Tuesday, April 21, 2015

KITCHEN NOTES

LOOKING AHEAD TO THE SUMMER...

Typically during the summer my shop takes a short hiatus, with no new items listed for June, July and sometimes August.  However this year I am going to shake things up a bit, breaking from tradition.  Ah, so rebellious!

Instead, for the months of May and June there will be no new items...but I will return in July with a summer brunch theme menu that I am super excited about.

So to recap:

MAY- no new items on the 15th
JUNE- no new items on the 15th

JULY 15th- Sunday Summer Brunch theme

I also hope to return to posting more reviews, doll finds and tutorials this year.

Hope everyone enjoys their summer~
Teresa



Tuesday, April 7, 2015

APRIL MENU LIST & AMERICAN GIRL'S GRACE

When I first learned that this year's Girl of The Year from American Girl was going to be a baker, I was naturally excited.  Finally a modern doll whose story centers around food!   And not only just food- but more precisely- sweets and desserts- my doll food wheelhouse.  The idea that Grace's story and her collection would have a French influence was intriguing.   I had made macarons and baguettes before- but I was hoping that her story would open up the possibility for something less obvious, yet still traditionally French. And it has.


American Girl's design team did a fine job with Grace's collection. Overall the color palette and the designs are appealing and cohesive. I even feel their attempts at fancy French desserts were not entirely unacceptable, when compared to some of their past culinary disasters (unappetizing nachos, anyone?).   Their grand French Bakery is impressive, albeit pricey, with some fabulous accessories and tons of play value.  The Pastry Cart and the Bistro Set as well are great quality sets with an opportunity for both food play and display.

For the upcoming 15th for Grace, once again, as I always do, I had a lengthy and ambitious list of desserts and foods planned, some plucked directly from Grace's story, and some inspired by real French p√Ętisseries.  Time and circumstance have once again not been my friend this month, so about half of the items I had hoped to complete are still just ideas on paper or visions in my head.   However, this gives me the perfect opportunity to spotlight Grace once again some time later on this year,  closer to the holidays.   A third and final book in American Girls Grace's series will be released this summer, hopefully with even more food inspiration to draw from to expand my list.


GRACE'S FRENCH PATISSERIE MENU LIST


As always, items will be available in my Etsy shop 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.









Pastel Macarons set of fourteen    (8)   17.50





Bright Macarons set of fourteen   (8)     17.50






Traditional Macarons set of fourteen  (8)    17.50







Large Raspberry Macarons set of two  (6)   14.00







Madeleines set of ten  (7)    12.00

set includes:
-five plain madeleines
-five chocolate dipped madeleines






Croissants set of two  (10)  11.50





Cinnamon Rolls set of two  (12)   7.00









Baguette  (18)  6.50







Napoleon set of two (3)  16.00




Triple Berry Tartelettes set of two (8)   16.00






Raspberry Tartelette set of two  (9)   12.00






Mille-Feuille aux Framboises set of two  (6)  16.00








Chocolate Opera set of two   (4)   10.00






Swirl Lollipops set of two  (8)    4.00

Assorted pairings of lollipops in Grace's signature colors: aqua, red, pink and white





Swirl Lollipop set of four  (1)   8.00

One of each type of Grace's lollipops








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

Teresa


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.  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.

Teresa