by Mrs. WSL
As you all know, Josh is into kettlebells. Well, I have a passion as well, but it’s for gingerbread. I spend the whole year thinking about what gingerbread house design I’ll tackle for the holidays. Really. In January, I can get this dreamy, far off look in my eyes and Josh will ask if I’m thinking about him, and no, sorry but no, it will be a gingerbread house design coming together.
It’s not my fault. His family has been making the houses since he was a teenager. The house building started on the Friday after Thanksgiving with Josh’s mom and sisters sometime back in the ‘90s. They chiseled and hot glued graham crackers together into impressive houses. On the day after Christmas it was Josh and his brother’s job to destroy the houses with a baseball bat so they would fit into the garbage can.
When I joined the family, I was inducted into “Gingerbread Day.” It was glorious. I helped to up the ante. Each year there has been some kind of innovation–real gingerbread, larger houses, lighted boards, glitter paint, etc. Now, gingerbreading (should be a verb) takes several days preparation and then a marathon push. Since we don’t all live close together anymore, I’ve been meeting with Josh’s sister, Lindsey, to make our houses.
We met a few weeks ago for Gingerbread Day 2010. I thought you might like to see some pictures. Lindsey works for a cooking store and makes a house to display there as well as one for her own home. I used to make more than one house, but then our entered the picture and having a toddler, well, you know. I’ve started to do some blogging about gingerbread over on hub pages, so if you want to see some more pictures, head over there to my post about Gingerbread house tips.
Oh, and by the way, I already know what I’ll be doing for gingerbread 2011. Now I have a year to work out the details.
Any crafters out there reading my meathead husband’s blog? Have any of you ever made a gingerbread anything? I’d love to compare notes and see your pictures of gingerbread houses, just in case you’ve got ’em.