I have been stuck at home with sick kids this holiday season, thus bored. I decided to try out something I have wanted to do for a very long time: make gingerbread houses from scratch. I created the patterns and made very simple houses for my older two boys. Then I decided to make my own mid century modern-inspired gingerbread house. I am a novice with gingerbread structures, so this was just a first attempt. And my frosting was not cooperative. I think next time I might go for a butter-based frosting instead of the traditional royal icing, which was thick and difficult to work with. Also, to prevent a bunch of frustration, I did hot glue the pieces together initially (all in discreet places that would never be noticed). And here was my MCM gingerbread house in progress and the final product. I have to say that I was totally pleased with the way the beams fit into the structure - they were actually quite sturdy and support the roof! Other tips I can offer: pez make excellent bricks, chocolate neccos work well for that slate-walkway style, and gumballs work great for those globe lights. If only I could have found a way to suspend the globe light from the roof, that would have been truly awesome.