summer 2011

summer 2011

Paul and I, all 16 kids and Ashley, Benjamin's wife...Christmas 2012

Paul and I, all 16 kids and Ashley, Benjamin's wife...Christmas 2012

Sunday, December 20, 2020

gingerbread houses!

Can I start by saying thank you for the kind comments about the girls not coming to Christmas? Hugs to all of you out there who also cannot get together, especially long distances. At least these three daughters are local and I can see them outside! The families that can't be together is one of the saddest things. And, we made our gingerbread houses! We decided to opt for the sugar glue method instead of the royal icing with egg whites, partly because we wanted them to be 100% edible, and to set more quickly. (one cup of sugar, cook it in a pan on low, stirring, until it becomes liquid, then dip those edges in FAST, it sets like lightening. And it is burning hot, both Evelyn and Margaret have blisters on their hands from drips!) (But the houses are super sturdy, it really works!)
Wulf was helping! Then Grandpa got him dressed and took him outside to play in the snow, pulled him around on the sled.
Camille and Sonja worked on one house, Char and I another, then Margaret and Evelyn did a special building...which in context, makes sense. See, a long time ago there was a gingerbread contest. Aaron and Molly and Margaret build a Starbucks, which came out fantastic, but it didn't win any prizes. (Sam and Sonja made a The Battle of Verdun, with lots of red frosting, oh dear.). Anyway, it's like one of our family jokes, we bring up the Starbucks gingerbread house, and we all groan, because darn it, it should have won! So Margaret HAD to make a Dunkin!
It was so much fun!
We had a wonderful dinner, those mini frozen eggrolls and fries put in the oven, then we ordered chicken wings, unhealthy but oh so nice not to cook in the midst of the fun!
We have too many cookies!
Camille's and Sonja's house:
Mine and Char's:
It was messy, but so much fun. The girls were remembering decorating cookies through the years, and are thankful they know how to make frosting and use the piping bag. (Camille made the frosting).
We had to be creative, one of the houses is on top of the refrigerator, one up on a tall bookcase. Our bad puppies would eat the entire house if they could, in the night. Just in double case, we had Sunny in our room last night, and Suri went in Jon's. Anyway, it's snowing like a snow globe this fine morning, and I have things to do!


Michelle said...

Very nice gingerbread houses! They’re all great, but I especially like the Dunkin’ one. :)

Susan said...

Love all three but wow-that Dunkin Donuts is so creative! I think you should send a photo to their corporate headquarters, bet they would be impressed.
Wondering how those girls wear sleeveless tops in NY? Maybe your kitchen is hot from using the oven.

Marilyn said...

WELL DONE!! They are fabulous!! Very talented bunch of ladies I would say. I made lemon sugar cookies today with very lemony icing. Just’s my birthday and I always do some baking on my birthday. I hope you don’t get snowed under over there. We are at +5C today, but very windy again. Strange weather. The other day it was -20!! Go figure. Only in Alberta......they say if you don’t like the weather here wait 5 minutes as it could change!! 🤣🤣🤣🤣 Enjoy your evening!

Marilyn from Canada 🇨🇦

16 blessings'mom said...

Michelle, thank you. Honestly, it took so many hours to roll them out and bake them, then when we started in on decorating them, I sort of lost steam. It was great fun, but I didn't work very carefully!
Susan, it was so hot in here from baking and we did the sugar melting, and then the girls were making marshmallow fondant, so they were stripping off the layers.
Marilyn, oh the fickle weather! Happy birthday to you! Lemon cookies, oh yum!

Unknown said...

Those houses are beautiful! And the Dunkin Donuts is so creative! We created a little mini gingerbread village with my two-year old grand daughter, daughter, and son-in-law,. Five mini houses from a kit, but lots of fun decorating them on our early Christmas celebration this past Saturday. My husband and I will now quarantine for 14 days (and spend our Christmas alone) so that we can travel north to visit our son and his family for a late Christmas with them on New Years Day. They have a new baby and will not take a chance with Covid. This has been a crazy year!

Laurie in California

Rose S. said...

All I can say is Wow! Those houses are amazing!! Me and my grand daughter tried a princess house.... let me say this, NO! NEVER again ! LOL But making your own gingerbread houses by scratch? Pretty amazing!

The Dunkin one has to be sent to Dunkin headquarters!! Why? Because its creative and I've never seen one made out of gingerbread. And this is the best, they will send your daughter some things like Dunkin customer and coffee and so on! I know of a girl who made just a drawing and she sent in it and tagged it on Face Book and Insta and she got a ton of merch!! Worth a try for sure! :)

I'm glad you are having a happy time for Christmas ! :)

Suz said...

You and your kiddos are so darn clever. I've never made a gingerbread house from scratch, this is so impressive. I love the DD house---that should win a prize. Right? At least a cup of Joe!
Enjoy your full house and the snow.