Joy’s Almond Ginger Turmeric Cookies

You know, on our trip to Zamora something wonderful happened. I got into the cold, cold Andean water, right? Submerged the whole body for a second, and it was so cold I couldn’t even gasp. And i said, “I”m gonna try and stay in for one minute, ” so I started to count. At 40 seconds there was this huge, “whoosh” of feeling from my solar plexus to the base of the throat. The whole area expanded and warmed with pleasure. I told Joy about it as it happened. And i was able to stay in for fifteen minutes, what!!!! Come on. Well, I mentioned in to three people . One said it was a heart-healing from the waters. Another said it was a gift from the fairies in the waters. I love that! the other said it was a kundalini experience. I think, now, maybe it was all three. I will never forget that in my life. What happiness.

Joy Lopez brought these cookies on our trip to Zamora. They were So good, it was all I could do to not eat them all!

Recipe of the Day –
Almond Ginger Turmeric Cookies


1 cup almonds, soaked in water for several hours (alt: Peanut butter)*

1 Tbsp flaxseed soaked in 3 Tbsp water for at least one hour

1/3 cup cane sugar (Panela)

1 tsp vanilla

2 Tbsp freshly grated ginger

2 Tbsp freshly grated turmeric

1 tsp ground cinnamon

1/2 tsp grated nutmeg

1/2 tsp baking soda

1/4 tsp sea salt

1/2 cup shredded coconut

Instructions 1. Preheat oven to 350 deg.F (175 deg.C) 2. Blend almonds in food processor till buttery. *3. Mix together the almond butter and sugar in a bowl. 4. Add the flaxseed, vanilla, ginger, turmeric, cinnamon, nutmeg, baking soda, salt and shredded coconut and mix thoroughly. 5. Batter will be thick but not crumbly. *6. Scoop by heaping tablespoonfuls onto oiled cookie sheet. Slightly flatten the tops with the back of a spoon. 7. Bake for about 15 – 20 minutes .8. Let cool on the baking sheet for a couple minutes and then transfer to a cooling rack.  *Alternates:Substitute peanut butter for the almonds.If mix is too runny, add ground flaxseed and/or coconut flour to achieve desired consistency.

Word of the Day – bienestar – well-being
Tip of the Day – Says Joy, “Here’s my Ginger cookie recipe. (Note, I used ground turmeric powder in the ones you tried because I didn’t have any fresh.)”


Joy’s Blueberry Ice Cream

Joy is the town’s blueberry seller here. Fresh, beautiful organic blueberries from Peru. And here is her Blueberry Ice Cream Recipe!

Recipe of the Day –
Blueberry Ice Cream


2 c. frozen bananas

1 c. frozen blueberries

1 c. frozen coconut cream from the young coconut

Directions: Blend. Freeze again.

Word of the Day – vendedor – seller

Tip of the Day – The fruit must be frozen in this recipe. Of course, I put cacao powder in mine, ha ha.

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Almond Joy Smoothie

There’s something about being sick that can make me very still, during and afterwards, if I coax it. Coax stillness, coax joy. I found myself again, today, taking time in-between each watering spot, to sit and be still. I used to think, “That’s what I’ll do when I’m old.” Now I think, “Dang, this is the nicest thing in the world.” To water my garden, then sit and drink my tea. Water the flower area, then sit in the lazy chair on the yoga platform. Water the banana trees, well, turn on the sprinkler, ha ha, and watch it while it while I lay in the hammock. Then up to the Gazebo, where I sit on the meditation bench after watering the bamboo and thanking my father. I always think of Dad when I water the bamboo. He loved bamboo so much. He would’ve loved these. There are about 20, 5-foot, FREE trees from Wilson, which will grow to 2 or 3 meters high, 20-30 feet! I’ve seen them down by the river and they’re gorgeous! What a fence they’ll make in with my living fence!

Recipe of the Day: Almond Joy Smoothie

  • 1 c. coconut milk
  • 1 Tab. cacao pdr.
  • 1 frozen banana
  • 2 T. almond butter
  • 2 tsp maple syrup
  • pinch vanilla pdr.
  • 1 tsp. chia seed
  • ¼ c. coconut shreds
  • 1 c. ice cubes
Blend and enjoy!
Word of the Day: bambú – bamboo
Tip of the Day: I know, easier said than done, but try to stop and enjoy the moments. Takes me a minutes, but then I also remember to breathe deeply.

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