Peanut Butter Date Truffles

Look at what local women here are doing:You are invited to participate in providing food and encouragement for  Extremely Poor Families. Dr. Sonia Romero and Sheri Yohe are leading a community outreach to extremely poor families.  We will help 10 families in Vilcabamba, 10 families in Malacatos and 10 families in a pueblo close to Sheri’s home called Chinguilamac.

Dr. Sonia will locate the extremely poor families in Vilcabamba and Malacatos and Sheri will locate the families in Chinguilamaca. *If you know of a family in extreme need in these areas please contact Sonia at Jardin Escondido or Sheri, sheriyohe@gmail.com

  • Please bring all monetary donations to Dr Sonia at Jardin Escondido by November 28Sonia and her husband Marco will purchase bulk food supplies on Thursday November 30.
  • Please bring all food staples (non-perishables) to Jardin Escondido by December 2nd
  • Come and help fill the food baskets on December 2nd at Jardin Escondido, from 2:00 pm – 4:00.
  • Join us: Saturday, December 9, 2:00 pm – meet at Jardin Escondido – deliver baskets to 10 homes in Malacatos
  • Join us: Sunday, December 102:00 pm – meet at Jardin Escondido –   deliver baskets to 10 homes in Chinguilamaca (50 minutes from Vilcabamba)
  • Join us: Saturday, December 162:00 pm – meet at Jardin Escondido –   deliver baskets to 10 homes in Vilcabamba
Needed: 
Cars/drivers – willing to transport people and food baskets
Musicions – Sheri and Sonia play guitar – Song sheets will include guitar chords. More musicians to sing or play an instrument – WELCOME!
Advertise this event. Please help us spread the word and join us.
Saturday, December 2, 2:00 – 4:00 pm assemble the baskets at Jardin Escondido – practice our songs
Sabbath, December 9, 2:00 – 5:00 pm take baskets to 10 families in Malacatos
Sunday, December 10, 2:00 – 5:00 pm take baskets to 10 families in Chinguilamaca
Saturday, December 16, 2:00 – 5:00 pm take baskets to 10 families in Vilcabamba
 
At each home:
Hand out;
·      Basket of food staples 
·      Coloring pages and color pencils to each child
·      Sing a Christmas Hymn of encouragement
·      Pray for the families needs
Follow-up for these 30 families will take place once every 3 months. Example: We plan to re-visit the same 10 families in Malacatos one Saturday in January, the same 10 families in Vilcabamba one Saturday in February, and the same 10 families in Chinguilamaca one Saturday in March and continue to re-visit these families once every three months throughout the year to bring encouragement, sing with them, pray for them and bring food staples. Our goal is to enable and encourage – not to make them dependent but to express compassion and love. Not just once a year.
 
Please help us.
Recipe of the Day – Peanut Butter Date Truffles
Ingredients:
  • 19. soaked dates, pitted. Save the date water for additional liquid
  • 2-3 T. raw cacao or carob powder
  • 3 T.  Peanut Butter
  • 1/4 c. oats to roll or add to the mix
  • pinch salt
  • options: 2 tablespoons chopped nuts, 1 teaspoon vanilla essence, sea salt to taste, shredded coconut, berries, cacao nibs

Directions:

Directions:

  1.  In a large bowl, mix together the first 4 ingredients until they form a large ball.
  2. Add salt to taste and stir in the cereal.
  3. Shape into small balls (I made about 16).
  4. Place balls in the freezer for around 6-8 minutes until mostly firm.

Word of the Day – pobreza -poverty

Tip of the Day – Share and you’ll feel so much better. It will lighten your heart.

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Zucchini Potato Soup with Avocado

I had a beautiful birthday yesterday. Skyped with my kids. My ex- sent me kindle books, and then I went out to dinner with beautiful friends. They paid for it, gave me presents, what!!! And even insisted I put my bike in a taxi since it was dark. Wow! I feel so loved.

Recipe of the Day – Zucchini Potato Soup with Avocado

Ingredients:

2 T. coconut oil

2 onions, chopped

2 potatoes, peeled and diced

6-8 small zucchinis, chopped

1/4 tsp. thyme

1/4 tsp. dried rosemary

3/4 tsp. basil

1/4 tsp. pepper

4 c. Water or Vegetable broth

1 c. Almond or coconut milk

4 T.  chopped fresh dill weed

1-2 sliced avocados

Directions:
In a large skillet or bottom of your soup pot, melt oil; add onion and saute until translucent. Add diced potato, zucchini, thyme, rosemary, basil, and pepper, and cook for 5 minutes.
In a medium-sized cooking pot, add broth and bring to boil. Add zucchini/potato mixture; reduce heat and simmer about 15 minutes.
When cooked, puree in food processor or blender in batches. Return to cooking pot, add coconut or almond milk and bring just to boil, but do not boil. Adjust seasonings to taste. Garnish with dill weed. Soup may be served hot or chilled with avocado on top.

