Day two! Here is our third grouping of Ginger 2016 entries! I like to call this batch: Feats of Architecture and Sugar!
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barb’s christmas wishes
My entry is titled “Christmas Wishes.” The wishing well is 18’’ tall with an 11” diameter.
Duly noted. Don’t fall into the well – you’ll never claw your way out.
The stones were made from light colored gingerbread dough marbleized with food coloring, textured with crumpled foil and grouted with royal icing cement. Other ingredients include bread sticks, pretzel sticks, pasta, marshmallow/rice treats, and fondant.
THOSE STONES. Incredible! So realistic, and so… edible. The shingles, the ivy, the spindle and rope! This is ginger-structural engineering at its best! Are you looking at the animals? ARE YOU?
The scene includes our traditional Bear (this year he received a fondant makeover!) and making their ginger-debut are my son and fiancé’s cats, mischievous Whitey and his shy sister Spreckles.
Is anyone else nervous that the cats are going to knock Bear into the well? He’s sitting so close to the edge…
The rest of the entry has gone to the dogs – seven to be exact! They were inspired by the dachshund I had growing up, my wish to someday have another dog, and to acknowledge the many shelter dogs and cats wishing for a forever home!
Ah, the perfect theme. All animals should have a warm and loving forever home. I bet you’d give a furry friend the best sort of sanctuary, Barb. A warm kitchen floor to lay upon as you bake gingerbread, a gentle pat on the head as you fetch some fondant from the cupboard, a nook beside you on the bed for snuggles. I can’t bear this any longer! SOMEONE GIVE BARB A DOG FOR CRIPES SAKE!
Want to spend more time with Barb and her family? You can find them at annual Gingerbread Wonderland at the Frelinghuysen Arboretum in Morristown, NJ or online by viewing their scrapbook on Pinterest.
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nancy’s empire state of mind
Nancy sent the following ginspirational message with her entry:
Governor Cuomo’s speech about New York inspired me to make this gingerbread structure. He said that New York would be a refuge for all of the groups that Trump verbally abused. I think of the Empire State Building as a symbol of New York. I replaced the spire with a gingerbread safety pin (the symbol of safety for those same groups). The structure is made of 34 pieces of gingerbread and is completely edible.
Guess what, Nancy? I’ve been to the Empire State Building. It was pretty cool. And I mean that literally. I toured the observation deck in the middle of December, and nearly froze to death. I was a tired, poor, huddled mass if ever there were one. But New York City warmed my heart with it’s energy, inextinguishable spirit and tacky souvenirs.
Look at that ginger tower! It’s almost as tall as the real Empire State Building (381 meters). It is nice to see that Nancy has continued the building’s tradition of changing the colour of the tower lights to recognize various occasions throughout the year. The landscaping is flawless, and the safety pin spire? Perfection!
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sarah’s cat in the hat tree house
Are you grasping the theme within this grouping? My goodness, the entries are astounding!
Sarah sent the following message with her entry:
This is The Cat in the Hat’s tree house. All elements above the base board are made from edible materials. It includes the Cat in the Hat, Things One and Two, and many other details for Seuss fans to enjoy! The whimsical piece includes a slide, a climbing tree, and the gravity defying wonder that the Cat in the Hat always enjoys.
There is so much to look at! The bark, the teeny-tiny details, the bold colours! I think The Cat would be most impressed with this fantastical abode. Look at that twisty slide, the tire swing, and the hat atop the central peak! This is the sort of thing you could put in front of some rowdy kids to keep them occupied for a few hours. It’s as if Dr. Seuss’ artwork has jumped right off the pages of his book!
To paraphrase the good doctor:
That house is so big
And so deep and so tall,
We can’t pick it up.
There is no way at all!
You can spend more time with Sarah on her Facebook page!
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joey’s epic (and bigger on the inside) tardis
Joey’s entry came from the same address as Sarah’s up above, so I figured I should pit them against one another in the same Ginger grouping. I’m assuming they are either lovers or siblings, but I don’t know, because neither of them brought it up. So maybe they are SECRET lovers or siblings?
This is a recreation of the epic Tardis from the amazing Dr Who tv series. The Dr uses this vessel to fly through time and space. It is made of gingerbread and pastillage. As the series is quick to advise, it is bigger on the inside!
HOLY CRAP, JOEY! Is this how you wooed Sarah? With your ginger skills? Wait. Unless Sarah’s your sister. I don’t think we should continue down this road…
Look at that tardis! The wreath and evergreen bows! The perfect lettering! The snow resting upon the precisely cut trim! Also – and I’m just spitballin’ here – this might explain why Joey doesn’t have an email address. He’s living – thanks to tardis time travel – in a pre-1972 era, before Ray Tomlinson invented email. Tell me I’m right, Joey! (Get Sarah to email me.)
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sharon’s cabin of endless possibilities
This rustic cabin nestled in the woods is the ideal place to get away from it all. Come for a stay, take the canoe out to fish, sit by the fire, bring a friend or come alone…. the possibilities are endless.
Sharon, I’m not gunna lie. A night alone in an isolated cabin is my worst nightmare. That’s something you’d see on 48 Hours Mystery. Ritual killers are looking for people just like me in tucked-away cabins – it’s the perfect location and setting. Who would hear me scream? Who would find my body? Who, Sharon? WHO? So I’ll be bringing a friend. And a shotgun.
This cabin structure is built with gingerbread. The walls and roof were covered with pastillage in a way to mimic logs and roof tiles, then it was all painted with food coloring. The glue that holds it all together is royal icing. Royal icing greenery adds to it’s Christmas charm. The canoe, fire pit stones and logs around it are made of pastillage along with the wood pile, chopping block and ax. The smoke in the chimney and the flames in the fire are made with Isomalt.
I’m not even going to get started on the chopping block and axe. Nor will I mention that a canoe would be the perfect – and unexpected – escape vehicle for a murderer. Nope. Because I’m completely distracted by the artistry here. The logs and tiles, the perfectly realistic yard, the evergreen bows and majestic trees. Sharon, your cabin is enchanting! It is the stuff of dreams. (And the occasional nightmare.)
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