1 pound confectioners' sugar
6 tablespoons butter or margarine
1 teaspoon vanilla
3 - 4 tablespoons milk (soy, rice, or cow)
Blend all ingredients thoroughly. Add
more milk or sugar until you reach the desired
consistency - spreadable but not runny. Save a small
amount to dye green for the trees, using green food
To begin the houses, dab a tablespoon of frosting on
the bottom of the beverage carton, and stick it
firmly in place in the middle of the paper plate.
The icing acts as a glue and keeps the house from
on the plate. Then, dab a tablespoon or so of
frosting on the back of each of four square
crackers. Press them in place against the four sides
of the carton.
The roof is the tricky part: Dab about two
tablespoons of frosting on the backs of two square
crackers. Gently position the crackers on top of the
carton, holding them in place to create the roof. It
works best if you hold them in place for a minute or
so until the frosting dries a little. Also, if your
frosting is too thin, the roof pieces may slide
down. Add more powdered sugar to stiffen the
To cover the eaves at the front and back of the
house, a small rectangle of cracker can be broken
into a triangular shape and attached with frosting.
To make it easier for young children, an adult can
cover this eave areavwith frosting, hiding the
carton there completely.
Now, the house is ready to decorate! Place candy,
cereal or marshmellows onto the frosting before it
dries. Spread the roof with frosting and place
marshmellows or cereal pieces onto it in rows.
Sprinkle powdered sugar over the roof to look like a
skiff of snow is on the roof. Icicles of frosting
can be draped down from the roofline with a spoon.
Candies and cereals can be used to create a path,
door, chimney and windows.
To create a beautiful tree for the birds in the
front yard, turn a sugar cone upside down and cover
it with green frosting. Stick seeds, beans, peas,
cereals or little candies all over it.
Little graham cracker bears or gummy bears might
stand in front of the house. Dab some frosting on
their bases, to securely glue them in place. These
little houses make yummy treats. If you want to save
your, wrap very tightly.
Submitted by Susan Wilkins-Hubley -
Second Wives Club