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« on: January 08, 2011 11:09:11 PM »

In December, when I began this year's gingerbread house, the farthest thing from my mind was entering a competition, but someone suggested this contest after seeing a picture I'd posted on Facebook.

Since I'm a novice to these forums, I couldn't figure out how to post the photos here, but I've uploaded 11 photos of the project to Craftster's Member Gallery under "Flash's Gingerbread House 2010".

So now I'm wishing that I'd cleaned up all those messy Royal Icing splatters, drips and clumps

and taken more close-ups of key architectural features. ;-]  

My inspiration for cookie houses began in 1974 with a mass-produced one that my then-little sons received as a gift. Before it was torn apart and eaten I traced the basic cottage design, and the next Christmas, with the help of a delicious gingerbread recipe, the tradition began.

The boys grew into adolescence and lost interest, of course, but decades later, with grandchildren entering the picture, the tradition is back. Each year begs for a new design, and since the grandchildren recently moved into a new house, it seemed perfectly logical to present my rendition of their two-story colonial in cookie form.

The back of the house has a deck, like their real house does, but when my grandson pointed out that there really aren't shutters on all four sides, I had to explain artistic license and that all my gingerbread houses have shuttered windows and window boxes. I also pointed out that cookie houses differ from real homes in other ways as well, such as not having a bathroom!

One touch of realism, however, was having a gingerbread version of their Labrador Retriever, Flash, looking out the front window as he does on a regular basis. The gallery shows the real Flash (in the flesh) looking out the window while our attention was on the freshly-standing and unadorned four walls of the cookie house

It also includes a view of Flash-the-cookie on the inside of the gingerbread house before I put the roof on

And there's a photo of the cookie version of Flash as seen from the outside of the gingerbread house as well

Besides Flash, there were other fun things inside to draw interest: a round, red licorice rug; a fireplace with stockings; a tree; some presents; gingerbread boys; dolphin-shaped cookies and hearts, etc. on the walls. So peeking inside with flashlights was part of the fun.

My basic expectations for a cookie house is that it has to be 100% edible and 100% delicious. Help from little hands is encouraged as much as attention spans last, and nibbling on candies, and "gingerbread-mistakes" during the construction and decorating phases is part of the tradition.

I just want to thank Craftster for this competition which provides an opportunity to share these unique and clever creations, and to say good luck to all the other gingerbread-bakers who have presented some strong competition. I admire all their efforts and am taking notes for next year's design!
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« Reply #1 on: January 10, 2011 01:02:40 PM »

I love this! I especially love the interior details such as Flash and the licorice rug! This ROCKS!!!

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« Reply #2 on: January 16, 2011 12:15:56 PM »

I love the idea of doing a gingerbread version of your  own house! I also think putting Flash inside is awesome, although do wonder whether anyone managed to bring themselves to eat him!
« Reply #3 on: January 16, 2011 06:09:04 PM »

That's so funny! But I must admit that the recipe is so good that nothing, not even Flash, is spared. Thanks for enjoying Flash's house and for your comment!
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