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following the breadcrumbs

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There's something a little bit magic about a gingerbread house. The longevity of the gingerbread, mostly. It's crazy – it lasts and lasts and still tastes great. 

Gingerbread is a business I wish I was in. 

And the house building at Christmas time. Essential Christmas revelry. 

 

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(Everything is more fun with Gran.)

 

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No, I didn't make this from scratch.

I didn't even make the icing. 

Mum came home with a package from a Blue Mountains company and we just stuck it together. 

Next year I'd like to make my own (Mum has a book, with patterns and recipes), but this year I've kinda left everything to the last minute and am disastrously behind in my gift making plans, so this was a perfect project!

We're skating down the hill to the end of the school term and there's so much fun Christmas cooking to do! Truffles! Shortbreads! Puddings! All sorts of treats. 

The tree is up. The advent calenders are out. The Christmas storybooks are in high rotation. 

Another week and I'll be hiding Rudolph and possibly in wrapping fatigue (if I can get anything finished to wrap) but right now I'm soaring on the wings of Google looking for a good mince pie recipe.

Got one?

Or any Christmas traditions to share?

xxx 

7 Comments on “following the breadcrumbs

toasted
December 6, 2010 at 10:11 pm

Being gluten-free – I long ago introduced fruit mince ice cream as a christmas tradition around here. It’s one of those ‘ooh, this gf-hassle has some good silver lining bits to it’ cos it is delicious. There is a number of friends who have also introduced this tradition to there worlds cos they thought it tasted so good.

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Rachel @ Suburban Yogini
December 6, 2010 at 10:17 pm

Mincemeat recipe here if you like, then just put it in pastry cases and bake til golden!

http://www.suburbanyogini.com/2010/11/24/a-very-vegan-christmas-time-for-cake-and-pies/

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innerpickle
December 6, 2010 at 10:30 pm

Thanks Rachel – and your cake looks delicious too!!

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Maryam
December 7, 2010 at 4:34 am

I love the house 🙂 We’re gluten-free but I’d like to find a way to make a GF gingerbread house, if it’s possible. Or we could make a gingerbread… fallen down shack. It’d still be fun and yummy 😉

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Maryam
December 7, 2010 at 4:41 am

Gee, I forgot our wintertime tradition of creating our winter wonderland (in miniature). It’s here: http://maryamsteele.wordpress.com/2010/12/06/our-winter-wonderland/

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Nin
December 7, 2010 at 11:03 am

Lots of fresh seafood, salad, grandma’s recipe for the traditional pudding, father in law’s completely illegal brandy sauce and SMASH CAKE for the kids. xxx

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SB
December 7, 2010 at 3:58 pm

Our tradition- we have a birthday cake for Jesus – well we TRY to do it each year… its a bit like the home made presents, time does get away sometimes 🙂

P.S. I want to know what Nin’s SMASH CAKE is???

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