Lemon Tree Dwelling 2014-08-21T05:07:58Z http://www.lemontreedwelling.com/feed/atom Cathy Trochelman <![CDATA[Silhouette CAMEO Giveaway!]]> http://www.lemontreedwelling.com/?p=8910 2014-08-21T05:07:58Z 2014-08-21T05:03:48Z

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The Ultimate Silhouette CAMEO giveaway!  Win  a Silhouette CAMEO and one of EVERY starter kit they make! Over $550 value!

Happy Thursday….a great day for a GIVEAWAY!! I’m so excited to be teaming up with Silhouette, my friend Kimber from The Pinning Mama, and a fabulous group of other bloggers to bring you this AMAZING chance to win a fabulous prize!

The Prize:

1 Silhouette CAMEO

1 Glass Etching Starter Kit

1 Stamping Starter Kit

1 Heat Transfer Starter Kit

1 Vinyl Starter Kit

1 Fabric Ink Starter Kit

1 Rhinestone Starter Kit

1 Sketch Pen Starter Kit

1 Double Sided Adhesive Starter Kit

That’s right! We are giving away a Silhouette CAMEO electronic cutting machine and one of EVERY starter kit that Silhouette makes! That is a value of over $550, not to mention the ability to make all the awesome projects your little heart desires! Enter the giveaway by using the Rafflecopter below. And remember if you don’t win, you can see the current Silhouette Sale & Promo Code here.

Good Luck!

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Cathy Trochelman <![CDATA[Plum & Basil Galette]]> http://www.lemontreedwelling.com/?p=8886 2014-08-20T15:15:18Z 2014-08-20T15:15:18Z

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 Pie crust, plums, and basil come together in a delicious dessert that is simple to make and easy to enjoy!

Plum & Basil Galette - deliciously simple!

 If there is one thing in life I wish I didn’t have, it’s a sweet tooth. Why? Because it gets me in trouble! I can easily pass up potato chips or Cheetos, french fries or fast food…..but when it comes to sweets, I’m a lost cause!

Plum & Basil Galette - deliciously simple!

It’s always been the case, ever since I was a kid. I remember my mom opening up a big bag of peanut M&M’s and doling them out to us kids….and I remember always wanting just one (or 17) more! I remember pans of brownies sitting on the counter….and cutting just one sliver at a time…..until suddenly an entire row was gone. And as an adult? You name it! Turtle sundaes, cheesecake, Twizzlers Nibs…..they are all my nemesis!

Plum & Basil Galette - deliciously simple!

So what’s a girl with a dangerous sweet tooth to do? Well, for one…..only make desserts when absolutely necessary! Like when friends are coming over or we’re celebrating a birthday or I need a new recipe for the blog. In which case I do my best to share a LOT of it with neighbors, friends, or whoever else will take it off my hands!

Plum & Basil Galette - deliciously simple!

 Or…..just make a lot of desserts with fruit. Because when it’s made with fruit, I don’t feel quite as bad about eating (all of) it! This plum galette is a perfect example. I made it, I tasted it, and I proceeded to eat more than my fair share of it. Because it was THAT good. But it’s okay! How much damage can pie crust, plums, and basil really do….?

Plum & Basil Galette - deliciously simple!

Plum & Basil Galette
 
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  • 1 refrigerated pie crust
  • 4 plums (I used 2 red & 2 black), thinly sliced
  • ⅓ cup sugar
  • 2 Tbsp. flour
  • ½ tsp. cinnamon
  • ¼ tsp. ground ginger
  • 2 large basil leaves
Instructions
  1. Unroll pie crust on lightly floured cookie sheet.
  2. Toss sliced plums with sugar, flour, cinnamon, and ground ginger.
  3. Spoon onto center of pie crust.
  4. Fold edges of crust up over plums.
  5. Chiffonade basil leaves (roll tightly and slice to create ribbons) and arrange on top of plums.
  6. Bake at 425 degrees for 30 minutes.

