Christmas and cookies are pretty much synonymous. I mean really, can you actually get through the holiday season without Christmas cookies? At least just one… My husband’s family is from Pittsburgh and even though most of the family has since scattered, Pittsburgh is where we go for Christmas to celebrate. It’s kind of like a mini family vacation, but much less stressful. See, we don’t really do anything besides eat, play games and cards and watch TV. So it doesn’t involve that normal family vacation stress where one person wants to do this, the other person wants to do that, and we debate for a day and a half as to which idea is best. Plus there aren’t really any children. His youngest cousin is 10 years old and the others are teenagers, so that probably helps as well.
I’ve built a number of Gingerbread Houses in my day (and last year a train!). But usually these houses came in one of two forms. Either they came out of a cute little Gingerbread House Kit or build with graham crackers (Gram-bread house?) glued together with icing. Yeah, I know, it’s the lazy way out. And the worst part is, when you use the kits especially, the finished house isn’t exactly edible. I’ve always wanted to make a gingerbread house from scratch, but the time commitment scares me away.