Sunday, November 30, 2008

Do You Know the Gingerbread Man?

I have always liked gingerbread houses. They're so pretty, they're so Christmas. They remind me of the dollhouse I had as a child and even kind of the Barbie Palace Jess had as a child. Or the Legos the kids had. Small houses fascinate me. Probably because they are not so large that I can't control the cleaning of them or the possible freakout of the water heater that ruins the carpet in the closet, or the weird rupture of something under the kitchen sink that ruins the floors of the kitchen and dining room, which actually turned out to be a good thing because those floors were horrible and the insurance paid to replace them.

Jess and I tried constructing a gingerbread house some years ago, made the gingerbread from scratch, even. It was a disaster. We figured we'd made the gingerbread too heavy for the icing that was supposed to hold it together.

So hubby and I were in Sam's Club a couple of weeks ago and I saw a gingerbread house kit that had EVERYTHING you need to make one. It was only ten bucks and I thought maybe we could redeem ourselves and have a pleasant mother/daughter afternoon doing so.

Here's what happened. That's our scarecrow in the background. He's supposed to be outside, but it's been so windy that we have let him stay in, rather than get blown into the next county. I don't know what happened to the center of the box, but it looks quite creepy. What the focus is supposed to be is the upper left corner. That's the quintessential gingerbread house.

So we were decorating the roof and sides of the house and then we attempted to put it together. It worked.

At first. Until this happened.

We tried a number of things after that and it didn't turn out well for the house. Here is our attempt at keeping up the roof.

We however, did have a nice mother/daughter time eating frosting, candy, and gingerbread. The bottom line was that the house fell down and killed all the snowmen. The carnage was horrendous.

We probably won't be trying this again soon.


Blogger Heather said...

Ah well, at least you had fun.

10:27 PM  
Anonymous Di said...

LOL! That sounds like what would probably happen if Mandy and I were to try something that creative that included cooking! I can see total disaster written all over that experience!

9:38 AM  
Blogger KiddoKare1 said...

Wow, what a bummer. I can't believe it didn't work any better than that! My friend that used to do child care used to do them with her kids every year using graham crackers instead of gingerbread. Maybe that works better since graham crackers aren't as heavy? I've never been brave enough to try it.

12:06 PM  
Blogger Mom Thumb said...

heather - It was fun . . . and tasty!

di - Yeah, and we didn't even cook anything, just took it out of the box!

tracy - We made one out of graham crackers when we lived in Duluth, and that one actually did hold up, so maybe that's the secret. But it was so cute no one wanted to eat it and after awhile it got pretty gross!

7:53 AM  
Blogger Jeff said...

Did you leave out the Elmer's Glue? That's not just frosting in that recipe you know.

2:31 PM  
Blogger Mom Thumb said...

jeff - Maybe the house didn't stay together because we ate so much of the 'glue.'

9:16 AM  
Anonymous Jess said...

Poor oozing snowmen.

2:42 PM  
Blogger Mom Thumb said...

jess - At least I didn't put the picture of the headless bloody one.

6:08 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You could have slipped the Duluth gingerbread over to your neighbor!

7:45 AM  
Blogger Mom Thumb said...

bill - I think I offered some to Lois when she was over and she graciously declined. Seriously, the frosting had the consistency of cement.

8:23 AM  

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