Monday, November 21, 2011

Gingerbread Houses at the Grove Park Inn 2011

At the Grove Park Inn, holiday decorations have been put in place.  The Christmas trees are up, the wreaths  hung and once again it is time for the Annual Gingerbread House Contest. The winners were announced this past week and all the houses are on display in the public areas of the Inn.  Competition was fierce this year from bakers all across the country and the results are pretty amazing!

Grand Prize Winner Ashley Howard, Winter Springs, FL
To celebrate the winners here is some interesting gingerbread trivia to go along with the pics -

~It is a tradition to wait until New Years Day to eat your gingerbread house.~

~Gingerbread houses decorated bakery shop windows during colonial America's Christmas holiday.~

Second Place Adult Heather Lewis. Austell, GA

~Crusaders brought the spice ginger to Europe from the Middle east in the 11th century.~

Third Place Adult Barbara Evens and Mary Jo Dowling,Edlesten, IL
~The original gingerbread was a rough paste of rosewater, stale bread crumbs, ground almonds, sugar and ginger.  The bread crumbs were replaced by flour and finally int he 17th century molasses was added to the recipe.~

First Place Teen Carly Owens, Swannanoa, NC

First Place Youth Lydia Gentry, Hendersonville, NC

First Place Child Abby Adkins, Kodak, TN

Wishing everyone stateside a wonderful Thanksgiving. See ya next week!



Liz said...

These are lovely.

My entries:
Moms...Check Nyo

Maria @ LSS said...

Beautiful pics!

JC said...

Wow !!!

Fuzzy Tales said...

Holy catfish, they're works of art! Wow, amazing! Concats to the winners. :-)

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving week and celebration!

Karen said...

Splendid, I like the chubby reindeer.

Old Kitty said...

Wow. There far too good to be edible! LOL! All of them - all lovely and so intricate! I love the detail and can only imagine how long it took to make these! What a most wonderful tradition and competition! Thanks for the pics and for the really interesting history of gingerbread - now I know why it's bread - cos of the breadcrumbs in the original recipe!

Take care

Magical Mystical Teacher said...

You can always count on gingerbread houses to sport a lot of red!


Whenas in red my Julia’s clad,
Then, then (methinks) she’s wicked bad—
Like Hester Prynne, but not so sad.

Next, when I cast mine eyes and see
Those crimson skirts flow full and free,
Her sweet seductions taketh me!

(With apologies to Robert Herrick, 1591-1674)

© 2011 by Magical Mystical Teacher

Red Lichen

chubskulit said...

Very pretty!

My RUBY, thanks in advance for your visit.

W. Latane Barton said...

Thanks for sharing the wonderful gingerbread creations with us on Our World. Wish I could see them in person, maybe some day.

Kim, USA said...

Wow they are beautiful!


Catherine said...

So many pretty gingerbread houses! Wishing you a Happy Thanksgiving!
xo Catherine

Carver said...

The gingerbread houses are wonderful. I always enjoy visiting the Grove Park Inn.

Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours!

Joyful said...

Such spectacular gingerbread houses. they get one in the mood for Christmas.

Leah H. said...

Oh so cute:)

Visiting a bit late for Ruby Tuesday! Hope you can visit me too:)

EG Wow said...

I'm very impressed with ALL of the winners!

Louvregirl said...

Oh oh! I LOVE love the Grove Park Inn (we ate on the porch one time!) Would like to stay there (too) but Oh so pricey! The fireplaces there are ginormous! Thank you for posting this; at least I didn't have to miss it completely! What a simply wonderful competition!!!


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