Lemon Tree Dwelling 2014-09-30T13:00:56Z http://www.lemontreedwelling.com/feed/atom Cathy Trochelman <![CDATA[Creamy Sriracha White Chicken Chili {Tailgaiting with Pick ‘n Save}]]> http://www.lemontreedwelling.com/?p=9324 2014-09-30T13:00:56Z 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 tailgaiting 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 tailgaiting….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 tailgaiting, have I mentioned that I’m taking Jorden to the Packer game this Thursday? It will be my first *real* football tailgaiting 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!

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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Cathy Trochelman <![CDATA[Apple Pie Bars]]> http://www.lemontreedwelling.com/?p=9046 2014-09-26T21:07:15Z 2014-09-26T19:00:18Z

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Apple Pie Bars with a sweet vanilla drizzle……SO yummy and perfect for fall!

Apple Pie Bars - easy, delicious, and perfect for fall!

Hello, Friends! It’s FRIDAY!!! (Woo hoo!) And around here, we are doing something we’ve never done before…..we’re having a rummage sale! I’m not sure whether to be excited or embarrassed or just plain exhausted -probably some of each- but whatever the case, it’s happening! (There’s an ad on Craigslist and signs on the street to prove it!)

Apple Pie Bars - easy, delicious, and perfect for fall!

Are you a rummage person? I always have been…..when it comes to shopping, that is. It’s like Goodwill, only cheaper! I’ve always loved the idea of reusing instead of buying new….and, let’s be honest, I LOVE the thrill of never knowing what I’ll find! But. When it comes to putting my own things out in a rummage, I’m not quite so sure……….

Apple Pie Bars - easy, delicious, and perfect for fall!

Not only do I have a hard time getting rid of things (there are currently 3 baby bedding sets out there – sob!) I also have a hard time knowing how to price them. I don’t want to under-price things and feel like I’m giving them away, but I also don’t want to over-price them or I will end up giving them ALL away at the end of the rummage! Oh, what’s a girl (with pack rat tendencies) to do ??

Apple Pie Bars - easy, delicious, and perfect for fall!

I’ll tell you what I’m going to do. I’m going to sit down with a cup of coffee in my hand and see how the day unfolds. I’m going to bargain with the best of them and try my darndest to get rid of as much as possible! Because the truth is…..I don’t need any of the stuff that’s out there. And once it’s off my hands I’ll feel great! And….on the off chance I don’t….I’ll comfort myself with one (or three) of these Apple Pie Bars. They seriously are like comfort in a square – delicious enough to make you forget about nearly anything – even saying goodbye to baby bedding!

Apple Pie Bars
 
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  • ½ c. salted butter, at room temperature
  • ¾ c. sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 1½ c. flour
  • ¾ tsp. baking powder
  • 1 tsp. apple pie spice
  • 2 c. apple pie filling (homemade or one 20 oz.can)
Drizzle
  • 1 c. powdered sugar
  • 1 Tbsp. milk
  • ½ tsp. vanilla
Instructions
  1. Cream butter; add sugar and beat well.
  2. Beat in eggs one at a time.
  3. Add vanilla.
  4. Gradually stir in sifted dry ingredients.
  5. Spread ¾ of dough in a lightly grease 8x11 inch baking pan.
  6. Spread apple pie filling over dough.
  7. Spoon remaining dough over pie filling, spreading lightly. *Not all pie filling will be covered.
  8. Bake at 375 degrees for 35-40 minutes.
  9. Cool 15 minutes; combine drizzle ingredients and spoon over bars.

Thanks so much for having me here today! I’d love for you to stop on over to check out some of my other delicious fall recipes, too!

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Cathy Trochelman <![CDATA[Pumpkin Pecan Baked Brie]]> http://www.lemontreedwelling.com/?p=9302 2014-09-25T16:23:23Z 2014-09-25T14:54:35Z

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 Brie cheese, pumpkin butter & pecans, wrapped in puff pastry and baked to ooey gooey perfection!

Pumpkin Pecan Baked Brie - just 4 ingredients! Perfect for fall!

