Gingerbread with the Kids
Christmas is upon us, and this year we're finding ourselves with a bit more time on our hands. With travel restrictions in place, we too canceled our plans and had to find activities to keep the kiddos busy. Feeling brave and adventurous, we decided to make our own gingerbread houses this year. It was a lot of fun and well worth the time and effort - although I think my kids gave me few more grey hairs!
But I hope this becomes a tradition of ours. As the girls get older, it will be fun to up our game each year. I hope that this time next year we'll be able to share our gingerbread creations with guests and friends. But for now, I hope this inspires you to make your own gingerbread houses. Happy holidays everyone!
If you're looking for a recipe and a great how-to video (and template!) check out Sally's Baking Addiction Gingerbread House. I love how she tests and tweaks her recipes with a lot of alternate ingredients. I added fresh ground pepper to mine and a bit more ginger to give it a kick. For my stained glass windows, I used smashed up candies (like jolly ranchers) and put back in the oven for about 5 minutes until melted. Make sure to let cool completely before touching.