UPDATE: WINNER DECLARED! Lucy’s French Farmhouse will be moving on to the Ginger 2012 Finals! Congrats, wee Lucy! And thanks to all of the Group 4 competitors – you’ve made this holiday season just a little bit sweeter…
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Welcome to day two of voting! I’ve got 15 ginger masterpieces headed your way! Here is your fourth grouping of Ginger 2012 competitors – cast your vote at the bottom of the page.
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lucy’s french farmhouse
Lucy is my niece. She lives in France and is five years old. She’s one of the most darling children I have ever met. Her mummy sent this note with Lucy’s entry:
Lucy is happy to submit this gingerbread house for your contest, in the under 6 year old French kid category. The house is a French (i.e. no snow but the Eiffel tower!) farmhouse. It has a donkey (ok, it’s a zebra really) and a cat for Rachael, a monkey for Hadley, a dog for Rosie, a deer for Bill and an owl for Amy. Daddy’s car is neatly parked next to the horse trailer. The inspiration comes from Snow White (the tall blond in the corner).
Santa is somewhat stuck in the chimney. I don’t know if it shows well on the picture, but in case the world did not totally end on 21 December and only messed up GPS systems, “LUCY” is written on the roof with silver balls.
When I received Lucy’s entry, I squealed with delight! Her first movita competition! A right of passage for all Beaucoups. And so thoughtful – a cat and donkey for me, a monkey for Haddy, an owl for… wait… who the hell is Amy? Like, our… dead Aunt Amy? And what are the odds that Aunt Amy would have enjoyed owls? The woman hated nature. (It’s genetic.) So, I emailed Isa to find out. And she replied with: … the Amy who got married with owls. Well, no, with her husband, but in an owlery.
Anyhoo, there’s nothing about this entry that I don’t love. The wee tulips by the front door, the vines growing up the side of the house. The candy, the propping, the grass. WAIT. Do French people grow grass in their houses? This entry is raising so many questions…
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aislinn’s sugarplum fairy cottage
You may remember Aislinn from Ginger 2011. She used to be one of my students, but then she moved across the country so I couldn’t yell at her any more. Aislinn sent the following note with her entry:
Hello Ms. Dyer!
This is Aislinn. Just because I’m at a new school/city/completely different part of the country doesn’t mean I’ve forgotten about the Ginger 2012 contest! After losing last year my family decided that we were going to take this very seriously. Really, even my Grandfather (who lives with us out in Calgary now, he had a minor stroke so we moved him out to Calgary to live with us) has been eagerly awaiting the beginning of Ginger 2012. The theme this year is SugarPlum Fairy Cottage.
Alright, so now that we’re all caught up on how Grampie is doing, let’s take a
bite out of look at this entry. Loads of pink? Check. Awesome dancer on front lawn? Check. Copious quantities of sugar? Check. Perfectly manicured home that only a fairy would be capable of maintaining? CHECK. And that roof? A sparkly work of art. Aislinn, I’m so glad that your family has decided to focus on what is truly important in this life. (Sugar.)
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shonagh’s wee gingerhouses
Shonagh sent the following information with her entry:
A tiny ginger cookie house on a cupcake with a tiny white chocolate Christmas tree inside.
And then, in an equally short email:
I’m just learning how to use royal icing so it looks a bit like a gimpy fairy house but I have thick skin and no ego around my baking so bombs away.
Is it just me, or are tiny things way awesome? Look at those teeny tiny trees! Those wee houses are sitting on top of cupcakes. Cupcakes! Cupcakes are, like, the size of really small cups. And, I believe that under each of those houses is a wee tree – a surprise under each ginger house. And I think we can all agree that icing is the bestest surprise/gift you can give anyone. Ever.
Wanna hang out with Shonagh a little more? Visit her over here...
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tammie’s frosty village
hey movita. i decided to send in my frosty village so that nobody else has to feel the shame of having the lamest gingerbread house on the block. because it’s the season for giving, and i’m a giver.
… hope you have a wonderful holiday!
ps – can’t wait to try your sh*t-filled shortbread recipe.
I would like to begin by saying that I don’t put sh*t in my shortbreads. Just cornflakes and toasted coconut. Also, Tammie had some trouble with her Ginger entry (you can read about it here), but that didn’t stop her. Nope. She used PicMonkey to add some snowy effects to those ginger houses and SENT HER OWN ENTRY IN. That’s way more than I can say for half of this year’s competitors (who required assistance from family members to compose emails). I love this village. LOVE IT. Mostly because there is a LOT of icing action happening.
If you want to keep up to date on everything going on in Tammie’s life (including some tidbits about her many, many children), you can follow her blog. I do!
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bella’s gingerbread house
Bella sent the following note with her entry:
Hi Ms Dyer it is Faye’s sister Bella this is my gingerbread house called “Bella’s gingerbread house”! I hope you like it.
Remember Faye? She competed in Ginger 2011 and Bake my Cake 2012. Well, move on over, Faye. Your kid sister is takin’ things to the next level. That’s right, the next generation is gettin’ all up in your ginger face! And look what wee Bella made: a boatload of candy with some ginger! If those are full-sized Smarties (and not some sort of elf-sized replicas), that house is very, very small. This is the sort of ginger construction I can get behind – icing, candy, icing, more candy, and a little ginger. Bella… you’ve made me proud.
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There you have it – cast your vote below! And feel free to leave a festive comment for your favourite ginger contractor in the comments section below…
The winner from this grouping will go on to compete in the finals on Friday, December 21st. For more information on how the voting will go down, click here. Don’t forget to cast your votes for Group 5 and Group 6!