Sparkling Margaritas

Sweet, tart, and bubbly fresh squeezed sparkling margaritas made with elderflower liquor (St. Germaine), cava or sparkling wine / champagne, tequila, and fresh squeezed lemon and lime juice (or sour mix). The recipe and other cinco de mayo margarita inspiration is available on The Wood and Spoon Blog //

These sparkling margaritas are so festive, so perfectly tart and bubbly, that I decided to write a little short story about them. I'll let you read it if you promise not to laugh. You'll catch on soon enough that I spend a lot of hours of my life reading children's stories to my babies, and if you're in the same boat as me, I bet you'll be able to identify which story this little tidbit is inspired by. If you give a girl a sparkling margarita, she's going to want some chips and queso. She'll go to the store to pick up some cheese, and while she's there, she'll see some rainbow sprinkles. It will remind her of her favorite confetti ice cream cake, and she will end up wanting to make it. She'll buy her queso and sprinkles and then head home to begin baking. While she's waiting for the cake to bake,...

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Derby Pie Bars

Derby Pie Bars Recipe by The Wood and Spoon Blog. This buttery shortbread bar is based on favorite Kentucky recipe. With a crumble crust, bourbon pecan pie and brown sugar filling, and a drizzle of chocolate these simple bars bake up quickly and are enjoyable for a crowd. Get the recipe in time for the Kentucky derby at

In two days, I'll be celebrating my fourth wedding anniversary. Yes, I already know what you're thinking. You think I'm going to spend the next few paragraphs spouting about marriage, right? About love. About how my husband is the best, or how married life is hard, or about any number of silly things that I may have learned over the course of the past four years. Well, joke's on you! Today we're talking all about these derby pie bars.Brett and I got married on my grandparent's farm in Kentucky the week before The Derby. It was a small, outdoor ceremony on a private corner of the farm's rolling green hills. I shivered through the ceremony, half nervous, half chilled from the wet air that blew on that gray day. We said "I Do," tried not to make out in front of all of our friends and family, and headed to the reception which...

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Strawberry Rhubarb Pie

Strawberry Rhubarb Pie Recipe by The Wood and Spoon Blog. Tart rhubarb, sweet berries and a touch of cinnamon make this the perfect pie. Post includes information on how to use and trim rhubarb, tips on preparing the perfect flaky butter pie crust, and other spring pie inspiration. Can be made with a decorative or lattice pie top.

Spring- the onset of blooming trees, baseball games, and berry-filled desserts like this strawberry rhubarb pie. While the rest of the world debates whether or not to wait until Memorial day to break out their shorts and white denim, I'll be licking my sticky fingers free of this gooey, fruity pie and soaking up every last minute of sunshine and 70 degrees these days have to offer.This past weekend was filled with quintessential spring moments (I'm looking at you, backyard picnics!), and this stir crazy mama couldn't be happier about it. Being cooped up indoors through the winter months is tough on morale when there's no escaping the chaos that comes with two children under two. There's no quick stops for sno-cones, no trips to the pool, no long walks in the stroller to survive the witching hour. Thankfully, spring shows up all sunshiny and pastel-colored to revive us from...

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Carrot Bundt Cake with Brown Butter Glaze

Carrot Bundt Cake with Brown Butter Glaze by The Wood and Spoon Blog. This moist cinnamon and carrot flavored cake is topped with a browned butter frosting and toasted chopped pecans. This recipe is one bowl, easy, and can be modified to make a layer cake as well. Perfect for parties and upcoming Easter brunch, breakfast, or dessert.

This past week, my great grandmother (I called her Grandma Grape) passed away. She was 97 and lived a beautiful life- one marked by kindness and joy, wisdom and love. Since her passing, I've found myself quietly inspired, desperately wanting a similar kind of grace on my life. Somehow, knowing that it's possible to live and die as beautifully as she did fills me with so much hope.I'm sure you know people like this- the ones that make it count. People who use up their lives and time and every last bit of air in their lungs to make the world around them a better place. People that love their families fiercely and spur on their neighbors towards goodness. People that change the atmosphere. These are the ones who leave a legacy worth remembering.[caption id="attachment_11385" align="aligncenter" width="841"] A few photos of Grandma Great from when I was a baby. Check out my babe of...

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Hummingbird Muffins

Hummingbird Muffins Recipe by . Crumb / streusel topped muffins based on the classic Southern hummingbird cake recipe, these muffins are filled with brown butter, banana, pineapple, brown sugar, and nuts. Topped with a simple glaze/ drizzle. This recipe would be perfect for an Easter breakfast or brunch and are a great treat to share with friends. Simple, easy recipe based on Bake From Scratch Coffee Cake. By The Wood and Spoon Blog.

It's Friday and I've got your weekend entertainment covered with a  few things to watch, a couple things to read, and a simple Southern recipe for hummingbird muffins that will knock the taste buds right off your tongue. Ready for the round-up? Let's go! Ina Garten, Her New Show, and How to Entertain Ina Garten is the queen of my heart. Anyone who can slay in the kitchen and maintain BFF status with Taylor Swift is a champion in my book. She lends us kitchen peasants a few noble words of wisdom in this article from Food52. I'm adding this quote from Ina to my list of kitchen mantras: "Food is not about impressing people. In fact, it's just the opposite: it's about making them feel comfortable." Stevie Wonder Carpool Karaoke  James Cordon is quickly moving his way up the hierarchy of late-night television, but he absolutely stole my heart with this ride along featuring...

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Flaxseed Bread

Flaxseed Bread Recipe by . 100% whole grain wheat sandwich bread with added fiber from flax seed meal. Moist, fluffy, easy yeast bread recipe that makes two loaves. No bread maker required. The Wood and Spoon Blog.

There's things they don't tell you. No, I'm not referencing the government or our mothers or even this flaxseed bread, although we'll get to that later. I'm talking about having a baby.When preparing for a new baby, we like to spend a lot of time dwelling on the details. Nursery colors, eating schedules, carseat safety ratings- the usual. We worry about the baby's growth, the baby's movements, passing our blood sugar tests, and whether or not we've gained the right amount of weight. When you sign up for parenthood (because that's where babies come from, obviously), we spend so much time minding those basic fears and needs that we often overlook the aftermath- the anatomical apocalypse that typically ensues after labor and delivery.I was faced with a reminder of my pregnancies this past weekend. About a month ago, I quit nursing George, but it was just last Saturday that I put...

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Tiramisu Cake

Tiramisu Cake Recipe By Kate Wood of // Three layers of moist vanilla yellow cake soaked in espresso and coffee liquor and topped with a mascarpone cream cheese whipped cream frosting. Just like the classic Italian tiramisu recipe but fancy enough for a celebration or party. This is a great boozy dessert to share with friends!

Guys, if you thought you liked eating regular tiramisu, just wait until you see what happens when you stack it like a birthday cake. Straight up MAGICAL. Making this tiramisu cake is one of the better choices I've made recently. Unlike some things in life, this cake is a no-brainer. Someone recently asked me if Brett and I planned to have any more children. At the time, I think I was bouncing a fussy George on one hip while Aimee cried loudly from time out in the next room over. I diffused that question with a laugh and gestured towards the two crying babies as if to say, "Ha! Not any time soon."One of my (many) prerequisites for having more children is that someone has to be potty trained. Someone needs to be able to manage their own bathroom situation without mom having to get involved. I can't simultaneously change the diaper of...

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