Santa, Molly and Jessie like to sit by the fire on blustery fall evenings. Molly knits stockings for the elves Christmas trinkets, Santa carves trains and Jessie amuses herself looking at the pictures in Molly’s magazines. She likes to pull out the pictures and put them in a pile under the coffee table. Molly found the clippings and put together a word search for the elf children to work on at the harvest festival. Here is Jessie’s word search.
Fall is here and the trees are beginning to turn colour. At this time of year the restaurant chains come out with everything pumpkin and Molly feels like baking some sweet treats. Molly pulls out her mothers old, worn recipe book and bakes her special pumpkin spice muffins. They’re the perfect treat for a cold windy day and Jessie loves them.
This year Jessie is helping Molly in the kitchen. She stood against the counter looking into
the bowl as Molly mixed and turned the batter. When Molly wasn’t watching Jessie licked the spoon. She wagged her tail furiously and bent to lick the batter from the bowl but Molly pushed her away so that she could portion the batter into muffin tins. Of course she used a fresh spoon!
While the muffins were in the oven Jessie sat staring at the glass window watching them rise. The hardest part was waiting for them to cool. Then, when Jessie thought she could wait no longer, Molly gave her one fragrant treat.
Jessie loved the pumpkin flavour and gobbled the muffin up. Then she stood waiting for another.
Molly smiled and waved her finger. “No more today, Jessie. I’m glad you liked the muffin. Everyone loves my mom’s recipe. Do you think we should share with our friends?”
Eat less of Molly’s famous tarts. They taste so good that Jessie can’t stop until the entire tin is gone.
Only chase the cats in the town when Molly is away. For some reason Molly always gets upset when Jessie corners one of the neighbor cats up a tree.
Cuddle with Santa more often. Santa is so busy during the year that Jessie misses the attention. When Santa is home Jessie plans to spend as much time with him as possible.
Participate in the sled games and stop sliding into the finish line. Jessie has played in the games 3 times now and each time she has slid. This year Jessie wants to stop elegantly at the end of the race just as her friend Angel does.
Learn some of the ancient words of the Elven language. The elves don’t use the language much but when they do it sounds beautiful. The funny thing is the elves only tend to use the words when Jessie has gotten into mischief.
Lose some weight. Jessie’s tummy is getting rounder and the coat Molly made her is starting to stretch.
Sleep more. Jessie only takes a morning nap, an afternoon nap and an evening nap. She thinks that adding a before supper nap is a good idea.
Whimper less when Molly is giving her a bath. Jessie hates baths. She used to run and hide in the corner when Molly got the soap out at bath time. Jessie wants to please Molly and has vowed be quieter.
Wear her shoes when Molly asks her to. Jessie often runs away when Molly asks her to put on her booties. She really hates the feel of the fabric on the coarse pads of her feet. But the last few times she has ran away Jessie came home limping. Her feet got too cold. So when Molly asks her to put on the shoes she will try not to run away.
Go ice fishing with Santa and be silent. The last few times they went Jessie scared the fish away with her excited yipping.
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.
At the party everyone loved Molly’s dessert and requested the recipe. She has typed it out below for all her friends to enjoy.
1/4 cup hazelnut coffee
7 tbsp cocoa
1/2 cup melted butter
2 cups stevia
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.
1/2 cup chocolate cookie crumbs
1/8 cup hazelnut coffee
1 2/4 cups icing sugar
1 tbsp oil
1/4 tsp salt