Sunday, July 10, 2011

Bitter Sweet

Teddy Bears have a unique way of comforting us during trying times. As children, our faithful companion consoles us when we get scolded or simply cuddles with us when we need a hug. Not everyone has nostalgic memories of teddy bear hugs. For instance, I don't recall ever seeking solace from a teddy bear or any other stuffed animal for that matter. Granted, it was a looooooooooong time ago:)

...Beneath the trees, where nobody sees.
They'll hide and seek as long as they please.

Today's the day the teddy bears have their picnic...

So why celebrate Teddy Bear Picnic Day? I have my reason. Let's see, we already have the music. I didn't do half bad with that music mix, now did I? We certainly have the food. I haven't even begun to dig into that awesome picnic spread we had for the Picnic Game. How about some small talk?

Did you know, our 26th President, Theodore Roosevelt, was often called "Teddy?" If you do, you probably already know The History of the Teddy Bear too. Just in case, here's what the folks at the Library of Congress have to say about the "Teddy Bear Connection."

Theodore Roosevelt was often called Teddy, and after one particular hunting trip this nickname took on a new meaning. Roosevelt was an outdoorsman and a hunter, but he also loved animals. On one occasion, he was hunting with some of his aides and a group of reporters. For several days, the newspapers reported that the president had failed to shoot any game. Finally, Roosevelt's aides found a bear, which they cornered and presented to him as a trophy. However, Roosevelt felt compassion for the bear and refused to shoot it...

While there are more than enough goodies rounding out our picnic basket this year, it occurred to me that I never got around to "bringing" anything to the picnic. Suppose I make up for it today, on Teddy Bear Picnic Day instead?

Take a look at this recipe I found for Ginger Peachy Coffeecake in the Best Kids Cook Book published by the editors of Sunset Magazine. (see Children's Cookbook Reviews link below)

Sounds good, doesn't it? And, what about this article I found for a Teddy Bear Picnic in the Taste of Home Annual for 2001? I didn't want to take up too much room including the back story in the scan, so I'll just type it and include the recipe which is for a Sandwich Bear courtesy of Sue Schuller from Minnesota.

Choosing a theme for a baby shower was easy after my friend told me she was decorating her baby's room with teddy bears. I dreamed up a teddy bear picnic.

My table was set with a cheerful red checked gingham cloth. Toy stuffed bears surrounded a main course that was fun to look at--a Sandwich Bear. With it I served Bear's Picnic Veggie Dip, Beary Cute Cookies and Teddy Carrot Bars.

Door prizes in teddy bear gift bags were awarded to those who found a teddy bear sticker on the bottom of their picnic plates. The mother-to-be and the shower guests were full of compliments...and I thoroughly enjoyed preparing the festive dishes for the gathering. This theme picnic could be adapted for a child's birthday or to delight teddy bear lovers of any age!!!

You may have noticed, I haven't been myself for the past two weeks. I'm having a difficult time coming to terms with the sudden passing of my niece, Kathleen. It's simply unbearable. Kathleen had been battling substance abuse most of her young life. She was 30. She leaves behind devastated friends and family and two adorable little boys. I spent July 4th weekend down in New York trying to comfort my sister and her family and now, it is time for me to take solace in knowing, for Kathleen, the pain is gone.

Thankfully, my daughter Michele and the kids are coming for a long July visit. I'm sure they will "snap" me out of it. I'll be taking a break from blogging for the rest of the month but will try to visit your delicious blogs here and there. Thank you so much for your patience and understanding, Louise.

1. Taste of Home Teddy Bear Bread
2. How to Celebrate Teddy Bear Picnic Day
3. Teddy Bear Theme Party Ideas
4. Teddy Bear Sandwiches from Betty Crocker
5. Teddy Bear Chicken Burgers
6. Teddy Bear Picnic Mix
7. Children's Cookbook Reviews