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Cinco de Mayo

May 1st, 2015 by Betty Ross

 

 

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Ingredients
Salsa:
1 (14-ounce) can diced tomatoes with chiles, drained
2 scallions, light green and white parts only, finely chopped
1 jalapeno, seeded, deveined, and finely chopped
1/2 cup finely chopped cilantro leaves
1 lime, juiced
Pinch salt
Enchiladas:
1 rotisserie chicken, meat removed and shredded (skin and bones discarded)
2 cups grated Cheddar
1 cup sour cream
1/2 small red onion, finely chopped
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
6 (8-inch) flour tortillas
Directions
To prepare the salsa: Combine the tomatoes, scallions, jalapeno, cilantro, and lime juice in a mixing bowl. Add a healthy pinch of salt and set aside at room temperature until ready to cook the enchiladas.

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F. Spray a 9 by 13-inch baking dish with nonstick cooking spray.

To prepare the enchiladas: Place the shredded chicken in a large bowl. Add half of the grated cheese, sour cream, and onion; season with salt and pepper. Mix well to combine.

Place the tortillas on your work surface. Spoon about 1 cup of the chicken mixture across the center of each tortilla. Roll them up to close and place, seam side down, in the prepared baking dish. Pour the salsa over the tortillas. Cover with aluminum foil and bake until heated through, about 40 minutes.

Remove the foil and sprinkle the enchiladas with the remaining 1 cup of grated cheese. Return the baking dish to the oven until the cheese is melted and edges of the tortillas are just beginning to get crisp, 5 to 8 minutes. Serve hot.

 

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Gathering places at Desert Dove

April 22nd, 2015 by Betty Ross

 Enjoy the sights and sounds of the desert at Desert Dove Bed & Breakfast.

Singing birds all day long!                

Desert flowers and cacti all around the 4 acres!  Lovely mountain views

Plenty of good seating for relaxation, birding, reading or conversation with other guests.

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Happy Valentines Day

February 13th, 2015 by Betty Ross

                                  Happy Valentines Day from Desert Dove Bed & Breakfast.

           Serving fresh Strawberries, Zucchini Quiche, Cranberry Scones with Devonshire Cream

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Birding Adventures

April 9th, 2014 by Betty Ross

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So Many Birds, So Little Time

We have great birding here at Desert Dove Bed & Breakfast.  Click on Desert Dove to see just a few of our birds. All the pictures were taken on our property.

If you wish a personal birding guide, Melody is the one to call.

Take a look at her website. You can call Melody or send her an email to set up the day and time. She will pick you up here at Desert Dove and experience a wonderful birding adventure!

 

A step back in time

April 5th, 2014 by Betty Ross

modela Take a step back in time to the Old West with a relaxing stay at the Desert Dove Bed & Breakfast with the innkeepers Harvey and Betty Ross. We dedicate ourselves in the ultimate comfort of our guests. We built our authentic territorial adobe home and our son was the architect. Our inviting bed and breakfast offers a glimpse of the Southwest’s pioneer days while keeping you firmly in the lap of luxury with modern amenities and comforts, such as wireless Internet, a hydrotherapy spa and delicious gourmet breakfasts and treats. The Desert Dove has two spacious guest rooms, each with its own entrance and bathroom. We are avid collectors and have lovingly furnished the inn with antique and period furnishings, along with a wonderful collections of dolls, vintage toys and quilts. Breakfasts savory scents lure guests to the kitchen. Where I,Betty treat our guests a scrumptious breakfast. A 1927 wood-burning cook stove dominates a corner of the inviting country kitchen. I love making homemade muffins or sensational Southwest-style frittatas with fresh salsa. Yum!
Desert Dove is just a short walk from Saguaro National Park East and convenient to numerous Arizona attractions, including Desert Museum and Colossal Cave. Experience serene comfort in the desert with a stay at our Bed and Breakfast.

Saguaro National Parks

April 16th, 2013 by Betty Ross

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A Celebration of National Park Week and Junior Ranger Day

Ever wonder what magical and mysterious happenings occur in the desert at night? Come explore the park after dark with your family, guided by Park Rangers, and experience the sights, sounds, and smells of the desert night by moonlight.

Starting before sunset, meet at our Education Center in Saguaro National Park’s Tucson Mountain (West) District for a welcome and introduction. Here you’ll learn the fun that lies ahead and how to enjoy the exploration safely. Safety concerns will be addressed, water bottles will be filled, and off you go. The leisurely exploration will cover no more than a mile, round trip, and will be paced for everyone’s comfort. You’ll explore a sandy wash with unique red-rock outcroppings, find a cool place for sunset, listen for the magical call of the Elf owl, and walk in the paw prints of bobcats and coyotes. As darkness falls around you, rangers will share stories about nocturnal park life and answer all those curious questions about the park after dark. Walking back out, we’ll be guided by the light of the waxing half-moon. Headlamps are available for comfort and safety if needed.

·Saturday, April 20th from 5:30 PM – 9:30 PM. Sunset is about 6:56 p.m. and full dark is about 7:45 p.m. There will be an almost ¾ waxing moon high in the sky after dark.

·The program is for families with children who are 7 to 18 years old. The terrain and conditions are not appropriate for younger children.

