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Acorns to Oaktrees

December 28th, 2005 at 7:12 pm

The Gingerbreadhouse Nightmare Before Christmas

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The walls went together easy enough.
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Pulguito decorating

It started out well. The kids were interested, and I was enthusiastic.

I use Making Great Gingerbread Houses: Delicious Designs from Cabins to Castles, from Lighthouses to Tree Houses as a starting point. It’s a good book with lots of inspiration. The gingerbread recipe tastes good and works great for making houses. The last couple of times I made a house, I used plans from this book. This time, I figured that I had enough experience to wing it. Now, I have enough experience to know that I don’t have enough experience to know.

Instead of using the plans that I had prepared, I decided to fold an 8.5×11 sheet of paper in half and use that as my template for the roofs. I used the same template to cut the pointy sides and that template folded in half to cut the sides of the house. On the pointy sides, I cut the corners out so that the lower ends of the triangle would be at the same height as the house sides. I smashed some lifesavers and put them in the window and door holes and shoved the dough in the oven.

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One wall standing
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Nothing standing

It baked up fine except that the yellow candy windows burned a little. Note to self: check directions for baking the candy next time. I put it together, and it fell apart, leaving one wall standing. I put it together again, and it fell apart with no walls standing this time.

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At least it’s standing.

I get the @#$%ing half-decorated thing back together sans roof. I decided the problem is that I made the roof too steep. It’s great for keeping the snow (aka icing) from sticking, but without nails, the roof slides off, too. I managed to get the roofs to stay on using tubs filled with tangerines. I hoped that once the icing dried, the roofs would stick.

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The final product

No such luck. In the end, I put the roofs inside the house and made up the storebought one from Trader Joe’s. Mine tasted better, and I think it looks better, too, as it damn well should. I think I had a tempertantrum in the kitchen during all this. I’m not sure. I would rather just dissociate from the whole experience.

Category: Crafts, Family Stuff, Kid Crafts

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