Tuesday, March 3, 2015


According to the Old Farmer's Almanac, the first day of spring this year falls on March 20th. Meteorologically speaking, however, in the northern hemisphere, the official spring season always begins on March 1st and continues through May 31st.  Tell that to the foot of snow covering everything outside my window!  Seems almost everywhere has had it's share of winter woes this year- from ice in the south to record snows and record wind chill numbers elsewhere.  We will all be glad I'm sure, to welcome spring.

This year the Easter holiday falls on Sunday April 5th.   In preparation, my menu list will include items suitable for the holiday and beyond.  Sorry, sadly, there will be no historical spotlight this month due to time constraints.

Looking ahead to next month....

For April I will be featuring exclusively items for American Girl's Grace.  There will be an assortment of baked goods, breads and desserts- all inspired by her books and collection. 


As always, items are listed in my shop on the 15th of each month at 12:00 noon est, on a first come first served basis.  A complete menu list for Sunday, March 15th is below.  Quantities that will be available are in parenthesis, followed by the prices.

Girl Scout Cookies Set of Ten  (18)    16.50

Pastel Rainbow Cake with Two Slices   (2)     26.50

Vanilla Confetti Party Cake with Two Slices  (2)    26.50

Chocolate Confetti Party Cake with Two Slices  (1)   26.50

Bunny Cake  (2)   17.00

Frosted Brownies with Sprinkles Set of Five   (9) 11.00

Plain Brownies Set of Six   (3)     7.50

White Chocolate Mommy Bunny and Two Baby Bunnies  (8)   8.00

Milk Chocolate Mommy Bunny and Two Baby Bunnies   (8)  8.00

Assorted Color Swirl Lollipops Set of Two   (12)     4.00

Marshmallow Bunnies Set of Three   (8)   8.00

Marshmallow Chicks Set of Three   (4)    8.00

Frosted & Sprinkled Sugar Cookies Set of Five  (15)  7.50

White Chocolate Pretzels with Dots Set of Five   (9)   9.00

Little Chick Cookies on a Stick Set of Three- Wrapped in Cellophane  (3)   9.50

Carrot Cake Squares Set of Two  (6)    8.50

Carrot Cake with Two Slices  (1)     28.00

Hot Cross Buns Set of Three    (5)    10.00

Easter Candy Sets  (7)   9.00
set includes:
-small chocolate bunny
-jelly beans approx 20
-chick cookie on a stick

Spring Garden Tea Cookies Set    (4)   15.00
set includes:
-five madeleines
-three pink frosted hearts
-two decorated flowers
-four Russian tea cakes
-three decorated bunnies

Filled Easter Basket Sets   (12)    21.50
set includes:
-plastic basket with Easter ribbon
-jelly beans- approx 15
-big chocolate bunny wrapped in cellophane
-over sized swirl lollipop
-fluffy toy bunny
-chick cookie on a stick wrapped in cellophane
-bed of Easter grass

Basket set will come assembled and wrapped in cellophane and tied up with a ribbon.

There will be a quantity of three of each color shown that will be available- three pink, three yellow, three blue and three green. After you are able to successfully check out with a basket set- message me to let me know your preferred color. Please note that colors will be filled in the order that they are received, so there is no guaranteeing a specific color.

If you have any questions about the items on the menu list or about anything else-feel free to post here on the blog or contact me in my Etsy shop.


Friday, February 6, 2015


With this month's theme of comfort foods, I have to admit that I had to turn to my friend Google for inspiration.  Normally I am never short on ideas and direction, but this month my chosen theme seemed to be harder to pin down than I had anticipated.

I started by querying my 13 yr old and her friend for their take on comfort foods.  They said that peanut butter and Nutella sandwiches, Fruit Loops and hot cocoa would top their lists. Not surprising! However, after thinking it over a bit longer and fully considering the question, my daughter's friend finally added that her grandmother's cabbage rolls were probably her favorite food ever. 

