Brown Sugar Shortbread Cookies

Brown Sugar Shortbread Cookies Recipe by The Wood and Spoon Blog BY Kate Wood. This is a simple crumbly butter cookie inspired by Emeril Lagasse brown sugar shortbread bars. Buttery cutout shortbread cookies that can be slice and make. Drizzle with chocolate or sprinkle with cinnamon and sugar. Find the simple, easy, few ingredient recipe at thewoodandspoon.com

My husband says I have a Type A personality. While I would suggest that I'm somewhere between a Type A and Type B personality, I do see some inclinations that support his thinking. Time urgency, impatience, and a short-fused temper are all tendencies that I wear frequently like a behavioral scarlet letter, however, this is often offset by a sprinkling of Type B attributes.One area I typically lean a little Type A heavy? Decluttering.I love a good clean-out. I love a freshly organized drawer. I love a trip to Goodwill with a car full of stuff. It's kinda like when you get a new manicure or like that first day of school when you get to crack open that box of pens and write for the first time in a crisp, new notebook. It's a new lease on life!Over Christmas, my friend Jesse told me about a book by Marie Kondo, "The Life Changing...

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Chocolate Cake

Chocolate Cake Recipe by The Wood and Spoon Blog by Kate Wood. This is the best recipe for a one bowl, soft, moist and fluffy chocolate cake recipe. This cake is made with dark dutch process cocoa and a little espresso coffee powder. Made with oil not butter. This is the best chocolate layer cake recipe you will find and it is so easy! Makes a one layer or layered cake recipe. Find out some helpful tips and technique for making perfect cakes every time on thewoodandspoon.com

Everyone has a go to recipe. It's the one you've made so frequently that you've nearly memorized it.  It's the one you carry with pride into a party and it's the one you submit to the church cookbook at the end of the year. A word on this. Who are the people that are still submitting recipes for gelatinous salads? Are we still eating these things? Ladies and gentlemen, this is not the 1950's. Unless you're pouring up that jello mold because you have plans to recreate that scene from "The Office" where Jim puts Dwight's stapler in a bundt pan of Jell-O then please, let me urge you to reconsider. Maybe it's my years of working at hospitals or the emotional scarring I've endured from having a husband who would rather eat a pudding pack than have a slice of homemade cake, but let the record show that if you...

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Cranberry Pear Mini Pop-Tarts

cranberry pear mini pop tarts recipe by the wood and spoon blog by kate wood. this recipe makes mini hand pie type pop-tarts filled with bits of pears (or apples!) and cranberries. They are baked in the oven until golden and flaky and the whole thing gets topped with a powdered sugar glaze. This is a great way to use leftover pie crusts or to make individual pie crusts. Find the recipe at thewoodandspoon.com

If you follow me on Instagram or have known me for longer than ten minutes, you have probably gathered that I have a bit of a sweet tooth. God bless decent genetics and enough spare time to exercise occasionally because otherwise, I'd be in deep. Surprisingly though, I'm a bit of a health-nut//control freak when it comes to my daughter, Aimee. It's really important to me that she eats appropriately (even if mom cheats a little every now and then daily), so she's typically pretty limited on what she's allowed to have. Truth be told, this is in part due to me not wanting to deal with a picky eater, and even more embarrassingly, because I don't always want to share my treats. The day she learned to say the word "cookie", I pretty much melted and knew my days of solo cookie consuming were over. She's a girl after my own heart.Needless to...

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Butternut Squash Soup

butternut squash soup recipe by the wood and spoon blog by kate wood. this is a creamy fall and winter time soup make from roasted butternut squash, cream, onions or shallots, garlic and savory herbs like thyme, rosemary, and more. This recipe feeds a crowd and is great to make ahead. Find the recipe for this delicious one pot dutch oven broth soup on thewoodandspoon.com

I'm starting to realize that we will never stop learning.Years out of college and a decade from high school, I can tell you that my learning here on earth has only just begun. In school, our studies were a series of numbers, punctuation rules, and a seemingly endless list  of things to memorize. I can still tell you the name and order of all of the planets in our solar system, and I can even pronounce the word "onomatopoeia", both things my seventh grade teacher tricked me in to thinking would somehow be helpful in my adult life.  Today my studies are vastly different and infinitely more practical. I study my daughter as she explores with her tiny fingers, eyes, and feet and as she so innocently discovers new things like wind or the sound of a train. I pour over new recipes and study my husband's reaction while he taste tests for...

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Apple Crisp Ice Cream

apple crisp ice cream recipe by the wood and spoon blog by kate wood. This is a churned ice cream recipe made with brown sugar and cream cheese (adapted from joy the baker) and filled with a oatmeal cookie crisp filling and chunks of homemade apple pie filling. This is a great summertime recipe, perfect for fourth of july and other holidays. Find the recipe for this ice cream at thewoodandspoon.com

So apparently last week marked the first days fall. This is news to me, as I thought that Labor Day was actually the last day of summer. If this is untrue, why do the powers that be dictate we cannot wear white after Labor Day? I  neither listen to nor support this regulation at all; In fact, I'm hereby making it my personal mission to incorporate white into my wardrobe as frequently as possible this fall/winter season. I'm pretty sure I saw Taylor Swift wearing a white crop top sometime last winter so naturally if Taylor does it, it's ok. She can do whatever she wants. I luh you, Tay.Fall always makes me think cinnamon, caramel, apples and pumpkin-- all delicious things I love! But here's my problem with the onset of fall foods:I MISS THE SUMMER FOODS.I want to eat pico de gallo off of salty chips and drink a margarita...

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