Lemon Tree Dwelling 2014-07-23T11:00:04Z http://www.lemontreedwelling.com/feed/atom Cathy Trochelman <![CDATA[No-Bake S’mores Brownie Cheesecake Bars]]> http://www.lemontreedwelling.com/?p=8458 2014-07-23T05:45:24Z 2014-07-23T11:00:04Z

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 S’mores Brownie Cheesecake Bars: no-bake brownie bars stuffed with graham cracker crumbs, chocolate chips, and marshmallows and topped with a delicious layer of sweet cream cheese filling.

*No Bake* S'mores Brownie Cheesecake Bars

Happy Wednesday, friends….and welcome back to day 3 of S’mores Week! Lately it feels like we all have one goal around here….and that goal is making Myla smile! It must be funny to watch, really. The five of us, all crowding around her, using our best baby talk voices and exaggerated expressions. And it must be even funnier to watch our reactions when she finally gives us what we want!

*No Bake* S'mores Brownie Cheesecake Bars

There’s just something about a baby’s smile that is priceless, you know? Not only is it adorable to see the way their entire bodies get behind it…..but the way they look at you with those innocent little eyes makes you FEEL the love! It’s like instant gratification (you DO love me!!)

*No Bake* S'mores Brownie Cheesecake Bars

 Having three older girls, I know that instant gratification in parenting is hard to come by. For the most part, it feels more like planting tiny little seeds that {might} blossom years from now…..and fighting off swarms of gnats and an occasional bee the entire time you are doing it! Parenting is hard!

*No Bake* S'mores Brownie Cheesecake Bars

Which is why little things like baby smiles or a kiss on the cheek from a 3 year old or a big hug from a 5 year old or a heart to heart with an 8 year old mean so much. The little moments of instant gratification that happen so quickly and make you feel so good. It’s the same reason I love no-bake recipes….like these No-Bake S’mores Brownie Cheesecake Bars! They’re the instant gratification of the dessert world, and I think I speak for all of us when I say sometimes that’s exactly what we need!

*No Bake* S'mores Brownie Cheesecake Bars

No-Bake S'mores Brownie Cheesecake Bars
 
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Ingredients
  • 1 (14 oz.) can sweetened condensed milk
  • 2 (1 oz.) squares unsweetened chocolate, chopped
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 2 c. graham cracker crumbs
  • ⅓ c. mini chocolate chips
  • ⅓ c. Jet-Puffed Mallow Bits
  • ⅓ c. butter, softened
  • 3 oz. cream cheese, softened
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 1 c. powdered sugar
  • 2 oz. meltable chocolate
Instructions
  1. In a medium saucepan, combine sweetened condensed milk and unsweetened chocolate; cook and stir over low heat until just boiling.
  2. Reduce heat; cook and stir for 2-3 minutes more. Remove from heat.
  3. Stir in vanilla and most of the graham cracker crumbs (reserve 2 Tbsp).
  4. Spread evenly into foil-lined 8x8 inch pan.
  5. Sprinkle with ⅓ c. mini chocolate chips, ⅓ c. Mallow bits, and remaining 2 Tbsp. graham cracker crumbs and press down gently into the bars.
  6. Refrigerate until firm.
  7. In a medium bowl, combine butter, cream cheese, vanilla, and powdered sugar and beat with electric mixer until smooth.
  8. Spread over chilled bars; drizzle with melted chocolate and refrigerate 30 minutes or until firm.

For more s’mores goodness, check out these recipes:

S'mores Chocolate Popcorn 6b

Golden S'moreo Truffles

S'mores Banana Boats 1b

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Cathy Trochelman <![CDATA[S’mores Chocolate Popcorn & Carnival Party Giveaway!]]> http://www.lemontreedwelling.com/?p=8470 2014-07-22T14:06:51Z 2014-07-22T13:58:47Z

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 Chocolate popcorn loaded with chocolate chips, mini marshmallows, graham cracker pieces, and graham cracker crumbs. A s’mores treat you can eat by the handful!

Chocolate popcorn loaded with chocolate chips, mini marshmallows, graham cracker pieces, and graham cracker crumbs. A s'mores treat you can eat by the handful!

 Back when I was a kid, the county my dad worked for used to have an awesome summer picnic for all the employees and their families. And when I say picnic, I mean it was WAY more than a picnic! There were clowns and face painting and games and prizes and, in the later years, even a bounce house! It was really more of a carnival than a picnic. And, like every good carnival, there was plenty of food!

 Chocolate popcorn loaded with chocolate chips, mini marshmallows, graham cracker pieces, and graham cracker crumbs. A s'mores treat you can eat by the handful!

