A Gluten Free Breakfast

December 27th, 2013 by Del & Sheryl Terry

A Gluten Free Breakfast

@ Grand Canyon Bed and Breakfast

Gluten Free Fudge Chip Breakfast Muffins

Ingredients

Cooking spray

  • 1 cup applesauce

  • 1 teaspoon canola oil

  • 1/2 cup sugar

  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla

  • 1/4 teaspoon almond extract

  • 3/4 cup oat flour

  • 1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa

  • 2 teaspoons baking powder

  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda

  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon

  • 1/2 cup semisweet dairy- and gluten-free chocolate chips

  • Powdered sugar

 

Preparation

1. Preheat oven to 350°. Place 8 paper liners in muffin tin; coat with cooking spray.

2. Combine applesauce and next 4 ingredients. In a separate bowl, whisk together the next 6 ingredients. Add oat mixture to applesauce mixture; stir until blended. Stir in chocolate chips.

3. Spoon batter into muffin cups. Bake for 20–22 minutes, rotating the pan a half-turn after 10 minutes. Muffins are done when tops are firm to the touch.

4. Cool slightly. Top with powdered sugar, if desired.

Prep: 10 minutes; Cook: 20 minutes.

  • Yield: Makes 8 muffins (serving size: 1 muffin)Fudge Chip Muffins Gluten Free Breakfast

Pumpkin-Pie Cups IngredientsPumpkin Pie Cups Gluten Free Breakfast

  • 2 cups 2% reduced-fat milk

  • 3/4 cup dark brown sugar

  • 1/ cup cornstarch

  • 2 large eggs

  • 1 cup canned pumpkin

  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

  • 1/4 teaspoon pumpkin-pie spice

 

Preparation

Whisk milk, sugar, and cornstarch in a large saucepan; bring to a boil. Boil 3 minutes, whisking constantly. Beat eggs with a whisk in a large bowl. Gradually add half the hot milk mixture to the beaten eggs. Return milk-egg mixture to pan. Cook over medium heat 3 minutes, or until thick, whisking constantly. Remove from heat; stir in pumpkin, salt, and pumpkin-pie spice. Spoon evenly into 6 (6-ounce) custard cups. Let cool, and chill for about 30 minutes, or until pudding is set.

  • Yield: 6 servings (serving size: 6 ounces)

    Breakfast Tortilla Ingredients

    • 1/2 pound Yukon gold potato (about 1 medium)

    • 1 tablespoon minced fresh chives, divided

    • 3/4 teaspoon salt, divided

    • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

    • 4 large eggs

    • 1 large egg white

    • 1 tablespoon olive oil

    • 1 garlic clove, minced

    • 3 tablespoons finely grated Mexican cheese

    • 1 teaspoon extra-virgin olive oil

    • 1/2 cup halved chopped tomatoes

    Preparation

    1. 1. Preheat oven to 350°.

    2. 2. Place potato in a saucepan; cover with water. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat, and simmer 20 minutes or until tender; drain. Cool. Peel potato; thinly slice.

    3. 3. Combine 2 teaspoons chives, 1/4 teaspoon salt, pepper, eggs, and egg white in a bowl; stir with a whisk until blended.

    4. 4. Heat 1 tablespoon olive oil in an 8-inch ovenproof nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add garlic and potato slices; cook 30 seconds, gently turning potato to coat with oil. Sprinkle with remaining 1/2 teaspoon salt. Press potato mixture with a spatula into a solid layer in bottom of pan. Pour egg mixture over potato mixture; cook 1 minute. Gently stir egg and potato mixture. Press potato back down into bottom of pan; cook 2 minutes. Remove from heat. Sprinkle with cheese.

    5. 5. Bake at 350° for 7 minutes or until center is set. Remove from oven. Drizzle with 1 teaspoon extra-virgin olive oil. Loosen sides of tortilla from pan; gently slide onto a serving platter. Cut into 4 wedges. Top with tomatoes and remaining 1 teaspoon chives.

    Breakfast Tortilla Gluten Free Breakfast
    Serve breakfast with cold juice, vanilla coconut milk, and coffee or tea.

Fresh Pine Branch Christmas Decorations

December 19th, 2013 by Del & Sheryl Terry

Using pine branch Christmas decorations;

I love the look of natural decorations.

