“When you wake up in the morning, Pooh,” said Piglet at last, “what’s the first thing you say to yourself?”
“What’s for breakfast?” said Pooh. “What do you say, Piglet?”
“I say, I wonder what’s going to happen exciting today?” said Piglet.
Pooh nodded thoughtfully.
“It’s the same thing,” he said.
While on the hunt for an instruction manual I rifled through a cupboard filled with old cookbooks…and happily came across one of my children’s favorite miniature cookbooks (just the right size for chubby little fingers to grab onto…not too heavy, not too light, just right.) And isn’t everything associated with Winnie-the-Pooh “just right?”
I think so.
Everything about our favorite bear is “extra-specially” delicious because Pooh sweetens his suggestions with honey-laced words.
And we all know that a person can say just about anything to another person if said sweetly enough.
In honor of holiday baking (and in honor of Pooh’s timeless wisdom,) here is everyone’s favorite bear’s Cookie Wisdom (that also translates into good life wisdom).
See if you can spot the parallels between the two.
1. Baking: Always preheat the oven before baking and plan ahead, assembling everything you need before you start.
2. Rolling Dough: For the most tender cookies, handle and reroll with care.
3. About Overbaking: Don’t do it. Watch them carefully and be brave enough to remove them when their allotted time is up.
4. Prevent Sticking: Spray generously with a cooking-oil spray (to prevent crumbly messes.)
5. Storage: Let cookies cool on cookie sheets until firm (or ready to be handled.)
6. Ingredients: Use the best (and you’ll get the finest results.)
7. Preparation: When mixing by hand, be prepared to give your arm a thorough workout and take frequent breaks. Superfine sugar and a wooden spoon make mixing easier. 🙂
And don’t forget the rules of kitchen safety. Handle everything with care (extra-specially people.)