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Afternoon Tea Time

January 13th, 2012 by Betty Ross

Afternoon Tea is traditionally served between four and five in the afternoon — hence the name. Many people believe that this tradition was first started in 1841 by Anna Maria Stanhope, the seventh Duchess of Bedford. At that time, and in fact right up until the early decades of the 20th century, luncheon was served at twelve noon but dinner was not served until 8:00 or even 9:00 in the evening. The Duchess, so the story goes, complained of a ‘sinking’ feeling in the middle of the afternoon and asked for some tea and a few slices of bread and butter to be served to her in her private drawing room; the Blue Room at Woburn Abbey.

Whether this is true or not, at some point this trend for eating in the afternoon became more widespread and popular and soon ladies across the land who were ‘at home’ would dress elaborately in their finest dresses and visit each others houses to partake of afternoon tea.

The guests at Desert Dove Bed & Breakfast may wish to enjoy an afternoon tea time as well. Most guests are busy out and about seeing the sights and sounds of the desert. But for those who wish a little refreshment in the late afternoon, tea in your room or out at the desert gazebo (Watto) is a welcome choice. Select a pretty tea cup, your choice of tea and enjoy home baked treats that may vary from day to day.

An easy recipe for something light and sweet.

No Bake Fudge Cookies

1 cup white sugar .1 cup brown sugar. 1/2 cup butter. 1/2 cup milk. 3 cups oatmeal. 1/2 cup coconut. 1/2 cut chopped walnuts. 1 cup milk chocolate chips

Into a saucepan measure:  sugars, butter & milk. Cook 2 minutes and remove from heat.

Add chocolate chips and stir until melted. Add oatmeal, coconut & nuts.

Mix well and drop small mounds on a wax paper lined cookie sheet.

Cool 30 minutes before serving.

Tucson has several Tea Room  I only high lighted two. The Copper Country Antique Mall is a favorite spot for  antique lovers as well.




National Oatmeal Month

January 7th, 2012 by Betty Ross

I want to take a moment and share some great news with you. Your inn was featured in the BnBFinder.com blog on January 06, 2011.  Below to see the article that includes the mention of your inn:

Roll, Roll, Roll Your Oats!
There’s something about waking up to the smell of cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves wafting through the house on a cold winter morning that makes getting up so much easier. You know a hearty bowl of delicious oatmeal topped with apples, cranberries and walnuts is just waiting to warm you up. But, cooking the ground oats into a porridge-style treat isn’t the only way to enjoy it. In fact, the question really should be, “What can’t you do with oatmeal?” Now is the time to find out.

Desert Dove Bed & Breakfast, Tucson, AZ
Take out your steel-cut, crushed or rolled oats and head for the kitchen because January is National Oatmeal Month. If you always sit down with a tried-and-true (but oh-so-tasty) bowl of oatmeal in the morning, try something new. But, maybe you don’t know where to start. That’s okay – let the innkeepers lead the way!
Grease up your baking pan, pre-heat the oven and try The Desert Dove Bed & Breakfast’s recipe for Baked Oatmeal Delight. The Tucson, AZ, inn suggests a side of fresh fruit and a scoop of vanilla yogurt on the side for a healthy measure.

You will find this Baked Oatmeal recipe in my recipe blog.

Thanks BNBFinder

Pima Air & Space Museum

January 7th, 2012 by Betty Ross

January 4, 2012
Boneyard Airplanes Become Art In Tucson    
By Mary Grady, Contributing editor

Six retired military airplanes have been transformed into “monumental works of art” for the Pima Air & Space Museum in Tucson, Ariz., the museum announced this week. The “Round Trip” exhibit, set to open on Jan. 28, will feature former Air Force aircraft that had been stored for years in desert “boneyards.” Aircraft used as canvases include four DC-3s, a Beechcraft C-45 (a military version of the Beech 18), and a Lockheed VC-140 Jetstar (a 1960s-era jet used for military transport). The cockpit from a Boeing C-97 also was used as a canvas for the show. More than 30 artists from around the world took part in the project.

The show is part of an ongoing Boneyard Project, which launched last summer in New York with the “Nose Job” show, which gave the nose cones from about two dozen military aircraft to artists to use as “canvases.” The Arizona exhibit will include some selections from that show along with more than a dozen new projects that have not been previously exhibited. The Pima museum maintains a collection of more than 300 aircraft and spacecraft from around the globe and houses more than 125,000 artifacts. The Round Trip show is open to the public from Jan. 28 through the end of May.

Only a short drive to the Air & Space Museum from the Desert Dove Bed & Breakfast in Tucson, AZ