UPDATE: WINNER DECLARED! Cindy’s Cinderella-Worthy Castle has won this heat! Cindy’s creation will move on to the finals – Friday, December 20, 2013.
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Here they are – your first grouping of drool-worthy ginger creations!
Vote for your favourite masterpiece at the bottom of the post!
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Cindy’s Cinderella-Worthy Castle
The first entry to hit my inbox this year came from Cindy. And when I opened it, I knew we were in big trouble. Cindy lives in Florida. She has eight grandchildren, and also, might be some sort of ginger savant. In her email, Cindy mentioned that this was her “… 3rd gingerbread house … and it’s amazing that it turned out just as I envisioned it.”
What the? THIS IS HER 3RD GINGERBREAD HOUSE? Cindy, I’m not gunna mince my words here: you make me sick. Cindy also wrote, “… really, I’m just so stoked about my gingerbread castle this year, I want to show everyone.” No kidding. If I’d built that thing I’d sell tickets.
So, it turns out Cindy is an administrative assistant by day, and at night she bakes and decorates the crap out of stuff for fun. Basically, she reads a bunch of books and watches videos and then builds castles. She’s had no professional training. And I guess that’s a lesson for you kids out there: YOUTUBE IS GINGERCATIONAL.
At its highest point, this castle is 2 feet high. So, I could live in it. Look at that beast! The masonry! The turrets! The carriage! Every freakin’ detail – totally awesome.
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Pam’s Cabin for Carmen
This ginger masterpiece was submitted by my cousin, Pam. According to Pam, it was made with love AND help from my Uncle Floyd, a Basset Hound named Hushpuppy, and a cat named Dusty. So, to sum: I would not eat this thing.
Pam entitled her entry: Homestead. But I changed the name. Lemme ‘splain. You see, Pam lost her sister (my cousin), Carmen this year. To quote Rosie Beaucoup: Carmen was a unique and extremely independent spirit with a wry sense of humour and the ability and determination to face adversity in her own way. Her loss leaves a heartbreaking gap in the family.
In her submission email, Pam wrote: “… my inspiration came from an Angel above telling me this was the year to do this. She loved the woods and always wanted a cabin to live in. She also tried to convince me to do this last year but I chickened out!”
So, I happily present Pam’s Cabin for Carmen. Made from scratch and topped with a salty log roof. Look at the wee lamp-lit windows! (I bet there’s some dog and cat fur in there as well.) Do you see the reindeer and kids playing in the yard? The sugary coating of snow on the ground? The chomp-worthy forest? Sa-weet!
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Karen’s English Tudor Cottage
Our next entry comes from Karen. She told me that she’s 49 years young. She also told me that she starts her ginger creations in October of each year, and finishes by mid-November. I guess she told me that stuff so I’d feel bad about a) wasting my 40’s, and b) slapping my ginger creations together at the last minute.
Karen’s husband makes ginger blueprints for her every year. Hear that, 2.0? HE HELPS HER. She makes her gingerbread and frosting from scratch, melts candy for the windows and ponds, and then starts piecing the whole thing together. You know, just 4-6 weeks of work.
People? This cottage is nicer than my house. The closest thing I have to a skating pond is the little dance I do on our slippery steps every morning. I’d happily eat that roof for breakfast, and then munch on some of the masonry for lunch. I’m pretty sure Kate Winslet plans to film her next movie in that cottage… we’re talkin’ ginger curb appeal, people.
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Tonya & Cath’s Up!
This entry comes from two of my favourite new, real-life pals. That’s right: you can meet people in real life. As in: not on the interwebs.
I met Tonya and Cath during my bakery work-term last spring. Cath is a baker at Dobbit Bakehouse – she taught me all sorts of cool stuff and inspired the crap outta me. Also, she likes crows as much as I do. Tonya works the storefront of the bakery – she basically lights the place up with her smile and giggles. I believe she likes crows as well.
Tonya told me she thought Up! (the movie) would be a great theme for a gingerbread house. She wrote:
I took my idea to the one person I knew would share my joy, my co-worker, Cath! She immediately was on board with it and away we went to work! Three days, countless hours and tons of royal icing later, our creation was complete! To our amazement, our gumdrop balloon stayed afloat as well, yahoo! And as a special added bonus, we decided that the lovable Dug deserved a (dog) house of his own.
Yahoo, is right! When I saw that mother freakin’ gumdrop balloon I ALMOST DIED. How is it staying afloat? Magic? IS IT MAGIC? And look at the icing-laden exterior – so thick! I mean, I bet I could lick some of it off without compromising the structure… The colours! The dudes from the movie! Dug’s house! And that mother freakin’ gumdrop balloon! Squeeeeeeal!
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There you have it! Your first four entries. Amazing, right?
Cast your vote below! Polls will close at 8 am AST, Thursday, December 19, 2013.
The winner from this grouping will go on to compete in the finals on Friday, December 20th. Repeat voters are blocked by cookie and IP address. For more information on how the voting will go down, click here.