I took a small sabbatical from authoring blog posts (4 months to be exact) and I sincerely apologize to my readers.  I had to distance myself from all of the negativity and direct judgements that were being made on social media.  It’s not to say that I didn’t frequently make Instagram, Small Town Allergy Mom Facebook and Twitter posts….I just took a break from writing actual blog posts.

That being said, I’m back in full force and excited to embark on this holiday season!  In fact, my house has been completely decorated inside and out since the Friday after Thanksgiving!  I jumped on the Christmas train early this year!  I’m happy to embrace it!

To get back on track, I have been searching for a moderately priced (not $30+ a kit) gingerbread house kit for over 9 years.  To my surprise, I found a huge end cap full of Wilton Gingerbread House kits at our local Meijer grocery store yesterday afternoon.  They were $12.99 each!   I just looked online and they are only $8.97 at Walmart if you’re willing to wait for the shipment.  I was prepared to make everything from scratch to give our boys the “true experience” of making gingerbread houses.  But hey, why not cut a few corners in the process to make mom’s life a little bit easier.  Besides I cook a minimum of about 19 meals a week!  I can take the “easier” route from time to time.  So I happily purchased 2 kits!

This Wilton Kit was free from all allergens except soy and wheat.  Oh, and there was one package of little candle canes with red and green stripes that contained “peanuts.”  We just threw those in the garbage.  Even though the kit came with plenty of candy and icing to decorate the pre-assembled house, I did purchase more safe candy at my boy’s request which included: Skittles, Lifesavers hard candy, Dots, white coconut for snow, Enjoy Life Mega Chocolate Chunks, and Twizzlers in various colors.

Last night after the boy’s piano lessons we worked on the houses.  Wilton includes basically everything you need with the exception of the candies I purchased, which is not necessary.  The houses were easy to decorate with the pastry bags and icing included in the kits.  Taylor & Christopher had an amazing time decorating for more than 2 hours last night and I enjoyed helping and experiencing their artistic abilities.

This was a fun activity and most of all ALLERGY FRIENDLY!  Way to go Wilton!  I thank you for giving us this experience!