Benjamin Squirrel’s Easy Crock Pot Apple Butter

20161010_2012486 quarts of Applesauce
2 tablespoons of ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground cloves
1/2 teaspoon of allspice
1 Crock pot (slow cooker) 6 quart size

Large spoons and ladles


Fill the crock pot to within an inch of full with applesauce, mine takes about 5.5 quarts.:

Stir in the spices: 2 tablespoons of ground cinnamon 1 teaspoon ground cloves 1/2 teaspoon of allspice or spice to taste.

Set the crock pot on low or medium heat. . Every crockpot is different, so you just going to get to know which setting works best on your crock pot.

Cover it loosely, I use a pair of chopsticks which I place across the top of the crock pot, then I put the lid on top of those.  This leaves a space for the moisture to escape when cooking down the butter.

Leave it to cook for 6 – 18 hours.   How long depends on the size and power of your crockpot, and how thick you like it, Stir it occasionally, to keep the butter from burning to the sides of the crock pot.  When the apple butter is at the desired thickness transfer to containers and refrigerate or seal in canning jars.  I allow mine to cool, place it in medium plastic containers and freeze it.

Lizzy Beaver’s Butterflies


Peanut Butter
Sliced apples
Sliced Strawberries
Graham Crackers


Break the graham cracker into 1 half making a nice even square

Spread the peanut butter on top of the graham cracker in an even layer.

Arrange the raisins down the middle for the body, the sliced apples for the wings and add a strawberry slice for the head.

You can also cut antennae out of sliced licorice.

Gladly Bear’s Ants On A Log


Celery stalks, washed
Peanut Butter or
Whipped Cream Cheese Spread
Fresh fruit


Wash the celery stalks and cut into sections. Take the peanut butter or cream cheese and fill the inside of the celery stalk, smoothing the top. Take the raisins and place them evenly spaced on top of the peanut butter or cream cheese.
Garnish with fresh fruit and serve.

Submitted by Carrie Hebert

John Fox’s Fruit Pizza

jul28006Serves 12


1 Cup Orange Juice
1/4 Cup Lemon juice
Dash of Salt
3/4 Cup Water
3 Tablespoon Cornstarch
1 Cup Sugar


8 Ounce Cream cheese
1/2 Cup Sugar
1 Teaspoon Vanilla


1 Package of Sugar Cookie Dough


Mix ingredients of glaze, cook over medium heat until it boils and thickens, then cool. Spread cookie dough on buttered pizza pan. Bake 350F degrees for 10 minutes. Cool. Mix sauce and spread over cooled dough. Arrange fruit on top and pour glaze over. Refrigerate.
Your child will love being creative on arranging the fruit on the pizza.

Submitted by Karen Orteza

Hannah Rabbit’s Crock Pot Candied Carrots

A recipe from the cookbook I am writing, Miss Rosie’s Cooking With Cubs.


1 Bag (32 oz) ready to eat baby carrots
½ teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon cinnamon
½ cup packed brown sugar
2 Tablespoons butter cut into small pieces
1 tablespoon parsley flakes





1: Spray a 4 Quart crock pot with cooking spray.

2: Place the carrots in the slow cooker

3: Sprinkle the top of the carrots with the butter, salt, cinnamon and brown sugar

4: Cover and cook on high, stir after 2 hours.

5: Cook on high 2 more hours until carrots are at desired tenderness.  Sprinkle carrots with parsley and cover to let parsley absorb moisture.

6: Spoon carrots into serving dish, spoon excess sauce over carrots.  Stir before serving.

Miss Rosie’s Picnic

Miss Rosie OwlIt was a beautiful day in Fairwood Forest, the sun was shining down, a cool breeze was blowing and the sky was a clear blue dotted with cotton candy clouds.  Miss Rosie the Wise Old Owl looked out her door and said, “Thank you Lord for such a fine day.  I think I will take a walk through the forest and enjoy your handiwork. Why it is the perfect day for a picnic.”

