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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Chocolate Chess Pie

Chocolate Chess Pie by The Wood and Spoon Bly by Kate Wood. This gooey fudge pie is a take on the classic Southern recipe. Make with a flaky pie crust and a cocoa powder fudgy filling, this pie is topped with chocolate whipped cream and chocolate curls. Definitely the prettiest pie you'll see this holiday season. Make this pie for Christmas or Thanksgiving as it serves a crowd and is great for sharing. Find the recipe and other old South recipes on thewoodandspoon.com

With Thanksgiving just around the corner, I figured y'all might need a sure thing. A dessert that is rich enough, easy enough, pretty enough, and able to feed enough mouths at your dinner soirees. A dessert whose plate gets cleaned and leaves party guests licking their forks and asking, "Who brought that?" This chocolate chess pies is most certainly a sure thing and I can't wait to tell you all about it!I'm guessing that a lot of you are puzzled about chess pies right now, and I'd bank that most of the confused folks reside somewhere north of the Mason-Dixon Line. Prior to moving to the South, I didn't have a clue either. Ten years in Birmingham wasn't long enough for me to dig up the deep Southern roots of chess pies, but upon marrying into my husband's Alabama family I learned quickly that chess pies are king.Prepared with a single crust and a custardy filling made...

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Cookies and Cream Cookies

Cookies and Cream Cookies recipe by The Wood and Spoon Blog by Kate Wood. This is a recipe for Oreo cookie stuffed white chocolate chip cookies. These are soft and chewy cookies, quick and easy, that can simply be made into a cream-filled treat. Find the recipe for these simple holiday Christmas cookies on thewoodandspoon.com

Happy Sunday to you, friends! I hope your day has started with a joyful heart and a healthy amount of coffee. Today I'm sharing a little early morning entertainment along with a simple recipe for these crowd pleasing cookies and cream cookies. If you're into cookies stuffed with more cookies, this is the obnoxious treat you'll want to check out today. But first, let's get into the morning round-up! Kids Try 100 Years of Thanksgiving Sides Bon Appétit has started a video series in which they film young kids trying new foods. In this episode, the kids taste test traditional Thanksgiving side dishes from the early 1900's to present day. The results are hilarious and I can only imagine what my kiddos would say if I offered them oyster shooters or peanut soup. HA! Family Dinner, Redefined In my house, mealtimes are often a joke. It's a tabletop war zone of flying carrots and machine-gunned peas. This article from Epicurious lists 18 practical ways...

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Pretzel Millionaire Bars

Pretzel Millionaire Bars by The Wood and Spoon Blog by Kate Wood. These are a simple holiday bar recipe prepared with sweetened condensed milk. A buttery pretzel shortbread crust is topped with a homemade gooey caramel sauce and a rich semi-sweet chocolate ganache topping. These bars are quick, sweet and salty, and will feed a crowd. Find the recipe and the how to on thewoodandspoon.com.

Last week felt like fall. Outside, the air was cold and smelled of wood and ash- the kind of smell that reminds me of staring at friends across the glow of a fire, their faces all dancing with reds and yellows and golds from the flames. Those early bits of fall are always a welcome change of season from the relentless summers we experience in Alabama, but as soon as that first cold hits, my heart longs for the holidays. I dream of Thanksgiving hams and Christmas carols; I want Nat King Cole on my radio and peppermint babka in my oven. Fall starts and I immediately crave the flavors and sights and sounds that come with the holidays.It's not so much the holidays themselves as it is the feelings that they bring. I love the connection and joy that is inspired by time spent around a big table crowded with the faces of...

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Maple Apple Cake

Maple Apple Cake Recipe By The Wood and Spoon Blog by Kate Wood. This is a 3 layer buttermilk cake filled with a bourbon apple pie filling, candied nuts, and maple brown sugar buttercream frosting. This is the perfect party cake for fall and is a great way to use up fresh apples. Get tips and how to on making stacking, frosting, and filling layered cakes. Find the recipe and inspiration at thewoodandspoon.com

There should have been maple apple cake. Yes, a birthday can be well-celebrated without stacked autumnal desserts, but if you only turn thirty once, shouldn't it include the best tasting cake of the year? If you're celebrating a birthday anytime soon, don't make my mistake- make sure your party includes this cake.As you get older, birthdays get kinda weird. Sometimes it feels a little uncomfortable to let people celebrate you the way they might have in your teens or early twenties. There's usually a million other things to do and a dwindling list of friends who are available to celebrate.  Sometimes there are kids involved, which makes the idea of planning any party that you can't buy in a hyper-themed box set from Target seem like a huge waste of time. Energy, as with most other things in adulthood, is a limiting factor here too, because who actually wants to plan or order one more thing, particularly...

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Pumpkin Pull-Apart Bread

Pumpkin Pull-Apart Bread Recipe by The Wood and Spoon Blog by Kate Wood. This is a simple pull-apart bread adapted from Pioneer Woman cinnamon rolls. A kneaded dough seasoned with fall spices and filled with a gooey cinnamon sugar filling, this pumpkin pull apart bread is a treat for fall breakfasts and brunch. This is a great Thanksgiving dessert as well. The yeast bread is baked and glazed with a tangy cream cheese glaze / frosting. Find the recipe and how to on thewoodandspoon.com for this virtual pumpkin party.

So this is it. This is 30. Yesterday was the turn of a new decade for me, and to commemorate my twenties and the ten birthdays that passed in that time, I am sharing with you some pumpkin pull-apart bread. I’m probably supposed to be in mourning right now. You’re likely expecting me to talk about how great my twenties were or to complain about getting older. Maybe you’re anticipating a lengthy list of resolutions for the 10 years that follow today, or perhaps you’re just scrolling through all this nonsense so that you can read about the baked goods (no judgement, BTW.)To be honest, 30 feels a whole lot like 29. A lot of joy, a hint stress, the occasional internal battle. I’m sure in the coming years, I’ll continue to yell at my kids and count my gray hairs a bit too often. There will be vacations and laughter and...

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