Gingerbread House

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I absolutely love making gingerbread houses and try to build one every year! Last year I bought a kit, but after seeing this log cabin, I decided I should try making one myself! So I found a handy contractor and hired him and his cousin to help me out ­čÖé

At first, they were acting way too cool for such childish activities, but once I got started they kind of took over! The outcome wasn’t as picturesque as this, but there was joy in the process. And isn’t that what matters?

The Tools

I rounded up all the graham crackers, gumdrops, peppermint candies, hard candy, frosting, pretzel rods, and sprinkles I could find.

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We started with a big, dismantled cardboard box as the base.

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And the “logs” for our cabin. Joe kept stealing my building materials for his cheese dip…

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Oh yea, and some year-old holiday Skittles.

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And some snow and tree leaves.

The Inspiration

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Alright, so I started making it this way, but life took a turn and things got messy on our little cabin homefront.

Getting Started

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We glued the foundation with powdered sugar icing. Then started stacking logs.

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Joe thought it would be more secure if we stacked them in an alternating way like this.

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Good help is hard to find┬áthese days… I tell ya ­čśë

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Too bad we couldn’t notch the pretzels out like a real log cabin. Just like Linkin’ Logs!

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Check out this unexpected detail ^

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We stacked it pretty tall and realized we needed to brace the walls.

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The graham crackers helped. Too bad we ran out.

The Roof

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Don’t even look at me. This was all the boys’ idea. I wanted to use cardboard.

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From here on out, I was demoted to cement mixer. Filling orders of icing bags for the cause.

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It was an ooey, gooey… masterpiece.

The Rest

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Joe made a pretty neat gumdrop-lined pathway and I added the stepping stones.

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And what’s a cabin without a door? We used the last graham cracker and framed it with pretzel rods.

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Joe insisted that everything must be edible, but I snuck the toothpick flags on.

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And there’s our log cabin/teepee/pyramid volcanic candy village. It tastes better than it looks, we promise. Some traditions must be carried on. No matter how messy, over-the-top or ridiculous. Mmmmm.

What’s YOUR favorite holiday┬átradition?

Another highlight from the weekend was shopping with my Gran and seeing an orchestra perform Christmas classics

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And Joe got me this ­čÖé

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