 Good morning, friends! Welcome back to my Lemon Tree Dwelling! As you may have noticed, things have been a bit quiet around here lately. I wish I had some great explanation or exciting news to share…..but the reality is just that life after Myla is getting the best of me! It seems that, at any given time, at least one of the kids is asking me a question, telling me a story, crying, whining, needing to be fed, waiting to be picked up, asking for help with homework, or looking for a playmate…..and somehow, in the midst of all that, getting a blog post done feels nearly impossible!

Pumpkin Pecan Baked Brie - just 4 ingredients! Perfect for fall!

 I am trying to be okay with it….really, I am. I am trying to embrace this time when my kids are small and need so much from me….but it’s hard! I like to get things done, to create, to accomplish. I thrive on having super productive days…..and it’s no secret that getting an 8 year old and a 6 year old off to school, and then staying home with a 3 year old and a 4 month old is NOT conducive to being productive. At least not in the ways I might have in mind.

Pumpkin Pecan Baked Brie - just 4 ingredients! Perfect for fall!

Before I start to sound way to whiney for my own good….let me just say that I’m doing my best to keep up with it all…..but for now, you can probably expect things to stay a little bit quiet around here. I promise to share delicious new recipes with you when I can, and you promise to be patient with me in the mean time. Deal?!

Pumpkin Pecan Baked Brie - just 4 ingredients! Perfect for fall!

 Ok. Now that I got that off my chest, let’s talk about this brie. I’m a huge fan of brie….especially when it’s baked. And I’ve had a few different versions of it, but none as delicious as this one!! There’s something about the buttery cheese paired with the sweetly spiced pumpkin butter that is absolutely TO DIE FOR! Top it with crunchy pecans and wrap it in pastry dough, and you’ll forget all about how long you had to wait for the recipe…..or how long you might have to wait for another one…..!

Pumpkin Pecan Baked Brie - just 4 ingredients! Perfect for fall!

Happy Fall…..Enjoy!

Pumpkin Pecan Baked Brie
 
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  • 1 sheet puff pastry dough
  • 1 (8 oz.) round brie cheese
  • ¼ c. pumpkin butter
  • ¼ c. pecans
  • 1 egg
  • 1 Tbsp. water
Instructions
  1. Thaw puff pastry dough and roll to desired size (large enough to completely cover brie).
  2. Place pecans in center of dough; top with pumpkin butter.
  3. Place cheese on top of pecans and pumpkin butter; wrap dough around the cheese and pinch seams to seal.
  4. Whisk egg and water and brush on seams.
  5. Gently place seam-side down on baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
  6. Decorate the top with additional pecans and/or dough.
  7. Bake at 400 degrees for 25 minutes or until golden brown.

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 Cheesy Chicken Alfredo Dip made with Shredded Italian Chicken, Alfredo Sauce, and three types of cheese for an ooey gooey dip that’s perfect for game day!

Cheesy Chicken Alfredo Dip - ready in 30 minutes and perfect for game day!

 Happy first day of fall! Is it feeling like fall where you are? Here in Wisconsin our weather is absolutely gorgeous – mid-70′s and sunny all week – and it actually feels nothing like fall at all! But I’m not complaining…..I’m sure there will be a chill in the air soon, and in no time at all we’ll be having our first frost. Yikes! Let’s not rush it…..!

Cheesy Chicken Alfredo Dip - ready in 30 minutes and perfect for game day!

I absolutely love fall….and not just because of all the fall fun (apple picking, pumpkin patches, hayrides, leaf piles) but because it’s when Jorden and I both celebrate our birthdays! And our anniversary! Okay….to be fair…Jorden’s birthday is in early September, but it’s after school starts, which I say counts as fall. Close enough!

Cheesy Chicken Alfredo Dip - ready in 30 minutes and perfect for game day!

This year Jorden celebrated his 35th birthday and we will be celebrating our 10 year anniversary. It’s a big one for sure…..and I’ve definitely been feeling the pressure when it comes to gifts! We agreed on no gifts for our anniversary (we’ll be staying overnight in a hotel – without kids – for the first time since having them!) but Jorden’s birthday was a different story. I racked my brain and consulted my friends and eventually ended up with a gift I knew he would love: Packers tickets vs. Vikings on October 2 – our anniversary!

