Central Oregon Activities, Entertainment

7 Vegan Recipes for Grilling Season

Barbecue season is upon us and it’s all fun and games until you’re vegan at your friend’s house and all they’re serving is meat.

Lucky for you, we’ve curated some amazing recipes to give you your grilling vibes without compromising your morals.

1. Balsamic Garlic Grilled Mushrooms

DP-Balsamic Mushrooms

Um, hello? Balsamic and garlic? Who needs anything else.

2. Memphis Style Dry Rub BBQ Tofu

DP-Dry Rub Tofu

Getting creative with tofu can give you even more of a BBQ feel than veggies. And here is a recipe that even your carnivore friends will love.

3. Jamaican Jerk Grilled Eggplant

DP-Grilled Eggplant

Eggplant is an all time favorite of ours, and it can be done in so many different ways. Try this one this summer to wow yourself and your friends.

4. BBQ Cauliflower Wings

DP-Cauliflower Wings

You don’t have to eat meat to enjoy the beauty of wings. This cauliflower option will give you all the flavor you’re looking for.

5. Pulled Shitake Mushroom BBQ Sandwich

DP-Pulled Shitake Mushroom

Our mouths are watering just looking at this.

6. Veggie Burgers

DP-Veggie Burgers

Of course, we have to throw in some veggie burgers (because they’re just classics). And these ones have us wishing for a BBQ right now.

7. Vegan BBQ Brisket

DP-Vegan Brisket

To top things off, we’ll just leave this right here. Because what?? This looks amazing. Don’t let the picture fool you, these are totally vegan.

What are your favorite barbecue recipes?

Central Oregon Activities

4th of July Safety in Central Oregon

The big holiday is right around the corner, and we know how exciting and fun things can get…especially in Central Oregon. According to Travel and Leisure, we are in the Top 10 Best Places for Celebrating the Fourth of July, According to Yelp. “This is the Fourth of July destination for Americans who love hiking and beer.”

And even outside of hiking a beer, we have several activities, parties, events and bike rides that get the city going on this day of red, white and blue. But with all these shenanigans comes the need for safety – let’s keep ourselves, our kids and our dogs out of harm’s way this Thursday.

Fireworks Safety

According to the Red Cross, “the safest way to enjoy fireworks is to attend a public firework show put on by professionals. Stay at least 500 feet away from the show.  Leave any area immediately where untrained amateurs are using fireworks.

If you are setting fireworks off at home, follow these safety steps:

1. Never give fireworks to small children, and never throw or point a firework toward people, animals, vehicles, structures or flammable materials. Always follow the instructions on the packaging.

2. Keep a supply of water close by as a precaution.

3. Make sure the person lighting fireworks always wears eye protection.

4. Light only one firework at a time and never attempt to relight “a dud.”

5. Store fireworks in a cool, dry place away from children and pets.

Heat Safety

The weather isn’t looking particularly hot this coming holiday, but it’s important to remember that we live in a desert and things can get extra heated when you’re drinking and running in the sun with your friends.

Signs for heat stroke can “include hot, red skin which may be dry or moist; changes in consciousness; vomiting and high body temperature. Call 9-1-1 immediately if someone shows signs of heat stroke. Move the person to a cooler place. Quickly cool the person’s body by immersing them up to their neck in cold water if possible. Otherwise, douse or spray the person with cold water, or cover the person with cold, wet towels or bags of ice.”

Some Tips

1. Hot cars can be deadly. Do not leave your children or pets in your vehicle while you enjoy the 4th of July activities. The inside temperature of the car can quickly reach 120 degrees.

2. Stay hydrated. Drink plenty of water and fluids. We like to follow the “one glass of water, one glass of beer” rule.

3. Keep and eye on friends and family. If someone looks overheated, bring them a glass of water. Or even better, coconut water.

4. Wear loose-fitting, lightweight, light-colored clothing. Avoid dark colors because they absorb the sun’s rays, which should be easy on a day ruled by red, white and blue.

5. Check on your animals frequently to ensure that they are not suffering from the heat. Make sure they have plenty of cool water. Which brings us to…

Animal Safety

Your dog might not like fireworks, loud noises and Freedom Rides as much as you do. This might be the kind of day you decide to leave your furry friends at home. You may feel guilty for not bringing them to the BBQ or watching the firework show with them, but we can bet that they’ll be thankful to have a nice bed at home and some water to make them feel cozy.


1. Watch out for signs. It won’t be too difficult to identify if your dog is scared. “Shivering, shaking, panting, salivating, yawning and trying to hide are some of those indications. Frightened dogs may also lick their lips repeatedly or get stiff.

2. Don’t try to desensitize. The idea that you can get your dog used to bright flashes and loud pops of fireworks sounds good, but takes a lot of time (and can traumatize in the process). This takes weeks or months, not one day, according to USA Today.

