I didn’t get up to quite as much Christmas baking as I did last year – which I think people are thankful for (my mom still had stuff in the freezer until like April)!! Instead, I turned to a much healthier option: yarntastic treats!
My big goodie this year was the gingerbread house I knit-baked for my Oma. I really enjoyed creating a real one last year and ended up giving it to her to enjoy so I thought creating a permanent one would be fun.Let’s take a look!
The pattern was based on this one by Frankie Brown – which I tweaked a bit, because I’ll admit, I’m not a great pattern follower (what’s life without whimsy?!) :D.
The house is covered from top to bottom in sugary treats, friendly Christmas friends (a snowman and gingerbread man), and gifties and goodies galore.
I started this project back in November and thought it was only going to take a couple of days… hahaha! Then I ran out of yarn and had to order some more – which turned into a weeks-long journey of tracking my package heading back and forth aimlessly across the country. Of course, the one thing that I needed got LOST! Eventually the yarn got to me and I finished it up late into the evening before it was to get delivered.
I’m pretty happy with how it turned out. Oma absolutely loves it, and can’t wait to visit it in a few months for post-COVID late Christmas celebrations!
Who hasn’t had sugar plum daydreams about living inside a gingerbread house?! Imagine waking up and eating your way through your soft gingery door, plucking off a gumdrop from the roof, or a having scoop of your pink icing snow?! Okay, maybe it’s just me but I dream in SUGAR!
I haven’t made a gingerbread house since I was very young with one of those lovely store bought kits. But lately, I’m all about from scratch baking and learning new skills, so I wanted to undertake the big task of gingerbread house building!
Can confirm that YES, this is a massive task! It took around 12 hours over the span of two days to design, bake, construct, and decorate this cute little house. I’m ready to move in!
There are an overwhelming amount of gingerbread recipes out there! I did a search for easy gingerbread recipes on Pinterest and came across this recipe from Global Bakes, which I picked because it didn’t seem to have an overwhelming amount of ingredients or steps. The dough is tasty and seems quite sturdy when baked, although it was flaky and a bit hard to roll out.
I went with a very house simple pattern that I found here. I drew out the patterns by hand and cut the shapes out of the gingerbread dough with a knife.
This was the first time that I’ve really done piping (aside from doing decoden crafts)! I bought a piping kit with reusable bags and tips off Amazon, and watched a couple of tutorials on YouTube. I’m pretty proud of how it turned out for a first go!
The best part was when the house was fully standing and finally being able to decorate and fill myself with an insane amount of sweets.
I wasn’t really expecting the house to turn out as well as it did and think this will become a yearly tradition!