Cheesy Chicken Alfredo Dip - ready in 30 minutes and perfect for game day!

It’s a Thursday night game, which means sheer chaos getting there and home, not to mention leaving our kids….but we’re convinced it will be worth it! We have no doubt! Is it crazy, though, that there’s a tiny part of me that’s sad we can’t enjoy this dip during the game? It’s just that it’s a new recipe….and it’s so delicious….and we would both literally devour it….and love it….and it would be a happy anniversary celebration, indeed! Okay, not quite as happy as actually being at the game. But definitely more delicious! Good thing there’s always next time……

Cheesy Chicken Alfredo Dip - ready in 30 minutes and perfect for game day!

Cheesy Chicken Alfredo Dip
 
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  • 1 (8 oz.) package cream cheese, softened
  • ½ c. Alfredo sauce
  • 1 c. mozzarella cheese
  • 2 c. shredded chicken (I used my Crock Pot Italian Chicken recipe)
  • ½ c. grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 tomato, diced
  • fresh basil
Instructions
  1. In a medium mixing bowl combine cream cheese, Alfredo sauce, and ½ c. mozzarella cheese; stir in chicken until all ingredients are thoroughly combined.
  2. Spoon into oven-safe casserole dish or baking pan.
  3. Top with remaining ½ c. mozzarella cheese and ½ c. Parmesan cheese.
  4. Bake at 350 degrees 25 minutes; then broil 3-5 minutes until cheese is golden brown and bubbly.
  5. Remove from oven; top with chopped tomatoes and fresh basil.

For the most delicious results, use my Crock Pot Italian Chicken recipe!

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Cathy Trochelman <![CDATA[iPad Mini Giveaway!]]> http://www.lemontreedwelling.com/?p=9274 2014-09-22T02:48:39Z 2014-09-22T02:48:39Z

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Enter to win an iPad Mini! One winner will win a 16 gig iPad mini - keep it or save it for an early Christmas present!!!Hey, Friends! I hope you had a great weekend! I’m about to make it even better by giving you the chance to win a brand new iPad Mini…..woo hoo!! My friend Kelley from The Grant Life is celebrating her 30th birthday today, and she wanted to celebrate by giving YOU the gift! Isn’t she sweet?? (She really is, and if you don’t know her and her awesome blog yet, I hope you’ll stop over and wish her a BIG Happy Birthday!!) I’m SO happy to be part of her celebration!

All you need to do is enter below…..and then wait to hear back from me. Simple as that!

Cheers to birthdays, and to happy weekends!

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY, KELLEY!

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Cathy Trochelman <![CDATA[Saturday Night Fever #52: A Recipe Link Party!]]> http://www.lemontreedwelling.com/?p=9246 2014-09-21T01:04:07Z 2014-09-21T01:00:23Z

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Hey, Saturday Night party people!!!! I’m so glad you are joining us tonight! This is a bittersweet week here at Saturday Night Fever…..it’s the last week that Andi, Jen, Chelsea and I will be hosting! Tonight we are welcoming our final replacement host, Serene from House of Yumm, and we are turning the party over to the new group. I just want to say it has been AWESOME getting to know all of you and I will miss being inspired by all your fabulous recipes each week. I hope you will continue to stop by, and I’ll do the same! Thanks for linking up each week and helping to make this such a great party!! You all are amazing!

 

Here are some of my favorites from last week:

Maple Bacon & Caramelized Onion Pizza from Carmel Moments

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Black Bean Butternut Squash Enchiladas from Hungry Healthy Girl

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Spicy Sriracha Chicken over Creamy Roasted Poblano Grits from The Housewife in Training Files

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Creamy Tomato Basil Parmesan Soup from Cooking on the Ranch

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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[Crock Pot Italian Chicken]]> http://www.lemontreedwelling.com/?p=9218 2014-09-19T04:36:01Z 2014-09-19T12:00:37Z

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 Deliciously seasoned, shredded Italian chicken you can make in the crock pot!

Crock Pot Italian Chicken. This looks so easy and SO delicious!

