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A Gluten Free Gingerbread House Contest…Win an iPod Touch!

Gluten Free Gingerbread House Contest

Thanksgiving feast? Done. Leftovers? Polished off. Tired feet? Recovered. Black Friday? Behind us.


In our house, this means that the holidays have officially begun.

My husband is currently outside competing with Clark Griswold while decorating our house in lights. I am fairly certain he is aiming to blind the neighbors and dramatically increase traffic down our normally wonderfully quiet street.  Setting the lights to music with one of those crazy computer set-ups is a new touch this year, and one that will probably draw more onlookers than I care for.  I am apologizing in advance to my Gxxxxxx Drive neighbors (thank goodness I am friends with all of you and can bribe you with food).

I am currently inside multi-tasking (which, according to the latest studies, does not, in fact, make you any more productive). My house is half-decorated, cookies are waiting to be made, laundry is in need of folding, and I just remembered that it would be a great time to fill you in on a fun event that I am hosting over here at Cook It Allergy Free….

A GINGERBREAD HOUSE CONTEST with a special prize for the winner – A New 4th Generation iPod Touch and a free download of my Cook It Allergy Free iPhone App.

ipod touch giveaway contest

iPod Touch Features:

  • ->8GB internal flash memory stores up to 1,750 songs, up to 10,000 digital photos (iPod viewable photos transferred from iTunes), or up to 10 hours of video
  • ->Multi-Touch interface, 3.5″ widescreen display
  • ->Download Any Apps (including my Cook It Allergy Free App, which will be included free with the prize)
  • ->Built-in Wi-Fi lets you surf the Web, send e-mail, update your Facebook status, chat using AIM, and so much more
  • ->HD video recording
  • ->Retina display – 4x pixels, 326 ppi, 24-bit color, LED
  • ->Apple, the Apple logo and iTunes are trademarks of Apple Computer, Inc., registered in the U.S. and other countries. iPod is a trademark of Apple Computer, Inc.
  • ->Formatted capacity may vary. Results will vary based on file size and format, settings, features, software and other factors.

So…

Because I just happen to have an extra 4th Generation iPod Touch from a charity event that we were a part of, I thought it would be fun to host a contest here and have my readers submit photos of their homemade gingerbread houses. Everyone can vote on their favorite creations (in the comments sections) and the house with the most votes will win the iPod Touch (p.s. there may be a prize for the runner up as well, hint hint).

In a nutshell, here are the simples rules:

1.  The house can be a theme based on any religious preference.

2.  The house can be as creative or simple as you want.  Just have fun with it.

3.  The majority of the house needs to be edible in the spirit of creating an even architectural playing field for everyone (and I am not saying you will want to eat it, but this is also just in case you catch YOUR 2-year-old doing this….)

Gluten-Free Gingerbread House 4.  I know that I cannot prove whether or not the house that you submit is yours. But, I hope in the honest spirit of the holidays, I can count on the fact that the house you share with us was created either by you, or by a member of your family.

5.  Please email me a photo of your gingerbread house by December 9th. You can email your photo entries directly to: help AT cookitallergyfree DOT com (obviously replacing the AT and DOT with the appropriate characters).

6.  The post will go live on Friday, December 10th. The voting will last for 1 week.  The winner will be announced on Friday, December 17th (so that there is time to mail the iPod Touch to the winner before the holiday).

7.  I will post each photo, assigned with a number instead of a name.  This way you can vote for the house, not the person, that you like best.  You can vote, by the number, in the comments section.  I will list who submitted photos at the top of the contest post (with links to any of you who have blogs). But, so that this contest remains fair, I will not match the photo with the submitter until the day that the contest is over.

There is no rule, however, against you sharing this contest through your networks and mentioning which number is yours so that your friends and family can vote for you. The more votes for you, the more chances for you to win.  So share away, my friends…

And to get you started… Here are some links to patterns for printable house templates:

Ultimate Gingerbread (templates, tricks, tips, suggested tools, examples)

Slice of Heaven (free printable gingerbread house patterns)

Need A Recipe?…Call Mom (ideas, printable templates, and more)

And for some gluten-free gingerbread cookie recipes:

Gluten-Free Girl and the Chef

Adventures of a Gluten Free Mom

Elana’s Pantry

Jenn Cuisine

Sure Foods Living

Only Sometimes Clever


And after your kids (or you) are finished mindlessly nibbling on that array of colorful candy while you are busy building that house, you can go over and check out how to counteract that food-dye/sugar-high with a rainbow of different sorts.  Maggie, of She Let Them Eat Cake, has a great review of the Today I Ate A Rainbow Kit, which is an awesome way to teach your kids the importance of eating a variety of fruits and vegetables (and when better to capitalize on these points than during the time of year that they are consuming more sugar than their little bodies are used to).   And, by the way, Maggie is doing a giveaway of one of these kits on her blog right now.

