Do you like to compete? Sure you do. Do you follow movita’s annual gingerbread house competition? Of course you do. Do you want to participate this year? Hells yah, you do!

Ginger used to be a competition between just The Rutherfords and movita. But now they have kids, and they are weak. Trying to organize The Rutherfords has always been a challenge, but now that they’ve reproduced? Almost impossible. So, last year, I opened the competition to the whole world. And there were six entries. And sure, that’s not a lot when you consider I invited the entire planet to compete, but it was wicked awesome fun. So, here’s what I’m thinking: why don’t you get off your rear and compete with me? And other losers cool people from the interweb? The Rutherfords can get on board too. Who knows… maybe their kids will sleep one night and they can slap together one of their crappy houses.

Here’s what you do:

  1. Create a super-awesome gingerbread house. It could even be a condo. I don’t like rules, so as long as it is a building zoned residential, agricultural and/or commercial, I’m happy. Slap up some sort of building, people.
  2. Send movita a picture (two maximum) of your super-awesome gingerbread house by Monday, December 19th @ midnight. In your time zone. Cripes, stop freaking out. Also, if you could downsize your photos to around 500k or less, that would be awesome. Please don’t crash my email.
  3. Watch for a picture of your super-awesome gingerbread house to appear on movita beaucoup. I figure only about four six of you will enter, so your odds of making it to the site are pretty darn good.
  4. Watch people vote for your super-awesome gingerbread house. The voting will take place Tuesday, December 20 to Thursday, December 22. Because competing is festive! The winner will be announced on Friday, December 23rd.
  5. Win the respect and admiration of many. And, wait for it… a prize.

The prize has been sponsored by yours truly – because ballet teachers are rich, I say, rich! The winner will receive: In the Sweet Kitchen (paperback) and The Gingerbread Architect (hardcover).

And I know what you’re thinking: movita, what happens if you win? Well, in the extremely likely event that I win the competition, the runner-up will receive the prize. See? I can play nice.

So, it’s settled. Start decorating your sugar shacks, and send me your photos.

Email photo(s) of your entry to movita {at} by Monday, December 19, 2011.

Oh, photos shouldn’t include you/your kids/your pets. We just wanna see your ginger creation. Be sure to send your name, email and any other information you might want included with your entry. That’s right – I’ll post some lame-ass story you tell me about your super-awesome sugar shack on the interweb. Your personal information will not be posted on the interweb. That would be creepy. Just your first name, the photo(s), and anything dumb you’ve insisted I include about your gingerbread house like, “my cockatoo helped me decorate the roof! Isn’t that hilarious!?! LOL!!”

Actually, I refuse to post LOL’s on my blog. So don’t bother trying. And don’t send some photo you found online and then claim it as your own. That would be totally lame.

Here’s what happened last year.

The competition starts… NOW!


  1. Tina@flourtrader on November 11, 2011 at 2:48 pm

    Cool that you are sponsoring such a creative event. The holidays for me are going to be a bit different this year since i will be traveling, but I do look forward to seeing all the entries as well as the chosen winner because there are a lot of crafty and talented bloggers out there! Have a great weekend.

  2. Ann on November 11, 2011 at 3:13 pm

    What an awesome idea! And amazing prizes, too!

    • movita beaucoup on November 12, 2011 at 7:07 am

      Thanks, Ann – here’s hoping you send me some photos of a gingerbread house soon…

  3. Maggie @ A Bitchin' Kitchen on November 12, 2011 at 5:44 pm

    I don’t think I’m going to have time to enter the contest, but I had to let you know that I fully support your distaste for “LOL” Hate it, hate it, hate it!

    I look forward to seeing the entries!

    • movita beaucoup on November 12, 2011 at 10:49 pm

      Thank you for supporting my mission to ban LOL’s from the interweb. We only need about 4 bazillion more people to join the fight…

  4. Sherrie on November 12, 2011 at 8:48 pm

    Okay, I was ready to sit back and observe, but I REALLY want a copy of In the Sweet Kitchen. I’ll get planning.

    • movita beaucoup on November 12, 2011 at 10:50 pm

      Sa-weet! (And, oh crap. You’re probably going to go all Jessica Fletcher old school on me. I could be in trouble…)

  5. Heather, Mmm... is for Mommy on November 14, 2011 at 9:41 am

    Oh can’t wait! I am notorious for fugly gingerbread buildings, so nobody panic.

    • movita beaucoup on November 14, 2011 at 10:11 am

      Oh, it’s on, Mommy. It’s on!

  6. connmiel on November 15, 2011 at 10:27 am

    This is too perfect!! I just bought an irresistibly cute little gingerbread kit from the store with the intention of adding some Christmas/Holiday cheer to my decidedly non-wintry situation here in Japan. (read: 80 degrees last Thursday)

    Thanks so much for the readership on my fledgling blog!

    • movita beaucoup on November 15, 2011 at 3:45 pm

      You’re welcome. I’ll be waiting for your Ginger submission to hit my inbox!

  7. Sydney Jones on November 27, 2011 at 7:50 am

    I’m so excited, I just can’t hide, I’m about to lose ginger control and I think I like it, I like it!!!

    • movita beaucoup on November 27, 2011 at 8:53 am

      Wow. That’s the first Pointer Sisters reference ever to appear on my blog. I hope you will channel their awesomeness to build the perfect sugar shack!

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  10. Paul on December 4, 2011 at 3:25 am

    I’ve got my drafting equipment out and my hard hat on. Time to design an awesome house for the contest.
    How do you feel about LMAO?

    • movita beaucoup on December 4, 2011 at 10:18 am

      No. No LMAO. Not allowed on my blog. Your awesome sugar shack? Absolutely encouraged. Especially if you send a photo of yourself wearing a hard hat…

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  17. movita beaucoup on September 13, 2015 at 12:08 pm

    Comments are now closed on this post as it was published in November 2011. Thanks for stopping by!