Lemon Tree Dwelling 2014-10-17T22:37:54Z http://www.lemontreedwelling.com/feed/atom 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!

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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.

Looking for more delicious apple recipes?

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Apple Cake 1c

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Cathy Trochelman <![CDATA[Harvest Brussel Sprout Salad]]> http://www.lemontreedwelling.com/?p=9391 2014-10-17T22:37:54Z 2014-10-16T14:29:14Z

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 Oven-roasted brussel sprouts with bacon, blue cheese, 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, blue 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 blue 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, gorgonzola 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!

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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.

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 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.

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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.

 

Looking for more delicious coffee creamer recipes? Check out these ones:

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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
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  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)
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  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!!

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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!

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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
Instructions
  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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Cathy Trochelman <![CDATA[Apple Breakfast Bake {Fall Recipes with Pick ‘n Save}]]> http://www.lemontreedwelling.com/?p=9413 2014-10-06T16:15:28Z 2014-10-06T12:53:22Z

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

Apple pie meets egg bake in this delicious Apple Breakfast Bake, loaded with dried cranberries and pecans and drizzled with warm maple syrup.

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Well, we did it! We finally made it to the orchard to pick apples yesterday…..and not a moment too soon. The orchards around here are starting to get picked clean, and some of them are already closed for the season. Who knew pick-your-own apples were such a hot commodity?? To be honest, as much as I LOVE picking apples every year, I’m also really content to let Pick ‘n Save do the work for me……which is probably why this is NOT the first year we’ve waited so long that the branches are starting to go bare……!

Apple Breakfast Bake. SO yummy for fall!!  #MyPicknSave #shop

Luckily, a few phone calls was all it took to avert apple picking disaster, and just like that, we were back in business. Thank goodness….because the girls were SO excited about it and ended up having the best time they’ve ever had picking apples! They were climbing ladders and running through the rows of trees and searching for the best apples…..and, of course, sampling plenty of them along the way!

Apple Breakfast Bake. SO yummy for fall!!  #MyPicknSave #shop

 We ended up coming home with $30 worth of apples…..a big bag and a small bag, both filled to the brim and overflowing. Enough apples that I might wonder what to do with all of them…..if I didn’t have the kids I have, that is. They are apple LOVERS, and can easily eat 2-3 apples a day….EACH! But. Before they gobble them all up, this Apple Breakfast Bake is on my must-make list. It’s sweet and satisfying and full of delicious apple flavor, and with the addition of dried cranberries and pecans, it really is the perfect dish for fall!

Apple Breakfast Bake. SO yummy for fall!!  #MyPicknSave #shop

 This is one of those recipes I’ve been meaning to share with you forever, so when I found out #MyPicknSave was teaming up with #CollectiveBias with a focus on APPLES, I was thrilled! I headed to my favorite Pick ‘n Save, and the first thing I saw was exactly what I needed!! Lots and lots of apples!

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I love trying out different varieties, both for eating and baking. Of course, we definitely have our favorites…..like Gala and Honeycrisp for eating, Cortland and Granny Smith for baking. The great thing about apples, though, is that they’re ALL good for anything….and they’re especially fun to mix and match. I can’t wait to get busy with all the apples we got from the orchard yesterday…..and I’m not kidding when I say I better hurry, before they’re all gone!

Apple Breakfast Bake. SO yummy for fall!!  #MyPicknSave #shop

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Apple Breakfast Bake {Fall Recipes with Pick 'n Save}
 
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  • 8 eggs
  • 1½ c. milk
  • 1 c. flour
  • 3 Tbsp. maple syrup OR sugar
  • 2 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp. apple pie spice
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • ½ c. (1 stick) butter
  • ¼ c. packed brown sugar
  • 3 Granny Smith apples, peeled and thinly sliced
  • ½ c. dried cranberries
  • ½ c. pecans
Instructions
  1. Combine egs, milk, flour, sugar, vanilla, cinnamon and salt in a blender and mix until smooth.
  2. Heat the butter and brown sugar in a 9x13 inch baking dish at 425 degrees until butter melts. Stir apples, pecans, and dried cranberries into the butter.
  3. Bake until the butter sizzles.
  4. Pour egg mixture over apple mixture. and sprinkle with a small amount of brown sugar.
  5. Bake at 425 degrees 20-25 minutes until golden brown or until a knife inserted in the center comes out clean.
  6. Serve with maple syrup.

