Monday, August 5, 2013

Everything American Girl

Did you guess the fun store that we took Harper to that I mentioned in yesterday's post? That's right, we drove down to Columbus to take her to the American Girl Place.

Sydney and I were quite the American Girl enthusiasts when we were little. My mom took us to the American Girl Place in Chicago, and then we were thrilled when they opened a store by our house in Atlanta. We played with those dolls almost every day, and were practically inseparable. (They were frequent attenders of our church, birthday parties, and countless sleepovers.) You can probably guess that we were just as excited to visit the American Girl Store as Harper was. (Maybe even more so.)
We spent a nice day in Columbus, and came home with a bit too many new toys for Harper and her doll Marie. One of them was an American Girl craft book that showed you how to make your own doll restaurant. It had cut out menus, special boards, order forms, money, coupons, and much more. It also had pretty complicated instructions on how to make the food. They were too complex for Harp, so Syd and I spent countless hours putting all this stuff together. We followed some instructions from the book, and made up our own foods too. So far all that we made was created using craft foam.

We made BLTs, ham and cheese sandwiches, tacos, pizza, fruit bowls, steak, a veggie platter, breakfast cookies, croissants, eggs, bacon, toast, and omelets.


After all the preparation, Harper set up her restaurant, and Marie was ready for business. Sydney and I had to pull down our old American Girls and play for hours. (Can you tell Harp is a bit spoiled?)

There were two tables and a pastry counter. Harper wanted it to have a French cafe feel.
All the tables were decorated,

the specials were advertised and the open sign was put up,
and finally the customers arrived.

After carefully contemplating the menu, the two parties made their decisions.

After a nice meal, the customers left full and satisfied. Harper and Marie loved every minute of it.
Here is a person sized recipe that is not made out of felt. I was craving some Irish soda bread, but I wasn't in the mood to make a big loaf. Thus the single serving Irish soda bread was born. Light, airy, and delicious, this recipe would make any Irishman green with envy.
single serving soda bread
Single Serving Soda Bread
1/3 cup buttermilk
½ cup oatmeal
¼ cup whole wheat flour
2 tbsp raisins
¼ tsp baking soda
¼ tsp baking powder
dash of salt

Mix all the dry ingredients together. Add in the buttermilk and stir until just combined. Bake in an oiled ramekin at 350 degrees for 20 minutes.


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