Monday, January 4, 2010

Our Architectural Failure

I know you will never believe this.     gingerbread 005 I mean, it is hard for me to believe it myself.

true story tuesday final But alas, it is true.gingerbread 004

And I simply must share it…

Kaishon, Naji and myselfgingerbread 001

are Gingerbread House Failures.gingerbread 007

We tried and tried.gingerbread 011

The kit said it was EASY.gingerbread 002

I am sure it would be easy for some…gingerbread 003

but it was NOT easy for us.gingerbread 008

So we just decorated the walls and ate them like that.gingerbread 009

Oh, yes we did.

Gingerbread children 
Stand in a row.
Very good children 
Always you know.

They never will jump 
Or kick or leap, 
Or start to cry when 
It's time to sleep.

They never run off 
Or look around. 
And no one has heard
Them make a sound.

Gingerbread children 
Are fine to meet, 
But, much better still, 
They're good to eat!

I found this poem HERE

it does not say who wrote it.

Do you build one?

PS We built this WAY after Christmas.

Like in 2010.

Love, Becky Procrastinator

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64 comments:

Fresh Mommy said...

Hey looks delish to me!!! I'd eat it... I think I'd rather just eat it than build something out of all that good stuff :)

Mari said...

So funny! We tried them a few times when my kids were young and ours weren't architectural wonders either!

Kristina P. said...

I'm sure they still tasted good!

blueviolet said...

It happens to the best of us!

jen@odbt said...

Ours never look like the box either. At least you did the craft together and had fun. That's what counts right?

gretchen said...

You know mine totally failed. My moms always look right, but she has always been more crafty than me. :)

Ocean Girl said...

Oh look at that face...everything is so adorable..the story, the children, the narrator. The house. It wasn't a failure, it was a true success.

keli.h said...

we had the same problem!! seriously! except we had it mostly decorated when it just collapsed. emma was so upset, and we couldn't stop laughing.

i think next year, we'll just do cookies ;)

LceeL said...

HEY!! Not a failure if you can eat it.

mimbles said...

My gingerbread house is still a lump of dough sitting in the fridge. I told hubby I wasn't going to get around to it but he mixed up the dough anyway. I suspect it's been sitting there too long now and will have to be thrown out and we've been eating the lollies I bought for decorating - now that I call a fail, your's just looks like messy fun :-)

We may yet make one just because it's fun and because I did want to try out a new design but I was disappointed not to have done it for Christmas. Ah well.

Chocolate Covered Daydreams said...

I used to do one every year after I saw a contest in Goodhousekeeping Magazine. I was determined to "create a work of art". Well, it wasn't a work of art but every year, I had a ball making them. One year, mine wouldn't stand up so I melted marshmallows to use as gooey glue and it worked.

What counts is that you and the kids had fun making them. And, I think they turned out cute!

Busy Bee Suz said...

We did not build one this year. (or last year) But who cares how they look...it is all an experience. Right????

Grandma J said...

Hey, it's all about fun and teamwork! Looks like you had both!

We never made one, we stuck with cookies and sprinkles

LiAnn - Sparklecrack Central said...

The kits lie. Gingerbread houses are not easy...they're just tricky enough to mess with you.

But at least you can eat the resulting mess..!

The Incredible Woody said...

My niece and nephew each used to build one every year. And Christmas Day they would blow them up!!

Baloney said...

I don't understand?! I thought if mine would stand up then ANYONE'S could.
Weird. :)

Spencer L Casey said...

Wow, you had a kit and everything. Um, maybe he shouldn't grow up to be a structural engineer? Just sayin'.

Corey~living and loving said...

tee hee...love this. ours had issues....and took toothpicks and praying to stay up. :)

Alicia said...

We procrastinated so much this year that we didn't do that or even look at Christmas lights!! I know..we're so bad!

Karen & Gerard Zemek said...

Yup, I'm sure mine would look like that too, IF I even tried one! Doesn't hurt to make Christmas last a little longer, not at all!

Visiting from SITS.

Marilyn said...

Funny post!! I learned a couple of years ago to buy the ones already glued together. Last year Jack and I did one. This year I sent one to Jack and one to Ryne ih the mail. I got to watch and interact with Ryne through Skype while he made his---all the way in MD!!

alessandra said...

Failure? What failure? I hope it was as good as it was cute!

Judy said...

Love that poem! This is something my children love to do still (now 25 and 29!) I love the snowman scene! (and traces of icing on the face!)

Mighty M said...

It tastes good no matter how it turns out - or when! :)

Rachel said...

Totally love this post - cuz I'm NOT the only one who cannot get a gingerbread house to stay up! I blame the wolf and the three little piggies :)

But golly - those decorated walls turned out GREAT!

Love the story in pictures - you have a knack! :)

Thanks for linking up!

Noe Noe Girl...A Queen of all Trades. said...

That looks so fun! But then you guys are always having fun.
I could eat those pictures!
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bluecottonmemory said...

My mom used to make gingerbread houses for us to decorate. We're re-starting the tradition next year, except I have to make the gingerbread houses! We'll see how that goes LOL - It doesn't really matter if they look like the box. Kids just LOVE to decorate with candy! I think you had a successful gingerbread adventure! And a great memory!

Katie said...

Hey, nothing wrong with a winter-scape!! We made our house out of graham crackers.
...your header pic is adorable - those eyes just make ya melt! Such a cutie. :)

Nocona said...

That is ok. I procrastinated on buying the kit and could not find one at the store right before Christmas. Plus if you watched the Food Network Challenge where they had to build life size gingerbread houses they had major drama too. Great pictures.

Nurse Nancy said...

Been there...done that....with the same results. Do not feel like a failure...it looked like fun was had by all.

