I am more an excited to announce that I’ve been
carefully chosen picked out of a hat, to be a member of the 2014 Ginger Panel to judge Movita Beaucoup’s Ginger, A Sweet Smackdown. This IS the most exciting opportunity of my blogging career.
When I was invited, it was because it seemed that I had almost-good taste. How cool is that??
In the past the competition was voted on by the masses on the interwebs but those entrants with huge social media and blog following always won, so Rachel (She’s Movita) moved to a Ginger Panel so that everyone could be treated with the same unfairness.
There will still be People’s Choice by online voting (people shouldn’t be punished for being popular) but Places One and Two will be based on these criteria:
Skill level (or lack thereof)
Techniques (achieved or attempted)
Stuff they used to make it with
Use of a theme (if any)
Clever stories submitted along with the gingerbread house photos
If those criteria are too difficult for me, I can simply choose what I think is the most squeal-worthy. Once the panel votes are in, Movita will use a complicated graphing system, extrapolation and long division to come up with the final winners. It’s all very technical.
If YOU would like to submit a craptastic gingerbread house, there’s still time! The deadline for submission isn’t until December 15th. The photo above is not craptastic, it’s eff’n brilliant. I could not create one of these.
Here are the rules:
First, create a gingerbread house. It needs to look like a building. Anything else, is extra. Don’t email Movita about what’s acceptable because she’ll be rude. Just make a gingerbread house.
Take a photo or two.
Make sure it’s your own photo. She has ways of finding out if you’ve pinched it off the net.
When you send the photo, leave your name and details about your creative process. If you’re a blogger, tell her what your blog address is. She won’t waste time guessing who you are.
You’ll see your gingerbread house on MovitaBeaucoup.com and then you’ll wait for the masses to vote for you. It’s okay to promote your house.
If you win, you get worldwide recognition and a prize!
Oh, by the way, if you don’t follow Movita Beaucoup, you’re doing this internet thing wrong. Movita, 2.0, Rosie Beaucoup, Adamop and the rest of the clan are all my friends. Sort of. In a funny way.
movita beaucoup says
This probably isn’t the best time to tell you that you’re going to have to make some of the MOST DIFFICULT DECISIONS OF YOUR LIFE NEXT WEEK. This year’s entries are absolutely charming, and I’m hoping a few more will hit my inbox before Monday. This is, of course, why I passed the job on to suckers like you. Snort!!
I’m up for the challenge!
Margo Haynes says
I am so happy for you. Just because you say you can’t create one like those above. does NOT you can’t create something else just as awesome in another direction! Maureen, you have everything it takes….keep your imagination portal wide open & knock ’em dead! Margo
You are hilarious! craptastic and elf’in good?!! love those words! I also love gingerbread houses, love the TV shows where they show them all etc etc, so amazing. Very fun that you get to be a judge!
LOL I’m telling you, it’s the opportunity of a lifetime. 🙂
Congratulations on being on the panel! Oh dear, those ginger bread houses really put me to shame. What happens to them after the competition. They look too good to eat I think. 🙂
John@Kitchen Riffs says
What a honor! Sounds like a fun time. And glad to see a real scientific selection process going on — long division and everything. 😉
Rachel (Rachel's Kitchen NZ) says
I will watch with interest – Maureen – and thanks for letting me know about another blog I just had to sign up to! This morning when my new computer was playing like it should and JR had to getting it going – his comment was “Well I think is going now – you’ve got 40 emails” as if it was a big deal! Has no idea but blogging!
Lizzy (Good Things) says
Squeeeeeeeal, what an honour for you, Maureen! How exciting… and delicious!! xox
CONGRATULATIONS!!!!! Have fun. 🙂
On the basis of what is shown above, there’s going to be some pretty stiff competition. Best of luck.
Veronica (Roni) says
LOL :)) what a treat! xx
These gingerbread houses are stunning! I’m ashamed I’ve never made one so far! Congrats on being there!
Tricia @ Saving room for dessert says
Congratulations! Sounds like a blast! Good luck 🙂
Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella says
Those houses are incredible! I wish I had known about this earlier so that I could have baked something but it’s getting a little too close 🙁 But I can’t wait to see the entrants!
