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Easter at the Lodge

Spring has been beautiful this year and Easter Sunday did not dissappoint.

Baskets await the Children's Egg Hunt while eggs lay hidden throughout the grounds.


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 We even had a visit from an old friend...



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Yesterdays Tea Time Delight...

thumbprintcookiesPecan Thumbprint Cookie with Garland's Damson Plum Jam


1 cup All Purpose Flour

1/8 teaspoon salt

1/2 cup unsalted butter at room temperature

1/3 cup firmly packed light brown sugar

3/4 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 egg yolk

3/4 cup pecans, coarsely ground

Garland's Damson Plum Jam


Preheat an oven to 350 F

Sift together the flour and salt into a small bowl. Set aside. Combine the butter, brown sugar and vanilla in a large bowl. Using an electric mixer set on high speed, beat until light and fluffy. Mix in the egg yolk. Reduce the speed to low, add the flour mixture and pecans and mix just until incorporated. 

Roll pieces of the dough between your palms to form 1 inch balls. Arrange on an ungreased baking sheet, spacing 1.2 inches apart. Using your thumb, make a depression about 1/4 inch deep in the center of each ball. 

Bake the cookies for 10 minutes. Fill the depressions in the unsugared cookies with jam. Continue baking the cookies until they begin to color, about 10 minutes longer. Transfer the cookies to wire racks to cool. Store in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 5 days. 

Makes about 2 dozen. 

Recipe adapted from "Cookies & Biscotti" Williams & Sonoma Kitchen Library

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The Bees Knees

Springtime at the Lodge is all about THE BIRDS AND THE BEES…


Every March 15 or so, we hear the distinctive call of the Mexican Black Tailed Hawks (mates for life), returning to Oak Creek Canyon, where they nest their young on scags of Cottonwood trees along the banks of the creek.

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The fruit trees... peach, apple, and wild plum... rely on our friends, the bees, to pollinate their blossoms.  Our local bee whisperer, Patrick Pines, brings us hives to make this happen.





Last year we watched as he gently replaced the Queen, a docile and harmonious gal from New Mexico, with her former "evil", less diplomatic, predecessor.  

The succession worked; the next dramatic episode included an intrusive black bear, curious and hungry after his long winter's nap.   We were "hip" to his interest, called Patrick, who removed the hive in the nick of time…our neighbor's garden was ravaged by the bear nearby.

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So this winter's project included the erection of a secure enclosure for our busy friends.  Join us in hoping for organic fruit this Summer and Fall. 
"Honeybee Democracy" by Thomas D Seeley is a great read, or for those of you short on time you can visit the Integral Options Cafe blog.
For information on the new Bee Colony Collapse Disorder visit. 
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Introducing... Henry Karpinski

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Henry Karpinski (of the Long Island Karpinskis) was hitchhiking across the  country when he ran out of money at the Grand Canyon.  Accustomed to  eating daily, he got a job on the South rim and figured he'd stay two weeks,  get his first paycheck, and split in the night for California. 

Forty years later he decided it was really time to move on and so here he is  at Garland's. Henry will be delighting guests each evening as the new  evening manager.

A bit of an historian, he became recognized as an expert on the human  history of the Grand Canyon and has appeared on the Travel Channel, the  Learning Channel, the History Channel, and PBS.

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