ginger 2014

ginger 2014 | movita beaucoup

It’s time! Competitive gingering at its best/worst! Here’s how this year’s competition is gunna go down.

When you send in your Ginger 2014 entries, a team of highly trained ginger professionals (2.0 and I) will group your masterpieces according to crappiness/awesomeness. Gingerbread savants will battle other savants in their online grouping. Ginger creations that look like they were slapped together by well-intentioned narwhals? Well, they’ll be grouped accordingly. Crappy entries are welcome!

Here’s whatcha gotta do:

  1. Create a gingerbread house. I don’t like rules, so if it’s a structure zoned residential, agricultural and/or commercial, I’m happy. Slap up some sort of building. Yes, you can glue stuff on. Yes, you can use inedible add-ons. No, I will not respond to emails requesting clarification. FIGURE IT OUT.
  2. Send movita a picture (two maximum) of your ginger structure by Monday, December 15, 2014, 11:59 pm AST. Photos shouldn’t include any humans. Email them to movita {at}
  3. Send TWO photos only. I’m not kidding. And don’t send me some photo you found online and then claim it as your own. Bleck.
  4. Send your name, email, and any other information you might want included with your entry. Personal information (such as email and weight) will not be posted. Just your first name, photos, and the stupid stuff you tell me about your “creative process.” (This could be useful if your ginger structure doesn’t conform to society’s accepted definition of a well-crafted entry.)
  5. If you’re a blogger, please send a link to your blog. Don’t assume I know who you are. I’m pretty stupid.
  6. Wait for your super-awesome ginger masterpiece to appear on I will make fun of it/you. That’s how things work around here.
  7. Watch the people of the interwebs vote/not vote for your super-awesome ginger structure. These votes WILL NOT DETERMINE THE 2014 CHAMPION. But they will determine the winner of the People’s Choice Prize!
  8. The 2014 Ginger Panel will assess the entries and determine the winner. I’ll introduce you to the members of the 2014 Ginger Panel soon.
  9. Win bragging rights, the respect and admiration of many, and a prize!

Popular vote will not determine this year’s winner, as it’s hard for those without massive social media followings to compete in online polling. I hear being unpopular is really hard, so I’m hoping this will help level the playing field. Also, this is my blog, so I get to make the rules. You no like, you no enter.

I’ve assembled a crack team of ginger judges, and they will determine this year’s champion. There is no specific criteria. They may consider: skill level, techniques used/attempted, mediums incorporated, overall appearance, use of theme, or the clever stories you submit about your creative process. Of course, they might just pick an entry that makes them laugh.

That said, the winner of the most online votes will win the 2014 People’s Choice Prize. Because popular people shouldn’t be punished for being so popular.


ginger 2014 prizes | movita beaucoup

1st Place:

(Determined by the 2014 Ginger Panel.)

A $75.00 Amazon* gift card which you can spend on anything you darn well please AND, compliments of Crosby’s Molasses, a copy of Butter Baked Goods (which is Canada’s #1 selling cookbook), a Crosby’s apron, and a copy of the new Crosby’s cookbook Molasses and More.

2nd Place:

(Determined by the 2014 Ginger Panel.)

A $50.00 Amazon* gift card AND, compliments of Crosby’s Molasses, a copy of their new cookbook, Molasses and More.

People’s Choice:

(Determined by the People of the Interwebs through online polling.)

A $25.00 Amazon* gift card AND your friends at Crosby’s Molasses will send you a copy of their new cookbook, Molasses and More.

Yes, it is possible that the winner of the People’s Choice Prize may also win the 1st or 2nd place prize. Yes, that means they’ll be popular AND prize laden. You no like, you no enter.

crosby's molasses

I’ve made a concerted effort to keep this year’s prizes modest. I mean, I’d love to give you KitchenAid mixers and brand new cars, but I’m not Oprah. More importantly, I think the holiday season should be about having fun, being charitable and making dreams come true. So, rather than giving this month’s entire candy allowance to you, I have created:

The Sugarplum Bursary

The Sugarplum Bursary is a fund I’ve started in the name of Ginger to allow dancers in financial need continue their studies at The Maritime Conservatory of Performing Arts (MPCA). Established in 1887, MCPA is a registered charitable and non-profit organization, and (possibly) home to some ghosts. Getting an education in dance is expensive, and some families are making huge sacrifices to give their children the opportunity to be just like me. This bursary will be awarded to a student or students in need, and applied to their second term tuition in January. (A committee at MCPA accepts applications and determines which students are most in need of support.)

My friends at Crosby’s Molasses have donated $150.00 in the name of Ginger, and I have donated $100.00. I’ll also be selling my almost-famous ballerina toppers in the coming weeks and will donate 100% of the sales to the bursary fund. Fundraising goal: 500 gingery dollars (total). I’ll keep you updated on progress!

You should know that I do not receive any financial compensation, payments or products from Crosby’s Molasses. Crosby’s loves gingerbread, and has been involved with my Ginger competition since 2012 in order to offer up some prizes for you and now, help kids dance. I count Crosby’s Molasses among my sweetest (and stickiest) friends. Maybe stop by their facebook page and say hello?