 

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Cathy Trochelman <![CDATA[Caprese Artichoke Pasta Salad]]> http://www.lemontreedwelling.com/?p=8877 2014-08-18T16:24:23Z 2014-08-18T16:22:32Z

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 Bow tie pasta with grape tomatoes, basil, artichokes, fresh mozzarella cheese, and a light, flavorful homemade basil vinaigrette.

Caprese Artichoke Pasta Salad with homemade Basil Vinaigrette

You know the phrase “better late than never”?? Well….I’m thinking that’s our family’s catch phrase….at least for the time being! We cannot, for the life of us, get anywhere on time anymore. And rather than make ourselves crazy over it, I think we just need to embrace it!

Caprese Artichoke Pasta Salad with homemade Basil Vinaigrette

Of the two plans we had this past weekend, we were late to both. And not fashionably late…..like 10-15 minutes…..but late late (like 45-60 minutes)! It’s good for me, actually. It’s humbling. Because for the longest time I took pride in having 3 kids and still usually showing up on time. I felt like all it took was a little advanced preparation!

Caprese Artichoke Pasta Salad with homemade Basil Vinaigrette

Well….advanced preparation doesn’t hurt…..but it’s definitely no guarantee. There are still last minute tantrums and feedings and grocery trips and diaper changes….not to mention the fact that I’m not always up for getting ready in advance these days. So when we’re running late from now on, I’m just going to tell myself, “Better late than never”….and I’m going to hope I can really believe it!

Caprese Artichoke Pasta Salad with homemade Basil Vinaigrette

It’s kinda like this pasta salad….which I first posted over a year ago now on one of the sites I contribute to. For some reason, I have yet to post it here! But you know what they say…..better late than never, right??

Caprese Artichoke Pasta Salad
 
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Ingredients
Salad
  • ½ pound (1/2 box) bow tie pasta
  • 1 (8 oz.) package fresh mozzarella pearls
  • 1 (14 oz.) can artichoke hearts, drained
  • 1 pint grape tomatoes, halved
  • ½ c. fresh basil, torn
  • basil vinaigrette, to taste
Fresh Basil Vinaigrette
  • ⅓ c. olive oil
  • ⅓ c. white wine vinegar
  • 1 Tbsp. minced red onion
  • 1 Tbsp. fresh basil, chopped
  • ½ clove minced garlic
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • ¼ tsp. pepper
Instructions
Salad
  1. Cook pasta according to package instructions. Drain and rinse with cold water to cool.
  2. Pour drained, cooled pasta into a large mixing bowl. Add fresh mozzarella, artichoke hearts, grape tomatoes, fresh basil, and basil vinaigrette.
  3. Mix thoroughly to combine.
Dressing
  1. Mix all ingredients until thoroughly blended.

Be sure to check out these other delicious side salad recipes!

Spinach & Pine Nut Pasta Salad 4b

Sweet Potato Kale Quinoa 4

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Cathy Trochelman <![CDATA[Saturday Night Fever #47: A Recipe Link Party!]]> http://www.lemontreedwelling.com/?p=8845 2014-08-17T01:10:11Z 2014-08-17T01:00:23Z

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Hey, everyone! Welcome back to another week of Saturday Night Fever! I hope your weekend is going well…..we’ve spent the day at our nephews’ birthday party!! Such a fun way to celebrate the end of summer! I can’t wait to see what you’ve all been up to….but first, let’s take a look at a few of my favorites from last week!

 

White Pizza with Bacon & Tomatoes from Delightful E Made

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Grilled Sweet Potato Fries w/Sriracha Ketchup from Flavor the Moments

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Chicken Bacon Ranch Pizza from Upstate Ramblings

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 Grilled Kale Panzanella Salad from Food Faith Fitness

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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[Maple Cinnamon Glazed Peanut Butter Cookies]]> http://www.lemontreedwelling.com/?p=8820 2014-08-17T17:19:52Z 2014-08-15T13:37:17Z

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

Fresh baked peanut butter cookies topped with a delicious brown sugar maple cinnamon glaze. Perfect for fall!

