Peppermint Bark Bread and a GIVEAWAY!

Peppermint Bark Bread Recipe by Kate Wood of The Wood and Spoon blog. This is a sweet yeast bread similar to babka filled with a semisweet chocolate filling and bits of chopped white chocolate peppermint bark. The bread is swirled and braided into a wreath and baked in a cast iron skillet. This bread is festive enough for dessert but able to be eaten as breakfast too. Find the tutorial for how to braid bread and a review of the wolf gourmet counter oven on thewoodandspoon.com Christmas holiday recipe!

Y'all. I am in full throttle Christmas mode over here. The past few weeks have been a whirlwind of wrapping paper and Mariah Carey Christmas songs, and I'm so excited about it, I could squeal.Last week we enjoyed our first (and maybe only) snow of the season. Aimee was unsure about the snow at first, but eventually came around. She made a snowman and ate the snow, and all in all, I'd say she enjoyed her first winter wonderland. George didn't have a clue what was going on but was less than enthusiastic about snowballs. Is anyone surprised? It seems like the harder I try to get my kids excited about Christmas, the more annoyed they get with me. Case and point:  [caption id="attachment_15290" align="aligncenter" width="4032"] Have you ever seen kids be this savage to Santa? Poor guy.[/caption]After a weekend of Santa visits, snow flurries, and mugs of cocoa, we've pretty much hit all of the Christmas highlights. Even...

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Raspberry Lemon Linzer Cookies

Raspberry Lemon Linzer Cookies recipe by The Wood and Spoon blog by Kate Wood. This is a classic linzer cookie recipe made with almond flour and all-purpose flour. The cookies are scented with lemon zest and are filled with a raspberry jam. The dough is cut out with cookie cutters. Sprinkle the tops of these Christmas baked goods with powdered sugar. These are what to bring to holiday or Christmas party / exchange. Find the recipe and the how to on thewoodandspoon.com

Ok, let's be honest. Gift giving can be hard, right? Sometimes we buy gifts out of necessity, but often, we do it because we love those people. We want to show them they're awesome! That they rock! That they make our lives better than a turtleneck on the coldest day of the year. So I ask you, is there really a gift that can encompass all of those sentiments? Is there such thing as the perfect gift?I've got a lot of people on my Christmas shopping list this year. There's my children (who need nothing), my husband (who only wants things he can pick out himself), and then my parents (who have everything they could ever want and then some). Sometimes I get stumped in the hustle of the season, and I make the tragic mistake of trusting Google to help me with my holiday shopping. I find myself typing, "What to...

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Peppermint Bark Brownies

Peppermint Bark Brownies recipe by The Wood and Spoon Blog by Kate Wood. This is a fudgy chocolate brownie made with sweetened condensed milk, cocoa powder, and chocolate, topped with a peppermint bark topping of melted semisweet and white chocolate and candy cane pieces. These brownies are simple, make ahead, and feed a crowd- the perfect addition to holiday baking, cookie exchanges, and Christmas parties. Find the recipe and how to on thewoodandspoon.com

It's finally December, and I could not be more thrilled. This time of year holds so much joy and fun, and since having kids, I find myself wanting to make even more of it all. I want my babies to enjoy the sights and sounds and smells that come with this beautiful season; I want to set into motion traditions that will slowly become a part of our evolving family Christmas story.Sometimes that includes cookies before bedtime or hot cocoa from the Santa mug. Sometimes it means Bing Crosby Christmas songs at breakfast or reading "Twas The Night Before Christmas" four times in one night. Amidst all of the hustle and bustle, gift wrapping and trips to the post office, there's a bit of magic in there, twinkling with a flicker of wonder and anticipation, and I'm determined to tap into that for my children. For Aimee, the possibility of Christmas is almost ubelieveable. She's already started asking questions about...

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Maple Bacon Scones

Maple Bacon Scones by The Wood and Spoon blog by Kate Wood. This is a sweet and savory breakfast and brunch recipe. Maple syrup sweetens up these smoky bacon filled scones. This is a butter and heavy cream scone with a tender crumb and golden brown edges. Find the recipe for this fall favorite on thewoodandspoon.com

This is it, the eye of the proverbial hurricane. We are in the midst of those few short days sandwiched in between turkey feasts and Christmas morning- that time of year when the to-do lists are lengthy and daylight is fleeting. To help us survive, I'm sharing these maple bacon scones, a simple and comforting dish that we all can rally behind.Last week was basically a grotesque parade of meals and cocktails and leftover turkey sandwiches. Don't get me wrong- I like to eat just as much as the next person, but at some point, my gullet (and the button on my blue jeans) just scream, "NO MORE!" We started the week with a few dinners out with friends, and on Thursday morning, we fulfilled our American duty by demolishing the annual Thanksgiving feast. We ate an array of biscuits and green beans and casseroles, and because Thanksgiving lunch is the meal that keeps on giving,...

