Gingerbread Houses!

There is a chill in the morning air these days.  I have had to turn on the heat on in the house. I heard the word “snow” on our weather report, a word I am not ready to hear quite yet.  Although I am never ready for winter, this fall has been especially wonderful and then one day it just leaves.

I am not trying to rush the holiday season to come just yet; it is still after all only the end of October.  But before we know it Halloween will have passed, Thanksgiving will be here in no time and soon the Holiday Season will be with us in full force.

I want to suggest you find a gingerbread class to take and make gingerbread houses for the holiday season!  Many, many years ago I took gingerbread making class at the Cambridge School of Culinary Arts and it was so much fun.  Although I don’t know if they still offer such a class, try to find one in your area. Taking this one class where I was given this little booklet on how to make the gingerbread house led me to buy more gingerbread making books which I found quite useful.

Making gingerbread houses became something my daughter and I did each holiday season for many years while she was growing up.  It was our tradition!   The houses we built started out small and gradually got bigger.   Our house was an assembly line for making gingerbread houses. The gingerbread houses we made were entirely eatable covered in candy and placed on a double cardboard base covered in snow and decorated as well.    One year I remember making 8 houses and that was a bit too much.  Friends would stay over and we would have a gingerbread making party. The house was filled with the scent of gingerbread baking.  The royal icing was always ready in bulk.  Confectionary sugar was everywhere!  Candy to decorate the gingerbread houses filled the dining room table.  My daughter always got to decorate her own house and then got to eat it when she wanted too.  The gingerbread houses made wonderful gifts for my daughter’s teachers, terrific centerpieces and created wonderful memories I know my daughter will have forever.

Start your own gingerbread making tradition in your home!  Find a class in your area or find books on gingerbread houses and try it on your own.  I hope you enjoy it as much as we do!

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