Monday, December 1, 2008

Who Knew? Gingerbread House Challenges

By Jennifer

Who Knew that assembling and decorating a gingerbread house (one that's pre-baked and in a box) would be so challenging. I thought it would be a fun project for me and my three year old. The directions say to read through all the directions first, so I skimmed. My eyes focused on, "then wait 1 hour until it dries...then wait 2-3 more hours until it dries." What?? Don't they know that I have an impatient three year old who is ready to decorate it, so he can eat it in like five MINUTES, not five HOURS!

The directions say to make sure all the gingerbread pieces fit together perfectly. If not, you can cut the pieces so they square off perfectly when assembling. I figured I'd just skip this step. I mean how bad could it really be?

Finally, I actually followed the directions. I mixed the icing mix with the appropriate amount of water only to come up with icing that was too thick and burned the motor on my mixer. Oops. Then I added more water to help the consistency of the icing, but it never came out right. In the end, I think it was too watery and that's why Jack's name made with candy on the side of the roof, started sliding down the roof within minutes.

I'm not saying it's a project you shouldn't take on, you should just know what you are getting into before you decide to tackle this project. It's going to be messy. It's going to take five hours to complete. But, it will be fun for your little one to decorate. And it could become a holiday family tradition.

Who Knew that it would be so difficult and time consuming to build a gingerbread house? Well, now you know, so you can be prepared...unlike me.

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1 comment:

beth ewing said...

too funny. we had our youth kids do it last year as a contest and it was a disaster. never let teens do it...they don't read the directions at all.