I'm sure I'm not really a contender, but I had a great time making gingerbread houses this year! This was the first time I'd ever made gingerbread from scratch (instead of using either a readymade house kit, or graham crackers). I mixed up the gingerbread with my preschoolers one day, and baked it another day (actually, my husband rolled it out and made the house templates and components, which was awesome because I was kind of intimidated to come up with a template, and also, it made the project more do-able to tag team it). We made two tiny houses with templates taken from the measurements of these little wooden houses we made with the boys at Lowes (the home improvement store) at their build & grow clinic.
Each boy got to decorate a house. But they're so small they pretty much just hung out with me while I did it and they ate candy. Heh. We used a bunch of candy we got in bulk from Winco (plus some other random stuff I had on hand).
I'm only posting a pic of the first house we did, in keeping with the "one entry" thing.
My 3 year-old starting the project out strong. He even put some icing on the house.
Here's the house after his contributions. He then ate candy for about thirty minutes (and he even got sick of that!) but it was fun to have him standing there while I covered every exposed inch of gingerbread with candy. Fun!
The walkway was made with candy rocks and lemonheads and cherryheads.
The roof was made with those old lady stripey hard candies (the kind that are always stuck together when they're left in a bowl... I think they had that scene in Coraline
.) I love the licorice mix that I used for random parts of the house (the round pastel with black dot ones, and the 3-part striped squares). It tastes awesome - a barely black licorice flavor along with chocolate or coconut or orange (depending on the color). I love black licorice, but that stuff is good in a different way.
Oh yeah, that's a chimney and the white thing is Santa standing on the roof.
Here's the back of the house that took on a Halloweeny feel thanks to the leftover candy corn from halloween paired with the black licorice.
Here's my two year-old surveying the house. I made gingerbread boys with the leftover scraps of gingerbread (they looked very bumpy/bad, but the royal icing helped a bit!). You can see that the house was pretty small...about six inches tall.
Anyway, it was fun to make! Thanks for letting me share pics with you!