If you're like me, still a kid at heart, any opportunity to play with your food is a good thing. Well, Babette over at Bakespace recently got together with the folks at Archway to put on a holiday cookie display challenge. It didn't need to be a "scene" made out of the cookies, just something holiday related, but I couldn't resist. There were 16 participants in this particular challenge, and we were each supplied with a shipment of Archway's holiday cookie assortment.
There were . . .
- Candy Cane
- Snow Top
- Wedding Cake
- Cashew Nougat
- Iced Gingerbread
The Gingerbread Men are a given, but after that, I think the new Candy Cane cookies were my favorite.
My first thought was to make a winter scene, using the Snow Top cookies for snow-covered ground, the Wedding Cake and Pfeffernusse for an ice rink, turn the Gingerbread Men into skaters and then somehow incorporate the others. I realized I didn't have enough cookies to make a big enough base, so I had to switch gears.
Then I thought about pulling a few of my Dept. 56 Dickens Village pieces out of the attic to set a street scene, using the Gingerbread Men for holiday shoppers, etc. and make a big Christmas Tree with the rest. By the time I got around to actually setting up my scene, I was the only one home, so the attic was out of the question ... I have a fear of the stairs/ladder collapsing under me. Being home alone if that happened didn't feel like something I wanted to risk at the moment, so I switched gears again ...
Soooooo, I came up with another use for my little Gingerbread buddies. They turned into a chorale group, complete with a conductor and spectators. For the Christmas tree, I found a shot glass and wrapped it in a piece from a paper bag to form the trunk, then cut out two layers of sturdy cardboard as a base to hold the cookies, and carefully piled them in layers to incorporate each variety.
While I was setting up my carolers and forming the "rock wall" cookie amphitheater around them, my sister sneaked in the other room and made a music stand for my conductor! Whatever you do, don't try to read his music! LOL - It's been a million years since I've had to read music, so I did not attempt to actually write a few measures. That was just my scribbles for effect. My audience even has a little shopping bag sporting the Archway logo, which can also be found on the conductor's platform. :)
I don't know what happened with the 16th person - there are only 15 showing up with the pics. Maybe they got wrapped up [pun intended] in their holiday shopping and forgot about us. That's too bad, because the winner of this particular challenge gets a $275 gift card. If you're interested in checking out the other scenes and/or voting for your favorite, check them out at ... http://networkedblogs.com/bkWCx