Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Gingerbread Tradition!!!

The Crew!!! From left to right, Sophie, Mike, Mike's girlfriend Brooke, my daughter Kathy, Hannah Rose

The Village...Sooooo Sweet.........

Hannah Rose made this one...
Gingerbread Row

About ten years ago now, my retired teacher friend Mary, asked me to help her with a gingerbread house project. She would be hosting the event at the Boys Club in Fall River, MA. About ninety children showed up that day and a great and busy time was had by all. Several more volunteers helped as well. Mary had been saving and rinsing empty milk cartons from the school lunch program for several weeks.
Lots of sticky fingers with many a lick to clean them off afterwards. 

Mary suggested that this would be a great project to do with my own grandchildren.
She graciously gave me the leftover candy, crackers and candy. I would just need to buy more frosting. Try the dollar store, she suggested. They are much cheaper there. Later I learned that this gracious lady had paid for the entire project herself. Teachers! Our Unsung Heroes!!!

 Little did I know then that this would become part of our Family Christmas  Tradition.
To my surprise the kids asked if we could make them again this year!
I really thought I would get that eye roller glare from the little darlings, if I had suggested the project once again.
Maybe they are just getting to old, I pondered.
Mike's girlfriend Brooke joined in this year.
This event is usually a Grandma exclusive. No friends allowed, at the children's request!
Daughter Kathy joined us as well. 
A Sweet Christmas Blessing!!! 
Start your own tradition with your little or big ones.
Very easy and loads of fun!

You will need:
 paper plates
small milk or juice cartons (square works best) save or drink contents
canned white frosting (try the dollar store)
box of graham crackers
Christmas candy any variety
candy sprinkles
Christmas Peeps, etc. etc. etc.
plastic butter knives work best,
 keep an eye on the little ones, 
little fingers work too

Spread a dollop of frosting on the bottom of a carton, press firmly to a paper plate. 
Carefully break graham crackers into squares for the main body of the house.
Spread with frosting and press firmly on all 4 carton sides. 

Press two more squares at the peak of the carton forming a roof. 
You may want to staple the opening of the roof closed first.
Let the edges of the roof hang over the main body. 

Fill in the peaks of the roof with pieces of graham cracker or a large dollop of frosting.
Let the fun begin!
Spread extra frosting around the house and let your imagination run amuck. 

There is no right or wrong way!
Each is unique, take lots of photos. 

They are fun to see year after year.
Feeling the joy!!!

Now all I have to do is clean the frosting off of my camera!!! YIKES!


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Gail Dixon said...

This sounds so fun! Your photos prove that everyone is enjoying themselves. I wish we had our kids and grandkids nearby. Merry Christmas, Rosemary! Thank you for being such a great blogging buddy. :)

Anonymous said...

Too cute and sweet, Rosemary.

Wishing you and your family a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

Grandma Barb's This and That said...

What a fun tradition and the village is so cute!
Merry Christmas to you and your family!

MarmePurl said...

Merry Christmas Rosemary

Deanna said...

What a fun tradition...kids are funny about traditions, and don't ya just love that they still want to do things just like when they were little ones. Merry Christmas and many blessings to you and your family!!

Reena Walkling said...

How fun! Merry Christmas, Rosemary!

Barbara said...

What a lovely tradition!

Wishing you a wonderful and warm Christmas, surrounded by those you love most.

H A P P Y H O L I D A Y S !

Debbie said...

i would like to start this tradition with my great niece next christmas, what a wonderful idea!!

and those houses aren't bad either!!

Barbara said...

this just made me smile and to see how they all decorated them is priceless. So fun, thanks for sharing.

Anonymous said...

Hi Rosemary, now I'm craving gingerbread :)

Yes we are blessed to live in southern comfort, aren't we.
Hope you are well n happy :)

Farida JT said...

Hello Ms Rosemary, it's been sometime since the last time I've been here... your travel expeditions are truly awesome and the photos you've taken are amazing! :) Similarly your newly revamped blog is beautiful! :) Regards!

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