Sunday, July 1, 2018

Teddy Bear Picnic #Recipe from Guest Meg Macy! #GIVEAWAY



Please welcome today's guest -- author Meg Macy.  Meg Macy writes the Shamelessly Adorable Teddy Bear cozy mysteries for Kensington. Who doesn’t love a teddy bear? But her series has an edge, since “there’s nothing warm and fuzzy about murder.” Set in Silver Hollow, Michigan, Sasha Silverman manages the family’s teddy bear shop and factory – and stumbled into catching killers…

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Thanks, Mystery Lovers Kitchen authors, for having me here today! I’m a big fan of the “quick and easy” method of putting together a meal, dessert, or party. I used to bake but time has gotten away from me – too many deadlines now! So here’s a great idea for hosting a fast, quick and easy "Teddy Bear Picnic" for your kids or grandkids! They would LOVE to take part and help prepare - with their favorite teddy bear, of course, or any stuffed animal.

I came late to loving teddy bears, although I did enjoy several "tea parties" with my daughter and her Bun (The Velveteen Rabbit) plus other stuffed animals. The more, the merrier! But since it’s summer, and close to the Fourth of July, we’ll go with a picnic theme.

TEDDY BEAR PICNIC MENU

Peanut Butter "Paws"
Beary Berry Good Fruit Cups
Goldfish, Teddy Grahams, Gummy Bears
Teddy Bear Ice Cream Sandwiches

Peanut Butter Paws

Bread, round cutter, peanut butter, pecan pieces



Cut round “paws”, save crusts for birds or toss. Spread peanut butter on one round, cover with another round, dab peanut butter on four pecan pieces to resemble claws.





Beary Berry Fruit Cups

Raspberries, blueberries, blackberries, sponge cake rounds or cupcake liners

Wash berries – whichever kids (or bears) love in your family. Fill bought sponge cake rounds or cupcake liners, add berries. Optional topping with whipped cream, healthier to skip.





Teddy Bear Ice Cream Sandwiches

Ice cream, homemade or store-bought cookies, chocolate chips



Scoop ice cream onto backside of one cookie, top with second. Decorate with chocolate chips, piped icing, goldfish, teddy grahams, or however you desire.



Hope you enjoy your Teddy Bear Picnic. Have a safe and festive holiday!



GIVEAWAY! 




Meg will give away a signed copy of Bear Witness to Murder, Book 2 in the Shamelessly Adorable Teddy Bear cozy mystery series, to ONE commenter! Best wishes! Open to US readers only. Comment here, with your first name and an email address (yourname (at) yourserver (dot) com) where we can reach you! The drawing will be made on Tuesday July 3rd.


Award-winning mystery author Meg Macy lives in Southeast Michigan, close ​enough ​to Ann Arbor, Chelsea, and Dexter -- the setting of her "Shamelessly Adorable Teddy Bear" cozy mysteries. She is also one-half of the writing team of D.E. Ireland for the Eliza Doolittle & Henry Higgins mysteries; two books​, Wouldn't It Be Deadly and Get Me to the Grave On Time​ ​were​ Agatha Award finalists​ for Best Historical​. Meg's first published book, Double Crossing, won the 2012 Best First Novel Spur Award from Western Writers of America. Meg loves reading historical and cozy mysteries, gardening, crafts, and watercolor painting.





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118 comments:

  1. That is the cutest cover! I can't wait to read this!
    Carolsue
    digicats {at} sbcglobal {dot} net

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  2. Thanks for the great holiday recipe; I love all types of fresh berries. Thanks for the chance to win!

    salvatoresmom71(at)yahoo(dot)com..

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  3. What a cute idea for a picnic! I love all of the food ideas.
    Margaret: scarletbegonia5858(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. Thanks! very easy, trust me. I love shortcuts!

