Monday, December 15, 2014

A Gingerbread House : Yule : Day One

Olivia and Adam are making gingerbread house pieces and cookies and it smells delicious in here. #yule #yuletide


sides first

piping the roof

roof shingles

My teens made this darling gingerbread house from scratch. #yule #yuletide

Adam and Olivia have been making gingerbread houses for Yule for some years now, and it is a tradition completely original to them. Whether the house was built from a kit or from scratch, it has always been a kid-initiated and orchestrated activity. This year, they reverted to the recipe and instructions in our copy of Handmade Christmas: The Best of Martha Stewart Living, a recipe they first used four years ago. (Gulp! Look how they've grown!) This year, things went a bit more smoothly as they had worked out some of the more tedious aspects of the design (namely, hot glue is the way to go).

I love that they keep this tradition. It's wonderful having a gingerbread house on the kitchen sideboard, redolent of Yuletide spices, offering all who enter here, a warm welcome.

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