Aaaaand then there were four! Four ginger masterpieces duking it out in a final round of festive competition. A ginger battle royale, if you will.
On the line? Bragging rights and instant celebrity. Crosby’s Molasses has joined me in offering up some sa-weet prizes for the champs – including some donations to Family SOS! (Ginger and molasses should always be used for good!) You can check out Crosby’s blog by clicking here. They are way obsessed with gingerbread, and they’ve got a heap of wicked awesome videos featuring Grandma Fancy. You can hang with my BMP (Best Molasses Pal) Bridget on Twitter, Pinterest or Facebook. Maybe you could send her a photo of your-cool-self wearin’ molasses all over your face. (And maybe you could cc me in on that.)
Alright. It’s time. Pick your favourite ginger creation and cast your vote at the bottom of the post!
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Cindy’s Cinderella-Worthy Castle
The first entry to hit my inbox this year came from Cindy. And when I opened it, I knew we were in big trouble. Cindy lives in Florida. She has eight grandchildren, and also, might be some sort of ginger savant. In her email, Cindy mentioned that this was her “… 3rd gingerbread house … and it’s amazing that it turned out just as I envisioned it.”
What the? THIS IS HER 3RD GINGERBREAD HOUSE? Cindy, I’m not gunna mince my words here: you make me sick. Cindy also wrote, “… really, I’m just so stoked about my gingerbread castle this year, I want to show everyone.” No kidding. If I’d built that thing I’d sell tickets.
So, it turns out Cindy is an administrative assistant by day, and at night she bakes and decorates the crap out of stuff for fun. Basically, she reads a bunch of books and watches videos and then builds castles. She’s had no professional training. And I guess that’s a lesson for you kids out there: YOUTUBE IS GINGERCATIONAL.
At its highest point, this castle is 2 feet high. So, I could live in it. Look at that beast! The masonry! The turrets! The carriage! Every freakin’ detail – totally awesome.
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Barb’s Jingle Birds Rock
Barb sent the following message with her entry:
My entry is titled “Jingle Birds Rock”. I cut down a gingerbread tree, built a bird house, decorated it for the holidays and invited some famous feathered friends to have a party! My family and I have been creating gingerbread entries for a local show/contest since 1996 and it’s a tradition for our little Bear to be a part of every entry. This year he is crashing the party decked out in a clever bird disguise!
Can you find little Bear? GUYS? Do you see him? Click on the photo to enlarge it… see him now? Is it wrong that I kinda want to bite his head off? Probably. The details on this entry are freakin’ my freak. How can it even be real? IS IT REAL? It has a Bob Vila vibe. It’s absolutely perfect. I would actually consider living in that tree – and y’all know how much I hate nature touching me.
Also, Barb has a Pinterest scrapbook dedicated to her family’s past creations. It’s completely disgusting. You can check it out here: http://www.pinterest.com/bramabile/my-gingerbread-scrapbook. Each year, she and her family enter the Gingerbread Wonderland at the Frelinghuysen Arboretum in Morristown, NJ. There are a couple of words in there that I can’t even pronounce, so that means it’s probably legit.
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Megan and Erin’s Christmas Comes to WhoVille
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 http://gingerbuilders.blogspot.com/
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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Kate’s Welcome to Downton
You might remember Kate from every other year of Ginger (2010, 2011, 2012). She used to be one of my students, but now she teaches alongside me. She’s got an Etsy shop or two, and she’s one of the coolest gals I know. Kate usually teams up with friends, but this year she dumped ‘em and is competing solo. This year, Kate means business.
My entry is entitled “Welcome to Downton” and is dedicated to all Downton Abbey/Highclere Castle Fans. It is possibly the most glorious thing I have ever made. And as usual, since I am not a professional photographer the photos do not do it justice, but I did my best! My version of Downton Abbey in winter has nearly 100 candy glass windows and I have tried to accurately recreate the scale of Highclere Castle and and the look of the front door and entrance gate. The trees are hand dyed melted candy decorated with silver dragees. The path is made with elegant black and white mints from Robertson’s Candy. I hope you like it!
WHAT THE HELLS? You hope I like it? YOU HOPE I LIKE IT? I’d maim for it! No lie. 100 candy glass windows? That’s my favourite kind of window!! This castle IS glorious. It’s huge! And yet, so, so, pretty! Look at the trees! They look like they’d be very tasty. I’m loving the Roberston’s Candy pathway. Robertson’s is a Nova Scotian classic – every house in this province should be using it for curb appeal! The classic white detailing perfectly compliments this bonkers awesome structure.
Um, Kate? This probably isn’t the best time to break this news to you, but… uh… I’ve never seen Downton Abbey. I know, I know…
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There you have it! Cast your vote below…
Poll will close at 8 am AST, Saturday, December 21st. Repeat voters are blocked by cookie and IP address.