The Joy of a Gingerbread House EVERYTHING YOU DIDN’T KNOW ABOUT THIS HOLIDAY TRADITION
THE ORIGINS OF GINGERBREAD Ginger was first cultivated in ancient China, then traded into medieval Europe.There, Europeans incorporated it into culinary traditions and used it to bake cookies into elaborate shapes and works of art, including figures of animals and people. The gingerbread house first appeared in the early 19th century in Germany. Although historians don’t know an exact date, it’s speculated that it gained popularity around the same time that “Hansel and Gretel,” the popular fairy tale recorded by the Brothers Grimm, was published. THE LARGEST GINGERBREAD HOUSE In 2013, the world record for the largest gingerbread house in the world was broken.The house, topping out at 21 feet and covering 2,520 square feet, was built by Traditions Golf Club in Bryan,Texas, to raise money for a local Level II
trauma center.To construct the house, builders created a recipe that required 1,800 pounds of butter, 2,925 pounds of brown sugar, 7,200 eggs, 7,200 pounds of flour, 1,080 ounces of ground ginger, and a few additional ingredients. BUILDYOUR OWN! While you don’t have to challenge yourself to beat the GuinnessWorld Record, you can still have fun creating your very own gingerbread village. Starting your gingerbread house from scratch can be a fun activity for the whole family to enjoy. Give the kids a chance to mix the ingredients, roll out the dough, and set out plenty of candies and frostings to use, and remember to have fun! If you’re looking for unique gingerbread house ideas, take a look at 20 gingerbread house ideas at TasteofHome.com/collection/gingerbread-houses.
Of the many seasonal traditions that sweep our nation, few are as creative, delicious, and satisfying as building your very own gingerbread house. Whether you’re looking to create a simple table decoration or bake a tasty treat to nibble on, everyone can enjoy this holiday activity!
The Most Anticipated Cars of 2020 Some Familiar Faces With Big Twists
The year 2020 is almost here, and while we may not have flying cars yet, there are still some exciting (and interesting) new and revamped vehicles hitting the market in the coming decade. Here are a few that are already turning heads. FORD BRONCO Back by popular demand after a 2 1/2-decade absence, the Ford Bronco is getting some serious upgrades since it was last on the market. It’s built to be a highly capable off- roader with a much less bulky SUV body than its predecessors. It’ll also sport some highly anticipated sleek upgrades, like a removable top and two-door or four-door setups. CHEVY CORVETTE Nearly a quarter century after the death of the founding father of Corvette, Chevy is finally rolling out his dream of a mid-engined version. It benefits from significantly altered aerodynamics and weight distribution to
popularity. Jeep’s first pickup truck in a quarter century shares a similar platform and style with the Jeep Wrangler, but it reaches much further for suspension. Its full bed gives you all the utility of a truck, while its body provides the off-road capability of the Wrangler. Whether you’re already prepurchasing or just admiring from afar, 2020’s new vehicles bring to light the exciting new future of the world of automotives.
raise its performance and sports a body with noticeably new design flares that somehow keep in tune with classic expectations. There’s still a lot of hushed talk around this one, including rumors of an electric motor version. JEEP GLADIATOR There seem to be two firm takes on the style of this one: You either love it or you hate it. But the proof is in the purchase, and the 2020 models have already hit the market and shown ample
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