Okay, y’all. Brace yerselves. Here are your Group 1 entries:
Sydney’s Maritime Shout-Out Lighthouse
Sydney’s ginger lighthouse was the first entry of this year’s competition. It also marked my first mini-stroke of this year’s competition. Because when I saw it I thought: I’m screwed. I read Sydney’s blog on a regular basis, so I knew she had talent. I just didn’t know she’d take it out on me.
Sydney’s entry came with the following note:
Good afternoon Movita,
I would like to thank you for providing me with the motivation to make a Gingerbread house this year. I was going to forgo the entire process altogether until I saw your Ginger 2011. I happened upon the Gingerbread Lighthouse idea thanks to Canadian Living’s November issue. I saw it and just had to do it. So, thank you for your inspiration. This gingerbread lighthouse is for you!
Impressive, right? Look at the details, people. Look!
(Wanna make yer own gingerbread lighthouse? Well, Sydney can help you.)
Cassie & Dan’s Humble Abode(s)
Behold Cassie and Dan’s ginger creation. I imagine these two little houses probably sit at the end of an exclusive cul-de-sac in a wee ginger village. I’m not saying the inhabitants are snobby or anything. Mostly because this entry was sent with the following note:
Please put our humble gingerbread creation on your blog.
Thanks, Cassie and Dan
Consider it done. Look at those liquorice lane-ways! The snow capped roofs. The Christmas tree in the yard. Wait… maybe that’s a garage next to the house… cripes. Um, Cassie? Dan? Is that a garage? Or a perhaps a small ginger meth lab? I dunno. But I’ll tell you this, people. I’m basically a ginger expert, and I think this sugary settlement is awesome.
Yvonne’s Gingerbread House of Pain
Hells yah! Now this is some next level sh*t, people. That’s what I’m talkin’ about! Blood, sweat and tears, baby.
Yvonne’s entry was submitted with the following descriptor:
After spending yet another Christmas Eve together, brothers Sven and Olaf ended the evening with Sven popping a cap into the back of Olaf’s head. Apparently, all that annoying throat clearing finally got to Sven. Sven can be seen here, digging a grave for his brother.
Next Christmas could prove very lonely indeed for poor Sven.
I have nothing more to say. Yvonne’s a freakin’ genius.
Maureen & Sam’s Almost Taj Mahal of Gingers
Maureen sent the following note along with her entry:
My daughter Sam and I were all psyched up about building our awesome gingerbread house this year. We opened the box… and there was hardly any candy in the kit! I mean sure there was candy for decorating, but what about the “one for the house, one for me, two for the house, three for me,” rule? Next year I will know enough to have more than some leftover Nerds from Halloween on hand.
Anyhow, we thought it would be loads of fun, but then we both started to feel the intense pressure of the competition. And then halfway through our roof started caving in! In the end we got her done but it is not exactly the Taj Mahal of Gingers. (That would be cool if someone could make that)
Thanks for letting us play along,
P.S. I sent in the photo from the box so everyone could see what we were shooting for in the looks department. If only my hands could have done what my brain envisioned.
First off, that box clearly misrepresented the contents, Maureen. I ain’t seein’ no spiky trees on your property. And where the hell did they get that wreath over the front door? That’s blatant false advertising. And if there’s a lawyer among you out there, I’m thinking Maureen might have a case. But like any movita fan would, Maureen and Sam persevered. They found some stale nerds and mini-marshmallows, and they kicked out some ginger magic. That’s the true spirit of Ginger.
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There you have it. Get voting!
Votes must be cast by midnight Atlantic Standard Time (11 pm EST). The winner from this heat will proceed to the final round of voting on Thursday, December 22. For more on how the voting is gunna go down, click here.