Alice is crazy about Christmas, reading books, watching movies, decorating the tree, and keeping us all in bright spirits during the dark days of December. She also really wanted to try making a gingerbread house again this year. Last year we made one, and I messed it up while trying to put it together, though Clare saved it from total catastrophe. This year we invited Alice’s friend Jana over to join in on the fun. Once again, when it came time to actually start constructing the house, I failed. But fortunately we had some extra dough, and had a second chance. Clare read on the interwebs about using canned goods to help prop up the gingerbread pieces while the frosting sets up, and that seemed to be the magical trick to keep everything from falling apart. Clare keeps saying that I did all the work while she only came in for 20 minutes, but it was a very important 20 minutes. All in all, a team effort.

We mostly followed the recipe from Alice’s favorite cookbook for girls that Grandma Fran bought her several years ago, other than the spices. It called for 2 tablespoons of ginger, and nothing else. We decided to do just 1 tablespoon of ginger, and also 1 tablespoon of Lebkuchengewürz, which is a mixture of cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg, cardamom and anise.

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