Snow Globe Lunch

Snow globe lunch

I made this snow globe themed meal for myself. It was a delight to eat.

Container: EasyLunchBoxes

Left Side: Snow globe: Roasted garlic mashed potatoes cooled then cut with a cookie cutter, Reindeer – carrot cut with a cookie cutter, Snow – smoked paprika attached with the end of a toothpick, Base – salsa, broccoli

Top Right: Snow globe: Cheese – cut with a knife, Tree – apple cut with a mini cutter, Base – cinnamon rub, toasted hazelnuts

Bottom Right: Snow globe: Apple, Tree – cucumber cut with a mini cutter, Snowman – carrot cut with a mini cutter, blackberries

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Angel Polenta

Angel Polenta

I made this for myself the same day I made the Gingerbread Polenta Man meal for my friend Mark. The harp is a vegan version of this I made many years ago.

Container: EasyLunchBoxes

Left Side: Angel – polenta made with broth and cornmeal (stir 1/2 cup cornmeal into 1 cup of vegetable broth, heat at medium-low heat while stirring, when it becomes a ball and is somewhat firm, remove from heat and spread onto a plate at the desired thickness for your cookie cutter. When cool, cut with a cookie cutter), Mouth – radish cut with a mini bento face cutter, Eyes – spinach cut with a mini bento face cutter, Halo – peeled radish, Spanish Garbanzo Beans

Top Right: Harp – orange bell pepper with angel hair pasta, green bell pepper

Bottom Right: Angels – apples dipped in water with lemon to prevent browning, cinnamon details (sprinkle cinnamon on a plate, dip end of a round end toothpick in water then in cinnamon, dab and draw cinnamon covered toothpick on apples)

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Eggplant and Garlic Toast Dinner

Stuffed Eggplant with Garlic Toast.jpg

My friend Renae came over for dinner on a night that her family was out of town. Since we both like eggplant and a lot of people don’t, it seemed like the perfect choice for dinner. This meal was mostly make ahead. I made the eggplant in the morning and put it in the refrigerator. Before dinner I baked the eggplant and the garlic toasts.

Note: We each had 2 halves of a stuffed eggplant. Only 1 is in the photo.

Cheesy Vegetable-Stuffed Eggplant – I used Cheddar instead of Jack cheese and Asiago instead of Parmesan. I did not use thyme.

Garlic Toasts – with homemade french bread, olive oil and garlic powder baked at  375 degrees until browned and crispy (about 10 minutes)

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Polenta Gingerbread Man

Polenta Gingerbread Man

I made this adorable Polenta Man meal for my friend Mark. He had an awesome smile when he opened the lid to reveal this meal.

Container: EasyLunchBoxes

Left Side: Gingerbread Man – polenta made with broth and cornmeal (stir 1/2 cup cornmeal into 1 cup of vegetable broth, heat at medium-low heat while stirring, when it becomes a ball and is somewhat firm, remove from heat and spread onto a plate at the desired thickness for your cookie cutter. When cool, cut with a cookie cutter), Mouth – radish cut with a mini bento face cutter, Eyes and buttons – spinach cut with a mini bento face cutter, Scarf – green bell pepper, Spanish Garbanzo Beans

Top Right: Gingerbread Men – cucumber cut with a cookie cutter, carrots

Bottom Right: Gingerbread Men – apples dipped in water with lemon to prevent browning, cinnamon details (sprinkle cinnamon on a plate, dip end of a round end toothpick in water then in cinnamon, dab cinnamon covered toothpick on apple)

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Gingerbread Repository

Over the years, I have developed a love for making Gingerbread Creations. When people ask to see my gingerbread, I have shown them various blog posts but it is convenient to have all of my gingerbread in one place. I will update this post whenever I create new gingerbread.

Gingerbread Village with Swans and Bridge

Gingerbread Village – 2019

Christmas Train Gingerbread

Santa Train and Depot 2018

Small Blue Gingerbread House on Cake Stand

Little Blue Gingerbread House 2018

Row Houses at Christmas Gingerbread

Row Houses 2017

3d-star-gingerbread-deco

3D Star and Tree Gingerbread 2016

Gingerbread Bakery Front

Tudor Bakery 2015

A-frame Gingerbread House Candy Cane Roof Front

A-Frame 2014

Others

  • I offered some assistance and facilitated the making while other people made the following gingerbread.

Three Little Pigs Gingerbread

Three Little Pigs 2018

GingerbreadHouseStreamFountain

House Along Stream with Fountain 2017

Winter Scene Gingerbread House Front

Sugar and Spice 2015

Necco Gingerbread House Front

Traditional House 2015

Gingerbread House Another View

Candy Cane House 2014

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Gingerbread Village

Gingerbread Village Front

This is the 3rd year in a row that I entered a gingerbread house in Sweet Creations at the Eastman Museum. I planned for this to be a miniature village and easy to transport but it got a little big. It consumed me during the month of October since I work full-time and was due just after Halloween. I enjoyed learning several new techniques – Fondant Swans, Lighting, Stained Glass Isomalt windows.

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.

