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An All Recipes Village of Gingerbread 
Dec. 22, 2010 7:09 am 
Updated: Jan. 19, 2011 6:05 pm

As many of you know, a few of us have been busy creating our Village of Gingerbread.  I think it is unanimous that this was lots of fun for everyone that got involved! Here are the pictures and descriptions that have been submitted to me. (apolgies for formatting issues - this blog formatting is hard!)

Mauigirl was the first to send her photos in as she was leaving for the mainland states for Christmas. She really let her imagination run wild and did a scene right out of Hawaii where she lives with her daughter, son-in-law and grandcildren.  Enjoy all all the cute little details she has included!  Fantastic job Mauigirl!!!

Just in case you can't tell what some of the things are:
Tiki mugs with pina colada and pineapple spears
tiki mugs with beer
tiki mug with lava flow and cherry
California rolls (sushi) with wasabi and shoyu sauce
spam with a scoop of rice
Back bar has a pineapple, drink caddy with limes, cherries and pineapple spears
Bar stools are made of Necco wafers
surf board is made of a coconut bar
Fish in net are goldfish crackers
"melted snowman" is marshmallows melted in the micro (took 10 tries to get him right)
The rest is pretzel rods, graham crackers, royal frosting, fondant, whole wheat spaghetti, net from a produce bag, gumdrops for the tiki gods and palm leaves and hat. orchids are fresh. Sand is grey tinted regular old sugar.

The only non edibles are the operating lights, the fish net and the orchids. I had a disaster one day last week and broke it while in construction. A slight setback :)

Nicolette really came up with something creative and certainly something I have never seen before! Wonderful job Nikki and great description of your work!!!

First off, let me introduce myself. My AR screen name is 
Nicolette as it is my first name; however, I tend to go 
by Nikki. I've been a long time AR user (way before 'the
buzz') and while I will pop in every so often, I usually 
just browse around (sounds so much better than lurk). 
I don't read the blogs, but when you mentioned 
gingerbread houses on 'the buzz', it caught my attention.
I've never, ever constructed a gingerbread house from 
scratch. Maybe... maybe years ago I helped my son with 
a milk carton-graham cracker monstrosity, er, creation, 
so I had no idea where to start with a 'real' one. I put the 
idea on the sidelines as, well, life got in the way, but lo 
and behold... I came across a blog featuring mini 
gingerbread houses that are made to perch on the rims 
of coffee (or hot cocoa) cups!! Ingenious. Clever. 
Why didn't I think of that??? And then it occurred to me 
that I could do that! I wasn't committed to a large 
structure nor a large expense should I royally bomb. 
Plus, the blog from which I borrowed this fantastic idea 
not only provided recipes, but also the templates. And 
coupled with gorgeous pictures of the finished project,
I KNEW I could do it. 
For the gingerbread itself, I used a modified version of 
AR's 'Eileen's Spicy Gingerbread Men' recipe by STEPH67. 
I probably doubled the spices to make the finished 
product darker and more aromatic (as it was for display 
purposes only) and I baked longer to harden the dough 
to be more structurally sound. For the 'glue', I chose AR's 
'Royal Icing II' recipe by Kristen Pontier, which is the 
culinary version of spackle. But the BIGGEST credit has 
to go to where I found this most wonderful idea in the 
first place, from the blog entitled "Not Martha" by Megan<  . While my finished product doesn't come close to being perfect... I like to think of it as 'rustic' in a wonky-warped-crookedly baked kinda way..... I did have fun stretching out my pastry wings. Might even venture to say I *may* attempt a gingerbread house again.... next year. 
Merry Christmas!
Trishie, well what can we say, she outdid herself! Trishie built 6 
houses!! She makes them for her kids school to raffle off. They then use the funds to buy little extras that are not in the regular school budget.
The houses and the fun description she has provided to me is awesome!  
Absolutely amazing Trishie!! 
(Be sure to see Trishie's blog for more!)< 
The gingerbread house I made with my two youngest kids
(18 & 20 years) looks so simple in comparison to these
fabulous creations! We had great fun building together
though and they loved all the memories the activity
brought back! I found some wonderful little edible
gingerbread men at the craft shop which we trimmed
the roof with, some candy trees (those are the smaller
ones) and 2 trees that are actually candles which are
the components that are not edible. For the snowman,
I rolled balls out of fondant and dipped them in Royal
Icing 1 ~ his scarf and hat are also made from fondant.
Due to repeated disasters (not being able to get my
sheets off the baking trays in one piece I went with
using a kit for my structural frame. We did not use the guide
for decorating though.

