Easy Christmas Recipes

We’d like to share with you, our favourite and super easy Christmas recipes. Your family and friends will love them. Enjoy!
Magic Bars
Magic Bars
1/2 cup butter
1 1/2 cups graham wafer crumbs
1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 cup butterscotch chips
1 cup shredded coconut
1 cup chopped walnuts, pecans or peanuts, your preference
1 (14oz)  sweetened condensed milk

Combine butter into graham wafers, pat into 9 by 13 inch pan.
Sprinkle chocolate chips, butterscotch chips, nuts, and coconut over crust. Pour sweetened condensed milk over everything. Bake at 350, for 25min. Or until golden brown. Let cool completely, then cut into squares.

Peanut Butter Crackles
Peanut Butter Crackles
1 1/2 cups flour
1 tsp. baking soda
1/8 tsp. Salt
1/2 cup butter
1/2 cup chunky peanut butter
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1 egg
1 tsp. Vanilla
Granulated sugar
Chocolate candy stars

In small bowl, combine flour, baking soda, and salt. In large bowl beat butter and peanut butter until well blended. Beat in sugars until blended. Beat in egg and vanilla. Gradually beat in flour mixture until well mixed. Shape dough into I inch balls. Roll in sugar. Bake in ungreased cookie sheets, at 360 for 10 minutes or until lightly browned. Remove from oven and quickly press chocolate star firmly in the centre, cookie will crackle. Cool completely.

Christmas mimosa
Christmas Mimosas- These are so easy and SO good!
2 oz. cranberry juice
1 oz. orange juice
Sparkling white wine to fill the glass
In a Pitcher:
2 cups cranberry juice
1 cup orange juice
1 bottle sparkling white wine
From my family to yours Merry Christmas! Have a safe and happy holiday season.

The Most Wonderful Time of the Year

“Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.”
Luke 2:14
Reflecting on past seasons of frantic holiday preparations, I find myself craving a more simplistic version of the previous years. Instead of running myself ragged looking for a mountain of gifts for everyone on the list, or busy baking a freezer full of cookies just because or to snack on them all month long!
The idea of less is more, keeps running through my thoughts …..
Living in the land of plenty, we often forget that as consumers we do not need everything that is advertised. Intentional gift giving is a priority this year for all our purchases, and is a focus for the future in everyday living. This new found freedom in the “less is more” has already created a feeling of contentment and calmness.
 Thistle Lane along with our home are fully decorated, using foraged evergreen branches from the yard, along with a few repurposed items, this rustic simplistic decor is easy and affordable for everyone to recreate for themselves. It does not take that much time to turn your home into a dreamy Country Christmas.
When hosting family gatherings or friend parties it’s easy to get overwhelmed, it appears on social media that everyone has a perfect party plan. There is nothing wrong with a well planned party, this requires pre menu planning as well as a bit of delegating in order for things to run smoothly. Remember as you host, family and friends are really coming over to spend time with you not to seek perfection. The more relaxed and easy going you are during the festivities, your guests will be at ease and consider the Christmas get together a success.
The Christmas season is a great time for a few DIY projects, this could include making a wreath out of foraged greenery, or baking a batch of cookies and surprising someone you love with them. There are so many ways to bless other people during the holiday season, even the smallest gestures of patience and kindness go along way to bringing joy to others.
With this new take on the holidays, it allows my soul room to celebrate the real reason we give gifts, the birth of Jesus and the true story of amazing love.
 Try not to forget the true meaning of Christmas as you celebrate the holidays this season.

Blessings from our Home to Yours!