Monday, December 13, 2010

(Super Mom) Gingerbread Houses

Today, we had a rare chance to slow down because we had to--thanks to a snow day. With my older girls home from school, I took the opportunity to make gingerbread houses with them. It has been a few years since we did this and I can’t say I was looking forward to it. We usually make the graham cracker kind and you know how crazy that can be.

Gingerbread House 5

But this time was different! While my girls were all outside playing in the snow, I got to work putting the houses together. I couldn’t find my recipe for Royal Icing, so I googled it and found THIS recipe. Oh my—it is perfect! This recipe worked so much better than the one I have been using for years and years. It was so easy to stick these houses together--with no milk cartons in the middle, mind you.

So, grab your stuff and get to work. (It’s more like playing than working!)

I “glued” each house together with Royal Icing and placed it on a paper plate.

Gingerbread House 2

I set out a muffin tin with a variety of decorating materials.

Gingerbread House 1

I instructed my older girls to help the youngest although there was really no need because she only wanted to eat the candy and frosting! Kind of obvious, isn’t it?
 Gingerbread House 3

Then, I visited with some friends while they decorated.
Gingerbread House 4

The best part is that one friend brought her daughter who was also out of school and I was able to whip out another house and she decorated with my girls.
It was one of those rare moments when I looked like Super Mom and, I admit. . .
I basked in it—it never lasts long!

So grab your stuff and get to decorating—the fun and easy way!

4 comments:

Erin,  said... December 13, 2010 at 10:11 PM  

sounds like a fun day! we usually do gingerbread houses every year. i am trying to find the energy needed to deal with the craziness and mess that always ensues. :)

Cortnie,  said... December 14, 2010 at 3:02 PM  

Why didn't I think of Graham crackers?! I totally didn't to gingerbread houses because I didn't want to make it. We made cone trees with tissue paper instead. :( I suppose it's not too late..

Jennifer,  said... January 1, 2011 at 5:21 PM  

I want you to know that I made a gingerbread house with my kids after I read this - they loved it. Thanks for the post that reminded me this would be a fun thing to do with them.
Jennifer
www.bigdandme.com

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