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Special Ops Gingerbread Mission

Muji Gingerbread house

It all seemed like a really good idea at the time...

Spending quality time with your family in the kitchen...

Making a sweet treat that is both a decoration and a sweet treat...

Finally taking the opportunity to unlock the hidden secret code to the special Muji gingerbread houses that are all written in Japanese (Nihongo). Mr. Anonymous says it is like finding the key to the riddle in the sacred cryptic of the da Vinci code. Now Japanese Gingerbread Christmas treats can be unlocked!

Muji Gingerbread house

Last year Mr. Anonymous thought he would do BAM's Kitchen a big favor by buying a few adorable little Muji Christmas treats while in Japan. The gingerbread house, muffins and Christmas cutout cookies directions were written only in Nihongo (Japanese) and no English translation. Do you remember my post? 

Muji Gingerbread house

A dear follower directed us to the Muji Hong Kong website and I was able to find links to the directions in both Nihongo and English for all of the treats except for the gingerbread house.  However, then I stumbled upon a very basic recipe for the dough and icing on the intraweb for the Muji Gingerbread House. So like I said, it seemed like a good idea at the time....

Muji Gingerbread house

We started out like a team on a special ops mission. Teenager 1 can read katakana. Teenager 2 can read hiragana and is currently on Skype with one of his bi-lingual Japanese girlfriends. Mr. Anonymous is responsible for construction and QA safety and mom knows how to run the oven, mixer and is team cheerleader.

Muji Gingerbread house

Day one of the Gingerbread house special ops project, we made the dough, painfully cut out all of the little pieces from the design paper, rolled out the dough and baked the ultra fragile pieces for the gingerbread house.

Muji Gingerbread house

Day two of the Gingerbread house special ops project, I swore we would never, ever buy a Muji product as long as I ever lived. Making a gingerbread house is a very difficult task while reading the directions in your mother tongue and trust me it is even worse in a foreign language. At one point I actually contemplated using the hot glue gun to make the house structurally stable but then found a tube of Wilson's white decorating icing and it saved the day.

Muji Gingerbread house

End of Day two of the Gingerbread special ops project ended with a family bonding experience led to creativity, laughter, high-tech engineering, crying and even a bit of intense discussions but look at our end product.

Muji Gingerbread house

Another dear blogger had her own version of her Special Ops Mission while creating her Muji Gingerbread House. Please give her a visit as she took step by step photos of the process along the way.

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Wishing you a very safe and happy holiday from Bam's Kitchen to yours!



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Special Ops Gingerbread Mission

By HWC Magazine  , ,   

December 22, 2012


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  • This Gingerbread House look so cute!!! Compliment. Merry Christmas to you to. 🙂

    • Thanks, I will pass your compliment on to the special ops team. Have a safe and happy holiday. BAM

  • Very, very cute.Ends up looking good, and seems to be a great team building

    • Maybe Muji could promote their products as a corporation team building project and charge double for their kits. Wishing you a very safe and happy holiday. BAM

      • Then you can ask for royalties for coming up with the idea 😉

  • Very cute and yummy! 😀

  • Looks lovely! Happy holidays!

  • It looks fabulous – well done!

    • Your yule tide log cake is also beautiful but after this 2 day gingerbread project all baking that requires assembly is on hold until further notice. Bam’s Kitchen needs some R and R. Take Care, BAM

  • The result is lovely!

    • Thank you Carine. Wishing you a safe and happy holiday. BAM

      • Thank you! Same to you and yours 🙂

  • I love it, especially the ladder 🙂

    • Hello Tandy, I think the ladder is the most vulnerable piece of the house and the first to be consumed by my hungry teenagers as it is not adhered to the house. The cookie dough is actually very buttery and delicious so it is only a matter of time until the house is deconstructed by teenager 1 and 2. Happy holidays to you ! BAM

  • That is VERY cute, though! I love that it is so obviously home made and not a pre-baked kit (like the gingerbread house I put together this year, which was all just pre-baked pieces from Trader Joe’s). It reminds me a bit of a gnome’s home, and the short, fat Santa is just too cute!

    • Hello Rachel, thank you. The Muji gingerbread houses is a pre-made kit but you have to do everything by hand and read the Japanese. It was a very trying experience but the houses do have lots of character and it was truly a character building experience. LOL Wishing you and Cupcake a very safe and happy holiday. BAM

  • I think it came out beautiful. Happy Holidays to you and your families too.

    • It is a little rough around the edges but I think that is what gives the house it’s character. Wishing you a very safe and happy holiday. Take care, BAM

  • This looks absolutely wonderful. Are you going to be able to bring yourselves to eat such a fabulous project??

    • Thank you Georgina. I had to write a do not eat sign as my teenager boys are already starting to deconstruct the house.

  • Congratulations! what a wonderful team effort.

    • Thank you for your kind comment. Wishing you a safe and happy holiday. Do you have a link as when I click on your name it says it has moved. Take care, BAM

  • Is beautiful. Merry Christmas! 🙂

  • A lot of love went into making this gingerbread house, and it’s beautiful! Have a great holidays! 🙂

    • And…sweat and tears… Wishing you a very safe and happy holiday. Take Care, BAM

  • Eha

    What a fun Yule post!!! DO hope everything you yourself wish for the Season to descend on you in joyful abundance !! And may 2013 be a year to remember!!

    • Dear Eha, wishing you and your family a very safe and happy holiday. Take Care, BAM

  • This is the stuff of which favorite family memories are made, BAM. It is certainly a cute gingerbread house but that really doesn’t matter. In the years to come, its appearance will surely change, depending upon whose turn it is to recount the tale, but the result will be the same: laughter all ’round.
    Wishing you and yours, BAM, a wonderful Christmas and bountiful New Year!

