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!


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

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

  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!

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

  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!

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


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