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  5. Thanks for having me today, Peg and the others at Mystery Lovers! I've found some great recipes here - when I feel like cooking. ;-D

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  6. Susan bookaddictioninnc(@)yahoo(dot)com

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  7. What an adorable and easy way to have fun with the kiddos! Going to do this. I know they will have just as much helping prepare it as eating it.

    I'm just about done reading "Bear Witness to Murder". Absolutely LOVE it! I'll not throw my hat in the ring on this one since I've got it. Just had to let everyone know that YOU HAVE TO READ THIS AMAZING BOOK. You won't be disappointed.
    2clowns at arkansas dot net

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    1. Awww, thank you, Kay!! so glad you enjoyed Bear Witness.

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  8. A Teddy Bear factory and shop sounds like an interesting theme, since we have always loved teddy bears at our house! We have a little Halloween pumpkin-wearing bear similar to to this cover. Cozy covers are always the most clever!

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    1. Aww, I do too. Love putting out my pumpkin bear in October. Isn't that a sweet cover? I love it.

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  9. What an adorable and sweet picnic. So special for the little ones. Love this book and the treats. elliotbencan(at)hotmail(dot)com

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    1. I think the kids would LOVE to help!

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  10. The books and picnic look so cute. I love teddy bears. Thanks for the contest. Carol ckmbeg (at) gmail (dot) com

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  11. Looks like a great read! Love the cover and the treats. Grandkids will love them. I have my first "Teddy". He watches over all the other denizens of my bedroom from the top of my dresser. He is purple and psychedelic. It matches his wildly funny personality. Della at deepotter (at) peoplepc (dot) com

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    1. A purple psychadelic bear? How cool!! I'm sure he's a winner. :-)

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  12. Your covers are soooo cute! I'd love to read this!

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    3. Thank you! The artist did a wonderful job. I do love color!

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  13. What - no "ants on a log" at a teddy bear picnic? What is the world coming to?!

    pjcoldren[at]tm.net

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    1. HAHAHA!! I didn't think of it! that would make a great addition, indeed.

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  14. This picnic would be unforgettable for the grandchildren. Bringing along the cute bears and enjoying the unique and beautiful goodies. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. I agree! As long as the kids don't "feed" the bears. LOL

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  15. Such a cute sounding book and great cover. Growing up, my life was filled with bears since I have two younger sisters and all of us loved bears. One childhood memory that was a bit annoying was that other kids especially would spell my last name of Bayer as Bear. The worst joke was Have you seen Cynthia Bare? Not funny to a young girl who was very shy too. So, yes, bears are a big memory for me. If I were lucky enough to win, I'd share this book withvmy two sisters for sure. I don't leave email addresses any more due to numerous unwanted contacts from strangers in other countries but you can reach me on Facebook as Cynthia Bayer Blain. Thank you. Cynthia "Bear". 😉

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    1. Awww, that's a great story even if it is a bit annoying! I hear ya about being called stuff. Sigh.

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  16. Your Shamelessly Adorable Teddy Bear Mysteries also have shamelessly adorable covers, and your Teddy Bear Picnic is adorable too. Thanks for visiting Mystery Lovers' Kitchen! bobandcelia@sbcglobal.net

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    1. Thanks, Celia! My bears had a good time, although the treats mysteriously disappeared... LOL

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  17. Rita at rgp1950@yahoo.com My grandchildren would love doing this.

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  18. A cute idea for a picnic with the kids or grand kids. I love the cover of the book. I'd love to read it.
    lkish77123 at gmail dot com

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    1. Thank you, Linda! Kensington has wonderful covers, don't they?

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  19. I look forward to reading. - Mollie iemercedez @ aol. Com

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  20. Such a fun idea! I'll have to try this out with my kiddos. Oh, Cran-beary Tea ...I love it! I can't wait to read this! Thank you. konecny7(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. I had fun putting it together for my bears (no grandkids yet), although hubs and I polished off the treats. ;-D

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  21. This makes me wish I had grandchildren so I could have a tea party with them! I am a huge fan of teddy bears and cozy mysteries, so this series is really appealing to me. Thanks for the chance to win! aut1063(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. Oh, me too!! I had fun with my daughter, so I keep hoping...

