UPDATE: WINNER DECLARED! Stephanie’s People Who Live in Gingerbread Houses Shouldn’t Throw Chocolate Stones will be moving on to the Ginger 2012 Finals! Congrats, Stephanie! And thanks to all of the Group 2 competitors – you’ve made this holiday season just a little sweeter…
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Here is your second grouping of Ginger 2012 competitors! Cast your vote at the bottom of the page.
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megan & elsa’s conservatory shout-out
You might remember Elsa from Bake My Cake 2012 – she won. As in: this kid knows how to run a campaign. Now she’s teamed up with another dancer, Megan. You’d better hope she doesn’t have a twitter account.
Megan and Elsa sent the following note with their entry:
Hey Miss Dyer!
This is the Brodder (Brady + Hodder) gingerbread house. There are little ballerinas and music notes in the windows and our very own security snow man and cool dude to protect us and our wicked awesomeness, complete with mice and a Christmas tree!
Megan and Elsa
You should know that Elsa and Megan dance with me at a performing arts conservatory. There is a big stained glass window over the front doors with musicians and a dancer on it. There is a Christmas tree in the front entrance, and the place is teeming with mice (they are our overlords). Also, as the girls have suggested, we have a security guard to protect me from my obsessed fans – if you call a bunch of senior citizens in Commissionaires’ uniforms security, that is. So, this ginger creation basically sums up my work life from the past 20 years. Did you see the little mice on the front walkway? Or were you too busy imagining what it would be like to shovel that lawn into your mouth? Well played, tiny dancers, well played.
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the van herk sibling’s “santa! i know him!”
I introduced you to the van Herk family last year – they shared their dance photos with you. I imagine they sang and danced for hours as they pieced together this ginger creation. The van Herk siblings sent the following note with their entry – an Elf inspired masterpiece:
When Buddy discovers that he isn’t really an elf, he travels from the North Pole to New York City to find his dad. Along the way he must pass through the Seven Levels of the Candy Cane Forest, as well as cross the Swirly Twirly Gumdrop Sea, where he meets a couple of whales and some Finnish Fish. This creation was inspired by Marc’s obsession with Will Ferrell, which, combined with the opportunity to consume copious amounts of candy, was enough to convince him to participate in Ginger 2012.
First off, why haven’t I seen any dancing photos of Marc? Second, Elf should have won an Oscar. Third, this entry is AWESOME. It looks… big. Like, it takes up most of that dining table up there. I despise the idea of spending any time in a regular, dirty forest, but a candy cane forest? I’d actually go camping there. (And I hate camping more than I hate forests.) And should I find myself trapped in a tent with this ginger masterpiece? I’d start eating over by the gumdrop sea and wouldn’t stop until I had consumed at least one half of that candy laden roof…
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stephanie’s people who live in gingerbread houses shouldn’t throw chocolate stones
Stephanie sent the following note with her entry:
We call this house: “People Who Live in Gingerbread Houses Shouldn’t Throw Chocolate Stones.” This witty creation depicts a gingerbread HOME more so than just the shell of a house. In the spirit of holiday caring and hospitality, we don’t leave you out in the cold, sugary snow to merely look, but invite you inside to warm yourself by the fire, and help trim the tree. Shake a present and see if you can guess what’s inside. (Hint: it’s all candy…) Be sure to watch for St. Nick finishing his trek down the chimney! This scene is wholesome, even if the calorie count isn’t.
I’d move into that house if I could. Look at the freakin’ details in/on that sugar shack! That’s ginger dedication, people. Actually, that living room is way tidier than mine is right now, and I haven’t decorated my tree yet, so the temptation to move in is increasing by the minute. Did you see the stockings hung by the fireplace with care? Did you notice that there are two sets of hands holding up that display in the first photo? That gives you an idea of scale. I mean, that wishing well would probably get me through an entire episode of 48 Hours Mystery on CBS. (Nothing makes a true-crime show more enjoyable than copious quantities of ginger and royal icing.) And then I’d move on to that tasty fence…
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heidi’s ginger village
Heidi’s mum, Jennie, sent in this entry. This seems to be a running theme throughout this year’s competition – family members sending in other family members’ creations – trust me, you’ll see. I’m starting to wonder if my average reader can read and write – or send emails. Anyhoo, Jennie sent this note explaining Heidi’s entry:
Here is the deal: Pre-Thanksgiving we had our family get together in Pittsburgh, PA with daughter, Heidi and her kids, Henry (3 1/2) and Ellis (1). We are trying to establish a family tradition with them in making these houses and this was our second attempt. We had a great time creating a gingerbread village. So I am submitting this one under my daughter’s name, if that’s ok. She is entirely too busy with family and job to send these off.
… the store reference to Vidler’s (on the right) is in honor of Papi’s hometown of East Aurora, NY, home to Vidler’s – the world’s largest 5 & 10. They have an hysterical Youtube channel you should check out!
Oh, I see. Heidi is entirely too busy with her high-powered job and über talented family to send in contest entries. And what exactly did Ellis do during the construction phase of this massive ginger display? At age 1, I’m thinking not a lot of detail work. So, Nana And Papi had to carry the load, didn’t they? Heidi probably didn’t have time to check out Vidler’s YouTube channel either. But I did. It is awesome. So is this village. Look at the carefully stamped names on each building! The varied architecture! And did you see the window displays? A vote for this village is a vote for working women, adorable children and Nanas and Papis everywhere!
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jennie’s rocky island light
Jennie is Heidi’s mother (from up above there). I suppose we could just call her Nana. It would seem that Jennie is in charge of all things ginger, as she sent me this entry right after she sent in her daughter’s. Nothing says happy holidays like a family battling it out ginger style.
Jennie sent the following note with her entry:
Prompted by a call from the Southwest Harbor Firefighter’s Association to create gingerbread houses to be part of a silent auction fundraiser during an upcoming THINK.BUY.SHOP local weekend celebration, my husband and I decided to create an entry we call Rocky Island Light. We are residents of coastal northern, Maine and it seemed quite appropriate for the area and our interests. The top of the light house comes off so that a small battery operated tea candle can be popped in for effect! The lighthouse windows have red wax paper over then so the light looks red. Our local light house (Bass Harbor, ME — after which this is NOT modeled) is one of the rare lighthouses on the east coast with a red beam. If you look carefully you will see a goldfish tucked into the rocky shore, being beaten by the rough surf! (There are 3 around the base of the lighthouse.) And, of course, there is a life saver by the door. If only I could find licorice strings to make a rope – ah the frustrations of living in a rural location!
Way to go Nana and Papi! Did Heidi and Ellis help you build this? Yah, I didn’t think so. I guess living in a rural location affords you the time to build epic ginger displays – I’m just assuming you don’t have access to television and internet most nights. I love every inch of this sugar laden design. If I were a firefighter in Southwest Harbor, I would rush into a burning building just to get my hands on this sa-weet creation. No lie.
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There you have it – cast your vote below! And feel free to leave some festive feedback for your favourite competitor 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 1 and Group 3!