What better way to kick off the weekend then by spending some time with that free spirited lass,
Merida, firstborn descendant of Clan Dunbroch made her screen debut in the 2012 film, BRAVE. Originally, entitled, The Bear and The Bow, Brave is not only our first Pixar Disney character of the month, but the first female protagonist in a Pixar film. She’s also the first teenager to be a protagonist in a Pixar movie. Including Frozen and The Little Mermaid, Merida is one of the only Princesses to have siblings, and the only one to have brothers.
In the official Princess lineup, Merida is the second redhead. She has over 1,500 strands of hair which makes up her curly tresses. A special computer application was developed to help in making this possible. A team consisting of 14 animators was assigned just to deal with Meridas and her horse, Angus’ many strands of hair.
Speaking of Angus, the filmmakers thought it was important to show that Merida took care of her own horse. That she feeds him, cleans him and even mucks out stable. They wanted to push the notion of what a Princess is and how Princesses should act. She’s the third Princess to use a weapon. Mulan being the first and well, you can’t help but include Rapunzel.
Merida is the first and so far, only Disney Princess not to end up with a Prince. But apparently, the filmmakers were planning to make Merida and Young MacGuffin the canon couple, however, they decided to keep her single in the end. They felt the story should be centered solely around the love between a mother and daughter. I for one am very happy on two counts. One that they centered the story on Merida and her mother. And Two, that if Merida was to be with any of those three lads, Young MacGuffin was my favorite 🙂
Take a good look at this opening image from Brave. Can you see Merida in the B and her mother, Elinor in the E?
Thank you for reading.
I hope you have a Great weekend!
Today, I made a special treat.
Brave inspired cookies!
Check out my batch on Instagram.
Scroll Down for the Recipe from the Disney Diner.
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- Cream butter and sugar with an electric mixer.
- Add in baking powder and flour. Mix well.
- Next, add in the egg and vanilla.
- Mix on medium-high until sides of bowl are clean and dough begins to form a ball.
- Remove dough and knead by hand. (My dough was pretty sticky, so use plenty of flour)
- Form into a ball and place in plastic wrap. Cover and set in fridge to chill 30 minutes.
- Remove chilled dough and place on flour-dusted surface.
- Roll out to 1/8-inch thickness. Use a shot glass or round cookie cutter, cut into 1 1/2-inch diameter circles. You should have 18 circles. (The shot glass was such a huge help)
- Place them on a parchment-lined cookie sheet 1 inch apart.
- Bake in preheated oven for 8 minutes at 350 degrees. Remove from oven and let cool on cooling racks.
1 cup confectioner’s (powdered) sugar
1/4 teaspoon almond extract
1-2 tablespoons hot water
- Place all ingredients into a small bowl and mix well with a spoon, adding hot water as needed until you have a thin, gravy-like consistency.
maraschino cherries, roughly chopped into quarters
- Take one of the cooled cookies and place bottom up on a plate.
- Spread about a tablespoon of the raspberry preserves with a knife.
- Set a second cookie on top and gently press down, creating a sandwich.
- Spoon a dollop of icing on top and spread with the back of the spoon.
- Finish off with a bit of chopped cherry.
These are just scrumptious with a nice spot of tea.