Willy Nilly Silly Old Bear.

It’s almost been 100 years since Winnie the Pooh first appeared on the printed page. Unbelievably, the first collection of stories by A. A. Milne appeared in 1926.

Whether you’re a bigger fan of Paddington, the Care Bears, Teddy Ruxpin, the Snuggle Fabric Softener Bear, I think we can all agree that a celebration of Winnie the Pooh is in order.

And, even though I can’t take all 22 of my Kinder kids to visit Pooh Corner in Hartfield, East Sussex, we will celebrate in Austin, Texas!

Surprisingly over the years, I’ve discovered that many of my kids do not know of Winnie the Pooh. Hopefully, after today, they’ll want to read and discover more about Pooh and his friends.

I’ll take one of my Winnie the Pooh books in from home and read it to them. I know they’ll enjoy it! We’ll also discuss Pooh’s favorite snack — hunny — and learn about bees and pollination. Of course we’ll end our celebration by creating a delicious snack and enjoying it together. I found this recipe on siouxhoney.com:

Honey Apple Nachos

  • 1/4 cup Sue Bee Honey
  • 3 apples
  • 1 TBSP melted peanut butter
  • 2 TBSP chocolate chips
  • 1 TBSP shredded coconut

Directions

  • Slice the apples and spread on a plate.
  • Drizzle honey and melted peanut butter over the apple slices.
  • Sprinkle chocolate chips and shredded coconut on top.
  • Enjoy!

Winnie the Pooh and fun times with friends remind me of a great quote — “Any day spent with you is my favorite day. So, today is my new favorite day.”