April 20, 2014
Annual Christmas Story PDF Print E-mail

The lighted Christmas was nice, but why so few floats? Last year it looked like the parade was going to grow each year, and so many people enjoyed it. The floats from this year were really good, but I don’t even remember seeing any walking entries.
I’ve seen this happen before in Beardstown (my hometown), that something, be it business or event gets started and then the people of the town don’t support it – too bad that happens. We had a nice turnout, espically on the hot chocolate, so thanks to the people who did come and buy.
I hope everybody had a good Thanskgiving. At least the weather held for most of the travelling. I had family for company four days and enjoyed them, but am resting up now for Christmas.
Here is the start of the Christmas story.
How were they going to get all the game pieces and wagons, dolls faces and blocks painted? The elves were so busy packaging and loading they didn’t have any more time to paint. Mrs. Santa was worried that some children wouldn’t get their wish, but she didn’t want to say it to Santa, to upset him anymore than he already was. Some of the paint elves, Drippy-Dottie-Moppy and Sloppy were all lined up on benches with paint cans in front of them, brushes in hand, just waiting for instructions from the paint boss elf. They had been sitting there all morning and nothing was happening. This couldn’t go on, there wasn’t enough time left. If only the paint machine hadn’t broken they would be done.
Suddenly there was a knock on the big red door. Mrs. Claus went to answer it, and there was a big snowman dressed all in furs with a big box behind him. “Good morning,” he said to Mrs. Claus. “Is this the North Pole workshop?” “Yes,” Mrs. Claus said, “Who are you?”
“I’m the delivery man from Heavenly Help store and this is just what you need to make all the good little boys and girls happy Christmas morning.”
So the elves got together and pulled the big box into their workshop and opened it up. Sure enough, there was a brand new paint machine. The paint elves put down their brushes, jumped down from the benches, gathered their toys and went right to work. Santa was so relieved he sat down in his big red chair put his head back and asked Mrs. Claus for a big cup of tea. She went right to the kitchen and fixed him one, along with several peppermint cookies, his favorites--continued next week.
Leftovers? How about Turkey and Blackbean Enchiladas: 2 cans (15 oz. each) rinsed and drained, divided; 1 lb. ground or chopped turkey; 1 med. green pepper, chopped; 1 small onion, chopped; 1 can (15 oz.) enchilada sauce, divided; 1 cup (4 oz.) shredded Mexican cheese blend, divided; 8 whole wheat tortillas (8-inch), warmed.
In small bowl, mash 1 can beans, set aside. In a large skillet, sauté onion and pepper over med. heat; add turkey, stir and mix till veggies are soft. Add the mashed beans, remaining beans and half the sauce, and 1/2 the cheese and heat through. Place 2/3 cup of bean mixture down the center of each tortilla. Roll up and place seam side down in two 11x7-inch baking dishes, coated with cooking spray. Pour remaining enchilada sauce over top, sprinkle with cheese. Bake, uncovered at 425ºF for 25 minutes or until heated thru. Enjoy in the cold weather we’re having. See you next week, behind The Garden Gate.