Just for Fun…..

Gingerbread creations, not just for kids you know.  For 5 years now, a group of us have gotten together with our kids/grandkids to create gingerbread houses every Christmas.  We get together around 7-10 days before the holiday and for some of us we revert to kids and have a tremendous time!  For the first 4 years we made the traditional house.  Steven makes the cardboard structure for us to build on.  (My husband is wonderful, he somehow makes everything I come up with to have fun on!)  We decided to use graham crackers as our gingerbread, we found the kids didn’t have to worry about breaking the pieces, gave them freedom to play.

1stgingerbreadhouseMy First Gingerbread House! 2008

dandhisgbtrain Our Grandson, Donovan’s First Gingerbread House! 2010

keegwgbhouseOur Granddaughter Keegan’s First Gingerbread House – 2009

logcabingbhouseThe year of the log cabin – 2012

We usually pool all the candy, everyone brings a nice assortment and we share what we have.  I save the left overs for the next year.  I think we must go through 7 to 8 batches of frosting, depending on how many are able to attend.  After everyone left last year, I was hoping to find a different shape to decorate the next year.  I think we were all, well the adults for sure, in need of a change.

A Harry & David catalog came in the mail this past November and I found the perfect solution.

harrydavidtrainA TRAIN!  Steven jumped right on it and he made us some trains to do this year.  I emailed everyone the picture so they could have a visual when they bought their candy this year.  I knew we would need cookies for the wheels and was anticipating where this would take everyone.  I had so much fun with this train…………..

sideviewgbtrainfrontviewgbtrainWe have so much fun, laughing and being childlike with our kids.  I can’t tell you how relaxing and enjoyable this day is, it is a full day too.  We start at 10am and I think we start finishing around 3pm to 4pm.  Yes, the kids will tell you, I am always the last to finish! LOL.  Well, I do have to get up and make all the frosting you know.

If you are looking for a fun way to socialize with your adult friends as well as all the children too, give this a try!  Pick a holiday and design your houses or trains to fit the theme.  Oh my goodness!  I can only imagine how a Halloween Mansion would look or an Easter Village.  Hmmmmmm gets me thinking……….. Cyn


About designbycyn

Sonoma County, California ceramic enthusiasts Cyn and Steven Gradek have worked in the clay medium since 1996. They had a retail store where they held classes and provided the essentials for fellow ceramic enthusiasts. The business evolved into producing for other retail outlets and artist. Which quickly grew and they closed the retail storefront and concentrated on the wholesale business. With their 3 children raised and on their own, they had time to pursue their own creativity. Cyn learned how to embroider from her Grandma Cirner at a young age. After that she found sewing, cross stitching, crocheting, well you get the jist, LOL. She hasn't met a craft that she hasn't liked. Blogging was suggested by her youngest daughter, Colleen. At first it was a battle to get her to try it, but eventually Cyn started to enjoy the exercise. The blog on Cyn's website designbycyn.com was limiting, so Colleen got her started with Wordpress. Hope you enjoy her Adventures with Creativity!
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