No problem, right?
Well, the search for molasses was 3 days, 3 towns and 8 shops.
Then the search for an adequate molasses substitute (kuromitsu- pure kuromitsu, no honey added) was another day and 3 shops.
Then we made the dough- and it rested overnight.
Then we baked the pieces- and they hardened overnight.
Then we made the royal glace icing. 1 hour, three of us taking turns mixing with my whisk (no beaters here)
Then we stuck the pieces together. 1/2 a day and noone could use salt or pepper as the shakers were being used as supports.
Then finally the girls iced and decorated our gingerbread house with the rest of the icing dyed 5 colours.
And you know, during the whole thing I was ready to pack it in so many times. It was such a hassle, I was tired of the stress of it all etc etc.
But this afternoon when the girls iced the house with their toothpick paintbrushes and sprinkles and little decorations and then decided they needed a garden and made flowers in the garden etc etc and I saw how totally involved they were in the project it all seemed worthwhile after all. More than worthwhile, to copy a slogan, it was priceless.
And here it is, our gingerbread cottage.
Best Wishes for the New Year to all of you from all of us.
(Yes, I have the kind of exciting life we're I'm blogging at 11:00pm NYE.)