ginger 2014: group 7

Are you gingered out? Impossible! I have one last group of ginger masterpieces to share with you. I like to call this ginger grouping Children Are Our Future {shudder}, because each of these creations has been crafted by miniature humans. All of these entries prove that you don’t have to be a professional baker to create magic.

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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The Dewar’s Hijacked Gingerbread Train

ginger 2014 | movita beaucoup

ginger 2014 | movita beaucoup

In their entry email, the Dewars stated:

Here is the Dewar family 2014 entry. It’s not exactly a residence but people can go inside it and sometimes people live in trains that are no longer on the rails:) The snowmen are an add on, the caboose looked like it needed occupants. Two photos are attached. 

Best part of their non-building, breaking-the-only-rule-I set entry argument? People can go INSIDE trains. Hey, Dewars? People can also go inside of boxes, so… That said, your fellow competitors have submitted all sorts of non-buildings, so your train is more than welcome at this station. I mean, look at it! That train is glorious! All locomotives should be covered in rainbow-coloured every things. This is classic gingering – great use of candy and royal icing, and filled with holiday cheer!

I’m gunna go ahead and assume that those marshmallow snowmen are armed robbers. Their blank expressions are suspicious. AND THEY STOLE MY HEART. Get it? GET IT?

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Connor’s Winter Village

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ginger 2014 | movita beaucoup

Connor is four years old. With some adult supervision, he made this ginger masterpiece. I’m not sure how these things work, but I believe that Wendy is his Great Aunt Cousin Three Times Removed. Wendy took care of the emailing for Connor and provided the following conversation as support material:

Connor: Dis is my Winter Village.
Wendy: Not a Christmas Village?
Connor: No.

Way to hold your ground, buddy.

Wendy: Tell me about it please.
Connor: Nanny made the frosting and I put it on the ice cream cones. I frew sprinkles at it to make dem stick & smarties & fruit roll ups. Then we put coconut on the tray. I really like coconut but I couldn’t eat allot because it’s da snow. Then we made houses out of crackers, frosting & more candy. Daddy said da little house was a ogres out house but dat’s just silly boy talk.

Here’s the thing about Connor. He doesn’t need to hear that ridiculous stuff adults tend to say. Christmas Village? No, Wendy. Because you aren’t supposed to use the word Christmas anymore. Ogre Outhouse, Dad? Use your head. Where’s the hole? Please stop with this ridiculousness.

This Winter Village is all that a village should be: slathered in royal icing, layered with candy and occupied by small animals. I am rarely willing to eat anything a child has touched, but I would happily munch on this entire village for dessert. Mostly because whimsy tastes so darn good. Well done, Connor! Well done, indeed.

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Faye and Emma’s Midwinter Night’s Dream

ginger 2014 | movita beaucoup

ginger 2014 | movita beaucoup

Faye writes:

This year, Emma and I decided to collaborate and create a Shakespeare visual: A Midwinter Night’s Dream since we are doing a lot of Shakespeare in school! In this scene, it is in the enchanted forest, where ginger Titania is having a rest in a sparkly flower adorned snowbank, and Puck is sneakily spying on her in the corner. There are also lots of trees and pretty fairies we made ourselves hanging everywhere! Here are the pictures!

You should know that Faye had to submit her photos about 53 times, because her computer is from 1867 and she kept sending me thumbnail photos that were the size of my actual thumbnails. But I guess number 54’s the charm, because we finally have photos that can be viewed without the use of a microscope. (Faye, I’m gunna go ahead and insist that Emma send the photos next year.)

Now, take a peek at that dream. I don’t think it could be any sweeter. Literally. There are, like, ten pounds of sugar on that thing. Sometimes, when I look at a creation like this, I wonder where I might start eating. Sure you could start with the… what is that? A building? A backdrop? Whatever. You could start there. But the peppermint pathway is tempting. As are the marshmallows and buttercream flowers. Of course, Titania is just laying there, possibly freezing to death, so I could just put her out of her misery… Ladies, this is my favourite sort of gingering. SA-WEET!!

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Claire & David’s Castle Fit For A Cat

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ginger 2014 | movita beaucoup

Claire writes:

My brother David and I worked very hard on this homemade castle together. We had a couple difficulties along the way such as getting the small centre tower to stay on top of the larger one (it fell down about a million times). Also me constantly getting after my brother to make the decorations neat. This palace is dedicated to our beloved kitty as you can find him on the draw bridge entrance :). His name is bododoth, don’t ask how he got this name, it’s a long story :p. We decided to make this ginger castle for our cat because he always acts like he’s the king of the house, and we’re his constant servants, particularly in times such as the middle of the night. So now bododoth has his very own castle to be the king of! It was a lot of fun to bake and my brother and I loved working together to complete our creation. Though as we know it won’t last long in our house, i guess it must be a ghost that eats all the candies off or something. 

