For about a week and a half, Taylor was looking forward to yesterday’s activity… decorating gingerbread houses. This is one of those activities I usually dread – I’m not great with icing, they are horribly messy, and I find that the kits can be difficult to construct too.
I started with Target’s Gingerbread Village. Save your money, this kit is horrible. The houses have to be broken apart – not an easy task when the gingerbread is hard and not scored enough for them to break apart evenly. I destroyed 2 complete buildings trying to break them by hand and then cutting them with a knife. The candy is unpalatable too – although they look pretty, some are bitter and those cute little gummy trees are unexpectedly minty. The houses are difficult to construct since the surviving houses were slightly uneven. I tried to ‘smooth’ them out so they would fit together better, but since the cookies were so hard all I did was break off chunks.
Since I didn’t think 3 mini houses were going to be enough for 2 kids to decorate, I decided to head to Walmart. I found a kit in their bakery department and I was pleasantly surprised at what I got. There were ‘good candies’ inside (M&Ms, Skittles, etc.), all the gingerbread pieces were soft and all pre-cut, and there was a base included to ‘glue’ the house onto. Everything was easily put together and the best part of all? Nothing fell apart!
Of course, the most important part is that the kids had fun. Easton was in it for the candy alone – he gave up decorating the houses halfway through the second one. Taylor thoroughly enjoyed herself – now she’s trying to protect her creation from Easton who is determined to pick off all the goodies from her door (and eat the sugar Santa).