Friday, December 21, 2012

Gingerbread House

For years now, we have been saying that we would put together a gingerbread house. Neither of us ever did one as kids, so we thought we'd give it a shot. Nothing fancy...just the cheap kit from Michael's with a 40% off coupon. So, on one of Patrick's days off, we plopped down at the kitchen table to put it together.

Word of warning to parents who are doing this with kids, you need to do the green pieces on the roof a few days before and you need to set up the gingerbread pieces and let them sit for hours before doing the candy portion. I would suggest those first two steps be mom and dad only and then tell the kids about it when it is actually ready for them to ice up and put on the candy.

It wasn't super clear what you were supposed to do on the back of the house, so we added our own K touch with icing and candy. I also used up the rest of the green to make some shrubs in the back.

Patrick patiently flattened and cut all the diamond shapes for the roof while I tried to create something that looked reasonable with the icing. I would NOT make it on the Cake Boss, that's for sure!

I pulled out a silver platter and tossed some white doilies on it as the base for the house. Added on some batting for some extra snow. Ta Da! I didn't think it was too bad for our first try. Then, I saw a competition on the Today show and felt like it looks like a 3-year-old did it in comparison!

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