Lemon Mint Sorbet

Lemon Mint Sorbet Recipe by The Wood and Spoon Blog by Kate Wood. This is a refreshing, frozen, lemon and mint sorbet made with freshly squeezed lemon juice, mint, and simple syrup. This ice cream is made in a ice cream maker and requires very little active prep time. Similar to a granita or frozen Italian ice, this treat is the perfect dessert to serve on a hot day! Find the recipe on thewoodandspoon.com

When life gives you lemons, you make lemonade. But if you live in Alabama, it's the middle of July, and you're one heat wave away from the surface of the sun, you scrap the lemonade and make lemon mint sorbet instead.Selma, Alabama summers are relentless. Temps nearing triple digits, 100% humidity, and zero chance of breeze ensure that you spend the majority of your days with bad hair and sweat stains in all of the wrong places. Days lengthened by sunlight feel even longer when you're cooped up indoors, saving yourself from the sweltering temperatures and relentless sun rays. Trust me, it's far from glamorous.Some days, I just want a reprieve. I find myself daydreaming of my days as a waitress, longing for just a few brief moments of alone time in the walk-in cooler. I think of our Alaskan vacation and how good it would feel to plant my naked rear-end...

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Cherry Lime Hand Pies

Cherry Lime Hand Pies Recipe by The Wood and Spoon Blog by Kate Wood. This mini hand pies are personal pop tart desserts filled with ripe summer black and red cherries and zesty lime. A great alternative to fried pies, these desserts are sweet, make ahead, and use a buttery, homemade pie crust that gets flaky and delicious. The recipe is simple but learn all about how to make hand pies and homemade pop-tarts here on thewoodandspoon.com

Everyone cue the candles and the birthday serenades. Today is my old man's birthday and we're celebrating with these cherry lime hand pies!I read something in a book recently that struck a chord. In "Cold Tangerines," the author, Shauna Niequist, talks about how we often think of our stories as being chiseled in stone- permanent and defined. Shauna suggests that instead, we ought to embrace the art of writing in pencil, living with a willingness to not plan our futures to death. Living in freedom because our story's uncertainty is one of the few things we get to be certain of. Growing up, I wasn't a serial dater or anything, but I certainly had my fair share of romances. In middle school, I had a boyfriend who I never actually spoke words to. We'd pass notes in Pre-Algebra and I'd clutch that sweaty piece of notebook paper in my hands until the gel ink bled...

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Funfetti Cookies

Funfetti Cookies Recipe by The Wood and Spoon Blog By Kate Wood. These are sprinkle filled sugar cookies, soft and chewy with crunchy edges. Simple, one bowl recipe that uses rainbow jimmies and clear vanilla to get that cake batter flavor in every bite. These taste like copycat cookies from great American cookie. Try these fun and kid friendly dessert recipes now on thewoodandspoon.com .

Some things you never grow out of. Things like cotton candy at Walt Disney World and flannel on Christmas morning or even treats like these funfetti cookies remind me that there's a childlike nostalgia in all of us that will never die. Some things are relevant forever.My best friend Jesse turned 30 yesterday. We met as self-conscious 6th graders back in the late 90's (cough, what?), and since then we've celebrated nearly 20 years of birthdays as BFFs. That length of time does something to a relationship. After a while, you start feeling less like a friend and more like a sister, or maybe a crazy aunt who is terribly overbearing but loyal enough to throw eggs at your ex-boyfriend's house. Our friendship has evolved over the years and it's rarely presented itself perfect and shiny like a new penny. But after 20 years, it's one that is worn in and fits snug in all of the right places of my...

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Blueberry Galette with a Cornmeal Crust

Blueberry Galette with a Cornmeal Crust Dessert Recipe by The Wood and Spoon Blog By Kate Wood. This is a simple, fast and easy recipe. Ripe, summer produce like blueberries and lemon are thick and juicy in this pie filling. The crust has cornmeal, flour, butter, and shortening, so it is flaky, golden and perfect every time pie crust. Serve on your summer holidays for a casual and rustic dessert. Serve with ice cream or whipped cream. You can substitute other fruit too like strawberries, peaches, or stone fruit in this galette. Find the recipe and more summer recipe inspiration at thewoodandspoon.com .

