For 20 years, we have gathered early in the holiday season to create gingerbread houses.
This year, I carefully baked the house-pieces in preparation for another house-decorating session. I packed and mailed a set of pieces to Erin, who wouldn't be joining us for Thanksgiving this year, and I got things ready for my Mom and I to "build."
Things started out well! The houses stayed together right away, and we were optimistic and full of creative ideas. I had found some pink, peppermint Andes mints that I thought would be Just Perfect for roof tiles this year, and I was inspired to try an all-peppermint themed house!
And, really, those Andes mint roof tiles were MORE than perfect! They fit across and down the roof perfectly -- creating a solid roof of peppermint-y pink, beautifully highlighted with red licorice.
I was so pleased.
Without warning, my entire house collapsed!
SURPRISE! (But not the good kind.)
(If you look very closely, you can just glimpse the roof-tiles in the top of the disaster-scene, above. Sadly, it is the only photo of my Grand Inspiration.)
Turns out those roof tiles -- coupled with all the frosting snow I had so painstakingly dripped from the roof -- were far too heavy for the gingerbread structure.
Although I tried to salvage the damage, it was too extensive. The entire thing ended up in the trash.
Now, we've had plenty of gingerbread disasters over the years (and I'm not even talking about the time my Mom ended up with a broken leg. . .) -- but never have we had to toss an entire gingerbread house!
It was so disappointing.
My Mom bravely soldiered on.
I've got all the leftover candy (although I did throw out those tempting Andes mint roof tiles), and I'm thinking about starting fresh and making another gingerbread house on my own.
If I do re-build . . . I'll make sure my building materials are up to code!
Jenny Update: Thank you for all your kind words and thoughts yesterday. Jenny's surgery went very well. She spent the night - heavily drugged - at the vet's office. We'll be bringing her home later today.