Team Natural or Team Artificial?: Gingerbread houses

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Team Natural or Team Artificial?

By Trish
December 24, 2014

It's Christmas Eve. Come grab a cup or glass of your beverage of choice and discuss your holiday decor with a few of your closest gardening friends!

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Name: Dave Whitinger
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dave
Dec 23, 2014 6:08 PM CST

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Can I boast and share this photo of the gingerbread house that @Katie and @Jon made?

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Dec 23, 2014 6:28 PM CST
Fresh here except some silk poinsettias for the fresh wreaths for the cemetery....looking for lost pictures....more later.
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plantladylin
Dec 23, 2014 7:15 PM CST
Great job on that Gingerbread house Katie & Jon, it really is pretty and looks yummy! Thumbs up
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flaflwrgrl
Dec 23, 2014 9:30 PM CST
I agree! That is certainly boast worthy @dave
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Name: josephine
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frostweed
Dec 24, 2014 8:19 AM CST
Very lovely Gingerbread house Katie and Jon, how long did it take to make it? Smiling
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dave
Dec 24, 2014 8:34 AM CST

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They worked on it for a few hours! Maybe 3 hours total.
Name: josephine
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frostweed
Dec 24, 2014 9:03 AM CST
Well, I would say that is might good work for such a short time Hurray!
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dave
Dec 24, 2014 9:59 AM CST

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I have to correct myself. The 3 hours was just the time they spent decorating it. It took them all day to make the gingerbread and the icing and all that. Smiling
Name: josephine
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frostweed
Dec 24, 2014 11:05 AM CST
It is still very good work, and the longer time spent on it shows their dedication to the task, which many young people lack. Smiling
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texaskitty111
Dec 24, 2014 11:20 AM CST
Go ahead and throw this in the sandbox, but i've always wanted to know if people eat the gingerbread houses, or save as a decoration for the following year? Team eat, or team save?
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Name: Jon Whitinger
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Dec 24, 2014 12:48 PM CST

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We normally leave the gingerbread house up for a while, then throw it away. We don't keep it for the next year so that we can make a new one every year. We don't eat it because the bread gets stale, and the candy that we used it not very good. Everybody that sees our gingerbread house says that its the best gingerbread house they have ever seen.
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flaflwrgrl
Dec 24, 2014 12:52 PM CST
I bet it smells good & is fun to do.
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Name: josephine
Arlington, Texas (Zone 8a)
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frostweed
Dec 24, 2014 1:00 PM CST
Jon, you and Katie are so talented and smart, and no wonder, considering who your parents are. Smiling
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texaskitty111
Dec 25, 2014 7:21 AM CST
That's an option i obviously didnt consider, @jon. I was thinking you would have every years house out on display. From when you were 3 and 5, and the gb house was crooked and sloppy. Thank you for explaining. It is a beautiful house.
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beckygardener
Dec 25, 2014 8:15 AM CST
Beautiful! Was this house entered into a contest? I see another house right next to it?

It is adorable! A lot of detail went into making such a delightful gingerbread house. The only thing lacking is a Gingerbread Boy (or Girl). Future Home Designers and Decorators, Jon & Katie?

We read the Gingerbread Man, Gingerbread Boy, Gingerbread Girl, Gingerbread Baby, and Gingerbread Friends books in class in December. The 4 and 5 year old students love it! They get to decorate their own "foam" Gingerbread ornaments for their home Christmas Tree. We decorated the classroom door with a cookie sheet (made out of foil) and I placed all their Gingerbread Boys/Girls on the sheet for the school to enjoy. Some of the "cookies" were pretty funny. Little children have such a great imagination!
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Name: Dave Whitinger
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Dec 25, 2014 8:43 PM CST

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beckygardener said:Beautiful! Was this house entered into a contest? I see another house right next to it?


The one beside was made by Trish and me working together. It was nice but not as nice as theirs. Smiling
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beckygardener
Dec 26, 2014 6:10 PM CST
That's a great idea! A family Gingerbread House competition! Did the younger kiddos make one too? Are the walls made using a recipe and special baking pan? It's very interesting how it appears to be constructed.
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Name: Dave Whitinger
Jacksonville, Texas (Zone 8b)
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dave
Dec 26, 2014 6:26 PM CST

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Yes, we had three houses made: Trish&me, Katie&Jon and Abigail&Simon. They were all great but K&J's exceeded everyones.

There was a regular gingerbread recipe that they followed, and the walls were made using a special mold, something kind of, but not exactly, like this: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00PGVPUHQ/
Name: Becky
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beckygardener
Dec 26, 2014 11:13 PM CST
Thanks, Dave! That's a cool mold set. I've not seen one before. Didn't know they even made them. Cool competition!
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Trish
Dec 27, 2014 7:57 AM CST

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We tried to make them without a mold our first year...and the results were less than stellar. I figured we had many many years ahead of us making gingerbread houses, so I might as well invest a bit into it Green Grin! I bought 2 molds, each mold makes one house. We make a triple batch of gingerbread, fill 2 molds and roll out the rest on a pan for extras (like the front porch they made), and eat the rest Green Grin!

Next year the little boys will probably make their own as well. This year they only cared about eating it Whistling
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