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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

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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!?

Christmas Decorations!

It’s almost here!  Tomorrow is the big day!  I’ve been busy baking and getting everything ready.  The gifts are all wrapped, the cookies are baked we are ready!  I am hoping that everyone here will be healthy for Christmas.  Brandon has been down and out with a wicked cold and I am hoping he’ll be feeling better tomorrow.  Our son is excited about Christmas and we are trying to keep him busy so he doesn’t drive us nuts with the “Is it Christmas yet?” and my favorite, “Can I open one gift now?”  He loves Christmas and I hope he always does.

Here’s a quick tour of our Christmas Decorations…

Lets start with outside.  We finally got our first snow last weekend.  It didn’t amount to much but it was a good time to take pictures!

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The reindeer leaping across the driveway, the reindeer on the garage with the wreath and the reindeer standing in the front yard were all made by Brandon.

Reindeer with Wreath

Reindeer with Wreath

Indoors we have three trees….

Downstairs Tree

Downstairs Tree

Kitchen Tree

Kitchen Tree

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Living Room Tree

The fireplace mantle is decorated with our figural nutcrackers and musical nutcracker…..

The Fireplace Mantle

The Fireplace Mantle

We even dressed our Skull Nutcracker for Christmas…..

Jolly Skull Nutcracker

Jolly Skull Nutcracker

Now the only things left to do is get the house clean and get all the last minute stuff done before Santa comes tonight!

Even Gus is ready for Christmas!

Hitchhiker Santa

Hitchhiker Santa

Have a Very Merry Christmas!