Since I am working from home now, I try to spend special time with Augie throughout the day. It’s not always easy to do…but we make it work. Sometimes we go to story time at the book store (because I love to peruse there even though I don’t actually read), sometimes we color together, other times we go for bike rides…and sometimes I actually think of crafts for us to do together.

I am not actually sure WHY I decide to do crafts. I mean, it’s nice to have something to do together, but the attention span of a toddler (especially mine) is about 5 mins – AT BEST.

That being said, a few weeks ago I decided that it would be fun for us to create gingerbread houses. I went to the store and picked out some candy and some graham crackers…and then I got home and I realized that I had no cream of tartar for the icing.


BUT, I read online that I didn’t actually NEED it, so I made the frosting anyways using this recipe. It turned out great! I am guessing that the cream of tartar makes the frosting a bit thicker so your decorations don’t slide off the roof, but it still worked out in the end.

Truth be told, Augie spend a majority of the time trying to eat the icing and candy instead of decorating the house. This then backfired into a sugar rush…leaving him running like a crazy man around the house and me to finish our houses. Can you guess which one is his?


If you guessed the one with the bite taken out of it, you are correct! He thought the whole purpose of making the house was to eat it. I guess you can’t really expect a 2 year old to make something out of candy and then stare at it. Wishful thinking.


Overall I think our gingerbread house making was a success. He enjoyed the whole 5 minutes of time we spent together building them. I think that’s all that really matters here (even though I kind of can’t wait for when he is bigger and we can build cooler more elaborate houses together). Maybe 5 more years….

Winter Wonderfest at Navy Pier
Santa Photos 2015