For the past few years we have made a gingerbread house for our neighbors. Usually I find one of the Halloween house kits after Halloween, ditch the orange and black decor, and use the house. No luck this year so I had to make my own. I have a gingerbread house mold from the Pampered Chef that had never been used. My first attempt was using a boxed mix and it didn't turn out hard enough for a stable house (luckily it tasted great!). Next I used the recipe that came with the mold and it turned out perfectly. Go figure. I even had enough left over dough to make gingerbread men the girls decorated (and promptly ate) for themselves. I can't wait to do this again next year!