Turtle Ice Cream by The Wood and Spoon Blog by Kate Wood. This is a creamy chocolate ice cream adapted from jenny Britton Bauer, swirled with salted caramel sauce, hot fudge, and toasted pecans. This ice cream is super creamy, rich, sweet and salty. The toasted nuts add crunch that makes this ice cream a simple delicious homemade treat. Find the recipe on thewoodandspoon.com

Y'ALL. It's already here, and I'm so excited that I could almost pee my pants. We're celebrating something way better than Christmas morning, the first day of school, or even a second date with a major hottie, because today marks the beginning of MONTH OF CHOCOLATE.Do you guys remember all the chocolate shenanigans we partook in last year? There were homemade chocolates and a white chocolate layer cake. There was a hazelnut mocha cream pie and two minty desserts: sandwich cookies and a mint brownie ice cream cake. We played with cocoa powder and dark chocolate bars, mini chocolate chips and fudgy ganache. Basically it was a sticky-sweet month of decadent chocolate desserts, and those few short days were so glorious that it had to be a tradition in the making. So people, today we start the second annual #monthofchocolate, and yes, it's okay to cry real tears of joy. I know I am. Before you...

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Butterscotch Blondies

Butterscotch Blondies by the Wood and Spoon blog by Kate Wood. These are simple rich, and easy blondies made with brown sugar, pecans, and butterscotch chips. The caramel taste in these bars are crowd pleasers and perfect for sharing with a group of people. The recipe bakes quickly in a brownie pan and can be frozen and made ahead. Find the recipe for these nutty blondies on thewoodandspoon.com

Thanks, you guys. Thanks for being an awesome blog family. Thanks for not judging the amount of butter and cream cheese we consume here. Thank you for loving me in spite of my rambling and grammatical errors. Y'all are great. One of my goals for 2018 was to spend more energy on gratitude- to live out days that were overflowing with thanksgiving. I know, I know, we talk about that a lot here, but it's primarily because I require so many reminders to be thankful. Life tends to kick us in the proverbial nuts sometimes, and I can't help but wonder if a heart filled with gratitude might somehow manage to find the gold, even in those moments. Don't you think so?My mom bought me this book called "The Five Minute Journal." As its name suggests, the journal requires just a few moments every morning and evening to create a few lists that focus your sights...

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Marble Loaf Pound Cake

Marble Loaf Pound Cake by The Wood and Spoon blog by Kate Wood. This is a moist and rich recipe for pound cake inspired by the chocolate marble loaf cake at Starbucks! This makes one big bread loaf that is perfect for breakfast or dessert. The recipe is topped with a chocolate ganache glaze. The vanilla and chocolate batter is swirled together to give a marbled look! Find the recipe for this southern style buttermilk pound cake on thewoodandspoon.com

Happy Monday to my favorite band of butter and sugar pushers! Is your week off to a joyful start? Has January been treating you well?Here in Alabama, we are experiencing one of the coldest winters of all time. (I'm talking icicles-hanging-off-your-car cold. Frozen-boogers-crusted-on-your-kid's-face cold. Wearing-two-bras-to-hide-your-nipples cold.) We've been trapped inside for a few weeks now, and if the icy weather doesn't get to you, being stuck inside with stir-crazy children probably does.The past few days have been spent building fires, watching reruns of "Mickey Mouse Clubhouse," and carb-loading from our positions on the couch. Of course my kids have loved these new winter privileges, but to be honest, being stuck inside with two tiny humans that are cracked out on cartoons and Teddy Grahams is pretty close to mental purgatory. The combination of boredom and pent-up energy is constantly at risk of combusting into a tornado of toys in the living room, food fights, or temper tantrums. Winter-pocolypse indeed.To stay busy, I've been...