Merry Christmas Everyone ~ last one out, turn off the lights in the house!
Dec. 22, 2010 7:30 am
Oh my goodness, great job everyone! LOVE the hawaiian one :) I started to make a gingerbread house on Monday... spent 45 minutes and more than half of the icing trying to glue just the first two pieces together.. then chucked the whole thing in the garbage!! Kinda glad I did, mine would have looked nothing like these wonderful creations!
Dec. 22, 2010 7:33 am
Beautiful! Thanks. Mauigirl - you really out did yourself. Such detail!
Dec. 22, 2010 7:34 am
I always have a problem when I partially try to set my jello. How long to have jello set partially in the fridge before complete the recipe?
Dec. 22, 2010 7:42 am
I am just so impressed with all the creativity. These Gingerbread houses are so darling. Mauigirl, I think I've sat at the very hut drinking a Pineapple Punch! You did a wonderful job. Nikki, I love the Coffee house on the coffee cup. I live in Coffee Country, that one would go over big here. Trishie, like I said before... so intricate and detailed. Carrie, I want to come live in your Gingerbread house. And, where on earth did you get the littel spiral candy canes. Wow, they are all fantastic. Thanks for sharing the pictures of talent here on AR.
Dec. 22, 2010 7:55 am
Beautiful work, ladies!! I love the tiki hut. There's no way I'd have the patience to put that much work into one of these LOL! Carrie - the gingerbread house on the edge of the mug is a fantastic idea! Congrats on tracking down such a cute way to contribute to the Village of Gingerbread :-) Trishie - what can I say? They're fantastic and I'm sure the kids' schools greatly appreciate your contribution! Schools have such a rough time these days, with budget cuts and such (I don't know what it's like in Ireland, but here in the States teachers are having to dip into their own bank accounts to buy everyday classroom necessities like crayons and Kleenex). Candice - I have seen those spiral candy canes (the ones that look like trees, right?) at The Dollar Tree, the 99 Cents Only store, and WalMart.
Dec. 22, 2010 7:57 am
Oops! I'm sorry!! It was Nicolette that made the houses on the edge of the coffee mug! Carrie - Your house is positively adorable! I love the miniature gingerbread boys along the eaves! Where did you find those?
Dec. 22, 2010 8:27 am
These are all adorable...and I must say, Maui Christmas is one of the most clever I've ever seen! Totally wowed by that one!!
Dec. 22, 2010 8:29 am
Keri, I found those at Michael's Craft store. I assume they are intended as cupcake toppers, too cute!
Dec. 22, 2010 8:31 am
Candice, the spiral candy canes were found at my local grocery store! Never have seen anything like those before!
Dec. 22, 2010 8:33 am
Thanks so much for your hard work Miss Carrie. I love looking at all the beautiful photos. I want one of those coffee mug houses. Too cool! I need to let you know that I no longer live on Maui:( though I still get over to work quite a bit). I do not have any grandchildren :( ..... Unless my son has a secret. I only have one son and his adorable partner. Just wanted folks to not get confused about my profile. Thanks again kid. You da bomb. Mele Kalikimaka everyone!
Dec. 22, 2010 8:37 am
Is the last one your creation Miss Carrie. If so, can I move in. Perfect. Tricie outdid herself. Her house must surely smell like heaven.
Dec. 22, 2010 9:15 am
OMG I LOVE the tiki hut!!! AND the mini cup sized ones tooo cute, I am sooo going to try that next year!!! Carrie I love your snowman and the candy trees where did you get them? And the Candles look like the candy ones!!! I thought redneck gramma was sending her pics in her boys made AWESOME ones, check out her profile pics to see them!! Carrie great job & Merry Christmas!
Dec. 22, 2010 9:28 am
Trishie, I so admire your creations. I cheated using graham crackers. BTW I chopped down one of my palm trees last night by accident. LOL
Dec. 22, 2010 9:51 am
Oh no the horror!!! I have toyed with the idea of doing a Gingerbread Nativity Scene. The thing that keeps stopping me is the idea of eating the baby Jesus!
Dec. 22, 2010 9:59 am
