Diy Jamaican Jerk Seasoning

I saw C in town with a great new haircut from our neighbor, Phil, who has a new salon up from the JF. On her way back she said, “i bought you a haircut and you have to get it right now!” Which i did ($15) and he washed my air! I feel pretty! 

Recipe of the Day – DIY  Jamaican Jerk Seasoning


    • 1/2 c. allspice
    • 1/2 c. Panela
    • 6 tsp. Powdered garlic
    • 4 tsp. mild red pepper spice
    • 1 T, ground thyme, (or 2 T. fresh leaves)
    • 2 T. Powdered  onions
    • 1 1/2 tsp. Cinnamon
    • 1/2 tsp. Nutmeg

salt and pepper to taste

    Add 2 T. Bragg’s Amino Acids or Soy Sauce to make a paste,

Directions: Put all of the ingredients into a food processor or a blender and process until smooth.

  • Word of the Day  – corte de pelo – hair cut

    Tip of the Day – put whole allspice berries straight into the food processor or blender, if you like. Store this (if you added Bragg’s) sauce in an airtight container in the refrigerator indefinitely.

Harmony Mora Juice

Look at this letter, you guys!

Laura from Harmony Fund International Animal Rescue –

On Feb 9, 2017, at 2:24 PM, Laura Simpson <> wrote:

The money just went to for Dr. Pablo Leon, to pay for upcoming people who have an emergency poisoned dogs. Thank you for the lovely photos. I hope this will spare the lives of at least a few dogs.

“If your dog has been poisoned and you can’t afford to pay, please see me. The Harmony Fund international animal rescue will cover treatment up to a certain number of dogs.”

Dr. Pablo Leon

See the pics at

Recipe of the Day – Mora Pineapple Juice


2 big handfuls mora or other berries

1 c. Pineapple

1 c. Water

2 leaves stevia or 1/8 c. Other sweetener

Directions: Blend or juice in your juicer.

Word of the Day – veneno – poison

Tip of the Day – As soon as your dog starts acting differently, spacy, leaning on things, not wantin g to walk, or throwing up more than once, get them to the doctors! His lips could be purple or grey, too! You may have only a short space of time to get them there, as poison can be quickly fatal.

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Acai (or other Berry) Bowl

It’s good to step out of your life, if possible, right? Get a new perspective on things? Except I find myself meditating, sleeping, eating, doing yoga and riding my bike in another place. Same things, different country!


Recipe of the Day -Berry Bowl


1 c. fresh or frozen acai puree
1 medium banana
1/2 cup blueberries, strawberries or boysenberries
1 T. honey
1/2 c. granola
2 T. Chia, flax or pomegranate seeds
Small handful coconut flakes
Blend the berries with 1/2 the banana, 1/4 cup of the blueberries and the honey in the blender, and pour into a cereal bowl.Slice the remaining 1/2 banana. Arrange the slices, the remaining 1/4 cup blueberries, granola, pomegranate seeds and coconut flakes in neat piles or rows on top of the acai.
Word of the Day – bicicleta – bicycle. In Vilca you can use the term bici for bike.
 Tip of the Day – I often, more than not, make my green smoothie and pour it over the granola or oats. It’s really good! I’m kind of addicted to it!

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Oat Milk

I put a little leash on Toto, so he would stay with Tiko and I, and not run off into the bushes. He’s such a smartie, and such an explorer. But I really don’t want to go into the tall grasses to get him. So, anyway, he did great! But as we turned back to go home, Tiko asked if he could take the lease. (He often takes is own leash to walk back home.) So I let him take Cuko’s leash, and at first Toto would resist, and Tiko would turn around and wait, sweet!  And then Toto gave in and realized he could run and they would run together! And they did and it was so cute! They ran all the way back to the house and in the gate, and waited for me. All the time with Tiko holding Toto’s leash in his mouth. Dang,that is one smart dog. And he ‘s got a new job!

Oat smoothie

Recipe of the Day – Oat Milk

  1. 1 cup old-fashioned rolled oats
  2. 3 c. water
options: dash salt, pinch of vanilla powder, 1-2 dates, pitted and soaked, or liquid sweetener of choice


Directions:Pour the oats, water and any optional ingredients into your blender and blend on high until smooth. Strain the oat milk by pouring it through a sieve, nut milk bag (or cheese cloth) into a pitcher or bowl. Squeeze the milk out of the bag. Once no more milk is coming out, you can discard the oat pulp or use in a recipe. Chill. Shake before using. Will last 2-3 days.

