Christmas cookies

The advent calendars are being opened, there’s a constant supply of mince pies in the house, and we’ve put up our tree – it’s officially Christmas!
This year we have our first real live tree, which I’m very excited about.
2014-12-07 Christmas tree

A couple of weekends ago I was going to make and ice gingerbread cookies, so Gareth suggested we build a house. Why not?
(That was my second reaction; my first reaction was “Whaaat? What part of ‘I’m trialling this recipe and I’ve never used royal icing so I need to practice’ did you not hear?”)

Anyway, armed with a gingerbread recipe from 500 cookies, and a template from here, we set out upon this DIY mission.
2014-11-23 Gingerbread house

The template shapes all fit onto an A4 sheet, so it wasn’t too big a job. We got all the sides together, and then the tricky bit was getting the roof on and keeping it on! This is the part on Grand Designs where Kevin McLeod stands pensively next to a crane, and wonders if we will get the roof on in time so that we’re watertight by winter and finished by Christmas, before heading off for an ad break.
After lots of holding on and a lot of cement, we finally got the roof to stay up on its own.
2014-11-23 Gingerbread house

Then the fun part of decorating, and we even had some trees to go with it.
2014-11-23 Gingerbread house

2014-11-23 Gingerbread house

The house remained standing, and we held off eating it for a week, until our friends came to visit last weekend and we all did a pretty thorough demolition job.
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So all that was a practice run for this weekend, when we had my knitting group round for our annual Christmas crafting session – this year’s craft was, of course, cookie decorating.
2014-12-06 Sticka Christmas cookie decorating

We had a great time, and iced up 4 batches of cookies in all manner of pretty, creative, and cheeky designs (let’s just say there was an anatomically correct gingerbread man).
Here are my efforts,
2014-12-06 Sticka Christmas cookie decorating

featuring some brilliant work by Gareth – I do love the little footballer.
2014-12-06 Sticka Christmas cookie decorating

And this little guy made it onto the tree.
2014-12-07 Christmas tree

Wishing you all a great Christmas, and hope your holiday prep is going well too!

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