Fresh baked peanut butter cookies topped with a delicious brown sugar maple cinnamon glaze. Perfect for fall!

Well, my friends…..it’s Friday! We made it through another week. Phew!!  Although I must admit – at this time of year, making it through another week is bittersweet! Every week we count down is one less week of summer, one less week of late nights and lazy days, one week closer to the start of school!

Fresh baked peanut butter cookies topped with a delicious brown sugar maple cinnamon glaze. Perfect for fall!

 We had a very full summer, that’s for sure! We went on two family trips, had a handful of sleep overs, went to a good friend’s wedding, celebrated a bunch of birthdays, had a few cookouts with friends, and a few lemonade stands, went to the zoo, and the fair, and the pool, stayed in our pajamas until noon.

Fresh baked peanut butter cookies topped with a delicious brown sugar maple cinnamon glaze. Perfect for fall!

 But for all the fun we had, there’s at least one thing I’d still like to do before summer is over! Like a camp fire and s’mores and paddle boating and a picnic at the park and a day at the beach and a couple more cook outs with friends…… The good news? We have until after Labor Day for a little more family fun. Time to get cracking!

Fresh baked peanut butter cookies topped with a delicious brown sugar maple cinnamon glaze. Perfect for fall!

The other good news? Fall brings its own fun…..like jumping in leaves and carving pumpkins and picking apples…..and plenty of more opportunities for camp fires! It also brings its own deliciousness…..rich, warm flavors like cinnamon and maple and brown sugar. So although summer’s not quite over, these cookies were inspired by fall and all that fall brings. Are you ready???

Fresh baked peanut butter cookies topped with a delicious brown sugar maple cinnamon glaze. Perfect for fall!

Have you heard of  Immaculate Baking? I absolutely love their refrigerated products made with all-natural, non-GMO ingredients! And I must say…their peanut butter cookies are the BEST!

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Maple Cinnamon Glazed Peanut Butter Cookies
 
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Ingredients
  • 1 package refrigerated Peanut Butter Cookie Dough (I used Immaculate Baking brand)
  • ¼ c. powdered sugar
  • 1 Tbsp. maple syrup
  • 1 Tbsp. brown sugar
  • 1 tsp. milk
  • ¼ tsp. cinnamon
Instructions
  1. Bake cookies according to package instructions.
  2. Cool on wire rack 10 minutes.
  3. Combine powdered sugar, maple syrup, brown sugar, milk, and cinnamon in a small bowl.
  4. Divide glaze evenly over cookies.

 

Be sure to check out these other delicious recipes using Immaculate Baking products:

Easter Cinnamon Rolls 4

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Cathy Trochelman <![CDATA[Apple Snack Cake]]> http://www.lemontreedwelling.com/?p=8786 2014-08-15T05:12:07Z 2014-08-13T14:12:14Z

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 Deliciously moist apple cake with brown sugar-pecan topping. Perfect for breakfast, dessert, or an afternoon snack!

 Deliciously moist apple cake with brown sugar-pecan topping. Perfect for breakfast, dessert, or an afternoon snack!

Good morning, friends! How is your week going?? I have been spending all my extra time this week getting ready for a very important birthday! Greta turns 6 tomorrow!

 Deliciously moist apple cake with brown sugar-pecan topping. Perfect for breakfast, dessert, or an afternoon snack!

It’s crazy….and I know I say this all the time….but time flies! Just the other day I saw her from behind and thought she was Ellia…..because it feels like she went from 4 to 6 in the blink of an eye! (And I still can’t believe Ellia is 8….)

 Deliciously moist apple cake with brown sugar-pecan topping. Perfect for breakfast, dessert, or an afternoon snack!

This year she will be starting 1st grade, playing soccer, taking piano lessons, losing more teeth, and (hopefully) mastering her reading skills. I am so excited to see the new friends she will make and to watch her little personality continue to emerge. She never ceases to surprise me, that Greta….and her birthday celebration is a good example!

