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January 15th, 2016

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Gingerbread HC

Joni Chandler, activites director at Desert Springs Retirement center in Oro Valley/Tucson contacted me recently with a High Chaparral story.   The corporation that owns Desert Springs holds an annual Gingerbread House contest for all properties.   The folks at Desert Springs wanted their submission to have an Arizona theme – what could be better than a High Chaparral gingerbread house?

Joni sent details along with photos and a late ‘Merry Christmas’ to all.

The walls and roof are made of gingerbread made fresh from our Sous Chef Martin.  The roof was covered with chocolate frosting with a layer of stick pretzels giving it that old western rustic look. Large pretzel rods were cut and placed around the top exterior walls giving a beam effect. Small skittles were placed around the top exterior walls for Christmas lights. For the background of the mountains we use cornflakes. Frosting and fondant made the sky and clouds. The windows and doors were painted with food coloring and the doors accented with pretzels. We used pretzel rods for the porch beams. The cactus was made with fondant and food coloring. We used graham crackers for the broken wagon and vanilla wafers for the wheels with food coloring to accent. The snow covered ground was fondant and frosting with a fence made with pretzel sticks. Powdered sugar was sprinkled to give the effect of snow. Lastly The High Chaparral sign was made with fondant and food coloring for the lettering.

Up to eight residents participated throughout the three week process.

The High Chaparral gingerbread house is displayed upstairs next to one of our Christmas trees. Visitors and residents admired the creativeness along with remembering the Sunday night western show. Most people living in Tucson have been to Old Tucson and said we did a wonderful job at recreating The High Chaparral.

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