ginger 2014: group 5

More gingerbread! I like to call this group of entries Classic Ginger Homes and a Church. 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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Peg, PJ & Max’s Log Cabin

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ginger 2014 | movita beaucoup

Peg writes:

Every year since my first grandson was 3, we’ve made a gingerbread house. It’s my favorite weekend of the year! Since P.J. just turned 13 and Max 11, they’ve been taking on most of the work. They draw a design, I figure out how to cut, bake and assemble it. The rest is up to them now… totally. 

Still amazes me that 2 – almost teen and teen BOYS muster the patience for 3 hair-pulling days (brother punching, stress to be finished by Sunday afternoon meltdowns) every year and come back for more. THEIR rule is everything, except the lights, must be edible. I don’t have that kind of patience anymore!  

For the record, I think that punching makes gingerbread 100% better. Also, Peg, almost-teens are now called tweens. Get with it, sister.

Now, take a look at that cabin. It’s incredible! Sugar windows, wafer roofing and cotton candy smoke? YES! That’s the only sort of cabin I’d ever agree to stay in. (It appears that absolutely no spiders reside there.) Look at those snowmen in the yard! And who’s that behind them? A cat? A bear wearing a green turban? Whatever! I’d eat ’em all, no questions asked. Also, is that a sugar pond in the yard? Nice touch! This homestead is warm and inviting. As in: it’s inviting me to eat it. Nicely done, Team Peg!

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Luke, Mo & Kallie’s Party House

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ginger 2014 | movita beaucoup

Kallie’s note said:

My husband and I always host a gingerbread house making competition each year, and we all have two hours or so to complete a house. This was the winner from that!

So, that gingerbread house was constructed on speed in two hours? Holy crow! I love the colours and modern detailing. Also, I’d like to eat this house. I can’t say that about all ginger construction. Fondant? No thanks. Gum paste that could crack your teeth? Nuh uh. But candy and a side of heathy Mini-Wheats? BRING IT! I bet I could eat that house in under two hours. I most especially like the exposed ginger walls and architectural styling of this humble abode. It’s the sweetest house on the street!

Here’s a link to some more pictures from the competition night: https://www.facebook.com/kallie.george.5. The competitors in Kallie’s competition construct a gingerbread lane together!

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Cyndy’s Brrr… It’s Cold Outside

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ginger 2014 | movita beaucoup

Cindy writes:

I would like to enter my Gingerbread House in your competition. Hopefully this will result in my ability to get my penguins some face time on the world wide web. Can’t say a whole lot, but it’s certainly been cold outside and that basically the title of this piece, “BRRR. . . IT’S COLD OUTSIDE.”

This is my 3rd attempt at the art of making gingerbread creations, unless you count the projects made from the left overs. There are a total of 42 penguins, and up until this time, I thought there were only 40! oops! Did they multiply while I wasn’t looking? 

Cyndy included the following Penguin Count:

1 wearing sunglasses & eating an ice cream cone, 2 ice skating, 1 delivering pizza, 1 sunbathing, 1 playing with a yo-yo, 1 spray painting graffiti, 1 impersonating Santa, 2 wearing nothing but their penguin birthday suits, 1 knitting a scarf, 3 rug rats, 4 carollers  3 making up a nativity scene, 1 sliding on the ice, 1 wearing headphones, 1 with a propellor beanie hat, 1 snowboarding Jesus Freak with a dreadlock stocking hat, 1 holding a sign saying its Cold Outside, 1 with a orange and yellow striped stocking hat, 1 with a blue scarf over his nose, 1 with a green polk-a-dot outfit, 1 standing with 3 friends, 2 penguins in love, 1 wearing a bow tie, 1 wearing a tie with his hat on backwards, 2 making snowballs, 1 penguin angel, 1 penguin that has it’s arms and feet crossed – no one else does, 2 skiers, and 2 sledders.

But no partridge in a pear tree, perhaps next year!

Wow. That’s a lot of penguins. And you might be wondering why I included that insanely long list. Whelp, I included it because it probably took Cyndy as much time to type it up as it did to build that house. Also, can you imagine making 42 (and counting) penguins? LOOK AT THEM! The detailing is incredible! The frozen pond and snowy landscape, the Christmas tree inside the mansion, the majestic trees in the yard! This is the sort of creation that kids stare at for hours on end, finding something new in every little nook of the display. Of course, those same kids would probably eat the penguins, but that might help prevent over-populating…

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Tassos’ Humble Abode

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ginger 2014 | movita beaucoup

Tassos writes:

I come from Greece (Thessaloniki), I am 30 years old and I’ve always been wanting to work at the kitchen, doing what I’ve done since I was 7-8 years old… Cook!!! Well… that didn’t quite happened. I’ve studied Classics and Greek literature, then I’ve studied Modern Greek literature, then I studied Cinematography…. yet I am unemployed (I don’t know if news about our terrible economy are heard in Canada!) and still dreaming of having a jobs at which I should have to use at least 5 packs of sugar every day! 

So, Tassos lives in Greece, and is probably the most interesting and well-educated person I almost-know. Also, it’s in Greece that competitive gingering got its start (along with the Olympic Games) in 776 BC.

This is the 4th gingerbread house I do. I haven’t been experimenting yet with the building style, but I am working on decoration each year, hoping I improve my skills. At Greece Gingerbread house is almost uknown. There is no such tradition and even those who know what this is, they don’t really spend time doing it, prefering other greek traditional (and much much easier) recipes for Christmas.

