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That Gingerbread Time of Year

If you've been reading my blog for awhile, you might recall that we decorate gingerbread houses on Thanksgiving evening -- once all the plates are cleared away.

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I always bake the gingerbread house pieces about a week before Thanksgiving.  It's a rather tedious process.  I use a Pampered Chef mold (that I bought back in 1992), and I have to fill the mold twice for each house.  (We're up to four now -- so that's a lot of baking.)

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After the roof cave-in disaster a couple years ago, I actually construct the houses in advance now.  I find I'm much more patient when I know I'm not going to start gluing candy to it right away!  

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When it's time to decorate, we organize the candy offerings -- and let our imaginations run free!*

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This year, Erin was inspired by some Little Monster birthday candles. . .

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leading to one of the more colorful gingerbread houses in recent history!

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Lauren opted for a more simple and traditional look for her house.

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My Mom worked a peppermint theme.

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And I tried something completely new (for us).  I used a can of cake decorating frosting and went crazy on the roof.  (It took almost a week to dry.)

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As always, decorating gingerbread houses with my family is the BEST way to kick off the Christmas season!

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* In putting together this post, I realized that I never took "finished" photos of our houses (except mine); all the shots are "in progress."  Oh, well.  Imagine them all Even More Wonderful!

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Carole

They are great - I love that they are all different and reflect each person's personality, too.

claudia

I love these pictures. Hopefully your family eats these delicious looking houses eventually.

Patty

You've got some pretty fancy schmancy roofs going there! Love it!

Vicki

I love this tradition and all the different takes on one thing! Every year! ;)

Bonny

Each one of these is even more wonderful in its own way! The kids and I used to make a gingerbread house when they were young, but we haven't done it in years. I think it's time for me to bake a few houses so we can decorate them at Christmas. Thanks for the inspiration!

Jo

These houses are beyond cool! What fun!

margene

The houses are all very festive and you must have a great time building them (and eating candy)! What happens to the house once you're finished? Do you eat them? Does each person takes theirs home? Do you have a gingerbread house destruction party for the men?

Cheryl S.

Cute! And a fun activity for all.

Linda

Oh my! Love all of them!! Tried to pick my favorite - but couldn't. They are ALL my favorites. Fear if I tried to make these, I'd have to run to the store to buy more candy as I'd be snacking on it all - LOL!

Linda in VA

Mary

yep, Lauren is a keeper for sure! does she know she's going to have to "top" this year...forever?!

Lynn

So very Fun!

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