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About the Owners of the Rio Tierra Casitas



Owner Katy Bee sets the stage for guests and retreaters with her passion for painting, decorating, design, antiques and collectibles in each newly renovated and fully furnished guesthouse at Rio Tierra.

Finding this River Land in the Sonoran Desert was the perfect canvas for me to realize its potential, and share the experience with others. We've honored the history of former owner LaVesta Gardner's artist's colony. She lived here and gave painting and pottery classes to residents of Wickenburg. She's no longer with us, but we hope you'll feel her creative spirit which we've nurtured with artistic designs and colorful flairs throughout our rancheria.

Once a B&B owner in New Mexico, Katy--an antique addict and writer--carries on with her talents in Arizona. She spent a long career in radio & tv and has lived all over the Great American West, along with a seven year stint working in the Nashville music biz. The ex-ski bum also worked in the hospitality business as innkeeper and waitress in Sun Valley and Aspen. Her family history actually goes back to innkeeping during the 1800-1900s when they ran a famous roadside inn and tavern along the Old National Trail near Zanesville, Ohio.

John Markley--Katy's "Prime Mate"--lent his life-long building talents to Rio Tierra Retreat and transformed it from the bottom up. His sweat and dedication can still be seen throughout the properties. Nurturing the grounds and trails out to the river, this naturalist, hiking fanatic, motorcycle enthusiast, gourmet cook and ex-hillbilly can be one charming chap. He loves the people that come down the trail to stay at Rio Tierra Casitas.

John and I are serious conservationists and nature lovers. Sun-dried sheets are a staple of our accommodations. No dryer carbon energy used here! The sun provides for us. A healthy world is our passion and green is the theme--always thinking with an eye and heart towards planetary preservation. Giving back to the Earth is a constant concern for us and honoring the creations of nature is an ethos we hope you'll share and pass on. Remember, a good planet is hard to find!

 

 

 

• Our Famous Homemade Muffins • 

1-3/4 cups Arrowhead Mills (or other) All Purpose Baking Mix
1 egg
1/2 cup low fat milk
1/4 cup Canola Oil
3/4 cup sweetened condensed milk (1 can =14 oz.)
(Make sure this in not evaporated milk)
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup blueberries, raspberries, fresh peaches, apricots, cranberries, bananas—or
whatever is in season works, and don’t be afraid to combine them! 

Add My Secret Ingredients for baking muffins & sweet breads:
2-3 tablespoons of applesauce
2-3 tablespoons of plain greek yogurt
Sprinkle in flax seeds, oat bran and/or walnuts or pecans

Combine all ingredients—except baking mix and fruit
Mix in baking mix
Add in fruit and stir until evenly combined

Pour into pre-greased small baking pans or muffin cups
Bake at 400 degrees for 15-20-25 minutes, depending on size of container used  
1-3/4 cups Arrowhead Mills (or other) All Purpose Baking Mix
1 egg
1/2 cup low fat milk
1/4 cup Canola Oil
3/4 cup sweetened condensed milk (1 can =14 oz.)
(Make sure this in not evaporated milk)
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup blueberries, raspberries, fresh peaches, apricots, cranberries, bananas—
whatever is in season works and don’t be afraid to combine these! 

Add My Secret Ingredients for baking muffins & sweet breads:
2-3 tablespoons of applesauce
2-3 tablespoons of plain greek yogurt
Sprinkle in flax seeds, oat bran and/or walnuts or pecans

Combine all ingredients—except baking mix and fruit
Mix in baking mix
Add in fruit and stir until evenly combined

Pour into pre-greased small baking pans or muffin cups
Bake at 400 degrees for 15-20-25 minutes, depending on size of container used

 




Memberships
  Wickenburg Chamber of Commerce   Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance
  Wickenburg Art Club   PBS/KAET-TV/Phoenix
  The Nature Conservancy   Wickenburg Friends of Music
  The Sierra Club