Festibond 2013 Hayley’s date with Mom

For my date with Mom we made a beautiful gingerbread house and went to see Anchorman 2. I had so much fun spending time with Mom, baking, and seeing a funny movie.

We made the gingerbread the day before so it could harden; we had just barely enough dough. The first thing we did on our date was lay out and unwrap the candy and melt jolly ranchers to make windows. I put a different kind of candy in each muffin tin, while Mom put some jolly ranchers on a cooking sheet and put it in the oven. After a while Mom took out the cooking sheet and the jolly ranchers had melted flat then dried for a while out of the oven. Once they were dry and solid, mom cut them to size and took them off the pan. We melted gummy bears in the microwave so we could use it as glue, and we fixed the broken parts of the house as well as put the windows behind the window cut-outs, which looked awesome.

The candy is organized and ready to put on our house.
The candy is organized and ready to put on our house.

Making the Jolly Rancher windows with Mom.
Making the Jolly Rancher windows with Mom.

When the candy was all ready and we had a few pictures, we started to put up the house which was a real pain. The melted gummy bears and caramels were very hot so it hurt to push it on and it was sticky, but it was beginning to come together. We next put frosting around the house and stuck gummy spearmint leaves in the frosting to look like bushes. Then we started talking about a balcony. I first thought we should use one whole graham cracker and Mom thought we should use half. I didn’t like that it kinda stuck out weird and looked uneven, so I decided we should have a fourth of one above the door because it was a perfect size–plus the gingerbread man fit on it perfectly. We used candy canes to prop it up; in the process of using the melted gummy bears to stick it on, we got it on the bottom, so I thought a yellow gumdrop could just stick to it and be a porch light. We then used square grid pretzels to make a fence which was also the perfect size, and it was coming together really nicely.

Putting up the house.
Putting up the house.
Decorating the tree.
Decorating the tree.

We hadn’t put the roof on yet and we were about to right after we make Necco candy wafer shingles on them, but we didn’t have enough. Mom gave the suggestion to use M&M’s and Necco wafers; so we did, and it worked. We put the roof on and continued decorating for a while until it came time to do the tree. Mom used melted gummy bears to stick an upside-down sugar cone to the ground in front and I started piping green frosting on it from the bottom, up. I was looking at the candy laid out and got an idea to cut red jelly beans in half and stick them on to look like holly berries so we did that as well as putting halves of green jelly beans on for even more. Mom also got inedible, flower-like, small, plastic things and I got the idea to stick them in upside-down gumdrops for flower pots and in tootsie rolls sliced in half for a window box. It looked awesome, and I was SO proud of it, but now it was time to go to our movie.

Us with our finished gingerbread house.
Us with our finished gingerbread house.
The front of the house.
The front of the house.
A side-view of the house.
A side-view of the house.

We had plenty extra candy so mom put some in her purse to take to the movie. We also got popcorn and I got raspberry water at the concession stand.The movie was SO funny, and I liked it a lot! My favorite parts of the movie were when they were in the RV and it was tumbling, and when the news teams were showing up to battle against each other. I really enjoyed my date with Mom and hope to do something like it again soon.

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