Fast forward to the past few years and we have gotten better with a piping bag and more creative with our building materials. 2011 was the introduction of water elements, see HERE.
2014 was all about the Grinch (by Andrew and Melissa) and using sugar cones for trees and dancers (our idea):
2015 showcased Hometown USA with a doghouse made of candy bones (made by us) and Aliens and a spaceship that crashed into a house in the desert (by Andrew and Melissa):
This year's festivities ended with lively banter and considerable trash talk as we felt our dog bone - dog house warranted extra points.
Bottom line, we eventually and grudgingly bowed to the creativity of the Alien house.
And when I say grudgingly, I mean we texted photos to relatives in TWO different states to vote on BEST HOUSE and they both confirmed that we placed 2nd.
Regardless, the four of us have stepped up our game over the past four years that we have frosted together and I don't know if it was the rush of sampling too many gum drops or the bottle of wine with dinner but we think we are ready to enter an actual contest next year.
To that end, we checked out the local gingerbread house contest on display at the LaCosta Resort to see what competition looks like beyond our kitchen table.
You be the judge.