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Tucson 4th Ave. Street Fair

March 22nd, 2012 by Betty Ross

It’s going to be a gorgeous weekend, so why don’t you spend some time outside at the Fourth Avenue Street Fair   March 23-25.

The Fourth Avenue Street Fair brings together 400+ arts/crafts booths, 35+ food vendors, two entertainment stages, street performers, kids’ art area, and more. Stroll Tucson’s unique historic tree lined shopping district for the perfect Tucson experience.

There will be lots of great fair food. It’s possible to find just about any kind of food at the Fourth Avenue Spring Street Fair, which is expected to draw 325,000 people this weekend.

Catch all the fun today (Friday) and into the weekend!

All metered street parking downtown is FREE on Saturday and Sunday.


Flora in the desert

March 21st, 2012 by Betty Ross

After a few days of cooler weather, we can now say it feels like spring. Spring has officially begun and the weather is beautiful! Stretch your legs with a walk through the gardens at Tohono Chul Park and Tucson Botanical Gardens

Our guests at Desert Dove get to enjoy both of these wonderful parks, along with the desert garden right here! Butterflies, hummingbirds, wildflowers.  Such a relaxing and fun visit for our Tucson guests.

Cactus Heaven


Tucson Botanical Gardens and enjoy the colorful blooms. All of the butterflies in the Gardens’ exhibit are hatched from eggs and live as caterpillars in butterfly farms in tropical parts of the world. When the caterpillars change into the pupae or resting stage, they are carefully counted, labeled and packed. In the pupae stage of the butterfly life cycle, no food is required so they can survive the two or three day trip to Tucson. Once they arrive at the Gardens they are housed in a climate controlled environment which allows them to emerge naturally from their pupae. They are then transferred to the Greenhouse where they are released to fly free in a beautiful tropical environment.


Edible Flowers

March 21st, 2012 by Betty Ross



Flowers may not be the first ingredient you think of when garnishing a dish, but they’re perfect for adding bright color — not to mention flavor — to a host of sweet and savory recipes.

The flowers I use to garnish a dish are from my own garden. The Nasturtiums I use for some of my egg dishes give a nice peppery flavor. The Pansy or Violet go well with fruit.

You can often buy edible flowers in the produce section of a grocery store and gourmet market. Do not eat flowers from a florist, they may have pesticides on them.



I have had a guest requests salad for breakfast, which I was happy to accommodate. Some folks just love their veggies!






We serve Cactus Jams, Jelly’s & Syrup for breakfast at Desert Dove. We have a small gift center where we sell these items along with our cookbook “Betty’s Favorite Recipes”






The fruits of most prickly pears are edible and sold in stores under the name “tuna.” Prickly pear branches (the pads) are also cooked and eaten as a vegetable. They, too, are sold in stores under the name “Nopalito.” Because of the glochids, great care is required when harvesting or preparing prickly pear cactus. Both fruits and pads of the prickly pear cactus are rich in slowly absorbed soluble fibers that may help keep blood sugar stable.


Prickly Pear Products

St Patrick’s Day

March 14th, 2012 by Betty Ross

The 25th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade & Festival is this weekend! Downtown Tucson hosts a parade with Irish dancers and music, floats, bands, food and more, beginning at 11:00 a.m. How are you celebrating St. Patrick’s Day?

Our guests at Desert Dove will be enjoying some Irish food and music this St Patrick’s Day.

Irish soda bread might not be the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow or the four-leaf clover that brings good luck, but its slightly sweet flavor and complex texture makes it a standout favorite for St. Patrick’s Day.

The desert garden seems to be a lovely spot for our guests this spring time to enjoy a cup of tea with a fresh baked snack along with the wildflowers and hummingbirds!

Tucson for places to dine.


Lets Play Ball

March 10th, 2012 by Betty Ross

Major League Spring Training returns to Keno Veterans Memorial Stadium in Tucson.

Tucson Padres

Enjoy our great weather and catch some base ball fun! Nothing better than base ball, hot dogs & apple pie!

Sonoran hot dog recipe

Get a beef hot dog and wrap it like a mummy with bacon.  Mesquite bacon is good.
Fry it on a griddle until the bacon gets crisp.  Some people like to fry the bacon a little first and then wrap it around the hot dog and then fry them both in the bacon grease.
Take a hot dog bun or bolillo roll that has been slit to make a pocket in the middle.  If you want you can toast them a little or, in the case of the bolillo roll, steam it for a minute to make it soft.  Work with what you have on hand or what you feel like.
Put mayo, mustard and ketchup on the bun and insert the bacon-wrapped dog.  If you want to squirt the mayo on top, like they do at the stands, mix it with a little lemon juice or water to thin it out.  Put it into a squeeze bottle or sandwich bag with a corner cut off and squeeze it on top when you are done, along with the mustard and ketchup.
Add warm pinto beans, cheese (shredded Mexican cotijo cheese, cheddar, whatever), chopped tomatoes, chopped onions, sliced or blended jalapenos or some type of jalapeno/green chili salsa.
“Just stick whatever you want on there, and whatever amount, to make it taste good.”  (You hear this talking to many Mexican cooks)

Tucson Weddings

March 5th, 2012 by Betty Ross

We do not host weddings at Desert Dove Bed & Breakfast. Saguaro Buttes wedding chapel is only a few miles from Desert Dove Bed & Breakfast. We can accommodate guests attending a wedding and the wedding couple after the wedding before leaving on their honeymoon trip. We have had many couples stay the wedding night, not wishing to travel far after a long and memorable day.

 You will not find a more natural Mountain Desert experience. Up against the gorgeous Rincon Mountains, with thousands of towering Saguaro Cacti and panoramic views of the Catalina, Santa Rita, and Tucson Mountains, you literally have 360 degree unobstructed views, perfect for pictures. If you are looking for a uniquely Southern Arizona experience, something out of state guests will remember for years to come, then Saguaro Buttes is the perfect place.


Spa Services

March 5th, 2012 by Betty Ross

Pamela Joosten, is a massage therapist for Desert Dove Bed & Breakfast.  Licensed and Nationally Certified Massage Therapist and Life Coach.
A Healing Touch offers you several modalities of massage and bodywork. She prides herself on offering the most physically and spiritually beneficial massage you will ever experience.  Click HERE for a more healthier body inside and out, and call her for an appointment!

Pam will come to the Inn and give a message right in the privacy and comfort of your guest room.  Just let us know if this is something you would like or you can call her direct at 520-307-4828. Just tell her you are staying at Desert Dove Bed & Breakfast

*Therapeutic Neuro-muscular Massage

* Hot Stone Massage

*Living Raindrop Therapy

* Reflexology

* lymphatic

* Aromatherapy

Wildflowers in Tucson

March 2nd, 2012 by Betty Ross

The wildflowers in Tucson and surrounding areas are blooming. Get the latest information on wildflowers, click on wildflowers. The staff at Saguaro National Park have spotted Poppies, Lupine, Jewelflower and Penstemon). We have Penstemon blooming in our desert garden and along the garden pathway.

The Brittle Bush is blooming, it is yellow everywhere!

Enjoy a hike in theSaguaro National Park just a short walk from Desert Dove Bed & Breakfast.

Our guests have reported Mexican Poppies in abundance at  Catalina State Park