Claire, this creation really speaks to me. First off, 2.0 (like David) doesn’t believe in doing anything neatly, and would far rather eat the icing that worry about how it looks on the exterior of a castle. Second, our cats like to wrestle ON ME at 3:30 am. (Maybe I should bake them a ginger wrestling mat?) And finally, we have some dudes who show up at our house whenever 2.0 leaves chips in the cupboard, and they eat them all before he gets home. He’s never seen them. They’re like ghosts, and they really like chips.

This castle is magnificent! Imposing yet whimsical. I love the exposed ginger walls, and perfectly placed candy embellishments. Your perseverance has paid off – this is a castle any royal family would be lucky to own. Alas, it belongs to Bododoth now. The drawbridge is something every cat deserves – it’s the best cat door EVER. Bododoth is one lucky kitty!

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Bella and Emma’s Stranger Danger

ginger 2014 | movita beaucoup

ginger 2014 | movita beaucoup

Bella and her friend Emma sent this festive (read: horrifying) story with their entry. I’ve helped with a little copy editing and punctuation, but other than that, the tale is all theirs:

Hansel (Bella) and Gretel (Emma) were walking in the winter wonderland woods one day and saw a beautiful house made of gingerbread and candy. It was sparkly and glittery! They knew a wicked but beautiful witch lived somewhere in the woods that killed children and ate them up for Christmas (1 for each of the 12 days of Christmas). But this house was too good to be true so they dashed to the house and started eating the tree, then the pond, then the house…

Alright. There is some serious foreshadowing happening here. But did you see that house up there? I’d eat it too!

A beautiful lady came out and said, “Children!!!!! Come over to my tree.”

The children went over and sat in the snow. “Lets play a game,” said the witch. “You come over here and prop yourself on the tree,” she pointed to Gretel. “Now I’ll tie you up here and you close your eyes and count to ten.”

Sure. Why wouldn’t you let a known murderer tie you to a tree? DON’T DO IT GRETEL!

“You too!” said the witch, pointing at Hansel. The children slowly counted to ten and as they did, the witch tied Hansel up as well and shot them both with an arrow.

WAIT. WHAT?! SHE SHOT THEM BOTH WITH AN ARROW? Things have taken a sharp turn.

Later on the witch put snow on the tree to hide the blood that was from the children.

WHAT?! Aw, no! We’re gunna need the crew from CSI to get all up in this scene.

“Now to the tipi!” said the witch and carried the children away with her.

Tipi? I don’t see a tipi. This seems random. Bella? Emma? WHAT TIPI?

She went into her “tipi,” which was actually an oven where she cooked the children. 

Of course it was.

It was Christmas Eve and the witch was all ready for her Christmas day dinner! She was sick of fasting.

Lesson learned. Fasting makes you murderous. Nice holiday lesson, girls.

“I’ll have this Hansel girl for Christmas day,” said the witch, “And I’ll have this girl Gretel for boxing day!”

The next evening she had a wonderful feast and had the rest of her frozen stash of children for the rest of the 12 days of Christmas!

Weeeeell. I don’t think there’s anything more to say, do you? I chose to close out Ginger 2014 with this entry because: murder, classic gingering, and fantastic storytelling. THAT’s what Ginger is all about. (Maybe minus the murder.) Nicely done, Bella and Emma. Nicely done.

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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.

You can also cast a vote for your favourite Group 4, Group 5  and Group 6 entries.

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

11 Responses to ginger 2014: group 7

  1. Ludmilla December 19, 2014 at 11:29 am #

    How awesome are these! You miniature humans did an amazing job! They are just sweet…you can tell you worked hard and put some thought in it. love the titles they work so well with you designs! I am not sure what impressed me more the designs or the stories that go with them….BOTH!! Really Nice!!

    • movita beaucoup December 19, 2014 at 1:13 pm #

      Agreed, Ludmilla! As title writer, I’m so glad you felt they complimented the designs. The stories these miniatures submitted were some of the best in the whole competition. Just imagine what they’ll get up to next year!

  2. Amy December 19, 2014 at 11:33 am #

    Movita, I am SO happy I didn’t even attempt to make a gingerbread house for your competition (not that I had time, since I barely have time to eat these days). These pieces are incredible! I think Ill stick to the pumpkin carving…

    • movita beaucoup December 19, 2014 at 11:44 am #

      RIGHT! These kids can GINGER!

  3. Lin December 19, 2014 at 2:16 pm #

    Claire & David’s castle…excellent!

    • movita beaucoup December 19, 2014 at 4:31 pm #

      Who wouldn’t love a kitten castle? Brilliant!

  4. Lauren December 20, 2014 at 1:16 am #

    Emma and Bella terrify me. TERRIFY.

    • movita beaucoup December 20, 2014 at 8:17 am #

      I see Bella at work on a regular basis. She looks very sweet. WHO KNEW?!

  5. Loreta December 20, 2014 at 2:25 am #

    These little humans made some very gingerlicious masterpieces! Well done, well done!

    • movita beaucoup December 20, 2014 at 8:17 am #

      The future of gingering! We’ve gotta get all these kids into your ginger forum!

  6. Kathleen Cherie December 21, 2014 at 1:53 am #

    I’ve helped hundreds of kids make gingerbread houses. I love these!

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