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Visions of gingerbread: Dining Team favorites and drawing winner

by Donna Shepard Varn

by Donna Shepard Varn

After two weeks of starts and stops due to the holiday bustle, I have yet to finish my gingerbread masterpiece. But, you have. Have you seen all of the gingerbread houses posted by readers on our Facebook page? Atlanta’s got talent.

What a fun week I’ve had enlarging the photos and studying each detail, stealing ideas to finish my own gingerbread house! Thanks to each of you who shared your artistry with us.

Those of us on the Dining Team put our heads together to choose a few favorites to share with you. We unanimously chose to share this church by Donna Shepard Varn. Donna told us this about the piece:

Our family has been baking gingerbread houses for about 30 years. This year’s creation was inspired by a charming church I took a photo of while traveling in Nova Scotia several summers ago. We draw up our own plans, cut out the pattern, mix the dough, bake, assemble and decorate it. Our children would smash and eat it on Epiphany, a German custom my husband enjoyed as a 6 year old while living in Germany.

In addition to how precise and symmetrical the church is, I am impressed by Donna’s mad piping skills. John Kessler gives Donna “props for starting from scratch and for the soaring windows.”

Gene Lee and Jon Watson also chose to share this house by Lisa Vingerling. She says, “I made this house after attending a gingerbread-how-to workshop for young survivors hosted by Pink Heals Foundation.” The simplicity of the decorations and the use of black icing are very striking.

by Lisa Vingerling

by Lisa Vingerling

Jon and I also really liked this house made by Karyn Ballard and her seven-year old daughter. They used the Victorian farmhouse pattern from the “Gingerbread Architect.” The house I’m working on is made from the same pattern, so I was especially excited to see how they transformed it into their own design.

by Karyn Ballard

by Karyn Ballard

John thinks the sugar snow on these houses by Debbie Wheelus and Sherry Doster is gorgeous. They were made to decorate tables at a wedding in Alabama. Be sure to enlarge the photo so you can see the detail on the houses.

by Debbie Wheelus and Sherry Doster

by Debbie Wheelus and Sherry Doster

I also wanted to note the creativity of some of the theme houses submitted. Check out Santa’s tiki bar made by Mandy Gann and the gingerbread barn made for a horse show by Tina Adams.

by Tina Adams (left) and Mandy Gann (right)

by Tina Adams (left) and Mandy Gann (right)

The kids who entered had a strong showing, too! John loves the “soft, Smurf-y edges and bulbousness” of seven-year old Caroline Kardian’s house. I’m fond of the Hansel-and-Gretel style house submitted by Don Lizotte’s girls. And, Gene Lee wanted to share this proud little structure by four-year old Grant Coleman.

Submitted by Don Lizotte (left), Grant Coleman (middle) and Caroline Kardian (right)

Submitted by Don Lizotte (left), Grant Coleman (middle) and Caroline Kardian (right)

Kudos to all who sent photos — it was tough to pick just a few to share. If you didn’t catch them all, we have some in our online photo gallery and more on our Facebook page.

Each person who submitted a photo by the deadline either by email or on our Facebook page was entered into a random drawing to win a prize. We held one drawing for child entries and one for adults.

And the winners are………

Adult: Sharon Smith Pirkle

Child: Megan and Erin Medford

Congrats! Winners, please contact me to claim your prize.

Thanks again to all who, like me, have visions of gingerbread dancing in their heads.

–by Jenny Turknett, Food and More blog

7 comments Add your comment

Reds

December 16th, 2011
3:26 pm

They are all fantastic! Great job everyone!! :)

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Choo Choo

December 17th, 2011
3:14 pm

They are all good! Congratulations to all! But what is the prize they won?

Jenny Turknett

December 18th, 2011
5:19 am

The winner of the drawing for the adult category receives a copy of “The Gingerbread Architect” and a Nordic Ware gingerbread house bundt pan and the child winner receives a copy of “How to build a Gingerbread House: A Step-by-Step Guide to Sweet Results” and a set of 3-D Holiday cookie cutters.

Moi

December 18th, 2011
11:35 am

WOW! That church is amazing. Great work everyone!!

Kim

December 18th, 2011
2:26 pm

wow…IM IMPRESSED……fantastic job to everyone.

Ganners

December 19th, 2011
10:04 pm

Thanks! I had sooooo much fun making the tiki bar at my office. I am already planning for next year!