This year my mom bought me a pre-made gingerbread house to decorate. As a kid, the gingerbread house was all about the gluttony, as an adult it's all about creativity, artistry, and decorating (except for Eric who just wants to eat it). My mom usually "makes" a gingerbread house every year--she decorates pre-made houses because baking the gingerbread and getting the pieces to fit together is a pain in the ass. I have not even made my own gingerbread cookies, let alone attempted to bake a house. Maybe one day. However, I had so much fun decorating my house that I can't wait to do it again next year and make it an annual tradition. I even got Eric to help out a little.
So I'm not going to share a gingerbread recipe with you. Just share a few decorating ideas. I started with the pre-made gingerbread house made and sold by Target. My mom brought me coconut M&Ms, colored sugar, regular sprinkles, sprinkles shaped like holly leaves and berries, sprinkles shaped like candy canes, heart-shaped candies, coconut flakes, and Wilton's Sparkle Gel, green and black.
A lot of what I did was pretty basic. I put green and white M&Ms on the roof, red gum drops on the very top, mini bead candy and icing icicles on the edges. I wanted to do Big Red gum as shingles, but Eric vetoed that idea because it'd make the roof inedible. The path is made out of brown M&Ms, green mini beads, and broken peppermint candies. I outlined the doors and windows with frosting or sprinkles. But the more I got into it, the more creative I got.
I put candles in the window in the front of the house. I used a red sprinkle for the stick, a small yellow sprinkle for the flame, and two holly leave sprinkles for the base of the candle. It took a lot of patience but turned out pretty good.
|Candles in the windows.|
|Holly in the windows. Jelly bean scrubs.|
|Gum drop shutters with candy cane accents. Jelly bean scrubs.|
|Gum drop shutters with holly leaf accent. Jelly bean shrubs.|
|Spearmint leaf tree with holly berry decorations.|
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