This is a ridiculous project that I've been wanting to make for years! This is supposed to be a Gingerbread House "Empire State Building" with a "Gingerbread Kong" on top.
It stands over a foot tall!! During the baking process the top got dangerously close to the coils of my oven. I had to stand there the entire time it baked to make sure that the piece didn't scorch and my house didn't catch fire.
I originally attempted this in 2006 using actual gingerbread. In the first 10 minutes of baking my first round of gingerbread pieces I quickly realized that I did not have the baking skills or patience to make that work! Clay and wood worked out much better for me this time around.
The only bad part is that I'm not sure what I'm going to do with this now. Because of the size and shape I'm not comfortable shipping it. And there's no chance in heck that this would ever sell in any Cleveland shops, since it's clear that city freakin' hates me (I'm only half-joking). So most likely some poor relative is going to inherit this beast. But only if they've been good this year :)