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House of Style – Gingerbread Version

So last night Ryan wanted to make the gingerbread houses. I think it was really because he was tired of me telling him he couldn’t eat any of that candy until we’d made our houses but that’s neither here nor there. We had fun! The last time I tried one of these the results were […]

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VanderbiltWife - December 11, 2007 - 7:10 pm

Now I wanna make a gingerbread house! Too bad my DH hates gingerbread…I’d have to eat it all by myself. ;)

whimsigal - December 11, 2007 - 7:20 pm

LOL Why don’t you make one out of rice krispy treats? My sister watched Rachael Ray do that on her show the other day. I am not planning on eating any of these but I sure could tear up a Rice Krispy house!!

Rinnyboo - December 11, 2007 - 9:03 pm

Wow! The gingerbread houses look so festive and colorful. Nice pictures and great house design by Iain and Ryan!

carri - December 11, 2007 - 10:22 pm

Love the houses! Looks like ya’ll had a great time.

Alison - December 12, 2007 - 6:46 am

Our house never looks that good!! Great job.

Stephanie - December 12, 2007 - 4:46 pm


childsplay - December 12, 2007 - 10:23 pm

I melt for gingerbread houses! These are great!

KMDuff - December 13, 2007 - 10:23 pm

very inspiring gingerbread houses. so lovely. :) glad you get to enjoy christmas!:)

piscesgrrl - December 22, 2007 - 10:17 pm

I haven’t made a gingerbread house since I was a kid (bad mom!)… I wonder if we can still squeeze it in, this looks so fun! And lovely enough to eat! ;-)

Iain and Ryan

For some reason, Iain has been getting a little stressed out with his brother. It figures doesn’t it? After I wrote about all the brotherly love in our house, it put the whammy on the good vibes and shook things up a bit. Iain even went so far as to ask me if he could […]

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Stephanie - November 21, 2007 - 8:12 pm

Hmmmm. Sounds familiar.
I’ve been asking Trev if he needs to be alone for a while. He usually says yes.
The story is the same here – they love each other very much – and she idolizes him, of course, but it’s hard to put up with an inferior all the time, I spose. :)
I won’t say things are exactly fifty-fifty around here, as I don’t believe in keeping track of relationships that way, but I do my damnedest to make sure that everyone feels important and supported.
I’m glad you found a solution that works for everyone!

And I wish you a very happy and joyful thanksgiving!

kalurah - November 23, 2007 - 11:20 pm

how far apart are they in age? my boys are only 2 yrs apart, they’re only 2 and 4 but they are already starting to fist fight with each other. my 6 yo daughter is the boss over them both, so I am hoping the 4 yo will looks at the baby as his charge and take him under his wing and take care og him. :)
I’ll let ya know how THAT goes!

whimsigal - November 24, 2007 - 4:22 am

Mine are 2 years and 9 mos apart. For the most part they get along but they do have their moments of scrapping with one another!

Playing with Play-doh

You may or may not know that baking is not my “thang”. There was an episode with a batch of chocolate chip cookies not too long ago that I chronicled on my other blog. My friend Stephanie got a good chuckle out of that and suggested that she could send her son over to help […]

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Rinnyboo - September 27, 2007 - 1:47 pm

LOL..I love the picture of Ryan banging on the cookie cutter with the bottle of Modge Podge.

That is awesome that you were able to make light of the situation and have fun with your family.

whimsigal - September 27, 2007 - 2:05 pm

It was funny! We all had a good time. I got up today and baked another cake and he said, “That one doesn’t look too yellow.” Meaning it doesn’t look like a twinkie so we’ll see what happens once I make the filling.

The cake this morning turned out SO much better than the one last night. I used a different recipe and it looks gorgeous. I’ll post pics once we get all the twinkie elements together.

Laura - September 27, 2007 - 2:43 pm

Yum. I’m such a sweet tooth I’ll even take a piece of your spongey cake, please. I’ll make do. :)

Stephanie - September 27, 2007 - 3:39 pm

a cake that a cookie cutter cannot cut.
I didn’t know that was possible!
In your defense, I”ve ever heard of a cake with beaten egg whites, so that was the problem, definitely.
Why would they say that, I wonder? In a cake???

whimsigal - September 27, 2007 - 6:42 pm


I just finished wrapping up the final new version of the homemade twinkies and they are SO much better than what you see here. This cake reminded me of my low-carb days. It had that kind of taste. Yuck!


I believe a genoise uses egg whites and the same goes for flourless chocolate cakes. I think the difference is this particular recipe didn’t call for egg yolks to be added in later. That’s according to my mom anyway.

I did make a cake using a different recipe though and am getting ready to update in a minute!