American Girl Dolls
My daughter has owned American Girl dolls since she was three years old. I bought Kanani, in 2011 at the first of the year since she was the Girl Of The Year. I held onto her all year long until her third birthday, which is the day after Christmas. So that was a really long wait for me to play , um, I mean gift this doll. It wasn’t until a few years ago though, that the obsession began. It started with one other doll, then another and then a gift from Grandma and then a six foot dollhouse, and next thing you know, we are all dolled out. When we got a library card, magically, as kids these days know how to work the internet better than we do, Sadie discovered our library loans dolls out. Say what? And so began the constant requests and holds for American Girl dolls through our library.
Addy was placed on hold through our library branch and within a few weeks we got our call. You only get to hold onto the doll for a week. Some of them you can’t play with their hair, some you can. Addy was so old she had the Pleasant Company stamp on her neck, which means she was an original American Girl doll that was made before American Girl was bought by Mattel. We were given extra special care instructions on her and we, I mean Sadie, wouldn’t be allowed to take her hair out. Each doll comes with their own case and inside are some special things that belong to Addy that the library has collected over the years. One of those things is a journal which gets passed from kid to kid that checks her out. We, I mean Sadie, usually record where the doll goes and the adventures she takes. But I owned this amazing cookbook I picked up in a homeschool yard sale, on all of the food that Addy would have cooked during her era. I just knew we had to share about making food with Addy in her journal.
American Girl dolls are special indeed, but there are a few that are historical dolls. They actually have an era assigned to them and have books, cookbooks, furniture, clothing and more relevant to their era. Addy’s cookbook is dated 1864. It’s got chapters inside about cooking during the Civil War, kitchens during the 1860’s, setting Addy’s table and recipes. Sadie and I spent some time browsing through the cookbook while I explained to her what some foods were. There were recipes for Grits, Hoppin’ Johns, Sweet Potato Pone, Collard Greens and all the yummy southern goodness you could think of. Sadie had not heard of many of these things before, so I let her choose what sounded best. Her choice- Peach Cobbler.
Peach Cobbler Get In My Tummy
It just so happened I had a jar of fresh canned peaches in my fridge. My husband, who recently left a career with Harley Davidson, looked over someones motorcycle quickly for them and gave a brief diagnosis for a minor problem. As a Thank You he gave him a jar of fresh canned peaches along with some other fresh canned goods that I took advantage of when he brought them home. Yes, I ate them. But these peaches were still in my fridge, waiting for the right time to be used. The time was now! Oh, and before I forget for anyone local that owns a Harley. No he won’t come look at your motorcycle for peaches. Ha!
We had a great time making this cobbler together. Addy, of course supervised us to make sure we were following the recipe. It was a fairly simple recipe to follow. Sadie was able to measure everything out. She just didn’t have experience with a sifter, a pastry cutter, or kneading. It was a great recipe to teach her how to use those baking tools.
Mix the fruit filling, flour, cinnamon and sugar together to start.
Then the crust needs to be mixed and cut into either strips or cookie cutter shapes. We just used a circle cutter and then cut smaller shapes with the left over dough and placed it through out the top. Sadie loved using the rolling pin to flatten the dough.
Bake it, and serve with vanilla ice cream. It’s easy and very delicious. Everyone in the house thanked Sadie multiple times for dessert.
Give it a try and let us know what you think! If you want to try out some other recipes with your kids, check out my article on cooking apple chips with an air fryer.