it’s easy to get your kids to say yes to that!!

Caramel Apple Muffins - stuffed with caramel and topped with peanut streusel! Yum!!

Caramel Apple Muffins
 
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  • 1 egg
  • ½ c.milk
  • ¼ c. oil
  • 1 c. grated tart apple (I used Granny Smith with the skins on)
  • ½ tsp. cinnamon
  • 1½ c. flour
  • ½ c. sugar
  • 2 tsp. baking powder
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • 12-14 unwrapped caramels
Topping:
  • ½ c. toffee bits (near chocolate chips in baking aisle)
  • ¼ c. brown sugar
  • ¼ c. chopped peanuts
Instructions
  1. Beat egg; stir in milk, oil, apples, and cinnamon.
  2. Mix in flour, sugar, baking soda, and salt. Stir just until flour is moistened.
  3. Line 12 muffin cups with paper liners; fill each halfway with batter.
  4. Place an unwrapped caramel in the center of each cup and divide remaining batter evenly.
  5. Prepare topping and divide evenly among muffin cups and press down gently.
  6. Bake 20-25 minutes or until golden brown.
  7. Remove from pan.

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Cathy Trochelman <![CDATA[Harvest Brussel Sprout Salad]]> http://www.lemontreedwelling.com/?p=9391 2014-10-23T00:57:09Z 2014-10-16T14:29:14Z

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 Oven-roasted brussel sprouts with Gorgonzola cheese, bacon, pecans, and red onion in a light lemon-sage vinaigrette.

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 Let’s talk brussel sprouts, shall we? Are you a lover or a hater?? Brussel sprouts are one of those things people are rarely neutral about. It seems you either love them any way and all ways…..or you won’t touch them with a 10 foot pole! I, for one, am a lover.

Harvest Brussel Sprout Salad with bacon, blue cheese, red onions & pecans

To be honest, I’m a lover of nearly all vegetables! Give me broccoli, cauliflower, mushrooms, peppers, zucchini, asparagus, green beans, carrots……and we’re in business. I love them raw, steamed, sauteed, and most of all, roasted. There is something about the roasting process that brings out such delicious flavors……and the olive oil and sea salt don’t hurt, either!

Harvest Brussel Sprout Salad with bacon, blue cheese, red onions & pecans

When I really think about it, there are only two vegetables I’ve never learned to love: lima beans and peas. Yuck to both! I’m not sure if it’s a flavor thing or a texture thing….but whatever it is, I am definitely NOT a lover. And, at this point, I’m not even sure I’m willing to give them another try!

 Harvest Brussel Sprout Salad with bacon, blue cheese, red onions & pecans

But brussel sprouts…..brussel sprouts are a different story. I’ve actually loved them since the first time I tried them – steamed – with a little salt and pepper. And up until now, that’s the only way I’ve ever eaten them! I thought it might be time to freshen things up and incorporate these delicious little bundles into a fall salad. So I roasted them in olive oil, mixed them with bacon, Gorgonzola cheese, and pecans, and tossed them in a lemon-sage vinaigrette. Whether  you’re a brussel sprout lover or a proclaimed hater, this salad is most definitely worth a try. You can’t go wrong with bacon and cheese…..am I right??

Harvest Brussel Sprout Salad with bacon, blue cheese, red onions & pecans

Harvest Brussel Sprout Salad
 
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Salad
  • 2 c. brussel sprouts, washed and cut in half
  • 2 Tbsp. olive oil
  • ½ c. crumbled Gorgonzola cheese
  • ¼ c. pecans, toasted
  • 2 pieces bacon, cooked and crumbled
  • 1-2 thinly sliced onion rings, quartered
Dressing
  • 2 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 2 Tbsp. lemon juice
  • 1 tsp. rubbed sage
  • ½ tsp. kosher salt
  • ¼ tsp. pepper
Instructions
  1. Prepare brussel sprouts by tossing them in olive oil until completely coated. Arrange on baking sheet and roast at 400 degrees 15-20 minutes or until tender. Cool slightly.
  2. Combine brussel sprouts, cheese, pecans, bacon, and onion in a medium bowl.
  3. Combine dressing ingredients and drizzle over salad.

