Yes, our cookie-baker elf (also known as our 12-year-old daughter) has been at it again! This time she made a gingerbread scene that will be exhibited at a local museum. The good news about this is that it was not something I could eat (and, of course, we're VERY proud of her as well). It can be difficult to not to want to devour everything she makes--she's a very good baker! I know I have LOTS of fun treats to look forward to with the holidays fast approaching.
She was surprised at the amount of time it takes to do all of the little details. I think she was expecting the tree to be the most time-consuming, but, of course, it was the people with their faces, poppyseed eyes, and clothing that took the bulk of time.
I was proud of her for sticking with it and spending hours upon hours baking and decorating her creation. She didn't complain, but I sometimes wondered whether she thought she had "bitten off more than she could chew." Most times, however, she bounced around with excitement with how her scene was progressing.
After she covered the base in frosting she sprinkled coconut all over for "snow"--it turned out to be a lovely effect althought it's quite difficult to see in the photos.
I was impressed at how creative she was in decorating the people. One teddy bear mother is holding a baby dressed in a bunting, another has a string of red pearls with a polka-dot dress, one bear is holding a wreath she made with the star decorating tip, another has a beard and red belt, and one is already for a snowball fight with a pile of snowballs at the ready.
She loves to decorate which may be apparent from her choosing a purely red and white theme and her arrangment of candy presents around the tree. I think she is very proud of her work--as she should be!