Doughnut Croquembouche

Doughnut Croquembouche Tutorial by Wood and Spoon Blog. Learn how to make the classic French celebration dessert for your upcoming parties and wedding! Just in time for Bastille day, this DIY will show you how to shortcut your way to a donut tower using store-bought treats, a styrofoam cone, and lots fo toothpicks. This is a fancy impressive dessert for parties, brunches, and everything in between. Find out the how-to on thewoodandspoon.com by Kate Wood

Listen, I've searched through and through my family tree to hunt out any trace of French in my lineage. It's nowhere to be found. Apparently my undying fascination of French culture is built on a foundation of croissant consumption, not some innate inner tug towards the homeland. Regardless, I will forever get starry-eyed over the language, the scenery, and those precise methods of cooking. There's something about that place that is almost fairytale-like, you know?So even though there's not a hint of Parisian in my blood, today we're whipping out treats for Bastille Day which is coming up on July 14th. Why? Well, I think there's some of you out there who are a little like me- willing and ready to celebrate just about anything at any point in time if there's fun and food and a party to be had. So let's do this. Let's celebrate the French Revolution,...

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Chocolate Chip Cookie Ice Cream Sandwiches

Chocolate Chip Cookie Ice Cream Sandwiches by Wood and spoon blog. These are chewy chocolate chunk cookies makes with a sprinkle of salt and chopped chocolate. They stay soft and chewy, even when frozen, which make these the best homemade ice cream sandwiches! Make these treats for summer, pool, bbq parties, and more! Find the recipe and how to at thewoodandspoon.com

The summer is in full-swing, and to keep you cool during these sweltering months, I've got a semi-homemade frozen treat that literally makes my mouth water just thinking about it: chocolate chip cookie ice cream sandwiches. Chewy, sweet and salty chocolate chunk cookies filled with the ice cream of you choice, these bad boys have your name written all over them.We've spent the past few weeks in the sun with salty hair and bellies full of watermelon and frozen cocktails. Enjoying the beach with children is an activity I would more closely identify as "work" over "vacation," but doing so with friends that feel like family make the effort worth it. My kids are slowly gaining a healthy respect and love for the water, and I have loved the opportunity to watch them experience new things for the first time. I'm realizing there's a lot of things you take for granted...

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Mini Strawberry Galettes

Mini Strawberry Galettes by Wood and Spoon blog. These are small open hand pies made with a simple butter dough and filled with fresh strawberries. On top an easy almond crumble adorns each dessert and a sprinkle of powdered sugar finishes them off. These little personal sized desserts are a special was to use summer produce and are sure to impress friends at parties. Find the recipe and how to on thewoodandspoon.com

We talk a lot of about gratitude here. Often, these conversations come as a result of an overflow of joy or a season of abundance, but sometimes it's out of necessity. Sometimes I literally have to list out the things I'm thankful for in order to remain grounded in the goodness that is all over my life. Do you know what I mean?These past few weeks have been a roller coaster of emotions. There's been fun-filled days where my heart could explode with love, but then there's been others that have felt heavy and alone. There's been moments of laughing till I cry and ones with so much fear and anxiety that the tears don't even bother showing up. Call it hormones, call it crazy, call it what you want, but the truth is that even with so many true and beautiful things to be grateful for, I still find...

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Baked Alaska

Baked Alaska recipe from the Wood and Spoon. This is a simple dark cocoa chocolate cake layered into a bread pan with store bought ice cream. The layered rectangle cake is frozen and then coated with fluffy French meringue before being toasted. the recipe for this classic vintage dessert comes from Jessie Sheehan new book. Find the recipe and how to for this summer dessert on thewoodandspoon.com

There are some things that are just better off together. Take for instance peanut butter and jelly or popcorn at the movies. Likewise, cheese tastes best with wine, Justin is stellar with Selena, and jeans are always perfect with a good-fitting white tee. I have a lot of opinions about things that go well together, particularly as it pertains to food, and today I'm sharing with you a dessert featuring my favorite match made in heaven: cake and ice cream. Today's baked Alaska dessert is a winning combination stuffed with the Bonnie and Clyde of sweets, so let's dive right in!Okay, I already know what some of you are thinking. "What is a baked Alaska?!" I hear you. Brett spent a solid month rolling his eyes at the name of this dessert, so if it's new to you too, join the club. Baked Alaska is a classic frozen dessert with...

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Raspberry Champagne Pop-Tarts

Raspberry Champagne Pop-Tart by Wood and Spoon Blog. These are simple homemade hand pies made with a raspberry champagne jam and a simple champagne glaze icing. Homemade pie dough makes little crimped round tarts that are filled with the simple cornstarch thickened jam. When cool, the desserts are topped with a frosting to sweeten the treats. Find the recipe and how to on thewoodandspoon.com by Kate Wood.

Do you ever wonder how you wound up where you are in life- the events and people and moments that have made you who you are today?I went to college at Samford University in Birmingham, AL, and the four years I spent there were primarily focused on the tight-knit group of friends that I became apart of. There were best friends, a few who dated, sisters and brothers, and the relationships that formed in the midnights and bags of popcorn we shared somehow became deeply woven into who I was, who I am even today.  [caption id="attachment_22350" align="aligncenter" width="850"] photo by dreamtown co.[/caption]In the years that have passed since graduation, some things have changed. There's been marriage and children, brokenness and death. People have lost touch and moved away. But despite all the change and years that separate us from our 22-year-old selves, there's still this unmistakable bond, a realness and...

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Tomato Olive Rolls

Tomato Olive Rolls by Wood and Spoon blog. These are scone like pinwheels with basil pesto, green and black olives, mozzarella and asiago cheese, and tomatoes! All of the ingredients are wrapped up in the butter and cream dough and baked until the cheese and crust are golden brown. These are similar to appetizers you can make with crescent rolls! Find the recipe and how to for these Italian mediterranean party snack foods on thewoodandspoon.com

In another life, I would be outdoorsy. I'd enjoy things like camping and cycling and building fires. Instead of being cuddled up under an umbrella at the pool, I'd be belly flopping into the ocean, rolling in the sand, and pulling fish from the water with my bare hands.I've been an indoor cat most of my life and, as a result, have indulged primarily in hobbies that are done from the comfort of my air-conditioned home. Baking, sewing, and Netflixing are among some of my favorite activities, a truth that has been largely influenced by my aversion to bugs and boob sweat. Yes, it's the indoor life for me, forever and always, but there's just this one little thing that I wish I was good at.I really want to be a gardener. In my dreams I have giant square planters filled with vine-ripened tomatoes and herbs and spicy orange peppers....

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