Monday, March 28, 2016

An Eastery Kind of Trip

A trip to the Tohono Chul Botanical Gardens was the perfect choice for an Easter afternoon visit. It's spring and the wildflowers and cacti were blooming.
Tohono Chul (aka Tohono Chul Park) is a botanical garden, nature preserve and cultural museum located in Tucson. The words "tohono chul" translate as "desert corner" and are borrowed from the language of the Tohono O'odham, the indigenous people of southern Arizona. The mission of Tohono Chul is to enrich people's lives by connecting them with the wonders of nature, art and culture in the Sonoran Desert region and inspiring wise stewardship of the natural world. The majestic Santa Catalina Mountains form  a backdrop for the natural desert habitat. 

Step inside, take a stroll through the garden and walk the meandering trails. 















A playful looking saguaro. 
An extended arm to catch the rainwater-except there has been no measurable rainfall since January 4th. A recent report showed humidity level at 3%. Being from the Midwest it's hard to even fathom this fact. 
Peak blooming for Palo Verde.
A bird nearby stands guard over the gardens.
Tohono Chul is an oasis within an urban sprawl. A peak through the vegetation spotted a familiar sign. 

This sign sums it all.


What To Do With All Those Leftover Eggs??
Cook's notes: Guacamole Deviled Eggs are a twist on deviled eggs that are sure to be a crowd pleaser at your next gathering and/or St. Patrick's Day party.
I did some research on nutrition and found out that these deviled eggs are a high protein snack or appetizer. They are loaded with a good dose of healthy fats and perfect for any dietary restriction – low-carb, gluten-free, vegetarian, weight watchers, paleo and more!
Guacamole Deviled Eggs
recipe adapted from skinnytaste.com
Ingredients:

  • 6 eggs hard boiled, peeled and cut in half 
  • 1 large avocado, mashed
  • 1 TB. jalapeno. fined diced
  • 2 TB. red onion, finely diced
  • 2 TB.diced tomatoes
  • 1 TB. lime juice
  • 1 TB.cilantro
  • pinch chili powder or paprika for garnish 
Directions:
  • Scoop yolks out of egg halves, mash them and mix with avocado, jalapeno, onion, tomato, lime juice and cilantro with salt, pepper and cayenne
  • Place a tablespoon of the mixture back into holes-refrigerate
Bacon Guacamole Deviled Eggs
Cook's notes: This was my take on the guacamole deviled egg recipe.
Ingredients:

  • 6 eggs hard boiled, peeled and cut in half
  • 1/2 cup prepared Guacamole Dip(dairy section)
  • 2 TB. diced green onion
  • dash Tabasco
  • 1 tsp. Worcestershire
  • 1 tsp. mustard
  • 1 TB. cilantro 
  • garnish-pinch of paprika
  • option garnish 2 TB. diced bacon
Directions:
  • Scoop yolks out of egg halves, mash them and mix with all ingredients except paprika
  • Place a tablespoon of the mixture back into the holes, sprinkle with paprika and refrigerate
need more ideas check out
http://www.seattletimes.com/life/food-drink/turn-those-leftover-easter-eggs-into-savory-deviled-orbs/

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