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Peanut Butter Chocolate Chunk Cookies

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chunk Cookies by Wood and Spoon Blog by Kate Wood. This is a thick and chewy cookie flavored with peanut butter, roasted peanuts, and semisweet or dark chocolate chunks. Oatmeal gives these cookies an extra chewy inside. These cookies freeze well and can be made ahead and are healthier because of added protein from nut butter and fiber from oats. Find the recipe on thewoodandspoon.com

I was that girl. I was the one who sat at her corner booth eyeing your table full of mess and sticky hands. I was the one who cleared my throat a little too loud in the check out line at TJ Maxx while your kid had a meltdown. And yes, I’m the girl who turned to give you the stink eye on the airplane when your toddler kicked my seat.Prior to having kids, high and mighty was the name of my game. I had a million opinions on parenting and a laundry list of things I would or would not do with my own children someday. I'd roll my eyes at friends who lamented over dinner time woes and turn up my nose in disgust at the kid with boogers dripping down his face. Most of the issues I observed from my ivory tower were, in my mind, the result of poor parenting...

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Brown Sugar Danishes

Brown Sugar Danishes by The Wood and Spoon blog by Kate Wood. This is quick puff pastry filling with pecans and butter and brown sugar. Perfect for breakfast for brunch or dessert. These treats require some how to so check out the photos for instruction on folding and rolling the dough. These mini danish sweets can be filled with nuts or additional dried fruit. Find the recipe on thewoodandspoon.com

What makes you joyful?Last week we went to one of my favorite vacation destinations, Blackberry Farm. (You might remember me going on about our previous trips here and here!) A cozy oasis nestled in the Smoky Mountains, Blackberry Farm is southern foodie vacationing at its finest. Brett and I travel there with our friends at the turn of every new year, and it is nothing short of spectacular. Something about that place relaxes me to my core, way moreso than beach, island, or other mountain retreats do. It feels like home and somehow, in just a few short years, it's become a place that brings me a ton of joy.I want more of that in 2018. The things that bring me joy and refresh my zeal for life are a top priority this year. Yes, there will continue to be work and hustle and obligations, but I feel like my day to day needs more of the things...

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Whole Wheat Carrot Muffins

Whole Wheat Carrot Muffins by the Wood and Spoon Blog by Kate Wood. These are healthy, whole grain muffins, sweetened naturally with golden raisins and topped with a simple streusel. The muffins are kept moist with oil and grated carrots and can be made ahead and frozen to be shared later. These better for you breakfast treats are the great way to stay on top of your diet in the new year! Find the recipe and how to on thewoodandspoon.com

I'm not one for New Year's resolutions. The idea of a resolution always feels a little like a temporary fix, a band-aid, for needs that require long-term effort and solutions. In my experience, resolutions are typically nothing more than the onset of a 3-week fad diet and an onslaught of inner shame when I inevitably fail. There's an unspoken expectation that I will eventually quit my resolution, even on January 1. In the past, I've been consumed by who I'm not and the things I don't have. The new year, a fresh start, a clean slate, has always been an escape route- the perfect opportunity for an unsteady leap towards the illusion of something that I think might make me more content. I've literally spent years of Januarys starving and straining and guilting myself into perfect misery. Into failure.This year, I'm looking at resolutions a little differently. I'm still making goals, still setting the bar high for myself, but I want more. Instead of smaller thighs, I want more...

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Marbled Sugar Cookies

Marbled Sugar Cookies DIY Tutorial from The Wood and Spoon Blog by Kate Wood. This is a how to for sugar cookies frosted with black and white grey to look like stone marble! Simply dip the cookies in the powdered sugar glaze and watch the swirls decorate each dessert. These cookies are simple and a perfect treat for the holidays, particularly New YEar's eve parties! Check out this party recipe on thewoodandspoon.com

This past week was  good for my soul. Going back home to Florida is beautiful in and of itself, but the glorious addition of Christmas spirit and celebration made my time there extra cozy. Something about being back in my parent's house is comforting, and the familiarity of those rooms and the faces I see in them fills me with loads of nostalgia. It feels good to be welcomed back and to know that I am known there.We spent the week wrangling the babies and carting them to see old friends. My mom and I made the trek with Aimee to Disney World (because if you go to Florida without visiting Mickey, did you really go to Florida?), and oh man, does my girl love her some theme parks. Although she's already been to Disney a number of times, the Magic Kingdom never fails to bring the magic. I love to...

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