"We will eat candy for breakfast!" they chorused.
It wasn't quite that bad, but certainly a noble intention.
|Wren opens the bags of candy before breakfast.|
One of the kits came with pre-mixed royal icing. I used this one to build the houses and had to mix up my own icing (per box instructions) for the second batch. This failed. The icing was thin and slimy. When I piped it in the bag it shot out in pretty patterns that did not hold larger candies in place.
I said a bad word.
Frost told me not to.
I scraped the faulty icing out of the bag (not easy) and added more powdered sugar. Departing wildly from the quantities on the box, I managed to dry up the mixture until it was more paste like. Now it wouldn't squirt so I had to smear it on the houses. Wren wanted me to make icicles but the frosting was constipated so I had to content him with many dollops hither and thither. The boys were utterly happy and fought vigorously to have the most gum-drops, jelly beans and other rare or preferred candy on their house.
When they tired, they ate candy until they were "done".
The houses looked fanTASTic.
|Wren and Frost with their decorated houses|
|Wren showing how he feels when I told him he could not eat the house until Christmas and |
Joshua said "It will be stale by then."
|I said "Gingerbread houses are stale when they come out of the box."|
"But we can still eat the candy, right?" asked Frost. Wren nodded and ate some immediately,
in case I said "no."