Christmas Project 2011

Ahhhhhhhhh, the season is about to start and kick into high gear.  I’m sitting here at my desk drinking hot chocolate and watching the wind whip around the fall leaves outside.  There’s a definite nip in the air, especially at night lately.  When it’s cold outside, there’s nothing better than to be inside baking with the oven on.  You get to do something productive AND stay warm.  So with the start of the Christmas season, it’s time to start building gingerbread houses.

I have an annual gingerbread house decorating party, which I will share with you later, but I also do a house just for myself.  With my first house of the season, I try to test out a new pattern, some new techniques, and just generally try to be a little more creative than normal.  The creative part is the struggle for me, a BIG struggle.  But I just play around and eventually some idea comes up.  If it doesn’t, I just throw more icing at the house, that usually works.  I know I can always go back to my motto “the more icing a house has, the better”.

This year I took a different approach.  I wanted to try a house that was a bit more complicated than normal.  I wanted to challenge myself, for some insane reason.  So for that, I went to my gingerbread house book collection and pulled out my copy of “The Gingerbread Architect” by Susan Matheson & Lauren Chattman.

I liked the house on the front jacket, so that’s the one I decided to do.

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And I gotta say, it turned out pretty good.  I made some changes to suit my tastes a little bit, and also to match with what candy I had on hand.  I’ll be doing some additional posts showing some of the details & techniques that I did, so be on the lookout for those.  And I have a post planned called “I Hate Candy Windows!”  You’ll understand why when you read it!

I’m also going to be kicking off the holiday season with my very first giveaway, so stay tuned for those details as well.

Now get baking!

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