Saturday, October 3, 2015



                         HELLO MARYELLEN!

By now I'm sure you have seen or at least heard about (or even own) American Girl's newest historical character, Maryellen Larkin.  Maryellen's story is set in the year 1954 in Daytona Beach Florida.  She's spunky and smart and longs to stand out amongst her siblings and her peers at school. 

The 1950's were a time of prosperity and hope for the US.  The economy was booming, the housing market was booming, babies were booming...seems like it was a great time to be a kid.  

It's a wise move on American Girl's part to choose the 1950's:  the target age demographic likely has grandmothers who can share with them their first hand experiences and warm fuzzy memories of the 1950's. My own mother would have been 11 that year, very close to Maryellen's age. Unfortunately my mother died many years ago, when I was 21, so no warm fuzzy memories here to share. However, I always enjoy a good historical release from American Girl, no matter the era. Every collection has something to offer, with or without a personal connection. 

                      THE BATTLE OF THE DINERS

When I first learned American Girl was developing a character from the 1950's I have to admit I was none too excited... but then out came the Our Generation Diner and their retro accessory line.

I have to admit it was all incredibly appealing.  And it was suspected that an American Girl version of a diner was in the works and would be released with Maryellen.  So I bided my time and waited patiently to see what AG had up their sleeves. Surely AG's version would completely upstage and outshine OG's diner.  Hopefully?  And then the reveal...and sigh. Not so much.

I could see why a mom buying for her daughter or even a collector might choose the OG diner, with it's light up counter, teeny retro phone and it's crazy number of accessories.  Both versions have strong design elements and both versions have major drawbacks. And both diners have plentiful reviews on YouTube and the like,  so instead of reviewing, I set out to do some reinventing.  

I've seen some pretty awesome OG diner transformations on the web.  And so inspired, I set out to do my own version- a mash-up of sorts, incorporating both the AG and the OG diners into one big glorious diner scene.  And I have to say I love the way it turned out.  In my next post, after the 15th, I will chronicle the process and hopefully inspire and encourage others to make their own versions as well. But for now it's onto the foods... 

Historically in my shop October has been reserved for Halloween party foods and treats.  However, with the release of the diner and Maryellen- and with her story fresh on my mind, I decided that it would be fun to split the month and churn out some typical 1950's diner foods- and also do some foods plucked directly from the pages of her books, as well as offering some Halloween goodies.

As always, items in my Etsy shop are listed on the 15th of each month at 12:00 noon est, on a first come first served basis.  Quantities that will be available are in parenthesis, followed by the prices. Pics will follow in the coming days, I promise, as I realize visuals are key.


Popsicles Set of Two  (18)     12.00
Coffee Cake with Single Slice  (1)     26.00
Meatloaf with Mashed Potatoes and Peas  (9)   21.00
Bowl of Chicken Soup   (8)    16.00
Ice Cream Bars Set of Two   (8)    7.50
Plain Brownies Set of Five  (7)   10.00
Bowl of Chili   (5)     12.00
Spaghetti & Meatballs   (11)   14.00
Grilled Cheese Sandwich   (6)   7.50 
Ham & Cheese Sandwich  (5)   7.50
Serving of Crinkle Cut French Fries  (5)    7.00
Whole Peach Pie  (2)    16.00
Key Lime Pie Slices Set of Two  (8)   7.50
Pancake Stack of Two with Two Sausages    (7)   9.50
Five Pancake Stack  (1)   7.50
Broiled Fish with Lemon Garnish   (7)   8.00

