Easy Gingerbread Houses

 

I have been blessed with an incredible friend.  One who is faithful, trustworthy, always has an encouraging word to share, and a great listening ear.  I am very thankful to God for bringing her into my life.  Her kids and mine are best friends and we all enjoy being together.

One thing we do to help each other out is take turns watching all of our children for a whole day every 6 to 8 weeks.  We all love it!  The moms each get a turn at having a whole day to themselves to plan, organize, catch up, or whatever!  And, the kids love it because, well, who doesn’t love being with their best friend for an entire day?

Last week was my turn to have a “planning day” and my friend watched all the kids.  She is so creative, I just had to share the project she helped the kids make.

Gingerbread houses can be made simply by using graham crackers!  They are SO cute and the kids had fun making their very own.  This one was made by my six year old (with a “little” help from my friend).

She has a great recipe for the snow icing.  It dries so hard it’s really like glue!  You can print it out below.

Easy Gingerbread Houses
Recipe Type: Fun for Kids
Serves: 2
This recipe makes enough for 2-3 gingerbread houses.
Ingredients
  • 3 egg whites
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons cream of tartar
  • 1 lb. confectioner’s sugar
  • 2 sleeves of graham crackers (1 per person)
  • Assorted candies for decorating (red licorice, gum drops, Nerds candy, mini candy canes, mints, skittles, smarties, flavored tootsie rolls, lifesavers, marshmallows for snowmen, etc.)
Instructions
  1. Beat eggs, cream of tartar and sugar for 7 to 10 minutes or until consistency is similar to peanut butter.
  2. Arrange graham crackers to make the shape of a house, using icing as “glue”. Press candies into icing. Enjoy!

 

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  1. Hi, I stopped by from Creative Blogger’s Party Hop. I’ve been looking for an easier way to make a gingerbread house and this looks like fun. Thanks so much for sharing.

    I’m a new follower. Please stop by when you have a chance.

    Michele

  2. You are indeed blessed to have such a wonderful friend! You are very lucky!

    Thanks so much for sharing your lovely pictures and ideas for making a gingerbread house. Her house looks amazing!

    I recently posted about Gingerbread houses on my Christmas blog. Please pop by if you have 5 minutes to spare-I would be honoured if you could link up this post!

    Best Christmas wishes,
    Natasha.

  3. Denise says:

    Thanks, Ginny :). You made my day!
    Denise

  4. Rebekah says:

    So cute! I’ve made graham gingerbread houses with my girls for several years but I think I need to try your friends icing recipe, because I haven’t been impressed with the varieties I’ve tried; they never seem to dry well enough.
    That house is adorable!

    • Ginny says:

      Thanks, Rebekah! I can tell you this icing dries very hard. It worked so well this year. I was totally impressed with how well they turned out.

  5. I’m so glad you have found a special relationship with your friend, and it’s great your kids feel the same way. The watching of the kids for 1 day is also a great idea. I love your gingerbread house. I have never made one before because they have always seemed so complicated. Thanks for sharing such an easier way to make. Thanks for sharing at Sunday’s Best.

  6. jamie says:

    very cute! we did these last year and they WERE so easy. our icing was a little different b/c of food allergies. and they sell gingerbread graham crackers too!

  7. Friendships are so important – and so are good recipes! I love how simple this one is. It would be wonderful if you could share this with my readers. Thanks for sharing! http://www.momontimeout.com/2011/12/taking-timeout-thursday-no-7.html

  8. lisa says:

    Love these! We used to make them in elementary school and I looked forward to it all year!

  9. Katie says:

    Adorable! I remember making these as a kid….loved them!

    And how awesome to have such a great friend…I love your idea of taking all the kids once in a while!

    I’m stopping in from Toys in the Dryer :D Have a fantastic weekend!

  10. Melanie says:

    How cute! Thanks for sharing! Thanks for linking to Things I’ve Done Thursday!

    Melanie
    Sew Rugged @ bear rabbit bear
    bearrabbitbear.blogspotcom

  11. Thanks so much for sharing on Taking A Timeout Thursday. I just shared on Facebook. Have a great weekend!

  12. Brittany says:

    Your gingerbread house is so cute! We usually buy a gingerbread house kit and decorate it but maybe I’ll try graham crackers this year. Thanks for sharing! I found you through Toys in the Dryer.

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