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Gingerbread

Sunday, November 28, 2010

I hope you had a great Thanksgiving!  We had everyone here at our home, the boys were delighted (and a delight) and the company and food were very nice.  Well, except that I didn't follow the directions completely on a new recipe for one particular side item and it came out awful (it's my fault for fiddling around!  One of those times when you have to tell yourself how boring perfection can be, right!?).  Everything else was yummy.  I got all my pies made for the neighborhood church that feeds the hungry, and made enough pralines that we were able to share with most of our neighbors.  I hope you had a great holiday too!  What a wonderful time of the year!

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Av does business with The Gingerbread Lady in B'ham and guess what he brought home last week:

Chanukah Gingerbread House
A Chanukah gingerbread house!  Love it!

Chanukah Gingerbread House

She also makes custom gingerbread houses so if you're having a big dinner party and want to have one made to look like your own home, she does those too.  Nice!
Chanukah Gingerbread House

I tried to make a gingerbread house about five years ago - was going to make our synagogue out of gingerbread - I started with a template, cut out the windows:
Gingerbread
...but when I took one of the pieces out of the oven, it had a crack going up one side (which got even bigger as the piece cooled).  There are a zillion guides for how to cook and cool gingerbread so that doesn't happen, but I only found out about it after doing this experiment.  Ah.  But it doesn't make me love it any less.

On Flickr there's this pic of two Chanukah houses and another of a house with little menorah candles as fencing.

The Grove Park Inn in Asheville has the annual National Gingerbread House Competition, and the entries are all up from now through January 2nd.  These are pics from previous years.

Not sure how I found this one, but someone made a S'mores Nativity for their front yard holiday decorations.  S'mores?  Ooookay....

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