By Susan Albert
OKM Music is sponsoring a Christkindl Market this Dec. 2, and one of the activities is for the whole family to pitch in and make a gingerbread house at home and bring it to the office the day before the event. Judges will pick three winners in the contest: Most Creative, Most Festive and Most Delicious-Looking with cash prizes at stake.
What a great way to spend some family time together. I have never made one myself, but I’ve always thought it looked fun to do. From what I’ve read about the project, it is best to use a sturdy board to build your dream home such as plywood or a covered baking sheet; otherwise the weight of the house could cave in on cardboard.
You can use a kit if you don’t want to make your own gingerbread walls, and it is OK to use some graham crackers in the structure, too. Everything must be edible (except the base of course). There are lots of recipes online to get you started. Here are a couple of them:
Royal icing is recommended to glue the walls and frame because it dries hard. I notice recipes differ as to whether they use real egg whites, egg white powder or meringue powder, but apparently they all work well. If you are squeamish about using raw eggs, use the powder, which is pasteurized.
Everyone in the family can help design and decorate the house. Use M&M’s, Smarties, peppermints, Red Hots, Skittles, or whatever strikes your fancy.
Deliver your masterpiece to the OKM Music office, 415 S. Dewey Ave., in Bartlesville, by 3 p.m. Dec. 1. Include your name and phone number in a visible place on the base board. Houses must be picked up by 7 p.m. Dec. 2 in the Children’s Tent.
Rules are found at the end of the Christkindl article under the Events menu.