December 15, 2011

It Takes a Village

While perusing the aisles of Target I happened upon a gingerbread village in a box.  Whoever came up with this idea must have more than one child.  In the past when we've done a  gingerbread house the kids can get a little quirky over who does what to the house.  Okay, those of us with perfectionist tendencies can get a lil' quirky when it comes to adding too much bling to the thing.   I'll not name names...
The box contained 5 mini houses which was perfect math for our family of five.  It cost the same ($8) as the other gingerbread houses/trees/trains. 


Each person got to choose a house and make it as cute or gaudy as their little hearts desired.
 I love that one daughter donned my apron while the other put on a festive shirt with a matching bow.  Lil' Martha Stewarts Betty Crockers in the making!
 Here's what we learned:
1. The icing is nasty, so don't eat it.
2. There are not nearly enough candy decorations for 5 houses, so buy extra or raid your leftover Halloween stash.  Or, only do three houses like we did since somebody didn't buy extra candy and somebody threw out all the Halloween candy last week.
3. It's so much more fun when the kids are 8, 10, and 12 than when they were 4, 6, and 8.  So much less work for mom.  Just keepin' it real.
4. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.  Some think less is more while others think more is more when it comes to candy on the house.

 What a fun season to make those memories they will never forget.
Since the kitchen was already dirty and I still had my kid's-in-the-kitchen mojo, we decided to make another holiday favorite.  The kids love making dipped pretzels and giving them to neighbors and friends.  

I, on the other hand prefer these delicacies found on the same aisle as the gingerbread village:
Swoon.

5 comments:

Richella said...

Oh, my word. I haven't seen those Peppermint Chocolate covered pretzels. Considering my waistline right now, perhaps I shouldn't look.

But a gingerbread village! There's be no calories consumed there, because everything would be for show!

What wonderful photos of your crew! :)

MEEMAW said...

I am so glad to know a wise and creative lady! The 3 look like they had a ball and hey if the candy was not enough and the Halloween candy was gone, look how many calories you saved, plus the icing was yucky! They are sure growing up, glad you are enjoying these sweet memories. Love to all of you. Miss Dixie

Alisa said...

My girls and I love making pretzel sticks too! Can't wait to get started on our Gingerbread House.

Mom said...

Looks like they had a great time! I had some candy from Halloween they could have had...
They took home some little candy canes, but I didn't see them on there. What fun for them to be so creative!

Kellie said...

Those are too cute. Glad y'all had fun making them. We haven't done gingerbread houses since the kids did them in third grade. I miss their little creations.