Word of the Day – avena – oats

Tip of the Day – You don’t have to strain it, if you don’t mind the thick taste. Add 1/4 c. carob or cacao powder for chocolate milk! Use over my granola (see recipe this blog.)

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PB Banana Oat Cookies

When I first came here I was invited to a women’s potluck. I looked curiously at the women in various stages of what they were going through here in Ecuador, happiness, isolation, freedom, constraint, relationship troubles, peace….And I learned, that just because I was in the honeymoon stage of vibrancy here, and just because it’s beautiful and gorgeous and wonderful, doesn’t mean you don’t have to work on your stuff! Here’s some cookies from my sister, to help you feel better.

Recipe of the Day – Banana Oat Cookies


3 ripe bananas, mashed
2 tsp. vanilla
¾ c. natural chunky peanut butter
3 T. maple syrup or other liquid sweetener
2 1/4 c.  oats
½ c. + 1 tsp. whole wheat flour
1 tsp. baking powder
¼ tsp.salt (optional)
½ cup non-dairy chocolate chips or raisins

*to make gluten free eliminate whole wheat flour and use oat, yucca, quinoa or a mix of gluten-free flours.



Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Prepare a cookie sheet with parchment paper. Mash the bananas, vanilla, peanut butter and maple syrup into a creamy consistency in a large bowl. Combine oats, flour, baking powder and salt and to the wet ingredients. Stir in the chocolate or raisins, or both! Place rounded, heaping tablespoons onto an ungreased baking sheet . Bake for 15-18 minutes.

Word of the Day – mujeres – women

Tip of the Day – These are so addicting, you’ll want to make a lot! My sister couldn’t make them fast enough for us. They would be a good travel food if you could keep from eating them!

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Clare’s Sweet Butternut Seeds

  I haverwo airbnb guests, tonight, woohoo! For three days in the cacoons. (See my airbnb sites for the Cottage del Palomas – Dove Cottage) or the Cacoons – Hanging Tents for Travelers! W. came over to help me put up another Cacoon in the Yoga Perch for them, and wouldn’t even take any money off what he owes. He wanted to do it as a favor, between friends. Gosh. And not the first time! Besides, his kids will use the cacoons Tues. when his family watches Tiko for the night while I go to the U.S. Embassy in Guayaquil to renew my passport. He said they had great fun playing in the cacoons last time when I went to Peru!

      And speaking of awesome friends, I keep being surprised, out of the corner of my eye, to catch, what I think is a person, standing in the corner of my new house. Especially at night! But it’s  actually a yellow poncho, hanging straight up in the front window. And I’m pretty sure, since the poncho moves every few days, that the workers are leaving it there to look like a person is there. I am so taken care of – humbled at my friends and how they take care of me.

Recipe of the Day – Sweet Seeds


1 c. sprouted seeds: butternut squash, pumpkin, sunflower, or a mix of all three
1 T. raw honey or agave
1 T. coconut oil
1/2 T. salt


To sprout the seeds, soak one day,  then drain off the water. The seeds will produce little sprouts during the course of one day! Let them dry, then mix all in a bag and pour onto a dehydrator tray. Dehydrate for 104 degrees for 24 hours. A delicious recipe and an awesome snack to have around the house for anyone!

Word of the Day – seco – dried

Tip of the Day – When I was packing my bags to come to Ecuador, I was wondering what kind of seeds I could eat here. And I’m so lucky! Pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, sesame, chia and others abound! And often you can thrown the seed of the fruit you’re eating, into the ground and the plant just grows! Whoa!

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Social Media It Up!

“MOM, you have to make yourself a presence online.” Or at least, that’s what my eldest daughter, Clare, tells me. So, being the productive and enthusiastic person that I am, I went and got a Twitter account, which is where I’ll share special little blurbs about my daily recipes or tips on traveling. Follow me at or by clicking this: twitter

Also, she informs me that Facebook is still very much alive and is a great way to get your name out there! Share your experiences with the world! Clare finds my journey incredibly interesting and keeps telling me to share the stories, which I am now, and now also at  or by clicking this:


As you all know, I’m on YouTube and have been for a long time, but i will keep making videos that are relevant to the recipes and stories I have to give! I promise to keep them coming! So, go and subscribe to my channel and comment on how they help! My channel on YouTube is or you can go there directly by clicking this:youtube