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« on: January 10, 2015 11:11:50 PM »

This year's creation was a lot of fun.

We had six horses and a foal in and around the stable.

Even a jumper

The brown m&m's and shredded Mini Wheats added the special barn touches we needed:

But my favorites were all the little barn cats hanging around the stable and under the apple tree:

And as usual, every single bit was deliciously edible. Oh, and each horse had a name: Ginger, Sugarlump, Cookie, Butterball, Mr. USA, Seabiscuit, and Gumdrop.
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« Reply #1 on: January 11, 2015 08:36:06 PM »

Those brown M&Ms are hilarious!  Were the horses and cats from cookie cutters?

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« Reply #2 on: January 12, 2015 02:25:09 PM »

I love this farm with all its details. The "horse patties" are a scream. Cheesy

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« Reply #3 on: January 12, 2015 04:23:34 PM »

I love your details! I am a hoofstock keeper and hay, and other surprises, is a must for any barn.

« Reply #4 on: January 12, 2015 05:07:50 PM »

Thanks everyone!

Dulcet, I used a cookie cutter for the foal, but didn't have anything that suited me for the grown horses and cats and all the different poses I wanted. So making my own out of good-old cereal boxes worked pretty well, even though it's rather painstaking to cut them out. Oddly enough, when the tiny cats got over-baked, they resembled cute little Siamese.
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« Reply #5 on: January 13, 2015 09:05:05 AM »

Wow, I love all the details you put into your entry.  The shredded wheat "hay", pretzel "fences", and M&M "droppings" are great, and the overall environment/diorama looks stellar.  I think this piece would have also been neat done up with a My Little Pony theme.

Could you explain a bit more about how you use a cereal box to make a cookie cutter?  I've never heard of that before.  I'm imagining you would draw the shape on the cardboard, cut it out, and then place it on the cookie dough and cut around it with a knife, or is the process different?
« Reply #6 on: January 13, 2015 01:57:14 PM »

Thanks so much for your comments.

Yes, that's basically my pattern-making process. Often I can find cute store-bought cookie cutters that will serve a purpose in a gingerbread project, but mostly they're for decorating touches (stars, hearts, trees, etc). Everything else is from scratch.

After deciding what the gingerbread project will be, I draw it out and make a complete mock-up by taping together what I cut out of cereal boxes. These then become the patterns. When deciding on smaller patterns, I try to keep these designs really simple. First I draw them on white paper which I glue onto the inside, non-colorful side of the cereal box, then cut them out with scissors. Manicure scissors can be helpful for tiny details.

The shiny side of the cardboard pattern, liberally dusted with flour, is placed onto the rolled-out cookie dough, and a sharp knife, also liberally dusted with flour, is used to cut around the pattern. Understandably, the larger parts are relatively easy to cut out, while tiny things, like kittycats, not so much. But with patience and a little luck I usually end up with something I can use, and everyone seems to enjoy nibbling up all the "mistakes".
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« Reply #7 on: February 25, 2015 10:09:47 AM »

this is awesome! Cheesy Love all the little details!

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