Saturday, December 18, 2010

Gingerbread houses

Hello bloggy friends!
Yes, a new post!!  It's a christmas miracle!  :D

Well, my life is full as most of you, and some things just need to be put on the back burner.  I enjoy posting and I don't want it to become a "task" I check off on my to do list.  So, my goal starting in January will be to post at least once a week.  If you subscribe, you'll get my posts right in your inbox.  That will save you from randomly checking the blog to see if there's a new post.  But, whatever you prefer.  I just am so grateful for you checking in, and my hearts desire to to be a blessing to you.

so, today I'm sharing Graham cracker gingerbread houses and my christmas eve menu.  I'll post the recipe's later, but at least you'll know what's cookin'.

Here's a link to instructions on how to do the gingerbread houses.  My kids had a great time!
Also included here is a recipe for royal icing.  If you want to be 'safe' from not eating raw egg whites you can actually buy them pasturized at your local grocery store.

After 'glueing' together, let them set for about 15 min.

Our decorations

Last year my husband and I decided to have a Christmas Eve open house.  His family is out of state so we don't see them at Christmas, and we see mine on Christmas day.  So we don't typically have plans on Christmas Eve.  We've been out of the habit of attending Christmas Eve services for a couple reasons... first, we were at a church for a long time that didn't have Christmas Eve or Christmas Day services unless it was actually a Sunday, in order to allow more time with family.  Second, our kids still go to bed pretty early, so it just hasn't worked all that well.  Anyway, we thought probably no one would come, but let's just try it.  And to our surprise many friends stopped by and it was such a delight!  Most came by on there way to or from a family gathering or something, but we were just so grateful to spend a little time with loved ones.  So, we are doing it again this year.  
Here is my menu:

Texas Beef Brisket

Bacon wrapped apricots
Bacon wrapped jalepenos 
Hummus with focaccia 
Cheese and sweet potato pasties 
Olive/pickle tray
Fruit jellies 
Cranberry/pistachio cheese roll w/crackers
Cheese/cracker tray
Chocolate crunch brownies

Sparkling punch w/cranberries and mint

I'll keep you posted on the recipe's.  What are you cooking this holiday season?  I'd love to hear from you.


  1. I am so proud of you! Great post.
    Today my sisters and I baked up a huge variety of yummy sweets.
    I am sad to say we can't come Christmas Eve because of party at the in laws. Mom makes everything (lucky me doesn't have to cook a thing!!!)
    I hope you guys have so much fun!

  2. I posted my comment on the SRTomas...anyway I said I cant wait to try all those yummy eats on your list.

  3. So cute (the kids and the houses!) Your Christmas Eve menu sounds wonderful!! I wish we lived closer ~ we would totally sneak in before heading to my folks. Always a blessing to see what kind of Art is coming from your Table! :)
    Love to you, friend!
    Cindy :)

  4. Love all the new posts and yummy foods! I can't wait to try them! I'm making a bunch of food for Christmas morning at my house. A few egg dishes, that chocolate cake I had blogged about, a lemon cake, mint chocolate cookies, fresh waffles with real whipping cream and MI strawberry preserves from this summer, cut up fruit and 4 pounds of bacon. I'm super bummed we can't come for the party at your house but I hope you will post some photos!!! You are amazing lady!