ginger 2011 – group 4

Here’s the final grouping of ginger masterpieces. Your Group 4 contenders are:


Paul’s Pied-à-Terre

Paul, of  The Ossington Kitchen, sent the following real estate ad with his entry:

Tired of those heartless, cookie cutter housing developments?
This delightful pied a terre is the answer to your prayers.
Perfect for the mature gal who needs a bit more space for the family.
A home with soul.

Here is the link to the process (in case there are doubters) and the promised picture of the hard hat. If I was really clever, I would have been wearing a took belt with a piping bag and off set spatula in it. Next year…

First off, click the link above. Seriously. Paul’s wearing a hardhat. In more than one picture. Because he promised me he would.

Now, look at that abode. That takes a whole lotta ginger skillz, people. I’m betting it was one of the most advanced construction concepts to land itself in Ginger 2011. Laces, people. That house has laces. And take a moment to look at all of the perfect little details. I’ve seen two other angles of this sucker, and trust me, there’s cool stuff happening on every nook and cranny of the place. Perfect concept and execution!

I need another moment.


Katherine’s Magical Gingerbread Farm

Katherine writes one of my favourite blogs, Eggton. It makes me snort stuff out of my orifices when I read it. She sent the following essay along with her entry:

Dear Movita,

I have attached two pictures of Scott’s and my gingerbread house. Farm. Gingerbread farm. I wanted to build Northanger Abbey and he wanted to build a yacht, so we compromised. Feel free to bedazzle the building virtually on your end with any “add candy” features your photo platform may make availble to you.

This a magical gingerbread farm located in Wyoming or someplace awesome. Over the course of several hours, it fell apart, got glued back together, got nibbled (there used to be a shed), caused several arguments about how one of the architects has no aesthetic vision, and started two candy-eating death spirals. The horse is Shakelford, who won the Kentucky Derby last year. That is one of movita’s cats in the wheel barrow of jelly beans. The cow is named Wilma, and she is eating wheat germ out of a milky way trough. The duck may be drunk because that’s a blue jello shot in the receese’s cup he’s swiming in.

Know what’s magical? The crazy-ass backdrop in the second picture. And the plethora of plastic animals. Did she just have that stuff laying around the house? Look how happy Shakleford is. Chillin’ after a race, I bet. Or laughing at the Wilma, who’s stuck eating wheat germ. Now, I’d like you to consider the time and effort put in to things like the wee duck pond. And into making alcoholic beverages for plastic animals. Dude, that’s money.


Kate’s Bad-Ass Entry

Uh, gingerbread under siege? Yes, please. Look at that thing. Look at it now. It’s a twelve year old boy’s dream come true. Heck, it’s my dream come true. And it probably reminds you of how you feel when you’re visiting your family over the holidays: totally surrounded. Kate’s entry came with the following note:

Dear movita,

Here is Kate’s bad ass entry.

Yours, etc.

Here’s the weird thing: my sister emailed Kate’s entry for her. So now I’m wondering if Kate can read and write. Which is made extra bizarre because she works for a publishing house. With my sister. And then I got to thinking… I mean, it would seem that Kate is sending a message to you kids out there, and that message is: stay in school. Because if you don’t learn to read and write, you may be drawn to a life of crime, and then there will an embarrasssing SWAT team take-down at your place on Christmas Eve.

Also, Kate made this house at the last minute. My sister dropped some supplies on Kate’s desk and was all, you should build a house. Like, right after work. So, Kate built a house right after work. Oh, and my sister emailed me to say that Kate had another event that evening as well, so she made this masterpiece in a couple of hours. Who does that? She’s a uneducated genius! (Again, this information came from my sister. Because Kate can’t read or write.)

Thanks, Kate, for your inspirational message and bad-ass ginger entry!


