Guess who had a birthday this week?
Yes, the 6″ tan teddy bear who frequents this blog turned 26 on Wednesday. Back in September 1988, he winked at me from a booth at the Fall Teddy Bear Show in Timonium, Maryland.
He promised to be good so I brought him home. Mr. Cornelius turned out to be an avid reader and a good baker but has quite the knack for mischief. You may have noticed that he loves to have his picture taken (he’s not happy unless he has at least one blog close-up every week). I must say he keeps me very busy answering all his fan mail. 🙂
Just for Poetry Friday, he selected three favorite poems from Bears∙Bears∙Bears: A Treasury of Stories, Songs and Poems About Bears compiled by Mary Pope Osborne (Parachute Press, 1990). He had fun finding just the right vintage photos to go with them.
And just to make sure you don’t go hungry, he’s whipped up a batch of Lemon-Glazed Tea Cookies from Winnie-the-Pooh’s Cookie Book. Wrap your lips around a few while you enjoy the poems. 🙂
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MY TEDDY BEAR
by Marchette Chute
A teddy bear is a faithful friend.
You can pick him up at either end.
His fur is the color of breakfast toast,
And he’s always there when you need him most.
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from ADVENTURES OF ISABEL
by Ogden Nash
Isabel met an enormous bear,
Isabel, Isabel, didn’t care;
The bear was hungry, the bear was ravenous,
The bear’s big mouth was cruel and cavernous.
The bear said, Isabel, glad to meet you,
How do, Isabel, now I’ll eat you!
Isabel, Isabel, didn’t worry,
Isabel didn’t scream or scurry.
She washed her hands and she straightened her hair up,
Then Isabel quietly ate the bear up.
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by A. A. Milne
If I were a bear,
And a big bear too,
I shouldn’t much care
If it froze or snew;
I shouldn’t much mind
If it snowed or friz —
I’d be all fur-lined
With a coat like his!
For I’d have fur boots and a brown fur wrap,
and brown fur knickers and a big fur cap.
I’d have a fur muffle-ruff to cover my jaws,
And brown fur mittens on my big brown paws.
With a big brown furry-down up to my head,
I’d sleep all the winter in a big fur bed.
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🐻 MMMMM, COOKIES! 🐻
In case you haven’t seen this sweet little book, it contains almost 50 cookie recipes grouped into sections like “Anytime Cookies,” “Honey-Pot Cookies,” and “Holiday Cookies and Icings.”
Mr. Cornelius found Lemon-Glazed Tea Cookies under “Cookies for Company,” remarking that YOU are his favorite company. 🙂
He earnestly squeezed lemons, measured milk, beat butter and sugar, cracked an egg, even sifted flour, baking powder, and baking soda without making too much of a mess. His favorite part was applying the lemon juice/sugar glaze because he got to use a special brush.
If you like buttery cakey cookies with a fresh lemon flavor, these are for you. Mind you don’t eat too many or you’ll get stuck in the doorway when you visit Rabbit.
🔷 LEMON-GLAZED TEA COOKIES 🔷
makes 3 dozen
- 1/3 cup milk
- 2 teaspoons lemon juice
- 1/2 cup softened butter (1 stick)
- 3/4 cup sugar
- 1 egg
- 1-3/4 cups flour
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon lemon zest
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 2 tablespoons lemon juice
Stir 2 teaspoons of milk into lemon juice. Set aside.
Beat butter and sugar together until fluffy. Add egg, lemon juice-milk mixture, and remaining milk, and mix well.
In another bowl, sift flour, baking powder, and baking soda together, and slowly add to butter mixture. Stir in lemon zest.
Drop by rounded teaspoons onto ungreased cookie sheets and bake at 350 degrees F for 10 to 12 minutes. Edges should be lightly brown.
Mix lemon juice and sugar for glaze. Allow cookies to cool, then brush with lemon-sugar glaze mixture.
~ Adapted from Winnie-the-Pooh’s Cookie Book, inspired by A.A. Milne, with decorations by Ernest H. Shepard (Dutton, 1996).
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The lovely and talented Amy Ludwig VanDerwater is hosting the Roundup at The Poem Farm. Take her some tea and cookies and enjoy the full menu of poetic goodness being served up in the blogosphere this week. Do keep an eye out, in case a little bear winks at you. 😉
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This post is also being linked to Beth Fish Read’s Weekend Cooking, where all are invited to share their food-related posts (recipes, book reviews, photos, musings, etc.). Bon Appetit!
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