 

Each year we trim our trees in the fall. I use the fresh pine branches to decorate my B&B for Christmas. I love the look of natural decorations, They bring in the scent of pine in a way bottled scents could never capture. Using natural materials looks beautiful, uncluttered, and clean. Bringing a little extra life to materials that would have been mulched much sooner. I prefer to use them as much as I can before they become useful in other ways. Pine trees take on a life of their own if they are not regularly tended and trimmed. This tree is looking a little wild and requires attention to reduce dead needles and give the tree added strength for next years growth.

bed and breakfast pine tree needing trim; pine branch christmas decorations

After the branches have been cut and before use you must remove all dead needles. Let the  branches sit in a bucket of water to soak for awhile.

fresh clipped pine boughs to be used for natural Christmas decorations at the bed and breakfast; pine branch christmas decorations

trimmed pine tree at bed and breakfast; pine branch christmas decorations
After carefully trimming our trees and removing dead spots and disease our trees are ready for a safe and refreshing winter. This care will give them rest and prepare them for next years growth.
Placing them on your mantle shelf or other focal shelving is the traditional use for cut branches. This placement can bring extra character to crafted trees, villages, or nativities. They also make beautiful wreaths or garlands when shaped the same day they were cut and soaked.  When deciding where to place your pine cuttings you must choose stationary settings and surfaces that will not be disturbed throughout the month. Moving them will loosen needles and dry the branches faster since they are not being fed a continuous water supply. I
f you don’t touch them they will last for weeks! The pine branch Christmas decorations help to create the atmosphere of the season without being overwhelming for my guests.
decorated bed and breakfast for Christmas with pine boughs; pine branch christmas decorationsdecorating for Christmas with fresh trimmed pine branches; pine branch christmas decorations
fireplace Christmas decorations with fresh pine branches; pine branch christmas decorationsIf you are interested in following my other decorating ideas you may follow me on Pinterest at http://www.pinterest.com/gcbandb/

A Green Bed and Breakfast; Eco-friendly Business

December 19th, 2013 by Del & Sheryl Terry

The Grand Canyon B&B is a green Bed and Breakfast.

Here are some of the eco-friendly steps we have taken to ensure we leave a smaller mark on the environment. We hope you will use any of these green ideas (where possible on your property), and share with us your ideas and suggestions to help us become even more of a “green bed and breakfast”, and to help us all become better stewards of this beautiful and fragile Earth so it can be passed on to our descendants.
1. Construction and decorating our B&B was completed in 2005 with eco-friendly materials including double pane windows, structurally insulated panels which have extremely high R values, excellent insulation (using recycled newspaper particles), and siding made from beetle-killed Ponderosa Pine.
2. All B&B and personal laundry is done in-house, with low water/high centrifuge washers. Drying time is greatly diminished. Laundry is washed and rinsed on cold, with all stains pre-treated with environmentally friendly products.
3. The laundry detergent we use is biodegradable, produced in a neighboring state, and environmentally friendly. Our cleaners are made in-house.
4. Compact fluorescent bulbs are used throughout the B&B. Burned out CFB’s are sent to a special recycling center that reclaims the mercury so no discarded bulbs are placed in landfills.

go green; eco green hotel; eco friendly business; green bed and breakfast5. Curbside recycling is used in Williams. Grand Canyon Bed and Breakfast recycles every product possible in our area: corrugated cardboard, aluminum, tin cans, paper, and plastic.
6. Purchases are made in bulk to reduce packaging waste and vehicle fuel consumption.
7. We love organic and local ingredients. Fresh fruit and vegetables are purchased from local organic farmers and natural food outlets.
8. Prior to the development of Grand Canyon Bed and Breakfast, the land had been denuded of the natural trees and shrubs. Since 2001, more than 500 trees, shrubs and perennials have been added to the property.
9. No potable water is used in our landscaping.
10. A waterfall and stream using area boulders was designed and constructed; it recycles grey water from our sinks, showers, and washing machines. This stream (along with the fountain in the backyard) has created a natural ecosystem for the property.

earth friendly, eco and green water fountain using recycled water; green bed and breakfast11. The flowering shrubs and plants were selected to feed hummingbirds, butterflies, bees, and bumblebees. It works!
12. An herb garden planted next to the grey water fountain outside the kitchen provides fresh flavors for the breakfast foods. It is also frequently used by migrating flocks of birds.
13. Whenever an item no longer functions for its designed purpose, the staff creatively looks for a different purpose. For example, towels and linens no longer in service for guests are used for personal needs, become cleaning rags, donated to shelters, or a quilt may become a wall hanging.

