ginger 2015: group 5

Check out our fifth grouping of Ginger 2015 masterpieces! I call this set of entries Mansions and Classic Construction.

Cast your vote at the bottom of the post to help determine the winner of the 2015 People’s Choice Prize. (For more information on how this competition will go down, click here.)

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lynne’s get-outta-dat-funk homestead

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ginger 2015 // movita beaucoup

Lynne writes:

I have attached a couple of photos of my gingerbread structure… finished 30 minutes ago. I’ve been in a gingerbread funk this year and not able to think of anything exciting or unusual to make so I decided to just build a house.

Oh, this old thing? It’s just a house. Built out of sugar and magic and stuff. Whatevs.

I found a picture of a house with an arched entry and dormers and decided to go that route. Then I couldn’t decide whether to make it playful or realistic (ended up a little of both). Obviously over thinking the whole process. A few firsts for me are the gelatin windows, fondant stone walls, shrubbery and the pretzel/royal icing trees. I’m happy with the outcome of the house, but my favorite part of the whole project is the tree.

The tree? Well, the tree is gorgeous, but Lynne? That house is pretty epic. I mean, you’ve seen your windows, right? Completely outlined in silver dragées with to-die-for shutters? Perfectly adorable! And what about the expertly shingled roof? The stone masonry? The manicured yard? The pretzel fence dressed in boughs and bows? LOOK AT THAT HOUSE!! Now look at the teeny-tiny Christmas lights and, yes, the terribly realistic tree. Oh! I just noticed the curtains in the windows…

Delightful!

Lynne doesn’t blog, but she has a Facebook page – maybe head over and tell her how much you like her ginger skillz? 

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stephanie t’s lease this space!

ginger 2015 // movita beaucoup

ginger 2015 // movita beaucoup

Stephanie writes:

I created this gingerbread building for the 4th annual Crosby’s Molasses #gingerbreadtrail in Saint John, New Brunswick, Canada (a network of 34 businesses with gingerbread creations on display throughout the business core). I’m a commercial real estate agent so I had the miniature FOR LEASE sign printed on fondant icing by a local bakery (Piece o’ Cake Custom Creations)… the rest was hand made by me. I loved creating it but admit it’s a bit of a “publicity stunt” to promote my brand. Is their shame in that? Not shame… genius!

I can’t tell you how many times I’ve used food to promote myself, Stephanie.

I have scoured the internet for inspiration and then came up with some ideas of my own. The windows are chocolate squares from Costco flooded with yellow frosting to make it look like the lights are on. The corners and scalloped trim are little caramel squares, rolled out and cut.

Stephanie sent two shots – a night shot with a FOR LEASE sign, and a day shot, taken just after a small startup signed the contract to lease the place. They were instantly besotted with the decorative lentils lintels and old-fashioned light posts, and said they couldn’t imagine housing their candy consulting firm anywhere else. Chocolate windows, caramel detailing and a glittery red door – no wonder there was a bidding war for this tasty commercial space!

Stephanie? I think you should start marketing a second career for yourself. (In the art of gingerbreading. You got that, right?)

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cindy’s dashing through the snow

ginger 2015 // movita beaucoup

ginger 2015 // movita beaucoup

Cindy sent the following note with her entry:

Hi again, it’s me Cindy…..Cindy S. this time, not Cindy M. I married last December which is why I didn’t have time to put together a gingerbread piece. I did think about it, many times, but I simply couldn’t fit it in since it was a DIY wedding. 

I think we can all agree that Cindy is selfish and unfocused.

Anyway, so this piece is my 4th gingerbread piece. Back in 2013 I shared Cindy’s Castle with you. I think I may have peaked with that one, but nonetheless I decided to tackle another one this year. I committed myself to donating a gingerbread house to the Orlando Museum of Art Festival of Trees Event. The theme was Jingle All the Way.

Okay, Cindy sounds a little less selfish now.

I decided to go more the old fashioned Christmas route and tried to recreate a Currier & Ives kind of feel. My piece is called Dashing Through the Snow. I love how my old fashioned farm house came out and how the whole piece kind of feels like it’s telling a story. There is so many things I love about this piece besides the house. I love the oversized Christmas tree in the yard and the wishing well in the back. I also like how my sleigh turned out – complete with a blanket in it waiting to keep it’s riders warm and cozy. 

Know what else would keep the riders warm? EATING the sled. Also, in the spirit of gingercation, Currier and Ives was an American printmaking firm that produced prints and lithographs from the mid-1800s to the early 1900s. I wish lithography was more popular these days. I guess it’s hard to upload that sort of stuff to Instagram.

On the back porch is a little table and chair and on the table is hot cocoa, with marshmallows and cookies….it was hard to make it that tiny, and still be recognizable….but it was a big hit with everyone that saw it. I added a bit of whimsy with Santa getting stuck in the chimney and all you can see if his boots. Everything from the base up is completely edible. I love my farm house and I’d totally live there if I could.  

Well, that’s assuming you could evict me first, Cindy. I don’t even know where to start with this thing! The farmhouse is stunning – it looks like something out of a holiday movie. The scalloped shingles, inviting porch, and little bridge set over the stream – it’s the stuff of dreams. The horse! The horse pulling the sleigh! The wishing well, the fence, the angel at the top of the tree! A feast for the eyes. Sweet, gingery magic!