 Deliciously moist apple cake with brown sugar-pecan topping. Perfect for breakfast, dessert, or an afternoon snack!

 It’s tradition in our family that you can have a “friend” birthday party after you finish kindergarten…..and I completely expected Greta to be over the moon excited to celebrate with her friends! But when I brought it up to her, she thought for a while and then told me she’d really rather just celebrate with our family. Because family is best.

 Deliciously moist apple cake with brown sugar-pecan topping. Perfect for breakfast, dessert, or an afternoon snack!

I have to admit – as much as I agree with her, I was shocked! Maybe it’s because of Ellia’s EXTREME interest in friends….but I never expected her to bypass a party with friends in favor of spending time with family. But she’s right – family IS best. And good things come out of spending time together.

 Deliciously moist apple cake with brown sugar-pecan topping. Perfect for breakfast, dessert, or an afternoon snack!

This Apple Snack Cake is one of the good things that came out of spending time with my family growing up. It’s one of those desserts that brings you right back……to celebrations, good times, and happy memories. Which is exactly what I hope to create for our kids! Happy Birthday Eve to our sweet Greta…..can’t wait to celebrate your birthday with our family.

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  • ½ c. butter, softened
  • ¾ c. sugar
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 1 c. sour milk (I added a small amount of lemon juice to 1 c. milk)
  • 2 c. flour
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 2 c. chopped apples (I used 3 different types)
  • For topping:
  • ½ c. brown sugar
  • ½ tsp. cinnamon
  • ½ c. chopped pecans
Instructions
  1. Cream butter and sugar.
  2. Ad salt, cinnamon, and vanilla.
  3. Add sour milk alternately with flour and baking soda mixture.
  4. Pour batter in greased 9x13 inch pan.
  5. Combine topping ingredients and sprinkle evenly over cake batter.
  6. Bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes.

Be sure to check out another one of my favorite cake recipes – Grandma’s Banana Cake!

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Cathy Trochelman <![CDATA[Chocolate Cranberry Coconut Monster Cookies]]> http://www.lemontreedwelling.com/?p=8733 2014-08-11T18:42:46Z 2014-08-11T13:22:56Z

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 Flourless Peanut Butter-Oatmeal Monster Cookies with a delicious cranberry coconut twist!

{Flourless} Chocolate Cranberry Coconut Monster Cookies

Well…..it’s Monday! Which doesn’t mean much to me right now, except for the fact that Jorden went back to work today after having a full week off. We spent half of the week in Michigan and the other half doing fun things around home….and despite the fact that we did a lot (or maybe because of it), it feels like the week flew by!

{Flourless} Chocolate Cranberry Coconut Monster Cookies

Just a few more short weeks until the start of another school year…..and then Mondays will take on a whole new meaning! We’ll be dealing with outfit choices and homework and early wake ups and bus rides and new teachers and quick breakfasts and school lunches…..and as much as I look forward to the routine of it, I don’t look forward to the rush of it all. School mornings can be crazy!

{Flourless} Chocolate Cranberry Coconut Monster Cookies

 What I really need to do is come up with some time-savers…..like a snack bin for the girls to grab from and some pre-made waffles and pancakes in the freezer and a couple of those cute outfit hangers for the girls to choose their outfits the night before. Oh – and some giant cookies couldn’t hurt, either!!

{Flourless} Chocolate Cranberry Coconut Monster Cookies

Seriously – these cookies are  hearty enough to double as breakfast, big enough to satisfy as a snack, healthy enough  for a school lunch box, and delicious enough to feel like a real treat! They cover all your bases….and best of all, they could NOT be easier to make! The girls helped me with all the measuring and dumping and stirring…and in less than ten minutes, the dough was ready for the fridge.

{Flourless} Chocolate Cranberry Coconut Monster Cookies

When they woke up the next morning, these delicious beauties were waiting for them. And although I was tempted to serve them for breakfast, lunch, and dessert……I knew that would defeat the purpose! These cookies are for back to school, my friends. So make them now and freeze them for later! You’ll be glad you did. (I promise!)

