Gingerbread houses

I can’t believe the weekend is gone again already.  Nothing very exciting going on here.  I did get myself out for some consignment shopping and found 3 pairs of pants that fit!  I can’t even find 3 pairs that fit in a regular store. Bonus is that all 3 pairs only cost me $25!  Woo Hoo!

I also saw these chairs and texted a picture to John saying they were for our nook:


His response? “Subtle” LOL.  I didn’t get them, btw…

Enough of my bargain bragging, though.  Keeping in holiday spirit, here is another local ‘thing’ going on.  A gingerbread house contest, or a throw down, as Shelley likes to call them.

Here are some of the entries:





This one is the raised ranch of gingerbread houses 😀



I think this one is my favorite.  It’s all made of gingerbread ‘logs’:




Now I either want to eat gingerbread or make a house.

Speaking of houses, progress is being made in the downstairs bathroom.


The wallpaper is gone except for right behind the sink basin, so we need to unhook that from the wall to get the last bit of paper off.  Luckily, I didn’t have to remove the toilet tank as there was enough space to reach behind there and scrape. Thank goodness for the small stuff, right?

After removing the paper, all around the doorway needs repair, though,  Every project ends up with some issue.  This is the one for this room. 


When you have 2 different substrates (such as wood trim and concrete wall in this case), you can’t just paste plaster over both and expect it to stick. Whoever did this tried to plaster over the wall and the trim, so whenever the trim expanded with weather, it cracked the plaster and it now looks like this around the whole door.  The solution is to patch up to the wood trim, but not over it, which is what they should have done in the first place.  Instead, they just covered it with wallpaper.

There is your home improvement lesson for the days, kids. 😀

I should have the bathroom all done before our Christmas Eve party, so that is definitely good news!




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18 thoughts on “Gingerbread houses

  1. debby

    Thanks for the home improvement lesson. My own tip? Keep the phone number of J. the contractor on speed dial 🙂 How fun to have a new bathroom for Christmas! Can hardly wait to see.

    John is funny!

    The log gingerbread house with the stone chimney is really cool. But I really like the snow on the one right above it. Plus it looks like its lighted inside. Of course, to be authentic, I guess there wouldn’t be electricity in a log cabin.

    1. Lori Post author

      Don’t tell John he is funny. It just encourages him.

      The bathroom won’t be fancy. Just the color of the top half of the dining room (Golden Mushroom). It will have intact walls, though – and no more stripes!

  2. Helen

    John is a hoot! Was that his subtle “no”?

    Those gingerbread houses are fancy. Even though I like to cook, I don’t think I have enough of an artist in me to think like that.

    We have a lot of issues just like your bathroom around our house. Some are hidden, some are not. I’ve always lived in old houses and have always wished for a brand new one.

    1. Lori Post author

      Old houses and new houses all have their flaws. I guess you just prioritize what you are willing to live with and what has to be changed. If only there was a limitless budget!

  3. Fran

    Shelley and her family should enter the contest, they are experienced builders 🙂
    I was going through Christmas recipe magazines yesterday and there was an article in it how to build a gingerbread house. Guess people are doing it here more too.

    1. Lori Post author

      I have done a house once, actually as an adult LOL! I would be fun to do again, but I would hate to eat it after the fact.

  4. Kim

    Wow – you made huge progress with the bathroom wall paper.
    Those gingerbread houses are impressive – I can barely do the kit ones (of course that was always with small hands helping!).

  5. Ali @ Peaches and Football

    I can’t believe how creative people are with gingerbread! I think I would get frustrated and give up because I would have some epic structure in my head and it would end up looking like a pile of brown crumbs. 🙂

    I think next year you should take the best before & after pictures and make it into a Christmas card to send to the previous home owner. Bwahaha

    Actually, I liked seeing the pictures of your old house with all the snow. Somehow it feels like you haven’t been there in FOREVER and it hasn’t been that long. Time flies!

  6. Biz

    I made a ginger bread house once and only once – every morning I would come down for breakfast and it would be collapsed – my Dad finally glued it with Elmer’s – so obviously no one could eat it! 😀

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