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!


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.


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


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!)









love it.


some of the details on our house…

siding and christmas lights on the raingutters


purple car


nonpariel minty chip yard


marshall’s rice krispie treat snowman


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!


i loved all the creepy, bloody details.


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!


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



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

giveaway #5 coming later tonight, stay tuned :)



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!


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,

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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