In addition to the “Minty Mallows” that sucked me in at Trader Joes, when I saw a Gingerbread Man kit for $3.99, I couldn’t resist. I instantly had visions of Jonah and I sitting together, decorating this darling cookie while drinking hot cocoa in our winter PJs… establishing a holiday tradition which one day would include me even baking a gingerbread house (mansion really) and inviting all the children to come and decorate it using “snow caps” that I had hand crafted… in my craft studio… next to the cozy fire place…. and our heavenly smelling Christmas tree.

Sure we’re Jewish and I stopped getting Martha Stewart magazines years ago… But a girl can dream…
Anyway, tonight I decided we’d give the GB dude a whirl.
We decided this guy needed a lot of buttons. And apparently, gladiator sandals (they were supposed to be Uggs).
Of course, once GB guy (who Jonah decided we should call Judy) was dressed, it was time for the creativity to really begin. Hello, green water. Goodbye green sprinkles (that I had every intention of using on sugar cookies… last year).
All in all, it was actually quite fun and should time ever permit and creativity reign, I could very well see myself making this an actual tradition, using more impressive decorative goods than the low-budge kit from TJ’s. But, I’d be shocked if Martha could come up with a better idea for dealing with a mess than trash bags on the floor…
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  1. Wednesday, November 24th, 2010
    We turn gingerbread houses into Sukkahs...
  2. Wednesday, November 24th, 2010
    Fantastic idea!

    BTW, have you had the Peppermint Jo-Jo cookies?
  3. Wednesday, November 24th, 2010
    That's so neat! I need to get two separate houses or GB something this year cause both my kids are creative in their own and no artist likes to be told what to do! LOL!

    The holidays are so much fun!
  4. Wednesday, November 24th, 2010
    such a sweet time of year for us with our kiddles.

    (because of you, i hunted down said mallows at trader joe's.)
  5. Wednesday, November 24th, 2010
    There is no better way to deal with mess than trash bags on the floor!
    Also, please send gingerbread cookies... the gladiator sandals look yummy.
  6. Wednesday, November 24th, 2010
    Okay, but did you see the dark chocolate-covered stars? They are so good they should not be allowed on shelves. Or maybe they should sell them in smaller boxes. I don't know...what I do know is that it's a good thing that they are only around during the holidays!

    Looks like you had a lot of fun, BTW!
  7. Thursday, November 25th, 2010
    My mom baked and decorated a gingerbread house from scratch one year. And we decimated it in two days!