Sunday, November 25, 2012

Building Up The Holidays: Gingerbread Houses At The Cleveland Botanical Garden

Confession time yet again: I have never had a gingerbread cookie. Does having a gingerbread latte at Starbucks count?

So when the good folks at the Cleveland Botanical Garden invited me and Amara to guest judge donated gingerbread houses decorated for the season, we were up for the challenge. Up until a few years ago, I had never even touched a gingerbread house. And now, the only houses with which I have any experience deal with young girls versed in other kind of cookies (like Samoas and Thin Mints).

As part of Glow, the Garden's wintershow, not only can you walk among trees trimmed to the nines. You can also browse gingerbread houses of all sizes decorated by members of the community.

There's everything from the traditional to the unexpected -

To an homage to good ol' Cleveland (you'll shoot your eye out!) -

There's even an opportunity to decorate your own house and bring it home for the holidays.

I won't say which houses were Amara's winners (although, the gingerbread house by the Shore was my favorite). So feast your eyes on these pretty houses, check them out for yourself and let me know which ones you think Amara handed perfect scores.

Disclosure: I was provided tickets by the Cleveland Botanical Garden to experience Glow, the 2012 Wintershow. As always, opinions are my own.


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