Former Third-Place Winner Susan Palmer of O'Fallon, IL, decorated her house with Beef Jerky Tudor trim, bubblegum bricks, and sugar-cookie shingles. Palmer, a computer programmer, completed this gingerbread house in three months. But it took her husband and three kids only a couple of days to voice their opinions. "They banished me to the dining room, because they didn't want gingerbread taking over!" she recalls. One distinguishing element of this house is the brickwork — compiled of 7 1/2 ...