To make a reservation for a stay in one of ou guest rooms or family suites please visit https://secure.rezovation.com/Reservations/CheckAvailability.aspx?s=t5G4WW5Svr&__utma=42568051.842792251.1386695945.1389125465.1389129811.13&__utmb=42568051.1.10.1389129811&__utmc=42568051&__utmx=-&__utmv=-&__utmk=229692185

Canyon Floats Amid Rare Cloud Inversion

December 3rd, 2013 by Del & Sheryl Terry

 Rare cloud inversion over the Grand Canyon

Grand Canyon National Park visitors at Mather Point were greeted with a total  and rare cloud inversion on Friday. Cloud inversions are formed through the interaction of warm and cold air masses. (Photo by Erin Whittaker/National Park Service)

 

rare cloud inversion over the Grand Canyon; https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/legalcode

Photo supplied from https://www.flickr.com/search/?w=50693818@N08&q=inversion

 

A group of fortunate Grand Canyon visitors and employees were treated to a rare sight this weekend — twice. On Friday and Sunday, the park’s redrock cliffs could be seen rising out of a sea of fog that occupied the inner reaches of the Canyon. The sky above was blue at times, amplifying the effect. Photos posted to the park’s Facebook page quickly went viral on the web. 

The phenomenon is called a total cloud inversion.

And the National Weather Service says it’s a textbook example of how the atmosphere behaves like a liquid. At night, the cold front of clouds falls into the lowest terrain around, the Grand Canyon. As the temperature warms through the day, the clouds push out east, up the Grand Staircase and across the Navajo Nation.

“We get areas of fog, but to have something this widespread and prolonged is pretty rare,” said Megan Schwitzer, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Bellemont. “It’s not something that happens every year or even every other year.”

But not everyone was happy at the South Rim. According to National Park Service Ranger Erin Whittaker, some visitors actually complained about the clouds. Others rushed to the rim when they heard about the rare cloud inversion.

“Word spread like wildfire and most ran to the rim to photograph it. What a fantastic treat for all,” she said.

Whittaker said she had waited five years herself to spot the phenomenon. And it was just in the nick of time. Whittaker started her three-month annual furlough on Monday — the day that her photos for the Park Service appeared on worldwide media sites.

More information about the event can be found at http://www.washingtonpost.com/national/in-rare-weather-event-clouds-fill-grand-canyon/2013/12/05/0742b0ce-5d4a-11e3-bc56-c6ca94801fac_gallery.html

 

Northern Arizona Christmas Mountain Village Holiday

November 22nd, 2013 by Del & Sheryl Terry

A Northern Arizona Christmas Mountain Village Holiday.

Saturday, November 30 kicks off the 2013 Christmas season in the great little mountain town sultana theater; mountain village holiday

of Williams, AZ. It starts with the 10th Annual Mountain Village Holiday Craft Show at the World Famous Sultana Theatre. The craft show is available from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm. The theatre is located @ 301 W Rte 66. There will be over 35 vendors with a wonderful variety of those special gifts you seek for the Holiday Season and other occasions as well. Angel, with Simply Angelic Photography will be there to take pictures of your children or the whole family. She will have 4×6 and 5×7 prints available to take with you right away.

 

This is a fundraiser for the SAVE-MTR (Meant To Rescue) Animal Facility in Williams. All proceeds from the vendors’ rent and your donations go to the animals. Buy your special gifts, have your picture taken and help SAVE-MTR at the same time. Have dinner at one of the fine restaurants is town and then, starting @ 6:30 pm, join the community for the Mountain Village Holiday, Parade of Lights and Official Tree Lighting Ceremony event. This annual colorful light parade is a holiday favorite as it proceeds down historic Route 66. Enjoy the official Tree Lighting Ceremony immediately following the parade.

 

El Tovar guest room; mountain village holiday

 

The Williams-Grand Canyon Chamber of Commerce adorns the city with lights, wreaths and ornaments. ”Christmas lights, there’s just something very nostalgic about them,” she said. “I think a lot of people respond to that nostalgia of Christmas and the holidays and the lights.”The chamber is also putting on a residential and commercial lighting contest. This year’s theme is “All I want for Christmas is…”

Spend November 29th and 30th in one of the guest rooms or family suites at Grand Canyon Bed and Breakfast as you start your Christmas season in Williams, AZ.

Fresh Pumpkins for Dried Gourds

November 13th, 2013 by Del & Sheryl Terry

The best Autumn decorations start with pumpkins for dried gourds.

knuckle pumpkins used for entry way decoration; pumpkins for dried gourdsThe ease of using fresh specialty pumpkins for dried gourds. Knuckle pumpkins are just one of the types I enjoy using for thie purpose, but I can also suggest other varieties including Moonshine, Speckled Hounds, Hooligans, and Bliss Pumpkins. If you are interested in other unique varieties you can visit http://www.hobbyfarms.com/crops-and-gardening/boutique-pumpkin-varieties.aspx.