Terrific Job Ladies!! I am soo very impressed with All of the talent on this site Wow:) makes my hear smile and glad I know all of you!! Carrie, Thank you so much for this blog!!! I have never done a Gingerbread house but always love looking at them. So pretty!
Dec. 22, 2010 10:01 am
OH TRISHIE BBBAAAHHHHAAAA Maybe you could eat everything But HIM? LOL
Dec. 22, 2010 10:28 am
Great job, Carrie, and thanks again for your time invested in this blog. Ladies... I'm seriously impressed! I peeked at Trishie's a few days ago and I just couldn't fathom how one person has that amount of patience (not to mention talent... and table space) constructing 6 large-scale houses when I wanted to throw my teeny three out in the snow several times.... Saint Trishie, perhaps? Mauigirl, I *thought* about some beach-y scene with a Santa and elves kickin' it on chaises, drinkin' boat drinks... but I had absolutely no idea where to begin nor would I have thought to include all the detail you did. Kudos. And Carrie.. yours is the epitome of quaintness I always think of when I hear the words 'gingerbread house' and I'm a little envious you can leave it out for display... my 2 ill-mannered doggies would have looonnngg ago made that a snack. Well done everyone and have a very Merry Christmas!!
Dec. 22, 2010 11:23 am
These are all such a labor of love! Very inspiring and creative. Mauigirl...or any one who knows...what are the tiki mugs made from? They look so real I just want to pull up a Necco and sit a spell!
Dec. 22, 2010 12:18 pm
Too funny. Those were the old root beer barrel candies. I had the hardest time finding the things I needed, but I was happy with the results. The big hit is the little sushi rolls with shoyu and wasabi and chopsticks. My hubby's students just loved it:)
Dec. 22, 2010 5:03 pm
Wow, what awesome work! Great idea to do a blog to showcase the talent we have in this AR community :)
Dec. 22, 2010 5:16 pm
I am not really blog reader, but I had to check this out! With all of the stuff to do keeping us busy near Christmas, you all have really done an amazing job on these! I never would have thought of a beach or Hawaii themed gingerbread house. Very creative you all! I enjoyed seeing the work you put into these. Great topic Carrie!
Dec. 22, 2010 7:08 pm
Very nice work, everyone! Carrie, nice job keeping this going! It takes a great deal of work. Wow!
Dec. 22, 2010 7:15 pm
Mauigirl ~ Shall I open a little wider and see if I get both feet in at once? Jeesh! Obviously I have you confused. There is a buzzer living in Maui with her daughter and family, I guess when I saw your screen name, my brain did a backflip!
Dec. 22, 2010 7:19 pm
I would love to see this be an annual activity and would hope this year's will inspire a few more cooks to take the plunge! The candy trees are from my local grocery store and the candle trees I found at Canadian Tire, a Canada wide hardware store. The base is a disc of styrofoam from the craft store. Dd is already asking to eat it!!! I am making them wait until the rest of the kids arrive tomorrow night! lol
Dec. 22, 2010 7:23 pm
You pulled it off and did a great job of making this a fun blog! Thanks!
Dec. 22, 2010 7:31 pm
What a wonderful theme for a blog! The talent you ladies posess is amazing! I have always wanted to make a gingerbread house but know I could not compete with these! They are all beautiful! Merry Christmas to all the Buzzers!!
Dec. 22, 2010 7:39 pm
no pun intended, but Maui girl and all the rest of you, you really set the bar high...Such a labor of love and tenacity on everyone's part. You all deserve a huge pat on the back. Carrie, I was just going to say, you need to host this contest every year now. Perhaps next November you can provide a link to this blog to get everyone's creative juices flowing and participate next year. I've never really done one seriously but I would love to try it now.
Dec. 22, 2010 10:31 pm
