My friend Dawn, had her annual Gingerbread House Making Party two weekends ago (see highjinks here). I went last year and created what was, in my eyes, a masterpiece. I was so excited about trumping it this year, until I got an eye infection. I was so upset I couldn't go, not wanting to risk spreading it to anyone. I moped around all weekend, completely bummed.
When the beginning of the week came back around, I wanted to do something involving gingerbread to ease my pain at having missed my friend's party, so for one of Nick's weekly playdates, I made gingerbread cookies and icing "paint" like I did for our Thanksgiving handprints.
We had a super messy, super fun time. Mission accomplished.
|The recipe is pretty normal, nothing fancy.|
|Recipe stated in plain text: Do Not Use Blackstrap Molasses.|
But it was all I had in the house.
I used it anyway, and they turned out alright, but they could have been subtler.
|See? Still pretty.|
|Let's get started. |
Workstation all set up.
The paints weren't pudding this time, and that I regret a little.
It was just messier, but the boys loved it, it's tasted great too.
|Again- what focus for a two year old!|
Delicately adding paint.
|"Oh, and these are pretty. I'll just add a few..."|
|"Yeah, like that. That's nice."|
(Death by sprinkles)
|Pan over to Nick|
|A few minutes later|
We promise we are non-violent types,
he just looked too irresistible.
|Little brother "wait, what is going on here without me?"|
|"These are interesting. I'll try a few."|
|"Ooooh, tasty green paint." Full cheeks.|
Mom pays the price for trying to take a picture ;-)
|Nick "I think I'll make soup."|
|"Let me see if I got it just right."|
|"Yeah, that's good."|
|"Hey, Mom. Did you know sprinkles are sugar?"|
|Maniacal laughter takes hold|
|"Oh wait, there's one left."|
|"I can't wait anymore."|
|And that's a wrap.|