Winter at Veranda Beach

December 2017

Another year has come and gone and it's beginning to look a lot like Winter! No matter what the season though, Veranda Beach is the perfect escape from it all and the ideal place for making wonderful family memories. A cozy fire, a great bottle of Veranda Beach wine or a steaming mug of hot chocolate, a feel-good book... Add in some fun winter activities, some fantastic Christmas fare straight from the Fifties, and you're all set for the festive season! 

Read on for winter fun in and around Veranda Beach; our favorite 1950s Christmas recipe; and local winter events and festivals. Happy Holidays from the Veranda Beach crew!

VERANDA BEACH ICE RINK OPEN!

Ice Skating at Veranda BeachOur Veranda Beach Ice Rink - with unbeatable views of Osoyoos Lake - is now open! A big thanks to the group of Veranda Beach Homeowners who have worked so hard over the last few weekends readying the rink for icy fun at the Beach. Now come out and enjoy the fruits of their labors! 
9am-11am Free Skating priority
2pm-3pm Free Skating priority
6:30pm-7:30pm Free Skating priority
Hockey can be played anytime around free skating times.

WINTER ACTIVITIES

Veranda Beach is also a great destination for snowy fun in the sun - which the Okanagan Valley has aplenty! Fantastic snowshoe areas, tubing hills, cross country ski trails, downhill skiing, and snowmobiling are all just minutes away. Click on the links below for up to date information, snow reports and maps:
Ski Areas
Sitzmark Ski Area; Loup Loup Ski Bowl; Apex Mountain Resort Mt Baldy Highlands Nordic Sno-Park

UPCOMING EVENTS 

Skiing near Veranda BeachVeranda Beach and Osoyoos Lake may be best known as a Summer hot spot, but there's plenty of Winter fun to be had here if you know where to look! Local Winter Festivals and Events are sure to keep you busy and warm until the first blooms of Spring make their appearance. Here, a list of upcoming events we'll be sure to attend:
Republic Washington Winterfest, January 13th – 14th, 2017: Festive lights, torchlight parade, bonfire, Sasquatch calling, music, horse and carriage rides, hot wings eating contest and more! Undoubtedly tons of fun for the whole family!
2017 NW Ice Fishing Festival, January 14th, 2017: An annual favorite with locals and visitors - whether the fish are biting or not. 
Conconully Outhouse Races, January 14th, 2017: Parade, costumes, outhouse races... it's fun unlike you'll find anywhere else!
Conconully Snow Dog Super Mush, January 27th – 29th, 2017: This annual dog sled race sees top-notch racers from all over the Northwest and Canada competing! Exciting, exhilarating and tons of fun.

CHRISTMAS PLUM PUDDING RECIPE

Christmas Pudding RecipeOoey gooey, sugary good 1950s-staple Christmas Plum Pudding is still a favorite here at Veranda Beach - why not reinstate this lovely tradition in your own household this year? It's labor intensive and time consuming to be sure, but worth it! Two tips: 1. Remember to prepare at least a week before Christmas for the full flavour; 2. Don't forget the lucky coins!

INGREDIENTS

Pudding
1 1/2 cups seeded raisins
3/4 cup soft white bread crumbs
1/2 cup currants
3/4 cup shortening or lard (suet was traditionally used; grated frozen butter can also be substituted)
1/2 cup candied orange peel and/or citron peel
4 eggs
1 full wine glass brandy or rum

Hard Sauce
Soft butter
Equal quantities Rum or brandy
Powdered sugar

Custard Sauce
5 egg yolks, beaten
2 ozs. sugar
1 1/2 cups milk or sherry

PREPARATION

Pudding
Prepare bread crumbs. Cut raisins in halves. Clean currants in little flour. Chop suet very fine or use grater. Cut candied peel in thin slices. Mix all these together. Stir in well beaten eggs. Lastly stir in brandy or rum and let everybody in the family stir and make a wish. Put this thick batter into a buttered Pyrex bowl, and tie a piece of white buttered paper and a floured cloth securely over the bowl. Boil for 5 hours, with the level of boiling water kept constantly half-way up the bowl, in a covered saucepan. Afterwards, remove from water and allow any water to drain from the bowl. On Christmas day boil again for 2 hours and turn out of the bowl to serve. The pudding should be brought to the table steaming hot with a sprig of holly in the middle of it and a glass of brandy at hand to pour over it to be lit at the table. It is customary to accompany the pudding with hard sauce, or custard sauce, and to hide silver coins in pieces of pudding.

Hard Sauce
Mix the ingredients together to form a stiff smooth paste. Add rum or brandy to flavor and allow to harden in cool place until ready to serve. Serve in little square "pats" one on each serving of pudding.

Custard Sauce
Heat milk and sugar in a saucepan. Pour the moderately hot milk over the egg yolks, stirring briskly. Return mixture to the saucepan and stir over medium heat until the sauce coats the back of the spoon. DO NOT BOIL, or eggs will curdle. Flavor with rum or brandy (omit if sherry was used in place of milk) and serve.

Recipe from Retro-Housewife.com - contributed by Mrs. Margaret Paroutaud, 1950