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Gingerbread House material acquirement and construction

December 22, 2009

Hmmm… everything is looking pretty good, but just so I don’t become complacent I’m compiling a list of current fails.

1) butter was frozen not 30 seconds ago and is now creating massive fat lumps in the brown sugar #fail
2) I am already sneaking bits of said brown sugar fat lumps #unhealthyfail
3) Mikey has made the following joke, “Bah, gingerbread houses are so last year. It’s gingerbread condos, now!” #spendingtoomuchtimewithmefail

I have just been informed that the above quote was taken from a Foster’s Home for Imaginary Friends‘ Bloo. His cool factor is restored. Unfortunately, the use of “cool factor” by yours truly solidifies my own cool factor permanently at dork.

Ooookay… gingerbread houses and spontaneity do not mix. “… refrigerate at least 2 hours”. Hmmmm… breaktime! The dough is in the fridge and we are headed out to celebrate the towns Horses and Carriages Parade.

Oh, yeah. I got to use my dough hooks for the first time #win.


I take breaks seriously. That last one went all night! We are just now taking the dough out to start rolling and cutting, and, word of the wise, when Simply Recipes says –

4 Wrap the dough in plastic wrap

-it means unroll a sheet of plastic wrap, drop all the dough onto it, and wrap it in the plastic wrap. Not, as I’ve found by my efforts to extract hardened gingerbread dough from the mixing bowl, cover the top of the bowl with plastic wrap. #fail (Boy, these are piling up. Oh, noes!)

So, I have issues with the word “liberally”. My idea of liberally applying is so much different from other peoples. As displayed in the picture montage, started with a clean surface, “liberally” applied flour, then applied the moose poo (er, gingerbread dough), failed, reapplied an actual liberal amount of flour, and won.

Shortcake was so awesome with a rolling pin. I’m tempted to make add that to her egg cracking and whisking repertoire, along with cookie cutting.

Bake, remove, let sit…. and sit… and sit….



During this time I am working very long days at work, making this two day project into a week long project. This post was started on the day the gingerbread was started – December 9th. The gingerbread houses weren’t finished until this week on December 15th. So, really sorry about the incredibly choppy writing. Most of it was done while I was dog tired, and now I’m trying to finish it up even though I’ve forgotten what happened. YIKES!!


Putting it together. In terrible lighting. LOL

Mmmmm… candy. I totally forgot the Mikey loves anything jelly and made the mistake of buying spice drops, gummy fruit, Swedish Fish, and tropical Skittles. We ate half the bag of Skittles, most of the spice drops, and you’ll probably notice later that none of the fish made it onto the gingerbread houses.

And below you will notice the difference in shooting at night after a 10 hour work day and a Saturday morning after a 10 hour sleep.

Completion! Shortcake told me she didn’t want a gingerbread house, so she has a gingerbread birthday cake. She took one look at my candy oozing down the sides of my house and told me very gently, “Look, mommy, I put all my candy on top, so nothing slides off. You do that because yours is starting to look yucky.”

Wow. Told.

We are now all beyond capacity for sugar. One-fourth of my candy has slid down the sides of my gingerbread house, while Shortcake’s are all where she put them. Moral of the story. Gingerbread is tricky. This could take years to perfect.

Let the good times roll.

  1. December 22, 2009 5:28 am

    LOL you crack me up. Kudos to you and your daughter for making gingerbread houses/birthday cake but most of all making Christmas memories — this is something she’ll remember the most (ok, I’m getting sappy). And add me to the dork list cuz I heart Bloo.

    • December 25, 2009 4:23 pm

      Its okay, get sappy. lol.
      And I will certainly add you to the dork list… there is plenty of room!

  2. December 22, 2009 4:50 pm

    What gorgeous gingerbread houses (and cake)!

  3. December 27, 2009 8:15 am

    CONGRATULATIONS, Tiff! You finally did it….. OMG! They look great. I wish I’ve the guts to make this. haha….. Wow, Tiff is going to be our future engineer LOL! Good job! Bless you & your family. Hope you’ll have a fabulous time with your family & friends during this festive season. Bless you!
    Best wishes, Kristy

    • December 29, 2009 12:27 am

      LMAO! Kristy, I think your comment is dripping with more sarcasm than my gingerbread house is candy. And I humbly accept your request to build your house… I’ll require 5,000 pounds of flour and 200 pounds of molasses and enough crazy to fill the world’s institutions.
      Happy Almost New Year!!

  4. December 29, 2009 1:08 am

    lol funny post. I love mikey’s joke. Your ginger house looks great. I’m sure it will get better and better each year. The ginger bread cake is also fun. Shortcake sounds like a cute little girl.

  5. January 1, 2010 4:43 pm

    wow great job, looks amazing

    Happy New Year


  6. January 11, 2010 8:47 am

    Really enjoyed visiting your site. There is something for everyone here and I like that very much. I shall return for a bite of more.
    thank you for sharing,
    Cheers, PT

    Come visit us again at Two new articles, one from a chef and one about being a chef.

    • January 12, 2010 12:52 am

      Thanks for dropping by!
      And lol… puns… you have to love them.

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