|How it's supposed to look.|
Ever since I moved back to Michigan from California, I've been doing a ton of things that I've always wanted to do but hadn't yet done. Once my roommate Kimmy joined me, I gained the perfect accomplice. (My boyfriend Greg is a pretty good accomplice, too, but really he's a better instigator. Better than even myself.) Thus, when the gingerbread houses came in this year, I grabbed one for Kimmy and me to assemble. (She'd never made a gingerbread house either.)
First, Kimmy sorted through the pieces of gingerbread to see how they fit together while I beat an egg, then added a box of powdered sugar to it to make frosting along with a sprinkling of lemon juice to "make it sticky," as instructed by the kit's instructions. Included in the box was a little fondant dog and three people, a boy, a girl, and an old woman with a cane. I was not surprised to find that the German instructions in the kit referred to this as a "hexen haus," or "witch's house." (Whoa, who saw that coming?)
Anyway, frosting glue mixed, pieces laid out, we were ready to assemble our house! I lined one of the little holes in the base with frosting, then stuck in the gingerbread pine tree. It promptly fell over. I held up the tree while loading the base with frosting. When I let go, it started to lean again. Fine. So I held it and blew on the frosting to coax it into drying. It kind of worked.
Meanwhile, Kimmy set to work on the A-frame house. It, too, fell over. "Noooooo!! Haaaauuuuus!! Why, God!?" Kimmy screamed, and I snapped a picture.
After a lot of goofing around and taking of photos, I uprooted the tree, drizzled on more frosting and took a bite. It wasn't bad, but it wasn't great. It mostly tasted like a really tough sugar cookie with a slight ginger flavoring. Kimmy took a few bites out of the roof before putting the house back together. We couldn't determine the serving sizes of what we'd eaten because the nutritional information is for 1/25 of the assembled house, and we didn't feel like measuring.
Kimmy checked the haus a few days later (we had it sitting on top of our fridge) and the frosting glue has solidified. That house is not coming apart now!