Monday’s Menu 12.13.21

Katie Landis

Katie Landis, GH Social Media Manager & Monday’s Menu contributor

Making It Stick

Our family recently completed one of our fun activities for this time of the year: making gingerbread houses. Now we kept it simple by using graham crackers versus baking gingerbread from scratch or buying a premade kit. It allowed for versatility in our creativeness. Using the various candies picked up from the candy shop, the houses each blossomed into unique creations with their own sense of “home.” Putting all these pieces together exercised our creativity.

For this to all come and stay together, it took communication (we made the houses as a team) and some royal icing. They both help the good things come together. Ephesians shares direction on the type of communication that works well.

Monday’s Menu 12.13.21 in Scripture
Ephesians 4:29 NRSV – Bible Gateway

29 Let no evil talk come out of your mouths, but only what is useful for building up,[a] as there is need, so that your words may give grace to those who hear

May the words of your communication firm up life in a sweet way for those around you and yourself. If gingerbread houses are on the schedule for you this season, this recipe shared by my mom worked well for our houses. You can enjoy it too!

The Recipe

Royal Icing

1 pound confectioners’ sugar

3 egg whites at room temperature

1/2 teaspoon cream of tartar

In a large mixer bowl beat sugar, whites, and cream of tartar for 8 to 10 minutes or until stiff peaks form. Keep bowl covered with dampened paper towel and plastic so that icing does not get hard. Note: Icing may be kept, covered and refrigerated, several days. Beat again with electric mixer before using. Assembly note: You will need a pastry bag (we used a zipped plastic bag) or cake decorating set with a fine, plain tip and a wide fluted tip. Fill the tip- assembled pastry bag with icing and apply to gingerbread creation.


Enjoy making the grace and sweetness of the season stick in the lives around you!