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.
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.
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: