Populating a Gingerbread Castle

My family, especially my daughter, and I have been making a Gingerbread Castle.  My daughter is very good with gingerbread and LOOOOVES to do a house or castle etc. at Christmas time.  While she was baking the gingerbread for two days, I began to make people.   After the people were molded and baked, I began to paint them. ( My children say, “Don’t sit still too long at our house,you might get painted.” 😀 )  The paint of course is thin, royal frosting, made of egg whites and powdered sugar.  Then colored, pink, red, green, yellow, turquoise and white.  The princesses gown, hat, and veil from hat are all glittered.  Princesses are allowed to over dress.  You can find the silver balls on line or get them from a local bakery.In our house normal is never good enough.  We have to over do it.  So we have a gigantic castle which took acres of gingerbread,12 batches, and my storybook people to live in it, a king, a princess, a jester and two knights.  With so much effort, not to mention, flour, sugar, eggs, and butter, in this project, I called the Hospital and asked if we could bring the castle to the Children’s ward.  They were delighted.  So we had to transfer the castle on its cardboard base to plywood so we could carry it to the hospital.

If we let the kids eat the castle others could not enjoy seeing it as they arrived at the hospital.  So I made Christmas tree and snowmen cookies.  I liked the snowmen best.  I liked them so much I made some snowmen guards around the sides of the castle which strengthened the walls for its journey.To see the castle in construction, instructions on making your own, including full downloadable plans, and to see the finished castle, click here.  Be sure to come back tomorrow when I’ll post a tutorial on how to make the cute snowmen cookies!  They’re so easy you don’t even need a cookie cutter.

Hello World!

Wow, my very first blog post.  Ever!  How exciting 🙂

First, a little about myself.

I’m currently a resident of Montana, but that’s recent.  I was born in New Mexico, and have lived in California, Illinois, Utah, West Virginia, Michigan and Mississippi.  You could say I’m a Resident of the Country.

Primarily I’m an artist, although I graduated from Brigham Young University with a BA in Elementary Education.  My first love, though, is art, mostly painting.  As my kids were growing up (now both grown and out of the house) I did a lot with watercolors, and a bit with pastel.  We also had fun crafting things that could have been in magazines.  Recently, though, I’ve taken my creativity into a new realm:  Books.  I’ve just had my first book accepted for publication!

After seeing how much young kids really enjoyed learning (I taught kindergarten in Mississippi) I decided that a book about how cool it is to be smart would encourage older kids to keep loving learning.  The book centers around a group of kids who are top of their class.  They’ve got a problem, though.  They’re being bullied by the jocks.  They find out that there is strength in numbers and being smart doesn’t have to mean being unpopular.

Come follow my journey through the adventure of publishing, and make friends with my characters: Aaron, Ryan and Trevor as they Beat the class bully while conducting killer science fair projects and develop a Secret Language Club.