Friday Favorites: The Week We Decorated our Gingerbread Houses

We had such a fun filled week and Oh boy did we ever get some snow!  We are officially decorated and ready for Christmas and found a few ways to squeeze in some extra holiday fun this week.



We all worked together to get the whole house decorated for Christmas on Friday (you can view our Christmas house tour here).  Later that night we invited my mother in law over for dinner (our traditional Thanksgiving leftover pie) and tree decorating. We had a fire going in the fireplace and watched a few episodes of Nailed It holiday edition before settling in to watch the Grinch.  It was a perfectly wonderful, relaxing, holiday night.






I spent most of day on Saturday working on the blog; I took a few days off last week and wanted to make sure I was working on posts at least a week in advance again.  We decided that we were going to get pizza delivered for dinner and it was so nice not to worry about cooking.  Alec got the cutest ornament this weekend from his grandmother (all the boys got one but Alec wanted to share his on the blog and took a photo for me; it is just perfect for my not-so-little baker!).



My husband and I were up real early on Sunday so we could try to beat the crowds to the grocery store.  We were in need of pretty much everything and with a big winter storm in the forecast we knew everyone would be flocking to the stores.  We arrived at 7 (right when they opened!) and found the lot was mostly full! Once home, Alec and I worked together to make a turkey/broccoli/rice casserole using our favorite recipe (and just subbing out the chicken for the turkey).  We also made some Upside Down Buckeye Cookies I'll be sharing on the blog Dec. 9th.  We had a fire going in the woodstove and it was nice and toasty in the house even if it was quite chilly outside.




We got back to our schoolwork on Monday and after our break it was difficult to get back into it.  Ian was gone off and on throughout the day plowing.  We didn't get anywhere near the 14 inches they were predicting and I was so thankful for that.  I did have to run out to the library but other than that we enjoyed a cozy day at home.





We woke to more snow on Tuesday! Ian headed out plowing first thing and pretty much kept on plowing until afternoon; he's been loving all this snow! Alec and I drove all the way to karate only to find that class had been cancelled because of the snow; it was not a fun drive and we saw several cars spun out and in snowbanks littering the highway.  My poor knuckles actually hurt once we arrived home but we made it safe and sound!  However, we did spot a momma and baby deer on one of the back roads with the snow covered trees and road all around them it was so picture perfect; too bad I can't take photos while driving!  Once home the boys spent a good portion of the day playing outside (as soon as their schoolwork was done). Thankfully the sun was popping out by mid-afternoon and the round of storms ended.. for now.  Ian and I watched National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation together after dinner; it's my favorite Christmas movie and he asked if I'd like to watch it with him.  There was no way I was saying no.






We got just about every subject covered on Wednesday and then the two older boys decorated our gingerbread house(s)!  I had bought a pre-made house kit after searching high and low for an Oreo kit I had been seeing on the internet. When I went to buy more candy to decorate our existing kit I found the Oreo kit at our local CVS.  I bought it and since only the older two wanted to decorate they each got their own house.  They did such a great job on them too!








I headed out bright and early again on Thursday morning to do some more grocery shopping; with three tween/teen boys the food just does not last long in our house.  After putting away all the groceries and getting all our chores done Evan asked if we could skip school and go to a museum or something.  I too felt like going out and called my mom to join us.  We went to the Florence Griswold museum and learned all about this boarding house turned artist colony.  They had some real pretty Christmas decorations up too-  come back tomorrow to see all the Christmas photos I took.






Comments

  1. The gingerbread houses look great! That was always a favorite thing to do with my boys and I actually wish we still did it! The snow looks beautiful! I hope you have a fun time in Newport my beautiful friend!

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    1. They did such a great job and I was so bummed thinking that at most this tradition will only last another couple of years. I might just have to take over and make one myself after they outgrow it. We had a wonderful time in Newport!! I can't wait to show all the holiday decorations they had at the Breakers mansion.

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  2. Awe... love the gingerbread houses! I need to do that with my kiddos this year but I haven't bought one yet thinking maybe I could make my own gingerbread cheaper. Probably way easier on me to just buy the pre-made ones, haha!

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    1. I have never tried making my own house... I am so intimidated by making sure the walls are all level with straight sides... and honestly no one eats the gingerbread anyway; just the candy.

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  3. We're having a hard time getting back into the school routine as well.
    Your gingerbread houses are amazing!

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    1. It's so hard when neither them nor me wants to tackle any of it! But we got 3 FULL days of school in this week and I'm calling that good. As long as we get a few days in each week I'm realizing I may need to relax my standards a bit for December.

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  4. The gingerbread houses look so good - mine always fall apart, hahah! The snow is beautiful!

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    1. We almost had one wall topple over on the Oreo house; the gingerbread house came fully assembled! I loved that fully assembled house. They should all be sold that way I think.

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  5. Oh wow, you have so much snow. I can not remember the last time we had it this deep. Your gingerbread house looks amazing and such a beautiful Christmas tree. Looks so Christmas-y where you are. Love Christmas :) Thanks for sharing at Welcome To The Weekend Blog Hop hope you're having a lovely Friday.

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    1. We always get a few good snowstorms but I can't remember the last time we had snow that accumulated so much and lasted a week this early in the season!

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  6. That turkey casserole dish sounds really good. I love turkey in everything. I love the gingerbread houses. I still need to pick one up for my girls to decorate! You guys did a great job.

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    1. I love turkey too! We only had two extra people (so 7 total) for Thanksgiving and we cooked up two big turkey breasts just for the leftovers.

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  7. I love that ornament of the snowman made from measuring spoons!
    We decorate gingerbread men each year and I am eager to do that here in a few days.

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    1. We have never made or decorated gingerbread men but that sounds so fun.

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  8. I've never decorated a gingerbread house, I should try it some year with the grand kids. And my goodness did you get the snow!

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    1. Oh I bet they'd love it! We still have lots of snow everywhere but we're supposed to get lots of rain the next few days so I think it might disappear soon.

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  9. Our snow finally melted today after all the rain yesterday. I have to go get some gingerbread house kits, you've inspired me to get going on it! This post is getting me in the Christmas spirit! Also, I love that ornament!

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    1. Ours is mostly gone this morning; just few clumps here and there but I'm OK with that!

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