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12/7/08

Gingerbread Disaster

Look how cute this gingerbread house looks on the box.

I have always liked gingerbread houses. I have twice attempted to make one. The first time I attempted to bake the gingerbread from scratch. The results were a disaster. The second time I made a gingerbread house, I used a kit. The result was not a pretty sight. I displayed the creation with embarrassment.

Although, I am creative, I am not skilled when it comes to using icing. My cakes taste better than they look. I have never attempted icing flowers. I have thought of taking a cake decorating class. My competitive nature has stopped me, as I will not enjoy being the worst student in the class. Trust me, I will be.

I purchased a gingerbread house kit about three years ago, in the hopes that dd1 would create a masterpiece. She is much better at this type of activity. She never completed the house. The box sat in the pantry. In 2006 she moved into her own apartment in Florida. She did not get to spend that Christmas or Christmas 2007 with us.

While she was here visiting this year for Thanksgiving, I asked her if she wanted to take the kit back home with her. She declined. I decided dd2 and I would make the gingerbread house.



The pieces are ready to go

Dd2 mixes the icing


The house easily goes together

The house dries before the roof is added as per the instructions

Dd2 decorates the house

I was quite pleased as dd2 and I built the house. We were both adding the candy decorations when disaster struck. While trying to get a piece of candy to stick to the roof, dd2 became a bit heavy handed. She cracked the roof into two pieces.

Instead of trying to "glue" the pieces together, I dumped the entire creation into the trash. Dd2 washed the dishes. She wasn't upset in the least. She told me that she found this entire gingerbread house idea boring. I sulked for all of a minute.

While I make a darn good gingerbread as in cake, and I can bake gingerbread men, I can not make a house. I will never be able to create anything from gingerbread that is pretty. I will leave that to the experts, i.e., most other people. :)


Dd1's young friends visiting the
best gingerbread house


The lobby of Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa is filled with a full-sized Victorian gingerbread house, bringing a little more magic to the holidays. The 16-foot-high dream house is made with 1,050 pounds of honey, 600 pounds of powered sugar, 800 pounds of flour, 140 pints of egg whites and 180 pounds of apricot glaze. Best part is, the house is also a candy shop, full of treats to take home including gingerbread shingles and smaller replicas of the House itself.
-Orlando Restaurant Examiner

1 comment:

  1. Hi, Lisa, thank you for stopping by! I do remember your name from GI, but it's been a long time ago. I don't hang there there much at all these days & they are about to move since MSN is shutting down the Groups. Anyway, thank you for reading and coming by to see me & I hope you'll come by often & drop me a note! Have a very Merry Christmas.

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