Hello-Hello and welcome to an almost-weekend here at The Prepatorium.
We wanted to make our Friday Fun post Christmas-related this week, so we are taking a look at one of the season’s most delightful traditions, the gingerbread house. We begin with the confection created every year by the White House bakers, a replica of the White House.
This year Bo has a little sister named Sunny; the Obamas brought another Portuguese water dog into the fold.
This year’s version weighs in at a whopping 300 lbs and is actually edible, as previous versions have been.
Our next house was created by a talented woman named Carrie; she not only shared the final product, she showed exactly how she made the house in her blog.
Carrie’s instructions and photos almost made it look like something
I could do most anyone could do, her directions and photos are that good.
This homage to Breaking Bad by Sugar Plum Cake Shop gets major points for creativity.
Having spent so many years as an apartment dweller I was partial to this version of the holiday classic.
Here is one that is environmentally friendly, made by Laura Morrissette last year and featured on the Today show.
More on how she made it all work from The Women’s Eye:
….she designed this one with licorice panels on the roof, a recycling bin in the front yard, candy bottles carefully sorted from stacks of paper made of Fruit Roll-Ups and, for public transportation, a gingerbread bike.
Of course, bigger isn’t always better. These are from Kyle Lefort’s 2013 Miniature Gingerbread House series.
A closer look at Kyle’s creations, available on etsy.
The auction was a benefit, with proceeds going to Architecture for Humanity.
We didn’t realize there is a National Gingerbread House competition every year. It happens to be at one of our very favorite places, the Grove Park Inn in Asheville. You can see some of the remarkable creations from the 2009 competition on the blog Running with Tweezers.
Some of this year’s displays via Romantic Asheville.
You can take a video tour of this year’s winners by clicking here.
We always enjoy seeing mid-century design aesthetics reflected in gingerbread houses, this one is by Kristina Hahn.
Another design offering a nod to modernism.
Back to a more traditional style via Skinny Taste.
We’ll call this our Pretty in Pink gingerbread house.
May the weekend be kind to you!