"Am I awful?" Charlotte wanted to know. "Being so thrifty about Christmas?"
Rosco had gone with her to the grocery store. Most of Charlotte's gifts at work hadn't cost anything much. Just CD mixes she'd burn, Blistex for the shelvers.
"No, I think people aren't counting on you giving them their only present this year." He shrugged.
"Thank God." She gave a sigh of relief. "What about your Mom? Any ideas? Then there is your dad, you know."
"Yeah, well, um, I dunno." He hadn't thought about it much. Seriously, all he wanted to think about was what could he get Charlotte.
"Baskets, thats what we should do. You know, get them food or bath needs. Yeah, bath stuff, much better idea. Right?" She'd found some baskets in the dollar isle.
"Sure. Why not." Still he was at a blank about what to do for her.
"My God, the list just grows, you know." She sighed. "There's Lucy and Jane and now Gib and Sophie. Should we get them anything?"
Rosco just shrugged. He was just pushing the basket.
"You know, Gib and Sophie? And Fish and Bella. God, I feel like I've given them enough, already." Charlotte was in a tizzy now.
"Just don't worry. We'll give them coupons. Babysitting. That's what they need." He nodded. But then he really hoped his Mom remembered to get Gib that thing he could push around. It was sort of like a tricycle.
"I hadn't thought of that." She was all smiles again, about the coupon. He'd have to make sure to make them pretty on the computer and print them out fancy. Not just for Bella but for Gordy too. "I think we may have this one in the bag, Ros." She grabbed some ground coffees in different flavors. Starbucks had samples that were half the price of a full bag.
Rosco tried to smile. Really, he had to think of something for Charlotte.
3 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 can (14 oz.) sweetened condensed milk
1 cup chopped pecans or walnuts
1 1/2 tsp. vanilla
Place chocolate chips, milk and salt in a 2-quart microwave-safe bowl. Microwave on medium power until chips are melted, stirring frequently. Remove from microwave; stir in nuts and vanilla. Spread evenly into a buttered 8" square pan. Chill 2 hours or until firm. Cut into squares. Store loosely covered at room temperature.