A new little fella was born into the hug at our cottage this week. We don't know what his name is yet, but he can already stand by himself, and climb into Christmas trees!
Thursday, December 24, 2009
Tuesday, December 22, 2009
One of our favorite cookies to make for holiday get togethers are Meringue Surprises. Ginger Snap, a little brown Christmas bear, is making sure that no other bears try to steal the cookies while they cool.
Here is the great-grandmother's recipe:
4 egg whites at room temperature
1/4 t. salt
1/4 t. cream of tartar
2 t. vanilla extract
1 1/2 c. sugar
1 12 oz. package of semi-sweet chocolate chips
Beat egg whites, salt, cream of tartar and vanilla until soft peaks form. Add sugar gradually and beat until the mixture is stiff. Fold in the chocolate chips.
Cover cookie sheets with brown paper if you have it. Drop meringues by teaspoonfuls into small mounds.
Bake at 300 degrees for about 25 minutes, reducing heat to 250 if they begin to show signs of browning.
Meringues should be creamy white and crisp dry when done. Let cool and store in a sealed tin.
Monday, December 21, 2009
Snow Pooh came to the Baybearys' Cottage way back in December of 1999. He was living in Florida, of all places! He reports that he is much happier living in the Mid-Atlantic state of Maryland, where the winters are more agreeable. We will have to watch him carefully to make sure that he does not try to catch a ride in Santa's sleigh, because his dream home is the North Pole!
Sunday, December 20, 2009
We had a blizzard between Friday night and Sunday morning. The bears could not go outside on Satuday because it was too cold, snowy and windy. It was a good day to stay indoors and hibernate while the human beans did housework. But on Sunday morning, Corey Allen Bearsmore, who already had his winter coat on, was the first one to dash outside to check out the snow. It was over his head!
He climbed up a mound and sat a top what was left of the butterfly bush. The flag pole was something good and sturdy to grab should he start to sink - but he didn't sink.
So he climbed up onto another snow hill which was a little smaller and was going to lean on the fence. He did start to sink into the white fluffy snow. He decided to head back inside and have a nice hot cup of hot chocolate instead!