So Miss Rosie went back inside to her closet and pulled out a medium wooden basket.  She carried it to her kitchen and loaded it 2 huge loaves of bread, a tub of churned butter, a jar of homemade strawberry jam, a jar of homemade peach jam, a fresh apple pie, and some dried figs she had  received as a gift that week. Miss Rosie then pulled a large checkered tablecloth from a drawer and placed it gently over the items in the basket, covering them completely.

“It was so nice of Polly Camel to send me these figs,” she thought. “I will have to send her a jar of her favorite apricot marmalade when I make some next week.”

Miss Rosie picked up her basket, went outside and climbed down to the path.  Pausing for a moment, she decided to walk towards the church.  As she neared the church, she spotted Pearl Eagle outside playing.

Pearl looked over and waved, “Hi Miss Rosie,” she said, “are you going on a picnic?”

“Why yes I am dear, I was thinking of asking your family to join me,  It is such a lovely day to be outside enjoying God’s beauty.”

Pearl squealed excitedly and ran inside the house.  Shortly she returned followed by her big brother Aaron along with Pastor and Mrs. Eagle.  Pastor Eagle was carrying a basket like Miss Rosie’s.  Pearl and Aaron ran over to help Miss Rosie with her basket, with Aaron holding it and Pearl grabbing at one corner.

“Miss Rosie I packed two carp that Aaron caught yesterday and a jar of my prized pickles,” said Mrs. Eagle.

“I helped make the pickles,” chimed in Pearl. “I picked and washed all the cucumbers.”

“And I’m sure you did a very good job of it too,” said Miss Rosie with a smile.

Together they all set off down the path looking for the perfect place to eat.  They went down by the big oak tree but Pearl said it was to shady. They went down by the river, but Mrs. Eagle was worried one of the children would fall in.  Then they found a small clearing, halfway between the river and the children’s clubhouse.  It was perfect, just enough shade, a cool breeze blowing over brightly colored flowers and close to the brook fed by the spring in the clubhouse.

Pearl and Aaron set down the basket and Miss Rosie pulled out the checkered tablecloth.  Smoothing it out she placed it on the ground and had Pearl and Aaron put rocks on the corners to hold it.  She then pulled out the bread, jellies, butter and figs and placed them in the center.  Mrs. Eagle then pulled her prize pickles out her basket and then the two fish.  These she set next to the bread.

Handing a pitcher to Pearl, she told her to bring back some spring water from the brook.  Aaron she asked to make sure Miss Rosie was comfortable.

As Pearl was heading back from the brook, Mr. and Mrs. Bear came walking by followed by Gladly Bear and his little sister Suzanne Bear.  Spotting Miss Rosie they came over to greet her and the Eagles.  Miss Rosie invited the Bears to join them in their picnic.  At that moment there was a crashing in the bushes and out barreled Jeff Chipmunk, followed by Robbie Mallard.

“I WIN!!!!!!,” crowed Jeff.  “I AM THE FASTEST IN THE WHOLE FOREST!”

“You didn’t win yet,” replied Robbie.  “We are not at the clubhouse yet.”

“What?” cried Jeff, “Well it won’t matter as I will still get there first.”

At that, Jeff and Robbie barreled off towards the clubhouse.

No sooner had they left though when Victoria Mallard, Hannah Rabbit and her little sister Hayley Rabbit stepped out of the bushes.  Watching Robbie and Jeff run off, Victoria sighed.

“There they go again,” sighed Victoria. “I suppose we will have follow them again.  I think they only have one speed, if Robbie isn’t running then he is asleep.   Oh, hello Miss Rosie, hello Pastor Eagle, Mrs. Eagle how are you today?.”

“They are just going to the fort Victoria,” said Pastor Eagle.  “You can see it from here, besides we were just about to sit down to lunch.  Why don’t you girls join us.”

Pastor Eagle called over Pearl, who had decided to go chase butterflies.  Pearl cane over and sat next to Hayley.  The two of them immediately started talking and giggling to each other.  Pastor Eagle shushed them and prepared to give the blessing over the food.

But before he could pray, he was interrupted by the loudest noise he had ever heard.  Looking towards the sound, he saw a large crowd of children exiting the clubhouse and running their way.  The children were yelling and cheering as they ran, creating a loud ruckus.

