Hi everyone – back in November I talked about baking the frames for the Gingerbread Houses that have become a  tradition with the grandchildren every Christmas.   Last Sunday was the big day.  Fortunately my granddaughter Emma had been staying with me for a few days so she was able to help with all the pre-gluing and sharing out of lollies and decorations into individual bags.  It’s a huge undertaking.  In addition we had to make more Royal Icing so that the decorations could be attached.  If you would like details of the recipe for the gingerbread and pattern for the houses I will gladly share them with you.

It’s really rewarding to have family traditions even though you sometimes wonder what you are doing and say to yourself this is the last time.  Then you hear the comment of one of the children who said to her dad “I can’t remember a Christmas without Gingerbread Houses”.  

At the end of the day the houses are wrapped in cellophane and taken home to be enjoyed over Christmas.





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About Janice Graham

I was born in England in 1938 and migrated to Australia in 1976. During my working years, along with my husband Ken, I managed a goat dairy and distribution business supplying health food products. At the same time I took up the challenge of helping build a mud brick home and lived a somewhat 'alternative' lifestyle. Since retirement I have published three e-books, two on vegetarian cookery and a collection of short stories from my younger years. My pastimes are studying the Spanish language, volunteering as a Crisis Counsellor and Community Visiting. I have been married for 54 years, have a son and a daughter and five grandchildren plus a little terrier called Sophia.

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