Monday, December 24, 2012

Christmas Baking (Gingerbread House, Yule Log, Cookies)


With Michael back from college, we had all the kids together for some Christmas Eve baking of a gingerbread house, a Yule log and some Christmas sugar cookies.

The gingerbread house was covered in chocolate bricks, cocoa and cinnamon cereal. The doors were red fondant and there was a fondant wreath and bow over the door. Around the house were topiary bushes with inverted Rolo candies as the planters and homemade chocolate frosting for the plants.

The trees were upside-down sugar cones covered in green frosting and the reindeer were made with almonds and pretzels. They were the only items that were non-edible since they needed a few dabs of hot glue to stick together. The rest of the decorations (snowman, presents and polar bear) were made with Rice Krispy cereal treats covered in fondant.

Kudos to anyone that noticed the poinsettia on one of the bushes, or what the polar was holding in his paw...

Friday, December 21, 2012

Christmas Puzzle for 2012 - Snowflake Maze

Our annual Christmas puzzle is available now. It's a fun maze in the shape of a snowflake. As in prior years, the reward for solving is a video Christmas card, but you'll need to figure out the password by solving the puzzle.

Note: If you need some help, the full answer is posted here, but try solving it without help first... it's more fun that way.

Feel free to add a comment below to let us know that you successfully figured it out (without giving away the answer to others). We are always looking for new ideas for next year's Christmas puzzle, so submit those too.