Learn more about Pick ‘n Save by following them on Facebook, Twitter, or Pinterest.

Also, mark your calendars, because The Wisconsin Potato board is putting together this year’s PotatoPalooza and here is Pick ‘n Save’s plan for dates & times:

10/11 @ 10A – 2P 8132 Stevens Point, 1500 Pinecrest Drive, Stevens Point, WI.  54481

10/25 @ 10A – 2P 6891 Mt Pleasant South, 2820 S Green Bay Road, Mount Pleasant, WI.  53406

 

 

 

 

 

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Cathy Trochelman <![CDATA[Soccer Fun with Capri Sun]]> http://www.lemontreedwelling.com/?p=9373 2014-10-02T14:20:24Z 2014-10-02T13:00:37Z

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You know all those things you said you NEVER would become? Like a driver of a minivan, a coupon fanatic, a person who wears sweat pants everywhere, a soccer mom…? Well, it has recently come to my attention that I AM a soccer mom. In every sense of the word! I spend my Saturdays on the soccer field, I am constantly searching for a missing cleat or shin guard, I’m married to the soccer coach… and soccer is the only sport my kids play!

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To be totally honest, I’m not really sure it’s the right sport for either of them. They claim they like it, and have definitely grown in their aggressiveness and skills over the past year… but I sometimes find myself wondering if it’s the game or the post-game snack they look forward to more! And I’m guessing my kids aren’t the only ones. Since the snacks are such an important part of the game, I always try to choose something that’s not only appealing to them, but also appealing to me as a (soccer) mom! In other words… something that’s good for them!

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Capri Sun Juice Drinks has always been one of our family’s favorites, so it’s an easy choice when it’s our turn to bring a snack for soccer! My kids love the iconic pouch, and as a mom, I love the fact that the Capri Sun 100% Juice products has no artificial colors, flavors, or preservatives. But that’s not all I appreciate about Capri Sun… in fact, the more I learn about the company as a whole, the more I love it!

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Like the fact that, since 2008, more than 200 million Capri Sun pouches have been collected through Capri Sun’s relationship with TerraCycle and upcycled them into durable goods. Or the fact that, in 2012 Capri Sun invested in creating a new box for Capri Sun pouches, which resulted in a 30 million pound reduction in packaging in just one year. Or the simple fact that Capri Sun listens to their consumers – proof of which lies in their new clear-bottomed pouches, an important innovation that was requested by consumers in order to allow easy quality checks on pouches that may have been punctured or leaking.

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Most importantly, we love our Capri Sun Juice Drink because it tastes great! I typically buy the 100% juice variety, but my kids like them all – the original Capri Sun Juice Drink, Capri Sun Roarin’ Waters Flavored Water Beverage, and Capri Sun Super V Fruit and Vegetable Juice Drink. Best of all, they all have their own benefits! For instance, Capri Sun Original Juice Drink has 25% less sugar than leading regular juice drinks.* Capri Sun Roarin’ Waters is low in calories. Capri Sun Super V Fruit & Vegetable Juice Drink provides one combined full serving of fruit and vegetables** and is a good source of vitamins A, C & E. And Capri Sun 100% Juice provides one full serving of fruit and is 100% juice***.

To find out more about the different varieties and the company as a whole, check out the Capri Sun website and Facebook page!

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Another thing I recently learned about Capri Sun Roarin’ Waters? It’s an official sponsor of Major League Soccer! Who knew?? And, for the second year, Capri Sun is giving kids the ultimate sip of liquid swagger by inviting kids to take on Pro Athletes and win! This year, Capri Sun leveraged the excitement of their MLS sponsorship by gathering together a team of soccer Pros. These guys are some of the best in the league. BUT, when it comes to playing kids in the way kids play… these Pros don’t stand a chance.

