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I guess i should ask if we can talk about gingerbread houses. i know its a cake website, but since we do cookies and i guess i would consider gingerbread houses cookies, i'm hoping it's ok.

With all this talk about gingerbread cookies, its got me thinking about this years gingerbread house icon_biggrin.gif. anyone interested in starting a thread devoted to everything gingerbread? We could post pics of previous gbread houses and talk about what we plan on doing this year.

i have so many ideas for this years house! i was thinking about making it like a dollhouse where there are 4 rooms and each one is a different scene at santas workshop. i'll probably have to start pretty soon to get all the stuff i want to do, done!

here's last years gingerbread house. i made several of the front fences to account for breakage but all my back-ups broke too icon_sad.gif. so only one side got fenced.
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post #2 of 479
Well, if you read the other GB thread you know that I cannot make a good decorating GB. I am still trying. I would love to read about GB houses -- it is my dream to make one someday. (For now I decorate graham crackers. Weak, I know) GB house are most definitely cookies, so I say post away!

Here's a link I found with lots of recipes and how-to's:
http://www.gingerbread-house-heaven.com/index.html

edited to add:
Beautiful house, BTW! I love the fence and gate!
post #3 of 479
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honeydukes, thanks for the link!! i loved, loved the franky's attic website, but it looks as though its gone icon_cry.gif .

anyone else have a good website?
post #4 of 479
. . . jewelsb78, last year's house is lovely . . . how did you make the pillars for your fence . . .
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post #5 of 479
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i used rice crispy treats for the bushes and the pillars. i just molded them into the rectangles and used royal icing for the stones. when they were almost dry i pushed them down with my fingers to make them look like stones.
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. . . nicely done . . . looks very realistic . . . thumbs_up.gif
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post #7 of 479
Very nice stonework!! I love it!!
And I love this thread! I was planning to make a replica of my in-laws house as a early gift for them and I can't wait!! I'm a gingerbread junkie!!
post #8 of 479
I LOVE gingerbread!! I had entered the gingerbread competition at Grove Park Inn in Asheville, NC several years ago. I didnt win but I had a great time. I would love to do it agian but I just dont have the time. So, bring on the gingerbread. I love looking at the different designs people come up with. And also finding out how they achieved a certain look.
post #9 of 479
Love your house jewels. BTW
post #10 of 479
I am so going to watch this topic. My daughters and I are planning on entering the gingerbread contest this year that the Rotary sponsors in our town. It is a fund raiser for several charities and we just love all the talented work they do. We have not come up with our plan yet so the more info the better.

Jewelsb78, your house is beautiful.
post #11 of 479
I think they might have redone that site.

Could this be it? I remember some of these recipes on another site I used to frequent.

http://www.ultimategingerbread.com/

Or how about this one.

http://www.gingerbreadland.com/
post #12 of 479
Great topic! My 6 yr old daughter and I have made a gingerbread house every year for the past 3 years. I'll admit it, we use the box kit but this year I was hoping to make my own so I'll be watching this closely!
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post #13 of 479
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cookiemookie you ROCK!!! that is the website! thank you soooo much! the house i did last year was one of their patterns.
post #14 of 479
Where is Franky's Attic webpage now? She is my gingerbread guru.


http://acmecakes.com/images/gingerbreadhouse2.jpg

^^^first gingerbread house ^^^
Here's the story behind that house...

The Story of Magnolia Manor Orphanage

In a Gingerbread House...
Once upon a time,
An Angel of Light
in response to the prayer of the
little boy in the window, blessed
the magnolia tree, and an elf
appeared in place of every blossom
on the tree. They repaired the
orphanage, made a
Merry Christmas Merrier
and lived happily ever after.

Here's my sleigh and reindeer and chocolate snowflakes

http://acmecakes.com/images/2007-05-02_17-57-23_0055.JPG

http://forums.egullet.org/index.php?act=module&module=gallery&cmd=si&img=37802

I assisted in making this millhouse gingerbread building
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post #15 of 479
I wonder if Franky's attic became Ultimategingerbreadhouse.com?

Wow--Ultimate's has Loreta's favorite gingerbread recipe--I KNOW my first gingerbread house was made with a recipe called Loreta's fFavorite Gingerbread but it was printed in an old GoodHousekeeping magazine--and it had cream in it too--then I see my millhouse pattern in her Ultimate patterns--anyhow gingerbread folks are wonderful generous and I appreciate their sharing.

So I am planning on doing my church in gingerbread this year--in fact I am already starting with the basic planning. I need to take a boat load of photos.

I'm gonna try & do similar stained glass--it's more abstract so hopefully I can create the illusion. Lots of brick...

I'll post pictures as I go along.
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