Raw Butterfinger Bites

I love my life. This moment, everything is so beautiful. I love my house, and the sun, and the breeze moving the curtains. I love my enemies, and I love you. i love everyone! In this moment.

Recipe of the Day – Raw Butterfingers

Ingredients:

1/3 c. almond butter (or peanut butter)
1/3 c. coconut oil
1/3 c. coconut nectar, agave nectar, honey or other raw sweetener
1 T. yacon syrup
1 T. coconut crystals or raw sugar
1 tsp. flax soaked in 1 T.water for 10 minutes
dash salt.

Directions: Oil an ice cube tray with olive oil. Stir together all the ingredients in a bowl Pour in the batter and freeze for 10 minutes. Go around each cube with a knife to make a space for the chocolate
syrup.

Chocolate syrup – melt in a double boiler:
1/3 c. cacao butter or coconut oil
1/3 c. honey
1 T. cacao powder or carob powder, or a mixture
dash salt

Directions:Pour over butterfinger bites and freeze again. Separate each candy with a knife.
Word of the Day – me encanta – I love (for food, objects)

Tip of the Day – Be grateful as much as possible, out loud. Even if others are thinking you are corny or something, Doesn’t matter. It opens your heart.

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Spicy Chocolate-Covered Pecans

Okay, I moved fifty stones! Even though I told Christian, the taxi driver, I would do one a day, and in 100 days we could play volleyball. On the same day he asked, my friend Mark asked me to teach him the rules. So now everyone wants to play volleyball, finally! I love it so much, but really want to play for only 20 minutes, then watch everyone have fun. So soon, they will come! I have a lot more than 100, though. I did 50 today and barely made a dent in the pile. Probably good for me, or something.   

Now I hear that the Ecuadorian rules are different. They get to kind of, hold the ball before hitting. So this should be interesting! And a lot easier on the arms. I better go watch a tournament! Plenty are in town, all the time. Pretty fun town.

Recipe of the Day –Spicy Chocolate -Covered Pecans

Pecan halves are completely covered in chocolate.

Ingredients:
1 c. pecans, set aside
1/4 c.coconut oil, melted
1 /4 c. raw cacao powder/carobSpicy Chocolate-Covered Pecans
1/4 c. coconut nectar, honey or sweetener of choice
dash of vanilla powder
dash of salt
Directions: Melt all ingredients except pecans, gently over a double boiler, and whisk until creamy. Then add the pecans. Use a slotted spoon to remove the nuts from the chocolate, and lay on parchment paper-lined cookie sheets. Salt again. Chill/freeze 10 minutes or more.

Word of the Day – pacanas – pecans

Tip of the Day –Make at least double, they’re SO addictive.

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Honeyed Walnuts

I have a door on my bedroom woohoo! Came home from teaching Tai Chi Day to find a door on my bedroom and a kitchen sink, with the counter all tiled, whoa! No more doing dishes outside like I’m camping, nice! And hot water from the Solar Tank! Which works amazing, by the way.

 

Recipe of the Day – Honeyed Walnuts

Ingredients:

  • 2 c. walnuts, chopped
  • 4 T. honey
  • Pinch of coarse salt
  • pinch cayenne

Directions:

Put the walnuts in a bag and pour honey over. Add salt and cayenne, then shake bag thoroughly. Put on dehydrator-sheet lined racks and dehydrate 105 degrees for 24 hour or until warm and crispy. Try not to start eating them before that or you’re in big trouble!

Word of the Day – crujiente – crispy

Tip of the Day – These are one of the cheaper nuts here, besides manis – peanuts. So make 4 batches, you’ll be glad you did, they are so addicting.

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“No-Egg” Salad

Gosh, my friend called me last night to tell me someone had tried to rob their house! She lives in town with her 30-year old son, and they awoke in the middle of the night when someone entered through their upstairs patio! He got scared when he saw them, and made a quick get-away. Two of my workers are over there, now, putting up barbed wire and cut glass on top of her walls – a typical move in the town of Vilcabamba. Poor thing.

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Recipe of the Day – Mock “Egg” Salad

Raw egg salad (no egg)

Ingredients:

-1 1/4 c. cashews
-1/2 c fermented barley water, coconut kefir, rejuvelac or water
-lemon juice from 1/2 lemon (~1 T)
-3/4 tsp. turmeric
-1 tsp. garlic powder (1 1/2 garlic cloves)
-3/4 tsp. Himalyan rock salt

-2 celery stalks – finely chopped
-3 T of a fresh red pepper – finely chopped
-sprinkle pepper
-sprinkle paprika

Directions:

1. Add 1st six ingredients into a high-speed blender or food processor. Blend very well until it’s creamy with a few chunks, if you like it chunky.
2. Pour into a large bowl. Add chopped celery, red pepper, parsley, onion, carrots, pickles or other veggies of choice.
3. Mix everything together by hand. Pour into egg cups, use as a dip, or fill lettuce leaves or raw crackers. Sprinkle with pepper and paprika. Chill.

Word of the Day – alambre de púas – barbed wire

robber – ladrón

Tip of the Day – Always be vigilant – with your belongings, with your loved ones, with your meditations and blessings. Everything counts!

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Ecuadorian Trail Mix

I took Tiko up to pet the horses again, and the Trail Guides were there. We talked about where they ride, and how tired they were after four hours of riding. I said I didn’t want to ride that long, but that I’d just like to sit on a horse, to feel that happy feeling of being on such a mountainous warm, comforting creature, who makes you feel happy, safe, and connected to the earth. They said I could sit on them anytime. Cool! And that I could go on a one-hour ride for $8, yeay! I am so in! That’ll be interesting to see Tiko on his first trail ride, too! Yeah, I can’t wait!
Recipe of the Day: Trail Mix
Ingredients:
1 c. Pepitas
1 c. Goldenberries
1 c. Walnuts
1 c. Sprouted Sunflower seeds
1/2 c. Coconut Pieces
1/2 c. Shaved chocolate or cacao nibs
a dash of salt
options: Add a handful fresh berries, peanuts, almonds, cashews, dried fruit
 Directions:
  1. Combine the nuts, seeds, raisins, and chocolate in a bowl. Store in an airtight container or baggie for traveling! This will last you well with a great energy throughout your adventures!

Word of the Day: pepitas – pumpkin seeds

Travel Tip of the Day: Always carry snacks with you in Ecuador. There are a myriad of small food stands – tiendas with a multitude of fruits and breads, sodas and chips. Most of the tiendas have these. You can’t count on them having nuts, seeds and berries, and you may want something a little different, packed with protein and super good for you, easy to carry and sustaining!

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