Candle Themed Lunch

Candle themed lunch

I made this candle themed lunch for myself. It seems fitting to celebrate light since this time of year has so little daylight.

Container: EasyLunchBoxes

Left Side: Candle – cheddar mashed potatoes cooled then shaped with a cookie cutter, basil leaf, spinach with sour cream

Top Right: Cashews

Bottom Right: Carrots

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Three Little Pigs Gingerbread

3 Little Pigs Gingerbread Houses

I made these Three Little Pigs gingerbread houses with my co-worker Angie and her 2.5 year old daughter. It was so much fun and I was impressed with how involved her daughter was with our project. Of course she was excited by the candy but she also enjoyed making the houses. She attached the windows, put all of the legs on the pigs, and assisted with other decorations. The theme was her idea since she loved the Three Little Pigs houses that we saw at the Eastman House Sweet Creations exhibit.

Gingerbread Recipe: I used this recipe.

Royal Icing Recipe: I love using this recipe which uses Meringue Powder. It hardens fast and works very well.

Brick House: Bricks – Twizzlers Cherry Nibs, Door – Hershey Miniature, Roof – Andes Candies, Windows – Pretzel Snaps

Stick House: Sticks – pretzel sticks, Door – Hershey Miniature, Windows – pretzel snaps

Straw House: Shredded Wheat (crumbled and whole)

Pigs: Large marshmallows – dyed pink, nose – small marshmallows dyed pink and pink royal icing details, ears – pink royal icing, eyes – melted chocolate, legs – pretzel sticks. Inspired by this.

Wolf: Large marshmallow – dipped in melted chocolate chips, ears – marshmallows dipped in melted chocolate chips, eyes – white royal icing, legs – mini chocolate dipped marshmallows. Inspired by this.

Path: Life cereal with red and green M&M’s

Bushes: Gumdrops

Tree: Ice cream cone covered with Royal Icing and gum drops

Little hand attaching Gingerbread house window

Brick and Stick Gingerbread Houses with Pigs

Marshmallow Pig on Straw House

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Back of 3 Little Pigs Houses

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Little Blue Gingerbread House

Small Blue Gingerbread House on Cake Stand

I made this small blue gingerbread house to practice techniques. The following techniques were new to me: flooding with royal icing, lights, decorative edging on the seams, open door, and gelatin windows attached with melted sugar. It was also new to put my gingerbread house on a Styrofoam base and cake stand. I think that it looks cute!

Gingerbread house: I used this template.

Gingerbread Recipe: I used this recipe.

Royal Icing Recipe: I love using this recipe which uses Meringue Powder. It hardens fast and works very well.

Roof: Mini Snow-Caps

Walls: Flooded with blue Royal Icing. I used a lot of blue gel coloring and it was still light. I need more practice with this technique but I like the look of it.

Windows: Silver decorating balls around windows attached with Royal Icing, I melted some sugar and attached the gelatin sheet with the hot caramel. (I tried this because I attached the Depot windows with Royal Icing and it only held for a few weeks.)

Doors: White Royal Icing covered with blue sanding sugar

Birds: Wilton sugar birds

Lights: Battery operated LED star lights

Tree: Ice cream cone covered with Royal Icing and large blue sugar pieces

Base: Green round Styrofoam, covered with heavy duty aluminum foil, attached ribbon with hot glue

Blue Tree Gingerbread House

Blue Gingerbread House Close

Gingerbread House Battery Pack

Snow Caps Roof Blue Gingerbread House

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2 Candy Cane Themed Meals

candy cane mashed potato lunch

I made both of these candy cane themed meals for myself. This year, I kept seeing women with brooches on their winter coats. I decided to join them and my first brooch of the season is a candy cane brooch. I have a different brooch to wear after Christmas. I am not exactly sure why, but wearing a brooch on my winter coat makes me happy.

Container: EasyLunchBoxes

Left Side: Candy Canes – cheddar mashed potatoes cooled then shaped with a cookie cutter, red bell pepper slices, peas

Top Right: Macadamia nuts, peanut M&M’s

Bottom Right: Candy Canes – apple (cut with a cookie cutter and dipped in water with lemon juice to prevent browning), cinnamon details

candy cane pizza lunch

Container: EasyLunchBoxes

Top Left: Protein balls

Bottom Left: Candy Canes – red bell pepper (cut with a cookie cutter), cream cheese details, cucumber

Right Side: Candy Canes – pizza (cut with a cookie cutter), sauce on top

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Gingerbread Man Cheese Rice Lunch

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I made this Gingerbread Man lunch for myself to eat at work. I enjoy adding chocolate details to melon. It looks cute and is delicious.

