Santa sneaked around the corner tightly gripping Jessie’s lead. Nurse Withers did not like dogs roaming around the hospital and Santa knew if she saw Jessie that they would be thrown out of the building. He would have come to see Jack alone but Jack always smiled when he saw Jessie.
Santa peeked around the corner. When the path was clear he quickly led the dog down the hall to Jack’s room. The pair reached Jack’s room and Santa pushed the door open. He flicked on the light and closed the door behind them. Santa moved to the bed and gently shook the sleeping man.
Jack grunted and then groaned before opening his eyes. He peered out into the gloom of the room. When his eyes focused he saw Santa and Jessie. A broad grin passed across his face. “Well, hello. I was wondering when you were going to visit.”
Molly’s Nana wass coming for a visit on the weekend and Molly wanted to make something special. She pulled out her Nana’s favorite recipe for Ginger Snaps and baked several dozen. Her special recipe is below.
1 cup sugar
1 cup molasses
1 cup melted butter
1 beaten egg
1 tsp ginger
2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
3 1/2 cups flour
Mix sugar, molasses, butter and beaten egg. Mix soda, salt, ginger and flower together. Incorporate wet and dry ingredients. Drop mixture onto a cookie sheet by spoonfuls. Sprinkle with white sugar.
Bake at 375 degrees Fahrenheit for 15 minutes. Cool completely before serving. Makes 2 dozen large cookies
Attending garage sales and flea markets on the weekend. Santa likes to look for vintage Christmas tree ornaments for a special tree he puts in his office. He has gathered a selection of over a hundred Santa Claus ornaments.
Niagara Falls. Santa, Jessie and Molly visit once a year to view the beautiful waterfall and to play in the fun houses and museums.
Canoeing in Algonquin park. Santa, Jessie and Molly often go on canoe trips on the weekend. Jessie is not to sure about the activity. Mosquitoes bite her on the nose and she hides her head in the canoe to try to ward them off.
Gardening. Santa and Molly spend a great deal of time at Molly’s mother’s home planting her gardens. Santa is especially fond of the sunflowers she plants every year. Molly took a portrait this year of Jessie and the sunflowers.
The Bay of Fundy. Watching the tides roll in and out and eating seafood.
Drumheller. Santa loves history and the dinosaur museum is one of his favorite places.
Attending folk festivals in a variety of communities.
Trips to the beach to dive in the surf. Jessie doesn’t like water so she stays away from it as much as possible and rolls in the sand but Molly loves swimming and Santa likes floating on his belly.
Fireman’s breakfast. Raising money for good causes and getting a hearty breakfast are at the top of Santa’s list.
Attending the theater. Santa used to sneak Jessie in until she snored so loud she disturbed the other patrons.
Santa told Molly about the crack in the manufacturing facility and that he and Jessie were going to visit Jack Frost in the North Pole hospital. Molly went to work and baked a special treat for Jack. The recipe is below.
2 cups flour
2 tbsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1 cup white sugar
3/4 cup orange juice
1 beaten egg
2 tbsp melted butter
1 cup whole cranberries
Mix wet ingredients into combined dry ingredients. Pour into a greased loaf pan and bake at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 50 too 60 minutes.