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A Spring Birdhouse out of gingerbread!

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A Spring Birdhouse out of gingerbread!

Anytime is a good time for gingerbread!!  That’s my philosophy.  I know it’s summertime weather in many parts of the world, but in my part of Canada, it’s still just spring, and a lovely spring I’m happy to admit!  No weather complaints from me.  I had fun making this brightly colored little birdhouse to celebrate the (finally!) coming of spring.  (see this gingerbread house for more details about the making of the house)
Gingerbread Birdhouse by dennasideas.com - Page 004I don’t mind giving out a lot of my recipes, but I’m afraid our gingerbread recipe is a family secret!  You know, just in case someday I start a fabulous gingerbread company…. 😉Gingerbread Birdhouse by dennasideas.com - Page 002

The ribbons on the roof aren’t my original idea, I saw some lovely houses here with that idea and just loved it!Gingerbread Birdhouse by dennasideas.com - Page 002

“Ain’t it just precious sickening?”   The sun on the back of the house turned out nicer I think….

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And one more pic….

Gingerbread Birdhouse by dennasideas.com - Page 003Happy spring and remember, any day is a good day for gingerbread…..

 

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A Gingerbread House for Spring!

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A Gingerbread House for Spring!

Gingerbread in Spring?  Does that sound strange to you?  Oh, wait, it’s not even Spring yet.  For sure not around here, we are officially still in winter for awhile yet.  But it seems like February is when I usually do end up making gingerbread houses, for one reason or another.  This year I didn’t make one at Christmas time (happens more often than not).  So sometimes I think I need one for my birthday.  (oops, I just realized we’re in March, duh!!!)  This year I made and ate some Spring-like gingerbread in honor of my sister and nieces’ birthdays!!!  (and had a lot of fun doing it!)  But this house really looks like it would be cute for Easter (so that’s what I wrote the on the picture!)  Here’s what I did:

Made gingerbread dough.  Rolled out and cut out pattern.  For this house I quickly printed off a great free pattern to use by Tikkido.  Great for those times you don’t feel like coming up with a gingerbread house pattern of your own.  And it turns out really cute!Spring Gingerbread House by dennasideas.com - Page 004The kids did some gingerbread cutting and building of their own…Spring Gingerbread House by dennasideas.com - Page 003For a tiled roof, I pressed a pattern into the roof pieces before baking, and used a clean drinking straw to poke some holes in the roof.Spring Gingerbread House by dennasideas.com - Page 002Two color Royal icing decorating before assembling….Spring Gingerbread House by dennasideas.com - Page 001Assembled and then added fondant flowers, leaves and strawberries and a little girl out front in her garden.Spring Gingerbread House by dennasideas.com - Page 005The roof idea was something new I saw on Pinterest, so my little house was inspired in part by the beautiful house I saw here.Spring Gingerbread House by dennasideas.com - Page 006Just a tiny bit trickier than a regular roof, but I love how it turned out!Spring Gingerbread House by dennasideas.com - Page 009Spring Gingerbread House by dennasideas.com - Page 008And now this little house is gone!  Tasted just as yummy as it looked!!  Maybe I should make another one for Easter….Easter Gingerbread House by dennasideas.comEaster Gingerbread House by dennasideas.comEaster is a great time for gingerbread!!!  (I think that could be a European thing?! anyone??)

Happy New Year with a Gingerbread Snoopy’s Doghouse

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I’m a bit late with my New Year’s Greetings, but that’s nothing new! 🙂  (At least it’s still January)  Here’s Snoopy, apparently fast asleep atop his doghouse, but in reality he’s thinking deep thoughts about the new year, and wishing the best for you and yours in 2014.Gingerbread Snoopy's Doghouse_dennasideas.com - Happy New Year 2014We did a gingerbread decorating day with my sister and all of our kids, and after the frosting stopped flying, and the kids rumbled off to their next activity, I assembled this gingerbread doghouse for cookie Snoopy.  I used the birdhouse pattern that I printed from the instructions here, and just trimmed in the roof sections a bit and cut out the doorway.  Then decorated with royal icing and nonpareil snowflakes.  Snoopy is such a comforting image from my childhood!   Here’s Snoopy’s doghouse with some Christmas lights that I swiped from my nephew…..Gingerbread Snoopy Doghouse_dennasideas.com They didn’t stay on too long when my nephew finally noticed them….!Gingerbread Snoopy House_dennasideas.com - Page 001 Gingerbread Snoopy House_dennasideas.com - Page 002I just love gingerbread!!  YUM!  I usually end up making some in February, too, not just for Christmas!  Anyways, have a great New Year!