Blogmas Day 15: Christmas recipes

In today’s coordinated Babes in Blogland Blogmas post, we’re all sharing our favourite Christmas recipes… and I’m not qualified because I DON’T COOK OR BAKE!  So instead of sharing a recipe, today I’m showing you the gingerbread house I got:
Minions!  I’ve built a few gingerbread houses in my time – usually I like having a Christmas movie playing in the background and I go to town. 😀

When I bought it at the supermarket, the cashier positively squealed when she spotted this item, lol. Here’s what the package looks like fresh out of the box:
The instructions aren’t very detailed – nowhere did it say that these pieces needed to be cut apart, but I’m one of those people who likes to pre-plan before starting a project, so I knew these pieces looked dodgy!
Starting to glue the base structure:
I wish I could tell you this gingerbread house build went off without a hitch… but the damn icing wouldn’t STICK onto the gingerbread pieces! I assembled the base as shown and then proceeded to attached the roof, only for the base to collapse on me!  This is pre-roof, pre-collapse:
This is what it looks like after the 2nd attempt, notice the amount of icing I had to slap on the seams:
And because I had to use extra icing, I basically depleted my decorating glue for the gumdrops and sprinkles… I had to make do. Here it is assembled and decorated before I ran out of icing:
Feast on your eyes on this!
(Scroll back up to the top of this post and compare to the photo on the box… 😆 )

And less than an hour after it was assembled, one of the side walls caved in – the structure still stands but it’s a 3-walled house… “open concept living quarters” 😉  This was such a challenging experience for an adult to do, I can’t imagine making this as a kid!  Geez. 🙄

And that’s how I “bake” for the holidays! Have you ever built a gingerbread house before?  What’s YOUR favourite Christmas recipe?

Be sure to check out the rest of the Babes in Blogland for their favourite Christmas recipes:
♥ Ingrid of Curly.Spring.Blossom
♥ Sharon of Sharon Beauty Prime
♥ Kaily of Hello Kaily
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48 thoughts on “Blogmas Day 15: Christmas recipes

  1. Pretty dang good job, especially considering the glue was giving you problems! Hahaha love the minions in front of the house.
    It’s been a REALLY long time since I built a gingerbread house…the last time I was probably not even 10? Makes me want to try it again as an adult!
    This sounds like a silly question, but do you eat the house after, or just throw it away?

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    1. Nope, I don’t eat the house after… it’ll be too stale by then! Although I was tempted to eat some of the gumdrops while I was building it…
      You totally should build a gingerbread house! Despite the challenges I faced with the icing, it was still fun and the house sits proudly in our living room. 😀

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        1. Haha yes, she’s the in-laws. We will hang out with her during Christmas. We’ve been warned that our presents all have teeth marks on the boxes, and there are NO decorations this year. She’s quite a handful! 😛 She’s not even a year old yet so…

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  2. You’re the best maker every 😉 Love the open concept living for sure, you should consider putting in a pool by the open wall for a nice backdrop! I haven’t seen this in the stores here but my son would love it, I’ll have to keep my eyes you! He calls minions “nana” cause of the banana song, lol.

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  3. That came out pretty well. I’m amazed the gingerbread wasn’t smashed to bits once out of the box. Usually that’s our luck so I don’t buy the sets too often. We lucked out though for Halloween and found an intact haunted gingerbread house set at a craft store by us.

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    1. I was a little bit worried the pieces would be broken too. I made sure I chose a box from the back of the shelf, because who know what grabby little hands have been on the front ones!
      Haha I’ve not seen a haunted gingerbread house before!

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    1. Haha I didn’t curse much but my SO did walk by a few times and asked if I was still enjoying making it, since I kept saying “oh no! C’mon stay!”
      I googled “ginger baking background” and found that picture! 😀

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  4. We tried doing it last year and yes the icing glue is tricky part.It’s a challenge to make all the four walls stand.Ours ended up like a storm just hit town hahaha! This year instead of building a gingerbread house, I bought just the gingerbread cookies for my little boy to decorate them. I do like your open concept house. Looks so good! 😉 xo

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    1. I might do gingerbread cookies to decorate and EAT them! That’s the only thing about the gingerbread house – I don’t get to eat it since it’s so stale by the time Christmas is over.


  5. That is just too awesome! I adore minions 🙂
    I would like to pretend I have time to bake a gingerbread house myself, but who has the time for that? This looks like the perfect shortcut 🙂
    xx Anne


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