Chocolate Cranberry Coconut Monster Cookies
 
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  • ½ c. butter, softened
  • 1⅓ c. crunchy peanut butter
  • 1 c. brown sugar
  • 1 c. sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 2 tsp. baking soda
  • 4½ c. oats
  • 1 c. chocolate chips
  • 1 c. dried cranberries
  • ½ c. sweetened shredded coconut
Instructions
  1. Cream butter and peanut butter together.
  2. Add sugars and stir until mixed well.
  3. Add eggs one at a time, then add vanilla and baking soda.
  4. StIr in oatmeal, chocolate chips, cranberries, and coconut.
  5. Chill dough before baking; allow to soften 5-10 minutes at room temperature before baking.
  6. To bake:
  7. Roll dough into large balls and flatten to desired thickness.
  8. Bake at 325 degrees 10-15 minutes, depending on size.

Looking for more delicious cookie recipes?

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Cathy Trochelman <![CDATA[Saturday Night Fever #46: A Recipe Link Party!]]> http://www.lemontreedwelling.com/?p=8662 2014-08-10T02:58:46Z 2014-08-10T01:00:29Z

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 Welcome back to another week of Saturday Night Fever, my friends! We officially made it through our last trip of the summer and are now home until school starts. I’m hoping to spend the next three weeks  soaking up what little of summer remains…..and then it’s on to fall! I hope you are soaking up summer, too….and I hope you still have some delicious summer recipes to share! (I must admit – I’m not quite ready for fall flavors yet! Don’t worry…..I’ll get there!)

Before we get to this week’s party, check out these favorites from last week:

Grilled Peaches with Whipped Mascarpone and Brown Butter Toasted Oats from Bites of Bri

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Cherry Almond Crumble Tart from Delightful E Made

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Grilled Tropical Fruit with Almond-Ricotta Sauce from Two Healthy Kitchens

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Peach Galette from Living the Gourmet

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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[Sweet Potato Kale Quinoa]]> http://www.lemontreedwelling.com/?p=8645 2014-08-10T02:59:28Z 2014-08-08T12:46:57Z

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 A delicious quinoa dish made with roasted sweet potatoes, fresh kale, black beans, grape tomatoes, yellow onions, and a southwest vinaigrette dressing. Perfect as a side dish or meatless main dish!

Sweet Potato Kale Quinoa with Southwest Vinaigrette - a delicious side dish or meatless main dish!

The weekend is here! Yayyyyy! Do you have any fun plans? Here at our Lemon Tree Dwelling, we’re still recovering from our most recent trip to Michigan to visit Jorden’s aunt and cousins. We got back Wednesday, so it’s been a couple days, but it always takes a while for us to get back in the swing of things.

Sweet Potato Kale Quinoa with Southwest Vinaigrette - a delicious side dish or meatless main dish!

Not only do we have suitcases to unpack, dirty laundry to do, a van to clean out, oh – and nothing in our fridge…….we also have the added issue of kids who had a BLAST and are actually a little sad to be back home! So I guess you could say we’re recovering physically as well as emotionally….!

Sweet Potato Kale Quinoa with Southwest Vinaigrette - a delicious side dish or meatless main dish!

I can’t say I blame the kids. Our trip to Michigan always takes a little getting over! We stay with Jorden’s aunt, who is definitely the hostess with the mostess. We have plenty of privacy, no real responsibilities, and best of all, ALL of our meals are taken care of! By his aunt…..who just happens to own a restaurant!

Sweet Potato Kale Quinoa with Southwest Vinaigrette - a delicious side dish or meatless main dish!

 She tends to spoil us with all kinds of comfort food – fried eggs, sausage, pancakes, potato salad, dips, spreads, and baked goods galore! Add in a couple of meals at the restaurant, and you can see where I’m going with this……! So, needless to say, part of our recovery will be dietary…..starting with this Sweet Potato Kale Quinoa! Loaded with veggies and packed with protein and fiber, this salad is the perfect way to detox. Add in the fact that it’s DELICIOUS, and we’re in business! Now if only recovering emotionally were as easy….. I guess that’s the price you pay for having so much fun!