Word of the Day – chendo – kidding

Tip of the Day – You don’t need to cook soup too long. A lot of people seem to keep soups on the fire forever. Just cook it long enough for the vegetables to get tender. Then turn it off and let the flavors mix.

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Six-Banana Gluten-Free Banana Bread

No room in the freezer. Got plenty of dried bananas. What do I do with about twenty ripe bananas?

Recipe of the Day – 6-Banana-nana Bread

Ingredients:

1/4 c. coconut oil, melted
2 T. flax soaked in 6 T. water, or 2 large eggs
1/3 c. honey or other sweetener
1/4 c. almond yogurt or sour cream
1 pinch vanilla powder or 2 tsp. vanilla extract
6 medium/large very ripe bananas, squeezed in the peel
2 1/4 c. oats
1 1/2 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp cinnamon
pinch salt, optional and to taste

options: shredded coconut, cacao nibs

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350F. Oil and and flour the pan; set aside.
  2. Add the eggs, sugars, almond yogurt or sour cream, vanilla, and whisk to combine.
  3. Squash the bananas in your hand, before you peel them. Add the bananas and stir well.
  4. Add the flour, baking soda, cinnamon, optional salt, and fold in with spatula or stir gently with a spoon; don’t overmix or bread will be tougher.
  5. Bake 9×5 loaf for 60 to 75 minutes (I baked 68 minutes), or until the top is golden, and the center is set, and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.. In the final 10 to 15 minutes of cooking, or at any point if your bread is getting a bit dark before the center is setting, tent with foil. Baking times for loaves will vary based on moisture content of bananas, pan sizes, climate, and ovens
  6. Allow bread to cool in pan for about 20 minutes before turning out on a wire rack to cool completely before slicing. Serve plain, or with peanut butter, jam, or your favorite spread.
  7. Word of the Day – abundancia – abundance

Tip of the Day – Banana bread makes good french toast!

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Aji Sun Sticks

These ones I did with the beautiful aji sauce, the tomatillo salsa they make here. It gave it just the right amount of saltiness for a non-sweet snack. Tons of protein, too!

Recipe of the Day – Sunflower Aji Sticks

Ingredients:
2 1/2 c. sunflower seeds, soaked, then sprouted for 1- 1/2 days (You can omit this sprouting, if you like.)
1/2 c. aji sauce  (salsa) (find recipe in the search engine of this blog, on the first page)

1 tsp. olive oil, if baking

Directions:
Combine all in a food processor and roll/pat into 2″ sticks onto a dehydrator sheet at 105 degrees for 18-24 hours until slightly crispy on the outside. Eat while warm. Or, oil a pan with coconut or olive oil and bake or toast at 350 degrees F. for 15 minutes, until toasty.

Word of the Day – arena – sand

Tip of the Day – These Sun Cheese Sticks are so addicting. They have the crispy saltiness that makes the perfect snack, crispy on the outside and chewy on the inside. The lemon gives it a tangy edge that satisfies your sweet/salty addiction.

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Real Vanilla for Cold Sores

My daughter says you have to get the real vanilla extract, not the fake stuff. Vanilla is a very powerful anti-viral. And the alcohol dries the cold sore out! She’s so happy with the results. It dried it out in less than three days!

Recipe of the Day – Vanilla for Cold Sores

Ingredients:

Pure Vanilla

Directions: Put a drop right on the cold sore several times a day.

Word of the Day – vainilla – vanilla

Tip of the Day – She says you smell good all day, since it’s right under your nose!

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Energy Clearing Infusion

This concoction was given to me as a gift from Americ, the beautiful masseuse in Vilcabamba. When you’re clouded, worried, anxious, got a lot of energies around you and you’d like to feel calm…this infusion from Ecuador is fantastic. The rosemary is a pain-reliever, as well! Amethyst helps with physical ailments, emotional issues, and in Energy Healing and Chakra balancing.  and is said to calm, protect, and cleanse the spirit. Its color strengthens the muscles of the eyes. Gazing into an amethyst sphere will exercise your eye muscles.

