Friday, December 12, 2008

gingerbread men, mom & middleburg


see him there to the back of the horse butt, near the yellow curb?



Mom took, this,  her first digital photograph! Way to go Mom!

but it seems I am becoming anal about the way many things are done.... sorry Mom, Keith and others who have been confounded. I have to try to get them thin and crispy to suit my tastes. 

No pictures yet of them with icing to highlight the faces and costumes.



I spent a few days with Mom this week making preparations for the holiday which is not so far away. We got down and dirty with the rolling pin and some cookie cutters like we used to do when I was about 8 years old. I remember those times with great excitement.  I have always loved cookies and we made two kinds on this visit. The traditional Gingerbread men and some new fancy shortbread cookies with M&Ms on top. Mom says my grandfather Judge used to sing a little rhyme about the gingerbread man but neither of us can remember it. Anyone know a nursery rhyme about the guy who is made in the oven and jumps up and runs away?
 We also did some shopping for holiday gifts but I can't write about that without spoiling the surprises we plan to spring on our loved ones. It was the perfect week for cookie making, rain rain and more rain with gray skies it is fun to be busy in the kitchen making sweet things. 
I was in Middleburg last weekend for the annual hunt parade with Tom and Peter which was a lot of fun. I got some new cookie cutters there at a store the entire hunt parade dog pack visited when there was a pause in the parade. The dogs all 50 of them just followed the leader of the pack right inside this nice store... The dog master blew his little horn and the pack leader heard and came rushing out and the rest followed along. Then the parade continued. The horses are better behaved but they all have a keeper sitting on their backs so I guess they don't have as much freedom to roam during riding times. I enjoyed shopping after the dogs left. Got a great pair of copper cookie cutters, one a gingerbread man the other is a huge snowflake and they work very well. It was very cold last Saturday during the parade but the stores were plenty busy and very warm in Middleburg. I wish I could have taken Mom along to shop and see the parade and get to know some of my pals like the Rupperts who came to the party from Bethesda,  but the streets are rough and the crowds large which make getting around very challenging on that parade day. I hope we can go some other time and enjoy some of that when it isn't so cold and full of people. 

3 comments:

Cor said...

i have "found" a gingerbread man rhyme on Internet, maybe that's the one your grandfather used to sung while make them?.. i don't know the song, yet do remember from a movie the gingerbread man singing a song...maybe some Disneymovie....annyway...maybe this it it!doeiXX Cor
oh....love the photo your Mom took, so there comes your talent from!

Cor said...

sorry Frederick, i forgot to add it...
Gingerbread Man Poem
(Great for felt board or puppet show)
Once there was a gingerbread man,
Baking in a gingerbread pan.
Raisin eyes and a cherry nose,
Trimmed right down to his fingers and toes.
A gingerbread man in a gingerbread pan!

Here's the old woman who made him so sweet,
A treat for her and her husband to eat,
She made him with flour and sugar and eggs,
She gave him a face and two arms and two legs.
A gingerbread man in a gingerbread pan!



Now open the oven to see if he's done,
This gingerbread man, he know how to run.
Out of the oven and onto the floor,
Now run away out the kitchen door.
The gingerbread man, he's out of the pan!

Now chase him old woman, now chase him old man
Chase him, yes chase him as fast as you can!
Through the garden and out the gate,
Catch him right now, before it's too late.
The gingerbread man, he's out of the pan!

Along came a cow who wanted a treat
And the gingerbread man, he looked good to eat
Run, run, as fast as you can
You can't catch me, I'm the gingerbread man
I'm the gingerbread man and I'm out of the pan!

Along came a horse who wanted a snack
But the gingerbread man, he never looked back
Run, run, as fast as you can
You can't catch me, I'm the gingerbread man
I'm the gingerbread man and I'm out of the pan!

Along came a farmer who wanted a treat
And the gingerbread man, he looked good to eat
Run, run, as fast as you can
You can't catch me, I'm the gingerbread man
I'm the gingerbread man and I'm out of the pan!

Along came a dog who wanted a snack
But the gingerbread man, he never looked back
Run, run, as fast as you can
You can't catch me, I'm the gingerbread man
I'm the gingerbread man and I'm out of the pan!

Along came a hog who wanted a treat
And the gingerbread man, he looked good to eat
Run, run, as fast as you can
You can't catch me, I'm the gingerbread man
I'm the gingerbread man and I'm out of the pan!

Along came a fox who wanted a treat,
And this gingerbread man, he looked good to eat.
Jump on my back, my gingerbread pet,
And we'll cross the river, so you won't get wet
Mr. Gingerbread man, who's out of the pan!

There was no place to go, there was no place to run
And a ride on the river could be lots of fun!
So off with the fox did Gingerbread go
And what happened next, you already know
To the gingerbread man, who's out of the pan

That sly old fox had a de-lic-ious treat
And the old man and woman had nothing to eat
Not a bite was left for the cow or the dog,
The horse or the farmer or hungry old hog
There's no gingerbread man in or out of the pan!

So let us go home and get out the pan
And we'll make ourselves a new gingerbread man!
And when he is eaten, we'll make us some more
But this time we'll be certain to lock the back door!
A new gingerbread man, in a gingerbread pan!

Frederick said...

Thanks Cor,
That is a very interesting poem but I don't know how I would recognize the one my Grandfather use to sing. It was short but this one is very interesting. Good enough for a little book!
Thanks for posting this.