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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!?

My Christmas Gift!

Had to post my favorite Christmas gift.  Brandon saw this and debated whether to buy it or not for me.  I am so glad he did because I LOVE IT!!!  He bought me a Gallery of Light  – Hitch Hiking Ghosts – by Robert Olszewski.

Gallery of Light - Hitch Hiking Ghosts

Gallery of Light - Hitch Hiking Ghosts

Gallery of Light - Hitch Hiking Ghosts

Gallery of Light - Hitch Hiking Ghosts

It is a shadow box and it is very detailed.  The frame is about 5 inches square and on the frame one of the leaves is the switch to turn on the LED blue lights.  The hitch hikers are very detailed and really makes me feel like I am at Disney in the Haunted Mansion.  Love It!!

We had a terrific Christmas.  Santa was very good to us all.  Our son made out like a bandit and has plenty to keep him busy with an XBox and games, LEGO sets, board games, models, books and assorted other toys.  Brandon got a carving tool he was looking at and some other needed and wanted things.

I didn’t really paint anything for everyone this year.  I normally make tags or something and just didn’t feel like it.  I did paint clocks for our Moms.  They both bought clocks in the fall and asked me to paint them.  I didn’t really do them for Christmas but it was just when I got them to them.

My Mom’s is painted with Hydrangeas…

Hydrangea Clock

Hydrangea Clock

 Hydrangea Clock

Hydrangea Clock

For Brandon’s Mom, she wanted houses on hers.  Her clock was very small so that made that a bit challenging…

Primitive Houses Clock

Primitive Houses Clock

Primitive Houses Clock

Primitive Houses Clock

Primitive Houses Clock

Primitive Houses Clock

That was my own exercise in miniatures!  The clock was only about 6 – 8 inches wide so the house scene was quite small.

The next couple of days are going to be all about relaxing and playing with our son and his new stuff!  Not so relaxing but fun.

Check Out This Giveaway!

I am posting a quick link to an awesome giveaway at the PFATT Blog.  Stop over and leave a comment to be entered for your chance to win some really great holiday art!PfattXmas

I’ll be back later to do an update!!!