Recipe of the Day – Energy Clearing Infusion

Ingredients:

8 ou. alcohol or vodka

1 tsp. amethyst, ground

1 tsp. rosemary

1 stick palo santos

Directions: Put your alcohol into a bottle, or used the bottle it came in. Add the herbs. Leave the palo santos in for 10 days, then remove. Shake well before using.  You can rub it into sore muscles, and sprinkle some on the top of your head clear thinking and meditation!

Word of the Day –

Tip of the Day – Amethyst crystal therapies are mainly to do with the nervous system, the curing of nightmares and insomnia, and balancing the crown chakra. “Stone of Spirit,” our doorway to the Divine. Amethyst is used in Mala beads as a meditation tool in Tibet.

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Coconut Rice Horchata

My daughter’s coming in ten days! I’m so happy. She also happens to be my friend, a rare miracle between mothers and daughters. Beyond material things from the States, I am so happy to see her again.

Recipe of the Day – Coconut Rice Horchata

Ingredients:

Directions: In a large saucepan, combine rice, water and cinnamon stick. Let sit for 3 hours. Then, bring to a boil, reduce heat, and simmer for 40 minutes. Cool. Puree rice mixture in a blender until smooth. Strain through cheesecloth or a fine sieve. Flavor with coconut extract and sweetener.

Word/Phrase of the Day – Ya habrá tiempo – there will be time.

Tip of the Day – I’ve been really noticing what a true friend is lately. My friends know my shortcomings, and they still love me. I know I’m not a great listener. I interrupt a lot. But I care, between my friends, and they know me well. Always let your kids talk.

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Rosemary Tea

Rosemary has been used to ease muscle pain and spasm, support the circulatory and nervous systems, improve memory and stimulate hair growth. This herb contains two key ingredients — rosemarinic acid and caffeic acid — that are anti-inflammatory and antioxidant agents. which minimize damage to your body’s cells from free radicals. Thus preventing cancer. 

Recipe of the Day – Rosemary Tea

Ingredients:

1 pot of water

handful of rosemary

Directions: Bring the water to almost a boil. Then turn it off and throw in the rosemary. Let it steep, top on, for twenty minutes. Tastes good!

Word of the Day – romero – rosemary

Tip of the Day – Drink daily to improve your memory and ease muscle pain.

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Peanut Butter Vinaigrette

My sister, M uses this on her Kale chips, wow! It would also be great on brown rice with veggies, or zucchini noodles!

Recipe of the Day – Peanut Butter Vinaigrette

This sauce is so yummy, you’re gonna want to eat it on everything!
My sister and her niece’s invention!

Ingredients:

  • Juice of one lemon or lime
  • 3 T. rice vinegar
  • 2 T. Bragg’s aminos, soy sauce or fish sauce
  • 1 T. water
  • 1 T. sesame oil
  • 2 T. peanut butter
  • 1 T. coconut crystals or sweetener of choice
  • 1 tsp. ginger
  • 1 tsp. powdered or minced garlic
  • cayenne or red pepper to taste
  • Directions: Whisk all  ingredients in a bowl until well-mixed. Pour over your salad, rice or kale chips!
  • Word of the Day – invención – invention

Tip of the Day – Use almond butter, or cashew, for variations, yum!

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Palo Clove Insect Repellent

I heard one person uses his feet for mindfulness meditation. And speaking of feet…and nsect bites we get on our feet, and elsewhere… Tatiana has a beautiful well-kept store next to the Juice Factory. I went in to get more clove oil, and told her I wanted it for my natural insect repellent. Well, she was out, but gave me a recipe! “Dorothy, why don’t you go home and grind cloves, then put them in oil, Vasoline or water. Then you can add your Palo Santos and wait ten days.”                                                                                                                                                      “Tatiana, oh my gosh, thank you! But you just lost a sale!”                                                              “No importa, Dorotea.” Wow.

Recipe of the Day – Palo Clove Insect Repellent

Ingredients:

1 T. cloves, ground

2 c. olive oil, almond, coconut or other carrier oil/vaseline/water

10 drops Palo Santos Oil

Directions:

Grind the cloves in your blender, food processor, or with a mortar and pestle. Add to the liquid.Add the palo santos. Using a funnel, pour into a dark bottle. Shake well before using.

Word of the Day – mosquitoes/ mordedores – biting midges/no-seeums

Tip of the Day – Apply to any areas of the skin where the bugs are biting you. Apply again after one hour. We always have a lot of no-seeums/biting midges here in the rainy season, which it is now. Even in town!