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The TueReview: The Gingerbread Architect

Are you one of those moms who thinks about making Gingerbread houses and then makes regualr cookies instead, because it just looks so difficult? I am. I’ve even toyed with the idea of making one with graham crackers, just so I can say I’ve done it, ykwim? But I still haven’t done it. Nope, nope, nope. Until this year. THIS YEAR, I am in charge of making a Ginger Bread Hose with my extended family. *Gulp* It’s not just my kids, this time– it’s the cousins’ kids, too. I’m a wee bit nervous, but… I’m also the little crafter that could, right? I think I can, I think I can, I think I can, and here’s why:
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That’s right, ya’ll. Muhahahahahahah! I have re-in-force-ments! I am ready. The houses in this book are based on actual houses! There is an adobe Pueblo house, a Cape Cod and several others. There are templates and blueprints and very detailed instructions. And pictures, lots of pictures and diagrams. There’s even an Antebellum Plantation in here! Yes, seriously!

Now, the creation and decoration of these houses take a while. The authors suggest up to a week from shopping to finished, unless you want to kick your family out while you do it. Since that’s not possible for me, I’ll probably tone it down quite a bit. I don’t want the younger kids to get frustrated (or the older ones to feel like they have to do things perfectly), but I do want the fun to last more than 30 minutes, and for there to be enough to do so that everyone who wants to help can do so.. The Cape Cod looks like it would make a great “first house”, and there will still be plenty of small pieces to go around. And also, the roof, it is made of mostly black licorice. Black licorice is my favorite.

However, if you have the time and inclination, some of these houses are just amazing It’s hard to believe from the pictures that they are made of gingerbread. See that house on the cover? That’s the Victorian Farmhouse. There’s also a Carpenter Gothic, and made from sugar and spice, that might be worth kicking the fam out for, at least long enough for them to go caroling.

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