Black Porridge Punch


Recipe of the Day – Black Porridge

1 c. mora, boysenberries or other berries

 Directions: Bring the water to a boil with the corn, cinnamon sticks, and cloves in a large pot. Reduce heat to medium-low; simmer 40 minutes. Remove from the heat and strain through a mesh strainer to remove the corn and spices. Stir the lemon juice and sugar into the chicha until the sugar has dissolved. Chill until cold. Stir in the chopped pineapple, berries and apple before serving over ice.

Word of the Day – maiz morado – purple corn

Tip of the Day – Share this drink with others. It’s meant to be shared in ceremony, in parties, a common practice in the barrios of Ecuador.

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No-Cheese Cheesy Fondue

Guess what I just got to use? My own bathroom. Guess what I get to do tonight? Not go “camping” in the middle of the night, or share the one in the cottage but use my own, my very own bathroom. Although, I did kinda like not using all that water all the time!

Recipe of the Day – Non-dairy Cheesy Fondue

A good cheese fondue is usually made with wine and cheese. This is much healthier, but warm and comforting, creamy and delicious.


1 c. cashews
1 yellow/orange bell pepper
1/4 c. kombucha
3 T. nutritional yeast (optional – not raw)
2 T. agar agar or psyllium seed mixed with 4 T. water
Juice of 1/2 lemon
1 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. onion pdr.
1/2 tsp. garlic pdr.
1/2 heaping tsp. turmeric

Directions: Blend.  Blend twice to warm. Serve with raw crackers and veges: carrots, cucumber,broccoli, celery and sugar peas work well! Warm gently and pour into fondue pot.

Word of the Day – super – super

Tip of the Day – Cashews are super expensive here, but it’s worth the expense sometimes to keep you healthy. No other nut does the same as the cashew, for this recipe, although they’re all good.

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Raw Apple Butter

I met my neighbor, F, at the JF today, who shared our taxi to Loja. And it turns out he saved an owl yesterday! He was walking along the canal and this owl was drowning in the water! He got it out, took it home and kept it safe until it dried out later in the evening, then let it free, wow!!!

Recipe of the Day – Apple Butter
3 Red Delicious Apples, cored, unpeeled, chopped
1 T. chia seed, soaked 10 minutes
2 tsp. lemon juice
1 T. honey or other sweetener, to taste
1 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 Tsp. nutmeg
1/2 tsp. cloves
1 pinch salt

Blend and chill! Yummy on almond crackers, raw celery, raw sprouted bread, or eaten alone!

Word of the Day – cloves – clavos

Tip of the Day – Buy a whole lot of fruits and vegetables for the week at the Sunday market – like several apples. And that way you’ll eat good all week without succumbing to the bad stuff!

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Sweet Caramel-Date Apples

Not only is my new bathtub in, but there’s water coming out! And the tub drains down to the other end. weird! But I like it. The shower head is at the opposite end of the drain. And the grey tiles are so pretty, oh my gosh. I wish it would never get dirty, it’s so shiny and pretty. Maybe if I never use it. Too late! ha ha.


Recipe of the Day – Caramel Apples

Dates and lemon, combined with nuts, makes an amazing, good-for-you, caramel apple taste.  Dip sweet apple chunks in dates and roll them in nuts!
6 organic apples, cut into bite-size pieces
2 c. dates soaked in 1 cup water
2 T. raw tahini
Pinch vanilla powder or 1 tsp. anilla extract
1 tiny pinch Himalayan crystal salt
– juice of 1/2 lemon
2 c. walnuts, almonds, pecans, hazelnuts or other nut of your choice, optional – cacao nibs!

Directions: Pulse the nuts in a food processor and transfer to a bowl..
In a food processor, blend until smooth, the soaked dates, tahini, vanilla and salt. Put the date paste in a bowl. Dip each apple slice. Swirl in nuts. Chill in the refrigerator. Enjoy!

Word of the Day – manzanas – apples

Tip of the Day –Make these for your kids, instead of those store-bought caramels. So much better for them!

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Chocolate Amor Fondue

One of my guests from Bolivia asked me, in halting English, “Are you lonely?
I wasn’t sure if he meant alone, or lonely. So I said, “You know, lonely means alone with sadness. So at this time, no, I am not
 alone with sadness. But I am alone….except for Tiko. So alone, but happy!”

