Non-Gingerbread Gingerbread Houses

There is nothing like baking to bring out the Christmas spirit. This year I decided to make homemade gingerbread houses (without the gingerbread). I got the idea from my friend BreeAnn. We are not really fans of gingerbread but we still wanted to be able to eat the house. So on Christmas Eve, we sat together as a family and made non-gingerbread houses and I felt like myself again.

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Non-Gingerbread Gingerbread House Recipe

Preparation: 1 hour

2 Boxes of Honey Maid Graham Crackers

  • 1 house is 6 sheets
  • 4 full sheets
  • 1 sheet broken in ½
  • 1 sheet broken in ½ and then each ½ is cut into a triangle

Disposable Icing Decorating Bags (as many as you need)

Royal Icing (without eggs)

  • 4 cups of confectioner’s sugar
  • 3 tablespoons of meringue powder
  • 6 tablespoons of water

Different types of small candies

  • Examples: Skittles, Smarties, Gummy Bears, Mints, Sour Patch Kids, Mike & Ikes, Gobstoppers, or Jawbreakers

To begin, I got the gram crackers and prepared them. I broke them into the correct amount of pieces. The hard part is cutting the triangle pieces. You have to use a serrated knife and you slowly shave down the cracker in a straight line until they separate. Just be careful not to push too hard because you will crack it in half and you will have to start all over again. I went through quite a few crackers for this process. It takes patience.cutting

The next part of the process is to make the Royal Icing. For this process you must bag it as soon as the icing is made. Royal icing will dry out if it’s not covered. The air dries it. So if you don’t bag it then cover the bowl it with a towel. You put the sugar in the bowl, sift the meringue powder on top of it, and then add on the water. Blend it together until it’s a solid form. This should take about 5 minutes. Place the icing into the disposable bags. Make sure to have enough bags that everyone can have their own.

Take one of those bags of icing and use it to glue each house together. Make the bottoms of the houses first. Let the icing dry and harden. Then start the tops of the houses. By the time you finish the 3rd or 4th house …the 1st one should be ready. Once all of the houses are built then you let them stand for at least 30 minutes. This will give the houses time to harden so when the kids decorate, the houses do not fall apart.houses

Put all the candy onto a dish and take it all to the table to decorate.candy

Man!! I love baking! Even though I didn’t really “bake”…..it felt like baking. Today was a good day!

Our Vaca Without Our Babies

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We did! Our first trip out of state without our babies. Our first time staying without the babies longer than date night. Well really it was our first time leaving Jazz. We left D once for 4 days when he was 2. And I swear that was the hardest thing I ever did in my life. I was a mess that trip.
And I have to admit…this trip was hard but it was easier than the first time.
On this trip my baby girl was 17 months and my son was 4. She was just a little younger than my boy. I think they did ok but I cried a couple times. We called them like 3 times a day. It was pretty pitiful. We would call them and be all sentimental on the phone and the kids seemed like they were missing us as much as we were missing them. It was cute. Baby girl said I love you for the first time. At least for my hubby. She said it to me once before but that’s was his first time hearing it. I swear he was jumping up and down with excitement….asking people if they heard it. It was so cute. It was so cute that for that split second we were wishing we were home so we could hug her and kiss her. But we didn’t cave.
We stayed away. We enjoyed our trip. Our 2 days away from the babies.
And yes we enjoyed our adult time….but we are so happy to be home with our little ones.