Gingerbread Land ๐ŸŽ„

My mom went all out for Christmas like the craftier version of Shannon Beador. One thing I remember most was her making Gingerbread houses.๐Ÿฌ

Sometimes I would come home from school and she would have cookie sheets spread out all over the counters, timers clicking down for the next batch in the oven, and a mixer full of Royal Icing just waiting for my finger to dip in it. โ€œYou are not going to like that Laura,โ€ she would warn, and every time I would ignore her and obnoxiously complain with a disgusted purse in my lip, “it is too sweet.”

It was fun to watch her experiment. Sheโ€™d envision the shape sheโ€™d want for the house, cut the templates out, and then bake and build the entire thing by hand. It was incredible.

I especially loved seeing her melt candies for windows, and OF COURSE I loved to help decorate. She even threw Gingerbread decorating parties for my sisterโ€™s Girl Scout troop. They were legendary, literally.

The last time we went to our childhood home, the new owner told us that all of the women in town still talk about it. She turned the basement into a little winter wonderland. ๐Ÿญ๐ŸŽ…๐ŸŽ„๐ŸŽ No joke.

She was one cool cat. ๐Ÿ˜Ž

Since this will be my first Christmas without her, I want to remember her favorite gingerbread houses.ย Here are a few of theย vintage Good Housekeeping magazine winners she adored.

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These are serious works of art. No one makes anything cool anymore… Well expect for this Up version.



This Cape Cod style is cute too!!!

Aren’t these just a little slice of heaven???



Miss you mom!!!!



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