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The House That Sugar Built

December 23, 2011

I finally saw Moneyball this week and it lived up to everything I hoped it would. This Aaron Sorkin-scribed baseball movie was amazing! However despite today’s title referencing baseball history, this post is not about sports in the slightest.

Today’s post is all about the gingerbread house that Bryan, Sophie and I decorated. Gingerbread, icing and candy — December sugar at its best.

I bought the gingerbread house pre-assembled with two tubes of icing ready for use. Sophie and I chose several candy varieties from the 99-Cent Store and Walgreens. Then it was off to decorate.

We all got into the decorating. Even Bryan had fun. In fact, he’s thinking of investing in decorating tools for next year’s house.

Yes, that is purple eye shadow on Sophie. And no, she doesn’t wear it out of the house.

Here is our masterpiece. Bryan did the front with the chocolate snowcap border and M&M wreaths. I did the gumdrops and marshmallow snow piles. That poor snowman has already been devoured.

After finishing the house, the first words out of Sophie’s mouth were, “Can I eat it now?!” Her definition of eating the house is picking the candy off.

Hopefully I have not bored you all with my recent photo posts, crafts and recipes. I’ll return to more writing after the holidays.

Happy Holidays, My Friends! What are you planning for the last week of December?

43 Comments leave one →
  1. December 23, 2011 2:33 am

    Congrats- I bought these over the years and we never had any success putting them together. Enjoy your double whammy Sunday!

    • December 26, 2011 7:42 pm

      Thanks, Lisa. I’m not great at the putting together part either. Only the decorating.

  2. December 23, 2011 2:40 am

    Impressive!! My daughter and I have made a gingerbread house for the past three years — and it’s so fun, but SUCH a lot of work! Yours is beautiful! Nice job! (and I’m w/ Sophie, I’d love to eat it too! One year when I was a child, someone sent me an entirely edible gingerbread house — house and all — it was amazing!)

    • December 26, 2011 7:42 pm

      There’s just something magical about a gingerbread house with all the candy. How can anybody resist?

  3. December 23, 2011 4:00 am

    Her beaming face says it all Momma!!

    Cute house — I bought one for the grandkids and it was so hard to get it to stick together. They ended up each decorating part of the roof and they thought that was just grand.

    Fun post — Cheers to you,

    • December 26, 2011 7:43 pm

      Thanks, MJ. Now you understand why I bought it pre-assembled! 🙂

  4. December 23, 2011 5:18 am

    I want to live in that house

    • December 26, 2011 7:43 pm

      So does my daughter! So far, she’s settled for eating it instead!

  5. December 23, 2011 7:20 am

    What fun! I love your writing and will look forward to your next essay, but I’ve loved these photo, cooking and craft posts, too. Thanks for sharing them.

    • December 26, 2011 7:45 pm

      Thanks, Shary! I appreciate the nice words.

  6. December 23, 2011 8:21 am

    I always love a good baseball-themed headline! My friends have been posting their gingerbread houses on Facebook and I can say that Sophie’s far outshines some of the ones I’ve seen 🙂 Have a great weekend!

    • December 26, 2011 7:45 pm

      I knew you’d appreciate the baseball inspiration, Caryn! I’ll let Sophie know that her gingerbread house is your favorite!

  7. December 23, 2011 9:10 am

    So beautiful and what a great holiday tradition. I didn’t know you could get them pre-assembled. Maybe I’ll find one next year and try it. I wrote about holiday family food traditions in today’s post. I just didn’t manage to get the lovely photos you posted.

    We’ll ALL get back to writing after the holidays, won’t we?

    • December 26, 2011 7:46 pm

      Yes, more writing in January! I loved your recent post about your traditions. Thanks for sharing.

  8. December 23, 2011 10:20 am

    Max and I attended ginger bread house building classes, he had more fun than I did. The house did not make it home in one piece – he ate half of it on our ride back home.

    • December 26, 2011 7:47 pm

      There are classes?! That is so cool. And I don’t blame either of you for eating the house. Ours is nearly condemned.

  9. Amber permalink
    December 23, 2011 11:11 am

    Hey Leah,

    Where do you get the gingerbread house pre-assembled? This turned out great!

