More gingering! Take a gander at our second grouping of Ginger 2016 entries. I like to call this batch: People Who Sent Very Few and/or Some Confusing Details About Their Creations.

Cast your vote at the bottom of the post to help determine the winner of the 2016 People’s Choice Prize. (For more information on how this competition will go down, click here.) And don’t forget: commenting could win you a prize!

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the dewar family’s town of little gingerbread houses with a central house

ginger 2016 // movita beaucoup

ginger 2016 // movita beaucoup

Toby, Dewar Family President, included the following message with her entry:

Here is the Dewar family entry. Yes it’s a gingerbread house but a town of little gingerbread houses except for the large central house which is shopkins themed (assembled with some difficulty by yours truly) and is cookies not gingerbread lol.

First off, that town is adorable, and the photos are dreamy. Second, what is that snowy landscape made of? And how much snowy lint will be consumed during deconstruction?

I don’t know what a shopkin is, but I do know that every town has that one big house that everyone is envious of. In my town, it was Mrs. Cleveland’s house. I believe it had less to do with the spectacular architecture and more to do with the fact that she had about 80 cats. Who wouldn’t want to live there?! I’m going to go ahead and assume that the central house in the Dewar’s village has at least six cats. (At. Least.)

Candy cane street signs, the liberal use of sweet architectural detailing, and lush, linty landscaping? I’m guessing the housing market is booming in this town!

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soshia’s snowy cabin

ginger 2016 // movita beaucoup

ginger 2016 // movita beaucoup

Soshia writes:

This was my first attempt at a log cabin style gingerbread house! I loved the snowy cabin look!

That’s it. That’s all Soshia wrote. Are you tilting your head to look at the pictures? Me too. I’m guessing Soshia may have consumed a healthy dose of eggnog before snapping her photos. So, allow your right ear to rest down toward your right shoulder and take note of the absolutely adorable detailing on this cabin. Copious quantities of royal icing? Yup! Salty pretzels to balance out the sugary roof? You bet! Front door fit for a princess? Of course! Chimney that’s… wait… what’s going on with the chimney? The candy masonry seems to stop in the middle of the exterior wall. Was there an incident? A fire? Something that required the removal of the fireplace? Is that why the residents are burning a candy corn fire in the front yard? Never mind. I’m sure Soshia will ensure there’s enough eggnog to keep everyone warm…

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sally’s dazzling bedazzled house

ginger 2016 // movita beaucoup

ginger 2016 // movita beaucoup

Sally wrote:

My name is Sally. This is my first attempt at a bedazzled gingerbread house.

Enough said, amiright, Sally?

Look at the lace detailing on that adorable house! The abundance of sugar pearls! The jelly bean walkway! ARE THOSE NERDS ON THE ROOF? Last week 2.0 bought me a package of Nerds, and then scolded me when I ate the entire box during an episode of The Goldbergs. (Why give them to me if you don’t want me to gorge on them? Get it together, 2.0.)

Actually, Sally’s house is not unlike a Beverly Goldberg sweater:

Glorious, right? That’s because when one bedazzles something, one makes an ordinary thing extraordinary. For some, it is a way of life. I believe this might be true of Sally, for her gingerbread house is not unlike a harlequin clown riding a unicorn whilst high-fiving a dolphin. In other words: bedazzling.

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bella’s refuge from the clowns

ginger 2016 // movita beaucoup

ginger 2016 // movita beaucoup

Bella’s back! Remember her murderous entry from a couple years ago? Or the ginspirational message she sent us last year? Bella hails from Halifax just like yours truly. And it turns out there’s some stuff happening in our fair city that I wasn’t completely aware of.

My story behind this is that I was in the hospital for a little while and in my time there, it got boring so my mum thought I should take a trip down to the “kid’s lounge” so I went, and they had ginger bread house decorating, so I brought one back to my room to decorate because there was a creepy clown trying to “entertain” the children, but he was freaking me out. So I made this gingerbread house out of what they gave me and nothing else, and I think it turned out okay! The amount of houses given to the children to decorate was wonderful. Thanks to anyone who donates to the IWK! Anyways I’m getting side tracked, hope this ginger bread house isn’t too boring, because I can’t decide!

