Friday, December 7, 2012

Gingerbread on the high seas...

This ship greets you as you enter the Ritz-Carlton on Amelia Island. It fills the lobby with the wonderful aroma of gingerbread and delights all...young and old. It is a highlight of the trip for Annie. 

I snapped these pics quickly on the way out yesterday and they aren't the best...but will give you an idea of the size of this yummy vessel.

Ingredients: 3000 Eggs...
435 Egg Whites..13 Gallons of Milk...14 lbs. Holiday Spices...300 lbs. of Butter...900 lbs. of Sugar...1200 lbs. of Flour

Don't try to sneak a has a very thin coat of shellac to preserve it for the duration of it's voyage.


The entire hotel is enchanting this time of year.


These tin roofed "cracker" houses are part of a shopping village close to the hotel. It was rainy and grey yesterday...these pics are from another year's visit. Did get a little Christmas shopping done.

The name "Cracker House" originated during Florida's heyday of cattle raising. The whips used by the cattlemen to move herds made crackin' sounds and they lived in wooden houses..."Cracker Houses".


We also went peacock watching. A neighborhood we always visit while up here has free roaming peacocks....the residents even have feeders...low to the ground...just for these noble fowls.

...the #1 guy...

...and his ladies.


Last night, our group distributed many, many gift bags full of art supplies to children who might not have as merry a Christmas as most of us...the very best true spirit of Christmas!

Christmas red hibiscus

Enjoy the day,


  1. Wow! That gingerbread ship is amazing! That's so great about the gift bags for the children.

  2. That ship is HUGE !!! What a beautiful island and hotel....great pictures.

  3. I love gingerbread anything! This is over the moon. I can see why it's one of Annie's favorites. Thanks again for sharing.

  4. Oh Robin, what a magnificent gingerbread creation. It sure took a lot of ingredient to make this boat. It's so beautiful.
    Annie is so fortunate to see so many magical places with you.
    I love the idea of your group of giving to the less fortunate, especially at this time of year.

    Thanks so much for sharing of your travels with us.
    Hugs to you and Annie.

  5. Sorry, I misspelled your name Robyn.

  6. That Gingerbread ship is amazing, wonderful to go on such a great trip with family.......Blessings Francine.

  7. Robyn, what a marvelous vacation you are enjoying...The gingerbread ship is simply amazing and free ranging peacocks? who knew! I just love the little chest you stumbled upon in a prior post, I am so happy you gave it a home. Speaking of homes your's is simply lovely in it's holiday finest...Greetings from Maine, Julie.

  8. Wow what an awesome gingerbread ship! My aunt in Georgia has 2 peacocks..they are not too friendly, but gorgeous when they fan their feathers out. Love those homes too! Thanks for sharing your vacation with us. Janice

  9. That gingerbread ship is positively dreamworthy!! Miss Annie has fine taste indeed!! WOW!!! What a sweet thing to do with the gift bags - and what a great idea to inspire supplies!! Some children's minds and souls will be truly enriched by your thoughtfulness and generosity!! Happy Weekend! Smiles & Hugs ~ Robin