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Tuesday, March 31, 2009

The Bunny Hutch




We usually go visit LaVina & her family in December, just before Christmas. You know what that means: Gingerbread Houses! Now I am a SUCKER for Gingerbread houses. I buy them every year, and every year Brad refuses to make them with me. Same with dyeing Easter Eggs. I have some Paas Easter Egg Dye Kits in the attic that are easily 5 years old. So needless to say, I was thrilled the first time we visited Brad's sister and her kids asked me to help them make Gingerbread houses. Actually, that first time, it was a gingerbread train, and the box & instructions had been thrown away. (Ahem, LaVina) Let's just say I labored intensively over the contrustion off that train. Remy was really worried about me. I did prevail and a beautiful train was assembled and decorated. Since we didn't make it out to visit before Christmas I was disappointed we wouldn't get to do a gingerbread house. Then I remember all the fun gingerbread and rice krispie treat stuff that was out at Halloween and I thought surely I could find an Easter related project. Target let me down (probably too early) so I made a trip out to Michael's (Thanks Dad) where I scored a Gingerbread Bunny Hutch! Yippee! I packed it in my suitcase and it made it one piece all the way out to Colorado. Turns out the box was so big because it was pre-assembled. Remy thought that was better because it was more time for decorating. I thought it was better because those suckers can be hard to assemble! That left my main job as mixing up the royal icing. I showed remarkable self restraint by letting Remy & Joey do all the decorating and eating only a couple of pieces of candy. They did a fantastic job and were just as excited about the bunny hutch as I was. Sadly, the actual decorating of the hutch pictures were deleted, but here is the end result. This photo was taken several days later when baby bunnies had already had plenty of time to nibble away at the hutch and garden.We usually go visit LaVina & her family in December, just before Christmas. You know what that means: Gingerbread Houses! Now I am a SUCKER for Gingerbread houses. I buy them every year, and every year Brad refuses to make them with me. Same with dyeing Easter Eggs. I have some Paas Easter Egg Dye Kits in the attic that are easily 5 years old. So needless to say, I was thrilled the first time we visited Brad's sister and her kids asked me to help them make Gingerbread houses. Actually, that first time, it was a gingerbread train, and the box & instructions had been thrown away. (Ahem, LaVina) Let's just say I labored intensively over the contrustion off that train. Remy was really worried about me. I did prevail and a beautiful train was assembled and decorated. Since we didn't make it out to visit before Christmas I was disappointed we wouldn't get to do a gingerbread house. Then I remember all the fun gingerbread and rice krispie treat stuff that was out at Halloween and I thought surely I could find an Easter related project. Target let me down (probably too early) so I made a trip out to Michael's (Thanks Dad) where I scored a Gingerbread Bunny Hutch! Yippee! I packed it in my suitcase and it made it one piece all the way out to Colorado. Turns out the box was so big because it was pre-assembled. Remy thought that was better because it was more time for decorating. I thought it was better because those suckers can be hard to assemble! That left my main job as mixing up the royal icing. I showed remarkable self restraint by letting Remy & Joey do all the decorating and eating only a couple of pieces of candy. They did a fantastic job and were just as excited about the bunny hutch as I was. Sadly, the actual decorating of the hutch pictures were deleted, but here is the end result. This photo was taken several days later when baby bunnies had already had plenty of time to nibble away at the hutch and garden.

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