Archive for the ‘Gingerbread Houses’ Category
Years ago, we found a site that let us have fun building Gingerbread Houses online. The site has gotten a bit outdated, which has resulted in email from our many visitors asking about new options. Luckily, this week we found another page that is helping us put together all kinds of ideas for new Gingerbread houses.
Starting with a clean house with a bit of frosting, just click and drag one of the many candy choices from the lower part of the screen up the house. The candies can be moved around as you like, they aren’t stuck where they are placed originally. When the virtual Gingerbread House is they way you like it, share with others by taking a screen shot or printing the page. Jump over to the Home Sweet Home page to start pasting candies onto your Gingerbread house.
Just by the local Marshalls store today and was excited to find all kinds of great Gingerbread items back in the specials area. There was kids aprons, Gingerbread Houses, cookie cutters, napkins and more and more! Since we love Gingerbread, we will find a need to use most of the finds (over half off special pricing on most items) throughout the year. Many will find their way into storage for next year though. Since everything is on sale, finds will vary depending on your particular store’s inventory… so, don’t wait around things are going to be all gone soon!!
The above ‘retro’ picture was taken with the Hipstamatic app on my iPhone 4.
Looking around for new Gingerbread House plans, we came across a few that needed no cooking. Gingerbread Houses made from felt. The plans are delivered via email as a PDF so they are in your hands right away and only 6 dollar US (pricing we saw on 12/19/2011). Of course, you need to have the felt. The nice thing about felt Gingerbread Houses though is they are quick to make, no cooking is required and felt lasts forever… though, it doesn’t taste as good as their Gingerbread cookie versions.
We mentioned there is a lot of fun stuff for the Gingerbread Fan over on Etsy. When we came across this one, we just had to share. It reminds us that there is a lot of fun to be had in putting together a Gingerbread House. It isn’t just four walls, a roof and some icing. You can add things that personalize it to your family or to theme that everyone knows. In this case, the creation is around the love of Hello Kitty. You can have a Gingerbread person to represent each person in the family. Or maybe let everyone make their face in a window using a icing tube to draw with. Different colors of icing not he walls of the house can take a brown house to a colorful one that resembles a building everyone had a good time at over the last vacation. There is fun in making a Gingerbread House that is like the ones over the years and there is fun in customizing the look to something unique to your family. Most important, it’s family fun!
When we build our Gingerbread Houses, most of us like to enjoy a cup of hot chocolate. A few members of our family like coffee instead, which is extra special this time of the year. For the holidays, Green Mountain ships their Gingerbread flavored coffee K-Cups. Yum!
We ordered ours early this year, over a month ago, and they finally showed up last week. Since they are showing available on all of our favorite K-Cup suppliers online, we assume all the back-orders have been filled.
One of the better prices we found was from Amazon, who shows three different suppliers.
Gingerbread flavored cream, which we have been adding to our coffee over the last month, is much sweeter than flavored coffee beans. The flavored beans add the taste that you can then sweeten as you like.
This is the PERFECT addition to your holiday setting. A colorfully sweet Gingerbread House teapot. This one is sure to brighten your kitchen and bring the nostalgia of the holidays to your home. Teapot has gum drop details, candy cane accents and says “Sugar Shack” above the front door. Teapot is hand painted with raised details. This is a must-have for the holidays!! Please visit here for details.
We don’t have much in our Etsy store right now for our Gingerbread Fans… every time we start making fun things we end up sending as gifts. But, that doesn’t mean that there is many other fun items to be found on Etsy for the Gingerbread Fans amongst us. Here is a link to a search on the Etsy site, which results in over 12,000 items!! There are home made food items, fun hats, ornaments, houses, crafts, earrings, cups, towels, you name it!! We can spend days there… well, we do spend days there… so many creative people that enjoy Gingerbread!