All quiet in the orchard at this time of the year (but Hermann the German is sharpening up his specialist tree pruning saw for the winter pruning due to start any weekend now…) so we (mainly me and sometimes Mini-Kraut) have been busy in the kitchen creating some more exhibits for our gingerbread gallery.
This year’s main creation has to remain a secret for the time being until this year’s Christmas Guests of Honour have been able to peruse and applaud it live, but we have been busy baking building components for lucky recipients in the neighbourhood, complete with building instructions, in German:
Here are a few flashbacks to past creations where we have gained all this skill and experience 🙂
2016: Recreated in gingerbread, the little village in the Wiesent Valley, close to Erlangen, where we like to spend our holidays and long weekends
2015: The tree house that collapsed and became a forest hideaway (Waldversteck)
2014: The Forest Gnomes’ Railway
2013: Nutville, or Nußdorf in the vernacular
2012 was when we started expanding from single buildings to gingerbread urban development:
2011: was our very first attempt.
Lesson 1 was: make sure the roof weighs less than the walls 🙂
But it all came right on the night!
Beautiful! I love your gingerbread creations. You inspired me to make my first gingerbread house for my boys three years ago. We still use your gingerbread recipe too, it has become a favourite. Thank you! 🙂
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Lovely to hear from you Astrid and yes, I remember your initial enthusiasm three years ago – so glad to hear the tradition lives on with you too 🙂