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sharon’s english country cottage 

ginger 2015 // movita beaucoup

ginger 2015 // movita beaucoup

Sharon writes:

This is my English Country Cottage. It is completely made of edible materials like the gingerbread and pastillage thatched roof. All the pathway brick work is pastillage and the mossy grass is a combination of teas and herbs. 

I have sent a collage so you can see a few different views all in 1 picture!

Well played, Sharon. Well played.

My favorite view is the back where the potters table is filled with pots and dirt (chocolate cookie crumbs mixed with sage for that mossy look) and garden tools. 

I would love to live in a house just like this (it would have to be much bigger though).

I’d love to live in a house like this too. (Though I’d hire someone to mow the expansive lawn.) The garden is absolutely precious – the multitudes of handcrafted flowers! The stone walls of the cottage are utterly charming, and the thatched roof is freaking my freak. It’s wavy! Oh, the tiny bricks on the walkway! Did you notice the archway and bench? And the potter’s table. It looks like A REAL POTTER’S TABLE! This homestead looks like it came straight from the pages of Harrowsmith magazine! It’s perfection.

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sarah c’s north pole city

ginger 2015 // movita beaucoup

ginger 2015 // movita beaucoup

Sarah writes:

This is my North Pole City Gingerbread creation I made this year. 100% edible from the board up. With elves and a sleigh made from sugar, a garage for the sleigh, a post office for all of Santa’s letters, a toy factory (complete with sugar toys in the gelatin windows!), a candy shop (filled with goodies I made, like candy canes and gumdrops!), 2 elf houses, and of course, Santa’s house stands in the center! The pathways are even melted candy canes. I hope you enjoy this visit to the magical North Pole!

Mother. Of. Pearl. Let’s start with Santa’s house, shall we? That dude’s crib is NEXT LEVEL. The dormers and balcony are so classy! I wonder if Mrs. Claus was in charge of hanging the adorable wreaths on the exterior of their home? It seems like the sort of thing she’d do. I bet she runs the post office too – she’s so industrious! Did you notice the adorable street sign in the centre of town? The expertly crafted sleigh? I love the snowy rooftops and icicles! This sort of gingerbreading captures the imagination. It is the stuff of dreams.

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cheryl’s home for the holidays

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ginger 2015 // movita beaucoup

Cheryl wrote:

My inspiration for this years gingerbread is the returning home of my son-in-law from deployment to be with his family just in time for the holidays. Entitled “Home for the Holidays!” 

I’m not crying. I’ve got some Dorito salt in my eyes. Shut up.

100% edible including the dogs and soldier but wouldn’t advise it! Curtains in the windows are made of sugar lace as well as the flag. My favorite are the window boxes-Kit Kat bars halved. It stands 23 inches tall x 30 inches deep x 22 inches wide.

This is an American Dreamhouse! Classic styling and construction, warm and inviting. THE CURTAINS! Red siding was the perfect choice for this lovely home, as was the stone masonry and patriotic flag. I imagine that soldier spending July 4th sipping lemonade on his front porch. The front porch he dreamed of when deployed overseas, missing his family, heck, even missing the yard work he likes to complain about. Here, sitting on the porch, watching his little girl playing in the yard, enjoying the freedom so many have sacrificed for? This is the life, he thinks, this is the… Sally. Sally, don’t give that to the dog. Sally? SALLY! I said don’t give that to the dog! Sally! I know you hear me! Who’s going to clean that up? Is the dog getting sick?!

Livin’ the dream, people. Livin’ the dream.

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Cast your vote below! The (one) overall winner of online Ginger polling will win the 2015 People’s Choice Prize!

Repeat voters are blocked by cookie and IP address.
Polls close at 11 am AST, Tuesday, December 22, 2015.

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

Polling for Group 1, Group 2 & Group 3 continues until 10 am AST, Monday, December 21, 2015.

8 Comments

  1. Rosie Beaucoup on December 20, 2015 at 12:44 pm

    What a grouping – every one of these is a first place winner. Awesome creativity and construction.
    It is almost impossible to vote on any one entry.

    • movita beaucoup on December 20, 2015 at 1:36 pm

      The Ginger Panel has some serious work cut out for them!

      • WillCookForFriends on December 20, 2015 at 11:16 pm

        You can say that again!

        • Mellissa Sevigny on December 21, 2015 at 9:44 am

          The Ginger Panel has some serious work cut out for them!

          (sorry, couldn’t resist) But really!

  2. Cherie on December 20, 2015 at 2:17 pm

    I simply cannot choose among them. All are the products of very talented and creative people — and patient, too. Merry Christmas to all the contest entrants and to you, especially.

  3. Karen @ Karen's Kitchen Stories on December 20, 2015 at 6:23 pm

    Oh my goodness, these folks had to compete against each other? Objection!! P.S. Your running commentary makes my day.

  4. Amy on December 22, 2015 at 11:35 am

    Holy crap, how do people make gingerbread do that?!

    • movita beaucoup on December 22, 2015 at 12:04 pm

      Magic. It’s the only possible explanation.

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