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.

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year everyone!  I can’t believe that tomorrow I have to go back to school, Christmas vacation went by way too fast.  Did you have any kind of a celebration for New Years Eve?  We went out to eat and to a movie, then came home and watched TV.  None of us made it to see the ball drop, we all fell asleep!

Did you get anything nice for Christmas?  I had a VERY nice Christmas.  Between my parents, aunts and uncles, friends and Santa, I got quite a few things I’d been wanting and a few I wasn’t expecting!

First off, thank you so much to Xyra and the gang at Tea Time For Melody Q for this adorable holiday shirt!

And these awesome mittens too!

My parents go by the “4 Things” rules for Christmas.  Something to read, something to wear, something you need and something you want.  First, my something to read:

Yeah, I know it’s kind of the wrong season for it, but I really wanted it.  I’ll be ready for next Halloween!

Now for my something to wear:

I saw this dress in the catalog and had mentioned it to my mom, so I was really excited to get it.  And to go with it was my something I wanted:

Cowboy boots!  I think they will look great with the dress.

My something I need was a very cool gift.  I’d mentioned this a while ago, and I was really surprised to get it!

An amp for my guitar!!!  I was so excited, I’ve been using the one that belongs to mom, but it’s too big for me to bring to my room.  This is the perfect size!

My aunts and uncles decided to get me what they called “retro” gifts.  They got me things that reminded them of their own childhoods.

First a set of Lincoln Logs!  You can build cool stuff out of these.

A Lite Brite!  A friend of mine has one of these and I was so excited to get one of my own!

And this cool, old timey-wimey radio!

Did you notice my Dr. Who sounding comment on the radio?  Well, there’s a reason for that.  I exchanged gifts with my friend Louisa–and she got me a cool Dr. Who book–and a sonic screwdriver!!!

Santa brought me a couple of things too.  Some jewelry in my stocking:

These cool chocolates:  (Mom told me I had to eat them a little at a time, not all at once.  Darn!)

And my big present from Santa was super exciting:

I got Luciana!!!!  I was so happy!  Now I can join the doll club too with the other girls.  Here are some pictures of her out of the box, I think she is so pretty!

Oh, that cool fluffy white pillow on my bed, was also a present from Santa.  It will come in very handy for when I want to watch TV or play video games.

Hope you enjoyed seeing my presents.  Did you get anything really special for Christmas?  I loved everything I got this year, but I’m most excited about Luciana and my amplifier for my guitar.

Thanks for stopping by!  Now I have to clean this mess up before Louisa gets here, she’s coming over to play later on!  Bye!  And Happy New Year!

Holiday Decorating Day!

Hi guys, Mimi here!  Mom’s been decorating the house a bit, so I decided I wanted to decorate my room too!

Before we start, check out my cool hat!  It even has a real jingle bell!  Mom’s friend Maggie made it for me, I love it.  I feel very festive!

First things first–a stocking.  Except I don’t have a chimney.  Hmmm…where could I hang this?  I know!

Tada!  Captain Jack, don’t you get any ideas about stealing what’s in it! (Does anyone else love Torchwood?)

I have a couple cute wooden signs.  I think I’ll put this one up along the TV.

This one on one side…

And the other on the opposite side.  Looks good!

Next I have this cool lantern, it was a gift from Xyra over at Tea Time With Melody Q.  Mom had a tea light that changes colors for me to put in it.

It looks pretty cool.  It will look cute on the little table where my radio usually sits.

 

I have this cool pink tree.  I think I know the perfect place for it.

It looks good along side my big nutcracker.

We’ve got Santa Claus too!

I think he’ll look good up on the top of my desk.

And we have to do the Christmas tree!  Mom gave me this really cool silver one, she said it reminds her of one that was in her 1st grade classroom.  She said she thought it was the prettiest tree she’d ever seen.

Check out these cool lights, they look like cactuses!  These were also a gift from Xyra.

I think they look great on.  Now for the rest of the decorations.

Some ornaments on a string that look like giant lights.  They don’t light up though, strictly ornaments.

And a box of Christmas balls.

I have to be very careful with these because they are glass.

Ginger, don’t eat a Christmas ornament!  I don’t want to have to take you to the vet!

There, all done!

Let’s turn out the lights so we can see what it looks like.

I think my room looks awesome now.  I stuck a couple of gifts under the tree for some extra decoration.  I’m curious, do you have a tree in your room?  Mom said when she was in high school she got a little tree for in her room and decorated it every year until she moved out.

Hope you had fun watching me decorate my room!  Blessings to everyone this holiday season!