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Friday, December 17, 2010

Gingerbread Houses and Christmas Baking

Almost every year for the past twenty-five years, I've made gingerbread houses. Some have been for the family, some for gifts, and some have been used as fundraisers for schools and choirs. I love how the house smells of ginger and cinnamon for the month before Christmas. And it's so much fun to build the houses from scratch, and then decorate with delicious treats.
This year I wasn't feeling well enough to make the houses,so I'll show you pictures of the ones I made last year:

I think I'll have to make some gingerbread cookies instead.
I did bake some butterscotch brownies, pan shortbread, and butterscotch oat squares.

But they're already gone! Guess I'll have to bake some more.

Here's hoping you have fun Christmas baking, too. Yum!
Thanks for visiting.
Hugs from Suz


  1. Suztats,
    Wow, I love the village you done of the houses. Now that's my kind of houses to live in. No, I don't have a sweet tooth. I can just imagine all the fun we'd have living in them being creative making things.
    Yes, I know what you mean about baking goodies. I have yet to do our's for this year. This week that's my plan of things to do. Thanks for sharing them with me. I love baking but only as long as I have enough to do the eating. Thanks for sharing them with all of us!

  2. Lovely houses you made! Very inspiring! In Holland we do not make those kind of treats, but it sure looks nice!

  3. Your houses look fantastic - must be fun to make and decorate them, but only if you've plenty of time on your hands. Next week I'll be baking, I guess.... where does the time go???

  4. Thanks Bsotf, we sure could have fun playing in my houses, and when we got hungry, we could just eat a wall or window shutters. ha ha I'll be baking this weekend....my company arrives on the 21st. Happy Holidays!

  5. Thanks Tattingrid! They are fun to make, good to look at, and tasty, too! Happy Holidays to you and yours! Hugs

  6. Suz...how absolutely wonderful!!!I've never ,ade one, but LOVE looking at them.Yours are fabulous.What a lovely tradition!

  7. Thanks, Judy, I'm glad you like them! I do enjoy making them, though they seem a lot more work than they used to! Labour intensive, but a labour of love. Hugs

  8. Wow, fabulous, LOVE the candycane pergolas! I think you've done amazingly ...25 years? Sometimes we just have to stop. Or maybe one a year....just for your own celebrations. They must be delicious ;)

  9. Emma, thank you. They are yummy if you like sweet. The icing is too sweet for me, but I do enjoy the gingerbread and the candies.
    I think you're right about sometimes having to stop....or at least slow down a little. I do enjoy making them, but all those sweets aren't good for my waist, that's for sure. Hugs and Happy Holidays!

  10. How clever are you eh? Just love your gingerbread houses they are all so individual. I am sure they must be scrumptious. Looks like you are a fab cook. Also like the new header on your blog.

  11. Hi Shirley! Thank you for the lovely comments. I do like to decorate each house differently, sometimes to please the palate of the receiver, and sometimes just to experiment and try new things. Hugs

  12. Fantastic ginger bread houses. What a wonderful thing to do for so many years. Merry Christmas.x

  13. Thanks, Dian, glad you like my houses. Merry Christmas to you and yours.

  14. Suz, these are a labor of love and a lot of work! So cute!! And I like your red snowflake at the top!
    Hugs, Diane


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