Whoopie Pies and Santa Claus Calls
Ok, I actually call them GOBS, but This is more universal.
So today I want to talk about two of my favorite things! Gobs (aka Whoopie pies) and Santa.
Let's talk about the Big Guy himself first. I LOVE Santa Claus. To me, he embodies the spirit of Christmas, goodness, and joy. And for those reasons, he is as real as I am. Every year I watch the Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade, and I cry when I see him. For nostalgia of my childhood, for the, I don't know, loss of innocence of adulthood, but also just because he makes me so very happy.
I believed in Santa for a very long time...let's be real, I think part of me still does and I hope I never lose that. My mom and I had the "Santa talk" when I was in 6th grade. Granted, I already knew, but she read my The Polar Express, gave me my bell, and said as long as I could hear it ring, he was real. And I still hear it ring. I mean, I believed in him SO much, that I had a very heated argument with classmates in 2nd grade when there DARED to say he wasn't. I KNEW he was because he not only brought me presents to Mom's and Grammy's, BUT he took the time to put up and decorate my Christmas Tree every year, complete with a train set, and always ate my cookies!
We had Santa ride around my tiny little town on the Fire Truck every Christmas Eve to hand out candy bars to everyone, I was an elf on the Western Maryland Railroad and continued my elfish behavior long into adulthood at the Theme Parks until I was honorably added to the Christmas Council.
I still write a little letter to him every year. A few years ago now, I played Doris in Miracle on 34th Street (still one of my very favorite roles), and she wrote that letter that simply said "I believe", so now, I make sure to do that too. Because I do. I believe in goodness, and joy, and kindness...and I need to keep believing in that, especially this year.
So, clearly, visiting Santa (which I also still do) is not possible this year to keep everyone safe, I wanted to share with you something with you. Santa Claus Calls. Yep, you heard that right! A face-to-face zoom call with St. Nick himself.
With your own computer, you can access and schedule your own personal call with Santa at SantaClausCalls.com. No lines, no rush, just a magical experience for you and your young ones on your very own 10-minute ZOOM call. And best of all, you can visit the North Pole without ever leaving your own house!
Can't schedule a call? No worries. You can get a personalized video message from Santa too! I mean, he understands the importance of learning all of the newest technology.
With or without milk and cookies, you will get to see Santa this year!
But, of course, not actually without cookies, because Christmas. Although, I guess gobs (FINE, Whoopie pies) aren't actually cookies, BUT they are my favorite holiday treat. And I am going to share with you a Family Recipe that I hold very dear to my heart. In fact, My Grammy even told me once, mine might be better than hers. Um, WOW.
2 c flour
1 1/4 t baking soda
1/4 t salt
5 T cocoa (make sure it is DARK Cocoa)
6 T shortening
1 c granulated sugar
1 c milk
1 t vanilla
Sift together flour, baking soda, salt, and cocoa. Mix together shortening, sugar, and egg. Beat well. Add dry ingredients alternately with milk and vanilla. Blend well after each addition. Drop by teaspoons about 3 inches apart on a lightly greased baking sheet. Bake 8 minutes at 400 degrees. Remove and cool. Put together sandwich-like, using the filling.
3/4 c shortening
3/4 c 10x sugar
Beat ingredients together until light and fluffy. Add 6 tablespoons
of marshmallow cream and 1 teaspoon vanilla. Beat well.
Want to make it a little extra special? Sprinkle or roll them in Sprinkles for a little Holiday flair.
Happy Holidays Everyone!