Every year I make a gingerbread house. Well every year since Oscar was born so this will be my third. The first year I went very traditional, burnt half the gingerbread but discovered that enough lollies and icing and chocolate cover anything and that despite everyone having eaten a huge Xmas lunch it will be devoured. Burnt bits and all. The second year the gingerbread was baked perfectly. The only hitch was that I had to take it to Melbourne and assemble it in my in-laws place on Christmas eve. So I made a flat pack house and put it together ikea style. I was terrified it wouldn’t work and my in-laws spotless kitchen would be covered in royal icing which is impossible to remove once it sets. Thank goodness my brother-in-law, who is in construction, was there to oversee the works and in the end that was one sturdy house! I went nuts on the lollies at hubbies request (he is a total sugar addict).
This year I’m going Mod with the house. Well Mid-Century Modern to be exact. I have a real thing for early 60’s architecture so I spent last night researching mod houses on flickr and working on my design. My mother thinks I’m being ridiculous, my other half just shook his head and laughed. I mentioned it on twitter and got a VERY positive response with a great link from @AmandaFuller for a very inspiring mod gingerbread house competition. So I’m doing it.
Here’s the very rough concept so far. I’m thinking I may have chocolate cone trees out the front and perhaps a vintage looking car in the carport. I’m ridiculously excited about this.