OK my single friends, please stop with the face. We people with smaller people have to make the best of their obsessions.
When Keely first started getting into the American Girl books, I decided it was a fun way for her to get a hands-on history lesson. After reading each collection, we would devote a day to the character, doing what they would have done, eating what they would have eaten. Keely even took it upon herself to dress the part. I decided it was too much work not to document for someone else to use too.
Kaya – 1760s
Meals: Dried fruit and nuts; salmon, beans, wild rice and corn cakes; beef jerky (we were fresh out of elk and bison)
Activities: Made a dreamweaver, built a tepee and told stories around our “fire” before bed
Felicity Merriman – 1770s
Meals: Fried ham with gravy, dressed eggs and Johnny cakes; cornish game hen, sweet potatoes and green beans; Homemade apple butter, bread and tea
Activities: Held a colonial tea party, sewed a sampler, learned some colonial dances, and made apple butter and a homemade bread loaf
Josefina Montoya –1820s
Meals: Bizcochitos and cinnamon hot chocolate; tamales and tortilla soup; pork carne asada, corn salsa and sopapillas
Activities: Made a corn husk doll
Kirsten Larson – 1850s
Meals: Sausage and fried potatoes; vegetable soup and apple pie; trout, baked beans, buttered bread and maple candy
Activities: Made maple candy and dipped wax candles; churned butter
Addy Walker – 1860s
Meals: Bacon and buttermilk biscuits with honey; Beans, cornbread and pickles; Homemade ice cream; Ham, sweet potatoes and peach cobbler
Activities: Made homemade ice cream, played cup and ball
Samantha Parkington – 1900’s:
Meals: Strawberries with cream, ham slice and cheese omelet; Chicken salad sandwiches, lemon ice; Cucumber and cream cheese finger sandwiches and tea; Roasted beef tenderloin, green beans and cream of carrot soup
Activities: Etiquette class, played checkers, put together a vaudeville show
Kit Kittredge – 1930s:
Meals: Oatmeal with peaches, club sandwiches and milkshakes, baked macaroni and cheese and glazed carrots
Activities: Listened to Orphan Annie and War of the Worlds radio broadcasts
Watched Shirley Temple’s Little Princess and a news reel on Amelia Earhart
Molly McIntire – 1940s:
Meals: Toad in a hole; meatloaf, mashed potatoes, peas and coffee cake.
Activities: Planted a victory garden and played jacks
Julie Albright –1970s
Meals: Granola and a smoothie; hotdogs and fruit salad; fondue; sloppy joes and broccoli casserole.
Activities: Wove friendship bracelets, played twister, went rollerskating
|Keely as Felicity|
|And as Kaya|