There were hamburgers and hot dogs and brats and chips. There was potato salad and cole slaw and fresh, juicy corn on the cob. And there was all the soda you could drink….which, to a kid, was like a dream come true! But when it comes to food, nothing compared to the food truck.

 Chocolate popcorn loaded with chocolate chips, mini marshmallows, graham cracker pieces, and graham cracker crumbs. A s'mores treat you can eat by the handful!

That’s right – a food truck! Just like you’d find at a real carnival! Every person was given 2 food tickets at the beginning of the day, and we could use them on whatever we wanted. Licorice ropes, Sno Cones, ice cream, cotton candy, popcorn, you name it! And when I say it was like a dream come true, this was like the part of the dream where money starts raining down from the sky! We felt like we had hit the jackpot!

Chocolate popcorn loaded with chocolate chips, mini marshmallows, graham cracker pieces, and graham cracker crumbs. A s'mores treat you can eat by the handful!

 It’s funny how certain things are forever ingrained in your memory….and for me, the county picnic is one of them! It’s been a LONG time since I’ve been to it, and since my dad retired a few years ago, I’m pretty sure it’s something I’ll never get to experience again. But in honor of the picnic (carnival) and all the fun memories it holds, I decided to make some fancy popcorn. The kind you might find at a carnival today! The kind that makes you feel like you definitely won the jackpot.  And the kind that would surely become ingrained in your memory.

Chocolate popcorn loaded with chocolate chips, mini marshmallows, graham cracker pieces, and graham cracker crumbs. A s'mores treat you can eat by the handful!

S'mores Chocolate Popcorn
 
Author:
Ingredients
  • 10 c, popped popcorn
  • 1½ c. granulated sugar
  • 1½ sticks salted butter
  • 6 Tbsp. light corn syrup
  • ¼ c. cocoa powder
  • ½ tsp. baking powder
  • 2 c. mini marshmallows
  • 1 c. chocolate chips
  • 1 c. graham cracker pieces
  • ½ c. graham cracker crumbs
Instructions
  1. Spread popcorn on large rimmed baking sheet.
  2. In a medium saucepan, combine butter, sugar, and corn syrup.
  3. Bring to a boil, stirring constantly, and boil moderately for 4½ minutes without stirring.
  4. Remove from heat and stir in cocoa powder and baking powder.
  5. Pour over popcorn and stir to coat.
  6. Bake popcorn at 300 degrees for 15 minutes.
  7. Remove from oven, stir, and bake 5 minutes more.
  8. Cool 5-10 minutes, then add marshmallows, chocolate chips, graham cracker pieces, and graham cracker crumbs.
  9. Store in an airtight container at room temperature.

 

Speaking of carnivals…..how would you like to win all the fixings for your very own Old Fashioned Carnival Party??

Old Fashioned Carnival Party - Lady Behind The Curtain

I’m teaming up with Lady Behind the Curtain, where I contribute recipes once a month, and all the other LBTC contributors, to offer one lucky reader this fabulous carnival set! So you can have your very own carnival…..complete with S’mores Popcorn….and all the memories that go along with it!

Old Fashioned Carnival Party - Lady Behind The Curtain

The giveaway starts later today…..so be sure to stop back and enter to win!!

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Cathy Trochelman <![CDATA[Golden S’moreo Truffles]]> http://www.lemontreedwelling.com/?p=8410 2014-07-21T16:12:13Z 2014-07-21T11:05:05Z

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 Oreo Truffles meet S’mores in a match made in Heaven!

Golden S'more Truffles! Oreo Truffles meet S'mores in a match made in Heaven!! #smoresweek #yummy

I’m sure I speak for everyone when I say that summer is FLYING by! Summer school is over, my friend Tanya’s wedding is over, and (ohmygosh) July is almost over, too! And we all know that once August hits, the rest of summer basically becomes a countdown to the first day of school! Good thing it’s S’mores Week in Blogland so we all have something to look forward to…!

Golden S'more Truffles! Oreo Truffles meet S'mores in a match made in Heaven!! #smoresweek #yummy

And you know what else we have to look forward to? Our annual family vacation coming up this weekend! Okay, to be honest, calling it a vacation is a little bit of a stretch. (And not just because nothing feels like much of a vacation with 4 kids!) It’s more of a getaway, to a house we rent that’s about 2 1/2 hours away. It’s a tradition we started with my parents and siblings 4 years ago, and it’s a trip we all look forward to each year! ESPECIALLY the kids.

Golden S'more Truffles! Oreo Truffles meet S'mores in a match made in Heaven!! #smoresweek #yummy

 There’s swimming and lawn games and board games and relaxing….there’s lots of eating and drinking and laying around and just being together. Of course, there’s also a healthy dose of chaos and a tad bit of stress involved….but for the most part, it’s a chance to unwind and unplug and spend some quality time with one another.

