An Ode to Gingerbread Projects

Gentle Readers, lean in close, it’s time for another confession. The Practical Cook, being, well, practical, has never participated with wild abandon in gingerbread house or person decorating schemes. Greatly preferring the cake-style gingerbread, she would admire and smile at the beautiful confections, but never partake or create. Then came Trader Joe’s.

It Doesn't Taste Good, But It's SOOOO Easy.

It Doesn't Taste Good, But It's SOOOO Easy.

Special thanks to Complicated Vegetarian for her infinite wisdom in purchasing two kits, perfect for two sets of best friends to work on. The gingerbread itself was rock hard and not tasty, but the simplicity of opening the kit, teaching the youth of today how to use a pastry bag, and chasing sprinkles down can not be matched.

This gingerbread man wears mittens, shoes, and pants.

This gingerbread man wears mittens, shoes, and pants.

This is what the holidays should be about, the simple pleasures of enjoying a friend’s company, of licking frosting when no one’s looking, of focusing on the journey instead of the destination.

Gingerbread Artistes. Two lefties who can wield a pastry bag and sprinkles with great flair.

Gingerbread Artistes. Two lefties who can wield a pastry bag and sprinkles with great flair.

Though I still greatly prefer warm cake-like gingerbread with a lemon curd topping for eating, the next time I need to draw some button eyes, I’m heading for Trader Joe’s.When school is out, we’re totally renovating with the Gingerbread House Kit. We may add a half bath, you never know.

Sharing, taking turns, cooperation. Yes, this is a good art project!

Sharing, taking turns, cooperation. Yes, this is a good art project!

Are you a gingerbread fan? Post your comments and thoughts below!

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Up next, Snack Week Continues: Holiday Trail Mix.

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2 responses to “An Ode to Gingerbread Projects

  1. Michele

    So true Amy. Every year my boys each make a Gingerbread house, from the crappy kit that Michael’s craft store sells. We save the Halloween candy so it can be used as extra decoration and also add other things like shredded wheat cereal for the roof, pretzels for a fence, etc. Although at times I have to hot-glue gun the house together, it’s all edible, and Christmas morning is when they can have at it. I don’t know how they can eat it but they do, and it’s our tradition, and that’s what counts.

    • The Practical Cook

      I’m inspired by your tradition and ideas! I’m still laden with Halloween candy, and always trying to figure out what to do with the remnants of shredded wheat cereal (or “hay bales” as we call it here). I hope Santa brings me a “hot icing” gun. 🙂

      Perhaps I’ll purchase a second kit, just to play with myself!

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