Gingerbread Houses

IMG_8928We did it!  We made an Alpine village!  I have to thank Nikki at Tikkido for her recipes, printable templates and amazing tips.  I’ve attempted gingerbread houses a few times and have failed miserably. I gave up!  But this year, my desire to make a Mid Century Modern house got me to try again.  This time it was a pretty smooth process. So smooth I think I’m going to invite friends over next year!

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I followed all of Nikki’s recipes and tips which you can find over here.  The houses are edible.  However, it depends on your diet. We eat…you know, the standard hippie California diet: all organic, non-GMO, locally sourced, non-processed foods.  I’m feeling the eye rolls. Ha ha ha! It’s ok. Unfortunately, the cheapest kind of Crisco with the trans fats is the best for building houses that don’t crumble.  It worked out for me because my girls didn’t eat as we baked and decorated. I did however, end up having to make a batch of edible gingerbread cookies because the smell of it all was too much to not be able to eat anything.

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I have a 7 and 2 year old and this was the most fun I’ve ever had trying to take on a project like this.  Nikki has really turned this hell into a science and a well-oiled machine. The only thing I will do different for next year is plan ahead starting at Halloween.  I’m going to have the girls keep all their candy for decorating the houses later in November. The houses turned out so cute I’d like to make them over the Thanksgiving break so we have them up for all of Christmas!

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