One of the best things about this time of year are the Gingerbread houses. I love building them and love to see what other people have come up with. It’s always interesting to see what others do and I am often able to learn a trick or two from each piece I look at. I’ve kind of been out the gingerbread building game for the last couple of years, but this last little adventure, with my daughter, reminded me of how much I like building and decorating them. I can’t wait until she gets older and we can take on some serious projects together. But, for now I’m happy building a few simple houses and letting her “decorate” them as she sees fit (meaning trying to fit candy on every available surface there is!).
No list on gingerbread houses would be complete with a link to The Grove Park Inn Resort & Spa. They hold the premier gingerbread house contest in the country with entries coming in from coast to coast. I hope to someday make it there either as a contestant or just to browse, enjoy the efforts of others and soak up the holiday spirit. For now though, just check out the pictures from the best of this year’s show here.
Craft Elf has a great, indepth site for the novice gingerbread house maker. They’ve got a lot of great information and very detailed explanations and pictures for building your house.
It’s not often I hawk a product or a book here, on my blog, but with this month’s theme being gingerbread, I felt I had to give a nod to this book which can be found on Amazon. I own this book and have for a number of years. It is full of great ideas and the recipes all work well. I highly recommend this book for anyone interested in getting into the making of gingerbread houses.
And because I can’t get enough of over-the-top gingerbread houses, here’s another site filled with large, ornate houses.