Oh. So… I guess gingering didn’t originate in Greece? Whatevs. Tassos is a ginger pioneer! I imagine it is difficult to get both supplies and moral support, and admire the tenacity of this ginger genius. Look at that sweet home! The roof! THE ROOF! The perfectly piped detailing on the walls! The pink, red and white colour scheme! This is exactly the sort of house an elfin family would want to live in. It’s spectacular!

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Julie’s Extra Credit Ginger House

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Julie sent this note with her entry:

Attached is my entry for the contest – my name is Julie and I’m a culinary student. For my cake dec class we were given the option of making a gingerbread house as an extra credit project. I kind of suck at cake dec, plus I missed a class, so I needed those extra cred points. Unfortunately for me, the class I missed was the one where she told everyone that they were welcome to use a pre-made gingerbread house kit for their houses. Not knowing this I spent eleventy billion hours making this one from scratch, and I felt like a huge brown-noser when I turned it in next to all the storebought houses.

(The houses were donated to a local kids’ charity for their Christmas party, so I can hope that some kid was excited to take it home.)

Julie has basically summed up my culinary student experience: anything for extra credit, baby! Except I would never, ever miss a class. Not one. Not even if my classmates were praying that I’d just stay away for one freakin’ day. Because that is ALWAYS the day that you miss something ridiculously important. Something that could save you from eleventy billion hours of work.

Now, let’s discuss this home. The colour scheme is knocking my socks off. The swags on the roof, the perfectly piped windows and doors, the snowflake detailing! This is basically the house I’m looking to purchase in the next year or two, so I plan to bring this photo to our real estate agent in the new year. I can only imagine how happy this gingerbread house made its recipient! It. Is. Sublime.

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Redawna’s Gingerbread Church – Midnight Mass

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Redawna writes:

Whew…….. Making it in just under the wire!

FYI, Redawna sent this in a full 24 hours before the entry cut-off. 75% of this year’s entries arrived about ten minutes before the deadline. THAT’S WHY I’M BLIND NOW.

Gingerbread has become a passion of mine over the past 10 years. It all started off with a gingerbread service rig and not a clue about what the hell I was doing. Now I raise money for charity with my gingerbread houses, which I pretty cool! To date I have raised close to $4000 with them. They are 100% edible. Though I don’t know if anyone has ever eaten one. At $600 a pop they are pretty expensive cookies!

I am sending at one of St. Matthews and the other is of Father Rick standing outside before midnight mass. Thanks!

Ginger for charity? Yes. All the yesses! Also, I’d pay $600 for a burger right now, so your pricing seems reasonable.

Father Rick is perfectly adorable. The red carpet on the stairs? Squeal! The blue clapboards on the church are expertly hung, and the evergreen garland on the handrails is absolutely charming. This display reminds me of the many small towns and villages that line the coast here in Nova Scotia. Pretty little churches nestled along the winding roads, well-attended services on Christmas Eve with friends and family. Your ginger display is filled with holiday spirit, Redawna! I’m sure the its recipient feels the same…

You can hang out with Redawna here: nutmegdisrupted.com

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Cast your vote below! The overall winner of online Ginger polling will win the 2014 People’s Choice Prize!

Repeat voters are blocked by cookie and IP address.
Polls close at 11 am AST, Sunday, December 21, 2014.

You can also cast a vote for your favourite Group 4, Group 6 and Group 7 entries.

Click here to see Group 1, Group 2 and Group 3 – polls for these groupings close at 10 am AST, Saturday, December 20th.

9 Comments

  1. Ludmilla on December 19, 2014 at 11:24 am

    words cant express how scrumptious these look….they are pure edible fun!! I just think these are adorable…ans so much work went into them. I love all the roofs, the sidings and designs and little figures…and my bff would just die for the penguins to be no her table. Really nice work!

  2. Lan | morestomach on December 19, 2014 at 12:04 pm

    i’m torn between tasso’s and julie’s. tasso’s roof reminds me of the mille-feuille pastries i used to share with my gpa… so he got my vote in this grouping…

  3. Julie on December 19, 2014 at 12:52 pm

    Yeah, that was the first and only class I’ve missed so far…and believe me, it was because I was so sick I was WEEPING OPENLY.

    • movita beaucoup on December 19, 2014 at 1:15 pm

      This made me snort my drink out of my nose.

      Now I am weeping openly.

  4. Lin on December 19, 2014 at 2:20 pm

    Cindy did a great job on it’s Cold Outside!

  5. Leslie on December 19, 2014 at 3:15 pm

    I love Ludmilla’s name! As much as I loved her Winter Snowstorm. (And I hope you’re feeling better.)

    • Ludmilla on December 21, 2014 at 1:27 am

      Leslie..thank you!! Im doing ok …rough recovery and got sick to boot…but loving all the Ginger and Fun!!! Even if I dont win…love the all the hard work and creative!! they are all awesome and unique from ALL 7 groups!

  6. Lauren on December 20, 2014 at 1:26 am

    Is Julie’s house 100% covered in perfectly even and not at all lumpy royal icing? She is a sorceress…

    • movita beaucoup on December 20, 2014 at 8:11 am

      That sort of thing takes up about eleventy billion weeks at culinary school

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