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December 17th, 2018
The Monday following the Starlight Parade the spirit of the holidays was pumping through our veins as we jumped into creating this year’s Christmas card. Our staff of 5 had brainstormed several ideas and finally settled on the classic ‘whodunit’ game, Clue. Everyone remembers playing this timeless game and exclaiming, “Colonel Mustard in the Library with the wrench!” Board games, such as Clue are a fantastic holiday activity with family and friends when the outdoors is too cold and the shops have closed. May this year’s card inspire you and yours to break out a board game and play a round by the fireplace.
With the classic game of Clue, the obvious location choice had to be the beautiful Historic Redmond Hotel lobby! We were graciously allowed to use this space, which is aiming to be open next year. When you pass through the doors it truly invigorates the feeling of stepping back in time. A little history about the building, built in 1906 as a two-story wood framed hotel, it burned down in 1927 when a large fire took it and 12 other businesses in flames. Hugh Thompson, a Bend architect had the beautiful Georgian Revival Style building up and running just one year later. This prominent structure is on the National Register of Historic Places and is easily recognizable as you stroll down 6thwith it’s emerald awning and brick exterior. At the time, it was named ‘the finest hotel East of the Cascades.’ We are anxious for this stunning building to reopen and once again be filled with people from far and wide.
We looked to the classic ‘Clue’ board game box to mimic our posing, characters and costume. Each of us exemplifying the roles of the well-known players through accessories, attitude and expression. We had so much fun posing and strategically placing the murder weapons throughout the room to encourage a ‘hidden object’ game for you, the reader. Can you spot all of the murder weapons in the postcard?
As we brainstormed recipe choices for the back we agreed on two: cookies and cocktails. Our recipe for Peppernuts is a Danish take on the cookie, aptly named ‘pepper nuts’ for their small size and touch of spices. These delectable little morsels are sure to please anytime of the day. The cookies are exquisitely ‘pear’-ed with a locally crafted cocktail by distillery masters, Michael and Jessica Hart of the new Gomper’s Gin. We were lucky enough to get to sample some of this gorgeous, smooth gin and even people who ‘don’t like gin’ said this is the bee’s knees! The Hart’s concocted this special drink, Holiday Pear, just for us and we are certain it will be your new favorite holiday drink. So sit back and relax by the fire with a fresh batch of Pebernodder, a Holiday Pear cocktail and break out the board game to play with those close to you this season. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from all of us at the Chamber, may you feel blessed and never stressed this next year!
1.5 oz. Gompers Estate Gin
1 oz. spiced pear 🍐 juice (can find at any store)
.5 oz. honey
.5 lemon 🍋 juice
Add ingredients (except sage) to cocktail shaker with ice.Shake and serve up. Garnish with sage.Peppernuts (Pebernodder)Ingredients (makes about 200)2.5 cups flour1/2 teaspoon baking soda1/2 teaspoon baking powder1 teaspoon ginger1 teaspoon cardamom2 teaspoons cloves1 pinch of white pepper1 cup of brown sugar1 1/4 stick of butter2 Tablespoons Karo syrup1 egg4 Tablespoons heavy whipping creamDirections:Preheat the oven to 400 degreesMix all the dry ingredientsAdd butter, syrup, egg, and heavy whipping cream.Mix, until you get a firm dough.Roll out the dough into the thickness of about a little finger.Cut the dough into small pieces (about .5 inch)Place on a baking sheet with parchment paper and bake for 8-10 minutes.Cool down and store in an airtight container.Make a charming Traditional Danish Christmas Basket to serve your Pebernodder! Watch the How To video here!