I think that we discovered a new holiday tradition this year - making gingerbread houses!
I had never made a gingerbread house. I am sure that at one point back in elementary school I had popped some graham crackers together and slathered icing on them, but I had never made a true gingerbread house (even one from one of those packets). I think my husband was a bit appalled, and he was determined that this year we would make gingerbread houses. From scratch.
We went a bit overboard. I still have large bags of candy left over (what were we thinking? That we needed to fill the INSIDE of the houses with candycorn, gum drops, and cinnamon dots?) They certainly did not turn out perfectly (did you know that if you use marshmallow cream to decorate a roof, it will very s l o w l y drip off, taking all of your decorations with it?), but we had fun! We started a couple of days before Christmas, designing our houses and making the dough. My daughters and I each made a house, decorating them throughout Christmas day. My husband did the hard prep work of kneading the dough and rolling it out, as well as making various colored icing for us to use. He also kept us full of warm cider and a variety of non-sweet items, since we were eating as much candy as we were using.
So, on to my pictures!
I forgot to put a light inside the structure to show off the melted candy windows, so we put a light behind the house to try to get some light coming through the windows. The odd pole-like thing on the left is supposed to be a lamp post. Next to it is one of my favorite parts - a little round snowman that just did not want to stand up (like my real life snowmen...) but trust me, he was really cute. I also like the way the tree turned out. Originally I made two trees, but one kept breaking...
This is the other side of the house, again with a light coming through from behind the house. The snowman on this side is more of a traditional gingerbread snowman.
The "front" of the house, with an open door:
The "back" of the house. The little door is a miniature chocolate candy bar.
And the whole happy little village:
Overall, I was pleased with my first attempt at a gingerbread house. I promised my family that I would post its pictures in my first craft challenge, because, well, it was FUN!