Adventures in Gingerbread

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There is a website called nextdoor.com that is kind of like Facebook for your neighborhood. I was invited to join by a neighbor, so I decided to check it out. In the process, I started chatting with a neighbor and we got invited to a gingerbread house competition.

I was excited about this because we used to make gingerbread houses as kids for the Holly Festival of Trees. I had to research a recipe that would work for our allergies and I bought the cookie cutters.

This weekend rolled around and I was so busy that I didn’t have a lot of time to make the gingerbread. I thought about not making it and just going to hang out at the party.

Saturday night, I made the pieces. The first pan burned but I ended up with enough dough to remake that pan. We just didn’t have a lot of cookies at the end.

Sunday was pretty busy. We got home from church about the time that the party started so I didn’t have time to make the icing. I was under the assumption that we would build the gingerbread houses there. Tim thought we were supposed to bring our assembled houses. We contemplated staying home.

We decided to go across the street empty handed and figured that I could always run home, make the frosting, and bring the gingerbread if I needed them.

We walked in to see a few of our neighbor families building houses from kits. So we decided to stay and build one of those (even if it wasn’t gluten-free). Each family kind of did their own thing. Some even used hot glue guns!

We had a great time building our gingerbread house. Tim and I tried a few things to get our gingerbread house to stay. We had one of the few edible gingerbread houses in the competition.

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Clarissa enjoyed running around and eating the frosting.

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One group made a double decker house with a garage. They used a hot glue gun (which isn’t really cheating because there are no rules in this competition). But we didn’t stay for the judging because Clarissa was getting sleepy.

We did decide that we had a great time building our gingerbread house. So we have a new tradition. We decided that wherever we live, we will build a gingerbread house every year. I don’t know how popular this tradition is in South Korea, so we may have to start a trend there.

Tonight I finally made the icing so that we could build our gluten-free gingerbread house. The gingerbread was right, but the icing was definitely not. Though delicious, it did not keep our house together (I think I made sugar cookie icing… Oops!).

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It still tasted great! Clarissa definitely enjoyed eating some cookie with the frosting on it! I will have to figure out the icing for next year. In the meantime, I have some molasses left so I will make a batch of gingerbread cookies some time soon and post the recipe.

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