Tuesday, December 23, 2008

The Gingerbread Houses

The gingerbread houses are done!  And it only took a week!

Ga'hoole Girl worked on one house while Wild Man and I worked on the other.  Here's the construction log:

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Making the pieces.  We did stained glass windows with crushed Jolly Ranchers. DSCN0176 DSCN0180 



Assembly.  Despite the fact that this was the first time to make gingerbread houses, none of our roofs fell off.  Royal icing is absolutely amazing!!



Decorating.  Yes, it was a mess of the first degree!!  But, what fun!  Our general approach to decorating was to put as much icing and candy as possible on the gingerbread and the board.


Wild Man and his/my/our house.

DSCN0196 The front of Wild Man's house.  We made the roof with Triscuits and covered the chimney with TicTacs.   Wild Man made the sled on the left side and Ga'hoole Girl made the mailbox on the right.

DSCN0198 The back side of the house.  I think the round windows will soon be in all new construction!


I thought we should put in a swimming pool until the kids reminded me that it is winter, so we put in an ice rink made of blue sugar surrounded by Lifesavers.


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Ga'hoole Girl's house.  She made the roof with Twizzlers, a path lined with Kissables and paved with sliced almonds, and snow made from Royal Icing.  She used a rainbow theme, so she put rainbows in all her stained glass windows and made rainbow patterns with Skittles on the sides of the house.


The snowman, sadly, is melting.  It must be a rather warm day.

DSCN0206 The side of the house.  Notice the rainbow motif.  On the right, is a sled made from pretzels.

What creative or fun thing have you done with your family this season? 


Missus Wookie said...

Your houses look lovely - we didn't manage gingerbread this year, too much else on. But dd and I are about to make the pecan cinnamon rolls for tomorrow's breakfast.

Blessed (slug like) day for you tomorrow!

Catherine said...

Thanks for stopping by!! I can't really say that yesterday went by at the speed of sound, but today is quite pleasant. We are all trying to make the most of it. Hope you are having a great day!