When Jessie, Molly and Santa go to visit relatives down south they like to go to the spring farmer’s markets. They explore the carts filled with the early crops of the season.
This year Molly found a stall that sold honey. Honey is one of her favourite sweet treats and she purchased several jars to take home.
Once she got home she mixed a recipe from her grandmother for Honey Candy,
Jessie, always helpful, rolled the jar of honey across the table to Molly and sat close to the stove so she could be the official taste tester once Molly was finished cooking.
Here is Molly’s recipe to share with your family. Make sure mom and dad help you with this recipe. Honey when heated can burn really easily.
1/4 cup honey
1/4 cup butter
1/2 tsp vanilla
food colouring (red or green)
Melt butter in a large pot. Add nuts and honey.
Fold in vanilla, food colouring and nuts.
Cool . Do not burn yourself. The mixture is very hot when it comes off the stove.
Turn mixture onto a silicone mat and shape into a log or pieces.
Chill until firm. Cut into pieces and serve cold
Jessie loves when the spring comes because she gets to go out in the rain and play. Here are some of her favorite rainy day activities.
- Dancing in the rain.
- Jumping and splashing in puddles.
- Watching the worms and robins dash between puddles.
- Running at full speed to get her coat wet.
- Cuddling under Santa’s umbrella.
- Watching the river rise and flow over it’s banks. (At a safe distance of course.)
- Listening to squeaky rubber boots.
- Watching as rainbows come out as the rain subsides.
- Smelling the scent of fresh rain on grass.
- Looking at the glistening raindrops on flowers.
Santa has been having problems with the heater on the sleigh. Without heat Santa and Jessie would get frost bite when delivering the presents on Christmas Eve. The woman who normally fixes his sleigh had broken her arm so Santa had to get a mechanic from the nearest town to come and fix the vehicle. The mechanic’s name was Tom and he thought that Santa was rather eccentric. He did not believe in Santa Claus but was willing to fix the sleigh. He thought there was no harm in keeping an old man happy.
When Tom looked at the sleigh he found reindeer hair in the fan. The hair had stopped up parts so the heat could not reach the back of the sleigh. Tom scrunched his nose curiously, held up the hair and looked at Santa. Santa just shrugged, and grinned at the man. Tom sighed and put the fan back together. He went home confused and shaking his head.
Now that the fan was fixed Santa called upon his pit crew to get the sleigh ready for the trip. One elf secured the harnesses for the reindeer. He made sure they were strong and would last the trip around the world.
Another elf refilled the cocoa and cookie dispensers so that Santa and Jessie would not be hungry on their journey. Delivering billions of presents is hard work and Santa likes to have a treat on his journey.
A final elf waxed the runners on the sleigh making it easier for the reindeer to pull.
While the elves were working Santa put blankets and pillows in the back of the sleigh for Jessie and then checked that his magic sack was securely wedged into the back of the vehicle. He would take the presents from the magic sack and put them into his personal sack when going down the chimney on Christmas Eve.
Santa also checked that all of the gadgets and gizmos were working correctly and ready for the flight. When finished he slapped the side of the sleigh and called Jessie from her nap in the corner of the building. Santa reached down and petted the dog’s fur. “She’s all ready , girl. We’ll be safe and comfortable on our journey. Are you excited?”
Jessie’s tail pounded on the floor and she stood up and licked Santa’s cheek.
Santa laughed. “Me too, girl. Just think! Only a few more days and we’ll be on our journey.”