No-Bake Cherry or Berry Pie

One year, two new tires and a dented blue basket, and I’m still riding my bike!

imageRecipe of the Day – 
No-Bake Cherry or Berry Pie
3 c. almonds, walnuts or other nuts
6-9 soaked dates
1 T. coconut crystals
1 tsp. almond extract
dash sea salt

6 c. fresh pitted Bing or Rainier cherries
9 dates, soaked
½ c. coconut nectar or other liquid sweetener
1 T psyllium seed
1 T. chia seeds soaked 10 miinutes
1 dash vanilla powder
juice 1/2 lemon
Process almonds and dates through Juicer using the solid screen. Add the psyllium and vanilla. Press the mixture into a 9-inch glass pie pan, saving 1/4 of the mixture for the lattice. Roll the dough and carefully cut out your strips 1/2″ wide. Lift them with a knife onto the top of the pie creating a lattice effect.
Cover and put into the fridge for up to 4 days.

Place all filling ingredients in a food processor and process until thoroughly blended and creamy. Immediately pour the filling into the pie crust. Place in dehydrator for 4-6 hours at 105 degrees until filling is to the right consistency. Serve or cover and refrigerate.

Word of the Day – ejercisio -exercise

Tip of the Day – The raw berry or cherry pie is packed with vitamins such as A and C, with antioxidants and even melatonin! With the almond crust it makes a superb brainfood. The filling also makes a wonderful, healthy jam by itself!

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Acai (or other Berry) Bowl

It’s good to step out of your life, if possible, right? Get a new perspective on things? Except I find myself meditating, sleeping, eating, doing yoga and riding my bike in another place. Same things, different country!


Recipe of the Day -Berry Bowl


1 c. fresh or frozen acai puree
1 medium banana
1/2 cup blueberries, strawberries or boysenberries
1 T. honey
1/2 c. granola
2 T. Chia, flax or pomegranate seeds
Small handful coconut flakes
Blend the berries with 1/2 the banana, 1/4 cup of the blueberries and the honey in the blender, and pour into a cereal bowl.Slice the remaining 1/2 banana. Arrange the slices, the remaining 1/4 cup blueberries, granola, pomegranate seeds and coconut flakes in neat piles or rows on top of the acai.
Word of the Day – bicicleta – bicycle. In Vilca you can use the term bici for bike.
 Tip of the Day – I often, more than not, make my green smoothie and pour it over the granola or oats. It’s really good! I’m kind of addicted to it!

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Masala Oats

I was eating these oats when I looked over Toto and saw something bilbous and grey sticking out of his chest. Uh, oh. You got it – a tick. I started to reach automatically with my fingers, then realized I wasn’t outside on a hike. I was in the house with the tick puller-outer not two feet away! I slid it under the tick and gave it a  twist and it was out perfectly and cleanly. Nice! Thanks to whomever invented that!

Recipe of the Day – Masala Oats

Ingredients :

1 c. Oats
¾ c. veggies (carrots, peas, beans etc)
2 medium sized tomatoes
1 thinly sliced medium onion
¾ c. Vegetable stock or water
1 tsp. Salt
1/2 tsp. Turmeric
1 T. Coconut Oil
½ tsp ginger garlic paste
½ tsp cumin
1 to 2 green chilies
¼ to ½ tsp Garam masala powder or pav bhaji masala
¼ tsp coriander powder (optional)
¼ tsp red chili powder
3-4 Coriander leaves
Dry roast oats until golden, them remove from skillet.
Heat the pan with oil. Add cumin and allow to crackle. Then add the ginger, garlic and onions,.
Sauté until soft. Then add the tomatoes, herbs, and spices. (Not the coriander leaves.)
Add water and bring it to a boil.
Add oats and stir well.
Cover and cook on medium-low heat for 10 minutes.
Add coriander leaves.
Drizzle some coconut oil, butter or ghee over the hot masala oats.

Word of the Day – palabra – word

Tip of the Day – They say the ticks here din’t spread Lyme disease. If it’s true, that’s good news!

To make it to a porridge consistency, you may need to triple the quantity of water mentioned in the recipe.

