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I’ve definitely talked about it a few times, but as Addie gets older and more holiday treats are presented, I am left struggling. Children with achondroplasia are at a higher risk for medical complications due to weight, from joint pain to sleep apnea, so this mama is on high-alert, especially during the candy, I mean Winter, season. I don’t want the kids to live in fear of food, of course, so we opt for as many better-for-you choices as we can year ’round. So, for our first year of decorating gingerbread houses, I wanted to make sure my snack-obsessed toddler would have all of her favorites as she and I did our best renditions of our new home, which started with Honey Maid graham crackers and our favorite snacks.
I browsed through Walmart, grabbing everything we needed from dates (my fave) to craisins, pretzels, and yogurt covered raisins (Addie’s fave). To add some color, I whipped up some green coloring into white frosting and used some leftover red sanding sugar.
Step One: Gather all of your decorating items! We built our house with Honey Maid graham crackers. We decided to use vanilla yogurt covered raisins, craisins, sunflower seeds, dates, and a little red sanding sugar, holding it all together with white icing and some icing with green food coloring to give it a pop!
Step Two: I started by covering cardboard with foil, and spreading icing down as a blanket of snow. It gives a bit of “glue”, as well, to hold your house down!
Step Three: Pre-cut your Honey Maid graham crackers so the triangles you will need are ready to be placed. It is simple to do with a sharp chef’s knife.
Step Four: Place a Honey Maid graham cracker base, then build up your house with icing as glue! Add a coating to the top for snow.
Step Five: Decorate! This was my girls’ favorite… for the creativity and for the snacking!
For our family, being able to celebrate the season with a traditional activity, while keeping it better for us, is so important. Watching my girls work together to create how they see our home, from the sunflower seed walkway to the green icing covered date trees, makes my heart glow.
They shared snacks, laughter, and sticky hands. What better way to celebrate the season than with the ones you love the most? This super fun project is easy to do and brings your family together for good food- what will you be using to decorate your Honey Maid graham cracker houses this year?