Lemon Tree Dwelling 2014-08-27T12:00:23Z http://www.lemontreedwelling.com/feed/atom Cathy Trochelman <![CDATA[Butterscotch Zucchini Blondies]]> http://www.lemontreedwelling.com/?p=8966 2014-08-27T04:21:13Z 2014-08-27T12:00:23Z

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 Moist, chewy Butterscotch Zucchini Blondies with Brown Sugar Buttercream Frosting. One bite and you’ll never wonder what to do with your zucchini again!

Butterscotch Zucchini Blondies with Brown Sugar Buttercream Frosting. OMG delicious!

 Let me just put this out there. I really hope that NONE of you show up at my house right now. Seriously! As much as I love entertaining, I am in no state to be entertaining anyone. And even if I might happen to pull it together momentarily, the fact still remains that my house is in shambles! Both inside and out.

 Butterscotch Zucchini Blondies with Brown Sugar Buttercream Frosting. OMG delicious!

I’m pretty much reminded of the inside disaster on a VERY regular basis. But the outside disaster I tend to do a good job avoiding by spending as little time as possible outside. I’m only sort of kidding….but I do find myself wanting to stay as far as possible from the browning plants, overgrown lawn, and weed fest that has become our existence!

 Butterscotch Zucchini Blondies with Brown Sugar Buttercream Frosting. OMG delicious!

One of the very worst spots of all? The “garden”……which not only never got planted this year, but also never even got weeded in spring. What can I say? I was 8 months pregnant and it just didn’t happen. But man oh man is it an eyesore! To be honest, I’ve been wondering lately if we should ever even bother planting again….because we’re SO bad at taking care of it!

Butterscotch Zucchini Blondies with Brown Sugar Buttercream Frosting. OMG delicious!

But then something happened yesterday that restored my faith in our ability to grow a garden. The kids were playing in it and Greta suddenly ran into the house with three little tomatoes in her hand! Tomatoes that weren’t planted and definitely weren’t planned on….but nonetheless grew! And I immediately started having visions of baskets full of them, growing next to peppers and green beans and fresh basil and zucchini. Lots and lots of zucchini.

Butterscotch Zucchini Blondies with Brown Sugar Buttercream Frosting. OMG delicious!

Which would be AMAZING….because it would mean I could make these blondies all summer long. They’re definitely one of the best bars I’ve ever had – moist, sweet, chewy, and loaded with fresh zucchini and butterscotch chips. And that frosting…..brown sugar buttercream…..it’s to die for!!! I guess it’s time to get planting, huh??

Butterscotch Zucchini Blondies
 
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Ingredients
Bars
  • 2 c. packed brown sugar
  • ⅔ c. butter
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tsp. vanilla
  • 2 c. all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • ¼ tsp. baking soda
  • 1 c. finely grated zucchini
  • ½ c. butterscotch chips
Frosting
  • ⅓ c. butter, at room temperature
  • 4 c. powdered sugar
  • ½ c. packed brown sugar
  • ¼ c. milk
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
Instructions
Bars
  1. In a medium saucepan heat brown sugar and butter over medium heat until sugar dissolves, stirring constantly. Cool slightly.
  2. Stir in egg and vanilla.
  3. Stir in flour, baking powder, and baking soda.
  4. Add zucchini and butterscotch chips and stir until evenly incorporated.
  5. Spread batter into greased 9x13 inch pan.
  6. Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out (mostly) clean.
Frosting
  1. In a medium mixing bowl beat butter until fluffy.
  2. Gradually add 2 c. powdered sugar and beat well.
  3. Slowly beat in milk and vanilla.
  4. Slowly add remaining powdered sugar and brown sugar and beat until smooth.
  5. *Frosting may retain a bit of grittiness from brown sugar.
  6. **Blondie recipe adapted from BHG New Cook Book

 

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Cathy Trochelman <![CDATA[Southwest Bread Salad {Featuring Pick ‘n Save Produce}]]> http://www.lemontreedwelling.com/?p=8903 2014-08-26T05:17:42Z 2014-08-25T12:00:37Z

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

Southwest Bread Salad – loaded with fresh Pick ‘n Save produce, grilled chicken, cornbread croutons, and a homemade southwest vinaigrette dressing.

