async='async' data-ad-client='ca-pub-1704385665578974' src=''/> November 2019 - Welch House 1900

Cinnamon Christmas Gingerbread Garland

For the past several years at Christmas, my little boy and I have made it a tradition to create Cinnamon gingerbread ornaments. Its a great craft to do with little ones and our cinnamon ornaments are still in perfect shape each year when we pull them out to decorate. Remember, these are non edible.


I found my ribbon at Walmart, I couldn't resist the cute sparkly pom poms.

Its always best if you a have a cute little helper too.😊

Preheat oven to 200 degrees Fahrenheit. Mix both bottles of cinnamon and applesauce together until a ball of dough forms. You may need to mix with your hands at some point, as we had to.

Using about 1/4 of the dough at a time, roll dough to 1/4 inch to 1/3 inch thickness between two sheets of plastic wrap.

I love my vintage pink rolling pin.

Peel off the top sheet of plastic wrap and use your favorite cookie cutters to cut out the shapes. We chose the gingerbread house and two different gingerbread people shapes.

This cookie cutter is special to me because it belonged to my Grandmother.

Next poke holes with a plastic straw in the areas you would like to string your ribbon. If you are making ornaments, poke the holes into the top of the cookie. We are making a garland, so the holes are on the sides of the cookie.

Place your cookies on an ungreased cookie sheet.

Bake at 200 degrees Fahrenheit for 2 1/2 hours. Cool on a wire rack for one to two days.

Once cooled, string your ribbon.

You can leave your garland just like this if you want, we usually do. This year though, I wanted to add royal icing.

Royal Icing Recipe 

3 tablespoons Meringue Powder, 8 oz.

4 cups (about 1 lb.) confectioners' sugar

5 tablespoons warm water

Beat all ingredients together until icing forms peaks (7-10 minutes at low speed with a heavy-duty mixer, 10-12 minutes at high speed with a hand-held mixer).

I decided to have fun with my cookies and just used my imagination to decorate them.

I found some sweet little pink bows at Walmart and used them on my gingerbread people.

The boys got bow ties and the girls got hair ribbons.

I also sprinkled my cookies with glitter while the icing was still wet. I think the sparkle is pretty.

Once everything was dry, I hung my sweet gingerbread garland on my green antique cabinet in my kitchen.

I think it looks very sweet. I love gingerbread people and I love to keep most of my decor very simple and not over the top, so this garland is the perfect touch.

I think the garland looks very nice with my shabby chic treasures in my cabinet.

This Christmas cup is absolutely darling and one of  my favorites! Its from the late 1800's and is pink luster ware. It says "Merry Christmas" and has a Santa depicted on it.

I actually have two of them and they are very special to me.

I enjoyed spending time with my little one and creating something together. I hope you enjoyed following along and maybe will add this to your Christmas traditions as well.

I want to wish you all a very Happy Thanksgiving! I will see you all in December with more Christmas decorating!


French Country Christmas

The back parlor is ready for Christmas.

Candlelight is aglow on the antique "Jenkins" piano.

A gorgeous faux cedar garland lays gracefully on top with simple pink ribbons trailing down the sides.

The European Christmas tree has been elegantly draped in gold beads as well as precious pink glass ornaments, with a few additional teal ornaments tucked in about the boughs.

It all comes together and paints a pretty Christmas picture.

Sweet blush pink birds perch on the cedar garland, and nest in the branches of the tree.

Our lady above the piano is joyful at her Christmas surroundings.

Heavy draperies add elegance to the windows and keep out the winter's cold drafts.

Sweet gold cherubs keep watch over the parlor from their place on the tree as they do each Christmas.

Some new faces have been added to the tree this year..

Tucked away under the tree is something special..

A slow steady swishing sound announces its arrival..along with the echoes of clanging bells.

It was a gift for a most special boy some years ago, who still believes in it's Christmas magic.

The tree glows proudly in front of old beveled glass windows, who themselves, have witnessed many  Christmas' these past one hundred twenty years..

A very special stocking hangs from the Italian Armoire.

The ornaments glisten from the tree's branches.

The parlor is ready for the season.

Ready for new memories to be made.

For laughter, love and new beginnings.

Its Christmastime.

Thank you so much for visiting!