DIY Scarecrow

Don’t tell the robbers. I’ve made a DIY scarecrow to sit on my front-porch swing, Now all I need is a play-gun to put in his arms, so that the silhouette at night looks like a fellow keeping guard. I hope the ladrones (robbers) don’t read my blog!


Project of the Day –
DIY Scarecrow

Materials:

cross frame or two broomsticks

stuffing of straw, paper or material (I used lemongrass, dried)

old clothes

string

hat, bucket or pumpkin for the head

paint or buttons for the face

Directions:
Make a t-Frame by stringing two poles together and thing at the intersection, Cut a bunch of long grass or straw, or use newspaper or rags. Lay the frame down,.
Dress Scarecrow with old clothes. Paint the face.
Tie off the Waistline, sleeves and add Gloves. Stuff pants and shirt With straw paper or rags, Attach Pants.

Word of the Day – scarecrow – scarecrow

Tip of the Day – It doesn’t have to be perfect. It just has to give off the illusion of a man, Which it does, as I am often startled by it!

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M’s Black Beans and Sprouted Rice

M – “This turned out surprisingly good! Sounds normal but it was so tasty. Not sure why. Guacamole on the side helped too. “

Recipe of the Day – M’s Black Beans and Rice

Ingredients:

1 c roasted corn

2 roasted garlic

1 pkg roasted mushrooms

2-3 diced tomatoes

2 cups sprouted rice cooked in veg broth

1 double can rinsed black beans

1-2 cups Diced spinach

Cilantro diced

1 tbsp Green onion diced

Chipotle in adobo sauce to taste

Juice of 1 1/2 limes

Cumin

Garlic powder

Celery salt

Sides: guacamole and grated cheddar

M

Word of the Day – observar – to observe

Tip of the day -M – Oh I also put in a cup of chickpeas that had been roasted in a sauce of chipotle in adobo sauce, nutritional yeast and water.”

Sweet Potato Black Bean Burger

It’s the birthday of my three special dogs on this planet – my son’s dog, Eagle, is, in human terms, 98 this week! Pickle, Clare’s dog is 42. And Tiko is 21 in human years. (He’s going out partying on his own tonight.)

Recipe
the Day – Sweet Potsto Bean Burger 

Ingredients:
2 c.  mashed sweet potato about~2 large sweet potatoes
1 c,  cooked  black beans, rinsed and well drained (
11/2 c.cooked brown rice or quinoa
1/2 c. walnuts. ground
1/2 c. diced green onion
1 1/2 tsp. cumin

1 tsp. cinnamon
1 tsp. paprika
1/4 tsp. each salt and pepper (to taste)
optional: 1/4 tsp. chipotle powder, 1 tsp. panela or other sweetener

Directions:
Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (204 C) and cut sweet potatoes in half. Rub with olive oil and place face down on a foil-lined baking sheet. Bake sweet potatoes until soft and tender to the touch – about 30 minutes – set aside. Reduce oven heat to 375 degrees F (190 C).
While potatoes are baking, cook rice or quinoa.
Add black beans to a mixing bowl and mash half of them for texture. Then add sweet potato and lightly mash, then 1 cup rice, green onion, nut meal and spices. Mix to combine. Taste and adjust seasonings as needed. Add more rice or nut meal if the mixture feels too wet. It should be very moist but moldable.
Lightly grease a baking sheet and line a 1/4 cup measuring cup with plastic wrap.
Fill the lined measuring cup with sweet potato mixture. Scrape down to pack, then lift out and transfer to the baking sheet and gently press down to mash. The thinner you press them, the faster they’ll cook, but no need to go too far. Just a gentle press will do.
Bake burgers for 30-45 minutes, carefully flipping 20 minutes in to ensure even cooking. The longer you bake them the firmer and drier they will get.
Serve on a salad or with sliced avocado, red onion, greens, and ketchup or salsa on gluten-free buns.
Store leftovers covered in the fridge for up to a few days. Freeze for longer term storage.

Word of the Day – cumpleaños – birthday

Tip of the Day – Serve wirh guacomole, raw ketchuo and mistard, Sliced avocado
Sprouts, lettuce, Sliced onion
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Energy Fudge Bars

Hey, look i was made top-blogger again! just when I’m posting less, ha ha. I’be made these fudge bars to celebrate!

From: Maxwell Salo
Subject: You’ve been featured as a top blogger!

Message Body:
Hi Dorothy,

Just a quick email to let you know that I featured you in a recent article named:

Top 30 Most Inspiring Expat Bloggers in 2017.