Sweet Potato Kale Quinoa with Southwest Vinaigrette - a delicious side dish or meatless main dish!

Sweet Potato & Kale Quinoa
 
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Ingredients
  • 2 c. uncooked quinoa
  • 4 c. loosely packed chopped kale
  • 3 c. peeled, chopped sweet potatoes
  • 2 c. grape tomatoes
  • 1 c. black beans, rinsed & drained
  • ½ yellow onion, sliced & sauteed
For Dressing:
  • ¾ c. olive oil
  • ¼ c. lemon juice
  • ¼ c. cilantro
  • 1 tsp. cumin
  • 1 tsp. coriander
  • 1 tsp. spicy chili powder
  • 1 tsp. kosher salt
Instructions
  1. Cook quinoa according to package instructions. Drain.
  2. While quinoa is cooking, spread sweet potato wedges on baking sheet and roast at 375 degrees for 10-15 minutes.
  3. Add kale, roasted sweet potatoes, grape tomatoes, black beans, and sauteed onions to prepared quinoa.
  4. Prepare dressing by combining all ingredients and mixing well.
  5. Pour dressing over quinoa mixture and stir to combine.

 

Be sure to check out these other delicious quinoa recipes, too!

Quinoa Taco Bowl 8

Asian Chicken Quinoa 1

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Cathy Trochelman <![CDATA[Blueberry Peach Tart]]> http://www.lemontreedwelling.com/?p=8573 2014-08-17T17:22:10Z 2014-08-06T14:00:49Z

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 Fresh peaches & blueberries on a shortbread crust, layered with a sweet cream cheese filling and topped with a citrus glaze.

Fresh Blueberry Peach Tart & Kizmos Flora Collection giveaway!

Here it is, my friends…..the last peach recipe of the season! Here at our Lemon Tree Dwelling, we’ve been eating all the peaches we can handle…..and (other than the HUGE peach recall right in the middle of it) we’ve been loving them!

Fresh Blueberry Peach Tart & Kizmos Flora Collection giveaway!

 We’ve made peach salsa and peachy cobb salad and strawberry-peach sangria and turkey-brie sandwiches with peaches & arugula…..and I thought it might be nice to round out the collection with a dessert!

Fresh Blueberry Peach Tart & Kizmos Flora Collection giveaway!

For me, summer desserts should (almost) ALWAYS include fresh fruit…..and I couldn’t resist the delicious combination of peaches and blueberries. Add in homemade shortbread, sweetened cream cheese, and a light citrus glaze, and you have the perfect dessert for summer!

Fresh Blueberry Peach Tart & Kizmos Flora Collection giveaway!

 You know what else is perfect for summer? These ADORABLE kitchen gadgets from the Kizmos Flora Collection!! It seriously could not be cuter….between the bright colors and the flower motif (the utensil crock is a flower pot and the kitchen timer is a flower!)….it makes being in the kitchen FUN!! Which is something I’m always up for. Not to mention, it looks great (also something I’m always up for!)

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So before you go out and get the ingredients for this Blueberry Peach Tart (which you’re going to want to do), enter below to WIN YOUR OWN Kizmos Flora Kitchen Set! And then go make the tart. You won’t regret it! See….aren’t you glad you stopped by today??

