Welcome back! Day two of voting begins with a grouping I like to call Mansions and More Mansions. Cast your vote at the bottom of the post to help determine the winner of the 2014 People’s Choice Prize.
(For more information on how this competition will go down, click here.)
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Stephanie’s Under-Appreciated Mansion
Stephanie sent photos of her snowy mansion and the covered bridge that sits alongside it with absolutely no other information. The photos arrived in two separate emails, with no text. So I emailed her for clarification. I was all: help me out! Are these two separate entries? One entry? What is happening?!?! So she sent the message below:
I am the Clark Griswald of Bowling Green, KY. My kids are 19 and 20 and could care less about the gingerbread house or anything else but I was dogged damned determined to make another one. Overkill. Christmas road kill… that’s me.
And now I understand why her original entry had no text. Stephanie has two kids who don’t appreciate her epic gingering. So she sent me two photos, and fully expected that I wouldn’t give a crap. But guess what, Stephanie? I do give a crap. I give a lot of craps.
Your mansion is gorgeous. The snowy detailing? Beautiful. It’s such a pretty homestead! I love the monogram R over the entrance, and the complimentary landscaping. The teeny-tiny cat sitting in the yard is adorable! Also, it’s nice to know that the ginger family living in this home was able to build a covered bridge. I bet the ginger children helped. See them there? By the bridge? Playing and giving lots of craps about gingerbread construction? Why are imaginary families always so well behaved? No matter, Stephanie. I love your ginger masterpiece!
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Tori’s Mystery Mansion
Tori sent the following message with her entry:
my website is Gringalicious.com
That’s it. I didn’t even know if Tori was her actual name. I just guessed it based on the email address her entry came from. It was Christmas mystery. A gingerer who doesn’t believe in sending a a single detail about her entry? Not unheard of in this competition, but still. While she did confirm her name for me, she provided no further details on this magnificent mansion. LOOK AT THAT THING! So. Much. Chocolate. So elegant and regal! Construction can’t have been easy – and the results are impressive.
And then I figured it out. Tori has created an exact replica of her own home. It is likely that Tori is a wealthy gingerpreneur who made her fortune importing gingerbread from… where ever gingerbread is grown. But, with fame and fortune come danger. There is another gingerpreneur who has put a price (1 million gallons of molasses) on her head. Thus, Tori lives her life in relative seclusion, and in order to protect herself, gives minimal information about her home and address. Well played, Tori. Well played.
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Michelle’s Blue Christmas
This year’s entry actually has a title – Blue Christmas – there is no red or green on this house. Just blue. And white. (And some brown for the chimney, but that’s it.)
So… it’s really a blue, white and brown Christmas, isn’t it Michelle?
I have been making gingerbread houses for the past 7 years and have been able to bring the time to create from 3 weeks down to 2 days. This house is set on a recycled wedding cake board which is covered with fondant snowflakes. The roof is made of fondant using a flower cookie cutter – each shape was cut in half and layered on the roof to create the tile effect then dotted with royal icing using a small star tip. I wasn’t able to capture the other 2 side of the house but they are decorated with Christmas trees made from chocolate. (I do have a video though!) I have to say that I loved the idea of having a color theme and love how this house came out.
Michelle, I think we’re gunna need you to post that video on YouTube so we can watch it. PLEASE TELL ME THERE ARE CATS AND/OR SINGING INCLUDED ON THE VIDEO. If not, please make it so.
On to the mansion. I would like to lick it. (That’s a compliment.) The snowflakes! The tiling on the roof! The colour scheme! The wee birds on the side of the house are such a nice touch. The massive chimney makes me think that the interior of this gracious home is warm and cozy all winter long. Save a spot for me on the couch, Michelle!
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Ludmilla’s Winter Snowstorm
My entry is called “Winter Snowstorm.”
First one… next time I want to go whimsical and more playful.
What the? This is your first gingerbread house?
I am recovering from surgery and completed the house right before. It is putting a smile on my face to be able to share it. Looking forward to seeing others work. I find edible creations of all kinds to be awesome.
Ludmilla, I also find edible creations of all kinds to be awesome. That said, if I were about to head into surgery, I wouldn’t be baking gingerbread. I’d be laying in bed with a bell, and 2.0 would be serving me peeled grapes with a side of champagne.
This incredible mansion is the sort of thing I imagine an old Hollywood star living in. She’s has oodles of money and lots of famous friends. She’s so rich and famous that everyone overlooks the fact that she has 80 cats and and a penchant for clown paraphernalia. I bet she hired people with snow machines to create that scene for her holiday party. When you have that kind of money, you can do whatever you want. The copious quantities of royal icing make this home gala worthy. This mansion is breathtaking!
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Lauren’s F’n Awesome Gingerbread House
This is my Gingerbread Mansion. It features 6 bedrooms and 4 baths. Not that you can see those because you’re way too big to go inside. No offense.
None taken. I’ve doubled my size this year.
I’m entering because I’m seriously impressed with myself. I honestly didn’t expect to be so f*cking awesome at making gingerbread houses, but here it is; incontrovertible proof of my pure talent and skill. It just KEPT GETTING BETTER. And then I put LIGHTS INSIDE. And then I won life. Thank you very much.
Every once and a while I receive an email that makes me think: that gal is pretty awesome. LIKE ME.
You’re right, Lauren. This mansion is F’n A. Classy, like you and me. I like to think that I could hang out with you in that mansion. I suspect you don’t require people to wear pants when they visit. (I’m sure the perfect holiday displays in those window boxes would provide some privacy.) Should the roof on your home ever need to be replaced, I’ll take care of
eating recycling the old shingles. It’s the most environmentally responsible thing to do. Thanks for sharing your pure talent and skill, Lauren. This mansion is epic!
You can hang out with Lauren over on her blog: www.the-thud.com
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Cast your vote below! The overall winner of online Ginger polling will win the 2014 People’s Choice Prize!
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Polls close at 11 am AST, Sunday, December 21, 2014.