ginger 2013 | movita beaucoup

UPDATE: WINNER DECLARED! Megan and Erin’s Christmas Comes to WhoVille has won this heat! Their creation will move on to the finals – Friday, December 20, 2013.

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Day two of ginger awesomeness! Cast your vote at the bottom of the post!

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Toby’s Candy Carousel

Toby's Carousel

Toby's Carousel 2

Toby is another one of my students. You might remember her from past competitions. Toby’s a smart cookie. – she used a kit for her entry. I don’t know why more of you haven’t utilized this option. No one cares about baking gingerbread! All that measuring, rolling and cutting? Change your game, son! It’s all about the decorating. Buy a kit and trick it out!

Look at that carousel! This might be a good time to mention that I made my brother walk about 4 kilometres through the dark underbelly of NYC in order to find a carousel in Central Park last week. Guess what? Turns out they don’t keep that carousel running in the winter. (Kids today are so weak.) But no matter! Toby’s carousel is still offering up some seasonsal fun! Look at those carefully placed embellishments! I would totally get on that thing despite my fear of circus rides. Surely those reindeer wouldn’t let that carousel break free and roll about the city, right? RIGHT? Also, I totally want to gorge on that evergreen tree.

Oh, and here’s another thing: Toby has never threatened/offered to scoop my body up from the grave. (Just sayin’, Chloe.)

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Stephanie’s Peppermint Farmhouse 

Stephanie's Peppermint Farmhouse

Stephanie is one of the founders of the blog GingerBuilders {}. I can only assume it will be a great source of inspiration/depression for me in the future. She was also a finalist in Ginger 2012!

Stephanie wrote:

Snow hit the Midwest, I was trapped in my house, and this Peppermint Farmhouse is the result.  🙂  I went with a theme and decorated with mostly peppermint candies.  The windows match the color scheme, and I spread a little green throughout (and on the tree barely visible in the house window) to round it all off.  I hope this house is as delicious as it is inviting!

WAIT. Is this what people in the Midwest do? Wait for snow and then build gingerhouses? Don’t they have televisions? What about Netflix? And do people in the Midwest just keep all the supplies for a gingerbread house in their cupboards? DO THEY?

Look at that Farmhouse! I’d actually consider working outdoors if it meant I could live in that thing. The colours are perfection. Look at the stone foundation! And the wee snowman guarding the front door! The peppermint pathway? No need for a shovel – I’ll just use my mouth, thank you very much.

{Check out Stephanie’s blog post on creating this masterpiece here.}

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Danielle’s Alligator Infested Castle

Danielle's Alligator Infested Castle

Danielle sent the following information with her entry:

It’s a castle complete with an alligator infested moat, princess, and knight on horseback.

Naturally, the phrase that interested me most was: alligator infested moat.

Do you see those rocket candies on the turrets? I ate about 4.3 million of those at Halloween. True story. Thus, I’d like to eat this castle from the top down. The walls look melt-in-your-mouth good, and the flag is totally awesome!

Wait. Why is that lady walking across the drawbridge? Doesn’t she see the alligators? Look at their teeth! And why isn’t the knight helping her? Is his mask preventing him from seeing her? If he had time to build those snowmen, he surely has time to rescue a damsel in distress.

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Megan and Erin’s Christmas Comes to WhoVille

Megan and Erin’s Christmas Comes to WhoVille

Megan and Erin’s Christmas Comes to WhoVille 2

Remember Stephanie up there? Well, meet the other two founders of GingerBuilders. Megan and Erin sent the following note with their entry:

We call it “Christmas Comes to WhoVille.” It’s a little play on words. We love the scene in “The Grinch Who Stole Christmas” where all the little Whovians are decorating the town for Christmas. However, we have seen lots and lots of gingerbread versions of that. We wanted to make something different. The Cincinnati Bengals are the local NFL team, and their slogan is “Who Dey,” so we have an orange and black Bengal house. I am a big Doctor Who dork, so we have a TARDIS and a little Doctor “Who” (complete with bow tie and fez). We thought three houses was a good number, so we added a little Chalet for The Who. The town Christmas tree pulls the scene together as little Whovians finish putting up candy canes and decorating wreaths. Check out the street signs on the right! We really think we’re clever (and modest). The Grinch is peaking out from behind the snowy mountain. 

If you would like to know more about our creative process, check out our blog at 

Now, this is what I’m talking about. Friends competing against friends, bragging about how awesome they are, and then perhaps hating one another for the duration of the holidays. Why did Stephanie have to compete by herself? Why did Megan and Erin team up against her? It’s a Christmas mystery, I suppose.

This display is a feast for the eyes. First off, that village seems very accepting of various cultures and architectural tastes. People in my neighbourhood would freak if I painted my house like a tiger. So many details! So many things to look at! The little Whovians, the clever signs, the Christmas tree!

Hey, who came up with the Bengals’ slogan, “Who Dey?” Was this the best option? Someone should lock the Bengals’ PR team up in a house on a snowy day and force ’em to come up with something better. No. Wait. That won’t work. They’d just build a gingerbread house.

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Cast your vote below! Polls will close at 8 am AST, Friday, December 20, 2013.

The winner from this grouping will go on to compete in the finals on Friday, December 20th. Repeat voters are blocked by cookie and IP address. For more information on how the voting will go down, click here.


  1. Rock Salt on December 19, 2013 at 9:00 am

    DOCTOR WHO I’m sorry but as a Whovian I am obliged to vote for anything featuring the Doctor. It’s a bylaw. Gingerbread TARDIS! Love.

    Again, though, the work and art and craftsmanship that went in to all of these is stunning, you guys all did an amazing job. The reindeer on the candy carousel are too cute, they definitely wouldn’t go on a rampage if they got loose. And the roof on the peppermint farmhouse, those are some perfectly placed peppermints (warning: may cause alliteration). And the snowmen outside the castle! I love those, such a cute idea – plus the alligators, the gorgeous turrets and the lady in peril. Superb.

  2. stephanie on December 19, 2013 at 2:05 pm

    We were hoping to increase odds of winning but were put in the same group. Thought I might as well enter another house since it was made. Strategy fail 🙂 go whoville!!

  3. movita beaucoup on September 7, 2015 at 7:57 am

    Comments are now closed on this post – it was published in 2013!