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    Your Hunt for The Perfect Gift Ends Here

    Your Hunt for The Perfect Gift Ends Here

    GIFT SHOPPING IS HARD! As adults, there comes a time when we realize how hard it is to find gifts for the adults in our life. Once we hit a certain age, we’ve accumulated so many ‘things’ that birthdays and holidays start to become seasons of ‘Let’s just skip gifts this year,’ and ‘There’s really nothing I need!’

    So, we start to turn to more sentimental gifts… you know, like a picture frame with a photo put in. Or, some of us take the easy route and opt for gift cards. Although framed memories are a sweet gift, how many times can you really give them to the same person every year? And even though gift cards are always appreciated, they’re just not meaningful or special. 

    That’s why I wanted to share with you an amazing gift idea for any of the women in your life. It’s all the things that a gift should be; meaningful, useful, unique, and personal. 

    This gift idea that I want you to know about so you can stop searching for the perfect gift is our Heirloom Towels! 

    These soft and absorbent beauties can be exclusively designed with your vision in mind. This means that if you have a sketch already drawn up, a bible verse, a family recipe, a quote, ANYTHING with a beautiful meaning behind it, Doe A Deer Design can bring it to life for you on a flour sack cotton towel. 

    You won’t have to worry about finding the right tools to make it yourself, you won’t be left hoping that your artistic skills can get you the look that you’re going for, and you won’t have to worry about finding quality materials that will actually stand the test of time! 

    With our Heirloom Towels, all you need to do is help us understand your vision and then sit back and relax while you wait for your beautiful towel to be designed and then created.

    Your towel design and creation process will take about 1.5 - 2 months to complete. When you move forward with your towel design order, we require a minimum purchase of 15 towels. So, depending on the meaning behind your design, maybe your entire family could relate to it and would appreciate a unique towel of their own! This is absolutely perfect if you are always struggling to find gifts for your female relatives.

    Or, maybe your design is super personal to you and the person you’re planning to gift it to - who doesn’t love having an abundance of extra towels when the others are dirty!? 

    Whether you plan to gift your unique towel to a grandma, aunt, mother, daughter, friend, sister, or all of the above, you’ll be so happy when you see their face light up with gratitude for the thought that you put into their towel.

    If you’re already thinking of the perfect design to put on your batch of Heirloom Towels, you can get started right now! If you think the person you’re gifting a personalized towel to would love to be a part of the design process, we also offer a gift certificate that covers the heirloom towel deposit! 

    Now that you know about the most unique and meaningful gift idea that the women in your life will adore, whether it’s for Christmas, birthdays, anniversaries, family reunions, or Mother’s Day, I can’t wait to get started on your design and make some magic happen! 

    The Strawberry Rhubarb French Toast Bake You’ve Been Asking For

    The Strawberry Rhubarb French Toast Bake You’ve Been Asking For

    This weekend my in-laws were in town, so I whipped up this delicious Strawberry Rhubarb French Toast Bake. It was quick & easy. I love french toast bakes because the majority are able to be prepped the night before with minimal work the next morning! I combined a few different french toast bakes I had researched to create this Strawberry Rhubarb masterpiece.

    I honestly think this would be good with ANY fruit. Just strawberries? Yes. Fresh blueberries? Delicious! If baking with a frozen fruit, I would allow them to thaw in a strainer so most of the water is gone. You don’t want your casserole to get too soggy!

    The in-laws raved about it, and I of course sent them home with the recipe! Here it is for you too! 

    Strawberry Rhubarb French Toast Bake

    1 lb. brioche bread, cut into 1” cubes

    1 cup chopped rhubarb (or more to taste)

    1 cup sliced strawberries (or more to taste)

    10 eggs

    1 ¼ cup milk

    1 ¼ cup heavy whipping cream

    ½ cup sugar

    1 T. vanilla


    ½ cup flour

    1 cup brown sugar

    1 stick butter, grated

    Slice bread into cubes & placed in a greased 9x13 baking dish. Sprinkle half of the strawberries and rhubarb over bread cubes. In a bowl, mix together eggs, milk, heavy cream and vanilla. Pour over bread/fruit mixture. Push bread chunks into egg mixture to make sure they absorb the custard. Cover and refrigerate overnight.

    In the morning, let the bread mixture sit at room temperature while you prepare the topping. Grate a stick of butter into the brown sugar and flour mixture. Mix brown sugar, flour and grated butter with a fork to make crumble topping. Sprinkle the remaining fruit over casserole. Pour the crumb topping evenly over the top of the casserole. Bake at 375 degrees for 45 minutes to 1 hour or until casserole is set and the middle isn’t runny when poked with a fork. Let stand for 5 minutes before serving.

    Spend Less Time in the Kitchen with This Simple Yet Delicious Curry Chicken & Asparagus Recipe 

    Spend Less Time in the Kitchen with This Simple Yet Delicious Curry Chicken & Asparagus Recipe 

    I’m not sure about you, but I spend a lot of time trying to figure out how I can save time… a little contradicting, I know! But there’s only so much time in a day, and any extra time that I can find to do the things that fill me up with joy, I’ll definitely take. 

    When you find that perfect solution to getting out of the house a little quicker in the morning so you can enjoy those 10 extra minutes of sleep, or you find a shortcut to work that cuts time off your commute and lets you stay home a couple minutes longer with your dog, that’s definitely a win in my book.  
    I have another little win for you that can help save you time at the grocery store and in the kitchen. You won’t be searching for 20 plus ingredients all over the store for this one. This mouthwatering recipe takes minimal, super easy ingredients, and will have you enjoying more time in the living room with your family while this deliciousness bakes.

    There are plenty of chicken-based recipes gracing the internet, our cookbooks and our grandma’s recipe box, but I’m going to be honest - this is one recipe you probably aren’t expecting. It has a unique curry-flavored twist to it and it’s one of my favorites. Cue… the curry chicken and asparagus dish that will have your family asking for seconds.

    This curry chicken and asparagus recipe is a tasty, time-saving dish that has me reminiscing on my childhood. I grew up in northwest Iowa, and what many people don’t realize is that asparagus grows in the ditches! So, every spring as I grew up, my dad would drive the two of us around in his John Deere Gator, and we’d pick asparagus together. 

    Even though I’ve moved away from this part of Iowa, and have found a new place to call home, my husband still helps me continue this tradition. We make trips back to these same ditches nearly every spring to pick asparagus and then freeze it for the rest of the year. 

    So here it is, a springtime dish that incorporates chicken, curry, and asparagus, just in time for you to try it out this spring! 

    asparagus chicken

    Curry Chicken & Asparagus Recipe


    1 1/2 lb. raw asparagus

    (frozen works too)

    4 whole chicken breasts

    1/2 cup mayonnaise

    1 can cream of chicken soup

    1 tsp. lemon juice

    1/2-1 tsp. curry powder

    1-2 cups shredded cheddar cheese



    Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Sear chicken breasts in a skillet. Place asparagus spears in a greased 9x13-inch pan. Top with chicken. Season with salt and pepper. Mix mayonnaise, cream of chicken soup, lemon juice, and curry powder. Spread on top of chicken. Bake for 40 minutes. Top with shredded cheddar cheese and bake for 5 more minutes until cheese is melted.

    I hope you love this recipe as much as my family and I do. And I hope that with these seven simple ingredients, you’re able to save a little time in the kitchen and spend a little more time enjoying family. Or, if you’re anything like me, this extra time probably means you’ll be spending it cuddling your dog on the couch, which is always a win! 

    I’d love to see how your dish turns out - feel free to tag @doeadeerdesign on Instagram in your curry chicken and asparagus photos!