NOW…GO GET STARTED ON THAT HOUSE. PERHAPS YOU HAVE SOME LEFTOVER HALLOWEEN CANDY THAT IS NEEDING A HOME (LITERALLY) OR SOME HOLIDAY CANDY THAT IS ALREADY BECOMING TOO TEMPTING TO IGNORE. PERHAPS IF THESE SWEETS ARE GLUED WITH ICING TO YOUR HOUSE YOU WILL BE LESS LIKELY TO INDULGE IN THEM (or maybe that will not stop you – see 2 year old above).

I CANNOT WAIT TO SEE YOUR CREATIONS!
This post is linked to:

Slightly Indulgent Tuesday

Hearth and Soul Hop

71 Comments
  1. On November 28, 2010 Jeanine said

    Oh, how fun! I will have to see if I can squeeze this in. Great contest!

  2. On November 28, 2010 glutenfreeforgood said

    Oh my gosh, you girls are about to send me over the garland-trimmed edge. I can’t keep up with the basics, let alone make a gingerbread house. I’m not even going to pretend to think about this for one second. If I did, I’d have a mini nervous breakdown. I’m still trying to do a blog post to follow up Shauna’s round-up of GF holiday dishes (what was that, 2-3 weeks ago?). Having said that, I’ll follow along from a distance and enjoy the festivities on your blog. Can’t wait to see the outcomes.

    I hosted a wonderful Thanksgiving though, complete with GF everything. All went well until I dropped my pumpkin custard pie onto the INSIDE of the hot oven door while removing it from the oven. What a mess! Thankfully I had just completed a 100 hour yoga immersion. Very mellow. Breathe in, breathe out and grab a spoon. We ate dessert off the oven door and had a blast doing so.

    Here’s to a great contest at Cook it Allergy Free. I’ll be back to check out the final gingerbread houses (just typing that gives me the willies).

    Peace, love and gingerbread. xo
    Melissa

    • On November 28, 2010 Cook It Allergy Free said

      Melissa, I can totally picture you practicing your calm breathing as your custard is sizzling on the hot oven door! ;) And what a site to watch you all eat it from there! LOL
      No worries about not joining in on the contest! This is such a crazy time of year – I just figured it would be fun for those who were planning on making a house anyway!
      So glad you had a wonderful and calm Thanksgiving, spilled custard pie and all!
      xo
      Kim

  3. On November 28, 2010 Linda Deline said

    Thanks

  4. On November 28, 2010 jane jakins said

    gluten free gingerbread

  5. On November 28, 2010 judith said

    nice

  6. On November 28, 2010 Erin Elberson said

    LOL I almost fell off the couch laughing between Kim’s hilarious intro and Melissa’s comment!! Love you ladies!
    I have nothing constructive to add, there is no way in gluten free heaven or hell that I have the talent/patience/creativity for a gingerbread house.
    But I must see photos of your house Kim. There is no comparison to the Griswold’s without pics.

    • On November 28, 2010 Cook It Allergy Free said

      LOL! Erin, you crack me up! However, I could only imagine the comical house you could whip up yourself. I will try and post a picture of the outside of our house (our real one) with all the lights! Seriously, hubby went overboard this year. And yes, Melissa’s comment was too freaking funny!

  7. On November 28, 2010 heidi said

    nice prize

  8. On November 28, 2010 Shirley @ gfe said

    I think this will be an awesome event, Kim. I have to agree with Erin on your intro and also with her about Melissa’s comment. LOL I know many will love to participate and wish everyone the best of luck! I’m like Melissa though … I can’t conceive of making a gingerbread house. Of course, I’ve said things like that before and then some overachieving alien invades my body. ;-)

    Love the pretty button for this event and ooh la la on the prize … your app makes that the best prize!

    xo,
    Shirley

    • On November 28, 2010 Cook It Allergy Free said

      Shirley, watch out for that overachieving alien. Do not let her invade you. You need to relax this holiday season! Thanks so much for the super sweet words about my event button and my app!! So so appreciate it, my kind friend. ;)
      xo
      kim

  9. On November 28, 2010 Maggie said

    I love the picture of your little man sneaking some candy. So cute! And I expect to see pics of your house when Clark is done decorating :)
    Thanks so much for directing everyone over to my blog for the giveaway and product review! You rock.
    You have me so excited about gingerbread houses! I’ve never done one before and we built it today. I am proud to say that it is still standing! Decorating is up next! xo

    • On November 28, 2010 Cook It Allergy Free said

      Haha! Thanks Maggie! He had no idea I was watching him set up his little stool and stealing the candy. It was just too cute to stop him. I cannot wait to see your house! So cool that it is still standing! LOL Woohoo!
      xo
      kim