Container: EasyLunchBoxes

Left Side: Gingerbread Man – hot cooked Nishiki rice pressed into a cookie cutter with plastic wrap, broiled cheddar, paprika details, sauteed zucchini

Top Right: Trader Joe’s Seed and Bean Medley

Bottom Right: – Gingerbread Man and Woman – cantaloupe (cut with a cookie cutter), melted chocolate, grapes

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2018 Gingerbread Sweet Creations

Christmas Train Gingerbread

I am excited to have a gingerbread display at the Eastman Museum for the second year in a row!  Years ago, when I brought the niece and nephews to see the displays, I never thought that I would have a creation there. Now it is enjoyable for me to plan and create and then see what other artists decided to create. Below is only a small sampling of the creative gingerbread creations from 2018.

Gingerbread Ice Skate

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Gingerbread Ski Slope

Jelly Bean Gingerbread Siding

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Star Wars Gingerbread

Ribbon Candy Roof Gingerbread

gingerbread bakery window

White Gingerbread House

Mr Rogers Gingerbread

3 little pigs gingerbread eastman museum

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Rose Gingerbread House

 

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Gingerbread Train Depot and Santa Train

Gingerbread Train Station and Santa Train

For the second year in a row, I entered a gingerbread house in Sweet Creations at the Eastman Museum. I am not exactly sure how I was inspired to make this Santa train and train station but I was looking for something more traditional for Christmas. It involved a lot more planning and hands-on work than my past gingerbread houses. Since I currently live alone, I was more comfortable having extra hands during crucial construction moments. I am thankful that so many of my friends came over to help during the two weekends I worked on this. I was thrilled to have such a large project occupy my time and missed it when it was over. I even used a photo of it as my holiday card this year.

Gingerbread Recipe: I used this recipe.

Royal Icing Recipe: I love using this recipe which uses Meringue Powder. It hardens fast and in works very well.

Depot:

  • Roof – shingles Wrigley’s Spearmint gum (cut with cookie cutter)
  • Roof edge – mini green M&M’s
  • Depot Windows – Gold quality gelatin sheets, lined with Wilton holly mix sprinkles
  • Dormer Windows – Gold quality gelatin sheets, lined with red pull apart licorice
  • Dormer – Wilton holly mix sprinkles
  • Holly Depot Sign – green fondant, black fondant lettering (cut with small cookie cutter), green and white candy stick
  • Doors – gingerbread cookie with red sanding sugar and green M&M door knobs

Train Depot Roof

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Clock Tower Breezeway

  • Roof – shingles cut out of Wrigley’s Spearmint gum
  • Roof edge – mini green M&M’s
  • Decoration above Clock – Wilton sprinkle leaves
  • Clock – gingerbread cookie with silver decorating balls and chocolate sprinkles
  • Doorway – green candy sticks, Wilton holly mix sprinkles
  • Breezeway floor – assorted Pez candy in basket weave pattern

inside gingerbread house no roof

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Back side of Gingerbread Train Station

 

Gingerbread Depot Dormers

Gingerbread santa driving train

Engine

  • Roof – peppermint sprinkles
  • Windows – lined with red pull apart licorice
  • Santa – gingerbread cookie with sprinkles and royal icing
  • Large wheel – gingerbread with red sprinkles
  • Small wheels – green mint candy with gingerbread man sprinkles
  • Wreath – shredded wheat and green royal icing, pull apart licorice bow
  • Steam – rock candy on a stick
  • Cow Catcher – gingerbread, red sprinkles

Gingerbread Train Station Back

gingerbread train front side depot

Landscaping

  • Bench – KitKat’s
  • Trees – sugar ice cream cones with shredded wheat and green royal icing, assorted small round sprinkles
  • Snow – Royal Icing and coconut (side of Breezeway)
  • Platform – dark silver sanding sugar

gingerbread view through breezeway

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Naughty Train Car

  • Naughty Sign – red fondant, black fondant lettering (cut with small cookie cutter),
  • Candy canes
  • Red M&M’s
  • Wheels – green mint candy with gingerbread man sprinkles
  • Coal – mini marshmallows dyed with black food coloring

Nice Train Car

  • Naughty Sign – red fondant, black fondant lettering (cut with small cookie cutter)
  • Candy canes
  • Red M&M’s
  • Wheels – green mint candy with gingerbread man sprinkles
  • Presents – mini handmade gingerbread houses, sour gummy bears, red and green mint candies, starbursts
  • White and dyed green marshmallows are under the presents

Train Track

  • Vanilla Wafer cookies
  • Licorice

Nice car presents

All Aboard for Christmas Fun at Eastman Museum

It was exciting to see my creation at the museum!

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