Simply create your own gourds by sitting the pumpkins in a dry place on wax paper and let them dry naturally until they are golden, light weight and hollow.  This process may take all winter or more to complete.  Do not place on top of a refrigerator because the rising heat will mildew them before they dry.  Scrub the outside of each one clean and spray with polyurethane. Once made the new gourds are very long lasting and beautiful. They bring variety and creativity to once simple decorations.

 

 

 

Using fresh squash, these small gourds are dried in the same way .
I’ve mixed pumpkins, squash, & large plus small gourds in two locations as decorations in my Bed & Breakfast this year.

After the season, I’ll dry the fresh pumpkins & squash for future years. Taking advantage of the many different sized pumpkins available allows them to be used in large and small decorating areas which will brighten every room. They store very easily and have the added benefit of being very light. These wonderful gourds fit into all styles of Autumnal decorating and bring the rich colors that are the toast of the season.

displaying dried knuckle pumpkins; pumpkins for dried gourds

 

knuckly pumpkins dried for display; pumpkins for dried gourds
 For more of my decorating ideas and styles please follow me on Pinterest at http://www.pinterest.com/gcbandb/. You can enjoy my current successful projects and those I wish to attempt in the future. Also find recipes for the season that have been enjoyed by many visitors from around the world.

Experience a Grand Canyon Winter

December 28th, 2012 by Del & Sheryl Terry

Snow capped canyon peaks; grand canyon winter; grand canyon winter

Snowy view from the South Rim

Experience a Grand Canyon winter and enjoy this Northern Arizona natural wonder.

 

Most people think of Arizona and envision desert landscapes complete with saguaro cactus and hot temperatures, but our Grand Canyon State is full of surprises.  What better way to treat yourselves to a very special Arizona vacation than to visit one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World this fall and winter and experience a different side of Grand Canyon, one that many people don’t even realize exists!

 

 

 

 

The snow has begun to fall in Northern Arizona, making this a great time to experience the cozy warmth of the radiant heat gas fireplaces and the warm hospitality of Grand Canyon Bed and Breakfast

 

You can also enjoy staying warm and viewing the winter scenery while others do the driving as you ‘motor’ to the Rim and tour Grand Canyon National Park on a small group van tour.  Let a professional driver navigate what can be the snowy/icy roads of the High Plains and the Kaibab Plateau and teach you about the flora and fauna as well as the geology of one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World.

 

Grand Canyon Railway in a snow storm returning to the Depot

Another option is to ‘ride the rails’ aboard a vintage train along the century-old line leading from Williams, AZ to the Grand Canyon!

You’ll be sure to keep warm on your journey to the heart of the historic Grand Canyon South Rim Village.  Once you arrive at Grand Canyon, you’ll enjoy a much calmer and quieter visit this time of year as the summer crowds have cleared and the fall has quickly turned into winter.  This truly is a wonderful time of year to enjoy all that Grand Canyon has to offer — from spectacular vistas that just might be dusted in a beautiful layer of snow to the grand lobby of the historic El Tovar Hotel or Bright Angel Lodge with  blazing fireplaces welcoming guests inside to enjoy your winter afternoon!

Wild Wonderland by Grand Canyon

November 8th, 2012 by Del & Sheryl Terry

bearizona black bears; wild wonderland

Let’s entertain the tourists!

The Wild Wonderland of the Christmas Season in Northern Arizona

Saturday November, 24 2012, @  Bearizona, is a ‘kickoff’ for the wild wonderland holiday season in Williams, AZ

Come stay with us at Grand Canyon Bed & Breakfast the weekend after Thanksgiving and celebrate the start of the Season.

Bundle up & bring your family and friends for a fun-filled night to kick off the holiday season! Enjoy the decorations and lights of the beautifully decorated main street with the inspiration of Historic Route 66. Children can enjoy feeding the deer at the Grand Canyon deer farm or sliding down the snow covered hills of The Oak Hill Snow Play area.

Mr. and Mrs. Claus will be making a special appearance, so parents make sure you bring your camera so you can get some pictures!

Stroll through Fort Bearizona to see all of our critters & enjoy the lights & sounds of the season! Watch the babies of the animal world play and tumble in the snow and sliding on the ice in their first experience of winter.

