The past 6 years or more, we have enjoyed assembling Gingerbread houses. After they are decorated the houses become part of my Christmas decorations. This year I thought it would be nice to include Grandma in how we prepare for Christmas. She will help us assemble houses today. Next week we are going to decorate for Christmas ( a tree and all!) before she has to leave to go home.
(Okay for all you betheelou readers who think I am Martha Stewart, Susie Homemaker or Bethee Crocker... I am NOT! I PURCHASE my gingerbread houses kits and we assemble them. This year, we didn't even have to mix the frosting! Wonderful! I know myself pretty good. I have established that I do not have enough patience to whip up a batch of gingerbread, cut out shapes, bake the shapes, throw a great royal icing together, and assemble all the pieces knowing they turned out to the contractors specifications. I know that sounds like too much work!. I DID try using graham crackers last year. It wasn't pretty! Don't use graham crackers in a home heated with wood heat!"
We also made cinnamon ornaments for our tree today. That was FUN! #2 son was having a blast. It was like playing in the mud.
Recipe~ 1 C. Ground Cinnamon, 3/4 C. to 1 C. prepared applesauce. Mix in medium size glass bowl, mix with wooden spoon until thick dough forms. Roll out onto a cinnamon covered board until about 1/4" thick. Cut out shapes with cookie cutters. Make holes with a straw to insert ribbon through after they are dry. Bake on a cookie sheet, 2 hours at 200 degrees until almost dry. Remove to wire rack or wax paper. Allow to completely dry, (mine are still not hard, maybe a few more days.) Thread about 6" ribbon through hole, knot it, hang on Christmas tree. If the scent wears off in future years, may add 1 drop of cinnamon oil to each ornament. Pack well between seasons. They will be fragile.