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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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