… gingerbread houses?
Actually, I know. They definitely are still a thing for those who know what they’re doing.
Here in Amherstburg, we’re in full swing for the Christmas season. Of course, there are the lights at the King’s Navy Yard and Toddy Jones’ Park but a real highlight – particularly on cold nights – is the warming house.
In there, you can talk to Santa or grab a cup of hot chocolate. But, the showcase for us is always the gingerbread house competition. That brought back a memory.
At one time, growing up, my mother bought a gingerbread house kit for my brother and me to make and enter into our own local competition. The kit was something like this.
For the two of us, it was yet another thing to fight over and the work that it required was tedious and there was a great deal of attention to detail. That was something that neither of us were good at and so our product never made it out of the house. It looked like it was assembled by two people with no skill and no particular interest in doing a good job. The no skill goes without saying and I’ll admit; after the first burst of enthusiasm, we did lose interest. If I remember correctly, our “house” ended up looking more like broken ginger cookies assembled in a pile. But, we had fluffy cotton batting to look like snow.
For a Sunday, your gingerbread stories please…
- Do you like the taste of gingerbread? If yes, plain or what’s your favourite topping?
- Have you ever assembled a gingerbread house kit?
- Is gingerbread a staple around your house for the month of December?
- Have you ever made a gingerbread house “from scratch”?
- What is the most unusual thing that you’ve seen added to a gingerbread house?
- Does your community have a gingerbread house competition?
As always, I’d be interested in your stories. Please share them in the comments below.
This is part of a regular Sunday series on this blog; you can read them all here.
In case you’re curious, yes, there were a number of gingerbread houses created by kit but the blue ribbon winners showed skill and innovation. I’m way out of my league but certainly appreciated the work of others.