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Peanut Butter Chocolate Cheesecake and a Giveaway!

Peanut Butter Chocolate Cheesecake by Kate Wood of The Wood and Spoon Blog. This is a recipe for a cocoa powder and creamy peanut butter cheesecake prepared easily in a Wolf blender. With an Oreo chocolate cookie sandwich crumb crust and a creamy filling, this cheesecake is simple and feeds a crowd. Topped with chopped peanuts and a creamy peanut butter dark chocolate ganache. Find the recipe and the how to as well as a review for the Wolf blender on thewoodandspoon.com

Okay, I know what you're thinking. "Peanut butter chocolate cheesecake?!?! The day after Thanksgiving?!? Are you crazy!?!" Yes, I hear you. Like the rest of America, I gorged on turkey legs and cornbread dressing yesterday, and yes, there was lots of dessert involved too. I'm officially wearing stretchy sweatpants and my husband's t-shirts until further notice, because I don't see myself shimmying into anything not categorized as loungewear any time soon.  But as you know, the holidays wait for no one, so I'm going full-throttle Christmas baking mode from now until New Year's Eve. Let's just expect the expected and make the most of our holiday baking okay? Starting with this peanut butter chocolate cheesecake! Cheesecake can be scary, and I'll be the first to admit that. There's all that business with the water bath and the creaming of the cheese and the room temperature ingredients. There's the epic debate of whether...

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Pumpkin Yeast Bread

Pumpkin Yeast Bread Recipe by The Wood and Spoon Blog by Kate Wood. This is a fluffy, simple, sandwich yeast bread seasoned with cinnamon, pumpkin puree, and seeds. Perfect for the holidays, thanksgiving and christmas leftovers, this bread is excellent for toast and snacking and makes and excellent idea for hostess host gift. Find the recipe and more info on how to make bread without a bread machine maker on thewoodandspoon.com

In America, we're on the verge of Thanksgiving. In just two days, we will roll up our sleeves to stir and boil, grate and grease our way to a table filled with the faces of people we love (and love to irritate). While everyone has their own traditions, must-eat dishes, and turkey day activities, there are a few universal truths that should be closely followed to ensure the best possible holiday. I've arranged them in list form for your convenience.The Universal Truths of Thanksgiving:Thanksgiving is not the time to diet. This is well-pondered, sound advice coming from your friendly neighborhood dietitian. Am I suggesting that you should require 12 sticks of butter in your creamed corn? No. Do I think it would be wise to drink straight from the gravy boat? Sweet mercy, absolutely not. If you are established in a diet regimen already, I encourage you to stick as close as possible to the path...

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Chocolate Budino: Three Ways (and Our Time in Chicago!)

Chocolate Budino Recipe by The Wood and Spoon Blog by Kate Wood. This is a rich chocolate Italian pudding with three different flavor and topping variations. Chocolate crumble, hazelnut, and fresh berries! Make the creamy dessert ahead of time and store in the fridge until you're ready to top with whipped cream and nutty crumbly toppings. Find the recipe and how to for this custard based dessert on thewoodandspoon.com

A few weeks ago, Brett and I traveled to Chicago to celebrate my 29-ish (ok, 30th) birthday. The weekend was packed with SO MUCH FUN AND DELICIOUSNESS that I knew I just had to tell you guys all about it. Oh, and we're going to talk about chocolate budino too, so happy birthday to everyone apparently. Have you been to Chicago? It's literally the best. The town is clean and beautiful with amazing restaurants, architecture, and shopping to boot. If cool food, professional sports, and really nice locals are your thing, Chicago is where it's at.We stayed downtown at the Loews Hotel and spent pretty much every waking moment eating and navigating the city. Although the shopping and tourist attractions were all pretty stellar, the hands-down highlight was the architecture tour along the river. Taking in the city from a boat on a sunny day was a treat I won't soon forget.Another day was...

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