 

 

 

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Cathy Trochelman <![CDATA[Cinnamon Apple Pear Sauce]]> http://www.lemontreedwelling.com/?p=9529 2014-10-16T14:22:51Z 2014-10-15T12:55:37Z

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 4-ingredient Cinnamon Apple Pear Sauce – made in a slow cooker – the perfect blend of spicy and sweet!

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Homemade applesauce and I go WAY back. Growing up, we had 3 or 4 apple trees in our front yard, and since we never really pruned or fertilized or did much of anything to take care of them, making applesauce was just about the only option we had for ALL THOSE APPLES! I can distinctly remember my mom standing at the kitchen counter, peeling and chopping pounds and pounds of them…..and what set hers apart from all the other applesauce I had ever tasted was that it was pink!

Cinnamon Apple Pear Sauce 2

We’re not talking a light pink like the shade you might get if you left a few of the skins on some of the really red apples. We’re talking a deep pink that could not have been prettier. (Or more delicious!)  So when I was asked to create a pink recipe for Breast Cancer Awareness Month, I knew EXACTLY what I would make.

Cinnamon Apple Pear Sauce 4

 I’m so lucky to be surrounded by women who want to share about things that matter.

Pink. A color that so many of us love. And also a color that holds new meaning for so many of us today.

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I’m sure I’m not alone when I say my family has been personally impacted by breast cancer….my aunt is a breast cancer survivor going on 3 years. According to statistics, 1 in 8 women will be diagnosed in their lifetime – a staggering number. They always say that early detection is key, and that proved to be true in my aunt’s case. It’s so easy to feel helpless and even hopeless in the face of cancer….and sometimes I feel that way, myself. But it’s also easy to join together to do something. Even if that something is as simple as sharing stories and raising awareness.

Cinnamon Apple Pear Sauce 1

This Cinnamon Apple Pear Sauce could not be easier to make…..just throw the ingredients in a slow cooker and wait! And while you’re waiting, it would be a great time to call your mom or your aunt or whoever your survivor is….a great time to do a self-exam…..a great time to schedule a mammogram. We can’t change the fact that cancer exists, but we can change what we do about it…..and we can join together in the face of it.

Cinnamon Apple Pear Sauce
 
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  • 4 c. peeled, cored apples, cut into large chunks
  • 4 c. peeled, chopped pears, cut into large chunks
  • ¼ c. water
  • ¼ c. cinnamon imperial candies (Red Hots)
  • ½ tsp. cinnamon
Instructions
  1. Combine all ingredients in a slow cooker.
  2. Cook on low heat 3 hours; mash to desired consistency.
  3. Delicious served warm or cold!

Speaking of joining together, today I’m joining together with a fabulous group of bloggers who are “Cooking for a Cure.” All of these women are sharing PINK recipes for Breast Cancer Awareness today. Take a minute to check out their recipes below!

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Cathy Trochelman <![CDATA[Pumpkin Spice Coffee Creamer]]> http://www.lemontreedwelling.com/?p=9517 2014-10-14T03:47:36Z 2014-10-13T12:00:55Z

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 Pumpkin Spice Coffee Creamer – made with all natural ingredients – a perfectly delicious taste of fall!

Pumpkin Spice Coffee Creamer - just 4 simple ingredients!

 Good morning, friends…..Happy Monday! (Is there such a thing??) I hope you had a wonderful weekend! Ours was a bit crazier than usual, with two soccer games and two birthday parties and a kitchen painting project and, of course, the Packer game…..all good things, for sure, but crazy nonetheless!

Pumpkin Spice Coffee Creamer - just 4 simple ingredients!

Busy weekends always leave me wishing we could have just one more day. A day where we have nothing planned and we can just figure it out as we go. It’s funny – I used to live for plans – but now that we have kids I find myself wanting more and more to have NOTHING on our calendar! (Probably because it never happens – ha!)

Pumpkin Spice Coffee Creamer - just 4 simple ingredients!

The other thing busy weekends leave me wanting? A warm, delicious, strong cup of coffee to start my week. Okay, let’s be honest. When do I NOT want a warm, delicious, strong cup of coffee? But what makes this one even more delicious  is the creamer. I’ve been loving pumpkin lately, so this Pumpkin Spice Coffee Creamer is exactly what I’ve been craving. It’s made with just 4 simple ingredients and couldn’t be easier to shake together. It’s the perfect blend of sugar and spice, the perfect taste of fall.

