We have been decorating Gingerbread houses for years – since my children were very little. I would make the houses, assemble them and supply the children with as much variety of candy to completely cover the houses.
When we moved here, we included my Mother-in-Law in the Gingerbread House Christmas tradition. As the children grew older and began to move away, I thought they’d outgrown this tradition. Last year, I did not make any Gingerbread houses and quickly discovered how my girls were looking forward to this Christmas activity. So, this year, I rekindled the tradition making houses once again form the children and for Grandma.
I used this recipe – I love the soft, malleable feel to this dough – works so well in making houses and cookies. To assemble the houses, I used a caramel syrup recipe. The table was ladened with all the decorative, bright candies I could find and cups filled with frosting bags filled with royal icing. The stage set, they began to decorate each side and each roof, filling each with as much candy as they could.
They asked me if I were going to decorate one, I made so much dough, I was able to make myself a house and several cookies. I made teddy bears, slowflakes, stars and Christmas trees. So, I joined in the fun, but I had a very different decorating inspiration in mind. My house didn’t take as long to decorate as well.
The discussions were lively, the laughter Delightsome. Once we were done, they lined up their houses for pictures.
Then I added mine to the line up. My daughter laughed and said my house looked like it was in the wrong neighborhood – it did seem a little out of place. We had so much fun.
I really like how my daughter decorated her teddybear. She said he is, ‘single and ready to mingle. And ladies he’s full of dough’.