Blueberry Peach Tart
 
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Ingredients
  • ½ c. (1 stick) butter, softened
  • 1 c. flour
  • 3 Tbsp. sugar
  • 8 oz. cream cheese, softened
  • ¼ c. sugar
  • ½ tsp. vanilla
  • 1½ c. blueberries
  • 1 peach, sliced
  • For glaze:
  • ⅜ c. water
  • ½ c. orange juice
  • ½ c. sugar
  • ⅛ c. lemon juice
  • 1½ Tbsp. cornstarch
  • dash salt
Instructions
  1. Spray large pie plate with non-stick cooking spray.
  2. Combine butter, flour, and 3 Tbsp. sugar and press into bottom of pie plate to form crust.
  3. Bake at 375 degrees12 -15 minutes. Cool.
  4. Combine cream cheese, ¼ c. sugar, and ½ tsp. vanilla until smooth.
  5. Spread on top of cooled crust.
  6. Arrange peaches and blueberries as desired.
  7. For glaze (optional):
  8. Bring ingredients to a boil and cook, stirring, 1 minute.
  9. Cool completely.
  10. Top tart with glaze and cool in refrigerator until set.

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Cathy Trochelman <![CDATA[iPad Mini Giveaway & Blogiversary Celebration!]]> http://www.lemontreedwelling.com/?p=8601 2014-08-10T03:00:25Z 2014-08-06T10:00:39Z

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Happy Wednesday, everyone! I am so excited today to be celebrating Life, Love & Sugar’s 2nd Blogiversary with an awesome iPad Mini giveaway!! If you’ve never met Lindsay or visited her fabulous blog, you are missing out, my friends! She has dessert recipes that make you want to lick your screen….everything from cookies to cupcakes to pies to amazing cakes with so many delicious layers you don’t even know where to start! And to top it all off, she couldn’t be sweeter (no pun intended!) I’m so happy to have gotten to know her throughout this past year….and I hope you will get to know her (and her recipes) too! Happy 2 years to Lindsay (woot!)…..and happy giveaway day to you!!

Before you head over to check out her deliciousness, be sure you enter the giveaway below!

 

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Cathy Trochelman <![CDATA[Classic Red Sangria]]> http://www.lemontreedwelling.com/?p=8582 2014-08-10T03:01:49Z 2014-08-04T12:00:13Z

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Classic Red Wine Sangria, deliciously sweet and loaded with fresh fruit flavors. The perfect way to enjoy the last few weeks of summer!

The BEST Red Sangria!

Okay….I’ll admit it. I’ve had a bit of a “thing” for sangria this summer. Not only is it sweet, and delicious, and refreshing in a way red wine could never be on its own…..but it’s such a classic drink, I feel like you can’t go wrong!

The BEST Red Sangria!

It’s fun to experiment with – and taste test – and fun to drink with friends. (Not that I’ve been seeing friends much this summer….which is why it’s a good thing it’s fun to drink with husbands, too!) Our favorite sangria of the summer? This Classic Red Sangria! Hands down!

The BEST Red Sangria!

 I’ve made a pitcher on many a summer weekend….and after a long day of dealing with the chaos that is our lives, we’ve sat down and enjoyed a glass together. I’m so lucky to be married to someone who sees the chaos as equally his to deal with….and someone who can make me laugh about it when what I really want to do is cry! Life is short…..and we’re good at helping one another enjoy it…..

The BEST Red Sangria!

…..and a pitcher of sangria doesn’t hurt, either! This one starts with a bottle of red wine and only gets better from there. It’s loaded with all the fruit you can handle and infused with the delicious flavors of orange juice, brandy, and triple sec. Like all sangrias, it gets better with time…..so my suggestion is to waste none! Summer is fleeting, my friends….enjoy it!

The BEST Red Sangria!

Classic Red Sangria
 
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Ingredients
  • 1 bottle red wine
  • ½ c. orange juice
  • ¼ c. brandy
  • ¼ c. triple sec
  • ¼ c. simple syrup
  • 1 c. strawberries, sliced
  • 1 c. grapes
  • ½ large orange, sliced
  • ½ lemon, sliced
  • ½ lime, sliced
Instructions
  1. Combine all ingredients in a large pitcher; keep covered in fridge until ready to serve.
  2. *Recipe adapted from Bobby Flay

Check out some of my other favorite sangria recipes!

Strawberry Lemon Sangria 1 - Copy

Strawberry Peach Sangria 2c

Kiwi Melon Frozen Sangria 3b

Tropical Frozen Sangria 4b

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