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Blackberry Mojito Breakfast

I was proud of going to Ecstatic Dance again. You don’t talk, only dance from your own …lack of self.  And, “…you think… what the hell. Life goes on. Maybe there won’t be marriage… maybe there won’t be sex… but, by God, there’ll be dancing.” (From the movie, My Best Friend’s Wedding)

Recipe of the Day – Blackberry Mojito Breakfast

1/2 c. oats

1 c. hot tea

2 T. minced fresh mint
zest from 1⁄2 lime or 1⁄4 teaspoon lime oil
1⁄2 teaspoon rum or rum extract, optional
1 T. coconut syrup or honey to taste (or your choice of sweetener, to taste)

1 c. blackberries

1 c. oat milk, coconut or almond milk

Put the oats in a bowl with a cover. Pour the hot tea over. Then mix with the mint, lime, rum and sweetener. Chill overnight, then pour the milk over in the mornnig, adding the berries last. Stir and eat.

Word of the Day – bailar – to dance

Tip of the Day – Dance. You don’t need company, Dorothy. Tiko will want to dance with you, and Cuko, the Cat may roll his eyes. But it’s okay, just dance.

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Chai-Spiced Chia Almond Breakfast

I have an airbnb guest who didn’t show up the first night, as she was having so much fun in Cuenca.  Then she landed her bags here and took off to party with friends, and didn’t show up the next night. All in all, she stayed two of the eleven reserved days. This is fun having guests who are so independent! If she keeps this up, I sure won’t have much cleaning to do!

Recipe of the Day –Chai Spiced Chia Oats


2 c. oats
2 T, chia seeds soaked in 6 T. water
1 tsp. cinnamon
½ tsp. ginger
¼ tsp. cardamom
⅛ tsp. cloves
3 T. coconut sugar
2½ c. Coconut or Almond milk
optional toppings: dried fruit, bananas, sliced almonds, cacao nibs


Pour the tea over the oats, spices and sugar. and let sit overnight in your fridge with plastic covering. In the morning, pour the milk, then add toppings as desired!

Word of the Day – economica – economical/thrifty/cheap

Tip of the Day –The Ecuadorians are master at economy. Take every tip you can from them. Especially if they tell you the most economical way to do something! Great way to make friends, too, to ask for the most economical way.

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Coconut Pecan Breakfast

 In the land of far, far away, where Tiko and I walk on a random day, there is a  house, seldom occupied. People who live through meadows of cat-tails and pussywillows. And I love to approach their house. It calls to me. The windows are blank – no curtains. You can see the living room, with one white table, with a hat hanging on the corner, and one beer bottle perched in the middle. The simple kitchen has a plastic table and three indiscriminate chairs. The kitchen is so simple you can see that there is nothing you would want to steal. I love this house. The idea of living so simply that people can stare through the windows and walls and see that there is nothing. Perfectly transparent, perfectly nothing. Nothing to want.
Recipe of the Day – Coconut Pecan Overnight Oats
  • 1 T. coconut oil
  • 2 c. oats
  • ⅓ c. flax
  • 4 c. hot tea
  • 2 c. coconut milk
  • ½ tsp. sea salt
  • ½ c. pecans, chopped
  • 1 c. shredded coconut
  • ½ c. coconut crystals
Pour the tea over the oats in a large bowl. Add the flax meal, water, coconut milk, and salt. Let sit 1/2 hour to overnight, then stir in pecans, coconut, and coconut crystals.

Word of the Day – finca – land

Tip of the Day –I prepare my oats like this almost every day of my life. The oats here are so addictive to my system. I love them. And you can prepare them in so many ways. It’s nice to have them ready in the morning, for when you become ravenously hungry after working in the garden.

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Double Chocolate Breakfast

My gardener, Wilson made this stone entryway with plants lining the path down to the stairs from my front door! These stones are in front of the front porch. So simple, using the materials around, just part of his day. He had it done when I came back from teaching. It was something I mentioned, like ten months ago, as part of a dream, and he just did it, no kidding!

Recipe of the Day – Double Chocolate Overnight Oats

1 1/2 c. oats

1 c. hot tea (your choice – cinnamon is good!)
1 c. chocolate almond milk
1/2 c. unsweetened applesauce
2 T. cacao powder
2 T. coconut syrup
1 tsp salt


Cover the oats with hot tea, the applesauce, cacao, syrup and salt and let sit 30 minutes to overnight. Top with cacao nib, coconut, bananas, or your choice of fruit.
Word of the Day – chocolate – chocolate


Tip of the Day –If you have your breakfast ready like this, you’ll feel full and happy and may not reach for the Danish!


