Gingerbread House — Part 2

by Kathy Strahs on December 20, 2012 · 8 comments

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So here it is…the Gingerbread House I was working on in my last post. These things are truly a labor of love! While I don’t expect Martha Stewart’s people will be calling me anytime soon to build any for them, I’m still proud to have completed it. Better yet, my kids had a fun time playing with this odd little cookie house that Mommy made. 🙂

A snowy roof...made of frosted mini wheats

I searched grocery stores, drug stores and gas station marts – I could not find Necco wafers anywhere, which is what I really wanted to use for colorful roof tiles. Plan B was frosted mini wheats, to give a snow-covered thatched roof look, an idea suggested in the McCormick gingerbread house recipe I followed. I ended up really liking the effect.

Around the side...

I loved to draw pictures of houses when I was a kid, always with a brick trim running along the lower edge (just like the house we lived in). So my gingerbread house has my same trademark trim, with chocolate chip “bricks”.

A good old-fashioned Gingerbread House

My 5-year old daughter has been saying to me lately, “Mom, don’t you just love a good challenge?!” I have no idea where she got this statement from, but hopefully she’s picked up a little of the sentiment from watching her old Mom. A pre-fab gingerbread house would have been a whole lot – like, a lot – easier and probably would have come out looking tidier and more presentation-worthy, but I think I’ll always prefer the homemade route.

You can find the step-by-step directions that I followed (including building templates and decorating ideas) on the McCormick website.

This post was sponsored by McCormick as part of their Seven Seasonal Flavors program. My opinions are – as always – my own.

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Rachel @ My Naturally Frugal Family December 20, 2012 at 12:26 PM

It looks fabulous and I think I like the frosted mini wheats way better than the necco wafers (I like the snow effect from the frosting).

Congrats Kathy! You and your kids did a wonderful job.
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Cheryl B. December 20, 2012 at 1:02 PM

Very cute and oh so classic! I LOVE the frosted mini wheats look for the roof. Now if I could only get mine to get as neat and clean. 🙂


Chelsea December 20, 2012 at 1:21 PM
JulieD December 21, 2012 at 6:03 AM

I love this so much, Kathy!!! What a great idea and what a sweet thing to do with the kids.
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Sommer@ASpicyPerspective December 21, 2012 at 6:55 AM

So cute–and what a cute little helper you have there. 🙂
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Carolyn December 21, 2012 at 7:50 AM

You know what? With that slightly caved roof, it looks like an authentic thatched roof cottage. Adorable!
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Kathy Strahs December 21, 2012 at 8:20 AM

That’s right, Carolyn – it was all part of my original plan as a point of authenticity! Lol, all’s well that ends well.


Diane {Created by Diane} December 21, 2012 at 11:23 AM

so cute and I agree with Carolyn the roof is perfect!
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