The competition starts NOW! Early entries are appreciated more than I can tell you. Help a lady out.

Send your entries by Monday, December 15th to movita {at} or click on the email icon in the sidebar. Honestly, if you can’t figure out how to email me, you probably shouldn’t enter an online competition.

(Tips on entering my competitions can be found here!)

(Check out previous Ginger entries here!)

*Amazon US or Canada, your choice.


  1. Cindy on November 19, 2014 at 7:29 am

    I’m so looking forward to seeing all the wonderful gingerbread creations this year. I had such fun participating last year. I wasn’t able to make one for this year…..I had another huge project that has taken all my time and energy….my wedding….in 24 days and counting. LOL

    • movita beaucoup on November 20, 2014 at 11:43 am

      I guess your wedding should take priority, Cindy. Though… you could have made gingerbread wedding cake. Two birds?

      • Cindy on November 20, 2014 at 3:37 pm

        You’re right….i probably should have considered that….LOL That really would have made a great deal of sense. Part of me is really sad I didn’t think of it!! I could have made a elegant shabby chic gingerbread wedding cake creation!!

  2. thatskinnychickcanbake on November 19, 2014 at 7:57 am

    The BEST foodie competition of the year! Can’t wait to see the exquisite to craptastic entries!

    • movita beaucoup on November 20, 2014 at 11:44 am

      This is absolutely my favourite competition! Totally squeal-worthy and way fun!

  3. Maureen | Orgasmic Chef on November 19, 2014 at 8:14 am

    This is my favourite contest 🙂 I’m almost tempted to see how craptastic I could be.

    • movita beaucoup on November 20, 2014 at 11:42 am

      It’s my favourite competition too! I’d definitely love to see how craptastic you could be. Maybe you could set some sort of craptastic bar?

  4. Ang on November 19, 2014 at 1:50 pm

    Yippee! Ginger time! You are such a sweet, compassionate, lovely human bean to help your fellow dancers in monetary fashion and you really have some commenters with the BEST names on the planet . . . orgasmic chef . . . that skinny chick can bake . . . awesome handles, ladies. . .

    • movita beaucoup on November 20, 2014 at 11:41 am

      I hate to brag (not really), but I really do have the best readers. I mean, sure, they have low standards, but they are super funny.

  5. Loreta Wilson on November 19, 2014 at 10:26 pm

    Oh, I MUST enter!!!!

    • movita beaucoup on November 20, 2014 at 11:40 am

      Yes, Loreta! You MUST!

      • Loreta Wilson on November 21, 2014 at 7:01 pm

        Done. yes mam, I did it. Rules and all.

        • movita beaucoup on November 21, 2014 at 8:24 pm


  6. Willow @ Will Cook For Friends on November 20, 2014 at 12:20 pm

    Bring. It. On. Forget everything else, I’m breakin’ out the apron and entering this competition, even if my “house” is more like a “frosting and cookie blob” (because who doesn’t want to live in a frosting and cookie blob?!)

  7. Deb on November 21, 2014 at 12:02 pm

    HI…how do we submit a photo of our ggbh? 🙂

    • movita beaucoup on November 21, 2014 at 1:41 pm

      Send your entries by Monday, December 15th to movita {at} or click on the email icon in the sidebar!

  8. wendy@chezchloe on November 22, 2014 at 12:39 am

    Sweet baby jesus… You have really hooked me on this ritual. Though my participation is lacking I do so enjoy watching (there’s a better word I’m looking for but have been on the computer too damn long!) Anyhoo… can’t wait to see some houses, castles, barns… and then some.

  9. shannon on November 23, 2014 at 9:10 am

    count. me. in. and i’m in it to win it this year, just so you know. We’re headed out of town for thanksgiving, mostly to relax, but the craft i’m bringing for me and the Wee One to do? GINGER A-FRAMES so i can brush up on my gingering skills. when i get back to town i may just stay up 24/7 to get my ginger creation done.

  10. cococakeland on November 24, 2014 at 1:15 pm

    hehe i LOVE it!!! your writing is so hilarious Rachael. i am going to try to enter this baby!! looking forward to getting shit on by you and 2.0!! LOL xo

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  12. Rachel (Rachel's Kitchen NZ) on December 12, 2014 at 3:08 pm

    Oh, I know I way behind the eight ball – only just having ready about this over at the Orgasmic Chef – but will watch with interest – sounds like it’s going to be fun.

  13. Ludmilla on December 16, 2014 at 10:39 am

    When can we view all the entries? I cant wait to see all the great work!

  14. Peg Toale on December 17, 2014 at 3:26 pm

    OK..we’re in it. But, can you please tell me/us how to view the entries and vote? Is there a link to share with friends who want to be there for us?

    • movita beaucoup on December 17, 2014 at 3:38 pm

      Peg, I sent you an email today. The posts don’t go up until Thursday and Friday. When they are up, you can share via any method you like.

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