Jeff Chipmunk was first to reach them, shortly followed by Robbie Mallard, Bryan Skunk and Emma Muskrat. Then the rest of the children arrived and the clearing was swarming with excited, screaming cubs.

Dalton Bobcat ran over and gave Miss Rosie a hug, while Heather Polecat joined Hayley and Pearl.  Jesse Polecat went over to greet Gladly Bear and soon the two of them were happily chatting away.  Pastor Eagle looked around at the throng of cubs, over 30 in all, and smiled.

“Childen,” he said. “We were just about to have a picnic out here.  You are all welcome to join us and share what we have.   We will stretch it somehow.”

Gladly Bear looked at the bread and said, “Miss Rosie, I know where there is some honey nearby. That would go good with the bread.”

Jesse Polecat chimed in, “We have fishing poles in the clubhouse, we can catch some more fish. Come on Mallard you can help me”

Benjamin Squirrel jumped up and said, “Jeff Chipmunk and I know of some good nut trees, we can go gather some for the picnic.  There is also a good apple tree by the clubhouse.”

Victoria Mallard piped up, “We have more dishes and some baskets in the clubhouse. You can use this in the food gathering. And look there is a whole field of dandelions over there. We can use those to make a nice healthy salad.”

So Victoria Mallard and Hannah Rabbit gathered a group of the younger kids and led them to the clubhouse for supplies.  Soon all the children were out gathering food from the forest for their picnic feast.

About an hour later Jesse Polecat and Robbie Mallard returned. Between them they carried a stout vine, on the vine were strung 2 large salmon and 7 medium largemouth bass.  Behind them came Joshua Beaver and his little sister Lizzy Beaver carrying wood to make fire.  Quickly they stripped some branches to hold the fish and started a crackling fire.  Soon the smell of freshly cooked fish wafted over the clearing.

Jeff Chipmunk came running up with a bag full of walnuts, spilling them as he bounced around excitedly showing them off. Benjamin Squirrel followed him picking up the walnuts as he went. He was carrying two sacks, one for the walnuts and one full of ripe red apples.

Gladly Bear and Bryan Skunk showed up sniffing the air and licking their lips.  Both of them were carrying jars from the clubhouse which they had filled with pure golden honey.  Gladly must have approved of the honey for a trickle of honey ran down the side of his mouth.

Soon the rest of the children returned.  Suzanne Bear and Jessica Fox had large piles of dishes which the placed on the tablecloth.  Little Andrea Skunk carried a basket that was almost as large as her. It was filled to the brim with tasty dandylion greens.  Gracie Raccoon carried a basket full of flower petals for the salad.

There was spicy marigold petals, sweet carnation petals, green clover, tasty cornflower and day lillies sitting in the basket.  Tied in small bundles on top were stalks of wild chive and stems of wild thyme.  Hannah Rabbit carried a wide shallow bowl full of water. Floating on top were some water lillies.  This she placed in the center as a decoration.

Pastor Eagle called for quiet and once the cubs had settled down he said the blessing over the food. Mrs. Bear then started slicing the bread and passing it around, Miss Rosie started serving up the fish.  Shrly everyone was contentedly munching on their meal.  LiLi wren ate 3 whole slices of Miss Rosie’s bread with lots of sticky jam on top. Mrs. Bear looked down, licked a paw and used it to wipe honey from LiLi’s face.

When everyone had eaten all that they could, they gathered up the leftovers and packed them in the baskets.  Miss Rosie’s jam was all gone but they placed a jar of honey in her basket along with the last few slices of bread.  They also packed one of the bass and a pile of the greens for her. Then they started filling the other baskets. By the time they done, 3 baskets were full of leftover food.

Pastor Eagle looked at the baskets of food and said, “Oh my, we are leaving with more than we brought.  Two baskets of food and we still managed to feed this hungry hoard.”

“Why Pastor Eagle,” said Miss Rosie, “Doesn’t this remind you of a story from the Bible? I know it reminds me of one.  I wonder if the cubs would like to hear it.”

All the kids shouted out a loud YES, so Miss Rosie sat down and began to tell the story,

Jesus had just gotten some bad news about John The Baptist children and that made him sad.

