It’s true: Mi casa, su case, or translated from Spanish, “My house is your house.” I love sharing my home and welcoming the people who come to stay with us. Some people are surprised to find that I actually live at the Inn. I do, and a lot of the same family events occur here that go on in any home.
If you happened to be here last weekend you might have gotten the delicious aroma a pot of homemade soup cooking on the stove, ready for a hungry troupe. If you peeked into the kitchen you might have seen the little village of naked gingerbread houses waiting to be be decorated. If you were sitting in the living room, you might have heard the hailstorm of M&Ms gleefully escaping their bag and scattering all over the kitchen floor.
If you were staying with us, you might have seen my kids and grandkids coming up the porch steps for a visit to Nana’s for our annual Gingerbread House Decorating Day. I know it pre-season – we didn’t even have Thanksgiving yet – but with the 4th grandchild due early in December, we thought we’d start construction early.
The decorating schemes have quite a range with a 2-year old, a 4-year old, a teen and a few adults on the loose. I think that’s one of the things I really like about doing this – everyone can do it, and everyone is happy about it. My favorite part of the night was hearing Parker say, “Oh, I love yours, Mommy! I love yours, Aimee! I love yours, Sissy! Daddy, I’ll copy you!” So much fun.
It’s easy to get your own party going. I like to pre-build the houses since the kids are so little, but you can have each person construct his own if you want. Just be sure to let the houses dry before you pile on the candy.
You’ll need some icing “glue,” graham crackers, and assorted candies.
To make the icing, beat together until fluffy: 3 egg whites, 1# of powdered sugar, and 1 and a 1/2 teaspoons of cream of tartar. You can make it a day ahead and keep covered in refrigerator until you’re ready to use it.
Put the some icing in a baggie and snip off the corner to make a piping bag. When decorating, you can just plop some icing in a bowl and let the kids dip their candies in, then stick it on their houses. Don’t eat the icing – it contains raw egg whites.
Have a blast and go for it! I’d love to see some of your photos of family and friends enjoying the construction!