Theresa's Mixed Nuts: Gingerbread House Fail!

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Gingerbread House Fail!

I have always wanted to make a gingerbread house. I see them every year at Christmas and think they look so fun to decorate. Unfortunately, December has always been just too busy of a month for me to even attempt to make one, so I got the bright idea we would make one for Valentine's Day. I had grand dreams of making a pretty house like this:

 
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or this:

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I found a gingerbread recipe that sounded simple enough to create house pieces out of and set off to work. Making the pieces was simple enough:


Assembling them was the problem. My royal icing wouldn't hold them together, then I broke a few pieces. After about 30 minutes of frustration, here is where they ended up:


In the #&%*@!$ trash. So I did what any self respecting, wanna be baker would do. I scooped up all my Valentine's candy that was supposed to go on the house and ate myself into a sugary stupor. We won't be attempting this gingerbread house making again.

With that behind me now, I want to wish all of my sweet bloggy friends and readers a Happy Valentine's Day! ♥


33 comments:

  1. LOL! I try my hardest to make gingerbread houses too. It doesn't quite work. I use the kits and it collapses!! I don't see how people make such pretty gingerbread houses...they must be gifted! Have a great Valentine's Day!

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    1. I agree! I think making a house of cards with the wind blowing would be much easier than making a gingerbread house!

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  2. LOL too funny. It all comes down to eating it anyways so you just skipped a few steps. Happy Valentines Day!

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  3. Hahahaha!! Those gingerbread houses are way harder to make than they look. We tried one a few years back at Christmas time with basically the same result. The frosting just isn't strong enough to hold the pieces together (unless you add some glue in there) and I really have no idea how people get it to work.

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  4. LMAO I burst out laughing as soon as I saw the trash picture, of course I was laughing with you.

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    1. Of course I am laughing! It's easy to do when you are on a sugar high :)

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  5. Hahahahaha! That is a hilarious post, Theresa. When I saw that darling picture I thought "WOW!, LOOK AT HER" [and had a bit of envy going]. Then began laughing as you were so honest of your efforts going awry. Oh sad :( [hahahahaha] Sharing the love today. HAPPY VALENTINE'S DAY.

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  6. awww you win some you lose some! The idea is super cute though. I love the first one. And hey, at least you made the attempt.

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  7. I have eaten myself into many a sugary stupor :0

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  8. lol oh no!! Is it bad that it made me snicker a bit at the sight of your end "result"? hehe. I saw the first picture and was like WOW, beautiful! (cuz I know you would be able to make something like that) and then as I scrolled down...I saw the trashed version...which would more than likely happen to me as well lol. Glad you salvaged the candy and at it yourself ;) Happy Valentine's!!

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    1. Snicker away Brandi. I sure am. It's good to laugh at your mess ups ever now and again :)

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  9. Oh no Theresa! That's too bad...I can't believe you had so much trouble. At least you still had all the candy :)

    Happy Valentine's Day!

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    1. Paula, I am going to blame you for this one ;) You made it look so effortless in your Christmas houses you built with Autumn I was inspired to try my hand at it. I think you must be a baking god lol.

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  10. Buwahahahahahaha we did our first ones right after Christmas and one held together long enough for a picture only, hahahahahahahahahhhahaa

    It wasn't funny at the time. -_- ;)

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  11. Oh Theresa! LOL

    A few tips:

    •Get a Gingerbread House kit on clearance after Christmas. Replace the Christmas candy out with yours. :) The kits are soooo much easier! I've never been able to make one from scratch!
    •Make 2 cakes: A couple square ones. Then just cut and paste with frosting to make a house. Decorate however you want.

    In the meantime have a demolition celebration.

    Happy Valentines Day. I mentioned your blog on mine. I gave my husband one of the ties I won from your blog this morning.

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    1. You know, as I was in the middle of my disaster, I did wonder why I didn't buy one of those Christmas kits!

      The tie looks really nice on your hubby!

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  12. Oh how sad...and slightly funny :) Sorry about your gingerbread house, what a disappointment! I always buy the gingerbread house kits and I hot glue the house together since we don't eat that part anyway - it makes life so much easier :)

    Anyway, I'm visiting from the NO RULES Weekend Blog Party. I am now following you and I look forward to visiting again. Happy Valentine's Day!

    Hugs,
    Stephanie
    theenchantingrose.blogspot.com

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    1. Hot glue sounds like a great idea! If I ever get the nerve to try it again, we are definitely going that route!

      Thanks for stopping in. Following you back :)

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  13. It's the thought that counts right?! I think we would be friends in real life though. A) I like spontaneity and doing a gingerbread house in Feb sounds like something I'd do. B) I'd also trash it if it didn't work right away. There's wine to be drank people! Anyway, I'm your newest follower and hope you'll stop by to follow back!

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  14. Yes, a wonderful houses of candy hearts, great pictures!

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  15. The house was a GREAT idea for Valentines Day... You just needed some stickier icing.

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  16. Hi~ Dropping by from Lovely Blog Hop~ So glad I did, what a great blog you have! Stop by and visit some time @ http://www.turnips2tangerines.com Happy Valentines Day Lynn H Turnips 2 Tangerines

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  17. lol. First thing in the morning I read this, can't help giggling. I am so sorry about that poor gingerbread house..but at least you get all the sweets :)
    Happy Valentine's day to you too dear!

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  18. On the bright side I've heard that the calories contained in mistakes don't count. Also, you have a wonderful story to share with the rest of us. Good luck with your next baking adventure...may it be yummy and pleasing to the eye. And happy Valentine's day.

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  19. We usually buy the gingerbread kits after Christmas if we are going to make one for Valentine's Day. I've never even attempted to make one from scratch. Making my own icing is intimidating to me for some reason. Even when I make a cake from scratch, I use a premade frosting.

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  20. Dropping by from Lovely Blog Hop!!! Hope you had Beautiful V-Day yesterday!
    Latrice R.
    http://www.crazytexassavings.com
    Now following on u GFC :)

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  21. WhaaaWhooo is right fellow thrifty shopper, YOU! I am so glad you got those amazing deals. That is what I love about thrift shopping [that crazy rush]!!!

    Have a fabulous weekend, girlfriend!

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  22. lmao.That is too funny.I've had some epic fails with baking myself.Tried a sponge cake once and it turned out more like a brick cake.lol.

    www.dahliasoleil.blogspot.com

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  23. Hi I am a new follower to your lovely blog via GFC and found you through Linkin with my ladies Thursday hop. I would love it if you followed me back

    my blog: www.wilsontom.blogspot.com

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  24. I love this story. Thanks for the laughs. Sorry about your house, but I am glad you enjoyed your sweets. Today I am visiting from Paula's weekendbloghop.

    Rhonda

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  25. Oh my goodness...that is so me. Plus the scooping up and eating. Priceless belly laughs!

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  26. Maybe I shouldn't laugh, but that was very funny! I gave up making gingerbread anything years ago. But, I'm so glad you got to enjoy the candy anyway~

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  27. I can tell you a little secret, next time, try the gingerbread house kit making instead. Smiles, it is much easier. Even with the kit, it still takes skill, time and creativity, you won't be cheating I can assure you.

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