Monday, December 07, 2009

Gingerbread House

One of our neighbors started a nice neighborhood tradition a few years back in which they open up their house on a Sunday afternoon and invite everybody over to decorate Gingerbread houses. Each family must provide their own house and a one bag, box, container of things with which to decorate it. When we got the invite to the first one a few years ago, we decided to not only build our own house, from scratch, but we also (insanely) doubled the recipe and therefore the size of the house. This is this year's entry and, by far, it is the most fully decorated of our houses to date. We did stain glass windows this year (next year I'm going to light it from the inside I've been discussing that since we started this), and used our excess Royal Icing to snow scape the "grounds." The party and our house is evolving into a tradition and it's a ton of fun. After Christmas we'll break the house up, peel off the candy and icing, and eat the gingerbread -- after all, it's a hard cookie intended to last a long time and it's delicious with a cup of tea in January and February.

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