gingerbread house

13 Dec

so, i decided to start a tradition of making gingerbread houses with all the grandkids. i only have one so far but you know….plan ahead i always say. actually i never say that. i’m more fly by the seat of my pants type gal. whatever.

so i checked out martha’s website for ideas. i think i need a few years of practice before i get to that level of gingerbread house making.

i googled gingerbread houses and found a wealth of information.

i considered the “prebaked” kits. sounds easy enough. easy to procure. and yet….it won’t smell good. still it’s a consideration.

i considered the cast iron molds. again, sounds a bit easier but would we get bored of the same house year after year? i wonder. and do i really want to store something to use just once a year? would i be able to “find” it next year? also shipping takes 2 weeks.

and there was a multitude of great pictures of houses that people have done over the years. great inspiration.

thinking thinking thinking.

i run across a blog. thank goodness i can not re-find this particular blog. a woman tells the tale of her MIL coming over to start a tradition with her young son, toting with her (HORRORS) a prebaked gingerbread house kit. they spend an hour or so putting it together. she admits her son is enjoying himself putting together the pre-cut shapes and decorating it with the candies that were included in the kit. but she snidely remarks in her blog that he doesn’t KNOW what he is missing. she remembers the whole experience of making the gingerbread, cutting out the shapes, making the frosting, choosing the candies at the candy store etc. she snarks about only spending 1 hour on this “piece of garbage” and isn’t her son worth more time than that. she remembers taking an entire weekend to bake and build her gingerbread houses. she wonders what to do with this monstrosity and determines it is only worthy of the trash can and that next weekend they are off to HER mother’s house where they will have the “real” gingerbread house building experience.

okay a couple of things….#1 perhaps it was not a choice between whether the child was “worth” more than an hour of her time, but more a practical decision on how much time she could stand to be silently snarked on by her DIL all the while probably knowing she was going to make the blog. and #2 i suppose she throws away artwork brought home by jr. because it is not “picaso” quality. and heaven forbid she put a construction paper chain on the christmas tree.

she is worth a thursday thumper.

and i have determined that ian and i will start small. a simple little cottage this year. no pics today because it’s just in my head yet. we may or may not even get it done during December but HELLO! he’s only one so he can’t tell time yet let alone read a calendar!


4 Responses to “gingerbread house”

  1. Jan December 13, 2007 at 1:06 pm #

    Oh my!! That is definitely a Thursday Thumper!! My thought process has always been that once the kid stops having fun doing it and it becomes a forced finish it or else, no one is having fun so what’s the point???!!!! I also think you learn lots while doing it so you aren’t getting picasso the first year…. who cares.. did you have fun?! Something tells me you and Ian are going to have fun!! He is one lucky kid!!

  2. kayp December 13, 2007 at 6:41 pm #

    exactly jan! fun is the name of the game when ian is about! ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. AllenQuilts December 13, 2007 at 8:38 pm #

    Yes! Thump on her!

  4. Jami December 15, 2007 at 6:04 pm #

    I feel so sorry for the MIL! But I also think the little one will “remember” his time with Grandma and NOT it was a “store bought” Gingerbread house. That girl needs to get a clue! As MIL I’d like to thump her up one side and down the other! ๐Ÿ™‚

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