Halloween & Autumn Party Treats 

Pecan Pie with Two Slices  (1)   26.00
Pumpkin Pie Slices Set of Two  (16)   6.50
Halloween Candy Set  (7)    11.00
set includes:
   10 pumpkin candy corn
   1 white chocolate ghost on a stick
   5 gummy worms
Frosted & Sprinkled Halloween Sugar Cookies Set of Five  (11)  7.50
Chocolate Spider Cake with Two Slices  (2)   18.00
Cookies & Cream Oreo Pie with Two Slices  (1)   22.00
Cookies & Cream Oreo Cake with Two Slices  (1)  30.00
Autumn Party Snack Cakes Set of Two   (10)   7.50
Frosted & Sprinkled Brownies Set of Five  (6)   11.00
Festive Fall Cookie Party Tray Set  (5)   20.00
set includes:
  4 dipped acorn cookies
  3 pecan shortbread
  4 peanut butter chocolate kiss cookies
  7 apricot spritz
  2 leaf cut outs
Googly Eyes Cookies Set of Six  (11)   10.00
Halloween Twister Lollipops Set of Two  (10)   4.00
Halloween Swirl Lollipops Set of Two   (11)    4.00
Sprinkled Autumn Leaves Cookies Set of Five  (8)   8.00

As always, if you have questions about my shop, my foods or anything- message me in my Etsy shop or comment here on the blog.  


Wednesday, September 16, 2015


Looking ahead to the upcoming listing schedule and themes will be as follows:

1950's diner fare and foods for American Girl's Maryellen
Halloween treats and eats

More bakery goodies for American Girl's Girl of the Year Grace

Sweet and savory holiday party foods

*Please note that the listing date for December has been moved up from the normal date of the 15th to the 12th. I do this every December to allow plenty of time for packages to arrive for holiday gift giving.

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Coming latest project- Maryellen's 1950's diner.

Saturday, September 5, 2015


Earlier this year American Girl announced the archival of one of their beloved historical characters, Caroline Abbot.  Courageous and headstrong, Caroline helps her family in the fight against the British along the shores of Lake Ontario during the War of 1812.

Caroline's story is personally one of my favorites- and I felt that most of her her collection was appealing and well designed.  I suppose sales did not support my opinion, thus the archival.  Her collection and silhouette failed to capture the attention of target aged girls.  Sadly my own target aged girl had zero interest in her, her pretties or accessories.

To honor Caroline and give her a deserved and befitting send-off, this month I am devoting my menu list exclusively to foods inspired by her stories.

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

                                  ~CAROLINE'S MENU LIST~

Garden Veggie Set (7)     16.50
set includes-
five potatoes
five whole carrots
eight unshelled lima beans

During summer in Caroline's day every family tended to a garden.  Pulling weeds and turning soil would have been a routine chore for Caroline.  Vegetables like potatoes, carrots and beans were garden staples.

Baked Beans & Buttered Bread  (9)  12.50
set includes-
serving of baked beans
slice of thick cut bread with butter

Before heading out to bring provisions to her mother at the shipyard, Caroline quickly eats a hearty lunch of baked beans and warm bread dripping with butter.

Biscuits Set of Three (8)   7.00

Biscuits have been a staple food long before Caroline's day.  Just as they are today, many were eaten with a smearing of butter or fresh jam, or perhaps even plain.

 Burnt Sugar Cake (3)    16.00

For Caroline's birthday dinner her mama and grandmother prepared a feast- stuffed whitefish, lima beans, cabbage and apples- and for dessert- a burnt sugar cake.

Ginger Cakes Set of Five (5)    5.00

Caroline invites her good friend Seth to stay for dinner by enticing him with the promise of her Grandmother's ginger cakes.

Raspberry Cobbler Pie (1)   16.50
Cornbread Squares Set of Three (8)   7.00

After repelling a British attack on the harbor,  Caroline's family invites the shipyard workers back to their home for a celebratory picnic supper, including cornbread and raspberry cobbler.

Baking bread was Caroline's least favorite chore, as her loaves always seemed to turn out heavy and hard, but with her Grandmother by her side, she was learning.

Round Rye Bread (2)   12.00

Large Braided Bread (2)  11.00

Large Round Crusty Bread (2)   11.00

Small Round and Braided Bread Set (4)   17.00

Christmas Dinner Ham Set (2)     28.00
set includes-
large ham
bed of greens
seven petite carrots
six pieces of cut roasted potatoes

An excerpt from Caroline's story...
"Christmas day had come and wonderful aromas had been drifting from the kitchen all day. Caroline picked up the heavy platter and inhaled the rich scent of ham. For most of the year only salted and smoked pork was available, but Grandmother had purchased a juicy fresh ham for Christmas dinner." 

