The guys peeked in the bakery window as I finished the final touches on my super duper baked apple treats – a traditional German Christmas dessert.
Frank: Hmmmm…they look pretty good!
Mike: Yah. And they smell good, too.
Carol: Hey guys! I’m finished! Are you ready to try my very own version of Brataepfel?
Carol: Okay…here you go!
Mike (frowning): How do I eat this? Also, this is a baked apple. This isn’t a treat!
Carol: I used a knife and a spoon.
Mike: Why is there glue on top of it?
Carol: It’s not glue! It’s vanilla sauce.
Frank: Yah, so…this treat. Let’s see, the baked apple is soft and nicely seasoned. However it could use more cinnamon and maybe some fresh ginger. You used ground ginger powder, didn’t you? *raised eyebrow*
Carol (glumly): Yes.
Frank: I like that you used cashews and raisins in there, though. That’s tasty.
Carol (glumly): Thanks.
Frank: This vanilla sauce looks like glue and tastes like nothing. I’m sorry, Carol, but this treat is a bust. It doesn’t even taste like vanilla. Or sugar. It actually tastes like nothing. This prototype baked apple needs a lot of work.
Mike: Here, you can have mine. Baked apples aren’t my style. Actually, maybe Tooter would want this.
Carol (glumly): Well, it’s back to the drawing board. On second thought, baked apples aren’t really a food Santa could take away easily – it’s a sit down snack, not a eat-on-the-run snack.
Frank: Why don’t you two go for a walk? I’ll clean up the kitchen and try some other recipes.
Carol: Thanks, Frank. That’s a good idea.
Mike: Hey, you want to go see the people skating at the ice rink around the corner? You can take pictures of people skating! Maybe we’ll see a hockey player!
Carol: That sounds good.
We walked around the corner just in time to see the Zamboni getting the ice ready:
Carol: Woohoo! Tiny Zamboni time!
Mike: And guess what else it’s time for? Retro skating night! Look! It’s Lisa and her boyfriend, Dale!
Carol: Hey Lisa! Hey Dale! How are you guys? I didn’t know you turned the ice rink into a skating disco at night! W00T! Do you take requests? Will you play Born to Be Alive? How about YMCA? VILLAGE PEOPLE YAH!
Lisa: Hi Carol and Mike! We love Disco night at the skating rink! We’re the MCs and DJs couple of nights a week. Did someone say Born to be Alive? We will play it next! CAN YOU DIG IT? I KNEW YOU COULD!
Carol: Hey look! That guy in the red pants just did a face-plant in the snow bank! I just took his picture. Ha!
Mike: Nothing like a little Schadenfreude to cheer you up!
The night just got better and better after that.