Wednesday, December 18, 2013
Last weekend was rainy and stormy, what’s the best indoor activities on a rainy December afternoon? Building Gingerbread Houses. Some of you might remember the post that the Kiddos and I built a Gingerbread House together for the first time, if not, click here to check out the pictures. This time around, we’re not building gingerbread house, but gingerbread DOG houses. Ever since the kids watched the movie A Charlie Brown Christmas, they felt in love with Snoopy. So, I got them this Snoopy Gingerbread Doghouses kit this year. The good thing about this kit was that there were a total of four houses to build, so, no fighting over who get to decorate what. They both got their own houses and did whatever they wanted with them.
The kit came with everything that you needed, except for the baking pan. I gave the kids their own baking pan to build on so it’s easier to clean up. The kits came with the gingerbread cookie pieces that you needed for the 4 dog houses, red and white icing, two additional pastry bags, 4 piping tips with different shapes, decorating candy pearls, and last but not least, 4 marshmallow Snoopies. The kids and I were so excited and we all got our hands covered in icing and candies in no time! See the picture below? My Baby Girl already declared she wanted the red icing as soon as we opened the package!
My hands were so sticky that I didn't take many pictures during the process. While we were building the Snoopy Dog Houses, my Baby Girl got carry away and kept licking the icing on her hands and said, “This is some yummy, sticky business!” I was cracking up and almost felt out of my chair! My Little Boy was very efficient, he finished building his dog house, decorated it and ready to move on to other activities. Only my Baby Girl linger around, wanted to try every piece of candies up on the house, already! Finally, she requested to taste her Snoopy marshmallow. Since there were quite a few of them so I said okay. But she only tasted Snoopy’s little feet and said it didn't taste good, at all. I guess it’s time for Mama to make her some homemade marshmallows!
Still remember the Peppermint Meringue Christmas Trees recipe I shared here? I used them to decorate the background with these gingerbread dog houses. I think it’s quite nice, but they might be a little short for these houses. More like Christmas bushes than Christmas trees!
Nevertheless, it was a fun afternoon we spent together and that’s what counts. I hope you enjoy reading this post and try your hand in making some Peppermint Meringue Christmas Trees, or build a Gingerbread House with your loved ones. Until next time, please take care and stay warm!