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Wildflowers

April 3rd, 2016 by Betty Ross

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Picacho Peak State Park

About 40 miles northwest of Tucson along Interstate 10. Take Exit 219 for the Picacho Peak Road.

Park day use hours are 5 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Admission: $7 per vehicle

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Wildflowers are on a blooming binge this week at Picacho Peak State Park northwest of Tucson.

Carpets of dazzling gold poppies play a starring role in the colorful show — but other wildflowers add their own hues to the landscape. Among them: blue lupines, orange globemallow, white desert chicory and bright yellow brittlebush.

“Beautiful!” “Awesome!” “Amazing!”

Trek one of the park’s flower-flanked trails this month, and you’re likely to hear such exclamations again and again from hikers along the way.

“It’s a rare occurrence to see this wonderful poppy bloom at Picacho Peak State Park,” said Sue Black, director of Arizona State Parks.

Aaron Soggs, manager of the park, said, “At Picacho, the rain data is showing just about 12 inches, which is the accumulated total since September of 2014. The last great year of flowers was 1998, when there was 12 inches of rain, and we are seeing the same result now with the abundance of Mexican poppies blooming.

You’ll find some expanses of poppies and other blooms in the desert area encircled by the loop drive. Try lower reaches of the Hunter Trail and the Calloway Trail for additional good wildflower displays.

Tucson Street Fair

March 31st, 2016 by Betty Ross

 

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There are two Street Fairs per year, one in Spring and one in the Winter. The next Street Fair is April 1, 2 and 3, 2016. Hours are 10 am to 6pm (dusk) each day. The Street Fair takes place between Ninth Street and University Blvd. along Fourth Avenue. Click here for a map.Free to the public, the Fourth Avenue Street Fair brings together 400+ arts and crafts booths, 35+ food vendors, 2 Fantastic Stages, street musicians, food, jugglers, street performers, face painting, sidewalk entertainment, the ever so popular Free Kids hands-on-art Pavilion and tons of other fun activities.

This year, we are making it better than ever before with new ways to experience the Street Fair. Get your grub on with U.S. Fries at the U.S. Fries Community stage for their Poutine Pig Out Contest. You can also support your community by donating nonperishable food items to benefit the Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona. Bring your food to VIP Taxi who will have a cab parked at 7th St. and 4th Avenue for “Stuff the Cab” every day of the fair. Get around in inexpensive comfort, with our new and exciting mode of transportation! Wildcarts is the new, free “Official People Mover of 4th.” Try them out at Street Fair and hail one down for any of 4th’s future events.

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A stay at Desert Dove would be a great choice for a place to stay.

The desert is blooming with yellow!

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Festival of Books

March 11th, 2016 by Betty Ross

A fun and enjoyable event in Tucson this weekend. Enjoy a stay at Desert Dove Bed & Breakfast   to round out a great weekend!

booksThe annual Tucson Festival of Books will be held Saturday and Sunday from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on the campus of the University of Arizona. The festival features more than 350 authors and panelists, 250 exhibitors, and opportunities to meet famous authors, poets, writers and journalists. There will be book signings, panel discussions, live entertainment, food vendors, children’s activities, Science City, and dozens of free activities for all ages. Admission is free and both Sun Link and Sun Tran provide stops within a short walk of the festival. Sun Link will be kicking off the Festival of Books with an onboard reading by award winning children’s author, Conrad Storad, on Saturday, March 12 at 10 a.m. Storad will begin his reading at the Avenida del Convento stop (across from Mercado San Agustin) and will exit at the University of Arizona to participate in the Festival of Books at the Children’s Storyteller

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Wild Flowers and Birds

March 1st, 2016 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!

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Arizona Archaeology

March 1st, 2016 by Betty Ross

Saturday, March 12, 2016    11:00 a.m. – 3: 00 p.m., Free

Come get to know your State Museum! In celebration of Arizona Archaeology and Heritage Awareness Month, you’ll have the opportunity to meet curators, visit laboratories, and tour collections areas in the largest and busiest state-run archaeological repository in the nation.

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Gems in the Desert

January 19th, 2016 by Betty Ross

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The Tucson gem shows are a collection of over 30 different owned and operated public and wholesale gem, mineral and jewelry events with over 3,000 exhibitors throughout Tucson.

The Official 62nd Annual Tucson Gem and Mineral Show® is held at the downtown Tucson Convention Center (TCC). This event has over 250 general retail dealers and special and guest exhibits for the general public and has been held annually since 1955.  Tucson Gem Show

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Desert Gardening

August 21st, 2015 by Betty Ross

One of the most rewarding experiences of gardening and landscaping is viewing the wildlife that your garden attracts. Butterflies, hummingbirds, bees, insects, rabbits, squirrels and other wildlife find refuge in backyard gardens. Some seek shade, others hunt for food, and some species make our gardens their homes. While rabbits and squirrels may not be the gardener’s favorite wildlife, the vibrant colors of fluttering butterflies and the graceful dance of hummingbirds feeding on nectar producing flowers add greatly to the beauty of a garden in bloom.
Gardens and landscaping can be purposely designed to attract butterflies and hummingbirds, literally bringing your garden to life. By planting a combination of flowering plants, native grasses and leafy shrubs you can create a beautiful garden with color and balance that is pleasing to the human eye, and also attractive to butterflies and hummingbirds.
Many of the same colorful, fragrant, nectar-producing blooms attract butterflies as well as hummingbirds. It’s important to create a host environment for larvae and caterpillars as well, which later transform into those butterflies. Good host plants are leafy and can provide shelter and food for larvae and caterpillars.butterflybush hummingbird_4796016_sm

Breakfast is Served

May 25th, 2015 by Betty Ross

 

breakfast1Enjoy a delightful gourmet breakfast served on vintage tableware. Signature dishes of our Tucson inn include Spinach Egg Nest, Southwest Eggs Fiesta, Baked Blueberry French Toast, Baked Oatmeal, Fresh Baked Scones, Yummy Muffins, Homemade Salsa, Organic Jams. Fresh Fruit, Fresh Ground Coffee, Tea and Juice.

    Some new recipes added to our menu!

applerose                                                   A Baked Apple Rose, yum!


potatoquiche                                             Potato Quiche Ranchero a favorite!


Steamed pear                                   Poached Pears with Prickly Pear Cactus Syrup, Yum!

zucchiniquiche                                                         Zucchini Quiche

cookies                                                   Always afternoon cookies!

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Recipe Book

May 2nd, 2015 by Betty Ross

When you stay at Desert Dove Bed & Breakfast you can purchase our cookbook at a low price. All Betty’s favorite recipes!  Enjoy our tasty breakfast while you are our guest, and try  them for yourself when you get home.

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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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