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Made with Elf Love – Caramel Corn

On Halloween night the elves throw a movie party and invite the residents of the north pole to come.  They usually drink fizzy drinks, play music and watch scary films.

The elves love to eat and they always have a wide array of food at their party.  One of their most popular treats is homemade caramel corn made with love from the elder Elves kitchens.  It’s sweet and crunchy and everyone loves it especially Jessie who places her paw on Santa’s knee to get him to give her some.

The elves famous recipe is listed below.

Heat oven to 250 degrees Fahrenheit. Continue reading Made with Elf Love – Caramel Corn

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Jessie’s Trip to the Pumpkin Farm

Jessie sniffed the corn stubble.  There were so many wonderful scents on the pumpkin farm that she hadn’t been watching Santa.  So, when she turned to greet her friend she was startled.  Santa’s face was no longer rosy and plump.  Instead, it was smeared with black and white makeup.  His face looked like a skull and Jessie didn’t like that. Jessie's Trip to the pumpkin farm

Jessie whimpered and put her legs between her legs.  She edged her way away from the corn maze and moved behind a sculpture of two horses with a cart that was made of twigs.  Jessie flopped down on the ground and placed her head on the nearest pumpkin.  She looked mournfully into Santa’s face and sighed.

Santa laughed.  “What’s wrong, Jessie? Don’t like my new look?”  He reached up and rubbed his chin.  When he reached into his pocket dirty black makeup smudged his jeans.  Santa tried to wipe the smudge  clean but couldn’t.  He pulled out his tee shirt to cover the offensive mark and looked down at the dog.

“It’s okay, Jessie.  It’s all in good fun.  The haunted pumpkin farm is a fundraiser for homeless families.  I’ll take off the mask soon.  I promise!  Anyone, for caramel corn?”

Jessie’s ears perked up and she raised her head off the pumpkin.   She timidly wagged her tail and then hurried to catch up with Santa as he walked to the food table down by a stage.  Jessie approached the table but stopped and tilted her head as she noticed the man on stage.   He was dressed as a zombie and his hair was flopping up and down. It fell off his head.

Jessie sat mesmerized for several minutes until Santa held out a handful of corn for the dog.  Jessie licked Santa’s hand and woofed down the sweet treat.  She turned to look at the stage again but the zombie was gone and two young girls were holding up pumpkins they had carved.

At that moment, from somewhere behind a pile of pumpkins a loud “Kaboom” filled the air.  The sound lasted for over a minute.  It was so high pitched that it hurt Jessie’s sensitive ears.  She dropped to the ground and put her paws against her ears.  She began to cry loudly.  As suddenly as it started the sound stopped but not soon enough for Jessie.  Her ears rang and she no longer liked the pumpkin patch.  She wanted to go home.

Santa reached down and massaged the dog’s ears.  “Some prankster set off a bunch of firecrackers behind the hay bales on the other side of the barn.  They’ve been stopped.  They could have set us all on fire!  I’m sorry about your ears, Jessie.  Let’s go find the sleigh and head back to Ms Claus.”

Santa picked up the dog and began to wind his way through the crowd of oddly dressed people.  As Jessie watched her surroundings from the warmth of Santa’s arms, she wished the party didn’t have to be so scary. Jessie liked parties.  After all, parties had food, and warm hugs, and food, and music, and most of all food.  But, somehow a party where everyone tried to scare everyone else seemed strange to her. At least the scary parties would be over soon and the fun parties of Christmas and New Year’s Eve would be along soon. Jessie wagged her tail.  Soon, she’d have shortbread, dances with Molly, gift giving with Santa and Christmas Eve Day roast beef.  She’d be home soon and she couldn’t wait for the holidays.

Santa’s Favorite Cranberry Cookies

Autumn is one  of Santa’s favorite times of year.  He loves watching the elves jump in brightly coloured piles of leaves and carving jack-o-lanterns.

Chloe often visits the Claus house. Last year she brought Santa and Jessie a special treat.  She brought sweet and chewy cookies that have a zing of cranberry.  The Cookies were so good and Santa loved them so much he asked for the recipe.

This autumn Santa wants to share the recipe for these cookies with all his friends so they can enjoy them as much as he does.

Ingredients

1 cup salted butter Continue reading Santa’s Favorite Cranberry Cookies

Molly’s special Hazelnut Brownies

Molly, Santa and Jessie have been invited to a picnic at Molly’s sisters down south.  Molly shuffled through her recipes to look for something perfect to bring to the celebration.  After hours of looking she decided to bring her mother’s recipe for Hazelnut Raspberry Brownies.  She loves how the tart raspberries combine with the rich chocolate.Molly's Special Hazelnut Brownies

At the party everyone loved Molly’s dessert and requested the recipe.  She has typed it out below for all her friends to enjoy.

Ingredients

1/4 cup hazelnut coffee
7 tbsp cocoa
1/2 cup melted butter
2 cups stevia
3 eggs
1 tsp vanilla
t tsp salt
1 cup flour
1 cup raspberries
1 cup chocolate chips

Incorporate all ingredients into a large bowl and mix until smooth. Bake at 350 degrees Fahrenheit in a glass pan for 30 to 35 minutes. Cool and ice. Store in refrigerator.

Hazelnut Icing
1/2 cup chocolate cookie crumbs
1/8 cup hazelnut coffee
1 2/4 cups icing sugar
1 tbsp oil
1/4 tsp salt