Gingerbread House: Queen Anne
Like many DIYers, Rita and Monte Adams of Ringgold, Georgia, like experimenting with power tools. Their Skil bandsaw is one of their favorites. In fact, it recently gave Monte the perfect edges and corners while he was shaping his latest project: an award-winning, Queen Anne-style gingerbread house. This entry into the National Gingerbread Competition at the Grove Park Inn Resort and Spa in Asheville, North Carolina, is a replica of the Carson mansion in Eureka, California. This—the Adams' first attempt at edible construction—took two months to create. Royal icing is used as mortar and for detail work. The car in the driveway and the figures around the house were sculpted with fondant. The house windows are transparent, created out of carefully molded gelatin so that onlookers can view the edible furniture inside.