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  22. As a true arctophile (that's a teddy bear lover I currently have more than 300) I fell in love with the first book and can't wait to read the next. My big teddy bear goes with me just about everywhere but loves to sit and read with me too.

    Hope I'm a winner cyderryATyahooDOTcom

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    1. WOW!! I thought I had a lot -- I think you may have beat me, although I haven't counted lately. Hmm. I wonder... ? Best wishes on winning!

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  23. My granddaughter (almost 2) asks her Papa (grandfather) to play and sing Teddy Bears' Picnic almost every night before bed.
    libbydodd at comcast dot net

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    1. Awww, how sweet! that's an adorable song, too. Best wishes!

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  24. I really enjoyed your first book and would love to win your second. Being a bear collector, it is wonderful to find my other favorite, Mysteries, written in a book. Thanks for the opportunity. robeader53(at)yahoo(dot)com

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    1. Thanks, so glad you liked book 1, Bearly Departed!

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  25. Adorable!
    I would love to add the papreback to my shelves.
    LaurasReadingBlog@gmail.com

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  26. Sounds like a cute book. Sue sclickner at juno dot com

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  27. This is adorable! Now I want to attend a teddy bear picnic. Marla: mbradeen (at) yahoo (dot) com

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    1. I'd love to attend a real one, too!

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  28. I cannot wait to read your books. I put yours on my 'want to read' on BookBub.
    I had a huge teddy bear when I was born. I carried it everywhere for many, many years. My mother patched it so many times and restuffed it constantly. She got to the place it was no longer able to be saved. Sad day for a 10-11 year old.
    Moving forward --the day of my dad's funeral, my then boyfriend brought me a huge teddy bear. This one is nearly identical to my childhood one he knew nothing about. Malcolm (the teddy) rode seatbelted in my car for years--the boyfriend only lasted about a year. That was in 1985. I still have Malcolm-I will be 59 soon. Everyone of all ages loves Teddy bears. It is brilliant for you to include them in your stories. Thank you so much!
    Steelers4Sandi (at)yahoo (dot)com.

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    1. Awww, the boyfriend may not have lasted - but a teddy lives forever!

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  29. Teddy Bear picnic is adorable! I would love to win the book. Looks great!

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  30. I love the cover, it wants me to dive right into the books & I want to try these recipes. Thanks for your great generosity. lindamay4852@yahoo.com

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    1. You're welcome, Linda! Best wishes!!

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  31. Cool picnic. cheetahthecat1986ATgmailDOTcom.

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  32. Me love teddy bears. Win, yes!!! kphans08{at}gmail.com

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  34. thanks so much for the chance to win such a cute prize! <3 amandasmother at aol.com

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    1. LOL - that's my name, "Amandasmom" too! ;-D

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  35. Sounds so good. Thank you. Lori , labyrd@msn.com

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  36. I use to collect boyds bears..love teddy bears..book looks adorable...terry..terrysaunders29@hotmail.com

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    1. I have a few myself! Best wishes!

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  37. Oh my dearly departed brother (middle name Theodore or Teddy) would have loved your picnic idea with the food and the teddy bears as much as I do as we both loved berries (of any kind) and we both loved cinnamon teddy bears! He was always my personal teddy bear whenever I was feeling down. I thought of him lovingly while I was reading Bearly Departed. I have about 50 teddy bears so obviously I love teddy bears! Thank you for the chance!
    teddi1961(at)arcemont(dot)com

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    1. Awww, very sweet. I think of my mom while writing my books - she gave me one of my favorite bears, "Sleepy", a few years before she died. That's a lot of bears, Cheryl!

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  38. Love the teddy bear theme! Thanks for the giveaway

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  39. What a fun giveaway. We used to do a teddy bear’s picnic with our first graders.
    lraines78 at gmail dot com

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    1. I love first grade kids! my fave age - I used to be a substitute teacher, so always took those. Best wishes!

