Sweet Potato Cinnamon Rolls

Sweet Potato Cinnamon Rolls Recipe by The Wood and Spoon Blog by kate Wood. These are fluffy, light cinnamon rolls and that make several pans or just a few large oversized big cinnamon rolls. These contain sweet potato puree or you can use pumpkin puree from a can. Filled with a cinnamon and brown sugar pecan filling and topped with a simple and easy cream cheese frosting / icing / glaze. Make these ahead if desired. Find the recipe for these fall favorite best breakfast buns at thewoodandspoon.com

When it comes to leftovers, my belief is that every person belongs to one of two camps. You either like them, or you don't. I personally have always been a fan of leftovers. My brain is filled with fond memories of cold pizza, leftover birthday cake for breakfast, and carry-out Chinese from the night before. Pasta, soup, and casseroles- all better on day two. I've even been known to eat giant spoonfuls of mac and cheese straight from dish in the fridge, and I promise you it's delicious.Ok, ok, I can hear you gagging. I may have an absurd level of tolerance for leftovers, but I'm pretty sure there's at least one day per year that we can all get behind leftovers.THANKSGIVING! The day of giving thanks and putting down some grub. The day to fill your heart with gratitude and your plate with tan colored food. When else can you justify cooking 18 pounds of food...

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Chocolate Caramel Crumble Cake

Chocolate Caramel Crumble Cake This is a rich, fluffy, and moist dark chocolate cake make with dutch process / special dark cocoa powder. The cake recipe is a one bowl, simple, easy, make ahead cake recipe. The cake is filled with chocolate cookie crumbles made like milk bar crumb. There is also a sweet and salty caramel in the middle and a fluffy chocolate frosting made from melted semisweet and bittersweet chocolate chips. You can make this a naked cake or frost the outside as well. Find the recipe for this celebration / birthday cake / chocolate lover best cake on thewoodandspoon.com

Here in America, it's the morning after election Tuesday, and let me just say that I'm thankful. I'm thankful to live in America. I'm thankful for the right to vote. I'm thankful for the freedoms and liberties that my country and its leaders have afforded me.To be honest, though, I'm mainly thankful that my hope is not dictated by politics. My joy and peace do not stem from a winning vote. In fact, I can list a million things that I have to be thankful for right at this very moment, and not one of them has anything to do with whoever ends up living in the big house on Pennsylvania Ave. Instead of spending our time chit-chatting about politics, let's skip right to dessert. On days like these, we need something sweet like chocolate caramel crumble cake to remind us that it's all good. To remind us to take life one slice at...

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Pecan Toffee Blondies

Pecan Toffee Blondies Recipe by The Wood and Spoon Blog by Kate Wood. This is a simple blondie recipe made in a half or quarter sheet pan that serves a crowd. A great make ahead bar for parties. Tastes like butter pecan ice cream! These bars are butter and brown sugar blondies, made extra salty with sea salt and chopped pecans. Find the recipe for this great fall dessert at thewoodandspoon.com

Happy November to you from Alabama where it's still hot as fire and we're all frying eggs on the pavement. The only time nowadays that I don't sweat like a baby gorilla is if I'm sitting inside or standing in front of an open refrigerator. And don't judge me, but I do that a lot. Last week, we celebrated my birthday with friends over a  meal of stone crabs and layer cakes. I've only cracked crabs one other time in my life, back when Brett and I were dating and I was still trying to prove I was adventurous and fun. I typically don't like food that requires you to work for it, but the stone crabs turned out to be a blast. Were it not for the bloodied knuckles, broken nails, and overall brute strength that was required for breaking through the shells of those tough little buggers, I probably would have cracked all...

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Apple Crumb Cake

Apple Crumb Cake Recipe by The Wood and Spoon Blog by Kate Wood. This is a fun and simple way to use apples or pears or other fall produce. A simple fluffy cake recipe sweetened with applesauce and chunks of peeled apples. The topping is a crumble streusel that adds a bit of crunch to every bite. This cake is a great breakfast coffee cake or dessert to share with friends. Find the recipe at thewoodandspoon.com

I have a black thumb. For three years, I've tried to cultivate a healthy garden of herbs and veggies and I'm starting to realize that I'm the problem. I'm the weakest link. Pepper and parsley plants tremble at the thought of being planted in my backyard. Squash and zucchini don't stand a chance. Even basil, supposedly the easiest and most forgiving of plants to attempt in a home garden, can't survive a summer at my place. I fry those suckers every time. If we were in hunter/gatherer times now, I would not be a surviver. You would find me somewhere in the woods, gagging on grass and brown, spotty tomatoes that undoubtedly had already been predigested by a worm (or something worse). I seriously lack gardening skills. I blame my own laziness (who wants to water a garden?!) and basic agricultural know-how. It's really much easier to just buy my produce from the store and farmer's market,...

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Pumpkin Cheesecake Tarts

Pumpkin Cheesecake Tarts Recipe by The Wood and Spoon Blog by Kate Wood. These are simple, individual mini tarts made in removable bottom tart pans. An easy cheesecake and canned pumpkin puree filling swirled together with sugar and fall spices like cinnamon. The press in crust is easy to make and the whole thing is topped with sweet and salty walnuts or pecans or other nuts. Find this great dinner party dessert on thewoodandspoon.com

What age is too old? This is the question I'm faced with more and more frequently.  For example, I secretly love Harry Styles, but am I just way too old to admit that? I want to buy a chokers and lace up shirts, but wait, didn't I wear those twenty years ago!? And then what about my secret stash of Mary-Kate and Ashley movies? AM I TOO OLD FOR ALL OF THIS? PLEASE INFORM.  I'm stuck in this purgatory age known as 28 where (to quote the great philosopher Britney Spears) I'm not a girl, not yet a woman, and I have no gauge of where my awkwardness fits in society.Ok, I can already hear you rolling your eyes at me, and that's fine. You can judge me. You can hate me for getting antsy about nearing my thirties, or you can laugh at the immature desires of my old, wrinkly heart. But I'm just...

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Peanut Butter Pie

Peanut Butter Pie Recipe By The Wood and Spoon Blog. This is a simple make ahead dessert recipe inspired by Paula Deen's Mrs. Salter's pie. This is a cream cream cheese and whipped cream peanut butter filling topped with salted salty caramel and chopped peanuts. The whole thing is stuffed in a brown sugar, butter, and pretzel pie crust. This recipe takes less than 30 minutes and is a great treat to make for a dinner party or casual gathering. Find the recipe at thewoodandspoon.com

Like most kids these days, I come from a broken home. My parents divorced when I was young, and by the time I was three, my mom had remarried Michael, my stepdad. From that point on, a majority of my childhood was spent with my mom and Michael, and for a long time, it was just the three of us in our house.Twenty five years later, I can tell you that some things never change. There's just as many "laugh till we cry" moments and still a handful of cold shoulders and spats. In those years in between, Michael taught me how to ride a bike, how to parallel park, how to balance a checkbook. How to pass a class, how to shoot a basketball, how to break up with a boy.  He let me dance on his feet as a toddler and carried me on his shoulders as a...

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