49er Themed House

Question…..what do you give friends that are football fanatics?  Answer…..a gingerbread house decorated in their favorite team’s colors!  In this case….the San Francisco 49ers.  I did not go overboard on this house, and kept it conservative as I didn’t have a lot of time, but I think it’s a good starting point for my possible creation next year!

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My friends have season passes to the 49ers, and each Christmas we exchange little gifts.  In the past I’ve gotten them just little 49er items, but this year I thought “why not make a 49er house?”  I took my small basic house pattern and started there. (I made a small house because they don’t live in town so there’s no space in their car for a large one.)  I knew I wanted to do a logo on the roof, and the easiest way I knew of doing that was to make a cookie out of it.  I printed out the logo and traced it onto rice paper with an edible marker.

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I attached the rice paper to the cookie with royal icing, and then filled it in with colored royal icing.  I improvised a little bit, and instead of including gold onto the cookie, I painted the roof using gold pearl dust diluted with clear spirits (gin).

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I used chocolate covered footballs for the top of the roof, and additional decoration on the side.  I finished it off with a name plaque on the front of the house, and made it just a little Christmas-y by adding candy canes as well.

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I hope this inspires you to think a bit outside the box the next time you want to do something special for the people you love. :)

Happy Gingerbreading! – Linda

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