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National Teddy Bear Day

Have you hugged your teddy bear lately? Today’s National Teddy Bear Day, and I’m teaming up with Leisure Arts food editor Celia to celebrate our love for these silly old bears..with some fun patterns ideas and a free recipe. 
Are you inspired to create a teddy bear for your very own or for a special someone in your life? I’ve got some downloadable e-Patterns to recommend:

Buttoned-Up Bear Sewing ePattern & Barry the Bear Sock Doll ePattern

Springtime Bears Crochet ePattern & Sleepy Bear Crochet ePattern

Are you feeling compelled to make bears yet? Would you rather gobble one up? Check out Celia’s free Honey Grahams recipe!

Celia says:

Just imagine these tasty ingredients and textures combined for a melt-in-your-mouth cookie: brown sugar, honey, whole wheat flour, and cinnamon. If I was a teddy bear, and teddy bears could speak, I would say, “warm and fuzzy tummy treats”! Our Honey Graham cookie recipe uses graham flour — a type of whole wheat flour — for a thin, rolled cookie that bakes up crisp. So, make it into a cute teddy bear shape for all the bears, large and small, in your house.

Honey Grahams
1-1/2 cups whole wheat graham flour
1 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup vegetable shortening
1/3 cup firmly packed brown sugar
1/4 cup honey
1/4 cup vegetable oil
3 tablespoons cold water
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon salt
Combine all ingredients in a large bowl; knead dough until a soft ball forms. Wrap in plastic wrap and chill 30 minutes.
On a lightly floured surface, roll out dough to 1/8" thickness. Use teddy bear cookie cutter to cut out dough. Place on an ungreased baking sheet. Bake in a preheated 425 oven for 3 to 5 minutes or until golden brown. Cool cookies on baking sheet (cookies will become crisp as they cool). Store in an airtight container. 
Yield: about 3 dozen cookies
Enjoy these and more delicious cookies for every occasion with our cookbook—Celebrating Cookies Book 2! It’s also available as an economical eBook to download!
Happy National Teddy Bear Day to one and all!
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