I know I am not supposed to play favorites but I will. Of all the stories that I have done over the years, this one, Read, Cook, Love, is my favorite. I love writing for Parents (the team there ROCKS) and I love what they did with my idea and recipes. They have made it shine!!  The story is in the November 2011 issue of Parents magazine.

It is our tradition – I take books that the kids love to read and we create dishes around them! I hope you will see the slideshow above and leave comments! Would LOVE your thoughts.

Here is an additional recipe that is not in the show:

Winnie the Pooh Honey Blueberry Shake

Top this with an edible bumblebee or a unsprayed edible flowers.  You can make bees with yellow jelly beans and a tube of black icing, or purchase sugar bumblebees from www.thepartyworks.com.

Serves 2

1 cup plain yogurt (full fat, low fat, or fat-free)

1 cup blueberries, rinsed and drained

2 tablespoons honey (divided 1 + 1)

Whipped cream to top (optional)

Edibles bees or edible flowers for garnish

Kids: Put the yogurt, blueberries, and 1 tablespoon of honey in the blender.

Grown-up: Cover and blend until smooth. Pour the shake into the glasses.

Kids:  Top with whipped cream, if you like.

Kids: Drizzle the remaining honey over the shakes. Float a couple of bees or a flower on top of the honey.  Add a straw and drink!

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  1. Love this, Monica! I adore children’s books (former elementary school teacher here, and Milne’s works seem to have applications for all ages) and we also raise honeybees. 🙂

    Off to share … thanks!

  2. Love this Monica! Very adorable as well 🙂

  3. This is such an adorable post! Love it! I am a firm believer of starting the kids in the kitchen early! We did so many fun things with my own sons…even practiced Math, Reading and Spelling while concocting recipes. Thanks for sharing!

  4. I adore this idea. When I have kids, I’m coming straight here for some awesome ideas because this is so innovative. What a great way to get children involved with their food.

  5. Monica, this is so clever. I love it! I will make story-book treats with my nieces and nephews soon!!

  6. After reading this article in Parents, I had to include links to this and the original article on my children’s book review blog…what a great way to spend time together with your children!

  7. I loved your article. Over the last couple of months I have actually been brainstorming a summer camp based on this very idea! When I read your article it was the affirmation I needed to carry on. I am aiming the camp towards 4-6 year olds so I am really going to have to be creative. We were going to read the story, create the recipe and then color a bookmark ( with the recipe of course!) If you have any more ideas I would love to hear them!

  8. I remember this one. really great ideas!


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