UPDATE: WINNER DECLARED! Michelle’s Gingerbread Snow Globe will be moving on to the Ginger 2012 Finals! Congrats, Michelle! And thanks to all of the Group 3 competitors – you’ve made this holiday season just a little bit sweeter…

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Here is your third and final grouping of Ginger 2012 competitors for the day! Cast your vote at the bottom of the page.

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christa’s cape cod potato chips lighthouse

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Christa sent the following message with her entry:

I have attached a picture of my Gingerbread Lighthouse. I’m sure you will poke fun at the fact that it was modelled after the lighthouse on the bag of Cape Cod Potato chips, but I’m cool with that. It was made for the 2012 Boston Christmas Festival.

Okay, let me begin by reminding you that my body runs on three things: butter, sugar and potato chips. But we ain’t got no Cape Cod Potato Chips round here, so I looked ’em up on the interwebs. And sure enough, Christa’s lighthouse was right there on the package! Which makes me want to eat Cape Cod Potato Chips even more – with a gingerbread chaser, of course. Look at that perfectly tailored scene – the wee shingles, the buoys, the rocks! Did you see the Christmas tree in the window? I think Cape Cod Potato Chip stocks just went up…

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melody’s architecturally epic house

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Melody sent the following note with her entry:

I really enjoyed this one.  I used some new techniques this year for me, gumpaste top on the porch floor with a pressed wood pattern painted with food coloring. “Pre-painting” the walls before assembly with poured royal icing, and marshmallow cereal treats for the shrubs. Dyed and painted for touch up.

Okay, there’s a porch on this freakin’ thing. That whole house must have been insanely hard to construct – my house has, like, four walls and absolutely no design features, and I could hardly prop the thing up. I’m assuming Melody needed a team of monkeys to hold her house together whilst the royal icing dried. Did you see the little lamp posts? The amazing little shrubs and colour coordinated detailing? The shingles are freakin’ my freak. Melody has basically built Bill and Rosie Beaucoup’s dream home – they’re probably packing right now…

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michelle’s gingerbread snow globe

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Michelle sent the following note with her entry:

This is my 2012 entry for our local gingerbread contest in Somersworth NH. It almost didn’t happen this year because in the middle of creating this I was also moving!

That’s it. Michelle said nothing else. Nothing like: I built a freakin’ ginger village in a brandy glass. Take that, suckahs! Or: this house was constructed by fairies, dumbass. Because that’s what I would have said. LOOK AT IT! I don’t even know where to start. How the heck do you jam your hand into that thing to complete construction? Look at all of the little details – the stone pathway, the designer rooftops, the wee snowman! How big is that glass? Is it the world’s biggest glass, or the world’s tiniest village? I’m getting worked up, people. My freak has been freaked. I can’t feel my legs!

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victoria’s designer mansion

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ginger 2012 | movita beaucoup

Here is yet another entry sent in by a mother on behalf of her kid. Five, people. THERE ARE FIVE ENTRIES THIS YEAR THAT HAVE BEEN SENT IN BY MOTHERS FOR THEIR KIDS. Cripes.

Dear Movita,

Not sure this is against the rules but I have to, HAVE TO, send you photos of the gingerbread house my daughter created. She is busy in the throws of final projects at Rhode Island School of Design so I know she won’t get around to doing it, but she is so freakishly awesomely talented, that I knew you’d want to see this.

Her name is Victoria Rushton and she is in her last year of studies so this fabulous young lady (yeah, yeah, I know I’m her mom but it’s TRUE!) will be seeking gainful employment come June. Her current love is designing typefaces and you can see more of her work on her website here and her art blog here

She made this singlehandedly a couple of Christmases ago, making the dough, creating templates and cutting out the shapes for walls and roofing, baking and assembling those pieces, caramelizing and pouring out sugar for the windows, decorating (check out those bricks!) and then finally, lighting that sucker with a string of bulbs stolen from our manger scene. I don’t think the baby Jesus minded at all. Mary was hitching up her skirts and ready to move right in.

Most sincerely,
your friend and fan,
from Food Lust People Love

Okay, gingerbread houses like this make me feel completely inadequate. So does Victoria’s artwork and design (check out her websites – seriously). This house has gotta be at least as big as my torso – that’s my metre stick for almost everything these days. That means I could stick my whole head in it and eat it from the inside out. I adore the bricks and sugar work! Don’t you think that there’s some sort of amazing and terribly sophisticated dinner party going on in that house? Man, that Mary really knows how to throw a shindig…

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jinger’s gingerbread diorama

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ginger 2012 | movita beaucoup

Jinger sent the following note with her entry:

Hi Movita!

Here’s my contribution to the Ginger 2012 contest!

