We wanted to make things feel as normal as possible at home, so we did plenty of holiday baking and that included making our annual gingerbread house! Our daughter takes charge of the house every year and I’m so grateful she still loves to participate. I’ll include a recipe for a homemade gingerbread house HERE, but we chose to pick up a kit at Target this year. If you’re looking for the easy way out, this is the best kit I’ve seen. The decorations are adorable and there is even a brace to help hold the roof together while it dries, making this kit unique to ones we have purchased in the past. I suggest decorating the side walls before standing them up. This keeps the icing from running and the candies in place. Once the icing has set, the walls can be assembled. If you end up with a kit that comes with a roof brace, you will want to wait on decorating the roof until it has been securely put in place. We made the mistake of decorating the roof before it was assembled which didn’t allow us to use the roof brace. We were then stuck holding the pieces in place until they dried. I think we would have had a much neater result if we had used the roof braces. I did think this gingerbread house was our best one yet and turned out adorable!
We also made plenty of other treats too! My favorite is still Sandy’s sugar cookies. You can find the link to her recipe HERE. By continuing to do the things we normally do this time of year, it made the world around us feel a bit more….well, NORMAL! If you don’t usually make a gingerbread house, it is the perfect year to start! Wishing you find peace, happiness and a little holiday cheer in the weeks to come.