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  40. What an adorable & yummy themed picnic.
    Jana
    turtle6422(at)gmail(dot)com

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  42. You made me hungry! LOL
    Karen
    ksurp@att.net

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  43. Taylor R. WilliamsJuly 1, 2018 at 6:10 PM

    The treats look like they would be yummy in my tummy, and I've been collecting teddy bears for years. Sure would love to win your book. trwilliams69 at msn dot com

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    1. "Yummy in the tummy" - LOL! Best wishes, Taylor!

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  44. The book is on my tbr list, so it would be great to win it. Thanks for the opportunity.
    Gloria. browninggloria(at)hotmail(dot) com

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  45. Love the teddy bear picnic. I just finished the first book, so am excited to see what happens next! Thanks for the chance to win! ljbonkoski@yahoo.com

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    1. So glad you liked Bearly Departed, Lori!

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  46. Please enter me!
    Wendy
    clarksrfun at gmail dot com

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  47. I just love the covers of your books! They are just precious. So of course that makes me want to read them even more! Love your posts on FB too!
    Thanks for the chance to win!
    faithdcreech at gmail dot com

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    1. Awww, thank you, Faith! Best wishes!!

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  48. I loved Book 1 of the series. Looking forward to reading the new book. Thanks for the chance to win a copy. cking78403(at)apl(dot)com

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    1. So glad you enjoyed Bearly Departed! best wishes, Chris!

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  49. I love it. Make the peanut butter pockets for grandson. Teri at himrsfish(at)yahoo(dot)com

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    1. I loooove crunchy peanut butter!

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  50. What a cute idea for a picnic with the little ones. Really clever recipes. Would really like to read "Bear Witness to Murder".
    diannekc8(at)gmail(dot)com

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  51. Thank you for coming up with this menu. Look forward to reading this story.
    cthrn.lmnsk@gmail.com

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  52. I cannot wait to do this with my granddaughter! What a fun idea. Thank you!

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    1. You're welcome, Catherine! I'm patiently waiting for a grandkid. Might have to borrow one... ;-D

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  53. I’ll be looking for the books and shsring ghem! madamhawk@gmail.com

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  54. My great-grandson and I are going to have to try the Peanut Butter Claws. I think he will also like the Beary Berry Fruit Cups.
    I will like reading the book, Bear Witness to Murder.
    Donna
    donna (dot) durnell (at) sbcglobal (dot) net

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    1. Hope he enjoys them, Donna! I loved the ice cream sammies, myself.

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  55. I love cozy mysteries. Your cover is eye catching.
    judytucker1947(at)gmail (dot)com

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    1. Thank you, Judy! I do love my covers!!

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  56. Thank you. I too came to Love Teddy bears late in life. I have to force myself not to buy them every time I see one.

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    1. They're like Star Trek's Borg to me... "resistance is futile!" LOL!! I just bought Beary Poppins. Sigh.

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  57. I have loved Teddy Bears since I was a child. They are still my favorite. The recipes here are so cute. I may drizzle some honey on the fruit cups though as a treat for my bears. Lol. I have to get this book! I adored the first one so much! I’m looking forward to reading Bear Witness to Murder. Good luck everyone.
    cistinaalaska(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. Oooh, what a good idea - cinnamon, honey and yogurt cups with fruit. YUM!! Thanks, so glad you enjoyed Book 1!

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  58. I am looking forward to reading this series! Thanks for the chance to win! jeaniedannheim (at) ymail (dot) com

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  59. Love the ice cream sandwiches..so do my grand-kids!! nani_geplcs(at)yahoo(dot)com

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    1. Oooooh, ME TOO!! those were yummy.

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  60. Thanks for the recipes and food decorations.
    jwisley(at)aol(dot)com

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  61. WINNER WINNER, CHICKEN DINNER! er, teddy bear picnic food, anyway. Random pick is TAYLOR WILLIAMS! Congratulations!!

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