Over the Gelatin River & Through the Chocolate Woods: Gingerbread Houses

We love ginger, we love bread, we love gingerbread and we love getting our “craft on”.  Even before kids, my husband and I (actually mostly my husband – I’m a bit terrified of pastry) went all out and made a gingerbread house replica of his family’s barn.

This year the children and I were honoured to judge the gingerbread competition over at the Christmas Festival at the Seaport World Trade Center in Boston.  The houses are all available for sale and the proceeds of the sale go to support Housing Families, an organization that is working hard to end homelessness.  Here is some of the exquisite work we were able to see.  We even took inspiration from each of the houses to try this year when we build our own.

best decorated label
This village won “Best Decorated” and you can see why. The details were perfect and the precision on the icing work was impressive.

best decorated 2013 hansel and gretel gingerbread

Hansel & Gretel house.  This was my choice for best in show.  I loved all the details.  They also made a delicious classic gingerbread that had a slight caramelized taste.
Hansel & Gretel house. This was my choice for best in show. I loved all the details. They also made a delicious classic gingerbread that had a slight caramelized taste.
This was a gorgeous stone church.  I didn't realise until someone told me that each of the stones are gingerbread.  All these amazing gingerbread structures made it very difficult to choose winners.
This was a gorgeous stone church. I didn’t realise until someone told me that each of the stones are gingerbread. All these amazing gingerbread structures made it very difficult to choose winners.
Many of the houses had lights flickering inside.  Details were found inside each window.
Many of the houses had lights flickering inside. Details were found inside each window.
Davio's got creative this year with a huge sandcastle, Little Mermaid characters, holiday wreaths, and a little nod to the Red Sox.  The children campaigned hard to get me to choose this as most creative.  I was deciding between two.  Davio's won the title of "Most Creative".
Davio’s got creative this year with a huge sandcastle, Little Mermaid characters, holiday wreaths, and a little nod to the Red Sox. The children campaigned hard to get me to choose this as most creative. I was deciding between two. Davio’s won the title of “Most Creative”.
This was a Candyland game board.  Henry loved the colourful columns on this part of the board game village.
This was a Candyland game board. Henry loved the colourful columns on this part of the board game village.
Kids' Choice Award.  Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs made by Cakes for Occasions
Kids’ Choice Award. Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs made by Cakes for Occasions

 

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3 Comments Add yours

  1. Carolina says:

    Oh it looks lovely…can’t wait for xmas! 😀

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  2. Wow! Amazing! I loved making and decorating gingerbread houses as a kid.

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    1. leahklein says:

      Are you making one this year?

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