Pumpkin Spice Coffee Creamer - just 4 simple ingredients!

  Whether your fall weekends have been crazy busy like this past one, or slow and relaxed like I’d like ours to be…..you can’t go wrong with pumpkin! And you most certainly can’t go wrong with coffee. Especially on a Monday morning! I hope you have a great start to your week! (I know I will!!!!)

Pumpkin Spice Coffee Creamer - just 4 simple ingredients!

Pumpkin Spice Coffee Creamer
 
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  • 1 c. half & half
  • ¼ c. pumpkin butter
  • 2 Tbsp. sugar
  • ½ tsp. pumpkin pie spice
  • *I purchased pumpkin butter at Trader Joe's. Recipe can be made alternatively with ¼ c. pumpkin pie filling (not pumpkin puree) and ¼ c. sugar instead of 2 Tbsp.
Instructions
  1. Combine all ingredients in a small container and stir until sugar is dissolved and flavors are blended.

 

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Cathy Trochelman <![CDATA[Sweet ‘n Salty Candy Corn Frosty]]> http://www.lemontreedwelling.com/?p=9495 2014-10-15T18:56:42Z 2014-10-10T13:00:54Z

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Sweet ‘n Salty Candy Corn Frostys. Your favorite milkshake….all dressed up for fall!

Sweet 'n Salty Candy Corn Frosty

 Happy Friday, friends! I cannot believe this week has already come and gone. More importantly, I cannot believe we’ve already made it through the first week of October. And just like that, it’s seriously time to start thinking about Halloween…..eeeeeek! If you’re anything like me, you have yet to put up any Halloween decorations, carve a pumpkin, come up with your kids’ costumes, or begin to think about what you might be passing out during Trick or Treat….! (Come on…I know I’m not the only one!) Which is why you’re going to LOVE me for telling you about this sweet deal from Wendy’s!

Sweet 'n Salty Candy Corn Frosty

 

 From now through October 31st, you can visit your local Wendy’s® to purchase a Jr. Frosty™ Halloween Coupon Book* for $1, which benefits the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption®. Each coupon book contains 5 or 10 coupons for FREE Jr. Frosty Treats…..which, incidentally, would make GREAT treats for Trick or Treat! Who doesn’t LOVE a Frosty? Especially one that goes toward a good cause….!

Sweet 'n Salty Candy Corn Frosty

As a mom of 4, any organization working to better  the lives of children is near and dear to my heart. And when it comes to children in foster care, I feel especially connected. I’ve had friends and family members work within the foster care system, and ultimately, there’s no better way to better the life of a foster child than by helping to facilitate the adoption process.

Sweet 'n Salty Candy Corn Frosty

Did you know that……

  • There are more than 100,000 children in foster care awaiting adoption?
  • Thanks to Wendy’s® consumers and the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption®, 4,000+ children have found adoptive families?
  • This year, Wendy’s® aims to give $10 million to The Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption®?

It’s pretty awesome, really. For every $1 Halloween Coupon Book you buy, ninety cents will benefit the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption®. Helping kids in need. And helping the families who will adopt them! Since the coupons can be used November 1, 2014 through February 1, 2015, they really do make the perfect Halloween treat!

Sweet 'n Salty Candy Corn Frosty

  Of course, it’s difficult to make a Frosty even more delicious than it already is…..but throwing in some Halloween candy can’t hurt!! One of my favorite combinations is candy corn and dry roasted peanuts…..and when combined with a delicious Frosty, it’s out of this world! Feel free to run out and grab yourself a Frosty right now (you know you want one!) Oh, and pick up a coupon book for yourself while you’re at it!

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Sweet 'n Salty Candy Corn Frosty
 
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  • 1 Wendy's Jr. Frosty
  • 2 Tbsp. dry roasted peanuts
  • 2 Tbsp. candy corn
Instructions
  1. Combine all ingredients for a delicious salty-sweet frosty treat!

“Visit your local Wendy’s® to purchase a Jr. Frosty™ Halloween Coupon Book* for $1, which benefits the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption®!

