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Some Early Christmas Gifts

We have been celebrating Christmas for a while here.  While we were on vacation this year Brandon bought me a couple Christmas gifts that we’ve been enjoying ever since.

Our Fireplace Mantle

Our Fireplace Mantle

First is Cinderella’s Castle decorated for Christmas.  It even has some snow!

Cinderella's Castle

Cinderella's Castle

We saw this castle in only one gift shop in the Magic Kingdom and knew if we didn’t buy it we’d never see it again.

We also bought a Haunted Mansion……

Haunted Mansion

Haunted Mansion

I know it’s not very Christmas like but we love it!!!!

I have a few Dept. 56 Snow Village buildings but haven’t bought any new ones in a few years.  I am totally thrilled with our Disney purchases!

Did you notice the Seahorse!  It is a nutcracker that Brandon designed and carved.  Isn’t it beautiful!

Brandon's Seahorse Figural Nutcracker

Brandon's Seahorse Figural Nutcracker

It will be listed on Ebay.  I’m just waiting for his okay to list it……  Check his blog.  I will post more pictures there and also announce when I do list it.

Well, off to bake some cookies!

This Year’s Gingerbread House…..

With all the snow we have been getting, it sure does look like Christmas.  The house is decorated, gifts are bought, now it is time to start baking.

So with our blizzard like weather last week I decided to make this year’s gingerbread house.  I looked around online and decided that I didn’t want to try to make something elaborate I wanted to make something simple.  Something that wouldn’t take two weeks to complete!  I found a template on Martha Stewart’s website and also a recipe for making the house from a chocolate cookie dough.  I thought that would be easier, why not try it?

Well, that didn’t work out so good.  That cookie recipe just didn’t work for me.  I made them and they just cracked when I took them off the cookie sheet. :-(   So gingerbread it was.

It took me a couple days to get it done….thanks to the weather and my running out of eggs!  Nevertheless, it is done and here is 2010′s Christmas Gingerbread House!gingerbread_front

gingerbread_angle

gingerbread_side

I used egg whites instead of meringue powder to make my icing and it has a hint of yellow to it.  Oh well, live and learn!

Next,  it’s time to make  Christmas Cookies and I am going to try my hand at making some candy!?