October 21, 2016

Which one of these things does not belong? Remember that game on Sesame Street?

Well, it brings to mind my very first SPA experience in Ecuador.

We were in Baños and it was during our first couple of weeks in the country.

I was feeling a little stressed with trying to lea...

October 19, 2016

I I love Ecuador

I am a huge fan of the super large woven baskets that the 'bread lady' in the Mercado uses to hold all her yummy buns and loaves.

Each week, month after month, as I buy my bread, I have to admire her fabulous baskets and recently I started conversing wit...

October 11, 2016

So my search was on for some Cheesecloth. The supply I had brought with me had dwindled down. I use lots to make coconut milk from scratch.

I made a call out to the community and thanks to Amanda Currington who graciously gave me a bag. Gracias Amiga xo

I decided that ce...

October 10, 2016

Facebook let me know that I wrote this one year ago today.   I still feel as strongly now as I did then; even more so.

Isaac is now a couple weeks away from 5 years old and I turned 50 in June with pride.   

One Year Ago Today I Wrote:

Isaac's 4th birthday is co...

October 10, 2016

You either love 'em or you hate 'em.

I am talking about plantains.

It is clearly a staple in Ecuadorian kitchens.

Those little squished down fried plantains on the side of the plate in many plato tipico de Ecuador called patacones, or the yummy breakfast ball of mashed pl...

October 3, 2016

Jane, Peter, Randy and I went for a road trip yesterday. The search was for the Fair Trade Aloe Vera Farm outside of the community of Colonche.

After stopping to speak to half dozen or more locals for directions, we came within '2 minutes' of the farm as the...

September 28, 2016

Things found in the weirdest places:

While on our second tour of old town Quito, we visited an artisan store, built into the tunnels of the eldest church in 'old town' (1500s)  and there on a shelf was Rhubarb Jam!

As a Canadian Girl, I love rhubarb, growing it, eat...

September 26, 2016

Living in Ecuador we all see an abundance of bananas and/or plantains practically every day at some point.Until moving here I have never actually seen 'baby bananas'. 

These ones were growing here at Casa Blanca Playa Cautivo.

Whenever I see the baby bananas, I always th...

September 23, 2016

I have to give a shout out to Kate Jewell for the awesome lead on information and contacts for a valuable project. 

I need all you male members on this site to plug your ears and skip this post as I am going to talk about girlie things for a little bit.

Kate introduced m...

August 19, 2016

I once tried being a smuggler: I sucked at it.

But hey you are never to old to try. I got all the way up to the button they push that gives you either a green or red light

.....DING....... RED ...... SHIT.

I knew the shapes would be obvious through the xray machines.

In tr...