Festibond 2013: My Date with Hayley

Hayley and I had our Festibond date planned for several weeks. She and I were going to make a gingerbread house together. She was very excited about it. We also planned on going to a movie afterward. The day before our date, we went shopping for candy. It was fun to plan our our house ahead of time, and then find the plethora of candy necessary to achieve our creation. We found a good gingerbread recipe and used stencils I’d printed out from a website.

We baked the gingerbread pieces the day before our date as well, because I learned that it would make the gingerbread more dried-out and sturdy. Skye kindly volunteered to take pictures, so most of the photos I give credit to her. Thank you, Skye!

We used muffin tins to separate all the candy.
We used muffin tins to separate all the candy.

Hayley unwraps candy for our gingerbread house.
Hayley unwraps candy for our gingerbread house.

A tip I learned for making stained glass windows was to melt down hard candies (we used Jolly Ranchers) in the oven, then cut them to the desired shape before they cool and re-harden. It was pretty easy and fun to do, and worked very well.

Our stained glass windows from Jolly Ranchers
Our stained glass windows from Jolly Ranchers

I bring the gingerbread over so we can begin construction.
I bring the gingerbread over so we can begin construction.
Hayley likes the stained glass window.
Hayley likes the stained glass window.

The royal icing wasn’t hardening as quickly as I wanted, so I took the advice I found on the internet and melted down gummy bears and caramels. It hardened almost TOO quickly and was very gooey and difficult to work with. It was great adhesive, though–like super glue.

I'm applying the melted caramel to the house pieces.
I’m applying the melted caramel to the house pieces.
Hayley was amused by the sound effects I was making as I fought with the candy adhesive.
Hayley was amused by the sound effects I was making as I fought with the candy adhesive.

Even after planning it out, we continued to have new ideas as we were constructing our house. I was impressed by Hayley’s epiphanies. She thought of using upside-down gumdrops as flowerpots, a gumdrop for a light under the balcony above the porch, and a halved tootsie roll as a flower window box.

Hayley pipes green frosting around our sugar cone "tree."
Hayley pipes green frosting around our sugar cone “tree.”

Hayley and I spent many hours working on our gingerbread house, and I enjoyed every minute! She is so much fun to work and play with. She had a great attitude, and amazing ideas and creativity. I think our house turned out very well!

Hayley and me with our completed gingerbread house.
Hayley and me with our completed gingerbread house.
Our gingerbread house.
Our gingerbread house.
Gingerbread house #2
Gingerbread house #2
Gingerbread house #3
Gingerbread house #3

After we finished our gingerbread house, we went to see Anchorman 2 at the movie theater. It was pretty silly, but there were a lot of funny parts. I especially enjoyed them because Hayley laughed so hard at them. I love listening to her laugh. I had a wonderful date with her, and always enjoy spending time with my little sweetheart!

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