The icing mix was easy to make but the mess... god, the mess... There was white and green icing EVERYWHERE. And to top it off, the instructions on the bag of icing were all wrong. We used almost twice as much water to get that "toothpaste" feel and once it was poured in the decorating bag, it started to ooze out! lol Once that was done, I created a base of the gingerbread tree with cardboard and foil. Nothing fancy, just a circle cut out wrapped in foil. Then we started building the tree, which was simple enough... just place icing on a star shapped cookie and stack em up. At this point, I look over to the girls to see how there were doing, since we were doing just awesomely. lol And I see the wife struggling to build the house. I ask the girls how they're doing and this exchanged happened:
Me: How you ladies doing?
Oldest Daughter: Ok, I guess. I'm just watching.
Wife: You're not watching, baby. You're supervising.
Oldest Daughter: No I'm not. I'm just watching.
All the while, the youngest daughter is sitting there holding the decorating bag of icing and letting it drip into her hand.
Me: What are you doing, baby?
Youngest Daughter: Nothing, just holding the bag.
At this point, the wife figured that the girls were getting bored, watching her trying to keep together the gingerbread house. She asked me to build it because "men are better at building things" which the girls gladly agreed. lol So I stepped in and put together the house and once the icing dried up, let the kids go at it.
|Instructions? Who needs instructions when you have imagination!|
|Too bad they need to be eaten!|
All in all, it was a fun experience. The clean up is a pain, but the kids enjoyed it. Considering that it's our first one ever, not too bad, right? Next time, we'll learn how to do the swirls, icicles, and all the other fancy stuff in the instruction booklet. But until then, we have these delicious looking structures that we built. Later!