Last week we went to Atlanta to celebrate Thanksgiving. Christmas and New Years Eve with my Mom and Stepdad. The first night we were there, Mom and I went to Kroger and found a Gingerbread House Kit With Sleigh. Now, we all know I am no culinary artist, and the apple didn't fall very far from the tree in culinary skills (Mom and I used our oven to store our sweaters over the summertime) but this looked like a “fool proof” kit and a fun craft project. Well, go ahead and get those “fool” shirts ready for us, would ya?
The kit comes complete with “everything” that you need: Pre-cut cookie pieces, icing, candies, even a tray to secure the pieces in place.
I recommend however you have on hand: a toothpick, a wire clothes hanger, two mechanically inclined men, and a full bottle of chilled Moscato.
The instructions tell you which pieces to put together first and how to set up the “frame” for everything. However, in fine print it tells you to let each piece dry for 15 minutes to let the icing set up. Well, I missed that part. I put everything together quickly and was very proud of myself. That is about where the pride ended.
Notice the Tween holding up the roof? Yeah that became kinda the theme of the whole project.
The decorating began and let me just tell you…. I am not sure I have EVER laughed so hard. I am not sure what went wrong with the icing, but trying to squeeze icing from that bag was near impossible, but made for one of the funniest memories I will ever have. Mom eventually gave up on the “piping” and attempted to apply the icing with a toothpick… having about the same results.
Eventually the guys joined in after hearing the screaming laughter coming from the kitchen. Because I had not read the directions (I know, who knew!?) the roof kept sliding off of the House. The guys engineered a “prop” with a wire coat hanger to try to secure the roof.
Eventually the guys had to take all of the pieces apart and start all over.
Although we never did get the roof to stay on (I may never live it down), and the icing looked as if an infant had done it (sorry Mom), the memory of the six of us trying to put it together will forever be a memory for all of us. Personally, I think this ought to be our Christmas Card this year:
Oh, and the bottle of Moscato… that is for the photographer! 😉