Tasty Tuesday: Slow as Molasses

Yesterday, I threw out the molasses that I bought for last Christmas’s gingerbread. Replacing it is high on my “to do” list as I promised the boys that we would make a gingerbread house on Saturday, which is also Little Ironman’s fifth birthday.

Constructing the house is bound to be an all-day affair as I was 21 when I made my last one (from scratch) for my younger brothers. Every year, at Christmas dinner, they remind me about it, and that makes me feel guilty for not baking one for my own boys.

It’s not that I’m lazy. Time is the first reason. It takes a long time to make a gingerbread house, and I’m sure that the time needed to bake one increases exponentially with the number of children you have. Secondly, every year that I’ve talked about baking one, the boys insist on making many with Graham Wafers and icing – the way they did at preschool. Sometimes, easy is always the best way. And, finally, I refuse to pay for a pre-fabricated house at the grocery store when I know I can make one; I just have to dig up my recipe.

Next Tasty Tuesday, I’ll post a picture of our creation (or demolition, whichever comes first). Are you baking a gingerbread house this year? Send me a picture to ballsintheair at live dot com and I’ll include it in the post.

And…make sure you check out Mike’s giveaway at Twenty-Six Point Two is my Cooldown for an iPod shuffle. But, don’t enter because I want to win it!

5 Replies to “Tasty Tuesday: Slow as Molasses”

  1. Cynthia! Excellent job with your 10.8K, your race report was very engaging. Now how can we help you let go of your Matrix guy nightmares?

    I totally wanted to make homemade gingerbread houses, but was outvoted by the low cost of the pre-fab. Can't wait to see how yours turn out. Hope you and the kids have fun!

  2. Two years ago my mom and I bought one of those kits to make a gingerbread house – complete with the frosting and little drops of candy. It looked HORRIBLE!! A 30 year old should have been able to create something much prettier. My days of crafting with food are over! Now I'll just eat the food instead!

    With that said, Friday night I am baking and decorating Christmas cookies for the first time in my entire life. I hope it isn't an epic fail like my little house was!

    I'm still trying to figure out how you made those things from scratch!!

  3. I've thought about baking our own, but I actually like the pre-made ones. My boys love decorating it, and eating lots of the candy themselves…ha ha. Plus, they're 3 and 5 and being easy is key for us!

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