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Friday, December 6, 2013

Building gingerbread houses

My friend and I get together every December for a gingerbread house party. This year I faced the challenge of 70-80F temps all week plus insane humidity; today it's going to rain all day. Not exactly great weather for cookie wall integrity. My houses look like they feature Chinese drywall.

I have a few tricks up my sleeve: the first is to put them on a cardboard base. I cover the base in foil, but remove it inside the house so the cardboard is exposed. Anyone who's ever worked in receiving or retail can tell you that cardboard is extremely drying!

And the second trick is to swipe some desiccants out of pill bottles at work and throw them in the center of the houses to suck up some moisture.
Not food safe. Not planning on eating my house anyway.
(Before I removed the foil inside the house)

So far it's working. My houses were built last night, ready for decoration this evening, and they haven't collapsed yet!

1 comment:

  1. Oh fun! I used to host a gingerbread decorating house party every year. I did it for 5 years and for the last couple of years my friends brought their kids. I am so bummed I won't be able to do it this year. :( Your houses look great - good for you for assembling them yourself!