    • Buon Natale! I am sure this GB story will be bigger than any fish story that you have ever heard in the years to come. This gingerbread house was at least 12 stories high and took 8 strong men to carry it from the kitchen to the livingroom..
      I am starting to do the preparations for making the Timpano pasta dome tomorrow. Homemade meatballs, grandma’s sauce, sausages…all wrapped up in a dome. It takes me at least 2 days to prepare. Happy holidays to you and your family. BAM

  • I love this whole entire home BUT especially love the ladder and Santa =) Merry Christmas, Bam!!!

    • Merry Christmas to you too! I am sure the ladder will be the first part of the house deconstructed and eaten by my hungry teenagers. Take care, BAM

  • Lisa

    What a funky GB house! It’s like the coolest GB House I’ve ever seen! I love what went into it..outside the typical Gingerbread 🙂 I would definitely eat it up. Santa is adorable! Wishing you and your family a wonderful holiday!

    • Lisa, Wishing you and your family a very safe and happy holiday. Indeed this one one unique GB house complete with Nihongo chaos. However, despite the challenges, I do like its unique rustic appearance. Take Care, BAM

  • Well done to an amazing job, looks so cool!

    • Thanks Ray! Thank goodness I had my design specialists with me to give the house a sturdy base. Take care, BAM

  • Mich Piece of Cake

    That is a beautiful gingerbread house. Merry Christmas, BAM!

    • Happy holidays to you and your family. I hope that Santa spoils you. BAM

  • What a cool experience! This is one of those family bonding stories none of you will ever forget! Best thing is that everyone played a vital role, and your teenagers were vital to your success! Really fun post. Thanks, and have a terrific holiday!

    • Thanks John it is really nice spending time with the family around the holidays as this is what it is all about. I really did need my teenage boys as they are true engineers and can just look at pictures and figure out what needs to be done. Wishing you and Mrs. Kitchen Riff a safe and happy holiday. Take care, BAM

  • Simply adorable and it put such a big smile on my face reading your post. Merry Christmas!!!!!

    • Thank you Danny. Wishing you and your family a very safe and happy holiday. Take Care, BAM

  • petit4chocolatier

    I absolutely love it and your perseverance!! I really love that ladder too!!
    This is what it is all about!!

    Merry Christmas to you and your loved ones 🙂

    • So next year around this time, when my boys beg me to make a gingerbread house, please remind me why I swore I would never do this again. Wishing you and your family a very safe and happy holiday. Take Care, BAM

  • Building a gingerbread house “sounds” simple enough … it never is as simple as we all hope! I’m so glad you didn’t need the glue gun 🙂 The house is so very cute!

    • Dear Brenda, my only salvation to the day was that I was using the new spatula that you sent me and that brought a smile to my face. I thought of you often during this special ops BG project, now how would Brenda deal with this little construction issue? Wishing you a very safe and happy holiday. Take care, BAM

  • That is stunning. What a great effort and I love how the whole family was involved. And it didn’t collapse! What an outstanding achievement. I’m super-impressed and it’s so different to the usual gingerbread houses. Merry Christmas to you and all your family xx

    • Thank you and wishing you and your family a very safe and happy holiday. Next year, lets both give each other a very gentle reminder about the trials and tribulations of making a gingerbread house. Just in case we have a short memory. Take care, BAM

  • I have been there!! These look so adorable!! Have a really great holiday!!

    • Please remind me next year when I start thinking that something is a good idea that I should reconsider. Wishing you and your family a very safe and happy holiday. BAM

  • Awesome dear…

  • Wow!! The gingerbread looks amazing, and it’s so sweet that your whole family made it together, thank God you spared the glue gun! Merry Christmas to you and your family, happy holidays!

    • Hello Jasline, I was just inches away from using the glue gun. I was actually heating it up when Mr Anonymous found some Wilson decorating tubes in the pantry. Happy holidays to you and your family! Take care, BAM

  • Great looking gingerbread house! Merry Christmas!

    • Thank you very much and wishing you a very happy holiday. Take care, BAM

  • what a cute lil house! so very creative!

  • Just adorable! And just think of all the family bonding during the special ops mission. Well done.

    • Thank you Karen and wishing you a very safe and happy holiday. BAM

  • This gingerbread house looks wonderful! Every year I think about making one but I never get around to it 🙂 Thanks for posting yours!

    • Christine, thanks for stopping by and happy boxing day to you! Every year my boys beg me to make one and I forget all the trials and tribulations until I start again the next year. Have a super holiday. Take Care, BAM

  • What an adorable gingerbread!! Wishing you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!! All the best and looking forward to more recipes in 2013!!! Take care Bam!! Happy Holidays!! 🙂

    • Sammie, my gingerbread house has nothing on some of your extravagant cakes you have made in the past. I can’t wait to read about all the new ones you make in 2013. Take care, BAM

  • Hi! I have nominated you for two awards – The Wonderful Team Member Readership Award and Blog of the Year 2012 Award! Please check out the link provided for more details.
    Congratulations! Blessings, Cathie

    • Hello Cathie, Thank you so much for thinking of me. You are so very thoughtful. Take Care, BAM

  • Lol! Did you have a hard time getting the structure together too? I was thinking the same thing to get some superglue at one point also! Great you used ready icing, the one that came in the box took quite awhile to dry. Kudos on the end product, I made one too using the english translation link you posted 🙂 Thank you, it helped alot.

    • It is so good to hear from you again! I am so glad I could help out with your pursuit for unlocking the key to creating the Japanese Muji Gingerbread houses. Wishing you a very safe and happy 2013 and looking forward to keeping in touch. Take care, BAM

      • 🙂 Happy Advanced New year too. May the coming year ahead brings forth many inspirations for your coming blogposts.

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