Golden S'more Truffles! Oreo Truffles meet S'mores in a match made in Heaven!! #smoresweek #yummy

 The only thing that’s missing? A fire pit for roasting s’mores! The house we rent just doesn’t have one ….which is a real shame. Because we all know that summer isn’t complete without s’mores, and we have yet to make them happen! No, we’ve been too busy enjoying all kinds of s’mores-ish treats….like these awesome Golden S’moreo Truffles…..which, it turns out, would be the perfect solution to our fire pit-less house! (Don’t you love it when things just work out??)

Golden S'more Truffles! Oreo Truffles meet S'mores in a match made in Heaven!! #smoresweek #yummy

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Golden S'moreo Truffles
 
Author:
Ingredients
  • 1 package Golden Oreos
  • 1 (8 oz.) package cream cheese, softened
  • 1 c. Kraft Jet-Puffed Mallow Bits
  • 1 (16 oz.) package milk chocolate Candiquik
  • ½ c. graham cracker crumbs
Instructions
  1. Using a food processor, crush Oreos into crumbs.
  2. Combine cookie crumbs, cream cheese, and marshmallow bits in a medium bowl.
  3. Roll into 1-inch balls and place on cookie sheet lined with wax paper.
  4. Refrigerate until firm.
  5. Remove from refrigerator and dip balls into melted Candiquik.
  6. Sprinkle immediately with graham cracker crumbs.
  7. Makes 36.

 

So are you ready to check out the rest of the S’mores Week posts? I thought so!!

~ “This book was not what I expected…it surpassed what I was hoping for. Mystery, romance and intrigue. Great characters and an interesting plot. It was a great read and perfect for summer reading!” Jana of Double the Deliciousness

2. Plate to Pixel by Helene Dujardin – “This book is a favorite because it teaches how to not only how photograph food, but how to do it beautifully!” Gina of Kleinworth and Co.

3. These is My Words by Nancy Turner “While I’m a country/ farm girl at heart, I can’t even begin to imagine what the early settlers went through! I love how they worked the land, built their own homes, and made everything from scratch! And I’m always up for a good love story! Jack and Sarah’s won’t disappoint!” Brooke of Blissful Roots

4. The Greatest Salesman in the World by Og Mandino – “Aw, I love this book! It’s a super unique book, in that it’s a parable, teaching you how to be a better person, but also an activity book. Each chapter, you read over and over, until you master the character trait. It’s a great story with lots of great thoughts. I think I highlighted half the book!” Mariel of ‘Or so she says…

5. Eat Cake by Jeanne Ray “Eat Cake will make it’s way into your list of favorite books, it’s a quick and enjoyable read. I love this book for more reasons than the fact that the main character shares my name! It’ll have you laughing and crying- all at the same time! If you’re like me and have a unexplainable urge to bake… you’ll totally connect with Eat Cake!” Ruthie of Cooking with Ruthie

6. Wonder by RJ Palacio – “My 9-year-old daughter recommended Wonder to me and I enjoyed it just as much as she did. This is a compelling novel that is fun and easy enough for summer, but also intelligent and thought-provoking. Share it with your family when you are finished!” Allison of Tips for Family Trips

7. The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin – “I love this book because it is getting me to think deeper about what I do to bring happiness upon myself. I am a happy person, but am loving the new outlook and am loving making new goals to make myself really live a happy life.” Kiki of Kiki and Company

8. Happier by Tal Ben-Shahar – “It’s easy to think that once a certain thing happens, I’ll be happy. Well, this book provides little life secrets to be happier each and every day. It is applicable for every life stage. It has changed my way of thinking about happiness.” Melissa of So Festive!

9. Blackmoore by Julianne Donaldson – “Sometimes a mom just needs a good, quick, easy summer read to distract her from doing more laundry or to keep her busy during swim lessons. If you love a good Jane Austen romance, you will love this book! Set in Jane Austen’s English countryside of 1820, this romance will keep you quickly turning the pages as you watch Kate’s struggle to learn to follow her heart!” Veronica of Lolly Lu Designs

10. Leadership and Self- Deception“Do you want to know the secret to having a happy and successful family and marriage? Want to know how to have successful relationships with anyone you come in contact with? Leadership and Self-deception holds the key to mending, strengthening and flourishing in all of your relationships. This book is a life changer- Promise!” Heather of Family Volley

11. Surprise Inside Cakes by Amanda Rettke – “It’s a beautiful book of cakes and it’s full of cake decorating tips for the everyday bake. Amazing cakes for every special occasion, all with a little surprise on the inside.” Zainab of Blahnik Baker

12. The Child Whisperer by Carol Tuttle – “It taught me how to parent my very determined toddler (at the time) based on her personality type.” Amy of The Connection We Share