Recipe of the Day – Raw Chocolate Fondue

With a prep time of less than 5 minutes, this recipe  can be used in a traditional fondue set or just to coat fruit in delicious and luxurious raw chocolate.

2 T coconut oil or almond butter
1 4/ c. raw cacao powder/carob
1/4 c. coconut nectar, honey or sweetener of choice

dash of vanilla powder
dash of salt
Directions: Melt gently over a double boiler, and pour into fondue pot. Add cinnamon, orange or peppermint Stevia, or a dash of cayenne. Use strawberries, kiwi, bananas, berries, ginger or orange slices to dip!

Word of the Day – solo – alone

Tip of the Day – You can do this with cacao, carob, or a mix of both very powerful South American ingredients!

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Lemon Hail Mary’s

You know you’re in a developing country when you receive a package, and the container is as exciting as what’s in it! I received those walkie-talkies, some of the Tai Chi and Yoga DVDs I sell. But truthfully, I was just as excited to get the cool cardboard box with the swinging lid. I think it might hold all my essential oils, woohoo!


Recipe of the Day – Lemon Hail Mary’s

  • ½ c. ground almonds
  • 1 c. shredded coconut
  • 1 T. coconut sugar, stevia, or other powdered sweetener
  • 1 T. lemon juice
  • 1 pinch vanilla powder or 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 2 T. almond butter
  • pinch salt
  • 1 c. soaked cashews
  • ½ c. coconut oil
  • ⅓ c. almond or coconut milk
  • ⅓ c. lemon juice
  • ¼ c. coconut sugar or other powdered sweetener
  • 2 pinches vanilla powder or 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp. lemon essential oil
  • Grated zest of 1-2 lemons
  • ¼ tsp. salt


For the crust, combine all ingredients and press into the bottom of a pie plate or 8 little glasses.
For the filling, blend all ingredients and pour/ladle on top of your almond crust. Chill.

Word of the Day – caja – box

Tip of the Day – These are so good for you, that they’re awesome for breakfast, any time.

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Cacao-Covered Raisins

The cleaning was all done. I came out of the bathroom into the one room of the casita and looked around, then lay down on the bed. “What are you doing,” I asked myself. And realized I was saying goodbye to the cottage. It had given me shelter in a new country, alone after 9 weeks, when my husband left for good, helping me feel warm and safe and filled with light. Now, with a guest in there for 12 days, then a couple in there for November, and on and on for the next 5 months, it is definitely here  for the airbnb guests, and I will live in the new house!


Recipe of the Day – Cacao-Covered Raisins

Create your own deep chocolate covered raisins in minutes with these powerful raw ingredients. Substitute carob for cacao, if you like. Use dried cranberries or other dried fruit to create more amazing chocolates.
Raw Chocolate/Carob Covered Raisins

2/3 c. cacao butter, shaved and melted, or coconut oil
1/2 c. cacao powder
2 T. raw agave or raw honey
1 heaping T. mesquite powder (or lucuma powder) – both are optional
2 c. Ecuadorian raisins
dash salt
pinch vanilla powder or 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract

Melt the cacao butter or coconut oil in your dehydrator, or a double boiler, or over a bowl of hot water.
Mix in the other ingredients by hand. Pour in raisins, 1/2 c. at a time. Use a slotted spoon to transfer raisins
to a wax paper-coated cookie sheet. Freeze for 10 minutes.
Other options:
orange, (yum!) extract or juice,peppermint
-Use dried cranberries, dried raspberries or other dried fruit, instead of raisins

Word of the Day – huespedes – guests

Tip of the Day – Die to something every day! Today it was the casita.

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Happy Granola – Triple Chocolate

So the police came to establish my GMS system. But first the two of them drove up on a motorcycle, 40 minutes early. I was pulling down in the taxi for a quick trip to the pharmacy for my airbnb guest. They had smiles and said, “Oh, don’t worry! We’ll be here and wait for you.” So we came back super fast, but couldn’t find them. Then  40 minutes past the hour I heard their motorcycle coming down the road – which means they’d been up in the mountains. They came in, talked, gabbed, set up my system, all that. Then walked around, big big grins on their faces. One looked at my pot of rice and thought that was the funniest thing in the world, ha ha, for some reason. They helped me with the guy who hasn’t put in my windows, know him! And said where to report it to, a new office, and that to call them if nothing happened. I walked them out and walked into a huge cloud of mj. Whoa! That was strong! Then more, further up the driveway. No wonder they were so happy! And I was glad to start/maintain good relations with them, ha ha. I heard the younger one say, “I love you!” to the older policeman. Oh my gosh, so funny.