Here’s a link to the article:

Top 30 Most Inspiring Expat Bloggers in 2017

Recipe of the Day – Fudge Energy Bars

Ingredients:

1/2 c. sunflower seed

1/2 c. raisins

3/4 c. oats

1/4 c. cacao powder

1 hpg. T. coconut oil

pinch salt

Directions: Blend in your food processor until mixture forms a ball. Press unto a pie plate or shape into bars. Chill.

Word of the Day – speciál – special

Tip of the Day – Try with walnuts instead of sunflower seeds, yum!

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Cherry Goji Kiwi Smoothie for Sleep

Says my sister’s Doctor –“Kiwi is one of the fruits I’ve prescribed to my patients with insomnia (two an hour before bedtime appears to significantly improve sleep onset, duration, and efficiency) and also to help with constipation-type irritable bowel syndrome (two kiwifruit a day seem to significantly improve bowel function).”

Recipe of the Day – Sleep Smoothie
Ingredients:

1 frozen banana
2 T. goji berries
1 kiwi
1/2 c. pitted cherries
1 c.  water, tea or coconut milk

Directions: Blend in a blender until smooth.

Word of the Day – duermo – I sleep

Tip of the Day – Kiwi certainly seems like a better option than the leading IBS drug, which was pulled from the market for apparently killing too many people. Kiwifruit also appear to benefit immune function.”

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Tofu Scramble Open-faced Sandwich

From my sister, “So we have been experimenting with a lot of new plant-based dishes. A new favorite is healthy toast smeared with guacamole and topped with tofu scramble full of diced veggies and cilantro. So good. M 

D-Yummy!
Hey, M,, I’ve gone vegtarian for a month now and feel good! i eat eggs though. And if chicken broth is in the town’s cooked rice, i may have had that.

Recipe of the Day – Tofu Scamble Open-or Closed- faced Sandwich

Ingredients:

14 oz. firm tofu, pressed for at least 30 minutes then crumbled
1 T.nutritional yeast

1/2 c. cilantro
1 tsp. turmeric
1 tsp. garlic powder
1 T. Coconut oil
1 Green onion, chopped
1 c. mushrooms, stems removed & caps thinly sliced
1 c. guacomole
salt + pepper to taste
6 slices healthy bread

Directions: Press the tofu between two plates lined with paper towels, to squeeze out the water. Crumble and mix with the cilantro, nutritional yeast, turmeric, and garlic powder in a large bowl. Set aside.
Heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add onion; cook 5-6 minutes or until softened, stirring occasionally. Add tofu mixture and mushrooms and cook until warm, 2-3 minutes.. Spread guacomole on each piece of bread and top with the scramble.

Word of the Day – adivinar – to guess

Tip of the Day – Saute carrots, broccoli or cauliflower, spinach and/or peppers to add to the mix!

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DIY Massage Oil

Best chair reiki/masssage ever, with Americus, who’s here weekends in Vilcabamba. $5 for 12 minutes. He’s strong! Boy, I feel better.

Recipe of the Day – Diy Massage Oil

Ingredients:

1 ounce of a carrier oil : coconut, avocado, sweet almond oil, apricot kernel, sesame or grapeseed oil.
10-12 drops essential oils.

options :1 capsule vitamin E, 1 tsp. aloe vera gel
Dark glass container

Directions: Mix well and pour with a funnel into a dark-colored bottle.

Word of the Day – aceite – oil

Tip of the Day – Add peppermint oil for headaches and tummy aches. Add rose oil for love!

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Sharon’s Panela Kefir

Letter to my brother,

“Only the no-mind” has intelligence” says Osho, wow!

Hey, M, your intuition is amazing. I was like, “Why is M sending me $200 when i only lost $40? That afternoon a hose started leaking under the soil and i had a bit of a landslide under my water tanks. $25 for the Cat, $50 for two guys labor, $35 new hose and clamp..$3 for the hot water hose the Cat ran over, ha ha. $40 to lend to the guy who built my house, and $7 for smoothies for me and S. She says she hasn’t had one since you bought her that one! Look at that, M, $200 , EXACTLY, right? i did not play with any numbers, You are amazzzzzing! I love you! And thank God for you!

Recipe of the Day – Panela kefir

Ingredients:

1.25 liter glass jar

Cloth or sieve with rubber band to cover the jar

3 T. organic panela or raw brown sugar

3 T. kefir grains

1/2 unsqueezed lemon or peel only (optional)

1 liter water

Directions: Mix all the ingredients in the jar. Cover. Keep in the darkness. Strain liquid into your storable pitcher after 48 hours. Use the remaining pulp for your next batch. Stores well at room temperature, while it ferments for 2-3 days.

Word of the Day – fermentacion – fermentation

Tip of the Day – Start with 1/4 cup on an empty stomach, daily, to provide great bacteria in your belly. Do not add sweetener, except Stevia, if needed, When you get too much of the starter, give it away and pass the health forward!