When Jesus heard what had happened, he withdrew by boat privately to a solitary place. Hearing of this, the crowds followed him on foot from the towns. When Jesus landed and saw a large crowd, he had compassion on them and healed their sick.

As evening approached, the disciples came to him and said, ‘This is a remote place, and it’s already getting late. Send the crowds away, so they can go to the villages and buy themselves some food.’

Jesus replied, ‘They do not need to go away. You give them something to eat.’

 ‘We have here only five loaves of bread and two fish,’ they answered.

 ‘Bring them here to me,’ he said.  And he directed the people to sit down on the grass. Taking the five loaves and the two fish and looking up to heaven, he gave thanks and broke the loaves. Then he gave them to the disciples, and the disciples gave them to the people.  They all ate and were satisfied, and the disciples picked up twelve basketfuls of broken pieces that were left over.  The number of those who ate was about five thousand men, besides women and children.”

Miss Rosie found this story in Matthew 14: 13- 21

The Bee Attitudes

It was a beautiful day in Fairwood Forest, the warmth of the sun peeking through the curtains tickled Suzanne Bear’s face causing her to roll over. The sound of Mrs. Bear singing could be heard downstairs along with the clanking of pots and pans as she made breakfast.
The smell of fresh pancakes crept up the stairs invading Suzanne’s dreams, dragging her slowly from her dreams.  Her brother Gladly Bear came running in her room and shook her.

“Wake up Snoozy Suzy!  Mom has breakfast ready and the pancakes are getting cold”, laughed Gladly.

“OK, OK, I’m up”, grumbled Suzanne.

Together they bounced down the stairs to find a humongous stack of pancakes waiting for them in the center of the table.  Next to the pancakes were a bowl of fresh berries and a jar of honey.  Mr. Bear set a jug of clear sparkling spring water on the other side of the pancakes and sat down at the table next to Mrs. Bear.

Mr. Bear said the blessing and then they started their meal.  Gladly took a stack of pancakes smothering them in golden honey and sprinkling juicy red raspberries on top.  Suzanne however placed her berries between each layer of pancakes and then dumped the thick rich honey over the whole stack creating a lake of the golden liquid around the bottom layer.

As they were finishing their meal Mrs. Bear said, “Gladly, Suzanne, Miss Rosie is coming over to have dinner with us tonight.  Your father is heading down to the stream after breakfast to catch us some fish.  I would like you two to gather some more honey so I can bake honey muffins for dinner.”

So Gladly and Suzanne grabbed their little red buckets and went out to gather some honey for their mother.  They went to field and watched the bees as they danced from flower to flower.  Following the bees to an old knotted oak tree, they discovered a large hole in one the knots where the bees were entering.

Gladly took his bucket and climbed up to the hole. Reaching in, he scooped out the thick honey into his bucket.  When his bucket was full, Gladly climbed down to Suzanne.  He handed her his bucket, then took hers and climbed back up to the hole.

While he was filling Suzanne’s bucket, a bee flew down to bottom of the tree and buzzed around Suzanne.  Fearfully she ducked down under the bee and backed against the tree.  The bee followed her and landed right in the middle of her nose.

Scrunching up her face, she blew from the side of her mouth at her nose. Harder and harder she blew, but that darn bee would just not move.  Finally out of desperation she swatted at the bee with her paw.  She managed to knock the bee off of her nose, but as it was leaving it stung her.

Ow! Ow! Ow! The stinger hurt so much, it felt like a shard fire sticking in poor little Suzanne’s nose.  Tears welled up in her eyes and Suzanne began to cry.  Gladly hearing her cry climbed down the tree to see what was wrong.

buzzardEdwin Buzzard was walking through the forest and heard Suzanne’s wailing.  He came over to see what the noise was all about.  When he saw Suzanne sitting there crying, he began laugh and tease her.

“Look at the little baby”, sneered Edwin. “Crying her eyes out over some little boo boo, did you fall down and hurt your wittle knees?”

Suzanne got angry when she heard this and wanted to hit Edwin so he would leave her alone.  But Gladly stopped her, “Remember what Miss Rosie told us.  We should forgive people, let’s take our honey home and forget about Edwin.”