The Kids vs Pros MLS Soccer Showdown Instant Win Game will send 4 kids, their friends, and families to sunny Orlando, FL, to take on MLS Pros in a live event. At the event, kids will truly stand out by competing in soccer-themed contests where being kid-sized gives them an amusing advantage over the Pros. Plus, there are 1,000s of instant win soccer prizes for daily chances to win! The game started on July 28, 2014 and details can be found on specially marked packages of Capri Sun! For more information, visit the Capri Sun website by clicking hereNO PURCHASE NECESSARY.  MANY WILL ENTER, ONLY FOUR WILL WIN A GRAND PRIZE. Open to residents of the 50 United States and D.C., 6-17 years of age. Game starts 7/28/14 and ends 11/30/14.

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At the end of the day, it doesn’t really matter if it’s the game or the snacks they’re after. What matters is that they’re outside, having fun, getting exercise, playing with friends, and learning teamwork, all while enjoying a delicious Capri Sun Juice Drink. It’s something this soccer mom can feel good about… and so can you!!

What sports does your family play?

      *This product has 16g sugars; leading regular juice drinks have 22g sugars per 6 fl oz serving. **Each pouch provides 1/2 c. fruit and vegetable juice, which is one combined serving of fruit and vegetables according to the U.S. Dietary Guidelines (3/4 from fruit juice and 1/4 from vegetable juice). Be sure to make most of your fruits and vegetables whole fruits and vegetables. ***Each pouch provides 3/4 c. fruit juice, which is 1 1/2 servings of fruit according to the U.S. Dietary Guidelines. As part of a well-balanced diet, eat a variety of fruit every day and be sure to make most of your fruits whole fruit.

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Cathy Trochelman <![CDATA[Blender Black Bean Soup w/Hot Sauce]]> http://www.lemontreedwelling.com/?p=9334 2014-09-30T21:49:29Z 2014-09-30T17:12:29Z

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 Black Bean Soup, loaded with veggies and made in a blender, then topped with hot sauce for an added kick!

Blender Black Bean Soup with Hot Sauce - start to finish in just 15 minutes! #sauceon #shop #cbias

Can you tell there’s a chill in the air here in Wisconsin? It’s officially that time of year – SOUP time! We just enjoyed our Indian Summer and now I think it’s safe to say that fall is here to stay. Time to get our soup on! There’s nothing like a delicious bowl of warm soup on a chilly fall day…..and I love having plenty of options to choose from!

Blender Black Bean Soup with Hot Sauce - start to finish in just 15 minutes! #sauceon #shop #cbias

One of our favorites? Black Bean Soup! Around here, we LOVE our Mexican food and this soup is loaded with delicious Mexican flavors like black beans, cilantro, tomatoes, peppers, cumin, and…..of course….hot sauce! It’s incredibly easy to make (just put the ingredients in a blender and voila) and comes together in no time at all, which makes it a perfect meal for busy fall days.

Blender Black Bean Soup with Hot Sauce - start to finish in just 15 minutes! #sauceon #shop #cbias

Best of all, though, this is a soup our whole family devours! It’s got enough flavor to keep the kids interested….and enough kick to keep the adults happy! I love using hot sauce for the heat because it’s so easy to adjust on a bowl-by-bowl basis. Perfect for kids who just want a mini-kick and for adults for love to get their #sauceon!

Blender Black Bean Soup with Hot Sauce - start to finish in just 15 minutes! #sauceon #shop #cbias

Speaking of getting your sauce on…..I recently had the chance to check out El Yucateco Hot Sauce through #CollectiveBias and Walmart. They have a variety of flavors, including Red Habanero, Green Habaero, XXXtra Hot Kutbil-ik, and Black Label Reserve, a flavor that is exclusive to Walmart. We are a hot sauce loving family, so we are always eager to try new types….and we had so much fun trying out all the different flavors in our Black Bean Soup! Especially Jorden, who would eat hot sauce on everything if I let him…….!

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Blender Black Bean Soup with Hot Sauce - start to finish in just 15 minutes! #sauceon #shop #cbias

So whether you want a little heat or a lot, this soup is just right! Happy fall, my friends! Soup’s on!!

Find out more about El Yucateco by visiting their website, their official recipe collection, and their collection of fan recipes!

