Mashed Parsnips and Apples

Well, New Year’s Eve was pretty darn fun this year! The atmosphere was up and fun since early this morning. I had to pass by SIX lines of guys in drag, dancing and putting up their, “Donate to Me,” line in front of my bike. Didn’t work. I laughed and said, “No, no, no,” each time. And dinner at Murano’s was an incredible delight to the senses.

The effigies at El Molino Tropical
New Year’s Eve, Cucanama Dec. 31, 2018
Effigies in front of the rooms at El MOlino Tropical, where I swim. Dec 31st, 2018, New Year’s Eve
The hor d’oerves at Murano’s, amazingly delicious mini taco and three different ceviches New Year’s Eve , 2018
The pepper=spiced chocolate mousse at Murano’s, so wonderful, New Year’s Eve , 2018

Recipe of the Day – Mashed Parsnips and Apples


3 T. coconut oil

2 1/4 c. milk of choice or water

1 1/2 tsp.Salt to taste


  1. 1. Melt the oil in a large heavy skillet over medium heat. Cook parsnips in a single layer until just golden on bottoms, about 10 minutes. Flip, and add apples, water, and salt. Raise heat to medium-high, and simmer, covered, until parsnips and apples are very soft, about 20 minutes.\. Remove from heat, and let stand, covered until slightly cooled, about 5 minutes. Puree in a blender until smooth. With machine running, add one more T. oil, if needed.
  2. Word/Phrase of the Day – Feliz Nuevo Ano – Happy New Year

Tip of the Day –  I had this at the gourmet dinner and it tasted just like mashed potatoes! The trick is to roast the parsnips first. It can be refrigerated for up to 2 days. Reheat before serving.

Yucca Pepper Salad

Can I tell you a Tiko/diotamaceous story?
After Tiko was poisoned a couple weeks ago,
I was supposed to watch his poop and tell the doctor when it was clean of blood.
(Yucky story, sorry,)
Well, he had several white plateworms, yikes, in each one. So, I doubled up on his diotamaceous earth,
 giving it to him twice a day, and the worms are completely gone after three days. I am So happy!
And so is Tiko! Back to his mischievous self!

Recipe of the Day – Yucca Salad


1 large yucca root, peeled and chopped

1 qt. water

4 c. Baby greens

1 sliced red bell pepper

2 tomatoes, chopped

2 T. Olive oil or mayonnaise

2 sliced green onions,

juice of one lemon,

salt and a sprinkle of cayenne

Reduce heat to simmer for 30 minutes or until yucca is tender. Remove from heat, drain using a colander. When yucca is cool enough to handle, chop yucca into small cubes and place into a large bowl. Add greens, tomatoes, mayonnaise, red onion, red bell pepper, green onion, celery, lemon juice, salt and cayenne pepper.

Word of the Day – gusano – worms

Tip of the Day –  Give the diotamaceous earth by weight. A tablespoons for humans, and surprisingly, two for big dogs like Tiko.

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Smoothie for the Brain

Well, I was sleepy fo bed time, but  I’m wide awake now! My guests just brought me a heating pad, infrared, from the states, whoa! With jade stones. Wow, what a gift!

Brain smoothieRecipe
of the Day – Brain Smoothie


2 c. Water

2 ears of corn

2 carrots

1 apple, skin and aeeds

1 sprig parsley plus the stem

2 tsp. Flax seeds

1/2 ” ginger root

2 leaves basil

1/2 lemon, plus pith and seeds

2 tsp. Bee pollen

Directions: Blend for 20 seconds. Rest the engine and blend again. Or juice it!

Word of the Day – cerebro – brain

Tip of the Day –These smoothies are meant to feed your body and brain daily. Do it once and you’ll feel good.Do it daily and you’ll feel amazing!

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Sweet Caramel-Date Apples

Not only is my new bathtub in, but there’s water coming out! And the tub drains down to the other end. weird! But I like it. The shower head is at the opposite end of the drain. And the grey tiles are so pretty, oh my gosh. I wish it would never get dirty, it’s so shiny and pretty. Maybe if I never use it. Too late! ha ha.


Recipe of the Day – Caramel Apples

Dates and lemon, combined with nuts, makes an amazing, good-for-you, caramel apple taste.  Dip sweet apple chunks in dates and roll them in nuts!
6 organic apples, cut into bite-size pieces
2 c. dates soaked in 1 cup water
2 T. raw tahini
Pinch vanilla powder or 1 tsp. anilla extract
1 tiny pinch Himalayan crystal salt
– juice of 1/2 lemon
2 c. walnuts, almonds, pecans, hazelnuts or other nut of your choice, optional – cacao nibs!

Directions: Pulse the nuts in a food processor and transfer to a bowl..
In a food processor, blend until smooth, the soaked dates, tahini, vanilla and salt. Put the date paste in a bowl. Dip each apple slice. Swirl in nuts. Chill in the refrigerator. Enjoy!

Word of the Day – manzanas – apples

Tip of the Day –Make these for your kids, instead of those store-bought caramels. So much better for them!

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HomeMade Fruit Roll-Ups

I miss my son so much today. He’s 19. And I wonder if he’s okay. But my friends say that I have a serious case of “Empty Nest Syndrome.” I don’t know if that’s true. I’m not lonely or wondering what to do with myself. I love my life. I just seriously love my son, and miss being with him! Here’s one of the recipes he likes. When he was 14 he said these fruit roll-ups were better than store-bought!

Recipe of the Day : Fruit Roll-UpThe 2 good recipes I made lately are:

5 apples
2 red pears
8 large strawberries
2 apples,
2 red pears
2 c. raspberries
1 banana

2 bananas
handful strawberries
handful raspberries
handful peaches


Puree all the fruit together or fruits of choice in the food processor. Spread on lined dehydrator sheets 1/8-1/4 inch thick. Score into long rectangles. Dehydrate at 95 degrees for 12 hours, then flip, if they’re relatively dry, not mushy. Flip the parchment paper over and dehydrate again, probably another 8 hours, until bendable, not crisp. You can also spread these with almond or other nut/seed butters, roll up and slice for a great party dish!

Word of the Day:  cocinar – cook

Tip of the Day: When you’re obsessing over someone, send them light and love and move on, right? I learned that from “Eat, Pray, Love.”

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