Ho! Ho! Ho! It's Christmas week! My out of town family has arrived and the grandchildren are happily getting re-acquainted and making mess after joyful mess.
One of the food wonders of the holiday season, especially for children has to be the Gingerbread House. I confess, I have never made an authentic gingerbread house with patterns and all that because... well, because I'm lazy! I'm all about the easy and convenient whenever and wherever possible.
When my kids were little we made faux gingerbread houses out of graham cracker squares glued together with copious amounts of royal icing and decorated with gobs of candy. I saw such joy and pride reflected in their eyes when we were finished. To them they were masterpieces of architecture and well deserving of favorable comparison against the most magnificent of dwellings created by any master baker! What mattered least was perfection and most was the memories made and cherished throughout the years.
Maybe one day I'll tackle the fancy gingerbread houses depicted on the covers of glossy magazines but somehow I doubt it. More than likely when the grandchildren are old enough I'll buy boxes of graham crackers and bags of candies, mix bowls of sugary icing and make more messy memories with the little ones I love but right now I'm content with baking these Gingerbread Mini Loaves and picking up toys with an indulgent smile.
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