I'm always impressed by gingerbread houses. Every year around the holidays, images of amazingly detailed masterpieces start doing the rounds. I don't have much in the way of architectural or construction skills, so something like that is well beyond my expertise.
Basic little houses, though? THAT I can handle. I had thought about doing a gingerbread house with Ian this year, and had spent some time idly looking up recipes and things. But one day we were at Michael's getting some craft supplies and I saw the Wilton gingerbread house kits on sale for $8. Can't beat that price! It came with everything necessary (I was especially happy to not have to make icing!), including gumdrops and some little round fruity candy things. We augmented with several Hershey's kisses, green sugar sprinkles, a peanut butter cup, a couple of candy canes and two Ghirardelli squares for the front door.
It was a fun way to spend an afternoon during that week between Christmas and New Years. The grownups did the hard parts; Ian stuck on the embellishments. The result was adorable.
Ian decided that "it's House's house." House, you'll remember, is what he calls his grandma; I assure you that her house doesn't really resemble this at all, but he's insistent. :-)
The question now is, how long do we keep this thing around until we throw it out? I hate to do it, but I also know we can't keep it forever. It's well-documented in photographs, though!