Tuesday, 14 December 2010

Gingerbread House Chronicles -- The Early Years


My Rare One likes to decorate a gingerbread house at Christmas, so it's something we often do. We have fun and enjoy doing it. We don't eat the candy house though. After Christmas, we give it to friends across the street whose athletic kids can burn off all that sugar without any problem.

This blurry photo represents one of our very first joint efforts. Pretty unremarkable, if truth be told. Isn't the glare coming off that aluminum foil base positively blinding? And our marshmallow snowman with the chocolate drop hat has a dangerous, drunken lean to him. Nice peppermint finials on the roof though.

Tomorrow -- a photo of one of our better gingerbread houses!

29 comments:

Bronson and Pepper said...

I've always wanted to do a gingerbread house and the one time I actually tried...well let's just say I won't be going into the consturction business. Can't wait to see tomorrow's!

knitwit said...

This is far and away better than any gingerbread house I've ever made. Mine usually topple over under the weight of all that candy!

Jeanne said...

Creative! :0)
What was in that chocolate drop hat that made Mr. Snowman lean like that?

{Cool. I made a rhyme!}

turquoisemoon said...

You know...that is too cute!!! I love it! I can hardly decorate sugar cookies w/sprinkles...LOL

faerwillow said...

~oh you have filled me with ideas this day!!! marshmellow men...i have never seen...i love his drunken lean...means he has had himself a surely good time!!! love it and can't wait to see more of these sweet houses...warm wishes and brightest blessings~

mxtodis123 said...

It's lovely. This is something I always wanted to do, but somehow never got to. Instead, I usually buy a small one.
Mary

Sandra said...

If those are the early years, can't wait to see the pic of the more experienced years! Holy crow woman! You don't even want to see our sad excuse for a gingerbread house. Ours is more of a gingerbread homeless shelter...

laughingwolf said...

looks deeeeelish!

Aunt Amelia's Attic said...

-chuckle- Now THAT is a Post Subject Line, to draw-them-in!!!!!!! >,-)

Very cute project. One I've never tried. As I'm too *chicken.* ,-)

Rue said...

I love it. And it's remarkably clean! Nothing I get near with icing comes away without a blob or smudge on it. Martha would impale me with a cake knife if she saw my icing technique.

BugginWord said...

I only hang out with the drunk snowmen. Nothing is more annoying than a straight edge snowman. Unless you count wedgies. Those are pretty annoying, too.

My Farmhouse Kitchen said...

looks great !!!!

i am making gingerbread today...the cake kind

happy to visit today...

kary and teddy
xxx

Em said...

I agree with Buggin.

That's a cool thing to do together.

Cora said...

It's better than anything I can make. Snowmen should have a drunken lean to them, gives them character.

Suzie Ridler said...

Absolutely adorable! You did fantastic. I couldn't wrap my head around making one at all, you are fabulous.

BTW, I totally agree about Tetley's Earl Grey. Even the decaf has the perfect amount of Bergamon!

A Solitary Pagans Path From Northern New Hampshire said...

Ah gingerbread houses are so magical! Thank you for sharing.

Blessings Fiona

Seth said...

so cool...I used to do those with my son.

AlbertaMama said...

That's a lovely gingerbread house. Ours are made from one of those kits that you can buy at Superstore with the tray to set the house sides in. It's the same kit every year, but we like it :)

Mz.Elle said...

I do believe I'm going to borrow your snowman idea for ours!
I like your house,especially the snowflakes on the roof,nice touch!
Looking forward to tomorrow:)

Beatnheart said...

very creative and domestic.

madtexter (corey james) said...

Oh my goodness. This reminds me of the time one of the church ladies asked me and my sister to come over to her house and make a gingerbread house. When we were done (and bored out my mind), her dog ate it.

It's the little things, you know.

YELLOWDOG GRANNY said...

I tried to do a ginger bread house once with 2 grandkids under the age of 4...arghghghggh

Holly Ruggiero said...

It's so cute. I love the leaning, drunken snowman!

Dark Mother said...

You should see a picture of the first gingerbread house me and Littleman did. It looked more like something from a Stephen King novel.

My Grama's Soul said...

I HAVE NEVER MADE A GINGERBREAD HOUSE......ADDING THAT TO MY LIST OF 100 THINGS I WANT TO DO BEFORE I DIE!! (O:(O:

Xo

Jo

Jabacue said...

You two are so talented!!! What a fun thing to do together! And with a little tea......
Jim

mistress maddie said...

Thanks for sgaring the photots! A great post too. I made a gingerhouse once. It was fun! My niece and nephew had fun after Christmas wreaking and eating it! After drinking some brandy, thinking back alot of the house leaned!!!!! Can't wait to see more.

jdcoughlin said...

That is a mansion. My first gingerbread house was a ice cream cone covered in green frosting with a red hot star. Thought it was pretty cute. Especially since my graham crackers kept falling off the milk carton.
But I love your before you knew what you were doing house. It smells good even from here. I'm coming back tomorrow for the After one!

Cameron said...

Oh, I will SO be here tomorrow for what you guys consider your better gingerbread houses! Dang! No more fussing about my jack-o-lanterns...think you got me beat there!