 

Blender Black Bean Soup w/Hot Sauce
 
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  • 2 (15 oz.) cans black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 (15 oz.) can diced tomatoes
  • 1½ c. chicken broth
  • 1 hatch pepper, seeds removed, chopped
  • ½ c. onion, chopped
  • ⅓ c. cilantro, chopped
  • 1 tsp. cumin
  • 1 tsp. minced garlic
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • El Yucateco Hot Sauce, to taste
Instructions
  1. Place all ingredients in blender and blend to desired smoothness.
  2. *Hot Sauce can either be added directly to blender OR added to individual bowls based on preference.
  3. Pour blended soup into saucepan and heat through.
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Cathy Trochelman <![CDATA[Creamy Sriracha White Chicken Chili {Tailgating with Pick ‘n Save}]]> http://www.lemontreedwelling.com/?p=9324 2014-10-07T04:02:25Z 2014-09-29T16:09:50Z

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Creamy White Chicken Chili – made in a slow cooker and topped with sriracha sauce for an added kick! Perfect for game day or any day!

Creamy Sriracha White Chicken Chili - awesome crock pot recipe! Perfect for game day! #mypicknsave #collectivebias #shop @PicknSaveStores

       I know I’m not alone when I say I LOVE football season! Everything from the crisp fall air to the extra time with friends to the excuse to watch TV with the family……and, most importantly, the food! It should come as no surprise that planning the menu is my favorite part of game day, and when I’m looking to plan a Sunday football feast, I know I can find everything I need at Pick ‘n Save!

Creamy Sriracha White Chicken Chili - awesome crock pot recipe! Perfect for game day! #mypicknsave #collectivebias #shop @PicknSaveStores

 I especially love when #MyPicknSave teams up with #CollectiveBias and I have the chance to share a delicious Pick ‘n Save-inspired recipe with all of you. White Chicken Chili is one of our long-time favorites for game day, so I just knew this would be the perfect recipe to share. There’s something about the slow-cooked, shredded chicken and the white beans and the creamy broth that screams fall….and when you jazz it up with bacon, peppers, and sriracha…..it has tailgating written all over it!

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Creamy Sriracha White Chicken Chili - awesome crock pot recipe! Perfect for game day! #mypicknsave #collectivebias #shop @PicknSaveStores

I made this recipe for the football game this past weekend….and the entire family went crazy for it! Jorden had two huge bowls (despite claiming he wasn’t hungry) and the girls all licked their bowls clean. I love that you can easily adjust the heat by adding more or less sriracha, which makes it completely family-friendly. But my favorite part of all is the fact that I literally made it overnight so I wouldn’t have to mess with it Sunday morning. Perfect for tailgating….especially when the game starts at noon!

Creamy Sriracha White Chicken Chili - awesome crock pot recipe! Perfect for game day! #mypicknsave #collectivebias #shop @PicknSaveStores

Speaking of tailgating, have I mentioned that I’m taking Jorden to the Packer game this Thursday? It will be my first *real* football tailgating experience ever…..and I have yet to give any thought to what we’ll be eating! Maybe I’ll just have to make another batch of White Chicken Chili! After all, there’s rain in the forecast, and nothing sounds better on a cold, rainy night than a big bowl of comfort!

Creamy Sriracha White Chicken Chili - awesome crock pot recipe! Perfect for game day! #mypicknsave #collectivebias #shop @PicknSaveStores

Learn more about Pick ‘n Save by checking out their official website or by following them on Facebook, Pinterest, or Twitter!

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Creamy Sriracha White Chicken Chili {Tailgaiting with Pick 'n Save}
 
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  • 2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 12 oz. bacon, uncooked, chopped (trim fat before adding to crock pot)
  • 4 c. chicken broth
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 2 fresh hatch chiles, chopped OR 2 cans diced green chiles
  • 1 Tbsp. minced garlic
  • 2 tsp. salt
  • 2 tsp. cumin
  • 2 tsp. oregano
  • 1 tsp. pepper
  • 4 cans Northern beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 c. heavy cream (recipe can be made lighter by using fat free half & half)
  • 1 c. sour cream (recipe can be made lighter by using low fat or fat free)
Instructions
  1. Combine chicken, bacon, broth, onion, chiles, garlic, and spices in slow cooker.
  2. Cook on low heat 6-8 hours.
  3. Stir in beans, cream, and sour cream and heat through.
  4. Turn slow cooker to warm and enjoy!
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