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Jessie makes a friend

Jessie stomped down on the crunchy leaves and wagged her tail as she followed the path Jessie Makes a Friendbehind Santa.  They were visiting Molly’s sister in Southern Ontario where the leaves were now red, orange and yellow.  Jessie poked her nose at a particularly big one sending it scattering across the sidewalk.  She hurried after it, caught it in her mouth and pushed Santa’s leg to get his attention.

“It’s nice to see you enjoying yourself, Jessie.  Aren’t the trees beautiful?”

Jessie wagged her tail and then sniffed the air.  She looked around and up high into the oak tree.  Then as fast as she could she zipped to the tree and jumped up on the bark A deep roar came from her throat as she jumped around the tree trunk.

“Jessie, what is it?”  Santa hurried over and looked into the canopy of leaves. “Well, my goodness, it’s a squirrel.  Come here, little one.”

The  squirrel rose its tail and chattered.  It dropped the acorn from its tiny paws onto the ground.  Cautiously, the animal came forward and jumped onto Santa’s  shoulder.  It chattered in Santa’s ear.

Jessie jumped down and sat on her haunches.  She growled as the Santa talked to the squirrel.

“My, my.  I see. I’m glad to meet you Herbie.  I’m Santa Claus and this is Jessie.  She’s really a good dog.  Let’s see if we can make a new friend.”  Santa held out his hand for the squirrel to jump on it and then held it down towards Jessie.

“Jessie, you’ve all kinds of friends at home.  Can’t you make a friend of Herbie for me?”

Jessie lowered her ears and looked curiously at the squirrel. She wasn’t too sure about making friends.  She used to love chasing squirrels but if Santa wanted her to make a friend of Herbie she would.  She’d do anything for Santa.

Santa was now holding the squirrel in front of Jessie’s nose.  She sniffed its fur and then licked it on its back.

Herbie jumped off Santa’s hand and onto Jessie’s back.  He walked up to Jessie’s head and sat at the base of her ears.

Jessie sighed.  Santa said she would be friends but she didn’t have to like it.  She lowered her head so the squirrel could scramble off her head to the ground.

“Good girl, Jessie.  Let’s continue our walk and leave Herbie so that he can collect his dinner.

Good-bye, Herbie.  We walk this path often when were here.  We’ll see you again.”  Santa placed Herbie on the floor and watched as the squirrel scampered over Jessie’s paws and back up the tree.

Santa whistled at Jessie and she ran to follow Santa down the gold, and crimson path knowing they’d made a new friend.

 

 

 

 

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

 

Santa’s Favorite Hobbies

  • Star gazing late at night with Jessie and Molly at his side. He especially enjoys the Perseids Meteor Shower.Santa's Favorite Hobbies
  • Water skiing with the elves. Jessie barks at him from the motor boat while Santa tries to perform tricks for his friends.
  • Picnics near the lake. Molly always packs a special lunch.  They enjoy the treats and relax by the lapping water.
  • Feeding the ducks with the elves children. Santa loves to see the smiles and laughter on the children’s faces.
  • Visiting the deer houses after the new baby deer have been born. Santa likes the babies to get to know him as soon as possible.
  • Going for a midnight walk on hot, steamy summer nights. Jessie and Santa listen to the sounds of the owls and the coyotes on their walks.
  • Sleeping in the hammock under the trees. Santa doesn’t get much down time at Christmas, so he likes to enjoy a vacation during the warm summer months.
  • Cold iced tea on the patio with Jessie and Molly. Santa loves iced tea in the sun.  The only thing he loves better is to spend time with Jessie and Molly.
  • Swimming in the lake with his snorkel and flippers. Santa likes to look for treasures under the water as he gets his summer exercise.
  • Watching the bike races on tv. Santa used to ride bicycles when he was young, and he always marvels at how fast the racers go.  It’s can be a dangerous sport, so Santa uses his Christmas magic to keep the racers safe.

Jessie’s Favorite Summer Time Treats

  • Soft ice cream in a cup on those toasty, humid days in JulyJessie's Favorite Summer Time Treats
  • Trips to Lake Huron to visit Molly’s sister. Molly’s sister always makes meat loaf for Jessie.
  • Swimming in the lake with Santa. Jessie likes to splash Santa when he’s not looking.
  • Trips to the dog park. Jessie loves to make new friends with the other dogs.
  • Chunks of cold watermelon. Jessie loves this sweet treat.
  • Chasing butterflies in the garden. Jessie never catches the bugs, but she loves to see the bright colors flit and flutter through the air.
  • Baths in the warm sun. Jessie doesn’t like the bath so much, but she loves her fur to be dried with the towel.
  • Day trips in Santa’s convertible. Jessie loves having her ears flopping in the wind.
  • Sleeping under the trees in the park. Jessie loves to feel the warm sunshine on her back and the breeze on her fur.