Somehow Elaine got it into her head that Christmas means making Gingerbread Houses. She’s been asking when we are going to make one – repeatedly. It sounded…sorta fun. I was in IKEA and they had gingerbread house kits for $4.99, so I picked up two of them. We put it on the calendar to decorate them tonight.
To be sure everything was ready, I opened the kits last night. Just gingerbread cutouts. No decorations. No icing. And they were shattered. Broken into many pieces. I looked up a recipe for icing “glue”. I picked one from a favorite blogger who makes gingerbread houses as a family tradition since she was a girl. It was a “no-fail” type recipe, or so she said. I spent a little too much money on some candy decorations at the store.
I was mixing up the Royal Icing when I remembered that my piping bags had both split while frosting Elaine’s birthday cake last month. (They were only about 15 years old…). So I cut the corner off a Ziploc and fitting my coupling and frosting tip. This turned out to be another epic fail in a series tonight!
The “glue” did not do as well as had been claimed, and we were pretty much unable to salvage the gingerbread cutouts from the kit. We resorted to graham crackers, which worked pretty well…until we ran out of them. When Elaine's house had no roof.
At this point the zippers on the Ziploc bags had split and frosting was oozing everywhere. Nehemiah had stripped the white board of all accessories and fell out of his chair doing so. Ben and I were both covered in frosting, so he cried on the floor for a minute before we got to him. Liberty spied and snatched the bowl of M&M decorations…and devoured what was remaining.
In the end, Nolan settled for a miniature cottage with massive gardens, and Elaine chose a roofless house. We had lots of fun together, though. We made some memories but decided this was the only year of gingerbread houses in our family. It will not be a tradition in this house!!!
We doused all four kids in a bath together and put them to bed. Then Ben scraped “glue” off the table and floor while I recovered control of the sprinkles, candy, and kitchen.
And Ben’s take on the whole night? “IKEA makes gingerbread houses of the same quality as their furniture!”