Monday, January 30, 2012

Gingerbread Madness

As with most crafting adventures, this began innocently enough. The company I work for was hosting a gingerbread house (gbh) building contest for the holidays, this was back in December. The stakes were high: winners would have $500 donated to their charity of choice.

Never having ever made a gbh before, of course I thought it was a great idea! And it was! But only because I had my colleague Miss V, who is an expert baker and cake decorator on my side! Together we brainstormed ideas and came to a conclusion, we wanted to win, and we didn't want a run of the mill gbh. This one was going to be worthy of architectural digest. (if they had them for gbh. not really, but go with me)

We had about 5 days to pull it all together and thank goodness for the Internet, we had a game plan in place. V painstakingly found a great recipe for sturdy gbh's and baked the pieces from scratch so perfectly that construction was a breeze. All the ingredients were edible, and it smelled really good if you weren't spending all day with it like we were. ;P

V's cake expertise really came into play with the fondant and cookie cutters and all the glorious tools she's got for making fondant look like anything you want! It was like having a grown up set of play doh tools & gadgets at my disposal. TOO MUCH FUN!!! :-)

So we got to be the architects, builders, decorators, and even electricians on this project. Needless to say, our gbh won for 'best house made from scratch' :)

We've got the gb couple, Rudolph and his gf and of course a sleigh...go ahead and take a peek inside the gbh!!

The indoor tree with presents! The floor is wood grain too, so there's that red rug to warm things up...

You can see the fireplace with the roaring fire and stockings, and of course the brick work!

1 comment:

  1. O. M. G. Love!!!! I am obsessed with those trees too!!!!! You have mastered the GBH fo sheezy. I want in next year!!