Oh no!!!! (Part 1)

Mimi and Jamie were hanging out at the Mi-Shed, drinking hot chocolate and talking about Dungeons and Dragons.

Mimi:  I guess Josh has some big plans for our next gaming session!

Jamie: Yeah, I sure hope he comes up with something better than that slime monster he had attack us last time.  Talk about “so 80’s!”

They both started giggling.  Then they heard a knock at the door.

Mimi:  Who is it?

(Voice):  It’s me!  Rebecca!

Mimi:  Come on in!

Rebecca:  Sorry to bother you guys.  I just needed someone to talk to.  I can’t believe what I just found out!

Jamie: What’s wrong Rebecca?

Rebecca:  I was at the bakery doing a bit of cleaning up from the morning rush.  The landlord came in.  He isn’t going to renew our lease!  He has an offer from someone else who can afford a lot more money than what we can for the space.

Jamie:  Well that stinks!  Maybe you could find someplace else to move to?

Rebecca:  We will have no choice but to do that.  But, he wants us out in 30 days!  There is no way we can find a new place, get everything moved and set up in time.  Plus I don’t think there are any places available right now that would work for us.

Jamie:  Yeah, that’s a bit of a problem.

Mimi:  I bet if we think hard enough, we can come up with something!

Mimi:  I’ve got it!!  Why don’t we make the Mi-Shed into a pop-up bakery for a little while?  It would just need to be temporary until you get the new space set up!

Jamie:  I have to say Mimi, that is really a pretty good idea!

Rebecca: I agree guys, that’s a great idea!  Are you sure you wouldn’t mind?  It would only be for a month or two!

Mimi:  Mi-shed is Your-shed!  Come on guys, we need to get a plan together!

Rebecca:  I really appreciate this!  We’ve got a lot to work to do!  Figure out what we can use here, find a new place to move the business to…

So…will they be able to get everything ready at the Mi-Shed in time?  Will Rebecca and the gang be able to find a new space for the bakery?

 

To be continued…

 

Review of Maryellen’s Seaside Diner Bakery Case set

Last year American Girl decided to revamp Maryellen’s Diner.  In the process of that change, they also came out with this set to go with it, and I think it’s such a great addition, even if you have the original diner set.

I ordered this at the beginning of December when they were running a 20% off sale, so I only paid $76 instead of the regular price of $95.  I also had to wait for it to come for several weeks as it was backordered.  My original notification told me it wouldn’t be here until sometime in January, so you can imagine how excited when it arrived just days before Christmas!  Merry Christmas to me! 🙂

The main pieces are awesome and very well made.  The only parts that are plastic are the “glass” and the trim pieces.  I didn’t uncover the posts, they still have the protective wrap on them in this (and all subsequent photos) as this set is being stored until I’m ready to use it.

This little “island” is my favorite part of the whole set!  It is so perfect for the era, and I have all kinds of ideas of ways to use this.  The details on this piece are so awesome, I love the speckle countertop with metal trim.  I have flashbacks to my neighbors house when I was a kid.

The case is very nicely done, made mostly of wood.  The shelf is removable too.  The only thing that puzzled me is why that bottom panel is solid, I think it would have been a nice place for a drawer or open space for storage.

I love the cash register, it reminds me of the ones they had at my first job!

And a can to collect coins for the cause:

When I opened this piece, I thought “It needs coins!”  And there were…but…there’s a bit of a problem!

I don’t know what they were thinking, but these are full sized dimes!  I’m so confused as to why they did this.  It can’t be because they worry about someone swallowing them, I’ve had plenty of smaller pieces in AG stuff and a dime is still easily swallowed anyhow.  This really makes NO sense at all.

The set comes with two trays for displaying baked goods on.

DONUTS!!!!

Boxes for the donuts.  I didn’t open these because I’m storing some of the more 50’s era stuff.

Two METAL pie pans.  Yes, metal.  I am loving this…

Pies for in the pans!  And slices cut out for serving.

Cinnamon rolls.  (Don’t they look yummy?)

Two plates.  Actual stoneware!  They have a nice weight to them too.  Clever 50’s style design on them too.

A metal pie server!  Very nice.

Some odds and ends with the 50’s theme that I’m not likely to use, so I left them in the plastic.  I was impressed that the money was 50’s era as well!  Stickers, a hat, money, a menu and a newspaper, complete with a headline about polio.

Set up, it’s totally adorable!  Along with the Thanksgiving pie set I have and other baked goods in my collection, there can be a constantly changing assortment of stuff in that case.

 

One more thing that isn’t an accessory, but a document with a statement that really impressed me:

I hope this is a sign of things to come and that all of our complaints about quality have been heard.  American Girl has been known for years for it’s attention to detail and quality and I know that many of us have been concerned.  Recent releases have signs that maybe they are actually listening.  Fingers crossed!

Overall I give this set an A.  I’d give it an A+++ but those coins–what in the world were they thinking?  However, that doesn’t take away from the play value of this set, and even at the full price of $95, I think it’s worth it.  Well made and thought out with so much you can do with it, with or without pieces added.  I have so many ideas of things I’d like to do with this set!!

 

 

Review of the American Girl Cookie Baking and Decorating Set

This is one of those sets that when I first saw I thought “how cute!” but then sat on the fence about for a while.  And then when I went to order it, it was sold out.  Good thing for me, it wasn’t a permanent sell out at that point, it came back in stock about the same time I was getting ready to order some other stuff, so I decided to take the plunge and grab it.  So glad I did, such a great holiday set!  And for me, not a bunch of repeats from other sets. 

I love the apron, such a pretty, festive design!

The set includes a very pretty rolling pin and a piece of “dough”.  This looks like the same dough that was included with Grace Thomas’ bakery, doesn’t it?

A cookie sheet and cookies!  The cookie sheet is really, really nice, it’s actually metal and has a very nice weight.  The cookies are cute too and they have a neat little added plus that I’ll talk about later on.

Cookie cutters, and what is great about these is the cookies actually fit so you can make it look like you are cutting them out!

A very cute recipe card (it has a front and back!) and a cake turner/spatula.  I haven’t taken everything out of the plastic just yet, still getting organized again.

Love this mixing bowl!  And the pastry tube–if you look closely, you can see that the tip actually has an opening.  There’s a reason for that!

My favorite piece is the little timer, I thought it was so cute, and love the fact that the stand actually folds flat on it.  Great little attention to detail.

This set comes with instructions.  Okay, so you may be asking “why?” since it doesn’t have any moveable parts.  Well…it has this cool little thing…

The cookies have the ability to color change so they look like they haven’t been decorated yet!  I haven’t tried this just yet because I discovered it as I was doing the photography and haven’t had a chance.  I have no doubt that it will work though and what a clever idea!

I give this set an A+++ just on sheer cuteness.  I know that isn’t always the best way to rate a set, but this has so much fun play potential and is also great for display purposes.  Unfortunately it’s currently no longer available at American Girl.  Original price was $35, I got it with a 20% off special for only $28.  While it has a Christmas theme, a number of the items are usable year round.