There are many great things about being a part of the Cumings family, and chief among them is: gingerbread!

Every year, on the Sunday after Thanksgiving, the cousins gather at Grandma’s house (conveniently located four blocks from our house!) to make gingerbread houses.  Real ones!

I should clarify: we gather to decorate gingerbread houses.  Grandma bakes the gingerbread and assembles the houses with her special concrete frosting.  She also provides most of the construction materials, as well as a delicious lunch.  See what I mean about the perks of being associated with this clan?

This year, there were three two-year-olds, each at various stages of tiredness, so it was even crazier than usual.  (By the end, Zoe was whimpering at the front door, saying, “I want to go home!” over and over.  Holiday magic, folks.)

But mostly it was great!  Zoe was way more interested in eating candy than putting it on the adorable graham cracker house Grandma made her, which is perfectly understandable.  The theme of the house her parents decorated was “Pile On As Much Yummy Candy As Possible”, so we were very proud.

And now, feast your eyes on some gingerbread photos.  And if you’re in the Litchfield area, come on over for a Mr. Goodbar.

Photographic evidence that Zoe did, in fact, do a bit of decorating.

Mostly, Zoe made sure all the decorations were safe to eat.

Candy! And, you know, a house and stuff.

A high concept commentary on the Vikings stadium controversy.

This one looks like a storybook gingerbread house, doesn't it?

A perfect little farm. I think Zoe would have loved to take this one home.

H is for . . . Hogwarts!

Harry Potter in wand to wand combat with . . .

. . . the most amazing tootsie roll Voldemort the world has ever seen.



Filed under Marvelous Miscellany, Taste and See

13 responses to “Gingerbread!

  1. Claire

    the gingerbread houses look amazing!! what a fun day 🙂


  2. I want those candies all over the houses!


    • We are having a hard time resisting, Jeyna. Although, since we haven’t found a good spot for the gingerbread house in our new house, I think we may start snacking earlier than usual . . .

      Thanks for stopping!


  3. Jenny Olsztynski

    These are amazing. Your stories of Litchfield make me want to move there!


  4. Liz L.

    I don’t think anything could ever be as amazing as that tootsie roll Voldemort! Who crafted it?


  5. Sarah Fox Sparber



  6. I think your daughter is one lucky little gal!


  7. Cuteness! I never understood why people would buy a pre-assembled gingerbread house. Takes all the fun out of it.


    • Ha! I once suggested this to the in-laws one year when many of the gingerbread houses suffered serious pre-decorating damage, and one of them seemed truly beyond repair. “Should I go buy one of those kits at Walmart?” I asked timidly. They looked at me as if I had grown another head. Of course, doing it yourself is much more creative and fun!
      Thanks for stopping!


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