Mauigirl ~ Hats off to you! Your gingerbread house is FANTASTIC I love the idea and the final outcome! Nicolette ~ Splendid idea! I'd love to serve lovely cups of coffee with those cute little houses perched on th rims! Yours look pretty and I love the concept! Trishie ~ like I said before, you're quite amazing coz yours and just oh-so-awesome, but they are 6 and each have a story! You go girl!! Carrie ~ What can I say! I am ever so thankful you decided to base a blog on something like this! What a perfect way to showcase the talent of all our wonderful AR peeps! And your house Carrie, looks so cozy and really quite like to live in it! :D And like everyone else said before me, those candy trees and the candles are quite unique they add just the perfect touch to your houses...make you wish you were sitting there sipping coffee watching the snowfall serene and calm! LOL I'm getting carried away! Well I'm inspired!! :D Thank you!! Merry Christmas! :)
Dec. 22, 2010 10:51 pm
What a fabulous job everyone. We sure have some very talented and energetic people here. Merry Christmas everyone.
Dec. 23, 2010 12:13 am
So much fun to see the GB houses! I didn't have time for mine again this year, so I hope next year is the one! I sure enjoyed seeing all of yours!
Deb C 
Dec. 23, 2010 5:06 am
Thank you for sharing the wonderful and whimsical pictures of the gingerbread houses! Obviously all the bakers are very clever and talented. They all look so very charming and festive. You have so inspired us that my daughter wants to try to make one next year. Oh God, help me. . .
Dec. 23, 2010 5:17 am
It is wonderful to see how much people are enjoying these!
Dec. 23, 2010 6:12 am
Beautiful job, everyone! We started ours but Martha (the evil gingerbread house eating dog) got to it...she really didn't do too much damage, but we ran out of time. Hope we do this again next year!!
Dec. 23, 2010 6:25 am
Fabulous houses! I am totally in love with the Maui Christmas one! I am a beach girl at heart and would just love to spend Christmas in a beach hut! :) and Nikki - what a cute idea for the miniatures! adorable! Trish - you know how I feel about your marathon gingerbread housing development, do you have to get building permits for that many? LOL! :) Carrie, good job on the blog, I am in agreement with Avon, I have never done one muself but may just get into it for next year. Merry Christmas everyone! Have a safe and happy holiday!
Dec. 23, 2010 9:43 am
Beautiful job. Maui, I love the Maui Christmas...the coffee cup extras would make a beautiful gift on a mug, wrapped in cellophane and a Tim Horton's gift card. Trishie, you know my ginger envy I hold for your houses:) Nice job Carie, BTW I sent my pics to you, must not have gotten them, eh? Oh well, there is always next year.
Dec. 23, 2010 10:24 am
Carrie, No worries darling. We have so many members here that I surely cannot keep track of them all. BTW it sounds like many members here are ready for some sunny weather on the beach. I know I am. It has been raining in LV for a week :( Tried to get a flight to Maui this past week (we fly stand by) and no luck. Guess we will have to make the best of the cold rain. redneck gramma, I am so sorry that we didn't get to see your house. Maybe next year or maybe you could post a blog with all the crazy stuff going on with Christmas prep:( Merry Christmas all!
Dec. 23, 2010 6:09 pm
Wow, they are look very creative and outstanding!
Dec. 24, 2010 8:51 am
Carrie, these gingerbread houses look fantastic! My daughter started on one and couldn't finish it in time so I made it into a Christmas construction site. (see my profile picture!) and I get lots of comments!!! (thought I'd share that with you) Merry Christmas to all!!!
Dec. 24, 2010 8:55 am
I can't seem to change the picture but if you go to my profile I hope you can see it!
Dec. 24, 2010 11:26 am
Gibby, Nw that is a way to rescue an under construction project. Love it!
Dec. 25, 2010 4:32 pm
Excellent! Such Christmas labors of love.
Dec. 28, 2010 2:29 pm
dallas tx great ginger house
Dec. 28, 2010 3:15 pm
Great job everyone! Trishie sent me a recipe but I did not get to it. One of these days I will make one to share ; ) Happy New Year!!!!
Dec. 29, 2010 1:27 am
Wow! Well done! These are really special creations!
Dec. 29, 2010 6:52 am
Very cool save Gibby!
Dec. 29, 2010 6:48 pm
Beautiful work! Great blog! :)
Jan. 19, 2011 6:05 pm
wow, those are sooo cute =)
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