Sweet homes…gingerbread houses

If you are like me, it would be nice to have an extra day to be able to get everything ready including those half-baked decorations, cookies and projects.  Is it too late to build a gingerbread house?

Gingerbread houses are fun for all ages!  Each year ours begin with a kit from Michael’s.  They are inexpensive and are not too big to decorate.  We never eat the house so we shamelessly glue it together with Elmer’s.

We do use the icing to put on the decorations….

So whether it is used, eaten or left over….a lot of candy is involved….

This year’s house was created on the Cape at Thanksgiving.  Look for the twizzler smoke coming out the chimney, and a non-candy rosemary branch for a Christmas tree.

Does needlepoint count as a gingerbread house?

Bergdorf Goodman feature this delightful house in their Jazz Age Christmas windows.  Eli’s and Dylan’s Candy Store have what they call pre-made (?!) gingerbread house kits. The houses come built – just add the candy.

This magnificent house was created for a Connecticut Christmas benefit auction by a local pastry chef.  The greenhouse windows were a kind of spun sugar.  Each brick of the building and fieldstone of the foundation was hand crafted.  A generous bidder won the house and immediately donated it back to be enjoyed by the charity.  Now that IS the spirit of Christmas!


About Susan

Susan Detjens is a former landscape painter, she lectures, demonstrates and runs workshops on floral design for museums, horticultural organizations and garden clubs across the US.
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