Today is National Gingerbread House day. I’m not sure what that means, but recently I decorated my own at 57 Chestnut in Beacon Hill. It was so much fun! I went with a group of girls from the Junior League. We had to make a reservations months in advance. It apparently is quite the tradition in the neighborhood and spots book up fast. They give you the cookie structure and a tube of frosting. You then get to pick out all the candy you want to use to decorate. They supplied some good candies, but some veterans brought their own!
I was especially proud of my pink Starburst roof trim and snow-covered bushes on the front stoop. By the end, my hands were disgusting and covered in sticky frosting.
There was no chocolate to use on the houses which was a good thing. I also made my own bloody Mary at the “Make Your Own” Bloody Mary bar. I didn’t take a picture because it looked more like a salad. I couldn’t decide which garnish to go with so I added celery, blue cheese stuffed olives, pepperoni and a pickle. It was ugly but good.
The table was a mess as well afterwards. At the end, I went to pay in cash but quickly realized I didn’t have enough so I threw down my credit card. One of the girl’s husbands announced someone had overpaid but I didn’t think anything of it. I later realized I put in the cash I had and forgot to take it out once I realized I didn’t have enough! I ended up paying about $70 for one drink and a gingerbread house. Frustrating! The houses cost typically $25 to decorate with as much candy as you want. I was glad I snagged a few extra candy canes.
This morning I uploaded a new video for Diet.com featuring Lauren Hefez and a barre workout you can do at home. My legs were shaking terribly by the end. It is a must-have in the saved vault of quick fitness videos.
For today’s giveaway, I’m giving out 3 pairs of Darn Tough socks (a perfect stocking stuffer for someone in your family or yourself), one of my “I Thought They Said Rum” T-Shirts and a fitness DVD from Jennifer Galardi “Hip Hop Body Blast” (perfect for your little sister!). To enter, leave a comment below.
Questions of the Day:
- What is your favorite holiday tradition?
- Have you tried a Bar inspired class before?