High School Student Makes an Up-Inspired Gingerbread House You Have to See to Believe

12/18/2015 at 05:24 PM ET

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If you were able to make it through the first five minutes of Up without turning it off in a sobbing fit, then you know this image of the cute yellow house suspended in the air by thousands of balloons (and congratulations on having a solid grip on your emotions.)

Well, now the famous dwelling has been given new life — in edible form.

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18-year-old high school student Adrielle Szerbat made a to-the-tee replica of the home for a gingerbread house competition at the Milwaukee Area Technical College (where she is currently enrolled in a pastry class), and it’s pretty spectacular.

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According to Szerbat, she spent well over 100 hours making the house, the exterior of which was made primarily with colored fondant — which, impressively, she had never even worked with before.

Some of her other tricks that you can use on your own gingerbread house? Green grass made of toasted coconut, graham cracker sidewalks, crushed Oreos and Coco Krispies for the ground under the house, and, of course, jelly beans for balloons.

We’re getting a little teary-eyed just looking at it.

—Shay Spence

FILED UNDER: Christmas , Dessert , Food , Food News , Holidays

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On a clear day, you can see forever—or at least that’s the wicked thought behind L.A. designer Agi Berliner’s transparent idea: see-through jeans. Exhibitionists notwithstanding, most folks wear them over bathing suits or as attention-getting evening wear with halters, garter belts and body stockings. Created for the disco crowd, the $34 jeans are selling like, well, hot pants. In just six weeks, 25,000 pairs have already been sold in such major department store chains as Macy’s, Bonwit’s and Saks.

“What’s limiting American designers is that we’re afraid to do something different,” says Berliner, 32, a Hungarian émigré who fled with her family to the U.S. in 1956. Agi thought up the gimmick in London while marveling at the way plastics were being employed by designers of punk fashion. In her L.A. office, where she designs for La Parisienne junior sportswear, Agi spent five days on the phone and six weeks testing to come up with the right plastic.

Agi herself tried out the French-cut jeans with the zipper in front, and quickly found several problems: Some plastics tore away from stitching, others wouldn’t bend and all fogged with perspiration. The ideal material proved to be a vinyl supplied by a bookbinder. The steam was eliminated with a series of vents behind the knees and in the crotch. “They’re no hotter than polyester pants,” claims Agi, “and if you wear them with tights, they won’t stick to your legs.”

Whatever the discomfort and despite the problem of Saturday night feverishness, discomaniacs report one major advantage of the plastic pants: no laundry bills. To keep Berliner’s see-through jeans clear, all the wearer needs is a little Windex.

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Kathleen Hohl on

Terrific to see Adrielle’s creativity recognized! Your MATC family is proud of you!

Traci on

Really People??? When are you going to hire editors? You have a great story about an amazing high schooler, and I read “the famous dwelling has gotten been given a new life.”!!!

You do realize this girl is going to want copies of this article, and it’s terrible!

Everyday there are articles, usually a few, that have not been edited. What is happening to this website?

Congratulations Adrielle!

Gwendolyn Green on

I love to see our MATC getting good press (it’s well deserved.) Congratulations Adrielle!

Greenfield High School on

Congratulations Adrielle from all of us at Greenfield High School! We are proud to have you as a student!

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