David Crichton says
They’re the most amazing gingerbread houses I’ve ever seen. Going to be a tough decision.
I’m joining you on the judges panel!!! We’re going to have some tough decisions!!! We’ll have to compare notes afterwards 🙂
Are you not over the moon at this exciting opportunity? 🙂
Joanne T Ferguson says
G’day What a GREAT judge you will be Maureen and how exciting!
LOVE gingerbread houses and some can be extraordinary!
I have many fond memories of making them from childhood!
Well done! Am happy for you!
Pretty darn cool, Maureen! I wouldn’t know how to select among all of these talented gingerbread house designers! I am scared to death to build any house!…..real or gingerbread! What a fun experience and I know you’ll be a fantastic judge!
PS: Your husband’s talent has impressed me immensely with Easy Recipe Plus . . . please extend my gratitude to him!
InTolerant Chef says
How exciting Maureen! I hope you don’t lose any sleep over tough decisions 🙂 littlej makes a gingerbread house every year, but we have had some troubles with humidity causing catastrophic structural failures! The good news is it still tastes good, even if it’s not a work of art like the competition entries x
Alice @ Hip Foodie Mom says
You’re a member of the 2014 Ginger Panel to judge Movita Beaucoup’s Ginger, A Sweet Smackdown?! How cool is that?!!! and oh my gawd, these gingerbread houses are CRAZY intricate and awesome. . wow!!! that second one with the birds doesn’t look real though. . was that really made from gingerbread??
Wow – those gingerbread houses look out of this world! Amazing!
That was last year’s winner so I am assuming there’s some gingerbread in there somewhere 🙂
I just made a gingerbread house but how fun would it be to be in a contest!
Take a photo and enter it in the contest! We’d love to see it.
Congratulations on getting picked as a judge!! I know you will do an outstanding job! Those gingerbread houses looking beyond amazing… makes me sad when I think of the ones I have made. LOL!
Can’t wait to see all the entries, I know this is going to be good. How cool to be a judge!
My life’s dream, Cheri. 🙂
Hester @ Alchemy in the Kitchen says
How fun is that! I can’t wait to see the photos of the winners. I think squeal-worthy is an excellent judging criteria.
How exciting, Maureen! Wow what a beautiful house…I’d love to live in it! ;D Haha.
Good lucky deary!
Hotly Spiced says
I love the first image! Some people are so creative. I’ve been wondering if I’ll make a gingerbread house this year. You have inspired me; I’m just wondering when I’ll fit it in! xx
Your gingerbread houses are so cute! I struggled with gingerbread men. 🙂
This is just amazing. I’ve been a judge before…but not of anything as cool as this!! Imagine how great it’s going to smell with all those spicy houses around!
I know what you mean. This is the opportunity I’ve lived my whole life for. 🙂
Helen | Grab Your Fork says
I don’t envy your task ahead at all! Choosing a winner is always tough but oh how exciting!
Sandra Shaffer says
I’m alway in awe with the creativity and details of how gingerbread houses are decorated. I know you’ll pick a good one because they are right, you have an eye for all things fantastic!
Emma @ Bake Then Eat says
That is some amazing gingerbread houses, I could never make something like that, the time involved would drive me crazy! Good luck being on the judging panel.
How exciting!!! It is such an honor and I’m sure you are going to have a nice time picking a winner.
Hope you are doing well Maureen.
Asha, while it’s lovely to be asked, if you’ve met Rachel – it’s a hoot.
Nagi@RecipeTin Eats says
I am sure that the names that went INTO the hat were very carefully chosen!! 🙂 I wish I had known about this earlier, I definitely would have submitted something! A good excuse to try brush up on my decorating skills 🙂 You will be a great judge – not only to select the best but also because your great way with people is going to make everyone feel like a winner 🙂
Very cool. Have fun judging them all 🙂
These gingerhouses are amazing ! You are the artistes ! It must be very exciting and a honor to be a judge !
Chineka @ Savor The Baking says
These gingerbread houses are so beautiful. I especially love the look of the first one.