Don't you love holiday traditions?!
We have oodles of them, and yet every year we seem to create even more!
Last night, we ventured out of the house for one of the very first times. Little Man has been very sick for over a week now. With the frigid temperatures outside, we just haven't left the house very much for fear it will make his infection worse. But we bundled up last night to join with Grandma, Pop, aunts, uncles, and cousins to create our very own gingerbread houses!
My parents started this tradition while they were dating, and my sweet Mother has it down to a system! She has a pattern for each piece of the house, the perfect gingerbread recipe (perfect for gingerbread house constructing, though a little tough for eating!), and an amazing frosting recipe that works as cement. This year, she even gave us our very own Santa candle to perch on the top of our houses!
Forgive me for the picture overload, but I am really quite proud of how our house turned out this year!
Normally my hubby holds back a little bit for fear my OCD will quickly correct his decorating style. So this year, he created a 3-car garage on the side of the house. He has decided he prefers building to decorating, and that is just fine with me!
We save all of our candy all year long so it's good and stale! We also water down some of the frosting and use it as a snowy glaze to paint over all of the candy.
If you would like print your own gingerbread house pattern and recipe, just click here to view last year's post!