Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Gingerbread Village

Last week, C and I made a gingerbread village. I’m not sure what I was thinking when we chose the village kit over the single house kit. I certainly wasn’t thinking that 5 tiny houses would be a lot harder than one large house. The packaging was deceiving. The picture on the outside of the box made the house look larger than the tiny pieces of gingerbread that were included in the box.

Assembling the ginger bread house didn’t start out on the right foot…I broke part of the church roof. I didn't realize the gingerbread pieces would snap apart easily and I had tried to use a knife to split them apart.

After assembling the houses it was time for C to go to bed...we would have to wait a few days before we would have time to decorate them. I followed the instructions and covered the unused icing with a damp cloth. Over the next few days I would dampen the cloth whenever I noticed it was bone dry not realizing that all the moisture in the damp cloth was seeping into the icing. By the time we were ready to decorate, the icing was quite runny. I had to add lots of icing sugar to try to get it back to the proper consistency. Now we were ready to decorate.

We had only been decorating for a few minutes when...the icing bag blew the tip out...I must have cut the hole too big. The kit did not come with extra icing bags...just a bag for each of the 3 colours. So...I tried to improvise with a dollar store zip lock bag by cutting a hole in the corner, inserting tip and then filling the bag with icing. All that work for nothing, the bag blew a hole on the first squeeze. With no other options left, I had to use the icing bag reserved for another colour. This time, I made sure to cut the hole smaller.

This is the third year that C and I have made a gingerbread house, and we have never had issues with the icing bags. So, I was quite shocked when after only a few minutes of decorating...the 2nd icing bag blew a hole in it. GRRRR. Now what? I didn't want to use my last bag for the white icing. So...I resorted to duct tape. Hubby was skeptical but humoured me anyway and retrieved the duct tape for me. I taped around the bag where the hole was....and away I went. The tape held for the entire time I needed to use the white icing. It also held the green icing bag together when it too blew a hole. I now have a whole new appreciate for duct tape.


Shash said...

A true Canadian!!! Duct tape is our hero!!! And apparently you are C's!! We did one large house here and didn't use half the icing cause it was getting too hard and frustrating with 5 pairs of hands all trying to help. :-)

Ruth said...

The village looks great...we are cheating and bought the pre-built house that we just decorate...the kids are a bit disappointed...but I am not...the bottom broke as soon as we got in the house, with H and her hands carrying it around!! A replacement for an icing bag is a milk bag. The clear ones, you cut off the one end, fill and snip the bottom point. By the way, I tagged you for a meme, which I was tagged for in Aug 2007!!

Nadine said...

Lovely job on the villages. I hope you had a very Merry Christmas with your family.

P.S. When you get a chance come by for my book giveaway.

Lala's world said...

they look great! me and the girls always do a gingerbread house too....we NEVER eat the house...but slowly..well maybe not that slowly the candy disappears on the house and NO ONE knows who it possibly was?!?! hehe a fun but annoying tradition as we usually have icing issues too!