Gingerbread out the Ears

Happy Day After Christmas!

For the next few weeks I’ll be in a state of depression because the world that has been so beautiful and sparkly will return to it’s normal, unadorned state.

Our Christmas weekend was fantastic with lots of family time, gluten free cookies, and general festivities.  And considerable drama trying to get Aaron his Christmas present after Nordstrom shipped him a size 10 black dress.

On Saturday we had some friends over for a Gingerbread House decorating party, and I was amazed at some of the creative structures that can be formed with graham crackers and frosting.  I’m not sure why we aren’t all architects  (for the record, one of our friends is actually an architect).

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AND…

I finally finished my own gingerbread house!  After an inspiration photo, a sketch, a scaled drawing on graph paper, a 3-D prototype, lots of gingerbread, royal icing, sugar, fondant, food coloring, chocolate, (an exploded Pyrex glass, but NO fire this year!!! and as I’m typing this, there is a segment on The Today Show about exploding Pyrex.  WHAT ARE THE ODDS?), and weeks of countless hours spent baking and decorating….

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…the finished product is done and ready to decorate the kitchen until at least July! Thanks for all of your sweet comments! Everything on here is 100% edible (though…ewe) and made from scratch.

While my gingerbread project does cause self-induced stress, kitchen disasters, and usually a fire or two, seeing everything put together makes me extraordinarily happy, and it really is one of my favorite parts of the holidays!

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IMG_5633I hope Santa was good to you, and I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas!

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24 thoughts on “Gingerbread out the Ears

  1. Wow! I’m so impressed with your patience and attention to detail… it turned out beautifully! Glad you had a nice Christmas!

    • Urrrgggg….I was frantic on the phone with customer service on Friday. Luckily it was still within the time frame to ship stuff but I was a bit stressed for a few minutes.

  2. Omg, your gingerbread house is amazing!! You’ve totally inspired me to do one next year. And maybe practice over the summer or something. Any particularly helpful tips you can share?

  3. Thank you! My gingerbread house is one of my favorite parts of Christmas! The biggest lesson I’ve learned is give yourself plenty of time. The gingerbread needs a full day to harden after baking. And it is really brittle. I’ve broken so many house parts! Good luck! I’m excited to see pictures!

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