- Frosting takes time to dry. If you don't let it dry long enough, your gingerbread house will collapse.
- It is difficult to frost with one hand and take a picture with the other.
- It is important to keep your gingerbread house away from cats who like beer and frosting.
- It takes a lot longer than you think to create a gingerbread house!
Then, armed with frosting, candies, and waffle pretzels for the windows, the assembly began. And not without hiccups.
There are lots of things they never tell you when you buy these kits. And, of course, who really reads directions on how to assemble a gingerbread house. It seems self-explanatory doesn't it? Translation: Read the directions to save yourself time and heartache!
So, after a false start and a collapsed house, I learned the importance of having something hold it up while the frosting was drying. Translation: When we are weak, we need something or someone to lean on.
If you don't give the frosting enough time to dry, eventually the whole thing will fall down. Translation: If you don't give yourself enough time for yourself to heal and regroup, you'll fall to pieces.
I then began the decorating process. The icing was more difficult to handle than expected. According to the pictures on the kit the windows were supposed to be icing as well as the entire roof. And it was supposed to have icing accents and even icing icicles. Not having the time, the patience, or the manual dexterity to accomplish those things, I instead used different ingredients.