For the last 2 weeks, my class has been slaving over gingerbread houses. We made the gingerbread, hard candy for mosaic stained glass windows, marshmallows, and icing. They helped bring in candy and we decorated for days. It was tons of fun. The kids thought I should enter a contest. I think I just watch a lot of Food Network competitions. Considering I have never made a gingerbread house before, and I had to use leftover frosting which was warm and over-handled, and didn't have a large selection of candies, I think I did pretty well. Though, I did have a batch in the oven and forgot to set the timer, so I ended up with a black gingerbread man. So I ended up with an ethnically diverse display. Regardless, they had a blast, and I didn't have to worry about lesson plans for 2 weeks. Life is good. I can't wait for break.