Barn Raising

Every year we bake and decorate a gingerbread house. This year, the children decided we need to make a barn. We design the house together, then I make the template, make the gingerbread, bake it, and glue the structure together with royal icing. After it is completely dry and solid, then it is ready to decorate. John took the kids shopping for candy. They came home with a HUGE bag full. Then the fun could begin!

Oli had to sample all the candy. He claimed he was testing it to make sure it wasn’t poison.

We put a ton of candy on the house. Mojo liked squeezing the icing. She was pretty precise given that the icing was just in a ziplock bag with a hole in one corner.

In the end, we had a barn sweeter than any we’d ever seen! The front door opens and closes thanks to twizzler ties.

Since I had no farm animal cookie cutters, our barn is populated with bears. They are sweet and friendly bears as long as you don’t try to milk them.

There are Christmas trees and a big heart for all the love that went into making it.

And, of course, a gingerbread man with a light saber. Because nothing says Christmas like a battle against the empire.

By the time we were done, the children had consumed as much candy as they put on the barn. They are looking forward to the day (New Years Eve) when they can bust the barn and feast on candy once again.



  1. Megan said

    LOVE IT! I hope to make one next year. I think Jess will be the perfect age to start when she’s 3. 🙂

  2. jody said

    That is adorable! Well done. I can never make them stay standing! LOL

    Merry Christmas!

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