Blueberry Fig Smoothie

On a sunny, 7 a.m. morning, with a beautiful sun-lit hill above the land, I did my sun-gathering and early yoga, ending by digging a soft indentation in the sand and raising my feet to the sky in a Vilcabamba headstand. Tiko respectfully sat right near me, the whole time, patiently waiting for the stick-throwing about to come next.

Recipe of the Day – Blueberry Fig Smoothie

C gave me the figs, J gave the blueberries, The bananas were from my land!


1 fig, the gel scooped into the blender

1 handful blueberries

1 frozen banana

3 drops chocolate or vanilla stevia

1/4 c. cacao powder

1 c. water or coconut milk

Directions : Blend.

Word of the Day –– suporte para la cabeza – headstand

Tip of the Day – Use only 1/4 c. liquid, add a T. of chia seeds, and you’ve got yourself an amazing pudding!

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Kale Banana Papaya Orange Smoothie

In the moment – reflections after three years of living : It’s awesome not working for others more than a few hours a week.How did I ever live without a machete! What would I do without Wilson the gardener? I never knew what it was like to miss a country.  I miss my kids so bad, my heart aches for weeks at a time. With more time I cry more, and am a little more still and quiet inside.                                                                                                         

Recipe of the Day – Green Smoothie


2 c. kale

1 frozen banana

1 c. papaya

1 c. orange juice



Word of the Day – reflexiones– reflections

Tip of the Day – You can make this with spinach or any other greens, if you prefer them.

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Iced Carob Tea

The wind is here. Last year it was every day throughout August. Or was that the year before. This year it started on July 1st. It doesn’t seem like an anxiety for me. Good. Just there, and blowing in the stories of things.

Recipe of the Day – Iced  Carob Tea


2 tsp. carob powder

1 pot water, almost boiled

2 leaves mint

1 sprig lemongrass

Directions; Bring a pot of water almost to a boil. Turn off heat, and pour over the carob, mint and lemongrass. Let cool. Then refrigerate. Pour into glasses and add another leaf of fresh mint.

Word of the Day – algorroba – carob

Tip of the Day – There is a mention of carob in the Bible as ‘St. John’s bread’ or ‘locust bean’. It contains more calcium than milk, boosts the immune system, reduces the risk of cancer, improves digestion, slows down aging, prevents cardiovascular diseases, and helps prevent and manage diabetes. Carob tastes very similar to chocolate or cocoa powder. Add this tea with a frozen banana for a great smoothie!

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Carob Hemp Berry Smoothie

One of the small perks of being an airbnb hostess, is that sometimes people leave a small gift of food in the casita. Today it was hemp seeds, woohoo! I haven’t had them in forever. We get a good amount of chia, sunflower, apistel, sesame, sunflower here, but not hemp. So I made this!

Recipe of the Day – Carob Hemp Berry Smoothie


1 frozen banana

1 c. hemp milk

1 T. carob power

6 mora or other berries

1/2 c. water

Directions: Blend.

Word of the Day – Semillas de cáñamo – hemp seeds

Tip of the Day – To make hemp milk, add a cup of seeds to the blender. Blend with a quart of water until creamy.

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Poppy Seed Raisin Bars

Last night I was a little achy and sneezy from the cold of camping. I took one poppy sprout while camping, poured hot water over it and let it steep for twenty minutes. I slept so deeply and soundly for eight hours, with dang good dreams.

Recipe of the Day – Poppy Seed Bars

1/2 c. coconut syrup/honey with a
little water

For the dough:
1 c. oats or popped, dried quinoa
4 T. almond flour or more oats

For the filling:
1 1/2 c. ground poppy seeds
pinch of ground vanilla (or vanilla extract)
1/4 c. raisins, soaked ten minutes

In a food processor, mix all the pastry ingredients with just enough of the syrup water to get a crumbly texture, which can be pressed into a dish.
3. Mix the filling ingredients with the rest of the honey-water.
4. Using the back of  a spoon, press half of the pastry batter into a pan,, followed by the poppy seed mix and top with the rest of the dough. Press down as hard as you can. Chill. Cut gently into 8 bars.

Word of the Day – estornudar – to sneeze

Tip of the Day – I also upped my vitamin C intake from 5,000 mg. to 15,000mg. for 3 days. Boy did that wipe it out!

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Apple Papaya Green Smoothie

I just traded my Friend and neighbor, Marli, a bunch of my organic bananas for a bag of sunflower seeds, shelled and organic. Good trade! I love it when we can share things we need without using money. Anyway these are raw, already shelled. And perfect because I’m addicted to them with raisins and have them now for camping. If you live in the area, you can get other products from Marli’s Family. I might as well just give you her list!

