Monday, December 28, 2015

Making "Gingerbread" Houses for Christmas!

A few weeks ago I was watching Jamerrill Stewart on Youtube and she mentioned that she was going to make gingerbread houses from a tutorial on Smockity Frocks.  Well, I was interested because I do not like the kits.  I don't like the candy, the cookie or the frosting.  I knew there had to be a different way.  So I found what I needed and bought the ingredients.
Graham crackers, candy and Royal Icing- recipe link below
Preparing the structures:
Graham crackers put together with Royal Icing.
The more icing the better for "gluing."
I did the bottom first and let it dry and then I did the roof.
It was messy!
Note: Be sure to refrigerate the icing in an airtight container to be used later for decorating.
Then we set up the candies: marshmallows, smarties, pretzels, candy canes, m&m's, Hershey's kiss, peanut butter penguins.
Here's a good candy list.

Each person got a Ziploc bag of icing with a small hole at the end for piping.
Let the decorating begin!
Even the grandparents joined in.
It was great to see each creation.

Jessna finished first.
Then she just wanted to eat the candy.

Shrade made a front porch.

I couldn't believe I could make things stay.
I had to hold some candy on for a few minutes or they would slip.

Super fancy from my husband.

Grandma is a born decorator.

Grandpa made a high rise.

Then a few days later we ate them!

Shrade smashed his.
It was a fun project and one we will do again in the future.
Even though it was a little messy it was worth it.

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