13. A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaleo Hosseini – “I read this as part of a book club and it has stuck with me ever since. It is a beautifully written, emotionally gripping story of two Afghan women’s suffering, strength, and resilience. What I love most about it is the way it celebrates the strength of the human spirit – a beautiful thing!” Cathy of Lemon Tree Dwelling

14. I’ve Got Your Number by Sophie Kinsella – “A light, charming book by the author of the popular Shopaholic series. This clever romantic comedy makes for a fun and easy summer read, by the pool or on the beach!” Samantha of Five Heart Home

15. Princess Academy by Shannon Hale – “I loved this simple story that has some fun little twists. My favorite part is that my daughter loved this book as much as I did. I love being able to enjoy the same books as my daughter. This is one that was enjoyable for us both!” Holly of Bits of Everything

 

Bonus Book! Food Storage by Angel Paskett – “Everyone should be prepared on some level, and this is the book that can help answer your questions and get you there. It begins with the basics and answers almost any question you have with getting started. I wish I had this a few years ago, but glad I have it now!” Jamie from Prepared Housewives

 

Longest post of your life? Maybe! But, it’s worth it. Good luck to you!

Fine print: Must be U.S. resident and 18 years or older to enter. Vacation package must be booked at least 60 days in advance and is subject to availability and some blackout dates. This post contains affiliate links.

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Cathy Trochelman <![CDATA[Saturday Night Fever #43: A Recipe Link Party!]]> http://www.lemontreedwelling.com/?p=8422 2014-07-20T22:16:10Z 2014-07-20T01:00:55Z

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Happy Saturday, friends! Today’s post is going to be extra short and sweet….because I am partying it up in Chicago at my good friend Tanya’s wedding! I hope you are all having a fabulous weekend (I know I am) and I can’t wait to see what you bring to tonight’s party!!

Let’s take a look at a few of my favorites from last week – all delicious no-bake treats!

Peanut Butter Cheesecake Bars from Food Faith Fitness

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 Cranberry Almond Energy Bites from Delightful E Made

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 Captain Crunch Peanut Butter Puppy Chow from The Housewife in Training Files

Captain Crunch Puppy Chow

No Bake Granola Bars from Mommy on Demand

no bake granola bars

 

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[Strawberry Peach Sangria]]> http://www.lemontreedwelling.com/?p=8387 2014-07-17T12:19:40Z 2014-07-17T12:19:14Z

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 White wine sangria with fresh sliced peaches and strawberries – a beautifully delicious summer drink!

 White wine sangria with fresh sliced peaches and strawberries - a beautifully delicious summer drink!

Years ago, I was part of a book club. And not just any book club, but one that I helped create….meaning it was filled with all my favorite people (or at least most of them)! I loved book club, not so much for the books as for the good company….and I looked forward to it every time we met (whether I had read the book or not!)

 White wine sangria with fresh sliced peaches and strawberries - a beautifully delicious summer drink!

 There’s something about getting together with good friends and good conversation that just feels so worth it, and no matter how busy my life got, it still felt worth it! We would get together at one of our houses, and all bring something delicious to share, and stay out way too long enjoying one anothers company.

 White wine sangria with fresh sliced peaches and strawberries - a beautifully delicious summer drink!

And then….just like that….book club started to crumble. People started having kids, and then more kids, and work schedules got busier, and two people moved away, and two others had a falling out…..and suddenly the book club I loved was no more. Sad, right? But here’s the good news. I’m still friends with everyone from book club….and (every now and then, since life is crazy) I still get to see them!

 White wine sangria with fresh sliced peaches and strawberries - a beautifully delicious summer drink!

In fact, I saw a few of them just last week when we got together to celebrate a birthday. And, just like in book club, we had good food, good company, good conversation, oh – and did I forget to mention? Good wine! We almost ordered a pitcher of peach sangria but stopped ourselves….so in honor of book club and birthdays and the best friends anyone could ask for, I decided to make my own version! Now I just need my book clubbers to share it with!

 White wine sangria with fresh sliced peaches and strawberries - a beautifully delicious summer drink!

Strawberry Peach Sangria
 
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Ingredients
  • 1 bottle white wine (I used Sauvignon Blanc)
  • ½ c. white rum
  • ¼ c. peach Schnapps
  • ⅛ c. simple syrup
  • 1 c. sliced strawberries
  • 1 peach, sliced
  • white soda
Instructions
  1. Combine all ingredients (except white soda) in a large pitcher.
  2. Store in refrigerator until ready to serve. *Best when made ahead!
  3. Pour into individual glasses and top with a splash of white soda.

Also be sure to check out these delicious sangria recipes (and pin them for later!)