Hadley’s Three Little Piggies

Yup. There are three pictures. She’s my sister, what can I say? And I couldn’t leave that close-up of the piggies out, now could I? Look at that little sausage peekin’ outta the window! I wonder if he’ll let the other little piggies in? And look at the houses, doofus. One is made of straw, one of sticks, and the other, presumably, of bricks. Freakin’ genius. Are you lovin’ that the shacks made of straw and sticks have been blown down? I am. See? The piggies are makin’ a break for the brick house. Beware of the big, bad wolf, my portly friends!

Inspiration such as this comes from a beautiful mind. Which also explains some of the other weird sh*t my sister does..

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So, that’s the final group of competitors. Big hitters, huh? 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.

Don’t forget to cast your vote for the Group 3 contenders!


  1. Eggton on December 21, 2011 at 12:54 pm

    Your commentary about Kate’s house cracks me up.

  2. movita's sister on December 21, 2011 at 1:23 pm

    Thank God Kate won’t be able to read it.

  3. cardsbymo on December 21, 2011 at 2:41 pm

    Now is a good time to admit that I am glad that I got knocked out in the first round! Group 3 and Group 4 are stacked with some really great entries.

    It was really hard to choose between The Old Woman Who Lived in a Shoe and the Three Little Pigs House. And the SWAT house really had me laughing. In the end I had to vote for the pied-a’-terre. The play on words was too much to resist!

  4. Ann on December 21, 2011 at 3:05 pm

    Such awesome, creative ideas! My Ginger VLSB didn’t stand a chance lol

  5. The Neighbour on December 21, 2011 at 3:06 pm

    I am incredibly happy that my attempt at a gingerbread house failed miserably (hence the reason why you didn’t get an entry from me), collapsed and caused me to drink myself into oblivion. I do however have a large amount of broken, iced gingerbread and quite a bit of gumdrops etc… to munch on now.

    Congrats to all the entrants – you are all incredible architects and it is VERY difficult to pick only one!

    Good Luck to all of you!!

  6. Sydney Jones on December 21, 2011 at 6:33 pm

    Hadley’s Three little Piggy’s are really cute! And Paul’s Gingerbread boot, is ingenious.

  7. Liz on December 21, 2011 at 7:37 pm

    Wow! I’ve scrolled back and checked out all the fabulous entries!!! I grew up with my artistic mom and sisters making wonderful gingerbread houses…I made a number when the kids were little, but I’m not the creative one in the family! I admire all the talent and voted (hard choices) on the last two sets. Fun idea!

    • movita beaucoup on December 24, 2011 at 9:44 am

      Uh, Liz, I know for a fact that you’re extremely talented. (I read your blog.) So I’ll be awaiting your entry next year…

  8. Paul on December 21, 2011 at 8:47 pm

    Movita, I just gotta say, you put together one badass contest. So much creativity and hard work. All the competitors are winners in my book.

    • movita beaucoup on December 24, 2011 at 9:45 am

      Agreed! I can’t wait for next year!

  9. emma schultz on December 21, 2011 at 9:46 pm

    I love the shoe! I want those grapefruit slices!!

    Haha, 7 pounds of holiday goodness. That’s awesome:)

  10. Wendy Hillier on December 21, 2011 at 10:32 pm

    Wow some amazing creations. Hats off to the gingerbread ols lady who lived in a shoe…amazing!!! Totally a work of art. Love it. Wendy

  11. RoryBore on December 21, 2011 at 11:02 pm

    Okay….I want that ginger shoe! It’s sweet….it’s a shoe! I have many kids, a small house…and not near enough sweets to go with my latte grande! Simply amazing.
    I love this contest.
    now must go for snack.

  12. glutenfreezen on December 21, 2011 at 11:27 pm

    WOW! Impressive! I better start practicing now, for next year…

  13. movita beaucoup on December 24, 2011 at 9:47 am

    Dudes, you are amazing. Thanks for leaving so many encouraging words for the competitors!

    Happy, happy holidays!


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

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