3. Music can help calm your little companion. Canines’ sense of hearing can be multiple times sharper than humans. Fireworks that are far away may seem like they won’t cause stress, but they still can. Throwing on some music – recommendations include classical or reggae – can block out some of the intrusive sounds.

4. Thundershirts can help your pup feel safe. These are compression wraps that soothe by applying a gentle pressure.

*Our recommendation…leave your dog at home with some classical music, their favorite toy and a comfy, cozy blanket while you enjoy all Central Oregon’s festivities.

The Fourth of July is a wild a good time. Just make sure you’re taking care of yourself and others while you celebrate independence.


Central Oregon Activities

Building a Better Central Oregon – Round 3

Here’s a recap of Building a Better Central Oregon and what’s going on this summer: Each year, the Central Oregon Association of Realtors embarks on Building a Better Central Oregon, which takes place during the summer. Each week, a group tours several locations throughout Bend that are doing cool and innovative work to make Central Oregon the best place to live (even more than it already is).

BBCO’s main purpose is to recognize worthy residents who have enhanced their community with outstanding new or renovated residential, commercial or industrial buildings. Projects are judged on economic impact, neighborhood improvement, unique design or use of materials.

At the end of the summer, locations are awarded with a variety of awards. Check it out to see who won what in 2018.

Patty has been going out every other Thursday to tour and highlight these amazing companies doing some incredible things around Central Oregon.

Week one, at the beginning of April, they toured the Bethlehem Inn, Northwest Storage, Trampoline Zone and On Tap. Check out what’s going on at these spots.

Week two, April 16, they toured the Redmond Pump Track at Homestead Park, Grocery Outlet in Madras, KEITH Manufacturing also in Madras, and Madras Vision Source. You can learn more about these here.

On April 30, they checked out Centwise, Crane Shed Commons, Citizen Bar and Grill and Tumalo Cider Co./Tack Shop. Here are a few of the highlights.

Centwise in Redmond

“Centwise removed the blocked-in windows and replaced the art deco storefront windows and metal accents. They also relocated the front door from the corner access which interfered with the crosswalk and moved it to the center of the building. They remodeled the upstairs offices for Tekneek Architecture. Now, they are in the process of restoring the historic Centwise neon sign. They took one of the most boring storefronts in Downtown Redmond and created on of the most attractive!”

Crane Shed Commons

A new office space on Industrial Way, Crane Shed Commons is bringing common meeting areas with stadium seating, tenant improvement allowances and contemporary design. Located just minutes from Downtown Bend and the Old Mill District and quick access to Highway 97, it is an up and coming location for businesses.

Citizen Bar and Kitchen

“Previously, High Tides restaurant in downtown Bend offered seafood and was a bit outdated. Sanda Costello saw the opportunity of her dreams open up and she decided to take a leap of faith and renovate the entire building, upstairs and down. The upstairs is an exquisite fine dining experience inspired by Citizen watches. The downstairs will become one of Bend’s trendiest nightclubs and bars. Unlike some of the negative reputations that the surrounding nightclubs have earned over the years, this one is geared specifically for the high class citizens of Bend who are more comfortable in an upscale environment.”

Tumalo Cider Co. and Tack Shop

Newly added to the growing Tumalo community, Tumalo Cider Co. has opened their new tap room next to the tack shop. “Specializing in small batch, artisan cider with a focus on dry, complex apple profiles. Stay tuned for our cider lineup -including perfectly balanced dry and semi-sweet blends, as well as unique styles inspired by tradition, creativity, and the Central Oregon landscape. Our promise to you is to make the best damn cider we can. Dry, complex, balanced, and original; a true northwest cider brewed in the heart of the high desert.” The tack shop next door produces beautiful tack for rodeo horses and is worth checking out. Next week, the Dempsey|Phelps’ team will be doing a tour of both of these spots after a tour of the Bend Soap Company!

Stay tuned for more from Building a Better Central Oregon!

Central Oregon Activities

Central Oregon Creativity: Bend Soap, Tumalo Cider & Heritage Brand

In honor of our upcoming client event next week, we want to give a shout out to the three companies we’ll be touring and exploring. Bend Soap Company, Tumalo Cider and Heritage Brand are located in Tumalo and creating some pretty incredible, fragrant, tasty and useful products.

If you’re not already familiar with the work they are doing, here’s a little overview of each.

Bend Soap Company

“Located on a 40-acre farm in beautiful Central Oregon, the Johnson Family includes Dwight and Marilee as well as their seven boys and two girls. In addition to enjoying all of the outdoor activities that this area has to offer, they enjoy horseback riding, fiddle playing, tomahawk throwing, target shooting, bike riding, hiking, swimming in the pond, growing hay, raising goats, and making all of the products that people know and love Bend Soap Company for. They are having so much fun in this venture!”

