This year they are displaying replicas of Austin landmarks. We even got to see a gingerbread version of the hospital where I'll be delivering little baby J in a week or two.
It was fun to look, but I realized that the whole experience was a bit of a tease for the girls when M turned to me and said, "NOW, can we eat them?"
Thankfully, I had previously
The bulk candy aisles were particularly fun because we were able to purchase just a few pieces of a big variety of little candies.
While the girls napped, I set to work constructing the graham cracker houses. The site from Pinterest really has amazingly good and detailed instructions. I was especially thankful for her suggestion to use melted chocolate instead of the royal icing I would have used as a default. Royal icing takes a lot longer to dry and so leaves the little house pretty susceptible to collapse for a couple of hours. The melted chocolate dried quickly and solid.
The only real trouble I had was in making sure I had enough graham crackers. When I opened the package I found that half of the crackers were broken. (may have had something to do with the fact that little G was in the basket with them at the grocery store) In the end, I was able to salvage enough for two little houses.
I think it might be fun to host a gingerbread house decorating party next year. Have any of you done that? Any tips? Any fun books to go along with the activity? (I considered Hansel and Gretel, but the part about throwing the witch into the oven always makes it a bit of a disturbing story to me :-)
It would be great to get other suggestions!