Today, January 18th, marks the birthday of A.A. Milne: novelist, playright, poet and creator of the Winnie-the Pooh! Milne passed away in 1956 but his works of Winnie-the-Pooh and friends will live on in the hearts of both children and adults alike for eternity! Pooh, as he has come to be known as today, was originally created after a teddy bear loved by Milne’s son. The real life Christopher Robin’s dear friend was named Edward but Winnie was adopted as the character’s name after a Canadian black bear who became a military mascot of World War I.
Stories of a plump teddy bear began to appear in Milne’s poetry but the first actual appearance of the name “Winnie-the-Pooh” came on Christmas Eve 1925 in a short story called “The Wrong Kind of Bees” published in the now defunct London Evening News newspaper. I have actually never read this short story even though my family has long been a fan of Winnie. I have chosen anyway to give a nod to that story with my tribute lunch today.
For those looking for Gluten-Free Friday I apologize for changing my focus today in tribute of A.A. Milne and his legendary Winnie-the-Pooh. Do remember of course that this lunch can be made gluten-free by making a few easy changes! My traditional gluten-free Friday will be back next week!
Served in an Easylunchboxes container, this Pooh lunch for my three year old Trevor includes:
- A beehive sandwich cut with a beehive cookie cutter and topped with the word “POOH” cut from cheddar cheese with mini alphabet cookie cutters (there are a handful of pistachios under the beehive to lift it up a bit for the photo).
- Sliced mini cucumbers topped with a pepperoni cut into a heart by a mini cookie cutter
- Ritz crackers topped with a Pooh bear carved out of a slice of cheddar cheese and topped with a blueberry nose. I was inspired by this post over at Disney Baby but made a few slight alterations and did Pooh’s face free hand with a paring knife.
- Pretzels with a bee ring nestled in
- Apple slices
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I am not the only blogger paying tribute to Milne today! Please go check out my colleague’s blogs for more inspiring lunches!