Small Things and a Tasty Surprise

Strong Museum - Doll House
This week the kids are out of school and I have a bad cold. My poor child has been house bound with me for days and it’s vacation time. Enough, I thought, we’re all going on a trip.

On the Road to The Strong Museun

Rochester NY is not far from where we live and we decided the Strong National Museum of Play might make a fine outing. We, actually means my daughter, because me and my sore throat weren’t that keen on thousands of noisy and overly excited kids all in one building. The decibel level must have topped an AC/DC concert (not that have ever attended one…, but that’s what I imagine).

While sniffling and schlepping myself through the museum I stumbled into the doll and doll house section and decided to take a rest. It was quiet and the displays were marvelous.

Strong Museum - Doll
Usually, dolls are not my thing, but this was different. There must have been more than a thousand dolls (Barbies not included), and I won’t bore you with all the pictures I took. These types of dolls below, however, were new to me. They were porcelain with a printed cloth bodies. They seemed to be from the late 1800’s to 1900.
Strong Museum
Wandering in the doll’s section was interesting, but my favorite part of the museum was the doll house area. Endless inspiration of color, textiles and room decor:

Strong Museum - Doll House

Strong Museum - Doll House

Strong Museum - Doll House

They were phenomenal. Here are two kitchens:

Strong Museum - Doll House

Strong Museum - Doll House

Looking at the pics, I’m realizing that once you remove the size reference these images are not half as interesting as when you see the rooms in their miniature size on display. Just use your imagination and make them tiny. That might add some interest.
Since I’m leaving you in the kitchen (see above), here’s a great recipe from Ann Crile Esselstyn from the book “Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease” from Caldwell B. Esselstyn, Jr., M.D., (it has also been all over the web). One might not expect a culinary highlight from a book about preventing heart disease, but try this one and let me know what you think. I have been making this all the time lately. It’s perfect on salads, vegetables and very likely on pasta, but that has to be verified. I also eat it by the spoonful, but only sometimes.

Here it is:

1/2 cup walnuts (cashews work well too)
1/2 cup water
2 tbsp soy sauce
a glove of garlic

throw in a blender, pulse until very smooth and you’re done. You might be in for a big pleasant tasty surprise!

Enjoy your weekend. We will be having………………………SNOW. AGAIN.

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  1. NJOma says:

    Lovely. I love dollhouses too, and was fascinated by the ones displayed in the Museum of the city of New York on 5th Ave and 103rd St. I love you pictures!
    Gute Besserung!

  2. WhiteStone says:

    The doll house is exquisite!
    And I've copied the salad dressing and will try it! Thanks!

  3. Gayle says:

    You must be down in the Finger Lakes as I have been at that intersection. Did you go to the butterfly garden while there? It is fantastic on a grey poopy day. If you ever need ideas of what to see up here just give a shout.

  4. Vicki K. says:

    While I have seen porcelain/cloth-bodied dolls, I was really surprised by the cloth prints. They look so contemporary with the graphics and the little images – like some of the popular Japanese prints available. What marvelous condition they are in!

    We are on our second Snow Day from school!

  5. suschna says:

    Me too, I have never seen such prints on doll bodies. Was there an explanation?
    My heart always skips a beat when I see old dollhouses or dolls, can't get enough of them.
    Hier in Berlin ist gerade eine Kaufladen-Ausstellung im Märkischen Museum, da gehen wir auf jeden Fall auch noch hin.

  6. Lucy in the Sky says:

    I like especially the pictures without seize reference – looks as if one could sit down on that blue velvet sofa or have a piece of cake in the kitchen…
    (and I'm curous how your skirt turns out).
    Gute Besserung auch von mir aus dem ebenfalls frostig-kalten Berlin.

  7. Singoalla says:

    Hi, Today for lunch we tried the sauce with the salad and it was delicious.Thank you!!!!

    Tomorrow we have friends over for lunch and I will try it again.

    Regards from Spain

  8. juanita de la vega says:

    Oh that doll's house it's fantastic! A dream! Thanks for sharing!

  9. craftyb says:

    Next time you're at the Strong, you HAVE to check out the paper doll collection on the second floor- I can't wait to see what you'd do with them…

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