I've got some great pics to share with you over the next week. They're from Wendy, who has some amazing gingerbread skills. I love this colorful carousel with its candy encrusted base, frolicking horses and candy cane poles. I'm thinking the roof might be the hardest part of the structure to create, but I'm not sure. We'll have to ask Wendy.
I can't help but spot that bottle of hand sanitizer in the background! Good thinking, Wendy. Flu is all around us here in the Chicago area. At work, I'm sneezing into my elbow, punching the elevator buttons with anything but my bare fingers and dipping into the Purell bottle every half hour. So far, it's working! Take care and be well everyone. More of Wendy's pics this week.
Well, yes, it's still Halloween at my place because I am still working on finishing this gingerbread house! Don't ask why it has taken so long ... it's a long story of forced procrastination.
So I wanted to make a couple witches resembling the size and shape of my cardstock mock-up at left. After rolling and baking some dough into this shape with less-than-wonderful results, I settled on the obvious choice for the base -- an inverted ice cream cone. I cut down the cone, baked gingerbread for the ringed area forming the base of the hat, whipped up some royal icing, tinted it black, watered it down to the consistency of paint, and I was in business. Next, I fashioned some cats and bats from black fondant and licorice. They're getting some eerie yellow eyes and then they'll be ready to stick onto the structure. More to come.
Alta Oakridge in beautiful Raleigh, NC is hosting the Raleigh Gingerbread House Competition, featuring a delightful display of houses created by kids, adults and groups. This is one of those rare competitions offering cash prizes, so you actually have a chance to earn back some of the costs incurred in making your gingerbread masterpiece! (Thank goodness Halloween comes before Christmas, right? It's good to recycle as much of that candy as possible.)
Be sure to submit your completed entry form for your gingerbread house by November 18. Houses must be dropped off by November 24. The Grand Award Ceremony, where $1,000 will be distributed among winners, will be held December 12.
The 2009 Raleigh Gingerbread House Competition display of houses is a free event open to the public for viewing from November 27, 2009 through January 3, 2010. Hours are 9 am - 5 pm at Alta Oakridge, a luxury independent living retirement community in North Raleigh.
Construction requirements and contest rules (edible only!) are available here.