Alfalfa Pineapple Juice

See what my lovely neighbors gave me this morning? Such friends, always there, always giving, loading my arms with papayas, citrus, alfalfa and more.  And standing on their mountaintop, gazing up the fiery rocks, looming above us – well what a gift. I sure was blessed to land on this mountain.

Pineapple AlfalfaRecipe of the Day – Pineapple Alfalfa Juice

Ingredients:

1 c. Pineapple
½ lb. Alfalfa Sprouts
Juice of 1/2 Lemon
2 c.  Water ot cold tea
2 drops stevia or sweetener,  if desired.

Directions: Juice or blend.

Word of the Day – alfalfa – alfalfa

Tip of the Day – Another green that’s high in protein, alfalfa is also high in a lot of vitamins, cool!

Sunflower Seed Risotto

Did you ever just wake up happy? For no specific reason? Ir’s wonderful to wake up and feel so light, so refreshed, as if something dropped away.

Sunflower seed greensRecipe of the Day – Sunflower Seed “Risotto

Ingredients:

2 c. shelled, raw, sprouted sunflower seeds
1 /2 T. coconut oil
2 white onions,  diced
3 cloves garlic, minced

2 tsp. sage
2 pinches sea salt
2 c. water or vegetable broth
Vegetables and toppings

Directions: To sprout sunflower seeds, soak them in twice the amount of water overnight or 12 hours. Drain and rinse. Lay them on a paper towel so they don’t mold and let them sprout. You will see tiny tails on them. Saute onions, garlic and salt, until translucent, about 5-7 minutes in a skillet,. Turn off heat. Mix in the sunflower seeds and the broth. Serve with seasoned vegetables, just as you would with any risotto, yum! Great for THanksgiving!

Word of the Day – semillas – seeds

Tip of the Day – You can do this recipe without sprouting. Sprouting increases the amount of enzymes exponentially, so well worth it!

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Ecuadorian Chocolate Mints

Okay, I another short, intense discussion when I asked the wonderful Meditation guru what he thought about relationships. Especially for a meditator who’s really not seeking anyone, not seeking a relationship, and feels, not only okay, but quite good by themselves. He gave me this analogy, There are four gases that aren’t missing an element – the noble gases that are odorless, colorless and barely or non-reactive. Since the noble gases have the exact full amount of electrons, they are not interested in forging compounds or reacting with other elements. They can, but they don’t need to, to fill  a missing piece. How cool is that and how cool is he!

Ecuadorian Chocolate Mints
Ecuadorian Chocolate Mints

Recipe of the Day – Chocolate Mints

Ingredients:

1/3 c. shredded coconut

1/3 c. oat flour

1/4 c. sesame seeds

pinch stevia powder

1 drop peppermint essential oil

1 drop peppermint extract

2 grains salt

Directions :

Blend, or mix ingredients well by hand. Then roll into tiny balls between your palms. Freeze, then dip into chocolate sauc and chiill again.

Chocolate  Sauce:

1/3 c. cacao powder

2 drops olive oil

3 drops liquid chocolate stevia

2 grains salt

1/2 tsp. turmeric

2 grains pepper

Directions:

Blend, or mix ingredients well by hand. Dip the balls into this sauce, yum, and good for your tummy and your breath!

Word of the Day – atracción – attraction

Tip of the Day – Don’t be afraid to stop a meditator and ask a question. He knew what I was asking immediately.

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Polenta Pizza Topped with Clover

I was literally pulling clover out of the grass and discussing, at the same time, with myself, how I seemed to have eaten every edible green in my garden. And I didn’t plant more at the full moon, ah! And then a picture came in to my mind of my mother chewing on the leaves and blossoms of the clover, exactly what I was pulling out! And there are tons of it! It’s in the pea family, you know. And, just like the beet and dandelion, you can eat every part of it! For salads, juices, teas, and guess, what! They are high in protein!

CloverRecipe of the Day – Polenta-Clover Pizza

Ingredients
1 c. Cauliflower

4 c. Water
1 c. Polenta
1/2 tsp. Salt
1/2 tsp.Black pepper

1/2 c. Clover
1/4 c. Coconut   oil
3/4 c. Tomato sauce

1/2 c. Fresh basil

2 Avocados

Direction:
Pre-heat the oven to 220 degrees Celcius. Steam the cauliflower for 7 minutes, in a small amount of water in a saucepan. Drain, and puree in a blender.Boil 4 cups of water, add salt and polenta, mix over a high heat for 2 minutes. Then remove from heat.

