Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Hansel & Gretel Live Here

If you know Des and I, you know how much we love to cook! And if you believe THAT, then you haven't been reading this blog very long. But since this little button above was so pretty, we thought we'd jump on this bandwagon for the Holiday Season.
We're all about jumping and wagons and I played in the marching band! So join us, if you dare on this extravaganza of Holiday Cooking. First up, today......Gingerbread Houses!

This only took 5 hours....& wrestling our two-year-old away & stopping everyone from eating the candy. My oldest daughter, Bella (not her real name, in honor of Twilight), & Shadowman want to enter this in a contest that's coming up. Shadowman did the gumdrops & trees & ate some key pieces (such as the chimney), but we made do.

We do this every year, usually with the neighbors, but Bella wanted to make it now. Usually my sweet neighbor takes pity on me & makes me a bare house for Christmas. I have an aversion to rolling pins, so I told my daughter to wait til her dad got home & he'd help her. She ignored me & made the house all by herself. Am I happy she ignored me or proud that she did it?
The Christmas lights on the tree are chocolate covered sunflower seeds - perfect.

The windows are transparent candy glass -- crushed & melted Jolly Ranchers. She'll have a light in it later so it will be lit up inside. There are gingerbread men looking out the windows.
Little Necco sidewalk with Tootsie Roll mailbox.

I love the book, Gingerbread Houses, by Christa Currie! It's very basic, easy to read and the only book we've needed.

Click the recipe below to print a 4x6 card!


  1. You’re invited! To the LAST PUSH quilt-a-thon I am having . Come see what it’s all about!
    The more the merrier! Spread the word, and grab the button! Quilty hugs! Remember, Dec 13 is the special day! Niki in AZ

  2. How ambitous (sp?) are you? What a wonderful tradition. I need to send my daughter over to your house. She would love it! Have a great holiday week!

  3. I think I'm creative, but that is a little more intensely artistic food prep than what I think i can handle! It looks great!

  4. This is SO totally out of my league, it isn't even funny. I don't call this cooking. I call this SHOWING OFF!! And I am so not into showing off!! :)

  5. LOL Des is not into showing off...ROFLOL!!! Yeah, whatever Des.
    That house is amazing!!! My kids are almost out of the house...you know in two years my son will be off to college. I have managed to avoid gingerbread houses this long, holding on for two more years. 'Bella' and 'Shadowman' did a wonderful job! They must have lots of patience to go along with their talent.

  6. Corrie - I have always wanted to make a gingerbread house! Yours is fabulous! Way to go! Cheers!

  7. We used to make gingerbread every Christmas when my kids were little. We attempted a house once.

  8. Not only is a gingerbread house out of my league, I can't even fathom others making them! Unbelievable.

  9. That is the most amazing gingerbread house that I've ever seen. Way to go Bella and Shadowman! I just LOVE it. I hope you guys had a wonderful Thanksgiving. DEFINATELY out of my league!