As if this year has been not challenging enough, one way for me to cope through difficult times is to channel and transmute any negative or sad energy into a creative project. And for this, inspired by my mother who loved cooking, I decided to make a gingerbread recipe in her honor as part of my culinary creativity.
I've recently been inspired by this off-white 1980's vintage dress that seems perfect for a white Christmas (or a white wedding). I also recently obtained a copy of the 1985 Sunset Magazine's Cookie Cookbook, and one of the chapters had holiday recipes.
Excited, I knew this had to be the ultimate authentic recipe.
The cookbook offered step-by-step instructions and also used extra dough to create "benches" or tiny little Santa's. Inspired by making a village, and living with a Scandinavian, I decided to create this into a little tiny Gnome village, similar to the Northwest and Norway by using rosemary and various types of pine from the local flora and fauna.
My hope was to ignite a sense of Christmas cheer and spirit during a difficult 2020. It also ignited childhood memories of the cartoon, David the Gnome, where he inspires people to be more in touch with nature.
âMy favorite part of the project was designing the little village and sprinkling powder sugar on top to make it look like its snowing in real-time.
âI will honor Christmas in my heart, and try to
Elizabeth Rae Kovar M.A. is Author of her memoir, Finding Om and is a Fitness Trainer, Yogi, Reiki Master, Presenter and Lover of Life. To view her portfolio please visit www.elizabethkovar.com