So Gladly and Suzanne picked up their buckets and headed back towards home.  Edwin Buzzard followed them, teasing Suzanne and Gladly.  But when they paid no attention to him, it was no longer fun and he left them.

Miss Rosie the Wise Old Owl was there talking with their mother when they returned home.  She looked at Suzanne’s nose and made appropriate tsk sounds while Mrs. Bear spread a cool soothing ointment on Suzanne’s injury.

“Miss Rosie, the bee hurt me so much it made me cry,” sniffled Suzanne.  “Then that mean old Edwin Buzzard started picking on me, he made me so mad.  Why I just wanted run over to him and yell at him or hit him.  But then Gladly reminded me how Jesus would want us to forgive people so we left Edwin and came home.”

“That’s right Suzanne,” said Miss Rosie. “In fact Jesus had nine guidelines he gave people.  They are called the beatitudes.  They tell us how to treat others and how we should act.  Let me tell you about them. I will tell you what he said and explain it as I go along.

Jesus was teaching in Galilee and everybody was coming to see him, bringing sick people to be healed.  Why there were great big crowds following him.  Well one day he went up on the mountain, and when he sat down, his disciples came to him.

This is what he taught them:

“Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

In other words trust in God, he will supply all your needs.


Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.

Share the joys and sorrows of others.


Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth.

Be gentle with others.  Don’t try to get your way by bullying.


Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied.

Do the right things. Make sure people are treated the right way.


Blessed are the merciful, for they shall receive mercy.

Forgive others and ask others for their forgiveness.


Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God

.Be faithful to God and follow God’s ways.


Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God.

Bring people together, encourage others to work together instead of fighting.


Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

In difficult times trust in God, keep following Him.


Blessed are you when others revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account.  Rejoice and be glad, for your reward is great in heaven, for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you.

When the bad people pick on you for following God, be happy because your reward in heaven will increase because of this.


You are the salt of the earth, but if salt has lost its taste, how shall its saltiness be restored? It is no longer good for anything except to be thrown out and trampled under people’s feet.

You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden.  Nor do people light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a stand, and it gives light to all in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.”


Miss Rosie found this story in Matthew 5:1-16



Gladly The Cross Eyed Bear

GladlyOnce upon a time in the great big forest, there lived a couple of bears.  Now Mrs. Bear was sad, because she and Mr. Bear had no children.  Mr. Bear loved Mrs. Bear very much, and tried to make her happy.  He brought her the sweetest honey from the hives, and lovely flowers from the fields.   But Mrs. Bear remained sad and this made Mr. Bear sad too.

Then one day, a joyous event happened, Mrs. Bear had a little baby bear.  Mrs. Bear was so happy to have a baby; she had waited so long for this child.  She was so pleased, that she named her little baby Gladly Bear.

Gladly was a beautiful little bear, his fur was thick and brown.  His teeth were white and sharp, and his eyes were round and brown.  There was only one problem, Gladly’s eyes would not look straight ahead.  Yes poor Gladly was cross eyed.

When Mr. Bear came home and saw Gladly’s eyes, he was upset.   How could he have such a poor child, he was not perfect.  Yet when Gladly cuddled up to him, the love he had for his son welled up inside him and poured out.  Yes even with his eyes, Gladly was perfect to Mr. Bear.

As Gladly grew, he often went out in the forest to play.  There he met the other animal children, but because of his eyes they would not play with poor Gladly.  They laughed at him, called him mean names, threw dirt at Gladly and chased him away.  The other children were not nice.

But one child, Benjamin Squirrel did not chase Gladly or call him names.  Poor Benjamin was also picked on by the other children for he had large buck teeth.  He knew how poor Gladly felt and joined him to play.  Gladly and Benjamin quickly became close friends, and played together every day.

One day while they were playing together, Gladly and Benjamin came across the other animals playing a game.  They asked them if they could join in the game, but the other animals started calling them mean names.  Then the other animals started to throw dirt at them and chased them away.  Gladly and Benjamin were so upset that they ran crying into the forest, soon becoming lost.

As they wandered in the forest, they came across Rosie the Wise Old Owl.  “What is wrong, why are you crying little ones?” asked Rosie.

