The whole process started with a cardboard version:
Then I took the cardboard pattern pieces and cut the gingerbread, baked it, and used royal icing to "glue" it all together.
This was the first house. It's the Rockland Breakwater Lighthouse:
I say "first house" because Izze ate most of this one so I had to start over. I made a new batch of gingerbread, cut everything out again (thankfully I saved the cardboard patterns!), baked it, and stored the pieces in the microwave (an Izze-safe zone). Not much later, I heard some banging in the kitchen and Brian saying something that didn't sound good. He needed to use the microwave and had dropped the pieces while trying to move them.
So I made a new batch of gingerbread, cut everything out again, baked it, and stored the pieces in the oven (another Izze-safe and hopefully Brian-safe zone) after it cooled. I decided to work in the dining room to put this one together and when I left the room for any length of time I would put two chairs in the doorway (there is no door) to keep Izze out.
On Tuesday, I went into the dining room for something and discovered that Izze had somehow managed to get beyond my barricade and eat the house - AGAIN. This time it was 90% decorated so he ingested a lot of gingerbread and a lot of candy too. He must have been full because the roof was left mostly intact. This is what the remaining portion of that house looked like:
So I set about making another batch of gingerbread, cutting everything out again, baking it, and putting it together. I continued working in the dining room to put this one together and when I left the room for any length of time I put two chairs with heavy filing boxes in them plus my hockey gear bag, Brian's duffel bag, and a bag of books in the doorway to keep Izze out.
I'm happy to report that my tenacity paid off ("I'm going to make this gingerbread house!") and, with huge thanks to Brian for washing lots of dishes throughout the process, here are the results:
a Christmas tree at the end of the breakwater
Snowman Peeps! Candy canes. More sugar cube presents. Again...all edible.