Friday, December 16, 2011

Decorating Gingerbread Men

I bake almost everything from scratch.... except gingerbread for decorating.  I can't bring myself to pass the delicious soft stage and bake it long enough to create the necessary solid structure.  I hate choosing between texture and stability.  So I buy a gingerbread kit each year for us to decorate.  Then if I want to actually eat delicious gingerbread (as opposed to so-so tasting rock-hard gingerbread), I make it with no plans to decorate it. 

Here is the layout from our gingerbread decorating in 2008 when Trevor was 2.  This is one of my all-time favorite layouts.  That's my mom in the pictures with Trevor.


Here is Gingerbread Decorating in 2009:


And here is 2010:


Here are the pictures from this year's decorating.  Check out Trevor's mad piping skills.  There aren't too many 5 year olds that know how to properly wield a pastry bag.  But in this house, you learn to work a pastry bag as a toddler.

 
Here's Trevor's finished cookie.

 
And here's Steve with his:

 
I was sitting across the table from Trevor and Steve as they were decorating.  As I saw their upside-down gingerbread men, I realized that the shape looked a bit familiar. 

 
It looks even better with some pink sugar on the ears and nose.

 
2011 has truly been The Year of the Rabbit around here!

6 comments:

  1. Your photos and layouts are adorable! I love your clean style it makes are your pages have a classic look.

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  2. Loveeeeeeeeee the lo's ... and those photos are ADORABLE!! I loveeeeeeeeeeee your gingerbread men! :):):):):):):):):):):):):):)

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  3. What a fun tradtion. We have done gingerbread houses the last couple of years but this year, we got the gingerbread men kit. I can't wait to make them. Love, love, love, the rabbit, so clever!

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  4. Awesome showcase of fabulous photos! Love that you document the yearly activities! :)

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  5. I love reading about your family and seeing pictures. Makes my heart happy knowing there are such wonderful families in this would like yours. Enjoy this week leading up to Christmas!

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  6. wow- cute idea to use a gingerbread man cutter in another way.

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