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.
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 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.
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.
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