We finally did it!!!! It took us 5 days, but Josiah and I planned, constructed, and decorated our very first gingerbread house...from scratch. YAY! I was never so excited to pull the soup cans away (used in place of stability beams) from the roof panels and see it stay in place instead of crumble to the floor!
Josiah is just old enough this year to participate in projects like this, which is why it's so exciting and special. I've been
chomping at the bit waiting patiently to start some family traditions. This will definitely be added to the list.
Once I got past the fact that it's not going to even slightly resemble those showcased on Food Network, it was a very enjoyable project for both of us. Josiah was so excited to share what he had done with his daddy (he helped me with the M&M roof tiles).
And without further adu.....
While I definitely enjoyed this project, I learned a few things...things that may make next year's project go a bit smoother:
- make a house HALF the size (the roof panels alone were 7x11").
- use larger candies for the roof tiles--placing each M&M became tedious and Josiah lost interest).
- use candies that I don't have any interest in eating to decorate the house. wink
- combine the peak and the front/back square into one piece instead of relying on the triangle cookie to maintain it's shape and size during the transfer from countertop to cookie sheet.
- try buttercream icing instead of royal icing for the edible cement. I think I need something a bit more thick in order to keep the candies from slipping during the drying process.
Whew, now that the BIG project is done....it's time to bake a couple dozen christmas cookies.