Southwest Bread Salad - loaded with fresh summer produce, grilled chicken, cornbread croutons, and a homemade southwest vinaigrette. #mypicknsave #shop #cbias

Well, my friends, we are officially in our LAST week of summer! Our last week of long, lazy days and morning movies and homemade breakfast and wondering what tomorrow will bring….because very quickly we’ll get used to the fact that tomorrow brings school! But not before one last hurrah…..(Labor Day)!

 Southwest Bread Salad - loaded with fresh summer produce, grilled chicken, cornbread croutons, and a homemade southwest vinaigrette. #mypicknsave #shop #cbias

I look forward to Labor Day every year…..and not just because it means the kids go back to school (we’re always ready for that by this point in summer)….but because it feels to me like one final celebration of summer! I love the idea of filling our day with all kinds of summery things – like sprinklers and s’mores and swimsuits and sidewalk chalk and, of course, delicious summer foods!

Southwest Bread Salad - loaded with fresh summer produce, grilled chicken, cornbread croutons, and a homemade southwest vinaigrette. #mypicknsave #shop #cbias

So when I found out about the opportunity to team up with #MyPicknSave and #CollectiveBias to bring you a delicious Labor Day recipe, I jumped at it! Because this Southwest Bread Salad is something I’ve been dreaming up for a while….and something that sounds like the PERFECT way to celebrate the end of summer!

Southwest Bread Salad - loaded with fresh summer produce, grilled chicken, cornbread croutons, and a homemade southwest vinaigrette. #mypicknsave #shop #cbias

It’s loaded with tons of fresh veggies, which were inspired by my shopping trip to Pick ‘n Save, along with marinated grilled chicken, cornbread croutons, and a delicious homemade southwest vinaigrette. It’s a salad that eats like a meal….and one that even non-salad lovers could get behind! Because it’s really more like chicken, vegetables, and cornbread….all chopped up and mixed together in a bowl. What’s not to love about that??

 Southwest Bread Salad - loaded with fresh summer produce, grilled chicken, cornbread croutons, and a homemade southwest vinaigrette. #mypicknsave #shop #cbias

 This salad will feed your family…..but my suggestion? Double the recipe and invite over some friends! After all, there’s much to celebrate about summer….and celebrating is always more fun with friends!

Southwest Bread Salad - loaded with fresh summer produce, grilled chicken, cornbread croutons, and a homemade southwest vinaigrette. #mypicknsave #shop #cbias

 Happy Labor Day!

Learn more about Pick ‘n Save by visiting them at their website or finding them on Facebook, Twitter, or Pinterest.

Southwest Bread Salad
 
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Ingredients
  • 4 c. cornbread croutons (cornbread pieces toasted in 350 degree oven 10 min. on each side)
  • 3 tomatoes, cut into 1 inch pieces
  • 1 green pepper, cut into 1 inch pieces
  • 2 ears corn, grilled and removed from cob
  • 1 bbq marinated chicken breast, grilled and cut into 1 inch pieces
  • 1 avocado, cut into 1 inch pieces
  • ½ c. red onion, cut into 1 inch pieces
  • ½ c. black beans, drained and rinsed
  • ½ c. cilantro, chopped
  • For dressing:
  • ¾ c. olive oil
  • 2 Tbsp. lemon juice
  • 2 Tbsp. lime juice
  • 2 Tbsp. cilantro, minced
  • 1 tsp. cumin
  • 1 tsp. coriander
  • 1 tsp. chili powder
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • ½ tsp. cayenne pepper
Instructions
  1. Combine all salad ingredients in a large bowl.
  2. Combine dressing ingredients and mix well; pour desired amount over salad.
  3. Serve immediately.

 

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Cathy Trochelman <![CDATA[Saturday Night Fever #48: A Recipe Link Party!]]> http://www.lemontreedwelling.com/?p=8920 2014-08-24T01:19:26Z 2014-08-24T01:00:30Z

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Hey, Saturday Night Fever friends! Welcome back to another party! I hope you are having a fantastic weekend and enjoying the last bits of summer. We have had a dreary Saturday so we’re really hoping for some sun tomorrow….either way, though, weekends are the best and I’m happy we’re in the middle of on e!! Can’t wait to see all the fabulous recipes you bring tonight…..let’s get on with the party!

