DIY Vanilla Extract

Did you know there are pressure points to wake you up?

Press each one  for at least six minutes:
  • The top of the head.
  • The top of the back of the neck.
  • On the back of the hands (in between the thumb and forefinger)
  • Just below the knees.
  • Bottom of the feet—at the center just below the balls of the feet.

Recipe of the Day – DIY Vanilla Extract

  • Ingredients:

    • 8 oz. Glass Bottle or Jar
    • 7  vanilla beans
    • 1 cup Vodka 70 Proof/35% Alcohol (or you can also use Bourbon, Rum or Brandy; any brand/quality)
      • Directions: Scrape the vanilla beans from the pods, if you need to. Split vanilla beans in half lengthwise, leaving the tip of one end attached. Place into a clean bottle(s). If the vanilla bean is too long for the bottle, cut in half or thirds as needed. Fill the bottle with vodka or bourbon and secure the top to the bottle. Label the bottle and shake vigorously. Store in a cool, dark location for at least a month, shaking once per week. The longer the vanilla extract steeps, the darker and more intense the vanilla flavor and scent.

      Word of the Day – pulsar

      Tip of the Day – This yields 1 cup of homemade vanilla extract – 1 (8-ounce) bottle or 2 (4-ounce) bottles. Try different kinds of vanilla – like Madagascar Vanilla or Ecuadorian Vanilla.

Rice Noodles with Apple Slaw

So, I have this bump on the outside of my big toe. Same as my mom and grandma, right? So, I assumed it was hereditary. But Thkm, the body worker, was working on my back, and mentioned it. He said a lot of people think it’s hereditary but it’s actually a wek muscle. All you have to do is ke working it ou to the side, engaging that muscle again, and the bone will go down! I’m writing it here so I can look back and see how long it atkes to go down,

Recipe of the Day –Rice Noodles with Apple Slaw

2 c. rice noodles or brown rice

1 T. sesame oil

2 heads fermented garlic, minced

1 green onion, sloces

1″ lemongrass stalk, sliced and smashed

1/4″ ginger root, minced

1 tsp. Turmeric

1 apple, washed and sliced

1 c. Cole slaw

optionsl – Braggs or soy sauce

Directions: Saute the onions, garlic and lemongrass in the sesame oil 3 minutes or until tender. Add the slaw, apple and turmeric and stir gently. Cook th noodles according to package instructions. Darain and top with your sauce and soy or Bragg’s, if desired.

Word of the Day – dedo – toe

Tip of the Day – Use zucchini, shedded or as noodles, instead of the pasta!

 

Cinnamon Sweet Walnut Butter

I knew I liked walnut butter. But on the way to the food processor, I thought, “Why not put cinnamon in it? And sweetening? Cinnamon Sugar!”

Recipe of the Day – Cinnamon Sweet Walnuts

Ingredients:

1 c. walnuts

1 pinch stevia (or more to taste)

1 tsp. cinnamon

Directions:

Blend in a food processor a good blender. Rest your machine as needed.

Word of the Day – nueces – walnuts

Tip of the Day – These are a lot faster to blend than almonds. Maybe only five minutes in your food processor.

Rhubarb Smoothie Video

The neat thing about hanging upside down for your back, is you can see the underside of a bird’s belly! What!

Recipe of the Day – Raw Rhubarb Smoothie

Ingredients:

2 stalks rhubarb

1 c. cherries, strawberries, an orange or all!

1 c. water, juice or coconut milk

1/4 c. raw honey or sweetener

sprinkle of rosemary

options – 2 stalks celery, a dash of cherry liqueur, 1 Tab. chia seeds To make into a pudding, or smoothie, add 1 Tab. soaked chia seeds, 1 banana

Wash and strip 2 stalks rhubarb. Cut off the leaves and discard, if it hasn’t been done for you. Chop into little pieces. Put in the blender with: cherries, strawberries, or an orange ,. liquid – water or juice, coconut milk,raw honey or sweetener of choice and rosemary

Word of the Day – colgar – to hang

Tip of the Day – To make into a rhubarb crumble, spread over a raw oat/almond crust.

 

 

Mung Bean Recipes

Correction on this video – mung beans are from India!

Recipe of the Day – Sprouted Mung Bean Recipes

Ingredients;

1 c. mung beans

water

Directions: Soak 1 cup mung bean sprouts for 12 hours. Rinse every 8 hours for 1-5 days, depending on how long you want the sprouts. Put a weight on top between rinses. On the 3rd (or last) day, soak the sprouts again for 10-20 minutes, then let them dry completely. Skip the last rinse to generate heat.

Herbal Party Sprouts: Mix the sprouts with 1 Tablespoon each of : oregano, basil, thyme, garlic, rosemary, marjoram, onion plus 1/2 tsp. olive oil or sesame oil.

Mung Bean Salad: Chop up your choice of vegetables: cucumbers, carrots, peppers, cabbage, snow peas, mushrooms, pineapple. Toss with sprouts .

Ginger Dressing: 3 T. tahini or nut butter, 2 T. Bragg’s Amino Acids or Nama Shoyu, juice of 1 lemon, 1/4 c. apple cider vinegar, 2 garlic cloves, 1/4 tsp. green curry paste, 1 tsp. honey, 1/4 c. water. Blend and pour over salad. Chill!