    • December 26, 2011 7:47 pm

      Thanks, Amber. I bought it from the campus bakery at work. This was the first year they sold the pre-assembled houses. Well worth the cost!

  10. December 23, 2011 11:32 am

    Sophie has the right idea! The house turned out spectacular, Leah! I hope you make this a family tradition 🙂

    • December 26, 2011 7:48 pm

      Thanks. We all had fun building (and eating) it.

  11. December 23, 2011 11:51 am

    I’m not sure what’s behind this, but I have a sudden hankering for sweets. Lots of them. On a gingerbread house.

    YUM! And yay for the family time sweetness captured, too!

    • December 26, 2011 7:48 pm

      Thanks so much! I think staring at those photos will make anyone crave sweets.

  12. December 23, 2011 12:43 pm

    You are not boring us Leah! That is a very impressive gingerbread house. I could never do this activity with a child because I would take it so seriously.

    • December 26, 2011 7:49 pm

      You know, Sara, it’s taken me a long time to be comfortable with projects like these where I just let Sophie go for it. I’m usually very compulsive about my crafting. And glad I’m not boring you!

  13. December 23, 2011 12:49 pm

    Great! Love the BIG gingerbread house! It is such a holiday tradition that the kids love. My problem is I always have too much candy left over! Have a wonderful holiday!

    • December 26, 2011 7:49 pm

      Thanks, Caren. Yes, we did have quite a bit of candy left. Although I did toss some of the 99-cent store stuff. But kept the good treats.

  14. Joyce in KS permalink
    December 23, 2011 6:10 pm

    What a neat gingerbread house! And the whole family involved.

    Last Christmas our younger son who was hosting our family gathering decided we would have a gingerbread house contest. He bought all the supplies – graham crackers instead of gingerbread, canned frosting, candies etc. Two teams of four – you never heard such laughter and a few ***** words. It was so much fun we decided maybe we would do this every other Christmas.

    • December 26, 2011 7:50 pm

      Wow, what a great idea to have a family contest with the houses. I love it! I may need to do something like that for a party next year. Thanks for dropping by!

  15. December 23, 2011 6:21 pm

    What part of Hanukkah does the Gingerbread house fall under? 🙂

  16. December 23, 2011 6:24 pm

    This looks delicious like you had GREAT fun putting it together! I imagine that Sophie will have fun “eating” it over the days! Enjoy Hanukkah AND the house that sugar built!

    • December 26, 2011 7:51 pm

      Oh yes, Ann, she has already had much fun munching at it. But she’s been so good about only having a few pieces after dinner and asking permission. How can I say no?!

  17. December 23, 2011 9:54 pm

    Beautiful! What fun! 🙂

    • December 26, 2011 7:51 pm

      Thanks! It was fun, and still fun to look at.

  18. December 24, 2011 2:53 pm

    Sweet! The last Photo of Sophie’s joyous smile, says it all! What an absolutely great and tasty craft for you all to share. I love fun stuff like this.
    Thank you for sharing so many wonderful parts of your life and heart with us. It’s not boring, it’s a blessing.
    Wishing you, Sophie & your hubby a very Merry Christmas & a Happy New Year! 🙂

    • December 26, 2011 7:52 pm

      Thanks so much for the nice words! I appreciate it so much.

  19. December 26, 2011 7:37 pm

    Ha! I can’t remember what the red and green things you put along the top roofline are called, but we used a box (or what remained of the box after I got a hold of it) to decorat our gingerbread house too.

    • December 26, 2011 7:52 pm

      That’s funny! The top are red and green Dot candies. Remember those? They’re still yummy!

  20. December 29, 2011 9:16 pm

    so cute!!!
    isn’t it fun.
    i am always still decorating when my kids have left. i love it.


    • January 1, 2012 9:55 pm

      Thanks, Meg. And thanks for the inspiration. Our poor gingerbread house is nearly condemned now.

  21. December 30, 2011 4:13 pm

    Hi Leah. This is my first time to your blog (I found it at Meg’s whatever), your gingerbread house was beautiful.

    • January 1, 2012 9:55 pm

      Thanks so much for visiting my blog! I love Meg’s site too. Will check out your blog too.


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