The Votes are In!

And the team that won this year’s Gingerbread Competition is……..Entry #1!

That means that Mr. and I get to display the Hippo Award on our mantel for the next year! Woohoo!!

Doesn’t he look great up there?


I think he adds just the right amount of pink amid the turquoise! ūüôā


We had a blast and look forward to next year’s competition.¬†Comments have been made that the other team has already started planning next year’s entry! At least Mr. and I have 12 months to prepare!!

Y’all have a great week! Later gators!

Jessica’s Bathroom Floor Redo (Part 2)

Jessica and Sam are still at it working on their master bathroom. Sam broke out the orbital sander and went to work on the left over plaster.




Jessica said that the dust floated in the air for some time after they were done. You can see in this picture¬†that after 20 minutes there is still a dust halo hanging around. (if possible, keep the room that you are working on completely closed off from the rest of the house. This way you won’t have dust settling all over the house!)



This is what the faucet is suppose to look like! ūüôā


There was an inch of “mud” left by the sander, so Jessica used a broom and water to loosen the leftover muck and then a shop vac to get up¬†as much as she could!


Once she removed all the muck and water, it was time for the toilet to come out. Does your wall look like this behind your toilets? I know one of mine does!


What a difference a sander can make!



Y’all have a great weekend! Later gators!

A Few of My Favorite Things!

Decorating gingerbread houses and trash talking are just a few of my favorite things! ūüôā And that’s just what we did this past Saturday!

It’s that time again….our family annual (5th annual, in fact) Gingerbread Competition. If you missed last year’s entries, you can read about them here. Once again, the teams were made up of me and Mr. vs. our daughter and her roommate. We put the entries on Facebook every year¬†and a¬†winner is chosen! If you would like to join in on the fun, you can vote here for YOUR favorite!¬†Or you can follow us on Facebook and vote there. Judge on creativity, innovation, and originality. Entries are allowed one non-edible item, but everything else must be edible. Voting starts today and ends Friday, December 5th, at 8:00 p.m.

A lot is riding on this year’s competition: going into the 5th year with a tie of two wins to each team, we need your help determining the tie breaker! And don’t forget about the Hippo Award!

Both teams started with this gingerbread kit:

Wilton Gingerbread House Kit

And after nine hours of decorating, whispering, and sneaking peaks of the other end of the table’s masterpiece, two ski lodges emerged!

Entry 1: “Marshmallow Mountain Ski Lodge”¬†is a log and rock lodge located near the main ski slope for expert skiers. The weather is freezing, but don’t worry — they’ll keep the sidewalks shoveled for you to build a snowman! The lodge sits behind a frozen lake for convenient ice skating. With a long slope, the lodge is close to a ski lift to carry skiers and snowboarders up the mountain to give them a fast ride back down. Decorated for the holidays with a bright red bow, garland, and gold glitter stairs, the holidays are sure to be bright at this ski lodge!

House – base is constructed of large pretzel rods and gingerbread; mortar is tinted buttercream icing with mixed beans for rock siding; roof is roasted pumpkin seeds; chimney is built out of graham crackers and covered with icing and rock siding; smoke is cotton candy; front door is Wrigley’s stick gum painted with homemade marshmallow paint tinted with food coloring; doorknobs are¬†sugar pearl sprinkles; front porch¬†roof is graham cracker with pretzel pillars; garland around pillars is parsley; stairs are sugar wafer cookies and graham crackers covered in gold sugar sprinkles; non-edible item is bow on the porch.

Shovel – constructed of pasta and painted with marshmallow paint.

Snowman – buttercream icing, painted pasta arms, and decorative gel.

Skiers – Teddy Grahams painted with marshmallow paint.

Skis, snowboards, and sled – pasta painted with marshmallow paint.

Frozen lake – tinted melted marshmallows sprinkled with vanilla sanding sugar and powdered sugar.

Ski lift – pretzel rods, spaghetti noodles, wheel pasta, and Mike “n” Ike candy¬†lights.

Ski lift chairs – sugar wafer cookies.

Mountain РRice Krispies and marshmallow base covered in buttercream icing snow.

Snow – buttercream icing and powdered sugar.










Entry 2: “Arctic Valley Ski Lodge”¬†is a quaint lodge nestled in the side of the bunny hill of a mountain. With large evergreen trees nearby and a wood pile in the back to keep the residents warm. Skiers, snowboarders, and tubers enjoy the heavy snow before relaxing at the picnic table with a lamp post by the porch to keep the night time festivities lit up into the evening. A small holiday wreath above the wooden door reminds skiers of the holidays as they ring in the new year.

House – base is constructed of gingerbread and Rice Krispies; wood logs are pretzel rods; mortar is tinted buttercream icing with mixed beans for rock siding; roof is Cinnamon Toast Crunch cereal; front door is shaved Pocky sticks with pretzel-end doorknob; window is pretzel square; window plant box is shaved pretzels and kale chips; decking and railing are mini pretzel rods; stairs are graham crackers and sugar wafers with icing and beans for rocks; pathway is icing and mixed beans; and wreath is kale chips and Mike ‘n’ Ike candy.

Picnic table – shaved and sanded pretzel rods and mini pretzel rods.

Lamp post – pretzel rods with cut pasta shells and caramel bulb.

Trees – pretzel rods and kale chips.

Mountain – Rice Krispie and marshmallow base with buttercream icing snow and Heath Toffee Bits for rocks.

Skies and snowboards – cut, baked, and food-coloring dyed tortillas.

Tuber’s tube – Lifesaver Gummie candy.

Wood pile – small and large pretzel rods; axe is shaved Pocky stick and dyed pumpkin seed; wood shavings are sanded pretzel shavings.

Sign – handmade non-edible item of wood and paint.

Penguins – sugar-based candy.

Snow Рbuttercream icing and powdered sugar.













So join in on the fun and help Mr. and I win that Hippo Award!! I already have a place picked out for it to sit on the mantel! ūüôā

Y’all have a great week! Later gators!