  10. On November 29, 2010 Simply Gluten Free said

    Oh my gosh! I am laughing so hard between your hubby setting up the Griswald lights and the comments! I wish I had the talent and patiences to make a proper ginerbread house. I actually have been toying with a very simple way to make some but I seriously doubt they will be compitition material – however, beacuse I adore you I will swallow my pride, finish getting the house back in order from Thanksgiving (oy!) and see what I can do! No promises though :) xo carol

    • On November 30, 2010 Cook It Allergy Free said

      Carol, I am abou 100% certain that you have both the patience and the talent to make a gingerbread house, considering the amazing things that always seem to emerge from your kitchen!! And I am so glad that you adore me so much to even attempt one! LOL The feelings are mutual, my friend! xo

  11. On November 29, 2010 GFree_Miel said

    I really hope to have time for this! It sounds like so much fun! I haven’t made a gingerbread house since I was a little kid.

    • On November 30, 2010 Cook It Allergy Free said

      GFree_Miel! I hope you have time for this too! I would love to see what you enter! ;)

  12. On November 29, 2010 Kayla said

    is this contest available to residents of Canada, or is it just the US?

    • On November 30, 2010 Cook It Allergy Free said

      Hi kayla! Yes. i am opening this up to residents of Canada as well! So I hope you join in on the Gingerbread house making! ;)

      • On November 30, 2010 Kayla said

        awesome! going to try my best to attempt this this weekend:)

        • On December 3, 2010 Cook It Allergy Free said

          Thanks for joining in on the Gingerbread House Fun, Kayla! Cannot wait to see your photo! ;)

  13. On November 30, 2010 Kati said

    Yay! I am going to have to search my blog from last x-mas for my super yummy gluten free ginger bread house recipe! We had so much fun decorating it last year and an ipod touch is definitely worth the effort!!

    • On November 30, 2010 Cook It Allergy Free said

      Katie! I cannot wait to see what you create! And, I agree that the chance at winning an iPod touch could be worth the effort! hehe

  14. On November 30, 2010 Latrice Jones said

    I follow your blog. I would love to win!!

    • On November 30, 2010 Cook It Allergy Free said

      Latrice, thanks so much for following my blog! I am looking forward to seeing what you submit! ;)

  15. On November 30, 2010 Tia said

    Well, I have never made a gingerbread house before. I just happen to have a ginger cookie recipe that I was going to post, so I will see if it works in house form. I don’t know if it will win any prizes, though, since Max will be helping me. He wants to do everything with me in the kitchen, now. So things are getting interesting. I just love a challenge. :)

    xoxo,
    Tia :P

    • On November 30, 2010 Cook It Allergy Free said

      LOL! Tia, Carson is at that age (3) where he wants to do everything in the kitchen with me too. The hard part is that he is very independent and wants to do it all BY HIMSELF, including egg-cracking, pouring large pitchers of liquid, and anything else that would make an OCD person cringe. I have learned to let my perfectionism go in the kitchen and just let him do it. He is actually getting really good, even if some of our masterpieces that come of it are not exactly….masterpieces! hehe
      And yes. I know you love a challenge, so I cannot wait to see what you whip up, my friend!
      oxoxox
      k

  16. On November 30, 2010 Christy said

    Oh what a great giveaway! We have only ever made one gingerbread house and it was UGLY and tasted horrible (from a kit) – what a great link to the hearth and soul hop. – thanks!

    • On December 3, 2010 Cook It Allergy Free said

      Christy, you should try another Gingerbread House and give it another chance! And they all taste horrible. I am convinced of that for sure! LOL

  17. On November 30, 2010 Emily said

    this weekend i will be making mine, singing loudly and out of tune to christmas music and of course… eating lots of the left overs *sigh*

    Also, today I made some brownies from this book that my friend found in a bookstore in Oxford- I don’t remember the name of it of course- but all the recipes are made with white rice flour (she isn’t gluten free, she just preferres the taste!) and pureed vegetables! The brownies I just made had beets, hazelnut flour and NO OIL/BUTTER OR SHORTENING. It’s quite interesting. I think I might try the Red Velvet cake with beets next. The one thing I might change is using a pre-made ground hazelnut flour because blitzing mine in the food processor like she said produced more of a hazelnut butter and its not quite fluffy enough… oh well. Still DARN good. I’ll get you the name of the book as soon as I get it from my friend who bought it :)
    Can’t wait to see you for Christmas!