Front of Village lights

Tudor 1:

  • Roof – Frosted Shredded Wheat
  • Door – Fondant
  • Doorknob – Silver Dragee
  • Siding – Flooded Icing
  • Windows – Gold quality gelatin sheets (attached with hot homemade sugar only caramel)
  • Trim – Licorice Tires (pull apart)
  • Blue Birds – Wilton Sprinkles
  • Chimney – Stone Candy
  • Walkway – Choco Stones
Colonial
  • Roof – Black Jack gum
  • Door – Fondant
  • Doorknob – Silver Dragee
  • Siding – Clove gum
  • Windows – Gold quality gelatin sheets (attached with hot homemade sugar only caramel)
  • Trim – Fondant
  • Walkway – Choco Stones

Tudor 2

  • Roof – Pecans
  • Door – Fondant
  • Doorknob – Silver Dragee
  • Siding – Flooded Icing
  • Windows – Gold quality gelatin sheets (attached with hot homemade sugar only caramel)
  • Trim – Sour Streamers
  • Chimney – Stone Candy
  • Decorations – Holly Sprinkles
  • Walkway – Choco Stones

Eastman Village Swan Side

Tree Corner of Gingerbread Village

Brick Buildings Side of Gingerbread Village

Gingerbread Church Back with Lights

Church

  • Roof – Pepitas
  • Door – Fondant
  • Doorknob – Silver Dragee
  • Siding – Choco Rocks
  • Windows – Isomalt with Stained Glass. I followed this tutorial.
  • Tower – Grey Sanding Sugar, Ice Cream Cone covered with Pepitas

Front Side Gingerbread Village

Gingerbread Village Roof

Gingerbread Village Christmas Tree

Village Christmas Tree

  • Tree – Ice Cream Cone covered with Royal Icing
  • Garland – Red Shoestring Licorice
  • Decorations – Snowflake Sprinkles

Street Lights

  • Pole – Pasta Straws covered with Royal Icing and Gold Sanding Sugar
  • Base – Gumball, center drilled with Dremel Tool
  • Light Cover – Fondant

Landscaping

  • Mini bushes – Royal Icing
  • Wreaths – Royal Icing with Sprinkles
  • Plain Tree – Ice Cream Cone Tree Covered with Royal Icing
  • Fence – Dots
  • Awning – Candy Cane top
  • Road – Crushed Candy Canes

Fondant Snowman

Snowman

  • Body, Hat, Eyes, Buttons – Fondant
  • Nose – Wilton Snowman Decorating Sprinkle Kit
  • Arms – Red Shoestring Licorice

Gingerbread Graveyard

Graveyard

  • Angel Statue – Gingerbread cut with a cookie cutter
  • Angel Statue Base – Caramel squares attached with Royal Icing, covered with Royal Icing and silver sprinkles
  • Wreaths – Fondant with Heart Sprinkles

Gingerbread Village with Swans and Bridge

Bridge: Gingerbread, inner curve piece baked on foil, sanding sugar (fine – inner piece and large – outer pieces)

Pond: Large and Fine Blue Sanding Sugar

Swans: Fondant, Black Paste Food Coloring, Swan Wings Mold (smaller wings)

Gingerbread Grocery Store

Food Store

  • Roof – Green Sanding Sugar
  • Door – Fondant
  • Doorknob – Silver Dragee
  • Sign – Fondant, Royal Icing Lettering
  • Siding – Brick imprint with icing mortar
  • Awning – Sour Streamers
  • Windows – Gold Quality Gelatin Sheets (attached with hot homemade sugar only caramel)
  • Decorations – Holly Sprinkles, round balls
  • Bananas – Runts in Caramel
  • Pumpkin Candy

Back Gingerbread Houses Village

Flowers in Florist Gingergread Window

Flower Shop

  • Roof – Green Sanding Sugar
  • Door – Fondant
  • Doorknob – Silver Dragee
  • Sign – Fondant, Royal Icing Lettering
  • Siding – Brick imprint with icing mortar
  • Awning – Sour Streamers
  • Windows – Gold Quality Gelatin Sheets (attached with hot homemade sugar only caramel)
  • Decorations – Holly Sprinkles, round balls
  • Calla Lilies – Fondant, Sprinkles, Spaghetti – on top of caramel

Gingerbread dough and template

Brick Cutter Gingerbread

Baked Gingerbread Pieces

Icing Flooded Tudor Gingerbread pieces

Decorated Gingerbread House Pieces

lights on gingerbread board

Lighting

My friend Angie’s man did the lighting for me. I bought a 12 V Power Adapter and Pre-Wired LED Lights in Warm White. He heat shrunk and soldered in parallel and hot glued into place. He drilled a hole in the board for the power cord. I glued small wooden cubes on the bottom of the board to raise the board a little. I covered with foil before adding my gingerbread.

Making Stained Glass Windows Church Gingerbread

I am glad that I once again made gingerbread for the Eastman Museum. It pushed me to learn new skills and it was enjoyable to visit the show many times with my family and friends.

 

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2019 Gingerbread Sweet Creations

Gingerbread Village Lights

For the 3rd year in a row, I made gingerbread for the Eastman Museum’s Sweet Creations gingerbread show. I enjoy seeing the variety. Here is a sampling of some of the creations that were memorable to me.

My Gingerbread Table .jpg

Jolly Java Sweet Creations.jpg

gingerbread waterfalls

Gingerbread Doors

Gingerbread Trees in Greenhouse

Gingerbread Elephants and Trees

Neutral Gingerbread House

Gingerbread Village Parade

Gingerbread Penguins

Gingerbread Santa in Hot-tub

Fairy Gingerbread

 

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