Coconut Almond Chocolate Cookies

Coconut Almond Chocolate Cookies Recipe by The Wood and Spoon Blog by Kate Wood. This is a simple, almost paleo recipe that includes shredded coconut, whole almonds and almond butter, vegan chocolate chips or chunks. This is a great healthy almost clean baking cookie for special diets that you can make. Recipe at thewoodandspoon.com

This is a public service announcement to all readers of this blog: I am no longer cool. Though I'm not sure when it happened, I can confidently express to you, with little qualm or uncertainty, that I have officially lost the cool factor. One could argue here that I never really was cool, and to be honest, this is entirely possible. After all, how cool could my former bench-warming, unibrow-having, choreographed-dancing self actually have been? Regardless, I am 100% positive that I am officially out of the loop.I gauge most of my coolness against my sister. At 15 years old (that makes me 13 years her senior?!?), my sister, Cheney, dances circles around whatever level of awesome I once thought I had. What she lacks in years she makes up for in a kindness, wit, and strong will that suggests her world view and degree of wisdom is not limited by her numerical age.Within the past few...

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Banana Coconut Chocolate Cream Pie

Banana coconut chocolate cream pie Recipe by The Wood and Spoon Blog by Kate Wood. This is a buttery, flaky pie crust filled with a cream filling of coconut cream, banana, and chocolate. This is a southern style pie with different custard fillings made from whole eggs and yolks. Add sweetened flaked or grated coconut and semisweet or bittersweet chocolate chips / bar and sliced bananas for this layered pie! Read about how to make it on thewoodandspoon.com

This is more than a banana coconut chocolate cream pie. It's a celebration pie.Today marks the first day of the 36th year of my husband's life. Birthdays, along with with Christmas, Auburn game days, and Friday morning donut runs, are a big deal in our house. While I probably say "I love ___" too frequently on this little bloggie, I really do love birthdays.I love birthdays for the cake and the candles and the confetti. I love picking out the perfect card and wrapping gifts in paper printed with ice cream cones or dogs wearing shoes. I love the pop of a champagne bottle and the clinking of bubble-filled glasses and the exchange of smiles and laughter from across a dinner table. I love a celebration.But, really, shouldn't we all? Don't we all have someone or something worth celebrating? Even if not a husband or a birthday, surely we all know of a life or...

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Oatmeal Cookie Chunk Ice Cream

Oatmeal Cookie Chunk Ice Cream Recipe by The Wood and Spoon Blog by Kate Wood. This is a ice cream machine maker recipe inspired by Ben and Jerry's famous oatmeal cookie ice cream. oatmeal infuses the cream and milk mixture and a cinnamon swirl filling and chunks of chewy oatmeal cookies are added to this to make it the best oatmeal cookie filled ice cream ever. Find the simple and fun summer frozen dessert recipe on thewoodandspoon.com

Just so we're clear, small talk is not my forte. I did not go through the effort of starting this blog so we could chat about the Yankees, the news, or the weather. But on days like today, it bears mentioning that it is hot. It is too. darn. hot. If you happen to be reading this blog from some idyllic land where the temp is currently a comfortably breezy 75 degrees and sunny, please, don't tell me. Over here, in what is quite possibly America's armpit, I have pools of sweat collecting behind my knees, in between my boobs, and in just about every other undesirably hot place on my body. Ignorance is bliss and I would rather pretend everyone resides in a town that scorches similar to the surface of the sun, ok?This should be an example of my dedication to baking: even on Africa-hot days like today, my...

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Lemon Lavender Cookies

Lemon Lavender Cookies Recipe by The Wood and Spoon Blog by Kate Wood. Just a few ingredients, lemon zest, sugar, and dried culinary lavender is all it takes to make this simple powdered sugar covered cookies. Similar to mexican wedding cookies. Makes tiny mini cookies. Floral and fragrant. Find the recipe at thewoodandspoon.com

I should start this post with a disclaimer: I love my husband.If you know Brett, take this time to jot a mental list of his lovable, noteworthy qualities-- there's plenty to boast of. If you don't know my husband, let me give you the CliffsNotes version: he's hardworking, funny, incredibly personable, and at an age that I jokingly describe as "halfway to 70", he's got muscles that laugh at any notion of a "Dad Bod". My husband is pretty much the tops and I wouldn't trade him for a million Ryan Reynolds (and that's a huge deal, am I right, ladies??)With all that being said, Brett and I have a clear understanding that if, in a tragic twist of fate, Brett is no longer my husband, I will re-marry a Frenchman. Unabashedly, I will take our children, move to France, and marry the first God-fearing, chateau-living, beret-wearing Frenchman that I can...

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Vegan Coconut Lime Ice Cream Pie

vegan coconut lime ice cream pie This is a vegan coconut ice cream recipe made in a machine with lime zest and sweetened with sugar. It's frozen inside a press-in graham cracker crust and the whole thing is topped with a strawberry lime compote. This pie is refreshing and delicious, perfect for the special diet vegan/ vegetarian friends in your life. Find the recipe for this berry lime icebox pie on thewoodandspoon.com

Let’s challenge ourselves. Let’s move beyond what we know we can do and into something we’re not sure of. Let’s leave it all on the field, balls to the wall, and just go for it. I’m talkingVegan.Ice cream.Pie.Not interested? Well, initially I wasn’t either. But tempted by a recipe contest on Food52, I decided to try my hand at making a dairy free frozen dessert.What started as an idea became an obsession, and I will tell you that I am now a believer in dairy-free ice cream.To be honest, this was scary for me. I don’t typically like to mess with a good thing and let’s be honest- ice cream from cow’s milk is good. Reeaaal good. But I threw it out there and what I got back after a few misfires was worth the effort. Zesty lime, macerated strawberries, and an extra thick graham cracker crust makes this coconut milk based...

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Berry Almond Streusel Pie

Mixed Berry Pie

Friday, you sweet son of a gun, am I glad to see you or what?!Have you all had some bright spots this week? I really hope so. Over here, the days feel long when they're spent attached to a 5 week old while running after an almost two year old but thank goodness and hallelujah that summer + maternity leave = weekends at the lake. My parents have a little spot on the water at Lake Martin, so during the summer, they spend a couple months in these parts and I have a location for weekend retreats. And, to be clear, by "retreats" I mean no makeup, extra hands to help with chi'rens, and all the grilled chili dogs and burgers my post-natal body can handle. PRAISE!I'm excited to be able to share with you all twice this week. Ever since we talked about pie crust earlier this week, I've been trying...

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Pie Crust

Pie Crust Recipe BY The Wood and Spoon Blog by Kate Wood. This is a recipe for the best flaky butter and shortening pie crust recipe. Golden brown and slightly salty. This pie crust is made in a food processor but can also be made with a pastry cutter or the back of forks or knife. This pie dough can be used to make lattice pie, hand pies, pop tarts, or tart shells. This is a diverse pie crust recipe that can be frozen or stored in the fridge. better than store-bought pie dough. Find the recipe on thewoodandspoon.com

Let's get one thing clear. I don't do pie. Or pie crust. Before I moved to Florida, dessert in our house meant one thing: Kone King. Our suburban neighborhood in Upstate New York didn't have much to boast in the way of food but they definitely knew good soft serve ice cream. I can remember begging my parents to take me to Kone King after supper on warm summer evenings (read: any night of the year that they were open) where we would make bets on what the flavor of the day would be. Orange and vanilla swirl with sprinkles for me and black raspberry swirl for my parents. Twenty years later, I still think of Kone King just before I take my first bite of a new frozen treat. Will it measure up? Will this be the bite I've been waiting for? Usually, no, although there have been a few...

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