Divide into 4 equal parts.

Brush a baking sheet with coconut oil. Roll the cauliflower-polenta portions into a circular shape on the baking sheet.

Bake for 15 minutes, or until golden with crispy sides.

Spread tomato sauce over bases and top off with Clover.

Top pizza off with avocado and fresh basil. and clover.

Word of the Day – trébol -clover

Tip of the Day – If you’re going to use cheese, feta or nut/seed cheese is wonderful to melt on top, the last few minutes of baking.

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Smoothie for the Brain

Well, I was sleepy fo bed time, bu  I’m wide awake now! My guests just brought me a heating pad, infrared, from the states, whoa! With jade stones. Wow, what a gift!


Brain smoothieRecipe
of the Day – Brain Smoothie

Ingredients:

2 c. Water

2 ears of corn

2 carrots

1 apple, skin and aeeds

1 sprig parsley plus the stem

2 tsp. Flax seeds

1/2 ” ginger root

2 leaves basil

1/2 lemon, plus pith and seeds

2 tsp. Bee pollen

Directions: Blend for 20 seconds. Rest the engine and blend again. Or juice it!

Word of the Day – cerebro – brain

Tip of the Day –These smoothies are meant to feed your body and brain daily. Do it once and you’ll feel good.Do it daily and you’ll feel amazing!

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Cacao Power Ice Cream or Pudding

My ex-husband sent me a badminton set, what! What a great gift. And in perfect time to play with my guest family. It’s really fun, so perfect because all ages can play. We don’t have a net yet, but a five-foot high rope works fine!

Savannah playing badmintonRecipe of the Day Cacao Power Pudding or Ice Cream

Ingredients:

2 T. Cacao butter melted

1 1/2 c. Water

1 1/2 c. Almonds

1/2 c. Cacao powder

2/3 c. Coconut syrup or honey

1/2 tsp. Vanilla powder or 1 tsp. Vanilla extract

10 drops peppermint oil or extract

1/4 c. Cacao nibs

Directions: Melt the cacao butter in the water. Then blend until creamy. Add the rest of the ingredients, minus the nibs, and blend until creamy. Freeze for ice cream, or chill for pudding. Then sprinkle with the cacao nibs or chocolate pieces.

Word of the Day – raqueta – racquet

Tip of the Day – You can use coconut oil instead of cacao butter. It’s different, but still really good. And you can use chocolate bits or carob chips, to sprinkle on top, and coconut, berries, or nuts.

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Ginger Chest Steam

I had this tickle in my chest for two weeks, and now it’s gone, woohoo! Because my daughter reminded me to steam my head and lungs/upper respiratory system. Here’s the recipe that worked for me.
GingerRecipe of the Day- Ginger Steam Bath

Ginger helps to reduce the inflammation in the respiratory tract. It also has antibacterial and analgesic properties that help to clear chest congestion and treat cough.

Ingredients:

1/2 ” ginger root

1 pot water, filled to almost the top

Directions:

Cut a freshly peeled ginger root into little pieces, or grate. Bring a pot of water to almost boiling and add the ginger. Sit with your head over the pot, not too close to burn your face, though. Put a towel over your head to keep the steam in the tent. Breathe in for 10-20 minutes, until steam is no longer there. Get ready with your tissues to blow your nose!

Word of the Day – vapor – chest

Tip of the Day – 
Repeat once or twice a day, and daily, until your chest feels normal again. You can also chew on the ginger, or garlic, or add turmeric. Try steaming eucalyptus, my favorite, and drink honey with ginger tea, wih a couple drops of hot pepper in it. This bath also cleanses your pores, so splash some water on your face after! What’s your favorite steam bath?

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Q&A : How to Obtain a Residence Visa in Ecuador, Based on Buying Property

Q: Dorothy, do you rememberr any logistics about obtaining your Residents Visa in Ecuador, based on buying land, and working with a lawyer?

