Monday, November 30, 2009

Making a Gingerbread House Kit

To get ready for Christmas, Aidan (my 7 year old) and I decided to make a gingerbread house together. I got this kit from Toys R Us for $9.99 + tax in the hopes that it would be easy and fun to assemble together.

First we read the directions and got a large cutting board to build it - I also thought that the board would allow for easy clean up. The pieces parts were packed well and everything was intact.

Next, we cut out the base part of the tray, kneaded the Royal Icing and applied generous amounts of icing to the front, back and sides. We then set a timer for 15 minutes and let it rest and allow for the icing to harden.

At the end of 15 minutes, we added more icing to the roof pieces and carefully attached the roof. Aidan held it in place for about 5 minutes and we set another 15 minute timer. After the timer went off, then the fun really started - decorating the house. The kit came with lots of candy and plenty of icing - it even included directions on how to make more icing if needed.

After decorating the house with the included candy, Aidan and I thought that it would be good to add something else (like sprinkles). We found some left over fundip from Halloween and sprinkled it over the house - it was perfect! Overall, it was fun and easy for the 2 of us to complete and I would recommend it as a fun way to spend an hour together.

Friday, November 27, 2009

New Thanksgiving Traditions

This year has been full of changes so with this in mind, we decided to do something other than the traditional turkey - this year was TACHOS!

So what are tachos? They are a combination of tacos and nachos, the name came from my 7 year old son and are one of his favorite foods. Our Thanksgiving Day feast started with plain nacho cheese and chips (for the boys) and Rotel cheese dip and chips (for the girls). Later we moved on to beef tacos with all the fillings (cheese, beans, salsa, avocado, onions, lettuce, sour cream, etc.) and margaritas - yum! The only failure of the meal was my very overcooked Spanish rice - I had good intentions, but I let it cook way too long and it turned into glue with Mexican spices. Oh well, not everything can be perfection!

The night ended with a game of Catan, Paula Deen's Pumpkin Bars, and Lydia's homemade snickerdoodle cookies. Lydia won the game and the cookies were all eaten up! It was a very low key Thanksgiving, but it also was relaxing and fun for everyone!

So Happy Tacho Day!

Sunday, November 22, 2009


Welcome to our new blog, Deliciousness of Yum! Be sure to bookmark us or become a follower. We'll be adding updates soon.

In the meantime, get to know us.

Who we are: Greta and Lydia are 30-something sisters who live outside of Seattle, WA (Lydia wants you to know that Greta's the oldest!). We grew up on the East Coast (in Maryland, land of the blue crab) with a great cook--our mother. We both love to cook, but since we both work, and because our lives are crazier than we'd sometimes like, we don't get into the kitchen as much as we want. We plan to use this blog as a way of recording our culinary successes and failures, to talk about cooking, baking, eating, and other foodie things.

Greta is a science nerd by day and an bona fide Sci-Fi fan by night. She is a dedicated mom to a 7 year old boy who has a picky palate. We're still not sure what's up with the kid's lack of culinary adventure.

Lydia hates her day job but loves to write. In her other blog, Kiss and Makeup, she has explored the world of makeup for the past four years. She is married with no kids but has two insane, high-maintenance kitties.

Why the crazy name? When we eat something really good (like a super yummy slice of pizza or an exceptional plate of tikka masala) we refer to it as "deliciousness of yum." Neither one of us knows where this got started, but it's stuck and it has become part of our foodie vocabulary.

We'll be getting this blog rolling soon, so watch this space!