Yup. Never done a gingerbread house from scratch.
I didn’t really grow up making gingerbread houses, so they’re not something I think of baking.
But occasionally I buy one on a deep after-Christmas clearance sale and then we end up assembling a gingerbread house in January or February.
Aldi sent me a gingerbread house kit this year, though, so for the first time ever, my kids made a gingerbread house in December.
Our kit came in the mail, so one of the side pieces was cracked. But no worries-we fixed it up with some frosting and decided our gingerbread house was the rustic sort, with charming cracks.
The kit from Aldi is $5.99, which is significantly cheaper than anywhere else I’ve seen, and it’s exactly the same as kits we’ve tried from other stores.
It may possibly be cheaper to bake one from scratch, but it’s also quite likely that it’s not, given that you’d probably have to buy multiple full bags of candy.
And if like me, you’re not especially motivated to bake a gingerbread house from scratch, you’d probably love this kit.
I’m sure a homemade gingerbread house would taste better, but hey, if I’m going for flavor, soft and chewy gingersnaps are where I’m headed. For house-building purposes, stiff, cracker-like gingerbread does just fine.
Oh, and thank you all so much for your helpful vacuum comments yesterday! I appreciate it muchly. It sounds like Dyson and Miele vacuums have lasted really well for you, as have some older model vacuums (and the odd Kirby….one reader said hers is 38 years old!!) The Miele I’m looking at is around the same price as the Dyson, and it sounds like I need to venture into that price range to get one that’s going to last me for more than a few years.
I plan to get a new vacuum after Christmas (my carpets can hang in there til then!) and I’ll let you guys know how it all turns out.
Also, before I go, I wanted to remind you that I’ve got two giveaways going that end on 12/31.
- You can win a Mary Kay gift basket full of awesomeness right here (the lip gloss and ultimate mascara are the bomb-diggety-bomb.)
- You can win a $100 Visa gift card on my post about the Duracell battery charger.
It’ll probably be pretty quiet around here until after Christmas, as I’ll be busy finishing up preparations and then enjoying some down time with my family.
So, in case I don’t see you before then, Merry Christmas!
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disclosure: Aldi sent me a gingerbread house kit, but I was not compensated for this post and all words and opinions are my own.