AN INTERIOR DESIGNER’S GINGERBREAD HOUSE
Every year James Deartron makes a gingerbread house part of his holiday decorations. His professional experience gives him lots of good ideas for decorating the delicious structure, and he has become known around town for these clever creations. Here are some of his tips.
Cotton batting is perfect for smoke coming out of the chimney.
Un-shelled sunflower seeds give the look of flagstones.
Chocolate-covered graham crackers pave the walkway outside the house.
White frosting makes good snow; to create the effect of rooftop icicles, allow frosting to drip down eaves.
Powdered sugar resembles the freshly fallen snow.
Pine cones provide some outdoor landscaping (tip them with frosting for snow).
A red-and-white peppermint drop is a good stained-glass window.
Meringue latticework is used for the doors and windows, which are glued to gingerbread pillars with royal icing (a mixture of egg whites and powdered sugar).