Most updated list sent on 5/24/2017

Hi everybody,
Here is the list of products that are available right now. Please email me if you are interested. Note price change in a few products, the only product that price went up is Amaranth a few others the price went down, and also note that the cashews are roasted and with salt…

500ml = 16.9oz ($12)
250ml = 8.45oz ($8)
125ml = 4.22oz spray ($5)

Almonds (Chile) unsoaked $9.00
Walnuts (Chile) unsoaked $8.50
Raisins Unsulphured (Chile) $2.50 **Out of Stock
Flax Seeds (Canada) $0.80
White Sesame Seeds (India) $3.50/lb
Sunflower seeds (Argentina) $4.00/lb
Cashews ROASTED AND SALTED (Vietnam/India) $16.00
Dates (US) $12.00

Organic Quinoa (Ecuador)$3.50
Organic Lentils (Ecuador)$2.50
Organic brown rice (Ecuador)$1.50
Organic rolled oats (Ecuador)$1.50
Organic amaranth (Ecuador) $5.00
Organic popcorn ( Ecuador) $2.25
Organic garbanzo (Ecuador) $3.50
Organic Olive Oil (Spain) $12.00
Organic Pumpkin Seeds (Ecuador) $5.00

Please email me if you are interested.

Recipe of the Day =  Apple Green Papaya Smoothie


1 c. apple juice

1 handful spinach

1 c. papaya

1 frozen banana.

Directions: Blend. Yum!

Word of the Day – abrazos – hugs

Tip of the Day – When you eat seeds, like nuts, you don’t need to eat a whole box full. Wait twenty minutes and you’ll see how full you are after one tablespoon even, and how much energy you have. You don’t want to be bogged down by digestion. Just energy!

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Sharon’s Avocado Pit Smoothie

Here’s my letter to my brother, Martin, the one who visited a few weeks ago.  

Hey, Banana Boy, where are you? I’ve got another bunch of bananas that needs cutting down! Remember when you had the honorary title of “Crumb Boy” in Kinder and First Grade? Two years running, right? (Oh, he had to wipe the crumbs off the table after snack-time. That was his job and he was so good at it, they made him crumb boy two years’ running! Is how he tells it.) Now, you’re “Banana Boy!” Get your banana butt back here!”

Recipe of the Day – Sharon’s Avocado Pit Smoothie

Bananas from the tree
My brother, Martin and I at Jototoco park


1 tsp. avocado pit, crushed

1 frozen banana

1 tsp. cacao nibs

1 tsp. oats

1 tsp. platano flour

1 tsp. chia or flax seeds

1 tap. shredded coconut

pinch stevia powder

1-2 c. water

options: vanilla, cacao powder

Directions: Grind the avocado pit finely in your really good food processor or blender. Store in a sealed container for future use. Add it and the rest of the ingredients and blend well. Chilled is better!

Word of the Day – pepa de aguacate – avocado seed

Tip of the Day  – The dietary fiber lowers cholesterol,  helps improve high cholesterol and hypertension. It can also help fight inflammation and diabetes.

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Skin Toner Juice

My compost bin has come through again! Two avocadoes, two mangoes and a papaya tree, ready to be transplanted. We already planted the mango, next to the other mango. I love this method of growing and transplanting. It’s always a surprise gift what the compost pile will grow, just from the leavings of other fruit!

avocado plant in compost

Recipe of the Day – Skin Toner Juice


1 handful spinach

1 handful kale

1 apple

1 cucumber

1 stalk celery

Directions: Juice or blend. If you’re blending, strip the kale off the stem first, discarding the stem. And wash everything, even if it’s organic.

Word of the Day – cesto de basura

Tip of the Day – Use this on your skin, as a five-minute mask. Seriously! The juice tones the skin from the inside, the mask from the out!

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Invigorating Tea Blend for Men’s Sexual and Hormonal Health

I like how my friends choose different ways come to the front gate to tell me they’re here and visiting. My neighbor yells, “Dorothy…” as she’s coming around the corner. Taxis honk. The Ecuadorians shout, “Hola!” A friend uses a stone to knock on the gate. One person whistles at the top of the hill, and the newest one rings his bike bell! How cute is that!

Recipe of the Day – Medicinal Tea for Men’s Sexual and Hormonal Health


1 tsp. each of the following:

Green Rooibos



Hawthorn Berry

Directions: Bring a pot of water to almost a boil. Put the leaves and berries in a sieve or colander on top of your teapot or cup. Pour the water over the leaves and let steep in the water for twenty minutes.

Word of the Day – caballeros – gentlemen

Tip of the Day – Drink this tea regularly for it to have lasting affect. Perhaps five times a week. And drink the whole pot during a day.

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