Martha in PA said...

Next year you need the one we used. The Royal Icing was already made (the icing really is the key!) and they had a nice little tray that the sides of the house fit in to keep them upright until things set. It was the first year we did not have architectural failure... pics can be found here

SKELLER said...

hehe. I feel your failure. Crafty pursuits are not my strength ;-)

See, next year? Buy the Costco kit, the one that ALREADY has the house glued together and the icing PRE-MIXED!!

it's failure-proof. as evidenced by my dudes' last 3 year's of houses!

Kimberly@PrettyPinkMomma said...

We built ours on Christmas Eve - it looked just about like yours did. The boys were more interested in eating it then putting it together. I love your pictures!

JDaniel4's Mom said...

I bet they had a great time! You get to eat all the broken parts first. Right!

Stopping by from SITS!

JDaniel4's Mom said...

I bet they had a great time! You get to eat all the broken parts first. Right!

Stopping by from SITS!

our b life said...

Wall standing up or down, it's the memories with the boys that will last right.

Karen Deborah said...

they ARE very hard to build. The frosting has to be just right and act like real glue. I think decorating the walls and just eating the cookies was a GREAT idea!! You are an awesome woman!

mimi said...

Oh yes, my dear...I can believe it. Did you see my post on our gingerbread house?? Yep, we are GBH dropouts too.

I threw ours away....I like your idea better.

mimi said...

Oh yes, my dear...I can believe it. Did you see my post on our gingerbread house?? Yep, we are GBH dropouts too.

I threw ours away....I like your idea better.

The Blonde Duck said...

I do gingerbread houses with grapham crackers. I only want the frosting anyway.

Live.Love.Eat said...

LOL. You're so cute & funny. I have never built one before but I did help in Tristan's class. It was a mess!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Happy New Year!!!!!!!!!!!

Suki said...

Looks hard to me. I didn't build one myself yet, but my brother and his girldfriend did. They made it look so easy.
Anyway. The look really yummy.

Shannon leigh said...

The best part is eating it anyway!
:)

Josh, Steph, The Boys and Maddie said...

i agree that they are hard! My walls kept falling on me too! Next time I will have to use the hot glue gun... LOL! Just kidding... mmm... glue....

all things considered... i love what you did make!

jennykate77 said...

You've gotta get the kind we had...it was all put together and the kiddos just had to decorate it (and eat half the candy and lick most of the icing)...it truly was EASY!! The pictures are priceless and it looks like the boys had fun and that's what really matters!

Maura said...

So cute! I have never managed to back on that stays up! I like your walls though:)

Maura said...

So cute! I have never managed to back on that stays up! I like your walls though:)

Kasey said...

Such a cute post! <3 it!

Coming over from SITS! :)

mamamia said...

great pictures! AT least you did it! Looks like you had fun! Loved your resolution list, too! funny!

wholly jeanne said...

well, now you know what i say: some folks are good at building houses; others are better at decorating them. i guess y'all are joining me in the decorating section.

Anne said...

They're gingerbread landscapes!

Jack said...

I couldn't build one either, 'cuz I would eat it all.

Trudy said...

Don't feel bad, I've never attempted one either and that's sheerly due to my fear of failure. I'm sure I couldn't do it!

Best part is they still taste just as wonderful whether they look like the picture on the box or not, LOL!

lifebythecreek said...

Hello, my darlin'! I took that exact same kit to my mom's, envisioning a Norman Rockwell moment where Adam and I would be sweetly decorating a lovely gingerbread house to leave with Nana. Except that it was more like a scene from "The Exorcist", with my head spinning around and a strange and horrible voice coming out of my mouth. Urk. I finally used hot glue (really, that gingerbread doesn't taste that good anyway!) and got the crazy house to stand. And I decorated it all by myself, because by that time, no one was willing to get anywhere near me. Bonding experience my fanny... no, it was more like an UNbonding experience as I came unglued! You are brilliant, turning them into individual cookies and letting the kids have FUN, instead of scarring them for life!

Kelly said...

It looks like fun anyway!!

Jewelz said...

Nice to see others find it just as hard to 'recreate' eazy peezy stuff :0) and that I have found another Sister Procrastinator :0) I have adopted the 'as long as it GETS done' attitude. At least we DO get round to it!

I suppose there is an upside to not getting it 'perfect' you don't find it that hard to eat your creation!!! I am afraid I lean towards being a perfectionist who procrastinates if I don't think I can do it 'perfectly', kinda takes the fun out of it.

Personally it looks like the boys had a ball...and they got to eat it before it has been touched my too many curious unwashed fingers and it hasn't had time to go soggy, I HATE soggy gingerbread!
I think you have found the perfect compromise!
Thanks so much for sharing, and for dropping by my place.

Cheers
Jewelz

Hilary said...

I don't see failure .. I only see winning smiles. :)

Lisa said...

Oh, that is SO something I would do! LOL What a great idea! Gingerbread single bedroom apartments? lol SO cute. (Hey, it all tastes the same anyway, right?)

The Cookie Girl said...

Just stopping in from SITS to say Hello. Happy New Year !!!

Liz said...

I don't think I'd be very successful at that either. It looks like they had fun giving it a good try!

Buggys said...

Lol1 I bet it tasted even better this way!

Foursons said...

I'm with Buggys- I bet it tasted way better! The more frosting, the more delicious.

Kmama said...

That's awesome. No matter how it did/didn't turn out, you had some great quality time! And your kids will probably always remember "The Great Gingerbread Fail". LOL

Classy in Philadelphia said...

I've never made one from the kit, but I bet it is way harder than they make it seem! I think they still came out cute the way you did them.