Easy Christmas Recipes

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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.
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Christmas in the Country- A Thistle Lane Market

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The Christmas Market is guaranteed to set the Christmas mood for shoppers and vendors alike. Come and join us, to experience the joy of shopping, in a country atmosphere, all the while looking for that unique gift for yourself or someone you love.
Early Bird Market-
Friday November 10th
Dessert Night $15 (50 people max)
*Must have a pre-purchased ticket to attend*

Full Market-Open to the Public-
Saturday November 11, 1-5 pm.
Open to all!
$2 admission includes coffee, hot chocolate

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Our Vendors-

Prairie Pine Decor-  Born from our love of woodworking and our infatuation with farmhouse Decor. Specializing in handcrafted clocks and home decor.

Handmade with Love- Working with used materials as local findings to create vintage indoor and outdoor furniture and decor.

Golden Butterfly- We are all about unique handmade items for children and your home. Children’s accessories such as various types of head bands, bibs, scarves, baby blankets and pacifier chains. Home decor such as blankets throw pillows and wreaths are only a few items we live to create.

Chrystal Sabourin Soaps- Creating soothing and cleansing soaps, perfect for the holiday season.

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Then & Now – Designs by Wanda- An expression of my love for painting and transforming old pieces into something new and refreshing.

Crimson & Violet- Specializing in Natural Skin care, as well as versatile bags made from reclaimed material.

Oma’s Quilt Shop- Selling aprons, and various quilt supplies ready made or made ready for you to create.

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Old Church Bakery – What a treat to have once again Old Church bring their line up of speciality breads and some Christmas cookies.

Annie Lynn’s Custom – Creating home decor with a rustic modern touch, vintage inspired one of s kind items.

Artist Pivot- A variety of antiques in vintage and retro collectives. A flea markets dream, with an assortment of new and gently used items.

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Rootsies Baby Muks- Re-purposed leather and fabric toddler footwear that is durable with barefoot like comfort.

Prairie Pickers – Antiques and rustic home decor are just some of the unique treasures that you will find and be able to add to your collections.

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Dadirri Naturals- All natural alternatives for health and beauty at your finger tips. Quality ingredients and hand crafted products that are great for body and your world.

Barnboard & Pallet Creations- A rural Manitoba business specializing in Rustic, Repurposed, and Vintage decor.

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As you can see, this line-up of artisans and vintage collections is going to be fantastic. We are so excited to host and create a special Christmas shopping experience for all of you. See you at the first annual, Thistle Lane “Christmas in the Country”!

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Follow us on social media @Thistle Lane Bed & Breakfast for directions, special sneak peeks and more!

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Friendsgiving

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Holiday Crafting with Friends

There is nothing better to kick off the upcoming Christmas season than a gathering of friends. All of us have memories of family get-togethers, Christmas programs, work banquets, and many assorted Christmas related events. On the other hand, a simple event to celebrate the women in our lives and the gratitude that we feel towards each other can only be called “Friendsgiving”.

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Our Friendsgiving Day, the scene is set, a rustic bed and breakfast venue, candlelit tablescape with the scent of cinnamon and soft Christmas music playing in the background. The perfect atmosphere for a festive start to the day.

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The menu for the event consists of vegetarian quiche, farmhouse quiche (spinach & bacon), caramel pecan topped cinnamon buns, miniature pancakes topped with raspberry sauce, whipped cream and maple syrup. Plus, a full dose of coffee for each of us.

After much chatter and laughter, combined with a need to move around and do something, the party moved to the horse barn for the crafting portion of our day.
Creating a Christmas wreath, under the influence of a lot of coffee, our motto being that we can do this!

With a few basic instructions, pruning shears, wire cutters and a barn full of natural foliage that had already been separated into various evergreen piles, our creativity flowed. So much fun was had as we started experimenting with the look we were trying to achieve; helping each other decide when more or less natural greens were needed and helping each other twist wire around stems.

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The final decision, what kind of ribbon to personalize our wreaths, should it be burlap, plaid, shimmer gold, white or classic red. Using all natural materials, mostly evergreens, we had a common thread throughout our wreaths, but the finishing touches that we added, clearly reflected our individual personalities and added that personal touch.

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How precious each one of us is, we bring different gifts and ideas together including respect, love and we value each other. How special to appreciate each other’s God given uniqueness. To have a friend is to be a friend.

Thank you ladies for joining me for this fun event!

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