Saturday, November 26, 2011

gingerbread construction (prep time!)

Trader Joes' Kit - so easy to assemble!

Four cousins (with some assistance) tackled their gingerbread houses with great enthusiasm.  You may recall that this year's kits are from Trader Joe's and they were the easiest I've ever assembled.  This amazing kit has holes positioned to make assembly puzzle-like - a must for those who are deterred by the frustration of collapsing walls and chimneys. We put all the candy out on display and each 'artist' collected supplies on paper plates for construction. Aunt Terry's quick recipe for icing follows - great for inspired architects who need more than the kit supplies. 

whipping up an extra batch of icing
Gingerbread House Icing
- courtesy Aunt Terry

2 egg whites
1/8 t cream of tartar
3 c powdered sugar
1-2 t water or lemon juice


Beat till a smooth, icing forms.  She uses her hand mixer - add extra liquid to thin if needed.

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