Here is the Marketman & Family 2006 Gingerbread Editionâ€¦ A Winter Scene in New England. And after attending the first Misa de Gallo this morning, a fitting post for today… Set on about 12 square feet of styrofoam, there are roughly three levels ranging about 5-6 inches from the lowest point to the highest point. I mention this because so many Gingerbread creations are on a flat baseâ€¦ we found this year that the hilly landscape really added to the visual interest. On the left of the scene is a red Vermont or New England style barn. It isnâ€™t too visible but the dough was quite red because of food coloring. We also went a bit wild on the dÃ©cor and laughingly refer to it as the ridiculously OTT (Over The Top) barn. While is it bizarre looking, oddly, it is apparently a New England tradition to paint some barns in totally bizarre designs (presumably to add visual interest to the landscape in a stark cold winter and/or to find the darn thing when everything else is buried under snow). This barn has a field with several horses contained within a picket fence. The back of the barn is a sharply rising mountainside with several â€œevergreen treesâ€ growing out of it. The is a guy on snow shoes in the woods overlooking the barn. Beside the barn is casually strewn bicycle and on a bench up front is a â€œLoloâ€ feeding birds. The small figurines are made of resin, and each year we add to the collectionâ€¦
Up in the center of the landscape, about 6 incheselevation, on a bluff overlooking everything else, is a log cabin. The Kid thinks of it as her personal winter getaway, and we fondly call it an â€œAmanbinâ€, after the luxury resorts in the Aman group, combined with cabin (â€œAmanâ€ or â€œpeacefulâ€ and â€œbinâ€ for â€œcabinâ€). It is made of pretzel walls with large gingerbread panels for the roof. It is also very chicly decorated in red white and black, totally done by the Kid and friend. I imagine it would have at least 500 thread count per square inch cotton sheets and a goose down comforter to rival the fluffiest you have ever seen. There are several folks on sleds sliding down the hill in front of the cabin and if you look closely, there are even sled marks in the snow. Beside the cabin are several real stones uses as outcroppings to a more authentic mountain feel or look. There are also miscellaneous rabbits and or squirrels here and there. The whole scene has over 40 artificial evergreen trees to really make it feel like a Vermont. Pets figure with dogs in several spotsâ€¦
To the right of the landscape is a classic New England Style Church and dual purpose meeting house. Traditionally a white clapboard affair with a stunning steeple, our version was earmarked for a cool green and white theme with gummies, M&Mâ€™s, spice drops, jelly beans in several hues of green and lime. Flanking the entrance to the church are functioning streetlamps that are battery powered, their wires imbedded below the snowâ€¦ and which are powered up every night. Right beside the church are several resin figurines with a bookseller and coffee stand. And finally, off to the front of the church is a newly acquired resin â€œProduce Sellerâ€ or fruit and vegetable stallâ€¦after all, how can Marketmanila not have a market??? Itâ€™s a bit ridiculous to have freshly picked produce advertised in the dead of winter, but never mind, it is fantastical at any rateâ€¦ Behind the market are the garbage cans, complete with scavenging racoons! Oh, and by the way, the total count of white winter â€œsnowâ€ icing? About five kilos or more worth of powdered sugar and several dozen egg whites!!! Happy Holidays everyone!!! Stay tuned for more posts in the days ahead!