First, I wanted to make a gingerbread house. Specifically, I wanted to make this one:
Then I made royal icing and went to work...and that's when the wheels came off. Here's the result:
Clearly, decorating isn't my thing.
Second, I wanted to make candied almonds. I've done this many times in the oven, but I was intrigued by the simple instructions for making them in the crockpot from this Pinterest tutorial.
What I wanted vs what I got:
I think we'll stick with the tried-and-true oven method from now on.