a new tradition.

by Janetha on December 13, 2010

in meals

yesterday i did something that i haven’t done in probably over 15 years. and something marshall said he hadn’t done in over 20 years!

some of you guys guessed what i was up to…

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we decorated a gingerbread house!

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kristen’s mom holds a gingerbread house extravaganza every year. thank goodness we were invited to participate—this was so much fun.  it was actually a competition, so marshall & i really had to step to the plate. there were 7 or 8 houses in the running.

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there was an array of food for gingerbread house decorating fuel.  kristen’s mom is an excellent hostess!

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i had a couple turkey & cheddar sandwiches on dollar rolls, some delicious basil & tomato orzo and a caesar salad (#8 of 20 for the challenge!)

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working..

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progress..

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working..

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complete!

love it.

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some of the details on our house…

siding and christmas lights on the raingutters

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purple car

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nonpariel minty chip yard

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marshall’s rice krispie treat snowman

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kristen & rory did a dexter crime scene house. it was freaking awesome. we couldn’t vote for our own house, so i definitely voted for theirs!

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i loved all the creepy, bloody details.

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for the competition, we tied for second place. there was a re-vote and we lost to the gingerbread house that had a gingerbread man with blue balls. go figure.

we gave our house to my mom to put on display at her house. i am pretty proud of our handy work!

i think this gingerbread house thing needs to be a new tradition!

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the winner of the fourth giveaway of christmas is #12!

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congratulations, heather! please email me your address and i will ship the book out to you ASAP!

giveaway #5 coming later tonight, stay tuned :)

 

Qs~

1. have you ever built/decorated a gingerbread house?

2. what are some of your december traditions?

xo. janetha g.

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Freckled Foodie December 14, 2010 at 12:23 pm

i’m in love with your ginger house! i feel kind of a connection since i’m a ginger kid and all ;)

haha. you two are the cutest!

xo.

katecooks December 14, 2010 at 2:06 pm

i LOVE making gingerbread houses! we always used to make them growing up, and my sisters and I each got to invite a few friends and we’d all decorate together. of course, I always took forever with mine because I wanted it to be perfect. I’m crossing my fingers we find time to do it when I’m home this year too!

TheSceneFromMe December 14, 2010 at 3:20 pm

Very cute gingerbread!
I have made one before, but just from a kit.

One tradition we have is to play BINGO on Christmas Eve with all 25 family members. Gifts go in a pile on the middle of the floor and we play until they are gone!

kaitlinwithhoney December 14, 2010 at 6:10 pm

Your gingerbread house is so cute! I now really, really want to make one.

Antonia at Swedish Love Affair December 14, 2010 at 7:58 pm

What a nice gingerbread house! We do this a lot in Sweden this time a year, but in the end I can never bring myself to eat it! It’s just so much effort to make it nice<3
I made one this year too, and I've baked it from scratch!

Kind wishes,
Antonia

Holly December 16, 2010 at 1:41 pm

this is a tradition i could dig.

elise December 28, 2010 at 4:04 pm

i am LOVING this tradition!!! i havent made a gingerbread house since elementary school days. i miss it. looks sooooo fun.

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