·The program is free, space is limited, and advanced reservations are required

·For detailed information, questions, or to sign up, please email chip_littlefield@nps.gov or, call at 520.733.5157

Night Walk at Saguaro National Park east

This easy, 2-hour walk provides opportunities for experiencing the desert at night. Dress for the weather, wear comfortable walking shoes and bring water and a flashlight. Space is limited, so call the visitor center at (520) 733-5153 to reserve your spot.

Welcome Fall

October 24th, 2012 by Betty Ross

Fall is here with cooler temperatures. Come and stay at Desert Dove Bed and Breakfast and enjoy a delightful gourmet breakfast. A few of our favorite dishes served at our Tucson, AZ  Inn include Fresh Spinach Egg Nest, Southwest Eggs Fiesta, Baked Blueberry French Toast, Baked Oatmeal, Fresh Baked Scones, Pumpkin Mousse, Yummy Muffins, Waffle Toast, Homemade Salsa, Organic Jams. Fresh Fruit, Fresh Ground Coffee, Tea and Juice. Breakfast is served at 8 o’clock or 8:30. We are flexible to your needs. We can take care of your special dietary needs.

Things to do in the area:

Colossal Cave Mountain Park. They are located a short drive up Old Spanish Trail from Desert Dove Bed and Breakfast.

Halloween Howl ! We are going to have a colossal good time! October 28-30

Halloween Carnival (5:00-9:00 p.m.) jumping castles, thrilling maze, kiddie horse rides, petting zoo, food, fun, & more!

Candlelight Tours of Colossal Cave October 28 – 30 / 6:00 – 9:00 p.m.

Haunted Hayrides 6:30 – 9:00 p.m. For Reservations Colossal Cave Candlelight Tours call: 520-637-7275

Colossal Cave Mountain Park has Riding Stables. To schedule reservation call: 520-647-3450

Pantano Riding Stables offers:  Spooks and Thrills Haunted Hay Rides located on Houghton Road in Tucson, AZ  Just a few miles from Desert Dove Bed and Breakfast.

For reservations at Pantano Stables call: 520-298-8980

Join us for a spooky good time!

 

 

Senior Travels

April 24th, 2012 by Betty Ross

We had the pleasure of having Bill & Jeannine Becker as guests for a one night stay at our bed & breakfast . As innkeepers, we feel every blessed to have such a wonderful opportunity to meet people from all over the world. It was great talking with them about their weekend adventures. Both Bill & Jeannine love to travel and see the local attractions. Desert Dove, being so close to a National Park, is a big plus for us and our guests. Thanks Bill & Jeannine for choosing to stay at Desert Dove Bed & Breakfast. We hope you can return in the future. Read their full blog on the Senior Citizens Travel Journal

Bill & Jeannine Becker write for the Senior Citizens Travel Journal

Beckers’ Second and Third Days in So. Arizona
We left Kartchner Caverns and continued driving south to Tubac having heard from senior friends that it was an artist’s colony and worth a visit. We discovered that Tubac was established in 1752 as a Spanish Presidio…that’s a really fancy word for fort, which I didn’t know.  The village remembers this colorful history at the Tubac Presidio State Historic Park with a museum that brings to life days of long ago. Here senior visitors could easily spend a day wandering amongst the wealth of paintings, sculpture, ceramics, photography, leather, crafts, antiques and jewelry shops…all hosted by the working artists whose studios fill the village. jeb found a cigar and I a bar of soap for my sister.  We’re big shoppers as you can see.

Leaving Tubac, we returned to the southwest side of Tucson, to the area bordering the Saguaro National Park where our room at the Desert Dove Bed and Breakfast was waiting for us.  What a wonderful choice my husband made with this B&B!  Harvey and Betty were ready for our arrival.  They showed us to our room, invited us to enjoy their outdoor garden, gave us a map of the park and told us how to get to our restaurant for dinner.  I was already looking forward to coffee in the morning and some time in the garden before breakfast.

We drove a couple of miles and found ourselves in the Saguaro National Park, surrounded by a lush, green desert…that sounds rather oxymoranish to me…however lush green desert is exactly what it was.  Although I doubt it stays this green or lush very long.  Several of the cacti were flowering and there were trees and more green than brown color in the desert.  Of  course, lots of saguaro cactus, but we learned not nearly the number there were years ago.  It’s a lovely drive through the park.

Happy Easter

April 6th, 2012 by Betty Ross

Happy Easter everyone. Wishing you a great day. Whether you attend a early sunrise service and go on a Easter egg hunt, wear your new Easter bonnet and enjoy this wonderful holiday!

Judy Garland – Easter Bonnet Song – 1940.  In your Easter bonnet with all the frills upon it, you’ll be the grandest lady in the Easter Parade. I’ll be all in clover, and when they look you over.  I’ll be the proudest fellow in the Easter Parade!

The guests at Desert Dove Bed & Breakfast will be enjoying a Easter breakfast of baked eggs in bread rolls. Fresh fruit and  scones with jam and clotted cream. Yummy!

Our guests are enjoying a early morning walk in the Saguaro National Park only a short distance from Desert Dove. There still are a few wild flowers along the way and lots of yellow Brittle Bush.

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.

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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.

 

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