Saturday, December 16, 2006

Gingerbread/Love.





Well then. This should be plenty of pictures to satisfy your gingerbread fix for the 2006 Christmas season. My kids have enjoyed nibbling on this village already...it will probably be half gone by Christmas. The snow frosting is actually quite tasty this year- more vanilla and shortening in the recipe, so it is softer and sweeter, but still did the trick holding all the houses and trees together.
It is becoming a tradition around here. One that Grandma Karen instilled in me back when I was expecting Teagan- that was 10 years ago. I haven't made houses every year, but I plan to do so from here on out. The kids had fun doing their own decorating this year...and Chip is twice as skilled with the 'framing' and 'roofing' as he was last year. I think he'll be ready for the Food Network Gingerbread Challenge in another year or two.
Things are calming down around here in regards to our health and sleep patterns. Wyndham isn't back to her usual self and diet...but she's headed in the right direction, so that's a good thing. I'm hoping we're all immune to everything out there for the next couple of months, at least. Now I can turn my focus back to gearing up for Christmas and having fun with all that goes along with the season.
I can't close this post without mentioning my parents and wishing them a Happy 39th Wedding Annivesary. They have had their share of ups and downs through the years, as we all do, but I have seen them grow more and more in love with each other. What a wonderful example they have been to me and countless others year after year! Here's to 39 more {at least!} even though my Mom doesn't want to get THAT old! =) Love from your favorite Nitty.Gritty. blog.

7 comments:

Anonymous said...

What a beautiful gingerbread village!!! Enjoy reading your blog and hope Wyndham is better, soon. Happy Holidays.

Anonymous said...

What a beautiful gingerbread village!!! Enjoy reading your blog and hope Wyndham is better, soon. Happy Holidays.

patterns of ink said...

It was fun to see the kids actually nibbling on your village Thursday when we came by to see Wyndham. Too many times such things are to be seen but not touched. You guys have the right idea!

Kris said...

Okay, I'll ask the question everyone is wondering...

Is this a kit or did you make it all from scratch?

Please let us know!

tammy said...

Hiya Jody~
Yes, I was wondering too whether or not it was a pre-made kit or you made all the gingerbread yourself. I am guessing you made it yourself just because you just seem talented enough to do that and because you have the pieces "cooling" on wax paper and a wire rack...or maybe that was just to make us think it was homemade? lol None the less its an ADORABLE little village..you are such a clever mom. =) Hope Wyndham is feeling better~
God bless,
Tammy in Michigan

Anonymous said...

...just a random/quick note... my name is mackenzie and somehow as i was clicking thru my "blog-fix" websites, i came across yours and wanted to say wow and how amazed i am! you seem like such an amazing person, with such strength and positvity! ...not to mention the fact that you seem like a very trendy scrapbooking mom! lol, that's my future goal... seeing as how i am only 17... i can dream right? lol.

Anonymous said...

ok -- my kids are wanting to make a GINGERBREAD CHURCH -- how can a mom refuse that request -- but i have a question -- were the cookies GOOD ??? did they taste good ??? not like the YUCKY store bought kit -- we tried that before and my kids thought it was gross and we couldn't keep the walls up -- so in general i need some Nitty Gritty Help =- PLEASE ;)