Saturday, January 2, 2016

Gingerbread Houses on New Year's Eve

On New Year's Eve we took the kids Ice Skating, then came bake home to make Chinese food, decorate Gingerbread Houses (and various Graham Cracker Creations), and watch movies for the rest of the night. I realized, with all the extra stuff we were dealing with the week before Christmas, I never picked up any supplies... I always have sprinkles, candies, and candy melts in the cupboard, but we only had one gingerbread house to decorate (a Christmas gift from a friend!) so I ran down to the store and bought the last couple kits on clearance (only $3.50 each marked down from $13.99!) and a Family Sized box of Honey Maid Graham Crackers. (They didn't have the Gingerbread Graham Crackers we've used in the past.) It was such a fun way to end the year! 

Here are this year's completed houses: 

From Captain's Instagram:
New Year's Eve Gingerbread House

From Ranger's Instagram: 
"Whoever wields this hammer, if he be worthy, shall possess the power of Thor." 

From Twinkle Toes' Instagram:
Well that didn't turn out how I hoped...

(I think it turned out cute, like her LEGO Gingerbread House which was a Christmas gift from her Christkindl. Graham Crackers aren't the easiest material to use for building houses!) 

Chiquita: "Little House in the Big Woods... but there isn't anything to use to make the Big Woods!" 

She was able to make some garden carrots though, using green flowers and candy corn!

Snuggles' patience paid off and he was able to build Barad-dûr, complete with the Eye of Sauron watching over Middle-Earth all the other Gingerbread Houses. 

Rose and I decided to decorate our Gingerbread House as "Oaken's Trading Post" inspired by one of the little LEGO sets she received on her birthday a couple weeks ago. 

"I want mine to look like Mommy's!!!" - Bud 

We added roof tiles, using the cookies from the Dancing Deer Gingerbread House Cookie Kit we were given for Christmas, along with some other decorations (including a porch light like on Rose's house) and he was happy. 

Bud didn't want to take his eyes off that house of his! 

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