There’s nothing better than celebrating the holidays with family, neighbors and friends. So, as you deck the halls, heat up the egg nog and prepare to ring in the new year, we wish you all a safe and happy holiday season!
We hit the trails almost every day in Grande Pines and love every minute of it! When we lived in Ohio we were fortunate to have a beautiful metropark just ten-minutes away, but now we only have to step out our door to enjoy an amazing walk in the woods.
We still can’t believe we’re so lucky to live in such
a place. 

We love the exercise, the fresh air, and the beauty of the woods but it’s really special when we run across a deer family wandering through the trees or catch sight of a beautiful woodpecker or bluebird. We also enjoy sharing all this with our two energetic dogs. We often say they are the luckiest dogs in the world as they run from scent to scent doing what dogs are meant to do. If you haven’t had the chance to enjoy the Grande Pines trails, give it a try! You’ll be glad you did.

- Vickie Haidet
New Board Members Announced
The new Board members have been elected for 2020. They are: Connie Korner, Bjorn Nordemo, Tyler Cook, Dee Straub and Wendy Dipiazza.

We would like to WELCOME the Page Family from California to the Grande Pines Community this past month!
Martha, Debbie, Vickie, Adele, Joanne
Dee Straub not only has horses, a husband and a farm in Grande Pines, she also has a pony named Charlie. 

The story began when Dee’s mom, Cheryl Godfrey, who lives in Florida, was scrolling through Facebook and saw a sad, skinny pony named Charlie advertised at the N.C. Tar Heel Feed Lot. Horses are sent to feed lots before auction where they are usually purchased by kill buyers for slaughter. This horse was so pathetic the feed lot employees knew that even the kill buyer wouldn’t want him, so they placed the ad.
Cheryl called the feed lot to ask about Charlie and was told that if she would donate $100 to a horse rescue of her choice, she could have him. She called Dee and told her she’d just “bought” a pony — in North Carolina. 

Dee immediately got some locals involved. Charlie was picked up that day by Justin McLeod (4Hooves Farm Equine Services) and hauled to Dr. Lisa Kivett with Foundation Equine for immediate vet care and quarantine. Charlie had lice, worms, rain rot (which is a skin fungus) and was extremely emaciated. He spent 10 days in quarantine before being released. Since then, Charlie has enjoyed a steady routine of food, exercise and lots of TLC. He’s found his home in Grande Pines.
Things To Do at the property owner’s cabin:
• Make your Christmas list
• Cook out with the family
• Play chess 
• Play checkers 
• Do a puzzle 
• Sit by the fire 
• Catch tad poles 
• Listen to music 
• Cook smores 
• Talk to a friend 
• Listen to the birds 
• Sit and do nothing 
• Listen to nature 
• Watch the swaying of the trees 
• Cuddle in a blanket 
• Rock in the rocking chairs 
• Sip sweet tea 
• Play hide and seek 
• Roast marshmallows 
• Sip coffee 
• Sit by the wood stove 
• Make a bonfire 
• Sing silly songs 
• Enjoy a nap 
• Play eye spy 
• Snap some family fun photos 
• Star gaze 
• Play with the dog 
• Make pine cone bird seed feeders 
• Take pictures 
• Make a craft 
• Write a letter 
• Meditate 
• Do yoga 
• Recharge 
• Nothing at all
A delicious recipe for Bobotie, the
best-known traditional South African dish, provided by Buytenhuys Family, 429 Grande Pines Vista.
• 1 slice white bread
• 250 ml milk
• 1 kg minced beef or mutton
• 1 medium onion, finely chopped
• 125 ml (1/2 cup) seedless raisins
• 125 ml (1/2 cup) blanched almonds
• 15 ml (3 t) apricot jam
• 15 ml (3 t) fruit chutney
• 25 ml (2 T) lemon juice
• 5 ml (1 t) chopped mixed fresh herbs
• 10 ml (2 t) medium curry powder
• 5 ml (1 t) turmeric
• 10 ml (2 t) salt
• 10 ml (2 t) oil
• 3 eggs
• 4 bay or lemon leaves
1. Soak bread in 125 ml milk, squeeze dry and mix with minced beef
2. Mix in all other ingredients except remaining milk, oil, eggs and bay leaf
3. Heat oil in a frying pan and brown meat mixture lightly
4. Turn out into a casserole
5. Beat eggs remaining milk and pour over meat. Garnish with bay leaves and bake
at 180 degrees until set. Serve with plain or yellow rice.

Serves 8
Every LOT Owner in Grande Pines is eligible for a membership at Pinehurst Country Club. Email  for more information.
100 Grande Pines Vista, just minutes from the Village of Pinehurst • 910.639.2883 •