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Birthday Party Cookie Prep.....In FULL Swing!

We're getting ready to PARTY!
Put on your party dress and start getting ready
.....we're gonna have SO MUCH FUN!

But there is much to do before Sunday.
First we must send out the invitations.
Would you help me?

We can't have a birthday party without balloons, now can we?

We'll need some candles for the cake....

Oh....and I just happened to bake up a cake today.....
so let's add the candles on top so it is completely ready. :)

OK....we're almost there. 

LOTS of fun surprises coming your way......
so don't miss the fun.

And if you haven't signed-up for the 
you best HIT THIS LINK and do it!

And be looking through your birthday cookie photos
and find your favorites. hint hint

And a HUGE surprise tomorrow.....
a special birthday guest post from a very dear friend. :)

I'm excited!

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Cookies for a December Birthday GIRL

Happy New Year everyone!
I can hardly believe that it is 2012. I've written enough today at work to know it is real......but it still is hard to believe.
We try to prepare for it.....but when it happens, it's almost like.....wait a minute!!!!.....where did last year go? I want it back! :)

I promised I'd show the birthday cookies I came up with for Kayle, my son's girlfriend....who also has a birthday in December. It was fun to add the pink accents.

Oh boy.....this week I get to go back into the kitchen and start working on cookies. Yeah! I'm excited. My little "vacation" refreshed me and lit my fire again.................. Look out SNOW/WINTER related cookies and VALENTINES I come!

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December Birthdays......Need Special Cookies

Being a December baby, I'm kind of sensitive to those that share this month for their birthday. Christmas is usually the ultimate holiday with more celebrating, food, get-togethers, gifts, singing, partying, etc etc etc than any other time of the year. So when your birthday falls around Christmas, it is often not quite as celebrated and made over as birthdays at other times of the year.

My son's birthday (Neil's) is December 16.....and ever since he was born.....I've done my best to make sure his birthday is as special as all the other birthdays in our family NOT in December. Nothing resembles Christmas.....whether in the gift wrap or the decorations.....and CERTAINLY not on the cookies I make for him. =)

In January of this year, I tried a new recipe for chocolate chip roll out cookies for my son, Keith's, birthday. Neil was in Africa for the winter/spring 2011 semester.....and requested I send him some. Since it was very, very hot where he was, I hesitated to send him chocolate cookies because they probably wouldn't have arrived in their original form. ;) So I promised to make him some when he came home. But you know how that goes.....he came home the day before I left for Ukraine in June.....and then the summer got away from me, and then, and then. Fast forward to December....... Great idea! Make the CC cookies for his birthday. :)

I used the terrific recipe that Callye recommends on her blog HERE.

Neil was in Africa for 4 1/2 months at the beginning of this year. He has a huge heart for Africa and the needs there. TIA stands for "This Is Africa". That's the line everyone uses when someone complains or points out something strange while you are there. :)

My amazing photographer son gets a camera almost every time I make cookies for him. :)

I also made some more "girly" birthday cookies for Keith's girlfriend, Kayle......with another December birthday. I'll show those to you soon.

2011 is winding down. Isn't it interesting how you start thinking about all the things the last year has held.....and how to make the next year even more fulfilling and purposeful?
I love this time of year....

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