I am very disenchanted with Christmas coming up. In an attempt to keep a low budget (we don't actually have a budget...just don't want to spend alot) for Christmas presents, we decided that we are going to make and decorate gingerbread ornaments. I know that I shouldn't have waited this long to start the process, but seriously this is a pain in my ass. The recipe that we are using is incredibly simple, but very frustrating. The recipe calls for 3/4 cup of applesauce and 4 ounces of cinnamon. I think this kind of project is geared toward patient people because I was frustrated after one batch. First of all, that much cinnamon gave me a headache because the scent was so damn strong, second, the dough was impossible to work with and every little gingerbread man either lost an arm, leg or head (they look more like war vets than cutesie Christmas men). Once you roll the dough and place your cutout ornaments on a cookie sheet to dry for 1-2 days you are set to decorate. The problem is that it has been 3 days and they are still not dry and they look worse every day. I think I am going to officially scrap this plan and cancel Christmas. Every other year the craft projects we have done have turned out really cute, but this year I must have over-estimated my patience and craftiness.