Morning when we were meant to be up bright and early to be down in Nagoya by 9:30 to make a fabulous gingerbread house under the tutelage of the amazing Bonnie-sensei.
Only I really couldn't in good conscience take Amy with a fever so we had to cancel.
Amy was lethargic and slept most of the day, K got on with house stuff he wouldn't have had the chance to do otherwise, I was disappointed but Meg was devastated. She was quite indignant that we should miss out and insistent that we should just take Amy and let her sleep in the car if we really couldn't leave her at home alone- all she was doing was sleeping after all...
So much for fostering compassion and the whole spirit of Christmas thing, yeah?
We needed a back up plan and quick!
So we decided to make our own gingerbread house. Can't be that hard, right?
I think Bonnie should use us on her next flyer:
"We thought we could do it ourselves but soon realised that Bonnie-sensei is an expert and a fantastic teacher. We won't be making that mistake again, sign us up for next year's class already! H.F, Nagano"
It was a long process. Making the dough, chilling for an hour, moulding the pieces, baking, cooling, making the royal icing (no electric mixer here so that in itself was an adventure using just a whisk!) working out the structural engineering aspects of walls and roof and then finally decorating it with all the candy we had bought to take to Nagoya. Phew...
The results are truly hideous. I think it's less of a gingerbread house and more of a gingerbread condemned beach shack. But Meg was mollified with the process even if she was less than impressed with my sugar carpentry "I think you did a good try mummy. It's not as good as Bonnie-sensei but Bonnie-sensei is a real gingerbread maker...."
I don't have an icing nozzle thing and the royal icing was very cement like so making one out of baking paper wasn't really an option so we just slathered the sugar-cement on with spoons and then did the decorations with the candy. I was quite impressed Meg managed windows with broken pocky sticks and really thought about design and candy placement rather than just dumping everything on- even if the end result is probably the same!
I love the roof and especially the chimney with it's smoke.
I have a feeling we might all break teeth when we try and eat it though!
And the over the top style kind of goes with this year's Christmas tree, yeah?
And after a full day lying on the couch Amy felt well enough to eat a smidgen of dinner and went to bed and is sleeping soundly so fingers crossed she is well enough to participate in the rest of the Christmas celebrations!