“The other animals are making fun of us and calling us names”, replied Benjamin.

“They said we are ugly and funny looking”, cried Gladly, “they don’t want to play with us and chase us away.”

“Why there is nothing wrong you”, said Rosie.  “Don’t you know that you are both special to God?  In fact God made you just the way you are and He knows how special you are.  God loves you so much he sent His own Son down to earth for you.

Everybody does bad things, this is called sin.  Sin keeps us away from God because He can not be around it.  This makes God sad, because He wants to be with us.   But God sent us Jesus His son to help us get rid of sin.  He took all of our sins and put them on Jesus.  Jesus died for our sins so we can be with God.  So now when God looks at us, He sees Jesus.

“Now”, said Miss Rosie, “it is getting late.  You children better run on home before your parents start worrying about you.”

“But we can’t go home”, cried Benjamin. “We got lost running away from the other animals and don’t know where we are.”

“Well I guess I will just have to show you the way home then”, said Miss Rosie. And she started down the path, leading Gladly and Benjamin back to their homes.  Soon they saw the lights shining happily through the windows of their homes and ran on ahead.

After that, Benjamin and Gladly spent many days visiting Miss Rosie.  She told them many stories about Jesus and how he loved them.  One day, Gladly stomped in to visit Miss Rosie looking upset.

“Why Gladly Bear” said Miss Rosie.  “What on the earth is the matter with you?  You look very angry.”

“It’s those mean kids”, sniffed Gladly.  “They have been calling me names again and throwing dirt at me.  I hate them, they are not nice.”

“But Gladly”, said Miss Rosie. “Remember what I was telling you about Jesus.  He would want you to forgive those kids, and to pray for them.  Now give me a smile, and we will pray for them now.”  So Gladly and Miss Rosie prayed for the mean kids, asking Jesus to help them learn how to be good.  Gladly’s heart felt much lighter after he forgave the mean kids.

A few days later, Gladly went over to meet Benjamin to play.  Benjamin’s mother told them to be careful while playing, for Man had been sighted in the forest.  Benjamin wanted to have a race, but Gladly wanted to play Hide and Seek.  So they ran off to their favorite clearing where they would have plenty of room to do both.

Gladly smelled a strange smell as they came near their favorite clearing,.  Cautiously they crept up to their clearing, peering out through the bushes.  There they saw Man.  Man had built cages of wood and ropes, and had locked the other kids in the cages.

“Benjamin”, said Gladly.  “We must do something.   We can not leave the other kids with Man.  Man will hurt them and do mean things to them.”

“But Gladly”, said Benjamin.  “They were mean to us, why should we help them.”

“Remember that Jesus helped us”, said Gladly.  “He would want us to forgive them and help them also.  I will keep Man busy, while you chew the ropes and free the others.”

So standing on his rear legs, Gladly broke through the bushes running towards Man.  Fiercely he gave a mighty growl scaring Man, causing him to run out of the clearing.  Gladly followed him a little more, growling and roaring to keep Man running until he was out of the forest.

While Man was running away, Benjamin scurried over to the cages.  Using his impressive buck teeth, Benjamin chewed through the ropes on the cages.  As the ropes broke, the cages fell apart and the other kids were able to escape from them.

The other kids surrounded Gladly and Benjamin while cheering loudly.  Happily they thanked them for saving them from Man.  Slowly Hannah Rabbit walked up to Gladly and Benjamin.

“Thank you for saving us”, said Hannah.  “But why did you help us after we called you all those mean names, and threw dirt at you?”

“Miss Rosie the wise old owl told us about Jesus”, replied Gladly.  “And he would want us to forgive you and help you.”

“Can we learn about this Jesus also?” asked Caitlin Otter.

“Of course”, replied Benjamin.  “Follow us and we will take you with us to Miss Rosie’s.  She can teach all more about Jesus.”

So the other kids followed Gladly and Benjamin, through the woods they went to Miss Rosie’s house.  Miss Rosie brought out a tray of cookies she had been baking and soon was telling all the children about Jesus and His love.

The other kids soon became good friends with Gladly and Benjamin. Every day they would go see Miss Rosie, where they would learn more about Jesus.