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My first and only previous experience making a gingerbread house was pretty much directed by my mother, when I was about 10 years old. She constructed an elaborate, two story structure and I decorated it with gum drops, Necco Wafers and other sugary things.
The sugary farm on the cover of my book began as a test of my mother's original gingerbread house recipe. In December 2011, I worked for about two weeks perfecting my little Farm - experimenting, researching, dreaming of tiny edible things with which to decorate it, and finding tools in my studio collection small enough to perform all the tasks.
I don't know which decorative element is my favorite - the marzipan chickens and pumpkins, the toasted and dyed coconut yard or the cotton (inedible) smoke in the chimney.
~ Ginna BB Gordon