Tuesday, March 3, 2015

WELCOME SPRING & MARCH MENU LIST

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. 


MARCH MENU LIST


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.  I will update next week with pictures, prices and quantities. 


Girl Scout cookies set of ten
Pastel rainbow cake with two slices
Vanilla confetti party cake with two slices
Chocolate confetti party cake with two slices
Frosted brownies with pastel sprinkles set of five
Plain brownies set of six
White chocolate mommy bunny and two baby bunnies
Milk chocolate mommy bunny and two baby bunnies
Assorted color swirl lollipops set of two
Marshmallow bunnies set of three
Marshmallow chicks set of three
Spring garden tea cookies set
Frosted & sprinkled sugar cookies set of five
White chocolate pretzels with dots set of five
Little chick cookies on a stick set of three wrapped in cellophane
Carrot cake squares set of two
Carrot cake with two slices
Hot cross buns set of three
Bunny cake

Easter candy sets (no basket)
set includes:
small chocolate bunny
jelly beans
chick cookie on a stick


Filled Easter basket sets
set includes:
plastic basket
jelly beans
big chocolate bunny wrapped in cellophane
swirl lollipop
fluffy toy bunny
chick cookie on a stick wrapped in cellophane
bed of Easter grass

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.

Teresa



Friday, February 6, 2015

MENU LIST FOR FEBRUARY

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.


~COMFORT FOODS~



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








~KITS DEPRESSION ERA FOOD~


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.

Teresa


Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Happy New Year

The new year is off and running and I'm finally enjoying a few quiet moments after all the holiday hubbub.  Winter break always seems to be a crazy time with my girls home and company visiting and parties all around, so it's nice at last to sit quietly in solitude, in my work space, churning out the doll goodies.

Looking ahead just for a moment to spring...
With American Girl's Girl of The Year Grace being a baker, I plan to devote an entire month to French pastries, treats and decadent desserts for her to display in her bakery or sell on her pastry cart. More on that in the coming month though.

With this month's Valentine theme there will be lots of sugary goodies to go around for now, plus, in my historical spotlight will be American Girls' Julie.

I am resuming listing all my new items on the 15th at 12:00 noon est each month.  The menu list for the 15th is below.

As always, items are listed on a first come first served basis. Quantities that will be available are in parenthesis, followed by the prices.


~VALENTINE TREATS~


Pink Pastel Party Cake with Two Slices  (1)     24.00









Triple Layer Neapolitan Cake with Two Slices  (1)    24.00







Devil's Food Chocolate Cake with Chocolate Frosting and Two Slices  (1)    22.00









Rainbow Cake with Sprinkles and Two Slices  (2)    27.50







Rainbow Cake Slices Set of Two  (3)    9.50






Heart Shaped Swirl Lollipops Set of Two  (10)     4.00





Swirl Lollipops Set of Two  Assorted Colors (14)   4.00







Valentine Chocolates Set of Seven  (6)    8.00






Heart Shaped Creme Whoopie Pies Set of Six  (5)    8.50





Pastel French Macarons Set of 12   (5)     14.50






Colorful French Macarons Set of 12  (5)     14.50





White Chocolate Pretzels with Dots Set of Five   (8)    9.00





Be My Valentine Cookies Set of Eight    (6)    6.00

set includes:
three large sugar sprinkled hearts
five frosted and dotted hearts





Valentine Tea Party Cookies Set of Twenty One  (7)    22.00

set includes:
three Linzer heart cookies
six madeleines
four chocolate dipped with nuts
five frosted and sprinkled sugar cookies
three lemon cremes









Peanut Butter Lovers Cookies Set of Eight  (6)    10.00

set includes:
four peanut butter kiss cookies
four peanut butter cookies







Frosted & Sprinkled Heart Shaped Cookies Set of Five  (9)    7.50






Mini Heart Shaped Gelatin  (1)     8.00







Cherry Gelatin  (2)     14.00






Swedish Fish & Gummy Worms Candy Set  (5)   8.00






Brownies In a Pan  (1)   14.50

set includes:
six individual brownies
metal pan
whole uncut section of brownies

please note: all brownies are removable from pan






~JULIE'S 70's FOODS~



Julie's Meatloaf Dinner Set   (6)    21.00

After spending the weekend with her Dad, Julie returns home Sunday night to the delicious smell of her Mom making meatloaf and mashed potatoes- with cherry pie for dessert!

set includes:
slice of meatloaf with gravy
serving of sliced carrots
mashed potatoes with gravy






Julie's Grilled Cheese with Tomato Soup & Crackers   (9)  19.00

set includes:
grilled cheese sandwich cut in half lengthwise
two soda crackers
bowl of tomato soup

The classic tomato soup and grilled cheese has long been a popular lunch choice- even in Julie's day. Sometimes it's nice to see that not everything changes.

please note:  bowl is made from glass






Julie's Fortune Cookies Set of Three   (7)   12.00

Julie & Ivy visit a fortune cookie factory in Chinatown where each girl is given a fresh, warm cookie to enjoy.  They are instructed to look inside for a happy new year fortune.











Julie's Nachos with Cheese  (7)    14.50

After school, while watching Little House on the Prairie, Julie fixes herself a plate of nachos with cheese in the toaster oven.




NEWLY ADDED:

Julie's Snow Cones Set of Two  (8)  10.00

Together Julie and Ivy take a bike ride through Golden Gate Park, enjoying the outdoors and sharing a couple of rainbow colored snow cones.










COMING SOON:

This spring I will be devoting an entire month to foods for American Girl's Grace.   That means there will be plenty of French pastries, goodies and a whole host of desserts inspired by her books.

My Grace is modeling an outfit made especially for her by Etsy seller, Cupcake Cutie Pie.

Cupcake Cutie Pie features detailed, quality one of a kind garments and ensembles for American Girl dolls and Bitty Babies.  Check out her shop here. She whipped up this sheer polka dot top and French bulldog set for me, perfect for Grace on her travels to Paris.





If you have any questions about any of the foods- or about anything else- post here on the blog, or message me in my Etsy shop.

And because I know doll food is not everyone's #1 priority, if you want a friendly reminder the day in advance of my sale, just click on the EMAIL REMINDERS & UPDATES on the header at the top of the page and I will add you to my email list.  Thanks.

Teresa