Word of the Day – errores – errors/mistakes

Tip of the Day – These sprouts go great in the Mock Tuna recipe!

Will’s Popcorn Salt

I am so happy to have my friend, W, my new neighbor. Woohoo, another friend closeby! I went to see his Storybook house, and he gave me some avocados, mangoes, and the recipe for his Popcorn Salt. Good idea, right? For those of us who eat a lot of popcorn, as I do, it’s good to have the salt on-hand. Homemade and everything!

Recipe of the Day – Will’s Popcorn Salt

Ingredients:

2 T. salt

  • 2 tsp. paprika
  • 1 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1 tsp. curry powder
  • 2 tsp. turmeric
  • 12 tsp. pepper
  • 1 pinch cayenne – optional

Word of the Day – palomitas de maiz – popcorn

  • Tip of the Day – Add other things to make it the way you Like it!
  • For Sweet popcorn – add powdered stevia, perhaps cinnamon. For Southwestern Popcorn, add, chili powder, cumin and salt. For Italian – oregano, pepper, salt and parmesan. Curry = add your homemade curry powder (See recipe on this blog.)

Herbal Toner for the Skin

From Herbal Treatments from Enmar’s Herb Class here at Madre Tierra in Vilcabamba- Her name is Enma Cordero. You can find her here on FB too.

Recipe for the Day – Herbal Toner

Toner Ingredients:

1 T. fresh parsley

squeeze of lemon

1 T. fresh sage or lavender

Directions: Chop the herbs very fine, cook in one cup of water for 10 minutes, then add the lemon after.

Word of the Day – Tonificador de piel – skin toner

Tip of the Day – Use daily after washing, to tone and firm the skin. Keep refrigerated.

Egg White Lemon Mask

Awhile back, probably 10 months, I wrote a post about sun-gazing. And after 45 weeks of daily sun-gazing, I finished! I started with 10 seconds, and added 10 seconds a day, to 1 minute per week. I did that for 45 weeks, as instructed, with proper eye care, (looking at the compass directions around the sun, not in the middle), and beautiful meditations, and today reached 45 minutes.  I cleared out physical problems, emotional, spiritual while meditating. Today I pretty much cried the whole time at the grace of amazing, Divine, divine Love being poured, being shared with me.  Now I’m supposed to walk barefoot 45 minutes a day for 6 days. And one can stop at that point. But it’s better to do it a year. I’m doing it.

Recipe of the Day – Egg-white

Lemonl Mask

From Enmar’s Class on Herbs in Your Garden

Ingredients:

1 egg white

3 drops lemon

1 c. water

Directions: Whip the lemon and egg white until it just starts foaming. Put on your skin and leave for 10-15 minutes.

Word of the Day – masque – mask

Tip of the Day – Do twice a week to firm and tone your skin.

Gluten-Free Cherry Crumble

Oh my gosh, I was sweating about my electric bike tires. They’re getting so bald, and no shop here or Cuenca or Loja had them. Well, My friends told me about this new store in Quito – Electrobikes. And they sent me the tires already, for only $12 shipping !!!! Holy schmoly. I am so happy. They said it would take 3 working days but it actually took 5. Not bad!

Recipe of the Day – GF Cherry Crumble

Ingredients

  • 5 c. chopped, pitted cherries
  • 1/4 c. honey
  • 2 T chia seeds

 Topping

  • 1 c. oat flour
  • 1/2 c. rolled oats
  • 1/3 c. coconut sugar, panela or stevia
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • pinch of sea salt
  • 1/4 c. coconut oil, hardened
 Directions:
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
  2. In a large bowl combine cherries, honey and chia
  3. Add to a large baking dish or skillet
  4. In a separate bowl combine oat flour, rolled oats,  sugar, cinnamon and salt.
  5. Add in coconut oil and using hands combine to form a crumbly “pea-like” consistency.
  6. Sprinkle crumble on top of cherries, coating the entire top.
  7. Bake for 45 mins or until top has browned slightly.
  8. Serve warm.

Word of the Day – llantas calvas

Tip of the Day – Serve with banana ice cream.

Perfect Salsa

Here’s a rain, bike velocity question – If you’re going down the road on your bike, and it starts to rain, do you ride faster, thus letting the wind and rain hit you harder and faster? You’ll be at your destination faster. Or ride slower, becoming more warm and letting the rain hit you softly, yet staying longer in the rain to become more soaked? I also have to consider my tires on the wet road, but luckily I have these fat tires on my electric bike.

Recipe of the Day – Perfect Salsa

Ingredients: 4-5 big Fresh tomatoes, chopped to preferred chunkiness

1/10th of an onion chopped finely

3-4 finely chopped jalepenos (spicy level -6-8)

Handful of finely chopped cilantro 6 cloves of fresh garlic, finely chopped

salt, pepper, and cumin to taste

juice of lime/lemon will help keep it fresh and gives it a nice tangy taste

– a handful parsley and green onions

1/2 c. little chiles touch of cumin

Directions: Put all in the food processor and pulse just a couple times until desired chunkiness. Tastes even warmer the next day!

Word of the Day –  velocidad – speed

Tip of the Day – You can keep garlic greens growing inside your house. Just plant the bulb in a pot of dirt!