    • On December 3, 2010 Cook It Allergy Free said

      Em, so so excited to see what you come up with! And I want that recipe for those brownies! They sound awesome! Cannot wait to see you in a few weeks! Come looking pretty. Mimi has a huge family portrait planned for all 24 of us! Should be interesting to try and get a photo with all of us looking good. LOL

  18. On December 1, 2010 Gluten Free Betsy said

    How fun!! I was just thinking the other day how fun it would be do make a gingerbread house this year. What a great event!! :)

    • On December 3, 2010 Cook It Allergy Free said

      Betsy, I hope you join in! This should be a fun contest! Looking forward to seeing what everyone comes up with! ;)

  19. On December 1, 2010 Zoe said

    I’ll see what I can do about this! Even before I got it in my inbox, I’ve been excited about this gingerbread house contest since Shirley mentioned it to me.

    P.S. I’ve given you the Beautiful Blogger award. :)

    • On December 3, 2010 Cook It Allergy Free said

      Hi Zoe!! I am confident you will be coming up with an awesome creation for this!! So hope you join in! xoxo
      And thank you, thank you for bestowing the Beautiful Blogger award! I cannot wait to join in on the fun and forward it along as well! xo

  20. On December 2, 2010 Alisa Cooks said

    Such an awesome contest Kim! Not sure if I will enter since I have zero creative skills in that area, but can’t wait to see the entries!!

    • On December 3, 2010 Cook It Allergy Free said

      Alisa, do NOT knock your creative skills. From what I have seen you are definitely NOT lacking in that department! LOL But no worries. Just join in on the fun!

  21. On December 8, 2010 Aileen said

    Is the deadline by midnight tomorrow, or by some other time? I really, really want to enter it but am still baking the dang house!! Pesky life, getting in the way of my fun, lol.

  22. On December 9, 2010 Jules said

    Hi Kim –

    What a fantastic idea & a cheerful way to celebrate the holiday season!

    I’ve been baking & building gluten- and allergy-free gingerbread houses for a couple weeks now with my kids and friends’ kids when they’re over for play dates. I hosted a kid’s class last year at this time where we built and decorated these allergy-free houses and it was such a moving experience to see all these kids having such a great time with it — kids who previously couldn’t partake of such a fun, creative way to enjoy the holidays with their families.

    I was on the CBS NEWS in DC last week with my allergy-free gingerbread house — so fun!
    http://blog.julesglutenfree.com/?p=424

    On the Gluten Free Cookie Swap on Facebook, I’ve also seen lots of folks posting their favorite GF recipes for gingerbread men — these should all work to make gingerbread houses too! http://www.facebook.com/pages/Gluten-Free-Cookie-Swap/173093222705070

    Thanks again for hosting this fun contest!
    ~jules

  23. On December 9, 2010 Kate said

    I posted this question on the main page, but this is probably a more appropriate place to ask: Can I upload more than one picture of my gingerbread house? It has several elements to show, and they cannot all be seen in one single photo. Thanks so much.

  24. On December 12, 2010 Phyllis caudle said

    #9 is a winner because of all the details and colors.

  25. On December 13, 2010 Jacqueline Heitmeyer said

    Vote for Kate Holmes #9

  26. On December 13, 2010 Wendy Allen said

    Please take my vote for # 9

  27. On December 13, 2010 Heather said

    I vote for number 9, the most beautiful ginger bread house….

  28. On December 13, 2010 Pamela Marino said

    i vote for Number 9

  29. On December 13, 2010 Ka Graves said

    #9 has my vote. It is charming, delightful and looks delicious! A true work of art!

  30. On December 14, 2010 Pat Bleil said

    #9 how beautiful and detailed. Looks like it should be on a magazine cover!

  31. On December 14, 2010 Lynn said

    #9 is amazing and has my vote.

  32. On December 14, 2010 Donna said

    #9 is my favorite!!

  33. On December 14, 2010 Erin leger said

    #9 is my vote because it is gorgeous!!

  34. On December 14, 2010 Jessica said

    #9 is beautiful and looks so tasty!!

  35. On December 14, 2010 PHYLLIS CAUDLE said

    #9 GETS MY VOTE!!! It is the most intricate in details and complete scene.

  36. On December 14, 2010 Gene caudle said

    I vote #9. Best overall.

  37. On December 14, 2010 Tish said

    #9 is the winner…

  38. On December 14, 2010 Vicki Whitten said

    #9, Adorable

  39. On December 14, 2010 Gluten Free Betsy said

    Mine turned out to be a distaster! LOL. The icing wasn’t holding it together enough. Bummer!

  40. On December 15, 2010 Gene caudle said

    I vote for # 9

  41. On December 15, 2010 Rachel Arent said

    #9

  42. On December 15, 2010 Norm Arent said

    #9 is awesome

  43. On December 15, 2010 Katie Arent said

    #9 love the detail work!

  44. On December 15, 2010 Drew Arent said

    Love #9

  45. On December 15, 2010 Linda Holder said

    #9 is such a beautiful detailed gingerbread house

  46. On December 15, 2010 Ladonna Marsh said

    #9 awesome job

  47. On December 15, 2010 Maggie said

    Yea! #11

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