Peach Melba Sangria 1b

Strawberry Lemon Sangria 1 - Copy

Tropical Frozen Sangria 4b

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Cathy Trochelman <![CDATA[Summer Salads with Pick ‘n Save]]> http://www.lemontreedwelling.com/?p=8357 2014-07-21T14:59:00Z 2014-07-15T22:00:32Z

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

2 delicious summer salads – Chopped Italian &  Peachy Cobb – inspired by fresh summer produce from Pick ‘n Save!

Chopped Italian Salad & Peachy Cobb Salad - both awesomely delicious! #MyPicknSave #shop #cbias

Anyone who knows me knows that I am a salad fanatic. I don’t use that term lightly….I am, in fact, crazy about salad! If it were up to me, I’d eat salad every day….and not just for lunch, but for dinner, too! It’s typically my meal of choice at restaurants….preferably with some bread on the side (I still love my carbs!)….and I love experimenting with different flavor combinations to come up with something new and delicious.Shopping for Chopped Italian Salad & Peachy Cobb Salad - both awesomely delicious! #MyPicknSave #shop #cbiasOne of my favorite places to shop for summer produce is Pick ‘n Save, and judging from the photos, I’m sure you can see why! (Check out the amazing selection!!) So when #CollectiveBias teamed up with #MyPicknSave for a summer salad promotion, you better believe I jumped on board!

Peachy Cobb Salad - such a refreshing twist for summer!

I had a few thoughts in mind before I got to the store, but once I was there I decided to let the amazing produce do the talking. I picked up my salad staples – mixed greens, grape tomatoes, multi-colored bell peppers, and avocado…..and then decided to peruse the produce area to see what jumped out at me. Lo and behold, it was the peaches! I’ve been loving peaches lately and just knew they would add a delicious twist to a summer salad. And guess what…..I was right!

Chopped Italian Salad with homemade Italian vinaigrette. This is one of my favorite summer salads!

I grabbed some marinated chicken breasts, applewood smoked bacon, a few of my favorite cheeses, and some pecans for good measure…..and headed home to create. Let me just say – for a salad fanatic like me, there is nothing more satisfying than coming up with a brand new flavor combination you know you’re going to LOVE!

Chopped Italian Salad & Peachy Cobb Salad - both awesomely delicious! #MyPicknSave #shop #cbias

 Especially when it’s one you know your friends & family will love, too. Because salads aren’t just my favorite thing to eat….they’re also one of my favorite things to serve when people come over for lunch. (I can’t be the “salad queen” who never serves salad, right??)

Peachy Cobb Salad - what a refreshing twist for summer!

Well, I’m happy to report that my family LOVED these salads…..almost as much as I did. And I loved the fact that they were made with fresh, healthy, and delicious ingredients….right down to the homemade dressings. When produce is abundant, you HAVE to take advantage of it! And when you take advantage of it in delicious ways, you never know….you may just become as big of a salad fanatic as I am!

Chopped Italian Salad with homemade Italian vinaigrette. This is one of my favorite summer salads!

Be sure to check out Pick ‘n Save on Twitter, Facebook & Pinterest!

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Chopped Italian Salad & Peachy Cobb Salad
 
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Ingredients
Chopped Italian Salad
  • 1 (6 oz) bag butter lettuce or mixed greens, chopped
  • 1½ c. cooked chicken breast, chopped
  • ½ c. chopped grape tomatoes
  • ½ c. chopped cucumbers
  • ½ c. chopped yellow pepper
  • ½ c. chopped orange pepper
  • ½ c. chopped pecans
  • ½ c. Gorgonzola cheese
  • 1 avocado, chopped
  • 2 pcs. bacon, cooked & crumbled
  • For the Dressing:
  • ⅓ c. olive oil
  • ⅓ c. white wine vinegar
  • 2 Tbsp. grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 tsp. sugar
  • 1 tsp. dried basil
  • 1 tsp. dried oregano
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • ½ tsp. onion powder
  • ¼ tsp. dried mustard
Peachy Cobb Salad
  • 1 (5 oz) bag mixed greens
  • 1-2 peaches, chopped
  • 6 pieces bacon, cooked & crumbled
  • 1 c. chicken, cooked & chopped
  • 1 c. chopped grape tomatoes
  • ½ c. crumbled goat cheese
  • 2 slices red onion, minced
  • For the dressing:
  • ½ c. bbq sauce (I used Sweet Baby Ray's)
  • ½ c. balsamic vinegar
Instructions
Chopped Salad
  1. Combine all ingredients in a large bowl and toss to distribute.
  2. Combine dressing ingredients in a small jar; shake well, pour over salad and enjoy!
Peachy Cobb Salad
  1. Divide mixed greens evenly among 2-4 salad bowls.
  2. Top with remaining ingredients, divided accordingly, as pictured.
  3. Drizzle with dressing and enjoy!

