I rather over shopped in Ikea before Christmas, when I bought my gingerbread house kits, and I have found that I have three kits left. What should I do with them?
If I was still teaching I could have used them for some imaginative storytelling involving Three Little Pigs and a Big Bad Wolf!
But I am, at present, a mother and housewife, and so I decided that we (My little girl and I) would use the kits to mark some special occasions.
We therefore transformed the first kit into a St Valentine's Day Gingerbread House, and we had such great fun decorating it!
I put the kit together, and once the molten sugar had cooled called my little girl into the kitchen. We opened various packets of heart shaped sweets and, once we had made a pink royal icing, we started to decorate the house.
We are both delighted with it, and of course my little girl has been able to munch the sweets that were wrapped!
|It's amazing the range of heart sweets around,|
at this time of year!
|I decided to put the house on a pink dish!|
|Lots of "LOVE"erly sweets|
(to be read with an Eliza Dolittle accent)
|The completed house|
|It does look really pretty|
|We used love hearts for the roof tiles|
and heart jellies along the top
|The heart coins disappeared as soon as I had finished |
taking the photographs
|Happy St Valentine's Day !|
Do look out for the next two exciting gingerbread houses!
Like Jennifer, at L'Heure du The I am also planning an Easter gingerbread house. And between now and Easter, I hope to make a St Patrick's Day house! (It is however proving a little tricky to find sufficient shamrock cake decorations, sweets etc, so if you know of anywhere I can get some I would be grateful if you could let me know!)
Next week we will be making some St Valentine's Day cakes for school, so do look out for those, and I hope to have lots of new recipes and ideas to share with you during my second year of blogging.
Thank you again for all your kind and inspiring good wishes.