Tuesday, December 11, 2007

GINGERBREAD-A-HOLIC

So, tonight I finished up the last of the gingerbread houses- and a train.......


My family is starting to speak in hushed voices around me, I heard something about a gingerbread 12 step program, something about obsession, and the possibility that molasses and peppermint can cause brain damage.

I find myself searching the candy aisle in every store for more "building materials". Candy is so much cheaper than supplies at Home Depot you know. The other day in ceramics class a little girl came in eating some really cool looking rainbow striped gummy something and I was filled with envy! I just happened to mention to Vanessa that it would be great for a gingerbread house. She sort of gave me a pitying look and said "mom, maybe you need help."

I do freely admit that this has become a sickness. But, in my defense, I couldn't waste any extra dough could I? And I solemnly swear that I am done for the year. (heh heh heh)
But seriously, look at that snowman, isn't he worth a little sugar induced madness? And get a load of my icicles. I love making icicles with that frosting. Jack Frost eat your heart out!

I put the finishing touches on the gingerbread train. Sadly I cannot take credit for the adorable little frosted teddy grahams. Vanessa did those, though after she was finished she admitted she felt a little weird "like something Martha Stewart would do". So, there is a possibility that the gingerbread madness is contagious. Can you see the little teddy graham that fell down on the skating pond? On the other side of the train there is a little fire pit complete with chairs and teddy grahams with scarves and another snowman. The peppermint trees are just treeeeeeeeemendous, (snicker snicker) and I hope that Walgreens carries them again next year! Maybe I should go get the last of them now and hang on to them just in case .............
Before it was all finished I had made this little cottage too. If you notice, the foundation is coffee beans. I brought it in to my favorite coffee shop and they put it on the fireplace mantle. Hey they thought it was neat, and I got a free cappuccino out of it.
They did seem to be a bit concerned too though when they found out that it was actually my second coffee bean house. See, I wasn't happy with the way the beans looked on the roof of the first one.
And yes, that snowman has a hat and scarf. What of it?
Did someone just say something about addiction? Oh good heavens I can stop any time I want. Maybe I should do a clothes line with quilts hanging on it...... and hey, if I were to bake the gingerbread over a family size soup can it would make a good silo for a farm scene........ and then............

11 comments:

atet said...

Ok, quick -- get this woman to a quilt shop. She needs a rotary cutter in her hand, some fun fabrics to play with and reminder that time spent on gingerbread is time NOT spent on quilts!

Clare said...

mI was looking at a magazine article the other day about making gingerbread houses, thought of you and then thought what a wonderful way to get DD cooking for Christmas. However, I have changed my mind and will stick to making quilts! Get out your rotary cutter and cutting mat quick!

swooze said...

You crack me up! I dont like the taste of gingerbread so I might be safe. Did you know the kids make houses out of graham crackers too??

Jeanne said...

The houses, etc are all great. Is everything edible? How do you get the 'snow' on the roof to look that way? The snowman is so cute and realistic.
I agree, though, go play with some fabric now. VBG

Catherine said...

What a riot -- your gingerbread houses are wonderful and your post made me laugh out loud!

Leigh said...

You know, the first step towards getting help is admitting you have a problem, lol.

Kathy Wagner said...

Oh my gosh Mare...step away from the gingerbread!
But come over and help my kids with theirs first :)

Wendy said...

What a hoot! Your houses all look lovingly done. There could be worse addictions...I guess...lol

Kim said...

they are all so cute- such great work. 12 steps??? LOL I don't think it will help. Once it's out of your system for the holiday you'll be fine- oh wait watch for 50% off sale for after Christmas on candy. As long as it's stored well.....lol

Morah said...

Having never made a gingerbread house myself, this looks like tremendous fun! I agree with all the other comments...great activity to share with children & you really need to get back to the sewing room but mostly, This post had me laughing like crazy.

Marilyn R said...

Your gingerbread houses look wonderful! I found a peppermint tree like yours at CVS, but I don't have a gingerbread house to go with it. So sad.