Breakfast-Ready Strawberry Oats

As I stepped into the casita, I had to tell myself consciously to let out a breath. It was a mess. The couple has just realized their Polish Visa was about to expire, and high-tailed it to Peru to get out of the country. They left so fast that, even though they’re the nicest of young people, the floors were grundgy, the toilet…you know, awful, the stove and fridge…oh my goodness. I’m doing a piece a day – today’s the paintng of the bathroom wall, and tomorrow I finish with the floors. Yikes. Still, I am blessed with work.

Recipe of the Day – Strawberry & Banana OatsStrawberry Breakfast Oats with Banana
  • 1 c. rolled oats
  • 1 large ripe banana, mashed
  • 2 strawberries, diced
  • ⅓ c shredded coconut
  • 1 T.  chia or flax seeds soaked in 3 T. water
  • 1 T. honey or coconut syrup
  • dash vanilla powder or  ½ tsp. vanilla extract
  • ¼ tsp. cinnamon
  • 2/3 c. hot tea.
  • Toppings
  • 1 large ripe banana, sliced
  • 6 strawberries, hulled and sliced
  • 1/2 c. almond or coconut milk
  1. Put all ingredients, except the toppings, in a bowl with lid, or even a jar. In the morning you can add the toppings and eat cold or warm. So nice to have your breakfast all ready in the morning!

Word of the Day – desayuno – breakfast

Tip of the Day – I used to have my green juice first for breakfast, but have been told twice by acupuncturists and naturopaths to eat my warm meal first, for me, to warm the spleen. Interesting, and it does feel better on my body.
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Peruvian Chocolate Oatmeal

I was lighting a fire in the horno, when another dead rat appeared to the left of the woodpile. “Pablo, un raton!” I cried, without thinking. Then, when I saw how busy he was on top of the roof, cried, “Franklin?” But he too, was busy, which is good! “Ohhhh….puedo hacerlo,” I can do it. But I didn’t pick him up with a glove, like Pablo does. I used the longest shovel I could find and held him at the farthest distance from me until I could fling him into the field outside my fence. I know…I’m such a girl, huh.

Recipe of the Day –Peruvian Oatmeal


  • 3/4 c. oats
  • 2 c. water or oat milk
  • 2 T. Peruvian or Ecuadorian Cacao powder
  • 1 T. honey or carob syrup, or chocolate stevia (2 drops)
  • 1 tsp. coconut oil
  • 2 grains salt
  • Optional :coconut flakes, strawberries, cacao nibs, berries, nuts or sunflower seeds, banana, coconut crystals
  1. In a small pot bring the water/oat milk, cacao, honey, and oats to a boil over medium-high heat, then allow to simmer for about five minutes.
  2. Stir and taste. Remove from heat when ready, place in a bowl, and top with strawberries and coconut.
  3. I watched my friend, Lorena make this oatmeal for the family when I stayed with them in Peru. You cook the oatmeal with some liquid still in it, then serve. It’s SOOoo good. If you have leftovers, it makes GREAT oatmeal cookies!

Word of the Day – Puedo hacerlo – I can do it.

Tip of the Day – If you’re gonna have a woodpile, you’re gonna have rats and mice, maybe even snakes. So then you should get a cat, like Cuko! Good job to Cuko!

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How to Sprout Oats for Crackers, Cereal and More

     Wilson just called me out to the compost bin to show me something. And guess what? I have 8 papaya trees growing in the compost bin. One of them is 6 feet tall! And 6 avocado trees, and 2 peppers! Wow! He’s out there right now re-planting them! Oh…my…gosh. These are from the fruits I ate and threw into the compost!

Recipe of the Day – Sprout Oats


1 big bag raw oats

1 container twice as big as the oats


Rinse oats in a sieve or colander. Place in a large glass jar well covered with water and soak for 6-8 hours. (Oats will double or triple in size. Rinse well, drain, and return to jar, covered with a screen, paper towel, sprouting lid or cheese cloth.  Let sprout 24 hours or so until tails just barely start to appear. Use for cereal, oat milk, crackers, etc….

Word of the Day – avenas – oats

Tip of the Day – Throw all the seeds you are eating into your compost bin. They may sprout again!

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