 Let’s talk furniture, shall we?? Because, when it comes to furniture, we’re all a mess over here! Our pleather couch (which we thought was leather when we bought it 5 years ago) is deteriorating before our eyes…..and our kitchen table is covered in a thick layer of paint, glitter, nail polish, and glue. We’re all about keeping things kid-friendly (aka destructible) around here….but we’re starting to feel like we’ve reached our limit. There’s a fine line between kid-friendly and just nasty. And we’re close to nasty (or, more likely, already there!)

Crock Pot Italian Chicken. This looks so easy and SO delicious!

So we’ve been out furniture shopping. Two days this week, and we’re planning to go again tonight. (Nothing says fun Friday night like hanging out at a furniture store with 4 kids!) It seems like a lot, but we want to make sure we do it right this time. We tend to get suckered in by 2-day sales or comfy couches…..or the fact that we just want to be done looking already…..but this time we’re taking our time. No suckers here!

Crock Pot Italian Chicken. This looks so easy and SO delicious!

So far, we’ve decided on couches over a sectional and on brown over gray. We’re realizing that you really do get what you pay for, and at this point we’re just trying to figure out how much we want to pay! But most importantly, we’re trying to figure out which couches we’ll be okay eating on….because – let’s face it – it’s football season! And during football season, we eat on our couches all the time!

Crock Pot Italian Chicken. This looks so easy and SO delicious!

Since I’m fairly obsessed with this Italian Chicken, I plan on making it a lot this season. So, not only do I have to be okay with eating on our new couches…..I have to be okay with dripping on our new couches! This stuff is great in sandwiches, dips, pizzas, soups…..all kinds of drippy, gooey, cheesy game day recipes. Which are coming soon, by the way…..right after we get ourselves some new couches! Until then, feel free to just make it and eat it straight from crock pot. You better believe I already have……and let me tell you…..it’s AMAZING!

Crock Pot Italian Chicken. This looks so easy and SO delicious!

Crock Pot Italian Chicken
 
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  • 2 lbs. boneless, skinless chicken breast
  • 4 c. water
  • 2 (.7 ounce) packages dry Italian dressing mix
  • 2 tsp. Italian seasoning blend
Instructions
  1. Combine all ingredients in a crock pot.
  2. Cook over low heat 6-8 hours or high heat 4-6 hours.

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Looking for more delicious ways to enjoy quinoa?

Sweet Potato Kale Quinoa 4

Asian Chicken Quinoa 1

Quinoa Taco Bowl 8

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

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

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Here are a few more of my favorites:

Ranch Quinoa Encrusted Chicken Fingers from The Housewife in Training Files

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Samoa Banana Bread from The Recipe Rebel

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Sausage, Cheddar & Olive Oil Muffins from This Gal Cooks

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Turkey Meatball Subs from Simply Fresh Dinners

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Now, let’s get to the party! The rules are simple:

  1. Please only link up food or drink related posts. You can share up to 5 recipes, and they don’t have to be new posts!
  2. Visit and comment on at least one other link. It’s not a party without mingling!
  3. Follow each of your hosts in at least one way:

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

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

Pumpkin & Apple Collage

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

 

Pumpkin Pie French Toast from The Pink Sprinkle

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Overnight Oats with Apples, Cranberries & Cinnamon

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Pumpkin Spice Snickerdoodles from Bourbon & Brown Sugar

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Apple Crisps from Annie’s Noms

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Pumpkin Pie Coffee Creamer from The Grant Life

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Pumpkin Baked Oatmeal with Maple & Pecans from Five Heart Home

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Pumpkin Bread from Love Grows Wild

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Pumpkin Pie Overnight Oats from The Pink Sprinkle

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Nutella-Swirled Pumpkin Bread from Carmel Moments

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Slow Cooker Cinnamon Applesauce from What The Fork Food Blog

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No-Bake Pumpkin Spice Energy Bites from Joyful Healthy Eats

Pumpkin & Apple 6

Pumpkin Pie Panna Cotta from Worth Cooking

Pumpkin & Apple 7

Apple Cinnamon Muffins from House of Yumm

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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