Here are my favorites from last week:

 

Sweet Potato Black Bean Enchiladas from Kristine’s Kitchen Blog

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Egg-less Cookie Dough from Baked in Arizona

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 Loaded Bacon & Cheese Fries from Love Bakes Good Cakes

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Breakfast Egg Stuffed Sweet Potatoes from Roxy’s Kitchen

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

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

Chelsea’s Messy Apron -> PinterestTwitterFacebookGoogle+

Lemon Tree Dwelling -> PinterestTwitterFacebookGoogle+

Yummy Healthy Easy -> PinterestTwitterFacebookGoogle+

The Weary Chef -> PinterestTwitterFacebookGoogle+

 

Follow Jen | Yummy Healthy Easy’s board Delicious Recipes from Saturday Night Fever on Pinterest.

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

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Cathy Trochelman <![CDATA[Pesto Caprese Gnocchi]]> http://www.lemontreedwelling.com/?p=8611 2014-08-22T04:29:17Z 2014-08-22T12:00:49Z

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  Pesto Caprese Gnocchi – a simple, delicious weeknight meal that comes together quickly and makes taste buds happy!

Pesto Caprese Gnocchi  - just 7 ingredients to the perfect summer dish!

Happy Friday, my friends! Sorry to spring two caprese recipes on you in one week….but I promise they’re both totally worth your time! Whereas Monday’s pasta salad makes a great side dish for a picnic or get together, this gnocchi recipe is perfect for an end of summer or back to school dinner! Eat up!

It should come as no surprise to you that making dinner is NOT my favorite thing to do. Sure, I love to cook….and of course, I love my family….but sometimes, love is just not enough. Dinnertime at our Lemon Tree Dwelling is a perfect example.

Pesto Caprese Gnocchi  - just 7 ingredients to the perfect summer dish!

It would be one thing if I could just make the things I like to eat…..like soups and salads and sandwiches…..and make my family happy at the same time. But, believe it or not, the things that make me happy and the things that make them happy are not always the same. More often than not, they’re vastly different…..!

Pesto Caprese Gnocchi  - just 6 ingredients to the perfect summer dish!

What fresh salads are to me, Topperstix are to them. Where I enjoy a good pesto cheese melt, they’re more likely to ask for mac & cheese. And while chicken is the only meat this gal needs, my kids are somehow head over heels for burgers. And french fries. And Doritos. And Cheetos. They’d eat McDonald’s every night if we let them. You get the picture. They don’t always love the things I think they should!

Pesto Caprese Gnocchi  - just 7 ingredients to the perfect summer dish!

  Every now and then, though, we meet in the middle. Every now and then a recipe comes around that makes everyone happy. Which makes me VERY happy! And do you know what makes me even happier? When it’s easy enough that I can actually pull it off in the midst of homework and soccer schedules and piano practice and baths! Which is exactly the case with this gnocchi.

Pesto Caprese Gnocchi  - just 7 ingredients to the perfect summer dish!

Whoever said you can’t have it all?? Of course you can! Enjoy!

Pesto Caprese Gnocchi
 
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Ingredients
  • 2 packages (1 lb. each) gnocchi
  • 1 pint grape tomatoes, halved
  • 8 oz. fresh mozzarella pearls
  • 4 oz. prosciutto
  • ¾ c. pesto
  • ¼ c. pine nuts
Instructions
  1. Prepare gnocchi according to package instructions. Drain.
  2. Combine cooked gnocchi with tomatoes, fresh mozzarella, prosciutto, pesto and pine nuts.
  3. Serve hot, cold, or at room temperature.

 

Looking for caprese without the pesto?

Caprese Artichoke Pasta Salad 1b

]]> 9 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 2014-08-24T04:07:49Z 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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Apple Snack Cake
 
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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. Combine flour and baking soda; set aside.
  2. In a separate bowl, cream butter and sugar.
  3. Add salt, cinnamon, and vanilla.
  4. Add sour milk alternately with flour and baking soda mixture.
  5. Stir in apples.
  6. Pour batter in greased 9x13 inch pan.
  7. Combine topping ingredients and sprinkle evenly over cake batter.
  8. 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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Ingredients
  • 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.

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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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