Monday, November 26, 2012

Thanksgiving Tradition

Thanksgiving at our house is a menagerie of people who like to play games, watch football and do crafts.  On occasion we do a Thanksgiving craft and many times we have done Gingerbread houses as was the case this year.  This is my grandson, Ryan, and I at the start.  Usually I don't get to make one because I am so busy beating the frosting, but this year I threatened them with taking turns doing the beating and they were all very careful and used small amounts so I never had to make a second batch.  :)
This is the end result.  I call it The Neighborhood.  There was one more, but she managed to get away before the picture was taken.  No one EVER likes what they built.  Mine is the one with the TV tower.  There is also a pool in back that you can't see made from Sweet Tarts. 

The next one cheated (found an easier way)  She found a box the right size and just glued everything on.  OK...  The third is supposed to be something from Dr. Who. (I don't relate.)   I think there's a window on the back.  The last belongs to Ryan and everyone was horrified that he didn't unwrap the candy on the roof.  Less messy that way though, and I sure like it.

All of this is stuck together with Royal Frosting and if you don't know what great glue this is, you need to try it.  Here is a link to the frosting on if you think you'd like to try it.,163,153160-252200,00.html  It works at Christmas too.  :)


  1. A Tardis - cool! My dad's prize physics student who made me a 21-piece shortbread gazebo (for want of a better word) for my 21st would like that one. Those look pretty good and fun too. It's been several years since I've done one! I don't mind beating the frosting, it's the fact that the confectioners sugar seems to get EVERYWHERE that bugs me. I hope all your holiday was as much fun as that looks.

    1. What fun!!! Jordan always loves gingerbread houses!!

  2. Carole, this is a great family tradition. I love the unwrapped candy roof, the TV tower and the unseen swimming pool. Sounds like you all had a fun Thanksgiving. We didn't do one creative thing at our house. We did let the kids feed our pet cows and they were thrilled. Hugz!