Recipe of the Day – Happy Granola


  • 3 c. oats
  • 1/4 c. coconut oil, melted
  • 1/3 c. cacao powder
  • 1/4 c. coconut crystals or panela (brown sugar or other raw sugar
  • 1/3 c. honey or other liquid sweetener
  • 1/3 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 c. chocolate pieces or cacao nibs
  • 1/2  c. dark chocolate covered raisins (see my recipe on this blog)
  • optional: nuts, seeds, or dried fruit, coconut, cinnamon, dates. peanuts


Mix all ingredients together with a light hand. Dehydrate at 105 degress for 4 or more hours, depending on how crisp.chewy you want it. OR

Preheat the oven to 350F. Line a large cookie sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat.

Bake for 30 minutes, stirring + flipping every 10 minutes. Remove from oven and sprinkle with chocolate chips while the granola is still warm. Stir. The chocolate chips will melt, creating larger clusters of granola. Once cooled, add in chocolate covered raisins and any additional add-ins you prefer. Store covered at room temperature for up to three weeks.


Word of the Day – nubes – clouds


Tip of the Day – Make friends with police, if possible! It was never possible for me in Montana, but here its a different story! I always say hi to the guard at the bank. Then he helped me on a personal level, three times, holding my dog, running after me with my passport, etc…

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Mora Chocolate Smoothie

At 4 pm the police are gonna call me, set my location, ad then I just press #5 when I have an emergeney, and I don’t need to talk. The alarm it sets off notes my location!

Also got some walkie-talkies today, another birthday present from my ex-husband. But its so great, because my immediate neighbors on this land don’t get cell service, so they communicate by walkie-talkie! They’ve want me to have one this whole year. They’ve used them before in at least one emergency, and all were so grateful to have them!

Recipe of the Day – Mora Chocolate Smoothie


small handful mora berries

1 frozen banana

1 1/2 c. almond milk

1 tsp. stevia powder or 3 drops liquid chocolate stevia

y nada mas – nothing more!


Blend. I am So addicted to this smoothie.

Word of the Day – nada mas – nothing more

Tip of the Day –  The days, Like today, can get awfully sweating hot! Protect your skin and hydrate!

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John’s Tom Yum Soup

I have lights in my house! Beautiful overhead lights in all the rooms and the porches! What an outstanding thing, when you live in shadows and candles for so long. I still forget I can turn on a switch!

Recipe of the Day – Tom Yum Soup

from my friend, John, in the States.

Prep time 15 minutes, Cook time 15 minutes, feeds 3 peeps

Cook rice in addition as desired by clan


4 c. Chicken Broth: 4 c. water and 2 T. chicken bullion

1 chicken breast or 1.5 cups shrimp

5 T. of lime juice

2 tsp. of grated ginger

3 slices of lemon grass about 2 inches long: smash it, boil it, and then take out

1 c. of sliced button mushrooms

1.5 tsp. of spicy chili garlic paste

1 T. thin soy sauce

1 medium tomato, diced

½ onion sliced

After cooked: sprinkle a little in each bowl after serving

Dash of cilantro

Dash of green onion


Cooking directions:

In a medium saucepan, bring the vegetable broth to a boil. Once boiling, add the lime leaves,

ginger, and lemongrass and boil for 5 minutes. Remove the lemongrass.  Add the chicken,

mushrooms, thin soy sauce, lime juice, tomatoes, onions and boil for another 5 minutes.

Garnish with cilantro and green onions.

Consume the soup, fix rice to put in the soup, or consume soup and eat rice on side with soy

sauce. I prefer the rice in the soup!  John Ruddock with Julie Rosen

Word of the Day – luces – lights

Tip of the Day – I would do this soup without the fish, and substitute Bragg’s amino acids, or coconut crystal aminos, for the soy.

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