I bake almost everything from scratch.... except gingerbread for decorating. I can't bring myself to pass the delicious soft stage and bake it long enough to create the necessary solid structure. I hate choosing between texture and stability. So I buy a gingerbread kit each year for us to decorate. Then if I want to actually eat delicious gingerbread (as opposed to so-so tasting rock-hard gingerbread), I make it with no plans to decorate it.
Here is the layout from our gingerbread decorating in 2008 when Trevor was 2. This is one of my all-time favorite layouts. That's my mom in the pictures with Trevor.
Here is Gingerbread Decorating in 2009:
And here is 2010:
Here are the pictures from this year's decorating. Check out Trevor's mad piping skills. There aren't too many 5 year olds that know how to properly wield a pastry bag. But in this house, you learn to work a pastry bag as a toddler.