As always, Bella comes in with a heavy hit to the heart and then a shot horror to make you snap out of it. First you’re thinking: aw, Bella was in the hospital, and then: why the quotation marks around kid’s lounge? Was it not a “kid’s lounge?” And why are there quotes around the word entertain? Wh-wh-what was the clown doing? BELLA? WHAT IS GOING ON AT THE HOSPITAL?

Boring? Oh no, Bella. Your entries are never boring. Honestly, if a clown scared the crap out of me, I don’t think I could have piped those perfect icicles and trees. And I certainly couldn’t have created that snowy roof, well manicured landscaping and the cathedral windows and doors. No way! And sure, that house is covered in hospital germs, but I’d still nosh on it. Not in the “kid’s lounge,” of course. I’m not an idiot.

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  1. SJM on December 20, 2016 at 12:34 pm

    Snowy cabin because candy corn campfire!!!!

  2. Stephbo on December 20, 2016 at 1:15 pm

    “I believe it had less to do with the spectacular architecture and more to do with the fact that she had about 80 cats. Who wouldn’t want to live there?! ”

    Me. That’s who. Hellooo? 80 cats?? That’s a lot of cat pee. Because you know those 80 cats aren’t all using a litter box. Just sayin’.

    That village is just adorable, and I love that the whole family gets involved! The log cabin with the weird chimney is very clever, even if everyone inside is going to die from smoke inhalation. The bedazzled house is glorious! I love the nerds on the roof and the tiny window/wreath made of shiny balls!

    And Bella? I’m just going to say what everyone else is thinking: she’s trying to play the “sick kid in the hospital” card. Well, you know what? It’s not gonna work. No, ma’am. That kid always has some sort of sob story to fool people into voting for her, and I’m not falling for it. No way. Not even though she had to fight off a creepy clown and nurses with sharp pokey things to get her house done. Not even though she included cute crushed peppermint on her roof, which looks like newfallen snow. And fetching Icicles coming down the sides of the house. And not even if….Wait a minute…. Is Bella’s last name Rutherford? ????

    • movita beaucoup on December 21, 2016 at 3:16 pm

      I am pleased to report that Bella is – in no way – related to The Rutherfords. Though… contact with one might have been reason for hospital admission.

  3. Cindy Walton on December 20, 2016 at 7:11 pm

    I had to go for the Dewar entry. By the way, the base is covered with fiberfill (think quilt batting), but I love the idea of the family getting together to make gingerbread (cookie) houses. That’s how I got my start in gingerbread adventures. When we lived in Germany a cookied company (Balsan?) had kits for houses for sale. It was a cardboard house and the kit included colored cellophane for the windows and way too many cookies and candy to adhere to the house, using royal icing (powder provided…just add water!). I’d do them supposedly with my toddler, but face it, I’m too OCD to allow a single thing to be out of place, so I actually did all of it myself.

    • movita beaucoup on December 21, 2016 at 3:17 pm

      Cindy, I agree! Ginger is the perfect family activity. Also, there’s alway potential for arguing, which appeals to my own family greatly!

  4. thatskinnychickcanbake on December 21, 2016 at 11:20 am

    Such a tough decision! My gingerbread houses were known for candies sliding off the roof and big blobs of royal icing. All these look like masterpieces in comparison! Merry Christmas!

    • movita beaucoup on December 21, 2016 at 3:18 pm

      Merry Christmas, sweet friend!

  5. shannon on December 21, 2016 at 12:51 pm

    listen: sally’s bedazzling is giving me life right now. i don’t even understand how i feel about that roof, but i know i want to be near it.

    • movita beaucoup on December 21, 2016 at 3:18 pm

      My sentiments exactly. Except: I’m confident I’d eat it.

  6. Barb on December 21, 2016 at 6:04 pm

    These are all so pretty! Blue is my favorite color and looks gorgeous on Sally’s bedazzling front door!

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