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Saturday, December 22, 2007

So it sounded like a great idea....

With hubby being home for the first time in like... uh forever for Christmas I decided it would be fun to establish a few new "Christmas Traditions". We have only spent two Christmas's together in the almost six years we have been married.... thus we don't have a lot of traditions together....

One day when I was shopping I found this awesome gingerbread house kit. Now I LOVE gingerbread!! Yummy!!! I love everything about it - the way it taste, the way it smells - oh I just love it!! (Hubby - not so much - but that doesn't matter!! LOL) So I decided this would be a great "tradition" to start so I grabbed it up!!

Well the kit has been sitting on the counter for the past few weeks - and we just haven't had time to "get-er-done". So on Wednesday night we decided to get busy and get it decorated since hubby had to go out of town with work - yet once again - and isn't going to be back until almost Christmas Eve.

We gathered all our ingredients and began the task at hand!! The first problem we encountered was that the printed step by step directions said to use one amount of water to make the icing and the instructions on the package said another amount!!! Sooooo we kind of went with an in between number!!! LOL

Everything seemed to be going well - we were decorating away. I was even able to get hubby involved!!! (Which was shocking since it was past his bedtime!!! Thank goodness for coffee!!!) LOL

And then.... the icing just started to get harder and harder to smash. And of course someone (not me) had the brilliant idea to place all the icing in the icing tube - so there was no way to get it out and make it thinner.... (OK, ok - maybe it was me!!!) Bahahahaha...

And then the house started slipping and sliding - (here is hubby trying to hold it all together!!! LOL)

Being the perfectionist that I am... the house wasn't NOT turning out as lovely as I had imagined it.... sooo - finally we decided - to SMASH THE HOUSE!!! LOL

I have to say that we haven't laughed that much in quite a while.... and even though it didn't turn out quite as we expected.... we do know that this is NOT going to be a McDonald Christmas Tradition... oh well - whatchagoingtodo?!?!? LOL

So to sum up the night...

Gingerbread house kit - $9.99.
Coffee to keep hubby awake and alert - $4.99
Knowing a traditions isn't going to be - PRICELESS!!

Here's to hoping all your traditions are going well!!!
Until Next Time!



Anonymous,  December 22, 2007 at 11:21 AM  

Lori, I feel your pain. However, if you get in the mood and want to try again...the easiest way I have found to make gingerbread houses is from grahm crackers. I guess then they are actually grahm cracker houses. Anyway you can then just slap the crackers together with store bought icing in the tubes and decorate with the same icing that comes in several colors. It goes together easily and you can make a whole village of houses in no time at all. I even had one turn out so well I put the whole thing in the freezer and used it again the next year. Worked fantastic. Merry Christmas!

Anonymous,  December 22, 2007 at 12:14 PM  

I don't know lori, looks to me that this should INDEED be a new tradition! while it wasn't a beautiful masterpiece, I think the point is the time spent together and the fun you had! hack, maybe next year you can have one that looks good enough to keep..and in 5 years you will be making mansions!

BTW, only thing missing was a picture of you EATING the fallen masterpiece :)

Joyce December 22, 2007 at 12:38 PM  

You almost killed me this this story! Someone gave me a kit like yours one year and my niece "helped" me put it together. I wish I had been smart enough to take pictures to show you how our icing did! It was too thin and was flowing like lava across the roof, house, table and the carpet... boo hoo, I had to get out the carpet cleaner after getting rid of the house. Have a Bessed Holiday! Joyce

Jessica December 22, 2007 at 12:41 PM  

What a riot!!! Thanks for making me chuckle this morning!!
Jessica in Kansas

Anonymous,  December 22, 2007 at 1:16 PM  

Now I laughed and laughed at this! Too unny. Bec's idea sounds pretty cool! Maybe you could try it next year! It would probably smash easier too!


Anonymous,  December 22, 2007 at 9:02 PM  

You always crack me up Lori! At least it was fun, right? That was the point, so maybe your tradition is to try something new?

Anonymous,  December 22, 2007 at 11:04 PM  

Oh, I dunno....maybe the smashing part could be the tradition! Looks like you two had a terrific time with that!

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