 

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Cathy Trochelman <![CDATA[Fresh Peach Salsa]]> http://www.lemontreedwelling.com/?p=8371 2014-07-15T08:24:44Z 2014-07-15T12:00:49Z

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 Fresh Peach Salsa made with diced tomatoes, peaches, red onion, cilantro, lemon juice, and a kick of jalapeno.

Fresh Peach Salsa with tomatoes, red onion, cilantro, and a kick of jalapeno. A fresh, delicious summer salsa!

 So…..those of you who are moms…..do you remember when your babies were small, and totally attached to you, and getting away from them even for a moment felt nearly impossible?? And then, do you remember the first couple of times you actually DID get away from them….and it felt both exhilarating and completely nerve racking, all at the same time?

Fresh Peach Salsa with tomatoes, red onion, cilantro, and a kick of jalapeno. A fresh, delicious summer salsa!

 Well, we’re kind of in that stage with Myla right now….and we have a wedding coming up this weekend. Not just any wedding, but my amazing friend Tanya’s wedding…..one of the last of my friends to get married. Needless to say, I’d love a little time away from her! Luckily, my parents will be there, ready to help. And with a little luck, any time I do have away from her will be mostly amazing (and only a little bit nerve racking!!)

Fresh Peach Salsa with tomatoes, red onion, cilantro, and a kick of jalapeno. A fresh, delicious summer salsa!

But I really didn’t plan to talk about Myla today…..the story I wanted to share with you is about Nora! I’ll never forget one of my early experiences of being away from her. She was just starting on baby food and I left her home with Jorden while I took the older two shopping at Costco with my mom. In the middle of our hour long shopping trip, I got a phone call from a very panicked Jorden, telling me that Nora was gagging and throwing up the peaches he had been feeding her and wondering when I would be home.

Fresh Peach Salsa with tomatoes, red onion, cilantro, and a kick of jalapeno. A fresh, delicious summer salsa!

 And all I could think was, “Can’t I even get away for a second without something going wrong??” To be honest, at the time, I was completely convinced that Jorden had either (a) done something wrong or (b) been overly panicky. By the time I got home, she seemed totally fine! But then, a couple months later, I was feeding her kiwi. And the same type of thing happened. She started gagging and choking and crying hysterically….to the point I was convinced we were headed to the ER….and right as we were about to leave, she started to calm down.

Fresh Peach Salsa with tomatoes, red onion, cilantro, and a kick of jalapeno. A fresh, delicious summer salsa!

I was pretty convinced at the time, and I still am today, that she was having an allergic reaction. First, to the peaches. And next, to the kiwi. Needless to say, we haven’t given her either fruit since. In fact, to keep things simple, I haven’t really bought either fruit since! But every time I go to the store around this time of year it’s like torture! ALL THOSE BEAUTIFUL PEACHES!! So I finally broke down and bought some. And I made this delicious peach salsa….just for you! (Okay, and for me!)

5.0 from 1 reviews
Fresh Peach Salsa
 
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Ingredients
  • 1 c. diced peaches (about 2 peaches)
  • 1 c. diced tomato
  • ½ c. diced red onion
  • ¼ c. chopped cilantro
  • 1 jalapeno, minced
  • 1 Tbsp. lemon juice
  • 2 tsp. sugar
Instructions
  1. Combine all ingredients in small bowl and mix to incorporate.
  2. Store in airtight container in refrigerator.

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

Glazed Strawberry-Peach Muffins 1 Fixed

Peach Melba Sangria 1b

Peaches & Cream Dump Cake 4b

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Cathy Trochelman <![CDATA[A Little Bit About Me: Q&A Blog Hop]]> http://www.lemontreedwelling.com/?p=8343 2014-07-15T08:24:07Z 2014-07-14T11:00:13Z

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 A “Getting to Know You” Blog Hop!

Blog Hop

Happy Monday, everyone! I hope you had a great weekend….mine was incredibly relaxing and just a little bit productive…..the perfect combination!  I’m excited today to be part of a Q&A blog hop with a fabulous group of bloggers – all of whom contribute to one of the same blogs I do: Or So She Says. We’ll all be answering the same 10 questions – some blog related and some not – for a little something different! I hope you enjoy learning a little bit more about me today….and I hope you’ll stop in to learn a little bit about some other bloggers (and maybe even find some new ones to follow)!

 

Q: What inspired you to start your blog (or shop?)