Personally I don't have that bond to any particular food.  And I think that is clearly why I was having such a tough time with my list; I really wasn't connecting with any of my choices.  Not that I really needed to I suppose, but I will admit that I get a lot more excited about the prospects of making cookies than I do meatloaf.  That is clearly the vegetarian in me talking. 

After posing the question to a few more random friends and family members it became clear that "comfort food" is such a personal and emotional choice. Everyone had a somewhat intimate reason when choosing a favorite comfort food.  Hopefully yours is on this month's menu list, or perhaps you can at least pick out a favorite among them. 

Also for this month, in my historical spotlight is American Girl's Kit.  Included are a few foods from the pages of her books and inspired by her era. 

As always, items will be available on the 15th at 12:00 noon EST, on a first come first served basis.   Quantities that will be available are in parenthesis, followed by the prices.


Red Velvet Cake Slices Set of Two  (4)    13.00

Brownie Sundae  (6)     7.00

Mini Powdered Doughnuts Set of Six  (10)    9.50

Peanut Butter Cup Pie Slices Set of Two  (8)    9.00

M&M Cookies Set of Five with Milk  (5)    10.00

Fancy Frosted Chocolate Cake with Slices  (1)    26.00

Mac & Cheese single Serving   (14)    7.00

Mac & Cheese in a Pan with Two Individual Servings  (1)  31.00

-block of macaroni is removable from pan

Spaghetti & Meatballs With Breadstick  (4)   15.00

Peanut Butter on Bread Set of Two  (6)    8.50

Nutella on Bread Set of Two   (2)   8.50

Bowl of Chili with Garnish of Cheese & Sour Cream  (5)   13.00

-cheese and sour cream garnish are all loose, individual pieces.

Mashed Potatoes with Gravy Heaping Helping Set of Two (5)   9.00

Single Serving Pot Pie  (8)  10.00


Kit's Peach Canning & Preserves Set   (3)   19.00

During difficult economic times canning has always been a widespread and popular chore. In Kit's day, during the Great Depression, a whole family would likely have spent the day in the kitchen, each with a different task, helping out.

set includes:

two whole peaches
approx 15-18 peach slices

Kit's Eggs Set of Ten  (7)   18.00

To help make ends meet, together Kit and her friend Stirling walk the neighborhood selling eggs from their wagon- at 25 cents a dozen.

Kit's Stick of Butter with Pat  (4)   4.25

Staples such as butter and eggs were prized commodities during the Great Depression.

Aunt Millie's Chocolate Cake Roll  (2)  17.00

To help celebrate their Penny-Pincher party, Kit's Aunt Millie whips up a chocolate cake roll.

Kit & Ruthie's Winter Picnic Lunch- (6)  13.50

After Christmas, Kit and Ruthie spend the day together during their annual mother-daughter get together.   They pass the day window shopping and enjoying the city sights around downtown Cincinnati.  Ruthie's mom packs them a picnic lunch to eat in the car- thick sandwiches, hot cocoa and chocolate chip cookies wrapped in red bandanas.

set includes:

-one ham & cheese sandwich
-one chocolate chip cookie
-one cup of hot cocoa / chocolate milk

I have to boast for a moment and comment on this particular dress.  No, I didn't make it.  My friend Katherine from Katherine's Creations on Etsy whipped this up for my Kit.  The color and the style and the fabric all are so well suited to Kit and to her era.  I love the checked and cheery bright teal print.

Personally, the two historical dolls that I collect for are Addy and Kit.   Most of the recent offerings for Kit from American Girl have not been what I would consider typical for a girl with a family barely making ends meet during the 1930's.  I could go on, but I will leave it at that.  I much prefer piecing together my own versions of story elements and outfits from the books anyway.

Katherine's Etsy shop features quality handmade clothing for historical and modern dolls.

If you have and Etsy shop and make quality garments with an eye for detail and want your outfit to be featured on one of my future menu lists- message me in my Etsy shop.  I love to work with other Etsy sellers!

If you have any questions about this month's menu, feel free to message me in my Etsy shop or comment here on the blog.