Sunday, December 09, 2012

Gingerbreadapalooza: Suburban Edition

 Last year's gingerbread church looked good, but Rob and I noticed that we were spending too much time decorating without the children and they spent too much time having a Nerf war and watching Elf. So this year, in order to ensure encourage more participation from the kidlets, we decided to build an entire subdivision.
Each person got their own gingerbread house, chose their own designated color, decorated their own house (and got their own exhausted, crabby mother who had baked five batches of gingerbread and spent too much time in the kitchen).
But the end result was a lot of fun, right?! And the permitting process went lickety split, if you'll pardon the pun.
Rob's house is orange; Maddie's is red; Will's is green; Sebi's is blue; Joss's is yellow; I got pink.
Everyone participated and decorated their own house. Joss wanted to decorate everyone's house, and wanted to use all the colors. Certain children ran off with Rob's orange candies before he could decorate, but he made the best of it and he's does a masterful job of royal icing trim.
Meanwhile the Isaaks were only building three structures between four of them. Theirs won the beautiful and stately award (a saltbox), and the creative award (a Mexican church and taco shop which was the best use of ribbon candy I've ever seen in 35 years). Here are some pictures of their creations too. Curtis also showed us this great method of filling a pastry bag without getting royal icing all over your hand, the bag, the spoon, the counter . . . You can see a video of it here.
There is the whole cul-de-sac, and you can see a bit of all of them! I'm terribly relieved that hurdle has been jumped -- now we just have to put away the chair that Joss brings over to the china cabinet several times a day so he can climb up and peek in the windows.


J said...

Wow. That is amazing. you really took gingerbread to 11.


KK said...

Everything is so festive at your house! I miss you very mulch. Typo intended. Want some mulch for Christmas?