Happy (almost) Fourth of July! If you're reading this from the States, I hope you're feeling more patriotic than Mel Gibson circa the Benjamin Martin days. I hope you're sporting your baddest jean shorts, your stars and stripes bikini top, or maybe a super slick handlebar mustache. Spit some watermelon seeds, fire up the grill, soak up all the sun and PBR that your body can tolerate. Just be sure that if you're looking for something red, white, or blue to make on this razzle dazzle of a day, you consider this blueberry galette with a cornmeal crust.Something about the Fourth inspires me to berry-filled desserts. The colors, the ripe and juicy fruits, and the illusion that you're choosing something "healthy" for bathing suit weather just makes me want to saddle up to every pie, turnover, and trifle that comes my way. Popsicles, ice cream cones, and cookie sandwiches are great, but on this most American of holidays,...

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Peach Crumb Muffins

Peach Crumb Muffins Recipe By The Wood and Spoon Blog by Kate Wood. These are moist, fluffy, vanilla butter muffins filled with chunks of fresh peaches. These muffins are tall and I'll give you my tips on how to get a domed muffin every time! They are topped with a sweet and salty brown sugar streusel crumble and a dripped vanilla glaze. Find the recipe for these summer treats - the perfect breakfast or brunch item- on the blog. Thewoodandspoon.com summer fruit, beach recipes, southern muffins

Sometimes I need an easy button. I need some magic dust, a genie in a lamp, or a fairy godmother to make life easier. There's not enough hours in the day to constantly complicate it with dead-end tasks and lengthy processes. Sometimes I need something quick, entirely satisfying, no-fail, and EASY. Introducing: peach crumb muffins.These peach crumb muffins are a cinch- a 2 step recipe, requiring less than 15 minutes of prep work that provides days worth of summery sweet goodness to enjoy. These peach crumb muffins are the answer to "What's for breakfast? What can I bring for the beach weekend? "What treat can I bake with my kids?" and just about every other question that is coming to my mind right now. They're simple and good. End of story.My goal with these peach crumb muffin was to make a soft, buttery, and moist muffin that was golden on the...

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Roasted Strawberry and Buttermilk Popsicles

Roasted Strawberry and Buttermilk Popsicles Recipe by The Wood and Spoon Blog. A simple, summer, frozen dessert made of sweet and rich roasted strawberries and tangy buttermilk cream. These fruit popsicles are simple, make ahead, and a great dessert for outdoor parties and events. Learn about making popsicles without a popsicle mold too!

We're going to talk popsicles soon- roasted strawberry and buttermilk popsicles to be precise. After all, you guys come here for the recipes, right? But first, let's talk about moms and what happens when they go wild, ok?A few weeks ago, I traveled with some girlfriends to Montgomery for a ladies' night out. No boys allowed. If you've never been apart of a mom's night out, I'll fill you in on the dirty deets- we get wild. Not wet t-shirt contest wild or keg stand wild. But take 10 women who have had it up to their eyeballs with dirty diapers and hectic work schedules, give them a babysitter and a designated driver, and just wait...

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Strawberry Almond Skillet Cake

Strawberry Almond Skillet Cake Recipe A tangy, fluffy sour cream and vanilla cake baked in a cast iron skillet with juicy strawberries, sliced almonds, and a sprinkle of sugar. This is a simple, quick and fast recipe that is easy to put together and can be made ahead. This cake is served with whipped cream and is dusted with powdered sugar. Bake this Southern- style cake for summer parties, bbq, and gatherings. Substitute the sour cream with buttermilk if desired. Wood and Spoon Blog Recipe

I am beyond thrilled to share today's recipe with you. Yes, it's delicious. Yes, it's quick and filled with fresh summer produce. And yes, this is a treat that you can eat for dessert or breakfast and absolutely no one will judge you. You have my permission to make and consume the entirety of this simple and fabulous strawberry almond skillet cake, completely free of guilt or regret. You're welcome. I'm sharing today's recipe in collaboration with a whole bunch of lovely bloggers who are participating in the Virtual Midsummer Potluck for Peace. Saghar of Lab Noon coordinated this round-up of recipes in an effort to cultivate support and unity within the blogging community. At a time in history when there's so much garbage out there- unrest, hatred, and downright ugliness- it's things like togetherness, sharing, and kindness that serve as beacons of hope. Isn't that one of the beautiful things about food?...

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