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.