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Monday, December 16, 2019

Gingerbread Houses: An Easier Take for the Busy Parent

Looking for an easier way to make gingerbread houses? Try this method and sit back and relax.

This time of year is tough with all of the long breaks (I'm a teacher) because I'm reminded of what I miss at home each morning. This is the time of year I start wishing I was a stay-at-home mom. My heart yearns to spend mornings braiding hair, wrangling teeth brushing, making waffles, and having random dance parties. Yet I know that this is a scary place to live...in the if only my life was like this space.

The truth is that my life is not like that and it won't be any time soon or even ever. God uses me at home but he also uses me on my high school campus. I cannot ignore His calling on my life but I also can't ignore this yearning in my heart to make meaningful memories with my kids. I think it's safe to say that He is at work in both areas. 

I try to live in the middle by asking for help when I need it and lowering expectations in areas that aren't super important. For example, I really love that some of my friends make homemade gingerbread houses with their kids every single year. I'm talking homemade gingerbread squares and roofs that the kids construct from the ground up, but I have to ask myself why I love it so much. Is it because I want people to think I'm a super mom or because I want my kids to experience creating something that is special to this season? 

To be honest, the answer is a bit of both, but the later is really the meaningful reason to do it, so the other day when I was able to leave work a few minutes early, I stopped by the store and picked up supplies to decorate ice cream cone Christmas trees. Our house didn't smell like freshly baked gingerbread but it was filled with sugar-induced giggles and a huge mess. 


Maverick basically ate frosting by the fingerful and Payton made it a game to see how many sprinkles she could actually get in her mouth. It wasn't a lot. Ha! 

This craft, if you will, was great fun and super easy. It didn't require much setup and the cleanup wasn't even bad. I do have to warn you that if you do it before dinner, it might just be their dinner. I snuck in raisins and blueberries in hopes of them getting something healthy in their tummies but those bowls were mostly ignored. 


All-in-all, I'm grateful I changed my focus from all the things I'm not doing with them by being at home to what I can do with them with the time I do have. It was great fun. And besides taking photos, I basically ignored my phone during this time. I felt like a super mom! 

How do you create meaningful memories with your families? Where do you lower expectations for the sake of making memories?

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13 comments :

  1. Love this idea! It's still fun for the kids but it's so much easier for the parents! We always used graham crackers and had these for our Christmas trees! So much fun!

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    1. I like the idea of graham crackers, too!

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    2. I'm imagining a whole village next year :)

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  2. Talk about a cute concept! I love that you found a way to get creative with the decorating concept, and still didn't have to do a full-on gingerbread house (which is a heck of a lot of work, if you ask me). This looks like fun!

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    1. It was so much fun! I really enjoyed my time with my kids. Thanks for stopping by!

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  3. What a super fun and yummy idea!! I need to try this!!

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    1. Kileen, let me know if you do. It was so worth it.

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  4. You guys look like you were having lots of fun and at the end of the day that is what you want to accomplish.

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    1. You're so right! This is exactly the kind of thing that helps me sleep well at night. I mean, not the sugar...but the fun!

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  5. I love this and the "easy" approach! Detailed houses are overrated in my opinion!

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    1. Monica, I think detailed houses are so beautiful but they definitely don't fit into our life right now. Ha! Easy is our current way :)

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  6. Oh this is such a cute idea - and great for kids! I remember growing up how difficult it was to put the house together, my dad had to do it for us and he was an architect haha!

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    1. Becky, I bet having an architect as a dad made lots of projects growing up so interesting! Thanks for reading and sympathizing. Lol.

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