One of my favorite holiday traditions is decorating a gingerbread house.  :)  I was so excited this year to do it with Emma!

I found this kit on sale at Joann Fabrics (I know, who woulda thought?) for $8.99 so grabbed it.  They also had cute little mini gingerbread village kits… which I’m now wishing I had grabbed instead.  You’ll see why soon.

Emma was instantly excited at the prospect of CANDY!  She’s no fool, these need to be opened right away – before the frosting is made!

It’s a good thing mommy is fast.  And boy is that frosting YUMMY!  This is also where I called John away from the Playstation 3 for the great Gingerbread House decorating tradition.  Yes, it’s a new one.  No, we don’t want to do it by ourselves!  Come on, you’ll have fun!  :)

*The photo above is incriminating.  I want you to note the masculine hands putting the framework of this house together.


If you look closely at this photo, you’ll note that … the roof is sloooowly sliding down and candy is falling through.  Noooooooooooooo!

I know this is sloppily done (my meticulous friend Erin is about having a heart attack I think) but at some point we realized this house would not be saved and we’d better get those decorations on FAST so I could at least get a photo.


It was destiny, my dear.  I’m sorry!

A moment of mourning for the lost abode.  But she is SO my daughter…

We must make the best of the situation!  Time for hot chocolate and gingerbread!

Note:  Apparently when you put a gingerbread house together you’re supposed to wait for it to dry between layers.  If you don’t want the above to happen to you, I recommend you have more patience than… ahem… we did.  ;-)  But let me tell you, this is yummy dipped in coffee in the mornings!  And obviously the fun wasn’t lost on Emma.  ;-)

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11 Responses to The Great Gingerbread House Fiasco

  • I love it, it is not how it turned out it is the memory you have now from making it with your family. I want to make one also but there is no kits here in town and I don’t know if I’m up to making one all from scratch,Hubby thinks that I should do it from the start cause it should be that had.

    Great post, Love the pictures

  • I have never made one, but thought about it. Thanks for the tips and I love the pictures of your daughter’s expressions!!

  • Oh no! At least it was tasty!

    I once taught a series of art workshops over Christmas and we made pseudo gingerbread houses with graham crackers and candy. I found that Royal Icing worked really well, since it’s so stiff and hardens up.

  • That is adorable! Your daughter is very precious.

  • I have one of those kits sitting in my pantry right now. I’m glad I read your post before attempting to put it together!! Looks like it was yummy though.

  • That is why I never purchased one of these, they always look way beyond beautiful on the box and I think … me plus a 2, 4 and 8 year old … probably not going to end up looking good as we don’t have patience and the kids would totally want to eat it before I could even get a picture but this is such a great story and love the photos!!

    • Haha, they’re really worth getting at least ONCE just for the fun experience. :) But yeah, I only had to tell my daughter about 75 times in the process of putting it together that “this piece of candy is for the HOUSE, not to eat” – LOL. So it is harder with very little ones.

      Guess I’d better stick with gingerbread men. lol

  • I’ve never tried making one, but will keep your recommendations in mind for the future. By the way, this little tale, including the title would make a super children’s book!

  • That’s wonderful! I love the colors and feel of your blog too. Now if only this comment goes through… 3rd try is a charm?

    Also, I’ve got a GIVEAWAY in the works come visit me! I need 100 followers before I can give away my surprise (retailed at $75)!

    • Yay! It worked. It kept saying I needed to install Javascript and refresh the page. Weird… Oh well, at least now you know I stopped by!

      I liked you on Facebook too, maybe you’ll return the favor!

      :)

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