Gingerbread House Hunters International ;)


5 batches of royal icing (recipe here), 2 boxes of graham crackers (I know we cheated), $30.00 dollars worth of holiday candy = one fun family gingerbread house making partay!

The Tudor: Steeply pitched roof, small window panes, and decorative 17th century “timbering”… (I tried, lol). I’m pretty happy with it. Especially, happy about my overly sized snowman. Estimated house value $151,849 (3 bedrooms, 3 bath)

tudor gingerbread

The Minimalist: You get what you see. Affordable modern. If you love modern architecture but can’t find it in the price you can afford, look no further. Wide open floor plans, minimalist design, tons of natural… gingerbread. Estimated house value $325,00 (2 bedrooms, 1.5 bath)

minimalist final

Country Comfort: Nothing feels like home like this cozy estate with built-in candy cane door frame. Great starter home. Estimated house value $194, 266 (2 bedrooms, 1 bath)

Country comfort

Green Living: Remarkable new green home. Large garden, and built in solar panels on the roof. Estimated house value $316,00 (2 bedrooms, 2 baths)

Living Green

And of course, I saved the best for last. The Gatsby. This bad boy can be yours! A gingerbread stone palace fit for American royalty, this home includes an awe-inspiring foyer, cathedral ceilings and a red-carpeted staircase. This waterfront property is the candy home of your dreams. Estimated house value $2.9 million (10 bedrooms, 5.5 bathrooms)

the gatsby final

Haha, fun musings. I promise more fun holiday baking to come.

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OMG! Peanut Butter Frosting


This peanut butter frosting is like crack! And goes great with your favorite chocolate cake recipe. Looking for PEANUT BUTTER POWDER can be challenging; but once you know where you can find it (check your local co-op or natural health food store) it’s amazing and versatile.

Here are 2 places that carry peanut butter powder in the twin cities metro,

1. Fresh and Natural Foods – Shoreview

2. Kitchen Window – Uptown

I made this recipe because I didn’t like adding regular peanut butter to frosting – it was too thick, too salty, too oily for my liking. So peanut butter powder provides the FLAVOR without adding that extra fat and oils.

Results of making treats with peanut butter frosting -> One happy boss 🙂 – I made these mini PB & Chocolate Cupcakes for Sarah when she got promoted ^_^.

S, you’re one smart cookie!



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