Well, it took over a week to complete, but our 2012 gingerbread house is complete – let Christmas begin! And none too soon, as our holiday party is in a few hours, and the gingerbread house is a crucial element of the decorations. Really.
For those of you who weren’t around last year, Trevor and I build a gingerbread house worthy of our dual civil engineering degrees every year. It’s really more Trevor’s thing than mine, but I whip up a batch or two of frosting and stand-by supportively while he makes it, so I like to take partial ownership. The first year we did one (pre-blog!) we made a Romanesque cathedral, in 2010 it was a gingerbread treehouse (complete with tree), and last year it was a to-scale model of the Zakim bridge. This year, in anticipation of our trip to Italy this spring (YAY!), we went for an Italian country villa, complete with a hilly landscape (made of rice krispies), cypress trees, and outdoor terraces. Enjoy! And my Christmas baking season began today, so look forward to lots of yummy festive recipes over the next 10 days.