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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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