“Herd” it’s your Birthday

Our ‘deerly’ beloved eldest turns 30 today.  Is there a story behind deer and our family? I ‘herd’ that it is so… These cute, aah.doe.able cookies were cut out using several fabulous and sturdy Ann Clark cutters. As the desired look was to have them be “fawning” over each other, I baked a base of chocolate chip cookie dough (double Nestle semi-sweet batch to make the “ground”- two 9×12″ pan size fit perfectly into a regular BRPboxshop cake box). Long cocktail picks that i added to the back of each deer (after front decoration was complete and dried) lent support to hold these delicate legged creatures upright. Stiff royal icing was used to cover the picks. Icing color was a mix of Americolor Ivory with a touch of chocolate brown.  I had a little bit of extra dough/doe after rolling out 31 deer (always make one extra in case of accidents) so I added a few sayings from her early childhood to polish off the delivery.

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Go Plaid and You Won’t be Sad

This holiday party was non denominational, with no jolly old elf or reindeer to be included. The invite was all about the plaid with decorations including sprigs of pine and pine cones. Oh and, um, moose and squirrels were involved. Not in a relationship like Bullwinkle and Rocky or anything.  Just in a woodlands creature sort of way.

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