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ginger 2016: group 3

Day two! Here is our third grouping of Ginger 2016 entries! I like to call this batch: Feats of Architecture and Sugar! 

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.) Oh, and commenting could win you a prize!

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barb’s christmas wishes

ginger 2016 // movita beaucoup

ginger 2016 // movita beaucoup

Barb writes:

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

ginger 2016 // movita beaucoup

ginger 2016 // movita beaucoup

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

ginger 2016 // movita beaucoup

ginger 2016 // movita beaucoup

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

ginger 2016 // movita beaucoup

ginger 2016 // movita beaucoup

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?

Joey writes:

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

ginger 2016 // movita beaucoup

ginger 2016 // movita beaucoup

Sharon writes:

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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Cast your vote below! The (one) overall winner of online Ginger polling will win the 2016 People’s Choice Prize!

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Polls close at about 12 pm AST, Friday, December 23, 2016.

You can also cast a vote for your favourite Group 1 & Group 2 entries (until Thursday, December 22, 2016).


  1. Ruth Anne Henault on December 21, 2016 at 12:17 pm

    Its those multi-coloured stones and the lights around the top that did it for me!

    • movita beaucoup on December 21, 2016 at 3:20 pm

      I can’t get enough of the stones!

  2. Cindy Walton on December 21, 2016 at 3:02 pm

    I love, love, LOVE the wishing well! The stones are amazing, and the dogs and cats (and bear) have such individuality!

    • movita beaucoup on December 21, 2016 at 3:20 pm

      You know you’re good at modelling figures when the animals have EXPRESSIONS!

      • Barb on December 21, 2016 at 3:37 pm

        Thank you all! Movita – I love your commentary and the “Thug Life” cat video is priceless!

  3. SJM on December 21, 2016 at 3:51 pm

    Cabin of endless possibilities. Amazeballs!

  4. sarah on December 21, 2016 at 6:02 pm

    Lol…. joey and I are dating… and yes, his ginger skills impress me!

    • sarah on December 22, 2016 at 12:10 am

      (and yes…. his lack of email address is due to time traveling with the Doctor!)

      • movita beaucoup on December 23, 2016 at 5:59 pm

        I knew it!!

  5. dayuntoday on December 21, 2016 at 6:15 pm

    Wow! This grouping was really tough! Nothing more fun than a tree house, the cabin has some incredible detail, the tardis is gorgeous, but I can’t quite get over the stones in that wishing well. And the wood shakes. They look so stinking real. I find myself quite jealous of such artistry! I want to thank Barb for her tip on texturing with crumpled foil–love that idea, and now I’m anxious to try it!

  6. Ellen Wisolmerski on December 21, 2016 at 8:00 pm

    Barb’s wishing well is amazing ! Her work is so precise and the animals are adorable ????????????

  7. Stephbo on December 21, 2016 at 9:44 pm

    These are all amazing!! I’m convinced those stones are actually real. The Empire State Building and Dr Suess houses are certainly feats of ginger engineering. I could barely get a small house to stand up. I have no idea how they did it. And that cabin?? Perfection!

    • movita beaucoup on December 23, 2016 at 6:04 pm

      I remember building massive ginger structures at baking school – the assembly was terrifying! Despite having done it myself, I can never get over the entries in Ginger. I’m in complete awe!

  8. acquinnahoceanviewcompound on December 22, 2016 at 1:41 pm

    Nancy’s Empire State of Mind is wonderful for three reasons: It is constructed in a very complex manner with that level of size and height. Second, she is a purist…everything except the frosting and candy is from gingerbread, even the safety pin!! Others have used fondant, but Nancy set a very difficult task for herself. And third, the theme of this completely sums up the world events and mood of the country…”a refuge for all groups.” Immigants through Ellis Island, came to our country for safety and a better life. What could be more meaningful during the holiday season than a statement this powerful.

    • movita beaucoup on December 23, 2016 at 6:02 pm

      Nancy’s entry was one of my brother’s most favourite entries. He wrote: I feel I would be doing a great disservice to Gingerers everywhere if I didn’t make a shout-out to Nancy’s empire state of mind; we’ve seen large scale offerings in the past, stuff that takes a lot of space, or is generally “big” – but seriously – don’t mess with vertical unless you’ve properly come to play. Anyone can build a mansion – a skyscraper is for players only period-exclamtion-point

  9. Tamra dpink on December 22, 2016 at 11:10 pm

    Ginger 2016 all the way! The pups are pawesome!

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