Crunchy Almond Butter Bars

“Mama, is that the Virgin Mary,” I heard this young girl ask at the airport. I was standing in my new dress, kind of exhausted after coming back from the States. I smiled at the mom and child, who was staring at me. Which scenario do you think actually happened?

A. Standing in a beautiful long, blue flowing dress, covered with peacock feathers and in complete tranquility, I smiled benevolently at mother and daughter, extending my arms and giving them my blessing in perfect, fluent Spanish.


B. Standing in the blue halter dress my daughter bought for me at a gas station in Montana, I smiled exhaustedly, knowing the young girl was looking from the ground up,  and hoped I didn’t disappoint too much. I knew Mom would explain it to her later.  She shushed her and whispered something I interpreted as, “No, hon. The Virgen Maria is from Ecuador. She is not a gringa.” Ha ha! Totally my interpretation of her tired smile.


Recipe of the Day – No-Bake Crunchy Almond Butter BarsIngredients:

  • 3 c. dehydrated, sprouted buckwheat crunchies, corn flakes, or oats
  • 1 c. almond butter (or peanut)
  • 12 c. coconut crystals
  • 12 c. coconut syrup or honey
  • 6 ou. carob chips or cacao nibs
  1. Heat almond butter and sweeteners over low heat to melt. Stir in cereal.
  2. Pat into a 8×8 lightly greased pan.  Melt carob chips over low heat and spread over top with the back of a spoon.. Cool until firm. You can also melt the carob or chocolate chips and pour over the top!

Word of the Day – perfecto – perfect

Tip of the Day – Yes, it’s paradise here.  What is paradise . . . perfection? And what is perfection? The picture you have had in your mind (of Paradise?) Or the absolute perfection of what is now, with all the perceived faults, etc….So perfection is anywhere, you say? You got it.

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