Monday, July 01, 2013

One time I made a wonky gingerbread house...

It may surprise you northern hemisphere folk, but down here in the southern hemisphere people tend to celebrate "midwinter Christmas" about this time of year. I guess it comes from the idea that in December its hot and you kind of don't feel like sitting around eating roasts and what not when its really weather for barbeques, ice cream and the beach. 

So sometimes folks get together in winter to celebrate midwinter Christmas and eat, drink and be merry!

Last Saturday I celebrated two midwinter Christmas' in one day - one with the Wellington sewing bloggers an one at my friend Matt's place. I only ate ONE Christmas dinner though (eating two would have been out of control!). 

I decided that I wanted to take gingerbread Christmas trees to the sewing bloggers meet up and an actual gingerbread house to Matt's party. I knew the house was ambitious, but it was on my to do list so I figure it was a good time to try. I know loads of people now by those pre-made gingerbread house kits, but I am crazy so I made mine from scratch. Also you aren't going to find a gingerbread house kit in June.








So the piping bag broke within minutes of me starting to ice the house - which made icing the darn thing pretty much impossible, hence the whole "rustic cottage" look. It did taste delicious though, I guess that's all that matters. 
Here's the Christmas trees - although not as ambitious as they house, they are completely adorable!

As you can tell my weekend was full of Christmas and gingerbread and although gingerbread is delicious, I don't want to see it again for a LONG time!

13 comments:

Desiree C said...

Oooooh my favourite pic is the one of the "demolition" process well underway!! You did a brilliant job - ginger cakes and biscuits are my favourite, so I'm drooling rather a lot here. Good on you for pushing on after the blasted piping bag exploded the dratted thing! Yum, yum, yummy, yum!!!! xoxoxoox

JuanitaTortilla said...

Building a house was actually more difficult than I thought also! Tried it a few years ago, without any templates as well. Imagine a gingerbread mud house instead! :D

The Christmas trees look quite easy to make. Good choice! Maybe Christmas tree cookie ornaments, the next time? :)

Vintage Bird Girl said...

YUM! It looks delicious! When I first saw the pic of the two house panels they kind of looked like carved flesh from Silence of the Lambs! Mmm back fat! Xx

Krista Gassib said...

I'm so lazy I just buy a kit, and you don't wanna eat them trust me. Great attempt honey and I bet it tasted fab, that is all that counts!
Xxxoooo

alicia said...

i'm not allowed to make gingerbread houses anymore because i get so frustrated that i end up hulk smashing the whole thing within minutes.

your little trees are SO cute! happy midwinter christmas! <3 <3 <3

Helga! said...

It's bloody splendid, and I bet everyone was thrilled to gobble it!
I love a Midwinter chrismassy thing. It makes sense. XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX

two squirrels said...

Merry mid-winter Christmas sweet.....yay the house is fantastic.......lovely with heaps of character.
You did well........It's on my must make list to...one day.
Love V

Camelia Crinoline said...

I like the rustic look. It's cute. The Xmas tree biscuits looks great too.

Vix said...

You did a great job! It seems kind of wrong to see all that in Summertime! xxx

pastcaring said...

Wow, well done for making a gingerbread house, that sounds so tricky! The little trees are adorable too - Trees made trees, ha!
I didn't know you did midwinter Christmas - blogging is educational! xxxx

dressesandme said...

What a great Gingerbread house! and the Christmas trees are lovely too :-)

Mary Lou said...

it really sounds weird at first that midwinter christmas, but on the other side i can totally understand you i would´t want to eat all that roast and cookies and stuff in summer neither!;) your gingerbread house looks so delicious and sweet!
love and kiss,mary

Corrine/Frock And Roll said...

Ah, I am *so* proud of you! It looks terrific. I've always wanted to gobble a Gingerbread house, let alone MAKE one, so you've done a superb job! :D