This week I'm grateful. Very, very grateful. I haven't linked up in ages and ages so it's lovely to be back today. I'm grateful this week for Mr.Magoo and Miss. Muffet. Both so very different but both teach me lessons everyday.
Mr Magoo- he extends my baking capabilities all the time. He has no concept of hard or difficult recipes. Recipes I have in the past shyed away from, sponge cakes and choux pastry are now in our repitories. Today was not different. A gingerbread house mum, Can we please make one..... I love baking so ok, how hard could this be???
Hard! I made sure I followed the recipe to the tee, and we made lovely house cutouts and lots of spare little gingerbreads to decorate. Cool. Gingerbread made, tasted ok'ed and all is travelling sweetly. I persued the kids to let me glue the house together with the icing glue and I told them (reluctantly, cause I have control issues) they could decorate it however they liked. However. That is quite big for me to relinquish that control.
Now here is where the fun began...... note to self - read instructions on assembling the house pieces and do not go all gun-ho and just think you can whip it together. It just aint gunna happen!
I could tell early this house was so not going to go close to resembling our "inspired" picture but I kept on.... the roof was a tad undecooked I think and I wished I'd rolled it a little thinner. The longer I looked at the roof the more it caved.....
bugger..... it fell down.....
must need more icing glue.... we rebuilt.
I know....it's beginning to look sad and saggy.... and there is a gaping hole in the roof where the chimney is suposed to be going. Then it went....
by this time I was thinking it was indeed funny and not easy. A friend suggested I prop it up with cans and take my time.....there's that patience I do not have.
But here is where it dawned on me, grateful number two this week, I'm grateful I do not give up or in!! Yep no patience and stubborn. Miss Muffet is really, really like me!! We do not give in, we butt heads alot her and I, we will not give in. Today that is a fabulous thing! Fabulous.
Our house had fallen down and was a shambles but all of the pieces except one roof side had not broken. Woohoo, time to rebuild. Slowly, I went slowly this time and propped up the walls with cans. The smalls laughed when it fell over and were all ready to eat it any way but I told them, nope, this house is getting built one way or another.
The roof was not going to last long if it was going to make it up ontop of the house so we decided to decorate the house before we put the roof on. I had tried to glue the broken roof together but I knew it was going to be too heavy for the rest of the house, so Mr.Magoo and I debated and debated about the roof and how to fix it, we had a big differing of opinions. My friend had text me a chocolate glueing suggestion so we decided to trust the mother and I had full control over the remaking of the roof.
I figured if I could make a white chocolate roof it might just pass of as a heavily snowed on gingerbread house.
Two skewers and a white chocolate coated sheet of baking paper later we had a roof. Waiting for the chocolate to partially set then quickly draping it over the skewers was the plan and what do you know, it worked. I added freckles to jazz it up and a jube chimney.
And the smalls think it worked! And it did work. I think it looks like Dr.Seuss could move in but that cool cause I like him alot. It looks nothing like the "inspired" one but it is ours and we never gave up and we pushed our cooking boundaries agian. They are small but they know stuff and they help me realise it in funny ways!! And now they have asked if we can make a gingerbread house every year. Yep, we sure can!
Grateful yes. Alot. Go here to find lots of gratefuls.