Twas the night before Christmas and all through the house, not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse. Sassy and her offspring guaranteed it.
The stockings were hung by the chimney with care. They were worn and darned many time, but Eli put pegs in the mantle and the youngest hung their stockings early.
The children were nestled all snug in their beds, while visions of sugarplums danced in Mack's head.
In A Twist of Tobacco eight year old Mack is addicted to Sugarplums and receives a full dozen for his Christmas present.
3/4 cup chopped nuts
1/2 cup raisins
1/2 cup chopped, dried apples
2 tablespoons orange juice
1 tablespoon pear preserves
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
1/2 cup sugar
(May substitute any dried fruits, juices or preserves. Use your imagination and created your own favorites. I LIKE dates in my sugarplums)
Mix all ingredients, except sugar. Mix will until the mixture begins to clump. (I mix with my hands so the ingredients really blend together)
Scoop by teaspoonfuls and roll into a firm ball.
Roll the ball in sugar.
Try not to eat them all before you refrigerate and serve.