by Stacey Nagle
Growing up my mom made gingerbread houses every year for gifts. I remember she always had a hard time keeping the walls from falling in while working on it. So she melted sugar on a hot plate in a case iron fry pan, and dipped each edge of the walls in it. It instantly glued the walls together like cement. Then she proceeded to cover each corner with ornate icing. The sugar is very hot when melted, so use caution when using melted sugar.