Further Adventures of “Three Girls and MC II”

 

 

  

            The days of the week just flew by for the ‘Three Girls,’ Connor, Kenna, and Hannah.  They were busy baking cookies, making pecan pralines, and sewing aprons and hot pads. These were to be their gift packages they were making to give as Christmas gifts to older folks and those unable to get out easily.

          Well, that is what they were trying to do.  Connor’s first try at making a hot pad from terry cloth was frustrating.  She broke the needle on the sewing machine.  Then the bobbin ran out of thread.  However with a little help from Mom, she was sewing pot pads like a pro.  The making of aprons came more easily.  And the brightly colored fabric was fun to sew.

            Kenna had enjoyed laughing with Connor about her problems.  The laughter soon faded when she burned her first batch of pecan pralines.  The girls all pitched in and helped fan the smoke from the kitchen. The next pan of pralines was a little better– just scorched.  Soon she had the cooking of pecan pralines reduced to a science.

           Hannah’s making cookies went well.  She burned a few batches of ginger bread men until she discovered the correct timing needed to cook them.  Making the icing for the cute little men was another problem. Under cooking the icing made it runny, Hannah soon learned— and over cooking changed the taste.  “And you can use too much cake coloring in the icing and make a mess,”  Hannah discovered. 

            “Look at all the stuff we have cooked,” Kenna said. 

            “And I have a pile of sewing completed,” said Connor.

            “What are we going to do now that all the kitchen space is covered with cookies, candy, and sewing?”

            “We have to find some way of packaging out gifts.”

            “I know,” said Connor, “We can get a bunch of paper grocery sacks from Parkers Food Store and make neat little gift packages.  We can use some of last years Christmas cards to decorate the bags.”  Mr. Parker was pleased to share some sacks with the “Three Girls’ when he learned what they planned to do with them.  So they carefully cut the brightly colored cards into shapes of hearts, circles, squares, and ovals and glued them to the grocery sacks. A little red and green ribbon made the packages festive.

            “Now,” said Connor, “That is a pretty stack of gifts we have scattered all over moms kitchen.  I wonder how many we have made?”  Eagerly they counted the packages. To their surprise they found 18 grocery sacks of Christmas gifts.  “Wait,” shouted Hannah, “Here are three more I had put on top of the refrigerator.”

            “Oh no,” exclaimed Connor.  “How are we going to deliver all these Christmas gifts?  Dad is on duty Christmas Eve and Mom is busy with a church meeting.”

            The girls sat on the edge of the bed in silent thought—how can we deliver all these packages we have worked so hard to make?

 

To be continued. 

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