A: I started Lemon Tree Dwelling a few years after quitting my job as a Campus Minister at an all girls’ Catholic high school. I was a stay at home mom of 3 and I really missed having opportunities to CREATE, something that was a big part of my job and an important part of who I am. I wanted (needed!) something that was just mine, apart from my husband and kids. My friend Lisa, who blogs over at Wine & Glue, had recently started a blog and I saw how happy it was making her. I wanted that! She helped me get started, and has continued to help me along the way, and I have never felt as “at home” in my work as I do now. I {heart} blogging!

Q: What’s your favorite and least favorite thing about blogging?

A: My favorite thing about blogging is that it nurtures me, both in my creativity and my desire to connect. My wheels are always turning, coming up with new recipe ideas….and I have connected with so many awesome people since I started Lemon Tree Dwelling! My least favorite thing? Trying to keep up with everything….there’s more to it than I ever would have thought!!! Oh – and comparing myself to other bloggers. That NEVER goes well. :)

Q: Tell me with only 20 words, 20 things you love.

A: Family, friends, LIFE, faith, coffee, music, vacations, writing, basil, wine, hosting, motherhood, sushi, connecting, running, photography, fruit, salads, cooking, blogging!

Q: What is the one recipe you are most often asked to share?  Please share it with us!

A: Funny…..people in my life don’t ask me for recipes as much as they ask me to make things! I guess that’s what it is to be a food blogger, huh? One of my most requested recipes is my Blueberry Monkey Bread…..and I must admit, it’s DELICIOUS!

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Q: 5 favorite beauty products, right now… what are they?

A: I’m SO low maintenance when it comes to beauty products. Here goes: Dolce & Gabbana Light Blue perfume, Maybelline Great Lash Mascara, EOS Strawberry Sorbet Lip Balm, Herbal Essences Naked Shampoo & Conditioner, Cetaphil Daily Facial Cleanser

Q: What’s your personal mantra(s)?  Something you tell yourself on a regular basis?

A: This too shall pass. I love this quote because it’s a great reminder that life is fleeting – both the good AND the bad! When things are difficult, it makes me feel better to remember that it won’t last forever. And when things are great, it’s so important to remind myself to take it in and be grateful.

Q: What movie made you laugh more than any other?

A: This one honestly has me stumped. Ok – so I’m really not a movie person. I never pay enough attention to anything we’re watching….because I’m always doing something else at the same time! I’m going to go with How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days (?) I had to look at a list of romantic comedies to come up with that…..feel free to throw things!!

Q: If you could recommend one family vacation, what would it be?

A: I would honestly recommend a simple getaway house…..nothing fancy…..just a place to relax and be together. We’ve been renting a house with my family for the last four years and it’s so nice (most of the time – ha!) to have the chance to spend a few days together, rather than just a few hours. I have no doubt that the memories we are creating there will be some of our kids most treasured memories from their childhood!

Q: What goals are you currently working on?

A: In blogging – photography. ALWAYS photography. In life – being present to my kids, patience (that’s a big one), prioritizing, being my best self in all areas……

Q: Please share links to 3 blog posts (or items from your shop) that are special to you (or favorites of yours), and explain why.

A: Lemon Bar Muddy Buddies – this was my first recipe to “go viral” and it’s STILL the most pinned recipe on my blog (273K pins!!)

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Strawberry Pie – this is a recipe I got from my mom….and  recipe I grew up on! NOTHING beats Fresh Strawberry Pie in the summertime!

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Sunrise Cupcakes – I made these cupcakes for a surprise virtual baby shower for Lisa…..the one who helped me start this whole thing! We’ve been through a lot together…and this post holds great meaning for me.

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Get to know my fellow contributor friends too! They have fantastic blogs that will keep you pinning all day. (There are just a couple that couldn’t participate in the blog hop, but pay them a visit anyway. You’ll be glad you did! :))

Participating Blogs:

Cooking with Ruthie

Blissful Roots

Lemon Tree Dwelling

Tips for Family Trips

Five Heart Home

Double the Deliciousness

Nine a Plenty

Creative Carmella

So Festive!

Family Volley

Bits of Everything

Kiki & Company

Additional Contributors (not in blog hop):

Packed with Fun

Darling Darleen

Prepared Housewives

Kleinworth & Co.

Blahnik Baker

Shopgirl

The Connection We Share

 Also….stay tuned for a FABULOUS giveaway from all of us….coming soon!!

Favorite Books Giveaway

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Cathy Trochelman <![CDATA[Saturday Night Fever #42: A Recipe Link Party!]]> http://www.lemontreedwelling.com/?p=8335 2014-07-13T01:11:39Z 2014-07-13T01:00:10Z

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Happy Saturday! I hope your weekend is off to a great start! Ours is completely empty…..which is SO rare, and SO nice! We spent the day being lazy and loving it – family walk, movie, board games, lunch – and I’m hoping to be just as lazy tonight! What are you up to??

