Please be kind...
This is my first gingerbread house- ever!
It was made with (limited) help from Rascal. The two of us made the dough together. I rolled it, cut it and baked it while she was asleep in bed last night. Then today I donned my builders hat and erected the structure while Rascal was at preschool and then when she got home she helped me put the finishing touches on the decoration.
Next year, I promise that she will get to help me more during the building process, but as this was my first one I didn't want to risk little hands undoing all my good work (I know, mean aren't I!).
I must admit that I was amazed by how little frustration and swearing there was during the whole building process and I have my oldest and dearest friend Marianne to thank for that. Marianne is a gingerbread house maker extraordinaire and was kind enough to share some of her wisdom with me.
The best tip that she gave me? Use mugs to support the walls as you are building. Mug handles are perfect for providing something to lean but there is no risk of sticking them to your structure!