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Winterfest Holiday Feature: Nov. 27, 2023

Our annual Winterfest feature is filled with all things local for the holidays - we have options for local shopping, gifting, crafting and cooking!

Our local gift guide is loaded with great gifts you can purchase right here at home, and we've also included recipes for holiday treats, instructions to make handmade ornaments, a Christmas word find puzzle and more!

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Holiday Giving

Most, if not all, businesses in the New Rockford-Sheyenne area have gift cards/gift certificates to purchase. With the purchase of a gift card from a local business, you are still considered to be "shopping local."

Below is a list of a few of the local businesses that have gift cards/certificates to purchase.

• 8th Street Boutique

• Bakers Dozen

• Cash & Carry Lumber

• CenDak Cooperative

• Central Pharmacy

• Creative Touch Salon

• Do It Best Hardware

• Flair Boutique

• Hair Studio

• Hideaway Hair Salon

• Jenna Lee Photography

• KayElla Photography

• Mick's 281 Service

• Miller's Fresh Foods

• NAPA Auto Parts

• New Rockford Eagles Club

• New Rockford Golf Club

• Pedicures by Alissa

• Positive Vibes Apparel

• Relax & Retreat Massage

• Rocket Wash

• Rockford Café

• Rockin' Fitness 

• Route 281

• Shear Delight

• Styles by Glenda

• Target Touch Massage

• Transcript Publishing

Holiday Fare

Sample Mocha Punch and Mac & Cheese Pretzels at Miller's Fresh Foods' Mini Taste of the Season on Friday, Dec. 8 from 3-6 p.m. All ingredients for both are available at your local grocery.

Mocha Punch


6 cups water

1/2 cup instant chocolate drink mix

1/2 cup Our Family sugar

1/4 cup Our Family instant coffee granules

1/2 gallon Our Family vanilla ice cream

1/2 gallon Our Family chocolate ice cream

Our Family whipped topping, thawed


In a large saucepan, bring water to a boil. Remove from the heat. Add drink mix, sugar and coffee; stir until dissolved. Cover and refrigerate for 4 hours or overnight.

About 30 minutes before serving, pour mixture into a large punch bowl. Add ice cream by scoopfuls; stir until partially melted. Serve with a dollop of Our Family whipped topping.

Mac & Cheese Pretzels


16 oz bag mini pretzels

3/4 cup butter flavored popcorn oil

1 pkg powdered cheese from box of Our Family mac & cheese

1/2 tsp garlic powder


Pour pretzels into a large bowl. In a small bowl wisk together; oil, cheese powder and garlic powder. Pour over pretzels and stir. Continue to stir every 15 minutes until cheese mixture is absorbed; about 4 to 5 times. Store in an airtight container.

Homemade Peanut Butter Cups


1 cup creamy peanut butter

2 cups powdered sugar

1/2 cup butter, melted and slightly cooled

1 pkg vanilla almond bark

2 - 12 oz pkg milk chocolate chips


In a medium bowl, combine peanut butter, powdered sugar and butter. Place in refrigerator for an hour to chill. Then roll mixture into balls, about 5/8'' in diameter. Place the balls in the bottom of a 9'' x 13'' pan, in a single layer, and refrigerate for 30 minutes.

Add the vanilla almond bark and chocolate chips to a microwave safe bowl. Allow the chocolate to melt, stirring often. It should take about 5 to 10 minutes.

Place a bit of vanilla bark into the bottom of a few paper candy cups (I use a "bon bon cup," also called candy cup #4). Gently top each chocolate layer with a peanut butter ball and then add more melted chocolate bark to cover the peanut butter balls. Let cool until set and store in refrigerator.

This recipe was shared by publisher Amy Wobbema.

Holiday Giveaway

2023 Jolly Jingle BONUS Drawings

$25 in Chamber Bucks given away each day

December 1 Do It Best Hardware

December 4 NAPA Auto Parts

December 5 Flower Scent-R

December 6 Hideaway Hair Salon

December 7 Bakers Dozen

December 8 ReImagine Boutique

December 11 Transcript Publishing

December 12 New Rockford Eagles Club

December 13 Rockford Café

December 14 Flair Boutique

December 15 Central Pharmacy

December 16 New Rockford Golf Course

December 17 Miller's Fresh Foods

December 18 Final drawing- (2) $100 and (12) $25 prizes

Holiday Craft

Memorial Keepsake Ornaments


Woven button-up shirt

Large canning jar lid and screw band

Fabric scissors

Hot glue gun


Silver winter-themed charm (optional)

Decorative greenery (optional)


• Place and center lid over top of placket on button up shirt. Trace lid with pen, chalk or wax.

• Cut out circle and glue overlapping placket together with hot glue gun.

• Place and glue circle on to lid and put aside for time being.

• Use the screw band to trace another circle out of the shirt. Cut the circle out larger than the size of the screw band to have enough fabric to overlap the edges.

• Place covered lid into screw band and glue in place.

• Use the other circle cut out to cover the back side of the ornament.

• Fold the edges over the band and glue them in place. Trim the excess if it extends past the top of the screw band.

• Cut three long strands of twine. Secure one end and braid the three strands together. You'll need the braid long enough to wrap around the perimeter of the ornament and to create a 4-5" long hanging loop.

• Glue the braided twine around the covered screw band forming a large loop for hanging at the top.

• Wrap and tie another piece of twine around the base of the loop and attach a charm as well if you have one.

• Lastly, glue some faux greenery to the top of the ornament on either side of the hanging loop.

Source: Sustain My Craft Habit,