As always, if you have any questions about any of the items always feel free to contact me in my Etsy shop.

Friday, August 7, 2015


Pippaloo is back!

Yes, I have enjoyed my satisfying summer respite from all things doll food. The season is not quite over yet, but as promised, I have returned here in August with a super cool Sunday Summer Brunch themed menu list.  I hope everyone's dolls are hungry!

As always, items are listed at 12:00 noon EST on the 15th of each month, first come first served. Quantities that will be available are in parenthesis, followed by the prices.    I really tried in earnest this month to make larger quantities of the more popular items, mixing equal parts sweet and savory. Hope you and your dolls enjoy my brunch selections.

                        ~SUNDAY SUMMER BRUNCH~

Mini Blueberry Muffins Set of Three (12)                7.50

Mini Double Chocolate Chip Muffins Set of Three  (9)       7.50

Pancakes with Syrup and Butter  (5)           6.50

Silver Dollar Pancake Stack on a Stick With Syrup & Blueberry Garnish Set of Two  (5)    9.50

French Toast with Butter and Syrup and Two Sausages   (10)         9.50

Fried Egg with Two Sausage Links and Toast   (12)       7.50

Spinach Quiche with Three Slices  (3)       2 0.00

Spinach Quiche Slices Set of Two  (3)       6.75

Cherry Gelatin  (5)          13.00

Mini Cherry Gelatin  (1)      8.00

Lemon Granita with Lemon Garnish Set of Two   (7)      6.75

Orange Juice Set of Two    (5)       6.00

Iced Lemonade Set of Two  (8)       6.75

Cherry/Cranberry Juice Set of Two  (4)       6.00

Mini Sticky Buns Set of Two  (6)        7.50

Mini Croissants Set of Two    (10)      10.00

Bagel with Cream Cheese Set of Two   (5)     7.00

Turkey Sandwich on a Kaiser Roll  (6)      7.50

Sliced Kaiser Rolls Set of Three    (2)     8.00

Strawberry Cream Triple Layer Torte Cake (1)     20.00

Chocolate Raspberry Triple Layer Torte Cake    (3)      17.00

Triple Layer Vanilla Sponge Cake with Fresh Blueberries & Raspberries   (2)      19.00

Toad in the Hole (fried egg nested in toast)    (6)          7.25

Croissant Sandwiches with Egg, Ham & Cheese Set of Two  (5)      14.00

Fruit Skewers Set of Two   (15)        13.00

Deviled Eggs Set of Nine   (8)         21.00

Cream Puffs Set of Two   (20)        10.00

Blueberry Tartlets Set of Two  (6)     11.00

Lemon Tartlets Set of Two   (6)     11.00

Watermelon Slices Set of Two   (9)      12.00

Hash Browns Set of Two  (8)    13.25

From Etsy Seller 
Unending Treasures

And I'm continuing with my series of posts to help promote doll clothes sellers- on and off Etsy- whose wares and customer service I find first rate.   One of my all time favorite color combinations is pink paired with green- in any shade, hue or tone.   My Doll Meghan is modeling a three piece set from the Etsy seller Unending Treasures. You can find her shop here.  Her shop features trendy hand-made-in-America clothes for 18"girl dolls and boys. She offers separates as well as complete outfits and accessories.  I love the fun heart print of the knit skirt and the quality of the workmanship and fabric.   Mostly I love the versatility - I can easily mix and match these pieces with other outfits. 

I hope everyone and their dolls have been enjoying their summer so far. Sadly, it will be over in a number of weeks, as students will return to school and cool temps will start to slowly creep in.

Looking ahead to next month... I will be doing a farewell tribute to American Girl's Caroline in September with foods inspired by her era and her stories. More on that in the coming weeks.

Please keep in mind that I am not able to take on custom requests for items I have previously offered in my shop or featured here on the blog.  And because I know we all have infinitely busy lives- if you want to join my email list to receive monthly reminders on the 14th- the day before my items go live- give me a shout out at