Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Festive Christmas Kitchen: Gingerbread Houses and Chocolate Covered Pretzels~

We made some fun treats yesterday that I'd loooooooove
to share with you.
Creating these festive goodies is just plain fun all season long!

We played lots of Christmas music while concocting  the
gingerbread houses and  I read another two chapters
 from this absolutely wonderful advent book.
The kids really enjoy sneaking in a little  Advent reading, whether that title or our 
Jesse Tree book, when we have a little down time or  "quiet" time.
More of our advent traditions are shared here and here, if you have a minute and you missed them this December!

~Gingerbread Houses~
They are really graham cracker/candy houses, because in 
the past, we've had no luck with actual gingerbread houses
 or this type of crafty Christmas house .
But these are always a hit and they're super easy.
VERY affordable too, if you get the items on sale or generic brands.
Walmart and Walgreens have huge candy sales throughout the season....!
I start buying Thanksgiving weekend little by little for our house making day.

Here's what we started with~
 Candy and house "decorations" ~

*A piece of cardboard about 8x10 or so.
*A small container of milk, 
thoroughly washed out and then stapled closed.
Both covered in aluminum foil.

House "building" fun~

The candy is "glued" to the houses with frosting for very individual looks.

The candy houses, finished~

And as lovely centerpieces~

After the gingerbread house clean up, we made chocolate covered pretzels.
They're fun, festive and super easy!~
Also, another frugal decorative treat for Christmas Eve or Christmas Day!

~Chocolate Covered Pretzels~

Here's what you need:
*melting chocolate. We use these.
*a bag of your fave pretzels.
*also, sprinkles, for added zip and color!

Here's how:
 Melt choco wafers and drop pretzels in.....
  Add sprinkles if you like and.....

 The finished product is super festive and yummy too! Couldn't be easier!

We also have wrapped each of these as gifts.

They look lovely with green or red cello and curled ribbon!

Hope you enjoyed!

We have a bit to do to prepare for Santa's arrival tonight.....

So I'll close here with a hearty MERRY CHRISTMAS!!

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  1. Merry Christmas Chris, I hope you and the family are warm, safe and healthy. Enjoy your day!!
    Dawn aka Spatulas On Parade

    1. Dawn~ Merry Christmas to you too, friend!
      Thanks for stopping by!

  2. Looks like they had a blast making those! Very creative and yummy!
    ~ Heather

    1. Thanks!! Lots of fun, indeed!
      Thanks for stopping by.....

  3. Hi Chris! We were neighbors tonight on Inspire Me Monday :). These are adorable! Your boys look like they had so much fun. I feel like Christmas just flew by. I didn't do any fun baking or gingerbread house making with my kids. Maybe we will do Valentine's Day houses this year :). Happy (early) New Year, my friend!

    1. Oooh, Valentines houses sound great!!

      Can't wait to see them! Thanks for stopping by, Candace!

  4. Great photos! We just made gingerbread houses for the first time ever this year and it is SO much fun! My girls broke the houses apart the day after Christmas and have been eating pieces of it since!

    The pretzels look so tasty. Thanks for sharing :)
    I've visiting from the Living Proverbs 31 link-up!

    1. Lisha
      Thanks for stopping by! Sound like the girls had a blast and are now enjoying the remains of the creations! Good for them!

      Havea great day!

    2. Your gingerbread house looks great Chris, whooo I love chocolate pretzels yummy :)

      Thanks for linking up to Creative Mondays, all the best for 2014 :)

    3. Thanks, Claire! So appreciate your visit and kind words, friend!

      Happiness in the coming yer!

  5. Whoa Chris. I am loving the Gingerbread houses - with the crackers. You guys are rockin' them! Also, the chocolate looks so inviting. I almost want to jump in and swim around for a while. Haha! They look really amazing. What fun times you guys had.

    I hope you had an amazing Christmas. Happy New Year to you. I look forward to following you in 2014.

    Thanks so much for linking up with us at the #homeschoollinkup. You have added so much richness to our hop. I am so blessed that you link up with us each week.

    Love and light to you.

    1. Aw, thanks for the visit to see our Christmas houses!
      And they're just so darn easy too....fun, ease, inexpensive, festive! How great, right?

      Your compliment has made my day, too, friend!

      Be well and Happy New Year to you!

  6. What a neat way to make gingerbread houses. The children will have a blast making them, that is if I can remember them in time next year. You are just so creative!!

    1. Thanks for stopping by!
      Your kind words have made myday!

  7. We love making gingerbread houses and often do them after Christmas just for fun. Thank you for sharing at Sharing Saturday!

    1. Thanks so much! Love your Sharing Sat hop, friend!

  8. The houses looks great. The boys are so creative! Thank you for linking to the In and Out of the Kitchen Link Party. Hope to see you next week.

    1. Cynthia
      Thanks so much!

      Be well and happy new year, friend!

  9. Looks like everyone had a wonderful time making gingerbread houses. And chocolate covered pretzels are one of my favorite treats. Thanks for sharing at Inspire Us Thursday on Organized 31.

    1. Thanks Susan! I appreciate your visit, friend!

  10. I love the houses! I want to come and visit so I can do all of these fun things, too! And, you can ask my kids-- chocolate covered pretzels are my favorite!!! Thanks for linking up with "Try a New Recipe Tuesday." I hope you can join us again this week. http://our4kiddos.blogspot.com/2014/12/try-new-recipe-tuesday-december-30.html

    1. Thanks so much, Lisa! And nothing would make me happier than if you guys could come over and do some fun activities with us!
      That'd be awesome!

      Thanks for stopping by!

  11. It looks like the kids had such a fun time! You are making me want to make pretzels with chocolate now. The pretzels look yummy! I love how you made them festive, too!

    - Natalie A


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