The one thing I’d like to accomplish tomorrow is a family picnic at the park…which is why I put together this collection of picnic salads from last week’s party!

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Here are a few more of my favorites from last week:

Strawberry Granita from Allspice & Nutmeg

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 Salted Caramel Mocha Popsicles from Melanie Makes

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 Lemon Blueberry Chia Jam from The Casual Craftlete

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Dutch Peach Pie Bars from I Dig Pinterest

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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! Best-Of-Weekend-Logo-2014-PM-3-450x436 ShowStopperSaturday2

 

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Cathy Trochelman <![CDATA[10 Perfect Picnic Salads]]> http://www.lemontreedwelling.com/?p=8310 2014-07-11T15:00:21Z 2014-07-11T14:10:29Z

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10 Perfect Picnic Salads to make & take on the go!

Hey, friends! We made it to Friday! What are your plans for the weekend? For the first time in a loooong time, we have NOTHING on our calendar! I’m hoping for nothing but family time and relaxation….and maybe a chance to check some “summer fun” activities off our list. Like a picnic in the park! I collected 10 awesome Picnic Salad recipes that would be perfect….I hope they look as delicious to you as they do to me!

 Caprese Chicken Orzo Salad from This Gal Cooks

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Tomato Cucumber Pasta Salad with Avocado from Five Heart Home

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Jicama Strawberry Summer Salad from Sustaining the Powers

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Grilled Potato Medley with Bacon from Carmel Moments

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 Grilled Vegetable Quinoa Salad from Blahnik Baker

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BLT Potato Salad from Pick Fresh Foods

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Triple Berry Fruit Salad from The Kitchen Is My Playground

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Healthy Italian Pasta Salad from Cooking with Curls

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Perfect Easy & Spicy Potato Salad from Spaceships & Laser Beams

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Southwest Cornbread Salad from Back for Seconds

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Cathy Trochelman <![CDATA[Strawberry Rhubarb Champagne Spritzer]]> http://www.lemontreedwelling.com/?p=8302 2014-07-09T05:22:17Z 2014-07-09T12:00:25Z

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 A deliciously simple, sweet & refreshing champagne cocktail that’s perfect for summer!

Strawberry Rhubarb Champagne Spritzers - sweet, refreshing, and perfect for summer!

We live in a great neighborhood. And we have great neighbors! Neighbors we not only tolerate, but actually enjoy spending time with. When we first moved in three years ago, we actually saw our neighbors a ton! We had barbecues and drinks and dinners with them all summer long….and then winter came. And we never saw them!

Strawberry Rhubarb Champagne Spritzers - sweet, refreshing, and perfect for summer!

 And then life got crazy with three kids and another pregnancy and another baby….and we still never see them! Not the adults, at least. The kids see one another daily….because they’re kids and are somehow oblivious to the craziness of life. But for the adults, getting together is like a special occasion!

Strawberry Rhubarb Champagne Spritzers - sweet, refreshing, and perfect for summer!

 Well….yesterday was a special occasion! I had wine with my neighbor Katie while the kids swam in the pool. And, because it’s such a rare occasion these days, we had a LOT to catch up on. The only problem? We also had 5 kids there with us….4 of whom are mine….and 2 of whom did not stop touching me the entire time we were there! Myla was hungry and Nora was needy (nothing new on either account) and all I wanted to do was drink my wine and catch up with my neighbor. And neither of those really happened.

Strawberry Rhubarb Champagne Spritzers - sweet, refreshing, and perfect for summer!

 In the midst of my attempts at conversation with children climbing all over me, Nora kicked over my wine. My entire glass of it. Luckily, we had another bottle in the fridge. But what I REALLY at that moment was probably one of these Strawberry Rhubarb Champagne Spritzers. Or a nanny. But since that’s not going to happen, I’ll stick with the spritzers. And the great neighbors! Lucky me!

Strawberry Rhubarb Champagne Spritzers - sweet, refreshing, and perfect for summer!

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Strawberry Rhubarb Champagne Spritzer
 
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Ingredients
  • 1 c. Brut champagne
  • ¼ c. strawberry rhubarb simple syrup
  • fresh sliced strawberries
  • For the simple syrup:
  • 1 c. water
  • 1 c. sugar
  • 1 c. chopped rhubarb
  • 1 c. sliced strawberries
Instructions
  1. For the simple syrup:
  2. Combine water and sugar in a medium saucepan; bring to a boil.
  3. Remove from heat. Stir in rhubarb and strawberries.
  4. Cover and let stand until cool.
  5. Strain syrup; store in refrigerator
  6. For the spritzer:
  7. Combine chilled champagne & simple syrup in a glass; add crushed ice (optional) and sliced strawberries.

 

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