Thursday, December 15, 2011

Nome Pioneer Christmas

I work for Norton Sound Health Corporation who was putting on a competition for departments to build a gingerbreadish structure as a department team.  We came up of with an early 1900's Nome, Alaska pioneer theme.  There were 6 departments in total that entered.  We by far won the competition.

From left to right here are some pictures of the structures:
The Dog house and dog named Nugget was created by Stephanie Fahey using gingerbread, pretzels, royal icing, and fondant.

The main house is made with gingerbread, pretzel sticks, chocolate rocks fondant, royal icing, and life cereal.  Rocks and pretzels arranged by Stephanie Fahey and myself (Kim), Roof tiles by Rhonda Schneider using Life cereal.  Gingerbread design and pattern was created and baked by Kim.

This is what you see when looking into the door of the main house.
A family on Christmas morning.

 Did you notice details? Bunny slippers.  Milk and cookies on a table made by Yorise Olson.  Family made by Kim, presents by Yorise, Christmas picture by Rhonda.  Candles by Kim.

 Bear rug made by Yorise using fruit leather and fondant; mistletoe by Kim; stockings by Stephanie; sofa chairs by Yorise; fire place by Kim and Yorise; and scriptures by Kim.

Not shown is a Christmas tree made by Kim with fondant and non-pariels. Various presents made by Yorise using food safe markers, fondant, and fruit leather for bows.

The next structure is the Food Cache made by Gerri Ongtowasruk and Karen Teesateskie.

Dog sled by Yorise Olson

Wyatt Earp Cabin made by Sean and Kim Knudsen using Pretzel rods and pretzel sticks for roof.

 Cabin entrance with gold pan with gold dust.  Used black fondant and edible gold luster dust.

 Looking through door entrance a framed painting of the Kiglauik mountains and a two drawer dresser with candle.

 Looking though right side window: Wyatt Earp's bed with quilted top.  A basket full of gold nuggets (chocolate gold rocks). Right window looks out to neighbor's house. Decor created by Kim. I want to live here :-)

Last but not least; Made by Trisha Walters an Outhouse where Wyatt is spending too much time in :-)


  1. That's pretty freaking awesome. I like Wyatt's cabin the best. The large pretzel rods totally made it. I liked the roof of it better too. What did Sean do?

  2. Uhh, only ALL of it!! Well I built the whole cabin and about half the roof, Kim finished off the roof and did all the snow icing and interior decorating. I actually just started building it because I felt like it... she then decided to commandeer my cabin for their display because it was so awesome. I like how you think it was the best part!

  3. Hi there,

    I'm excited to let you know that we will be using this great photo from your website in an iVillage article about amazing gingerbread houses and will link back to your website for readers to click through.

    If you do NOT want us to use this photo, please get back to me as soon as possible.

    To get a link to the article, follow me on Twitter (@ellenbird) and I'll tweet it out when it's published.

    Thank you so much for your time!


    Ellen Niz

    iVillage Contributor