Cottage Crafts & Three Bears Bread

Once upon a time, in a little house in a wood, lived a happy family. There was a Mama Bear. There was a Papa Bear. And there were lots of little Baby Bears that liked to spend their Saturdays doing all sorts of absurd, digital hobbies.
This Saturday would be different, Mama Bear declared. It was going to be a good, old fashioned Saturday. No Computer. No Nintendo. No digital beeping in the background. Just family. Just fun. All day long.
Baby Bear #1 asked Mama Bear to make Oatmeal Bread. It was his favorite thing to eat. It was her favorite way to use up the drum-sized canisters of nearly-outdated oatmeal hiding away in the family cellar. Delicious and practical. Sounded better than a walk in the forest (or a surprise visit from one ungrateful Goldilocks). So, they fired up the oven and got to baking.

Big Bowl of Oatmeal Bread
A pleasant cross between a yeast bread & quick bread, you’ll want to slather each heavy, moist morsel with butter & honey.
3 c. old-fashioned oatmeal
6 c. water
~Microwave until water disappears, about 7-10 minutes.~
~Let Cool.~
3 T. yeast
1/2 c. very warm water
1/2 c. brown sugar or honey
~Place in a large bowl.~
~When yeast begins to bubble, add:~
1/4 c. sugar or honey
2 t. salt
3 c. flour
~Stir until flour is incorporated. Dough will be sticky.~
~Pour 1 c. olive oil over the dough.~
~Knead until dough becomes bouncy.~
~Add flour by 1/4 cups
up to an additional 1 cup of flour, if needed
to keep the dough from being too terribly sticky.~
~Let rise 45 minutes. Until doubled.~
~Separate into three even amounts
& place in well-greased bread pans~
~Allow to rise another 30-45 minutes~
~Bake at 350 degrees for 35-45 minutes,
until bread is nicely browned~
~Allow to cool. (Bread may appear rather doughy until cooled completely)~
Someone’s been eating my oatmeal,
and it’s DELECTABLE!


After eating their slabs of warm oatmeal-bread, all four Baby Bears settled into a simple project that was sew easy and sew fun they stuck with the task for hours. When all was said and done, each hopped off to bed with these new, hand-made stuffed toys: a Papa Bear, a Mama Bunny, and a Baby Boo (don’t ask).
And so, the story was {slightly} re-written. But, we happen to think it’s much more enjoyable than the original. So there.

To sew your own easy felt creatures, check out the post below for patterns & directions.

And they all slept quite cozily
until the morn.
The End.