Thanks for all the encouragement and kind words! I'm surprised at all the interest in our gingerbread houses, so many people have looked at them since I entered this one into the Craftster Challenge.
I'm trying to dig up some more photos and post them to our website of the Gingerbread UP House as well as my Gingerbread Empire State Building from 2007 and a few other Gingerbread Houses my family has worked on in past years.
We had no idea how much time goes into making one of these until my wife, Tanya donated one for the auction in 2005. Since that year, each member of my family looks forward to making a Gingerbread House to donate and sometimes Tanya finds the time to make two. Her houses generally sell for quite a bit more than the ones I build. One year her two house raised over $4,000 and with the two houses our daughter and I donated, we helped raise $6,000 for Big Brothers, Big Sisters of Douglas County. At auction our houses have helped earn decent money for the charity, which is the goal, none of them have ever won first place. So I appreciate everyone who voted for my UP House online!
Here I am working late into the night placing Red Hots, one by one, onto the base of the Empire State Building.
BTW - It's a requirement that everything besides the base be edible, I had a lot of questions about how I was able to get it to stand up... I built a tower of rice crispy treats as an internal support.... read more about the construction by clicking the photo...
Here are the four gingerbread houses built by my family for the 2007 auction.