Purpose of this Blog...

You may have noticed that not all books are equal in capturing children's imaginations and in cultivating those innocent, tender souls. My goal is to help you find the ones that do!
(Painting by Mary Cassatt: "Mrs Cassatt Reading to her Grandchildren" -1888)

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Bears Like Marmalade - And So Do I!

My daughter has a great sense of humor:  she found this jar of Robertson's orange marmalade on Sunday when we were in the L.A. Arboretum Gift Shop, and bought it in honor of my "Golden Jubilee" 50th Birthday...

Paddington Bear's "GOLDEN Shredless" (no zest) Orange Marmalade.  You have to check out the Robertson's website - it's so cute!

If you remember from my last post, the fifth of the Paddington chapter books, Paddington at Large, published as a first edition in the U.S. in 1963 - one year after its British debut - will also turn 50 this year! Go here to the Paddington Bear Official Website for a brief synopsis of each chapter and to see a list of all 13 novels (and lots of other fun stuff).

Paddington Bear has charmed readers with his fun misadventures and love of marmalade since 1958. Many new shorter stories have been written as board books for little ones, but for the true charm of the stories, make sure you try the originals when your children are old enough for chapter books (either as read alouds, or to be read on their own).

With my new gift, I think I'll try making some Orange and Cranberry Tea Sandwiches that I recently found on Pinterest.  The recipe is from Southern Living Magazine, March 2012.

Photo: Jennifer Davick; Styling: Lydia Dearis Pursell - source
1 (8-oz.) package cream cheese, softened
2/3 cup sweetened dried cranberries
1/3 cup orange marmalade
1/2 cup chopped toasted pecans 

Preparation: Stir together softened cream cheese, dried cranberries, orange marmalade, and pecans.  
Spread on: pumpernickel bread; add thinly sliced smoked turkey and fresh arugula between slices of bread.
Cut sandwiches into triangles (crusts optional).

Enjoy with hot or iced tea.  Do you have any good orange marmalade recipes?