*Coupon book may contain coupons for 5 or 10 free Jr. Frosty™ treats. Prices and participation may vary. Ninety cents to every $1 coupon booklet sold between 9/15/14 and 10/31/14 will benefit the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption®. Coupons valid from 11/1/14 through 2/1/15. ©2014 Oldemark LLC”

 

 

I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls Collective and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

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Cathy Trochelman <![CDATA[Pumpkin Caramel Apple Dip]]> http://www.lemontreedwelling.com/?p=9483 2014-10-09T14:44:25Z 2014-10-09T14:42:40Z

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4-ingredient Pumpkin Caramel Apple Dip combines the creamy caramel dip you love with the sweet taste of pumpkin. Perfect for fall apple dipping!

4-Ingredient Pumpkin Caramel Apple Dip

 Every now and then, we have a day here at our Lemon Tree Dwelling that just feels right. A day when everything goes smoothly, everyone is in a good mood, and family time feels….well….enjoyable! (Imagine that – ha!!)

4-Ingredient Pumpkin Caramel Apple Dip

This past Sunday was one of them. We raked leaves, picked apples, visited my grandpa, and had a fun “fancy” dinner of bread, cheese, olives, and the fresh apples we had picked that day. It was a day that reminded me why I love being a mom….a day that made me feel so grateful for my little family!

4-Ingredient Pumpkin Caramel Apple Dip

 The other thing that was great about that day? We came home with 2 big bags of apples….more than we can possibly eat….and it jump started a new round of apple recipes in our kitchen! After all, we can’t possibly let all those hard-earned apples go to waste!!

4-Ingredient Pumpkin Caramel Apple Dip

There’s been plenty of baking going on….and as much as we’re loving our caramel apple muffins and apple breakfast bake, one of our VERY  favorite ways to enjoy apples is with homemade caramel dip! I thought I’d mix things up this year by adding a fun twist. PUMPKIN!!!

4-Ingredient Pumpkin Caramel Apple Dip

You may not know it, but pumpkin and caramel make a delicious combination….and the perfect complement to sliced apples! And with just 4 ingredients, you can easily whip up this dip for an after school snack, a game day appetizer, or a fall party treat! And it just might make you enjoy your family time a little more……although I can’t make any promises!

Pumpkin Caramel Apple Dip
 
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  • 1 (8 oz.) package cream cheese, at room temperature
  • ¾ c. brown sugar
  • ¼ c. powdered sugar
  • ¼ c. pumpkin pie mix (not pumpkin puree)
Instructions
  1. Combine all ingredients in a medium mixing bowl and blend until smooth.
  2. Serve with sliced apples, cinnamon sugar pita chips, or your favorite dippers!
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Cathy Trochelman <![CDATA[Pear Sangria]]> http://www.lemontreedwelling.com/?p=9459 2014-10-08T15:24:09Z 2014-10-08T15:19:24Z

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 5-ingredient Pear Sangria with sliced pears and pomegranate seeds. Perfectly refreshing for fall!

Pear Sangria with fresh pears and pomegranate seeds. Can't wait to try this!

 This may come as a surprise to you…..but I love me some wine! Ha – no real surprise, I guess….this is only the 9th sangria recipe I’ve shared with you….. What can I say? When you’re passionate about something, you might as well share it, right??

Pear Sangria with fresh pears and pomegranate seeds. Can't wait to try this!

There’s just something about sitting down with a glass of wine that is so relaxing. I love sharing it with friends or enjoying a glass after the kids go to bed….and along with it, I love taking a moment to relax, unwind, and just be. Of course, it never hurts if my “me time” can also be delicious…..!

Pear Sangria with fresh pears and pomegranate seeds. Can't wait to try this!

My favorite way to drink wine is straight up (haha) but I also really enjoy mixing up a delicious sangria! I love that the possibilities are endless, and that you can change things up completely just by adding different flavors. Perfect for the changing seasons! Last fall I shared my Sparkling Apple Cider Sangria with you and this year I thought I’d mix it up with pears! (And I’m so happy I did!!)

Pear Sangria with fresh pears and pomegranate seeds. Can't wait to try this!

