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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Herbal Tea for the Sick Tummy

It was so sweet. I went to market, and the Ecuatoriana friend of mine, who runs the first and biggest stand at market, asked me where my neighbors were. “Oh, their tummies are a little sick today, Gladys, so they’re staying home.” She immediately pushed a bag of her home-grown buscapina and chamomile on me, insisting I make them a big batch of tea. “I will do it! And Tiko and I will take a walk and bring it to them this morning!”

Recipe of the Day – Tummy Tea


1 small handful chamomile, flowers and stems

a couple leaves buscapina

Directions: Bring a liter of water to a boil, turn off and add the leaves. Steep for twenty minutes. Drink throughout the day.

Word of the Day – lo hare – I will do it

Tip of the Day – Get the buscapina leaves, if you can, instead of the pills. They are fresh and potent, as they just had the life flowing through them from the bush. Plus, they’re a really good-tasting sweetener, better than stevia and full of vitamins.

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Heart-Strong Juice

OMG this new electric bike is so fun. I had the opportunity to buy it quickly from someone here in Vilca, last week, checked all intuitive signs, and they were all a “Go!” So I took the money off my credit card and did it. I feel so freed! I can go anywhere, without money now, down to the river, to just…drive. I haven’t been able to do that in years. I keep checking wi myself on the ride, “Am I supposed to put in gas? Is this tiring me out? NO! Wow. ” Yesterday I drove out to the left of my driveway, and all the way past two barrios to the country, which I never did on my bike, because it’s all down hill, which means all up hill on the way back. But today, I could! How fun is that! Thanks to my kids for stressing I wear my helmet.

Recipe of the Day – Heart-strong Juice


6 carrots

1 beet

1 apple

1 handful spinach

Directions: Juice.

Word of the Day – fuerza – strength, force

Tip of the Day – Drink Immediately before it oxidizes.

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Immunity Shot

The Yaragua is out in full force here, huh? The beautiful purple-red plant that grows all over the mountains. Tiko and I travel right through it, it brushing our legs with it’s long feathery stems. Unfortunately I’ve read of at least one person who is allergic to it, so here is an immunity shot to boost your system. Keep it going!

Recipe of the Day – Immunity Shot


juice of one lemon

1/4 ” ginger

juice of one orange

orange wedge

dash cayenne

Directions: Mix all together and down it, using the orange wedge as decoration.

Word of the Day – immunidad – immunity

Tip of the Day – Drink this daily, and boost your system daily by large doses of vitamin C, perhaps zinc, as well, just flooding the body with vitamins and minerals.

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Joint and Muscle Medicinal Tea

I have to say, one of the hardest things about going to live a simpler life, is the lack of financial ability to help your children. My daughter, Clare has been hit horribly with spiritual attacks this month, after doing incredible healing work for others. The last was this car accident. Right after she fixed her car, now it is totaled. Her body was slammed against the airbag, with her neck and arm hurt horribly. She has two broken ribs and a fractured collarbone, as well as whiplash. If anyone wants to go to my facebook page and click on the GoFundMe link to donate, it sure would help her medical and car bills. Thanks for anything you can do! If you can’t help monetarily, as I can’t, we sure get it, and TOTALLY understand. Will you please send your prayers, mantras, and good energies her way? Thank you all for the continued support for me and my family. We are so loved and so grateful for you all.


Recipe of the Day – Joint and Muscle Tea


1 pinch of each of the following herbs or roots:




dandelion root


holy basil


birch or willow bark

Directions: Bring a pot of water to almost a boil. Put the herbs and roots in a colander or sieve, and lay across the teapot you will pour your tea into. Pour the water over the medicinals and let steep for twenty minutes. Drink religiously throughout the day.

Word of the Day – huesos – bones

Tip of the Day – When you choose a tea for health, drink it, not only throughout the day, but daily, until your intuition says to take a break from it.

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