The countdown to Christmas is on and each and every day Santa has to make sure a task is checked off his list. All the work he has in December makes him very hungry and Molly has made special for Santa and the elves. Today she made a fresh batch of Cranberry Tarts for everyone. Her special recipe is below.
3 cups flour
1 tsp salt
1/2 lb vegetable shortening
Mix flour, salt and vegetable shortening until crumbly. To a measuring cup add 1 egg and enough milk to make 1/2 cup. Pour wet mixture into flour mixture and combine. Chill for at least an hour.
3/4 cup cranberries
1/4 cup raisins
1/4 cup sugar
1/2 tbsp flour
1/3 cup hot water.
Combine above in blender until mixture is smooth. Pour into prepared tart shells using the pastry recipe above. Bake in a 400 degree Fahrenheit oven for 20 minutes.
Since Jessie was adopted by Santa and Mrs Claus, she has been helping in the factory choose the toys that good dogs will receive under the Christmas tree. Jessie played with 75 different toys during the year and Santa took Jessie’s top 5 favorites and produced them for the dogs of the world. The list of toys includes a squeaky ball, a rubber bone, a pull toy, a stuffed dog and a flying disc.
Jessie was also pleased to sample gourmet dog bones during the year. Molly produced them in her kitchen with a team of elf chefs. Jessie liked all of their creations except the broccoli flavored snack chips but she liked the pumpkin and apple bones the best. So this year Molly’s culinary team has produced a treat bag of pumpkin and apple bones for all of the dog’s on Santa’s list.
Jessie has been very busy helping Santa pack the dog toys. Jessie, who must carry each toy in her mouth, has only managed to pack 4 toys in the last 15 minutes. She was distracted by a mouse, the cookie tray, and some elves dancing by the jukebox on her way to the packing room. Fortunately, the elves are very good at their job and the toys and treats have been quickly packed and are ready for Santa’s trip around the world.
Mrs. Claus spends all day sorting through caramel corn, gumdrops, gumballs, licorice, candy canes and all sorts of other kinds of candy. She compares her list of children with her sweets and sorts out a good assortment for each child. Then, Molly and her elf helpers seal the candy in plastic bags labelled with the child’s name, city and address. They are then sent to Santa’s distribution centers where they are added to the pile of presents for the child. When Santa delivers his gifts on Christmas Eve he just has to open the bag and pour the candy into each child’s stocking.
Mrs. Claus is very careful what kind of candy she gives each child. She knows what allergies the children have and knows what kind of candy each child prefers. Molly takes great pride that her team delivers high quality treats that the children will love.
In January Molly uses the magic crystal snowball to see what kind of treats the children did not enjoy and modifies her recipes for the next year to try to please the children even more. The snowball also tells her what kind of candy is popular in candy stores and Molly tries to come up with similar recipes to please the children.
When the candy sorting day if finished Molly is very tired and treats herself to a cocoa beside the fire with Jessie and Santa.
Jessie moved down the row of leaves and sniffed the pumpkins growing on either side of her. Molly had brought her to the pumpkin farm to pick pumpkins for the annual Halloween festival at the North Pole. The plan was to pick a hundred pumpkins and have them shipped home. While Molly was busy picking up some gourds and Indian corn Jessie began to wander around the farm. First she visited the chickens and licked their heads but the hens didn’t like the attention and pecked at her feet with their beaks. Next, Jessie visited the cows. They tolerated the dog for awhile but soon became irritated and flopped her with their tails. She then started to follow a group of teenagers down the row she was now sniffing. Continue reading Jessie and the Pumpkin Patch→