Bend Soap Company has many goats that run the operation. “As our business has grown, so has our need for milk. Consequently, we have expanded our herd and moved it off-site to a remote location that is more accommodating to an ever-increasing goat herd. We also obtain some milk from select goat milk dairies around central Oregon.”

The Story of Their Soap

Dwight had loved the idea of having goats and originally had them for goat’s milk for the kids. In 2007, they got their first goats. When they noticed that one of their sons had eczema, they started to dive in to learning about regular soap and the damaging ingredients many brands had in them. “We’ve always known that the skin is the body’s largest organ, and what you put on your skin is important, but we’d never given much thought about the ingredients that were in the products we were using on our skin. This is when we discovered that not all soaps are created equal and that the products we were applying to Chances skin, such as the soaps and lotions, were contributing to his dry skin. For this reason alone, we believe it’s important to know what your skin is absorbing.”

That’s when the goat’s milk soap was born. Goat’s milk is full of vitamins, proteins, and minerals, is easily absorbed by the body, and has a pH that is relatively close to that of the human body. As they continued to make and use their soap, they noticed benefits for other family members as well.

After that, the word spread and friends and family wanted more soap. So they kept on making it. “It’s been quite a journey since adopting our first milk goats back in 2007, and we’re very excited to share our goat milk soap and other natural skincare products with all of you today. We want you to love your skin… One bar at a time!”

Learn more about Bend Soap Company.

Tumalo Cider Company

“Specializing in small batch, artisan cider with a focus on dry, complex apple profiles. Stay tuned for our cider lineup -including perfectly balanced dry and semi-sweet blends, as well as unique styles inspired by tradition, creativity, and the Central Oregon landscape.

Tumalo Cider is a reflection of ourselves as well as the roots we grow from – roots deep in the Central Oregon community. So please, grow with us, share the journey, and follow Tumalo Cider Company as we pursue the absolute best cider you’ve ever tasted.”

The Tumalo Cider House was built from the ground up by its brewer, Kelly Roark, with the help of friends and family. Brewing cider out of his home since 2007, Kelly creates a cider that is authentic, distinct and loved amongst the Bend community. His promise to you is “to make the best damn cider we can. Dry, complex, balanced, and original; a true northwest cider brewed in the heart of the high desert.”

Their new tap house is located in the heart of Tumalo and in a beautiful new building.

Learn more about Tumalo Cider Company.

Heritage Brand

Heritage Brand makes beautiful leather hand bags, horse tack, dog collars and more at their location in Tumalo. Their mission is “to be an innovative, leading edge company that is devoted to providing customers with the most fashion-forward, original and high quality leather products on the market today.”

“Before 2002, fancy horse tack consisted of engraved silver conchos, metal lacing, horse hair tassels and rawhide braiding. When the first “crystal conchos” showed up on a bridle at the local barrel race that year, people didn’t quite know how to respond. The idea seemed pretty absurd, yet it was so flashy and fun that people just couldn’t stop staring! By the end of the day they were already getting on board with the brazen new look. Laughs had turned into requests for orders, and the bling tack craze had begun.
We quickly gained a reputation not only for beautiful designs, but for durability and uncompromising quality that set our products apart from other manufacturers. Constantly improving and evolving our processes and materials to ensure we produce only the highest quality products is the Heritage Brand benchmark. These principles helped to solidify our reputation and propel the growth of the business into a global presence within just a few short years.”

Their trademark has always been to create items unique to each individual customer. That still holds true today. Their orders are hand-crafter to the customer’s needs, specs and style.

“Over the years the obsession has grown, and the designs have as well. Heritage Brand designs remain at the forefront of the industry, as our designers relentlessly pursue fresh new looks, with an emphasis on creating products with an enduring style that will continue to appeal for years to come. We are proud of our unyielding conviction for creating only original designs, and have acquiesced to being the standard many companies continue to emulate.”

Heritage Brand is family owned and operated. Learn more about them.

If you’re interested in learning more about our client events, contact us!

Bend Homes

New Listing: Nestled Beauty on the Westside

Charming and spacious, this updated and unique Valhalla Heights single level 3,210 square foot home rests peacefully at the end of a cul-de-sac in the perfect location close to COCC, schools and parks on Bend’s Westside. With a brand new roof, exterior paint, garage doors and idyllic landscaping and multiple outdoor spaces, this 4 bedroom, 3 bathroom home has an open concept with multiple living spaces. There is no shortage of places to enjoy and there is plenty of parking for your boat, snowmobiles, RV and other toys. And nestled in the trees, you’ll have your privacy with all of the amenities the Westside has to offer.

Stop by and see for yourself what a special property this is!