Thanks for the love guys! Really, apart from resisting the job of unpacking all that bloody inventory (more a reflection of me being me than any emotional fluff!) all's great! You know, a bit of humble pie probably isn't such a bad thing every now and again (and maybe a valuable lesson in double checking the target market of fairs etc!). Besides, moving right along, people to bake, heads to bite off. You know, the usual!
We've been baking a few gingerbread men lately...and stars and hearts and other creations. (Note to self: need more cookie cutters!!!) I have quickly discovered that this recipe is entirely too delicious, which means that we keep running out of the ginger ninjas by the time they're cold, and no chance whatsoever for me to freeze a few each batch to stockpile for Christmas pressies for teachers and whatnot. Thankfully, the recipe is ridiculously easy - and not too heavy in taste, either...hence the mass munching! By the batch yesterday we had run out of brown sugar, and if you find yourself in the same predicament, I can assure you - after rigorous testing, quality control and oral inspection - that 2/3 cup of packed brown sugar and about 2TBSP golden syrup works as a great alternative to the 1 cup of sugar!
I love the difference in design aesthetics that my sous-chefs have...give a kid some icing and toppings and watch their personalities emerge!!!