Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Sweet Traditions

Happy St. Nick's Day!!  Did you wake up to find some yummy candy??
I put out treats for my kids and my hubby and am excited to talk to you about SWEETS today.

I look forward to doing something with gingerbread every year. 

I love the scent, but it's not my favorite flavor to EAT.  You'll find us building gingerbread houses, decorating cookies for fun not to eat and going to gingerbread house making parties every year.

This year we went to the gingerbread house making party at our country club.  It was really well done and even better than last year.  They had at least 6 different types of houses for the kids to pick from and Olive loved picking hers out.  I thought for sure she'd go with the Mickey and Minnie set, but she opted for Rudolph instead.  

Kevin is always in charge of the construction.  I love the icing that comes in the kits because it always sets so quickly and is really strong.  My homemade icing never does that.

She was thrilled to help out and wanted to get busy decorating.

Ta Da... the finished gingerbread house.  Fletcher just wanted to chew on the candy wrappers and Olive stuck out her tongue in every picture.  #reallife

No icing went to waste.  Or candy for that matter :)

A definite highlight of our party was the MEAL.  So much pasta goodness.

Fletcher got to sit in a high chair for the first time and seemed to enjoy it.  He ate a meal of Cheerios and Sofie :)  Can't wait to do this again next year!

Here are a few ways you can incorporate gingerbread into your holidays:

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or host a gingerbread decorating party of your own!!

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  1. This looks like a lot of fun!

  2. Awww...the house turned out great! I love how into it Olive was and that no icing went to waste. My kind of girl!! :)

  3. I have always thought that one year I would make a gingerbread house from scratch.... but I think that will be a year that my girls are more help :P. We have a kit waiting in the closet. I was going to do it this past weeekend but I felt gross. Hopefully soon. I love that you guys didn't let anything go to waste. That would be a shame for sure!

  4. What fun! We bought ours from Trader Joe's this year and it's a little alpine shaped thing. I am loving those paper ones you made with your students.

    Your country club seems like such a fun place for families. I can't get over the fact that you got to choose from different kits. It would be a lot of fun to make a night of it like y'all did!

  5. I LOVE gingerbread. My mom always orders us cookies from the local bakery and it's my absolute favorite. I tried making it once - major fail!

  6. The construction paper gingerbread house is such a cute idea!! And your meal at the cc looks so wonderful!
    Sarah at MeetTheShaneyfelts

  7. I love these ideas! We are going to make our gingerbread houses (from kits) soon!

  8. Oh that is some sweet fun! I love making a gingerbread house with Jack every year. Where do y'all display your finished house? Ours is just sitting by the coffee maker because it has to be up a little because Jack will eat the candy off of it weeks later.

  9. We started the tradition of putting together a gingerbread house last year and we will do it again this year. I love that we can display the house for all to see once we are finished with it.

  10. So fun Whitney!! Your country club sounds like a wonderful, family friendly place! One of our Christmas Traditions is to make gingerbread houses on Christmas Eve. I use the word "houses" very loosely...it's basically a mess of graham crackers, icing, sprinkles and candy...but the kids love it! :)


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