Oh the weather outside was frightful but the Cornell Cooperative Extension Deck the Halls Gingerbread House and Holiday Cookie Exchange was delightful! Community members of all ages gathered to make the holidays happy for others.
Participants made delightful gingerbread houses using graham crackers, royal icing, and a wide assortment of candies. Teddy grahams and gingerbread people inhabit the homes and walk on the paths. A healthy dose of coconut created a dusting of snow on some homes and while other homes were hit by blizzard conditions.
The creations were donated to Seneca Nursing and Rehabilitation Center as well as Huntington Living Center. They are “Decking the Halls” at nurses’ stations and on residents’ window sills. While they look good enough to eat, these houses are indeed works of art to brighten the spots where they are on display.
Nutrition educator, Sue Petersen also spearheaded a healthy cookie exchange. Favorite recipes were adapted by those taking part. It is possible to make delicious treats with less sugar, whole grains, and more. Check our website for the substitution chart which you can use in your own baking as well as to see the creative recipes that were submitted.
“The community event was a fantastic experience for all. It was great to see families working together during this busy time of year. It was also a pleasure to see the excited smiles from the seniors when they saw the beautiful decorations,” shared Susan Coyle, 4-H Youth Development Educator with Cornell Cooperative Extension.
For more information about CCE’s Nutrition and 4-H Youth Development Programs, contact Seneca County Cornell Cooperative Extension at 315-539-9251 or email@example.com.