A: Okay, some things are coming back to me about the residency VISA. If you are working with lawyers, you will give them the deed to your land, the statement of worth, and the taxes. (The original owner can get them for you.) You can get this to them ahead of time. Make an appointment with them, maybe the day you get to Quito. Thats what I did. Then, before you get here, have all your original documents apostilled. That means you must send your birth certificate, marriage certificate, degrees or whatever else is on their list, sent away to the state or place it originated from. They wil put a gold seal on it, which says that the notary was good and it is a true and original document. It cannot be messed with. Any staples on it cannot be removed.

You come to Ecuador in hand with your passport (they will make two color copies of it), two color passport-sized phtos of you on a white backround, and apostilled original birth certificate, marriage certificate (if applicable), degrees and police reports. They submit an application which they fill out for you. They write a letter in spanish to the government for you. They go with you to the couple of offices to submit your paperwork. They take a picture of you. They translate all your stuff into spanish. They submit all your documents and send you back your passport, stamped with your resident visa stamp. They do this all in one day. You should plan to stay in Quito for another day or two, in case of any hiccups,
Some things might have changed since two years ago, but that’s the gist of how to get a residency visa in Ecuador with a lawyer’s help. Hope this helps!
Love,
Dorothymom_pickle

And from a site I found online:

Requirements for Residency

The requirements to obtain a visa to live as a resident of Ecuador are relatively simple, and the process can be done by anyone if you’ve got a bit of attention to detail.

Alternatively, there are some good attorneys who can do all the paperwork for you for a fee.

All documents submitted for this process must be originals or certified (notarized) copies

 Documents provided by the applicant must be obtained only from the responsible U.S. authorities, and authenticated by the Ecuadorian Consul

 Documents must be legally translated into Spanish if not already in Spanish

You must register your home address with immigration authorities, and report any change of address while living in Ecuador.

All applications for resident visas require the following to be submitted:

 A visa petition addressed to the Director General of Extranjería, signed by the applicant and an attorney

·A completed form ” Solicitud de visa de inmigrante” for the appropriate visa type

Two notarized copies of an up-to-date passport, with the notary attesting to the fact that its status is legally current

 A completed form ” hoja de datos para la cédula” (a data sheet, subsequently used for your identity card)

·Two current passport size photos, in color with white backdrop

·Visa fee of $350.

About the fee: These fees are current as of April 2010.
In addition to the six items above, there are additional submittals required depending on the type of visa you’re asking for.

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Tree Tomato Tahini

Can I give you a massage?” Savannah, the beautiful five-year old asked me. “Sure!” I answered. And you know what she did? After rubbing my shoulders for a couple minutes, she rubbed my third eye in circles for a good amount of time. How did she know to do that? It is a kundalini yoga technique to open the third eye for awakening. She’s done it twice. How in the world!

SavannahRecipe of the Day – Tree Tomato Tahini (Tomate de Arbol)

Ingredients:

1/2 c. sesame  seeds

1 c. water to soak the seeds

3 small tree tomatoes

juice of one lemon or lime

dash salt

1 clove garlic

pinch turmeric or paprika

Pinch black pepper

1/2 tsp. olive oil to drizzle on top

Directions: Soak the seeds in water for at least 10 minutes. Drain and discard the water. Blend the seeds in your blender with a 1/2 cup pure water and the lemon juice. Add the other ingredients except the turmeric, pepper and oil, and blend until creamy. Drizzle with a little olive oil and sprinkle with paprika or turmeric and black pepper.

Word/Phrase of the Day – tomate de arbol – tree tomato

Tip of the Day – Tomate de arbol is a fruit, a beautiful tomao that grows in a tree, and used for juices, for aji, salsas and other things. It’s really tasty and good for you!

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Hayden and Marina’s Cacao Cashew Smoothie

Remember my friend, Dave, and his first mora berry smoothie? Well, here’s his son, Hayden, and his first Cacao-Amazing Smoothie! He learned it from his friend Marina, and here it is, and it is wonderful!


Recipe of the Day
– Cacao Cashew Smoothie

Ingredients:

2-3 handfuls cashews

1-2 spoonfuls cacao powder

3 frozen bananas

or 3 non-frozen bananas and 5 ice cubes

1/2 c. coconut  meat

1/2 c.water

Directions:: Put the cashews in the blender. Add the water. Blend first, but you don’t have to, says Hayden. Add the rest and blend again until creamy.

Word of the Day – primero – first

Tip of the Day – Hayden says you don’t have to blend the cashews first if you have a really good blender that will cream the, together nicely. I had some right before I got on my bike this morning and had so much energy!