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Gingerbread Decorating

January 1st, 2011 · No Comments · home

A few days before Christmas my cousins and I always get together for some holiday baking. I remember when the girls were in elementary school and we would decorate sugar cookies with the help of colored egg yolk and paintbrushes. This time around we wanted to take our baking skills up a notch, okay more like a mountain, and include the boys. Thus, with this recipe, we have created a new tradition: the annual gingerbread house decorating contest.

It’s not easy. Baking the kits is at least a two-person operation, but I can’t think of a better way to spend quality time with family.

It unearthed a healthy dose of competition and the thrill of winning can’t be beat. We formed teams by picking random numbers. It just so happened that my brother and I ended up on the same team.

Kudos to my mom for sewing matching aprons for each team. It gave our decorating time that extra umph! Always the baker and cake decorator she put to use an extra set of gingerbread pieces we had in case of an emergency.

The Entries:

{The Great Estate}

{Snow Den}

{Stained Glass Manor}

To my surprise, my brother and I won the contest with our “Snow Den.” Voting was held on Christmas Day during the family party. Judges slipped the entry number anonymously into an envelope set on the display case. No one knew it was ours until the very end when we played a short video of the process. We earned $20 each and the rights to brag until next year! Fun times!

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