Have you ever read the label on a bottle of Riesling…..and noticed the “notes of pear” that are constantly being mentioned? Well, this sangria starts with Riesling, highlights those pear notes, adds a little extra kick, and ends on a note of delicious!! Just the way sangria should!

Pear Sangria with fresh pears and pomegranate seeds. Can't wait to try this!

 So whether you’re looking for a new drink to share with friends or one to keep all to yourself….this Pear Sangria is a must try for fall! I hope you enjoy!!

Pear Sangria
 
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  • 1 bottle Riesling
  • ¾ c. pear juice (I used R.W. Knudsen brand)
  • ⅓ c. brandy
  • ¼ c. simple syrup
  • 1 pear, thinly sliced
  • ¼ c. pomegranate seeds
Instructions
  1. Mix all ingredients in a medium pitcher; cover and refrigerate until ready to serve.
  2. *Sangria tastes best after 1-2 days!

 Here are some more delicious sangria recipes for you…..just in case!

http://www.lemontreedwelling.com/2013/09/sparkling-apple-cider-sangria.html

Red Wine Sangria1

Strawberry Peach Sangria 2c

 

 

 

 

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Cathy Trochelman <![CDATA[Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Mug Cake]]> http://www.lemontreedwelling.com/?p=9404 2014-10-07T14:47:54Z 2014-10-07T14:33:25Z

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  Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Mug Cake – made with just 6 ingredients and ready in 2 minutes flat!

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Mug Cake - 6 ingredients and 2 minutes to perfection!

 Well, I did it again. I missed my blogiversary…..for the second year in a row! And when you’ve only been blogging two years…..well…..let’s just say your average is not so good! Ha! To be fair, my blogiversary does fall just one day after my wedding anniversary, so it’s not like the blog thing just slips my mind. I just have more important things on my mind……especially this year! This year Jorden and I celebrated our 10 year anniversary. (Where does time go??)

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Mug Cake - 6 ingredients and 2 minutes to perfection!

It’s crazy to think of how much has changed in the 10 years since we’ve been married……2 houses and 3 pets and 4 kids and a minivan…..and that’s just for starters! The good news is we still really enjoy one another’s company (and since we rarely have a moment to see anyone else, enjoying one another’s company is key!!)

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Mug Cake - 6 ingredients and 2 minutes to perfection!

It’s similar with blogging. A lot has changed in the two years since I hit publish on my first post. Like the look of Lemon Tree Dwelling (I started with a dark wood background  – yikes!), the amount of time I thought I’d spend on it (blogging as a hobby??), my photography skills (thank goodness), and even the types of things I blog about. When I first started blogging, I planned to do a little bit of everything. Home decor, DIY, holidays, kid stuff, and a few recipes thrown in for fun. Well…..I guess all I can say is that things change!

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Mug Cake - 6 ingredients and 2 minutes to perfection!

 The good news? I’m still enjoying it! Sure, it takes up more time than I thought it would. And sometimes my kids think I’m nuts for photographing everything before they’re allowed to eat it. There are times I wonder how I can possibly keep up with blogging in the midst of a busy “real” life…..but at the end of the day, Lemon Tree Dwelling is so much more than “just a blog”. It’s a place for me to be creative and learn new things and challenge myself to keep growing. It’s a place for me to be reflective and tell my stories and work through the events of our lives. And it’s a place for me to meet new people – bloggers and readers and moms and friends and so many people who have supported me on this journey. And that is something to celebrate!

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Mug Cake - 6 ingredients and 2 minutes to perfection!

This Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Mug Cake is the PERFECT way to celebrate, don’t you think? The perfect flavor combination, the perfect portion, and the perfect amount of time (Cake in 2 minutes?? Sign me up!) So, to all of you, THANK YOU for following along! Whether you’ve been following me for 2 years or 2 days, I appreciate it….more than you will ever know!

Now go make yourself a cake….you deserve it!

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Mug Cake
 
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  • ¼ c. flour
  • ¼ c. sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 3 Tbsp. canned pumpkin pie filling
  • ½ tsp. pumpkin pie spice
  • 2 Tbsp. chocolate chips
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  1. Combine all ingredients in a medium sized mug, reserving a few chocolate chips.
  2. Stir until thoroughly combined.
  3. Microwave on high power 2 minutes.
  4. Top with remaining chocolate chips and enjoy!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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