Thursday, December 10, 2015

Gingerbread Houses

Last weekend we had some friends over for a gingerbread house decorating party. Instead of buying the pre-made kits, I decided to make the gingerbread houses out of graham crackers and found a recipe* for icing/glue to stick the crackers together. I was nervous that it was going to be a total disaster, but it actually worked really well! BD cut out all the cracker shapes while I made the glue, and then we worked together to build the little houses. We did lose a few crackers to breakage, but BD was really careful and precise with his cuts so it was just a few. The glue dried in about 10 minutes and held the crackers together with no problems.

I had a variety of candies and sprinkles, plus some canned frosting to use to stick the decorations to the houses. If MC was older, we could have used the glue to precisely place the decorations, but I knew she wouldn't have patience for that, so we just coated the houses in frosting when we were ready ready to decorate. That way the girls could just place the candies wherever they wanted and it would stick to the house.


The girls had a blast decorating their gingerbread houses (and sampling the decorations, too!). They both carefully placed each decoration on exactly where they wanted it.



We chose to work on our kitchen table instead of MC's little craft table because we had more space on the bigger table. I was concerned about the spill/mess factor, but it actually wasn't too bad at all. The sprinkles were the biggest mess, but after a wipe or three of the table and a run of the vacuum, it is mostly all gone. Sprinkles are like the glitter of the baking world -- fun to use but impossible to get rid of!



Here are our finished results.



*Gingerbread House Glue recipe:

ingredients
3T meringue powder
1T creamy peanut butter
5T water
3.75 cups powdered sugar

instructions
Mix together meringue powder, peanut butter, and water for 3 minutes. Add powdered sugar and mix for 5 minutes. Put into zip-top bag and snip off corner for piping.

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