You may notice that it is not residential, but maybe we can all just pretend that it’s a houseboat. And no, I have no idea why I chose to make a boat and lighthouse out of cookies. If I could answer questions like that, I imagine life would be very different indeed.

I chose to include two pictures of the gingerbread diorama, one taken like a normal person, and another in a dramatic, film-noirish slanting light from the cool, crisp morning. Again, no reason to explain why.

If you’re interested in more of the weirdness that went on in creating this nonsense, I may have written a little bit about it on my blog (http://jingersnaps.wordpress.com/2012/12/11/adventures-in-gingerbread-part-one/ and http://jingersnaps.wordpress.com/2012/12/13/adventures-in-gingerbread-part-two-the-exciting-conclusion/). Feel free to mock me as much as necessary.

Jinger, I would never mock you. Mostly because all of this gingering is wearing me out. How much awesomeness can one woman take? This, friends, is gingering at its best – a think-outside-the-ginger-box entry. In your face, Billy Joel! I love the layering of ginger and painted icing – why didn’t I think of that? Probably because I couldn’t even spell diorama until Jinger sent this beast to me. Art, people. This is edible art! I’d hang this in a fancy gallery if I didn’t think I’d eat it before I could get it on the wall.

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There you have it – cast your vote below! And feel free to leave a festive shout-out for your favourite entry 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 2!


  1. The Neighbour on December 19, 2012 at 10:55 am

    COSTCO! Costco sells Cape Cod Chips (they’re really good!!)

  2. cravingsofalunatic on December 19, 2012 at 11:36 am

    Cripes I feel inadequate now. My life is ruined. You bunch of overachievers.

    I voted though. It was the least I could do. I think I need a nap after pressing the button. Life is hard.

  3. Melody on December 19, 2012 at 11:38 am

    This is not for the contest. I just thought you might like to see the other sides of the house. http://youtu.be/temp_V0UG3Q Melody

    Sent from my mobile phone.

  4. Anonymous on December 19, 2012 at 1:27 pm

    Melody .. you are the winner in my book! AWESOME! Proud of you!

  5. mundi montgomery on December 19, 2012 at 2:31 pm

    Melody’s epic ginger house is AWESOME…Can u say 1st place material.. WTG melody….

  6. Mike on December 19, 2012 at 3:08 pm

    Melody’s house is by far the best I have seen. All the detail that went into this house is awesome. Love this house

  7. Ashley - Baker by Nature on December 19, 2012 at 9:10 pm

    WHOA! These are amazingggggg!

  8. ibreatheimhungry on December 19, 2012 at 9:26 pm

    Ok, my brain – it’s broken. This is an emotional roller coaster! I was like WOW, I’m voting for Melody, then I scrolled down and saw the snow globe and my eyes almost fell out from viewing it’s sheer awesomeness! Then the colonial mansion I would love to live in, and finally the out of the box diorama almost took my vote simply because the lighthouse looked…obscene…which made me laugh, and I thought that deserved a vote. The snow globe took it in the end though because THAT took dedication to the craft people. I’m going to drown my feelings of ginger inadequacy in bourbon now and check back tomorrow to see who is in the lead….

    • Anonymous on December 19, 2012 at 10:07 pm

      Thank you!!!

  9. ModernAlice on December 20, 2012 at 12:20 am

    Melody’s house!

  10. Stacy on December 20, 2012 at 12:55 am

    These are all seriously beautiful but since it’s a popularity contest, may my daughter’s mansion win!

  11. emma on December 20, 2012 at 7:41 am

    what is it with all these people who are like “oh, and by the way, i enter gingerbread contests [in real life] for fun.” “ohhhhhh, and i win them.” first of all, how do you find such a thing? i thought only movita was capable of such genius.

    second of all, sorry, professional winners, but my vote will always side with a diorama:)

    • jingersnaps on December 21, 2012 at 11:46 am

      Yay! We think alike! 🙂

  12. Cora on December 20, 2012 at 10:14 am

    Michelle’s snow globe all the way! Mind-bogling how it was completed!

    • Julie on December 20, 2012 at 5:34 pm

      Michelle this is awesome!

      • mmaple on December 20, 2012 at 8:18 pm

        Thanks Julie!

    • mmaple on December 20, 2012 at 8:18 pm

      Thanks Cora!

  13. Michelle Labrie Maple on December 20, 2012 at 8:16 pm

    Thank you!!! I only make one gingerbread house a year – not a professional at all. Unfortunately my beautiful snow globe had an earthquake today when my husband picked it up from city hall after the competition – thankfully I had photos!!!

  14. mmaple on February 2, 2013 at 2:11 pm

    Reblogged this on Maple's Blog and commented:
    This was a fun online photo contest! Looking forward to this year’s contest!

  15. movita beaucoup on December 27, 2015 at 7:08 pm

    Comments on this post are now closed as it was published in December 2012.