Saturday, December 17, 2011

A Gingerbread Village

Every year, my father-in-law would give us a gingerbread kit.  He works for a candy and cookie wholesaler, so when he gets free product, Annabelle gets a ton of sugar-y sweets.  Every year I would say we would make the gingerbread house and every year I would decide it was too messy and that Annabelle was too little to do it.

This year I decided that she was old enough to try it out.  I made sure the houses were all put together before she got home from school.  She knew the plan was to decorate her very own village once she got home.  She even told her bus driver what we were going to be doing.

At first, I was helping her out.  I was squeezing out the frosting and she put on the candies.  After just a few minutes though, Annabelle decided she could do it herself, so I let her.

She worked so hard and was immensely proud of herself afterwards.  She has been playing with these non-stop since Tuesday.  I am hoping that she will leave them alone on Saturday for our Christmas party with my out of town family.  I'll be using this as the centerpiece on the dining room table.


  1. Aww, cute! That looks like real gingerbread, instead of the crappy graham crackers we used to use.

    Also, I've always been a fan of the flat roofed gingerbread house. It's an underrated technique.

  2. She did an amazing job! I seriously think she has decorating talent. I've tried to do a gingerbread kit with my kids several times--they aren't so easy.

  3. Wow, she did an amazing job on these little houses, great idea to use them as center pieces.