Enjoy Christmas goodies, coffee & cocoa.

mountain village holiday; wild wonderland

Mountain Village Holiday

After your visit to Bearizona, head on downtown to watch the annual Christmas tree lighting ceremony and Festival of  Lights parade in Williams, which starts @ 6:30. The light parade ends with Santa lighting the town square Christmas tree, singing, and plenty of holiday cheer.

There is also The Annual Holiday Craft Show on the 24th, which is held from 10am to 5pm @ Sultana Theatre. Find crafting in all forms from native american and south western jewelry, clothing, decorations, and furniture. Other beautiful creations include re-purposed antiques, outdoor furniture and lawn decorations, rugs, and blankets. Become lost in the best of the creative arts available in Northern Arizona.

When you return each night from your chilly adventures and heart-warming fun you can relax and find warmth in our main sitting room in front of a blazing gas fire or curl up in one of our queen or king sized beds under thick quilts while watching holiday favorites before drifting off to sleep.

Lifetime Admittance to ANY National Park/Monument

April 1st, 2011 by Del & Sheryl Terry

Enjoy Lifetime admittance to all of the Nations Parks and Monuments.

If you are a US Citizen, The National Park Service offers a special offer for when you’ve reached or passed the age of 62. A Golden Age Passport (lifetime admittance pas) can be purchased for $20 giving you free entry to any and all national parks and national monuments in the US.  If you are under 62, you can purchase a National Parks Pass for $50 which allows unlimited access for one calendar year.  There are other benefits to own either one of them.  More information about both passes can be obtained from the booklet you receive when you purchase your Pass.

Visit our web site and make a reservation to stay at Grand Canyon Bed and Breakfast.  Purchase a Golden Age Passport or National Parks Pass at the Williams/Grand Canyon Visitor Center.  Explore Grand Canyon, one of the seven natural wonders of the world.  We’ll make your visit to the Grand Canyon an enjoyable one.  We look forward to spending time together.

*2013 update*  This pass is no longer available, but has now been replaced by the America the Beautiful – National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Pass.
Information for obtaining one of these passes is available at http://store.usgs.gov/pass/senior.html. This lifetime pass provides access to more than 2,000 recreation sites managed by five Federal agencies, with up to 100% of the proceeds being used to improve and enhance visitor recreation services. Those carrying Golden Age passes may be assured they are still good for the life of the bearer.

Bearizona Wildlife Park

March 26th, 2011 by Del & Sheryl Terry

Come stay with us at Grand Canyon B&B and experience a great addition to the attractions of Northern Arizona.

Eric English, of ABC Channel 15 in Phoenix, wrote the following article in 2010:

‘WILLIAMS, AZ – A new attraction is trying to grab some of the millions of visitors that flock to the Grand Canyon every year. Bearizona is a 150 Acre ‘drive-through wildlife park’ that promises to give you a close encounter of the wild kind. Visitors drive their own vehicles through the park, which is loaded with big horn sheep, buffalo, and of course, bears–all roaming about giant pens.

“I really hope that when people come to Bearizona, they make a connection with the animals,” Vanessa Stoffel, the park’s chief operating officer said.  The park is planning for the future, raising young wolf, fox and bear cubs from infancy.  Staff plan the addition of bobcats, lynx and brown bears, and hope to grow into one of the larger North American wildlife collections.  They want to give visitors a new respect for the creatures.

“See the animals in their natural environment, and then when they return to wherever they are from, in the woods or in a park, they look around and they sense the importance of that habitat to the animals,” Stoffel said.

Bearizona was designed to showcase environmentally friendly construction as well.  “We’ve tried to build the park as green as possible.”  Many of the animal’s habitats are created from recycled materials.

The security cabin is a recycled RV, and a giant waterfall is made from several old busses and cars.  “A lot of the materials that we used in our waterfalls and rock features are old junkers and busses. The scrap metal is the framework for our big rock features,” Stoffel said.  The addition of solar panels and a water reclamation system will help lessen the park’s impact on the Kaibab Forest, while allowing people to see some other natural wonders that can be elusive.’

Bearizona Wildlife Park sign in Williams, Arizona

As of today there are two new additions.  Doc and Sadie were born early this Spring.  See their ‘birth announcement’ as shown on Phoenix NBC Channel 12 at: http://www.bearizona.com/bearizona-welcomes-channel-12-news-team .  More new borns are expected as we get closer to Summer.

The drive-thru park opened the 10th of Mar for the 2011 season and will be open daily from dawn to dusk until ‘snow covers the ground and stays (usually around the end of November each year).

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