Gingerbread house

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When I was 10 years old, we moved from New England to North Carolina. As a way of finding the Christmas Spirit in that Winter-less Wonderland, my mother took a class at the YMCA on making gingerbread houses, and we've been making them every year since then (I'm 26 now). Since I'm horribly lazy, and not very creative, we've been using the same pattern pieces since 1990, and they make a very neat and basic house. I've made a slight variation this year, and so you'll be seeing what I brought to my Fire Department's Christmas Party.

Contents

Gingerbread

Ingredients

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Method

Mixing

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Baking

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Frosting

Wilton's Royal Icing, it's on their website, in their cans of meringue powder, and now it's here.

Ingredients

Method

It looks all nice and innocent, but this stuff is so saturated with sugar, it could kill someone. Speaking of saturated with sugar, i have ABSOLUTELY no idea where the corn pops came from.

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Construction

Building Materials

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Method

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I however, am journeying into the unknown to create a two-floor gingerbread firehouse, so you're getting dragged along for the ride.

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Decorating

This is really more of a personal thing, highly dependent on what you, or the recipient of this diabetic house of horrors prefers. So, I'll just show you what you need, and then show how I chose to decorate my monstrosities.

Materials

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Method

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Suggestions

Serving

You'd think that you could just put an ENTIRELY EDIBLE HOUSE smack dab in the middle of people and they would just dig in. You would be wrong. The good thing is, this house can keep for at least a week, and still be edible. In case you find yourself surrounded by claims of "it's too pretty to eat" be prepared with a ravenous child of no more than 10 years of age... even better if you can wrangle up a pack of them. They'll have your hours of work razed to the ground in under 5min.

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