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« on: January 05, 2010 04:39:43 PM »

Over Thanksgiving break, I decided to make a replica of the house I live in at school to enter into the local Folklife Center's annual gingerbread house competition.  Our house is called Weybridge, and is the Environmental Studies house on campus.  We're a co-op of 18 students, cooking our own vegetarian, all-local food (from Vermont).  I've always loved the architecture of our house, with the porches, shutters, and mansard roof, so I was excited to make a little edible version of the house.  I decided to set it in the fall, so I could include the fall foliage, vegetables in the garden, our jack-o-lanterns out front, and green grass.  The house ended up quite small because I wanted to include our garden and a couple trees with a laundry line and the competition had a 12"x16" base size limit.  The house itself is about 5" tall, though it seems to look a lot bigger in the photos!

Hope you like it!


The house is plain gingerbread (though light colored, as it's a white house), held together with royal icing. I used rolled oats (local, from Butterworks Farm) for the roof, and gum for the little window/door roofs. The windows are caramelized sugar, and the shutters are pieces of fruit roll-up. The sidewalks are made from homemade dried apple slices that I cut into little squares.


There's an assortment of fall vegetables growing, including pumpkins, kale, chard, mesclun, bell peppers, eggplant, corn, broccoli, carrots, and cabbages...yum! They're all made out of different candies and sprinkles. The garden beds are surrounded by a border of wheatberries (from nearby Gleason Grains). I put gingerbread benches and a fruit roll-up hammock on the porch. The columns on the porch were each made with two little licorice candies stacked on end and held together with royal icing.


The trees are made of caramelized sugar like the windows, with leaves of chopped up leaf-shaped sprinkles (the house ended up a lot smaller than I originally intended when I bought the leaves...). I made a laundry line out of a slice of licorice rope, and hung fruit roll-up clothes on the line (including three styles of jeans, short- and long-sleeved shirts, underwear, socks, and a tiny bra!).


The stairs are made of layered slices of gum. I made the jack-o-lanterns on the porch by sticking two of the orange leaf sprinkles together and topping them with a broken piece of brown sprinkle. The door was made of a piece of mystery flavored airhead. The foundation below the bay windows was made with hazelnut wafer cookies cut one way, while the lattice below the porch was made with the same cookies cut the other way.


The view from above...to get a sense of scale, the board it's on is 12"x16". The main part of the house is about a 4-5" cube.


Here's what the front of the house actually looks like.


And our porch, with the hammock.
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LawrenceKSRealEstate
« Reply #1 on: January 05, 2010 04:53:38 PM »

There are so many awesome and new things about your gingerbread house I love.  I like the look of the rolled oats for the roof... I will be stealing that idea in the future... also your trees with the fallen leaves!  I have never seen that before.

Your garden is wonderful and all the different rows of vegis in there look almost real in the photos.

Thank you for sharing this with us!
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lindsayrose
« Reply #2 on: January 05, 2010 05:09:37 PM »

Hooray for Middlebury! Totally awesome gingerbread house! It looks so much like it
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Caffeinekitteh
« Reply #3 on: January 06, 2010 05:11:27 AM »

This is really really nice!! Like, WOW, nice. O_O
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MrsStash
« Reply #4 on: January 06, 2010 07:20:25 AM »

I love autumn, and I love how you portrayed it!  The partially barren trees are great, as well as the garden which looks ready for harvest!  Nice work!
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chelsea anne
« Reply #5 on: January 06, 2010 03:28:52 PM »

The garden blows me away! With fall vegetables! How awesome.
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« Reply #6 on: January 09, 2010 01:15:37 PM »

I really <3 the detail you've put into your gingerbread house, the veg and the hammock and whatnot, really awesome Grin
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« Reply #7 on: January 12, 2010 10:18:50 AM »

Hello from Bennington.   You did a wonderful job!
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« Reply #8 on: January 14, 2010 10:03:19 AM »

That's really cute and a pretty good recreation of the house.  I especially love the garden!
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