"My friend and neighbor Mariann Budde became the bishop at the National Cathedral in November. We were lucky enough to attend the ordination. I was inspired! I've been making gingerbread houses since 1987, when I saw the process demonstrated on the show Good Company in the Twin Cities. I use their recipe because it is magic! Jolly Ranchers windows look great when the candles inside are lit. Pretzels helped in building the spires. Besides all of this it just takes lots of hours and a strong grip on the decorator bag!"