Here's the Christmas-card-worthy version of gingerbread house building.
And here's how it was behind the scenes! (Don't worry. No one but Brooke ate her gingerbread house!)
But that's what made them special, don't you think? Perfection is overrated (or so I hear).
Their love of dogs was just one factor in the decision. The others were:
- It appeared there were fewer pieces, a positive for the first gingerbread house building project for the girls AND for us. Architects we are not!
- Each kit was around $5 - an economical price sure to yield a fun activity for part of an afternoon (or part of two afternoons, as it turned out.)
- I knew that even though the kit came with only two colors of icing and the candy was limited to a sugar puppy and dog bones, I could pull out my arsenal of sprinkles from the kitchen cupboard. I also had M & Ms, chocolate stars, several different colored chocolate discs and gummy bears on hand. (You could also use dry cereal or crackers for shingles, etc.)
We set the houses aside on plates and left them to dry overnight. The next day was the fun part for the girls. I asked them what color of icing they'd like me to make to go along with the red and white that came in the kit. Predictably, they chose purple and pink.
I've been watching the Holiday Gingerbread competition on Food Network this month. I don't think we're ready for that.